Wedding Weekend in Florida

Hi everyone. I’m currently chilling out at the Orlando airport waiting for my flight, which is 8 hours off, so I wanted to tell you all about Meghann’s wedding this weekend! We’ll start off with the morning of the wedding… Up bright and early I caught a ride with Anne to Meghann’s parents to join a group of girls for a 3.5 mile run. You know, burn off some nerves and extra energy!

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(Courtesy of Ashley)

They were kind enough to feed us afterwards with some muffins, scones and pumpkin bread from meghann’s favorite bakery, along with some fruit, eggs and bacon courtesy of her Dad.
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And of course there was champagne!
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I hung out for a little bit then headed back to the hotel and wait for the wedding to start! With about 4 hours to spare, I ventured outside to the wildlife sanctuary next door to the hotel to find some birds. I would have ventured out some more but I didn’t have a car, so that made things a tad bit difficult. No matter, wandering out in that sanctuary made me feel right back to 2009 when I worked south of Orlando on the snail kite project. How I miss Florida birds…

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Meghann was awesome and provided a shuttle for her guests from the hotel to the venue and precisely at 4pm I hopped on the bus to the wedding venue at birdsong barn.
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After having followed all her preparations for the wedding online it was so nice to see everything come together. We started outside for the ceremony.
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There were a few readings and the bride and groom recited their own vows.
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Then, when all was said and done we didn’t have to walk more than 50ft to the wedding venue! I grabbed my name card to find my table and proceeded to look around and help myself to a nice blue moon while waiting for the official entrance of the wedding party, Meghann and Derek.

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Everything went into full swing after everyone entered, including appetizers, drinks and the bride and groom’s first dance.

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A few speeches were made and we were given the go ahead to hit the buffet. I ended up having some seasoned potatoes, various squashes and a roll but there was also salad, meat, ravioli and green beans to eat for dinner. Sorry no photo, I forgot!

The dancing came soon after along with a long held tradition with Meghann’s family including some Jack Daniel’s…

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We were served cake after a bit of time, and it was nicely smashed into someone’s face…hehe.

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Red velvet? Delicious!

I ended up leaving soon afterwards because I was getting bit pretty badly by mosquitoes. I should have known, having lived in Florida for two consecutive winters and springs, that of course the little burgers would be around, but they got the best of me. So said my good byes and congrats to Meghann and Derek.

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The next morning Meghann’s family hosted a nice brunch for those of us still around and it allowed the couple some time to open up their wedding presents.

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I hung round with everyone for most of the afternoon at the house and the venue, packing everything up before going back to the hotel to rest. I was having serious jet lag coming from the West coast. I was so tired all weekend! But I went out for one last round of birding, and a run at the hotel gym before calling it a night.

Like I said, it was great to see everything finally come together after reading all about it on the blog and could not have been more impressed with how it turned out. I give both Meghann and Derek all my love and well wishes with thier marriage and hope they enjoy thier honeymoon in the Dominican Republic!

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10 Responses to Wedding Weekend in Florida

  1. Stacey says:

    That wedding was so beautiful! I am glad you had a great time! Congrats Meghann and Derek!! Super excited to meet you and run Ragnar, girl! Have an awesome week :-)

  2. I am so glad you got to share in your special day with them! It looks and sounds like it was just beautiful!

  3. Krista says:

    Sounds like a blast! And looks like the weather was just perfect for an outdoor wedding. Love the red belt you paired with your dress, Melissa!!

  4. Elizabeth says:

    Out of curiosity, what song was their first dance to? I love hearing what other couples danced to.

  5. Joanna says:

    How fun! Looks like a beautiful wedding. Sorry about the Mosquitos. They love to bite me too. Definitely ruins a good time.

  6. Everything looks beautiful and I love all the personal touches they did! Glad you were able to squeeze in some birding action on the side ;) Safe travels home!

  7. Meghann says:

    Derek and I were so happy to see you this weekend!!! We can’t wait to fly out to California to celebrate your big day *wink wink nudge nudge ;)

  8. biz319 says:

    Glad you had a nice time – I guess in January I wouldn’t have expected mosquitos, but it is Florida!

  9. glidingcalm says:

    looks like a fun and beautiful wedding! I love how blogging has introduced me to so many fabulous friends! thanks for the great recap! (and, random note… i am ALWAYS eaten alive by mosquitoes!)

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