I realize now that the wedding of my brother-in-law Brad never made the blog. What a massive oversight! I spent all that time talking about our road trip to Andy's cousin's wedding, and yet nothing about the members of his family we are closest to. Shame on me.
So, without further ado... the wedding took place in Aspen, CO over Memorial Day weekend. Andy went a day or two earlier than me as his best man duties required some advance assistance. I arrived on Friday, flying into Denver with my in-laws, Lois and Keith. We rented a car at the Denver airport (in the rain, boo) and then drove the 3 or so hours to Aspen, through some unbelievably beautiful mountain country. Not a drive I'd want to do in the winter, as there was still snow in places on May 22nd!
We arrived in Aspen and, around the corner from our hotel, this was the view:
For his first few nights there, and my first night, we stayed at the Molly Gibson Lodge, just on the edge of the quaint little downtown. But geez, what a view! It was amazing to walk around town and be confronted with that everywhere you went.
On Saturday, the day/night of the wedding, we moved the to St. Regis, where the ceremony and reception would be held and where everyone else was staying. It's the second nicest hotel I've ever stayed in, second only to that one year at the Fontainebleau in Miami. I mean really, look at this room:
On Saturday, Andy had all sorts of best man type stuff to do. As I was not a member of the wedding party, I spent most of the day wandering around Aspen. It's a small town, very walkable - I was not disappointed in the scenery:
|A small square downtown.|
|The John Denver Sanctuary is on the north end of town, along a quiet river. Very peaceful.|
|A piece of sculpture adjacent to the John Denver Sanctuary.|
After a pleasant morning/early afternoon walking around town, it was time for the main event. Here we are with the bride and groom at the reception. I am posting it despite the questionable quality as it's the only photo I have of all four of us from the whole weekend!
Lily did all the decorating herself, and it turned out really nice:
We had a great time, and it was so wonderful to see those two get married. They are a great couple and I look forward to the rest of our lives spent with them.
The cats did of course miss us while we were gone. Doesn't make them any less weird: