The first night was fairly low key. Just Pete and Marian (Maddy's parents); Tom and Maddy; Zach, Tom's best man; Anna, Maddy's sister and maid of honor; and Bill and me. We enjoyed an evening of conversation, dinner and playing games.
Thursday-Tom and Maddy had some activities planned with their wedding party. Tom and Zach went hiking at Blue Lake. Maddy and some of her bridesmaids tried to go to favorite swimming spot on the Methow River but the water was too low so they went wine tasting instead.
Zach and Tom on their bachelor party hike.
Still a little bit of snow still there. But it was so hot that they jumped into that ice cold glacier fed lake to cool off.
After attempting a bachelorette party on the river, Tristen, Anika, Maddy and Anna did a little wine tasting at the Lost River Winery.
Thursday night was when things started hopping with more of the wedding party and family arriving. Pete and Marian hosted a barbeque at their cabin that night. Here are a few pictures from that night.
Tom and Zach in their t-shirts and enjoying some libations.
Anna enjoying a little bit of dad time with Pete.
Chris arrived after he finished class. It is a bit of a haul from Bellingham too.
Some of the wedding party gathering at the cabin that night.
The weather was incredibly hot--104 degrees every day. So we got a taste of it at the rehearsal to know what the wedding temperatures were going to be like.
This is the extent of rehearsal and rehearsal dinner pictures that I was able to take. I was much too busy. As much as we tried to make it easy, it still was a lot of work to feed the over 50 people that came to the rehearsal dinner. We got a bunch of pizzas and had a few salads and cookies and called it good. Everyone seemed to enjoy it so that was really nice.
Because it was so hot, I was not feeling so great and feeling a little overwhelmed so I didn't make any speeches. But Bill did a great job of welcoming all our guests and giving a very nice toast to the bride and groom.
After we left, the bridal party and the cousins went swimming on the Methow River until they lost light and headed back to Brown's Farm.
The morning on the wedding, we got to see these turkeys next to the cabin we were staying in.
So that pretty much covers the pre-wedding festivities. Next blog--the wedding!