After Wedding Ceremony #1, we were off to Wedding Ceremony #2 in West Lafayette (aka God's Country)! In Drew's parents' front yard, we ran through the same wonderful script: Ryan addressed the crowd, gave a charge to us, and exchanged rings and vows. However, this time we were accompanied by the neighbors next door celebrating the birthday of one of their daughters. A wonderful day to turn 7 and add to the celebration! You never quite expect to be reading your vows to your future spouse with a handful of kids peaking their heads through the bushes, but these are wild times indeed. The birthday balloons (which somehow matched our wedding colors exactly) accented everyone's outfits and the honks of cars passing through the neighborhood added to the smiles and laughs. Mama Rudman prayed a beautiful prayer over us and again, there wasn't a dry eye in the house. As co-best man, Papa Rudman gave a rousing speech, which was part history lesson.
"I never expected to hear so much about the civil war or polio on my wedding day." Laura thought as we pulled out of the driveway.
After leaving Drew's parents, we headed to both of Drew's sisters for one heck of a surprise. Emily (Drew's middle sister) and her husband Josh were on the phone with Josh's brother and sister-in-law (shoutout Scott and Katie) when the soon-to-be newlyweds arrived in their front yard. Emily read Colossians 1:13-20 and Drew started to lose it (he wasn't cryin', we all were cryin'). From the Curry's house, we headed to Drew's other sister for another shocker. Kate and her husband J.b. were setting up an Easter egg hunt for their three kids, but we had other ideas. We played the classic shoe game you see at receptions (who does this more, better, etc.) with Drew's nephews and niece. Laughter ensued, smiles were many!