Earlier this month we drove to Lander, Wyoming, a whopping 12 hour drive with two littles, for my sister's wedding! It was a beautiful weekend of family and love. We spent most of it prepping for the wedding and at small events, but snuck in a little family time and exploring too!
Prepare yourself for so many photos your brain might explode.
We split the trip into two chunks, 7 hours to Denver and then another 5 up to Lander, and caravanned with my parents to make the drive easier. Emmet rode with them most of the way, which made it SO much easier. We made sure to stock the car up with snacks, extra toys, and our amazon fire tablet for the boys to watch movies on. Henry's current favorites are Moana, Coco, and Frozen. Basically anything with a song and pretty colors will capture his attention. We made a few stops along the way to break up the drive, including a pit stop in Denver to stay at Hannah and Kent's house, and a short stop in Laramie, Wyoming for coffee and lunch and to meet up with my brother and his girlfriend.
While in Lander, our family, my parents, and my brother and his girlfriend stayed at the Grass River Retreat. It is a beautiful set of cabins out in the country right on the edge of a little river and surrounded by a little garden. We stayed in the larger of the two cabins, which was the perfect size for our group! Henry and Emmet enjoyed staying in a home away from home. We brought a little basket of toys and books for them to play with while they were there and of course they loved exploring the river too!
We got into Lander on Thursday Evening, and spent the night/next day helping Kent's family get their backyard ready for the wedding. Kent and Hannah planned the cutest small wedding in his Parent's backyard, it was so fun to see it come together! They had the ceremony and reception right there in the yard complete with an arbor built by Kent and his dad, tables and benches built by friends, and lots of twinkle lights. Almost everything the used was either made by someone they know or thrifted. It was pretty neat!
After the rehearsal dinner on Friday, Kent and Hannah hosted a Jazz night at the Coalter Loft. Everyone but Kent and Hannah wore black, while they wore white. It was a fun little evening with some live Jazz, drinks, and getting to know most of the people that would be a part of their weekend. It was a small wedding, so almost everyone was at every event, which was really neat! Emmet and Henry made friends with some of the other kids there and really enjoyed playing with them all weekend. Emmet still talks about his friend August and the adventures they shared!
The day of the wedding started with a brunch with Hannah and all of her friends. Hannah has some of the nicest most interesting friends, they were really fun to hang out with! We ate at The Middle Fork and I had the huevos breakfast which was an absolutely amazing mixture of eggs, potatoes, avocados, and salsas. I would consider making the 12 hour drive again for those, but if you have closer recommendations for something similar, they would be accepted.
A few of Hannah's friends, Molly, and I then spent most of the day finishing up the final details in the Scarince's back yard. We made Hannah's Bouquet and Kent's Boutonnière, put flowers in the arbor, hung fabric from trees, set out all of the vintage glassware and plates, and so much more. It was so fun to see it all finished and ready!
We then hurried back to help Hannah get ready and get ready ourselves! I don't have many pictures of the place that Hannah and her friends stayed at, but if you are ever in Lander The Mill House is a REALLY neat place to stay!
I have almost no photos of the wedding itself, since I was in the wedding, but I managed to capture a few things before the wedding and after, before accidentally sending my phone home with Dave when he took the boys back to the cabin to go to bed (thanks Dave!).
Kent and Hannah had everyone wear floral for the wedding. I had so much fun picking out little outfits for the boys! I found their shirts at Hallmark Baby and I finally snagged a piece from Rylee and Cru for myself.
Their ceremony was so authentically them. Hannah's friend (also named Hannah) officiated the wedding in the most down to earth, amazing way. They both wrote their vows with so much personality and love. They were so sweet. AND my parents (and brother) sang "More of You" by Chris Stapleton. Just beforehand Emmet ran across the aisle, with sandals unvelcro-ed and flapping, over to me and snuggled me and sang along with them the entire time. It was pretty sweet. The ceremony ended with everyone throwing rainbow confetti which was absolutely magical.
The reception was just as wonderful. They had their friends cook all of the food, which at first I was skeptical about, but oh my gosh it was amazing! There were three different meats, including the best pork I've ever had and salmon caught wild in Alaska by one of their friends. There were homemade salsas, guac, and cookies and ice cream. It was so so good and all served on assorted vintage glassware alongside delicious margaritas. I wish I had a time machine to go back and re eat that meal again.
There were bubbles for the kids to play with, and oh gosh they did. Emmet chased around his new friend the entire time and pulled his little wooden ducks around. There was dancing and polaroids and so much time chatting with family and their friends. It was such a beautiful evening.
We stuck around for Sunday as well, before driving back Monday. We explored lakes in the mountains. We ate leftovers (yeeeees!). We made s'mores and played yard games. I have to admit, being home I have a little trip withdrawal. It was such a great weekend.