After a relaxing day at the spa we were ready for a fun family night out! The weather had been kind of dreary that day so the boys just hung around playing at the hotel and they even went back to Chic-fil-a for more time to run and climb and chase and slide their energy out! So we were all ready to reconnect at the end of the day and to spend time together that night.
Laura's family goes to a large church that has a smaller, beautiful chapel used for weddings. The lighting in the room was gorgeous. And the boys were ready to practice their Ring Bearer duties as soon as we got there!
They took their job very seriously!
As soon as Uncle T. and Auntie Laura got to the church they surprised the boys with these cool top hats! They were so happy!
You see, when T & L asked the boys to be Ring Bearers, they gave them these adorable Lego Mini Figures that were dressed in tuxedos and top hats. (see below)
The boys then assumed they would really be wearing top hats. So we had to tell them, no, the top hats were just on the Lego guys to complete the mini figures. But they loved those little guys from hat to toe and talked about them often.
So it was the greatest surprise! Auntie Laura loves the boys that much that she would forgo any wedding style or vision to make the boys happy! And really, the top hats stole the show! They were such a fun statement and they never left the boys' heads for two days straight!
Can't you just tell she's the BEST?! We could not be more thrilled to welcome this girl into our family. She is so much fun and such a kid at heart. And she loves my brother (and our boys) so much! It's also so fun having another sister too!
So we rehearsed! And all went well.
Tyler and Laura had 6 little ones in their wedding party. Jude, Laura's nephew, was a bell ringer. And Salem and Lilah, her nieces, were flower girls. And then our three boys were ring bearers. Instead of carrying pillows down the aisle they carried boxes. The boys thought the jewels on them were so cool! But what was even more cool was what was inside! When they got to the end of the aisle during the rehearsal they got to open them up and look inside!
Hugs for Uncle T!
Brooks was thrilled to find glow in the dark bouncy balls in his! This guy is easy to please. Give him a ball and he's happy.
And oh so many treasures in N & H's boxes! Lego Mini Figures, Mario guys, and NHL and NFL guys! And no doubles! When Heath opened his box he shouted, "AWESOME!" So it was a good call to let the boys open them on this night instead of waiting for the wedding ceremony the next day. And Uncle T. had fun opening up all of the surprise packages to put the figures inside of the boxes too! You never know what you're gonna get, which is part of the fun! And then there was no crinkling of packages opening during the service either. The boys quietly played with their new toys and kept busy during the rehearsal and during the wedding too! It was a great idea!
Love how laid back Laura is about things. She doesn't sweat the details which is refreshing! (so very unlike me) She just wanted everyone to be happy and comfortable and to have a good time! And that we did!
The practice went great and we were ready to relax and eat and visit with family that had traveled to be here for the wedding. With Mallory and Tyler's weddings being so close together, and Tyler's being all the way in Oklahoma, and the date being so close to Thanksgiving, we didn't have as many people from our sides of the family attending. But we were so thankful for the friends and family that made the trip and were there to celebrate with us that weekend.
The rehearsal dinner was in Bricktown. The views were amazing!
We loved being downtown and seeing the skyline!
When we got there we mixed and mingled and ate and drank. We were out on an inclosed patio and also had access to a grassy area and fire pit. The dinner had a chill feel and it was fun to get caught up with everyone! (There were 85 people there! So we did a lot of chatting!)
The pizza was super yummy and they even brought out dough for the boys to play with!
We spent a lot of time with our Johnson family. We sure love our Johnson family! We have so much fun when we're together. Just wish it could be more often!
So thankful they all came down from Michigan!
Steven said it best, "When you're with the Johnson family, the party never stops!" Ha! Love it!
We just wished Grandma could have been there. But we made sure to take LOTS of pictures to share with her.
My Mom, sister, and I whipped up these little favors last minute to share with all of the guests.
Heath and Reese's are Tyler & Laura's favorite candies! And they made for a yummy dessert too.
At the end of the night I caught these two spending a few last, single moments together.
They just looked so happy and so ready. I had to snap their picture. It was the perfect night and a great way to get the party started!