We’re back! We made it back from Wisconsin in one piece, and after more than 30 hours in the car, we’re all still friends. Right, Deb and Mike??
So, none of us really knew what to expect when we planned this road trip for our friend Cameron’s wedding back in the spring. We could not have been more pleasantly surprised. We stayed at the guest home of a family friend of the bride. Our hosts were so gracious and the property was just absolutely amazing.
The big house.
Our sweet digs.
The whole weekend was just wonderful. We went for a group run on Friday.
“make a scary face”
The rehearsal dinner was an amazing paddle boat ride around Lake Geneva. I was so worried I’d get seasick, but the boat was big enough and the lake calm enough that I barely noticed. It was a blast. The views were unbeatable too.
It was also really nice to spend some time with the couple before the big day. Cam and Rich went out of their way to greet everyone. They must have thanked us for coming 10 times! We loved it though!
After the boat ride, we walked around the Venetian Festival, a fair in town for the week.
The boys even won a sweet prize.
The next morning was the wedding. The ceremony was in Cameron’s family church and was even presided over by a family priest! It was so beautiful. I teared up more than once. I had never seen a church wedding before, but now I understand the hype. There was something so beautiful about it all.
The reception was at a local country club and was filled with adorable personal touches like these cute meal themed escort cards.
The night was full of dancing and singing and just having a lot of fun. We came back happy but exhausted. Most importantly, the happy couple looked liked they loved every minute. We were so glad we got to celebrate with them!
We slept in a little before heading out the next day. We decided to break the trip home into two parts with a night in Cleveland. Poor Debbie had stepped on a bee the day of the wedding and had a terrible allergic reaction, so we all felt for her. Plus, none of us really knew what to expect from Cleveland. So we were all a bit anxious. When we first arrived, we were underwhelmed and a little freaked out by the barren streets. Turns out our first impression was way off base as we ended up having a great night! We headed down to 4th Street to a restaurant Deb found called Greenhouse Tavern. It was adorable, and the food was amazing!
We finished the trip home the next day and basically just collapsed. It’s funny how even though you’re not doing anything active on a road trip, it’s totally exhausting.
This trip was exactly what I needed. With August just absolutely flying by, I’ve been panicking about the summer ending without my even getting a chance to appreciate it! This happens every year, but it was so nice to take a break and take it all in plus have some amazing new experiences with great friends. I’d do it all again in a heartbeat.