Wimberley Wedding - Day 1
Tis the season for weddings and man oh man did we get invited to a great one. This past weekend Collin and I went to a fabulous wedding in Wimberley, TX. Now for those of you that don't know about the hill country you are sorely missing out. It is the best part of Texas, hands down.
Collin and I took a half day on Friday, packed up the car, and headed out of town. The drive was gorgeous. Once you hit the outskirts of San Marcos you start to see the beauty of Texas. There are actually rolling hills, green pastures, and mature trees that line the roads. We drove through Wimberley to get to our lodging and it is a quaint little town square with eateries, shops, and ice cream parlors. Everything you would want in small town USA. Now for those of you who know me well you are aware that I am lacking in any sort of navigation skills. Thank goodness for GPS on my phone. But you know you actually have to pay attention to your phone for it to be of any help. So, of course, we missed one of our turns. But when the GPS rerouted us it was to an even prettier part of town, so I wasn't upset. Collin just smiled and drove along as he knows he married a woman with no sense of direction.
We made it to the house and was greeted with a spectacular view of the Blanco River from the back porch. We immediately wanted to head down to the river to check it out. The stone steps heading down were quite precarious and I felt on more than one occasion that I was going to fall and bust my butt but luckily my balance served me well (this time). The river was a beautiful blue and calmed my soul just looking at it. I was enjoying the calm until bam! mosquitos began attacking. My mother always said they loved me the most because I was so sweet. I wouldn't mind being a little disagreeable if it mean the mosquitos left me at bay. But I only got bit three times so I bit my tongue and continued to soak in all the wonderful nature. Collin immediately wanted to go for a dip so we headed back up to the house to unload the car. The trek up was even worse. I mean I work out but goodness I was out of breath. After changing into his swim trunks we headed back down the steep steps.
He found a rope swing and showed us some Tarzan moves. Being athletic must be nice. I continued my picture snapping on the banks of the river enjoying the scenery. After taking a few swings and lots of cannon balls we walked back up to the house to get ready for the rehearsal dinner. After finding out the rehearsal dinner was casual I changed out of my gold party dress and into my new Topshop dress which I love. Luckily a girl always brings more clothes than she actually needs.
We drove down the country roads to Old Glory Ranch which sits on 2,200 acres of beautiful hill country with breathtaking views of the Texas landscape. The rehearsal dinner was set up under a beautifully decorated barn-esque pavilion. We strolled over to the bar to start the party off right. The wedding party joined us after practicing for the big day. The thing I really love about weddings is that it gives everyone a reason to take a few days off work and catch up with old friends and family. This is exactly what we did. The backdrop was too perfect not to snap a few pictures. Collin's dad dutifully obliged to take a few pictures of us with the rolling landscape behind us. There wasn't a bad picture in the bunch. I mean with views like that how can there be?
We had a couple more drinks and they announced to come on up and grab yourself something to eat. In true Texas fashion we had BBQ and it was delicious. Sausage, ribs, brisket, beans, potatoes, and sliced white bread. The perfect mixture of Texas BBQ. After chowing down on some good grub we settled in for a viewing of their memories video. Collin and I were blessed to be given a similar video at our own rehearsal dinner. If you've never seen this done at a rehearsal dinner it is a compilation of the bride and groom's childhood separately and then shows the two love birds together through their dating years. It is a precious representation of the couple which friends and family get to enjoy too. Then came the speeches. The bridesmaids were understandably choked up to talk about their dear friend and bride-to-be while the groomsmen took it upon themselves to reminisce about their party days in college. It was hilarious and heartwarming all at the same time.
My favorite part of the evening was when Collin and I walked around the property hand-in-hand with Pandora blasting from Collin's pocket (his phone). Now some may think that this detracted from the wonderful country silence but Collin and I sang and danced around the property which was the perfect end to the day. Exhausted from the festivities we loaded up in the car and headed back to the house. Much to our amusement we got lost. This time it wasn't my fault though. So instead of a 5 minute drive home it was more like 25. But we enjoyed the drive. We climbed in bed and fell asleep as soon as our heads hit the pillows.
More to come on our Wimberley wedding weekend tomorrow.