Guest List Grand Total

This morning I was up a little before 6 a.m. because Sadie was acting like a nut job all night.

In the middle of the night my mom let her out to go to the bathroom and she would not stop barking. We think there may have been some birds or a critter in our backyard, but whatever it was Sadie did not think it belonged there. Sadie spent the rest of the night curled up with me, tossing and turning. Needless to say, I didn’t sleep so well!

Though waking up before dawn on the weekend isn’t exactly ideal, it did give me a chance to get a quick run in before the hustle and bustle of the day began. I even got to try out my new Garmin!

Garmin Forerunner

Unfortunately I had it set up to report my statistics in kilometers, so I didn’t really understand my pace very well! I like my miles. 😉 I converted my statistics when I got home and found that Sadie and I covered slightly more than 5 miles.

Meeting the Pastor

After a quick breakfast, Ryan and I headed out to meet with Pastor Dean, a potential officiate for our wedding at his home in Dunedin, Florida.

Pastor Dean and his wife were wonderful to meet and seemed like such genuine people. Plus, Pastor Dean was very open to incorporating our ideas into the ceremony. I think we found another winner!

Brunch

When we arrived back to my parents’ house, we had a big brunch waiting for us.

Brunch

Before we sat down, my dad handed everyone mimosas to enjoy!

Mimosa Man

Dad + Daughter + Drinks

I filled my plate with all the goodies, and went back for seconds of the ham and thirds of the hash browns.

My Plate

Guest List

After brunch, we printed off our list of everyone in the world we would like to invite to the wedding and discussed everything thoroughly to get to a final number we are all comfortable with.

Our grand total… 155 people!

The total is definitely more than we initially thought we would have on our list, but it’s not as outrageously huge as it could have been. It feels good to have all of our guests on paper!

How many people came to your wedding? If you’re not married, do you want a big wedding or a small wedding?

Saturday in Scottsdale

I’m back in Orlando after spending my entire Sunday traveling. It was sad to leave my friends and I had a truly wonderful time catching up, laughing and spending quality time with people I’ve known since before I was a teenager.

Yesterday was a blast! After running around Scottsdale all day, we came back to Steve and Ryan’s house to hang out and make dinner. Before starting our homemade meal, we popped open two bottles of champagne ($7 each.. can’t beat that!) and made mimosas.

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The Boys and Their Drinks

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Congratulating Each Other on Mimosas Well Made 🙂

We enjoyed our mimosas outside by the pool and played several rounds of CatchPhrase, Scattergories and Cornhole.

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The Ladies Enjoying Our Mimosas

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Cornhole!

Sadly my friend Michaela and I got our little booties kicked in Cornhole. We’re convinced Ryan and Steve practice this game regularly… 😉

After lots of rounds of various games, our tummies were grumblin’ and we decided to cook our dinner. We sauted red and green peppers with onions for with garlic and herb chicken sausage. We also boiled angel hair pasta for fettuccine alfredo.

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Sizzlin'

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Sneakin' a Taste

When Steve heard the meal would be posted on the blog, he put the bright plastic bowls away and said we could use his “fine china.” We felt so special using glass bowls. 😉

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Ooooh Glass Bowls!

We ate dinner outside and shared a little with Fiona, Ryan’s black lab.

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Dinner Time

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Yum, Yum

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Doggie Love

After dinner, Ryan and Steve’s friends Katie and JJ came over and we changed clothes and hung out a bit more, playing Rock Band and enjoying Power Hour fun.

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Katie, Ryan, JJ, Michaela and Steve

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Ryan and Katie

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Singin' My Heart Out with My Girl Fiona

Eventually we headed out to a karaoke bar for some more obnoxious singing and fun times. Ryan and Steve unknowingly signed me and Michaela up to sing “Take On Me.” We tried our best (my apologies to the crowd for our lack of pitch 😉 ), and thankfully Ryan came up to join us.

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Karaoke Fun

We had a fantastic time singing along to other karaoke classics like “Sweet Caroline,” “I’ve Got Friends in Low Places,” and “Bohemian Rhapsody.”

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Michaela and Steve Beltin' it Out

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"I've Got Friends in Low Places"

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Reunited!

After spending quality time at the karaoke bar, we walked a block or two to finish out the night at a casual bar with lots of dancin’!

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Dancin'

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Good Times, Good Times

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Back-to-Back-Buddies

The night was so, so much fun!

Sunday

Unfortunately when my phone’s alarm clock went off at 8 a.m. (to be sure we had time to pack before leaving for the airport) I wasn’t feeling my best. Michaela seemed to be feeling the same way I was… not – so – good. Ick!

Standing in a good 30-minute line in airport security didn’t exactly help my belly. I wasn’t hungry at all, but bought a vanilla and chocolate soft-serve frozen yogurt to get something in my stomach before departing for Orlando.

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TCBY

I spent the majority of the flight with my head on my tray table trying to sleep off my nausea.

Once we finally landed, I couldn’t help but smile at what came to pick me up… a smiling Ryan and an extra-excited and wiggly Sadie. 🙂 “Reunited and it feels so good!”

Ryan and I snuck in a quick Sunday night date at Anthony’s Pizza in downtown Orlando. It was nice to swap stories from the weekend and be back with my guy. We ordered the Mediterranean pizza which was topped with lots of veggies. It was tasty! I ate entirely too much, but I was happy to have my appetite back. We also hit up McDonald’s afterward to share an Oreo McFlurry and a hot chocolate. So good.

I am sleepy and have some unpacking to do before bed tonight. I hope all of you had a wonderful weekend!

Thanks again Ryan, Steve and Michaela for such a fun weekend! I loved seeing all of you again and miss you already. 🙂