The second wedding included a road trip from Minneapolis to Chicago, to pick up Laura and Gabe, and then on down to Athens, Georgia for Adam & Kelsey's wedding! It was a whirlwind trip - we killed a little time in Chicago (visited the bean, which is within walking distance of Laura and Gabe's new apartment downtown - you can see the baby bump here!), stopped somewhere in Kentucky at a motel to get a few hours sleep ($49 for the room, with free breakfast!), then headed to Athens. We were in Athens from Friday afternoon to Sunday morning. Since David and I weren't in the wedding, we were able to explore Athens a bit - we grabbed a late lunch at a brewpub in town on Friday, then relaxed and cleaned up for the rehearsal dinner (which we had graciously been invited to). The rehearsal dinner was a blast - Adam's family introduced themselves as soon as we walked in the door and then they ushered us to the bar. The meal was a Southern theme - including a sweet potato bar, and the groom's cake was a Georgia bulldog. There were lots of cheers of "Go Dawgs!" throughout the evening. David and the rest of the guys got a little crazy and ended up partying in the Spaulding suite with the family, then breaking into the swimming pool after hours, which evidently ended up with him and Bob singing the MN Rouser (I missed it, as I had went to bed after dinner). The next day, David and I were able to spend most of the day walking around Athens - we checked out a bit of campus, including the Georgia football stadium (amazing!), grabbed breakfast at The Grill, and found a bar that actually was willing to play the Gophers game for us! We camped out there for the game, avoiding a few rain storms, then walked back to the hotel to get ready for the wedding. The wedding was beautiful - a small, intimate ceremony at The Foundry (an actual old foundry that has been converted to an event hall), the dinner was delicious, and the dance was a blast. We even got to watch part of the Georgia football game with the crazy Spaulding family (ALL Georgia football fans - even Grandma Jane, who was overheard saying "Watch for the fake, watch for the fake!" at one point!) We got invited back to their suite to finish watching the game, and then we decided to crash instead of heading downtown with the rest of the wedding party (it was an exhausting weekend for me!). We decided we'd like to adopt Adam's family - we had such a wonderful time getting to hang out with them! After a quick brunch with friends on Sunday morning, it was a long drive from Athens to Chicago. We crashed in Chicago for a few hours, then got in our car by 6am and drove back to Minneapolis so that David could make it back in time for the groundbreaking ceremony at the site of the new fire station. (Also, evidently I was so tired, I didn't bother to take any photos! Bummer!)
Also, here's a recap of the Georgia trip, via twitter:
#roadtrip to Georgia has begun
@MandyinMinneap: Thanks to Twitter, we had free turkey sandwiches at Arby's for lunch! Now entering Illinois.
@MandyinMinneap: Made it to Chicago!
@GabeMortonCook: Roadtrip! Headed to Athens, GA with
@laura7983, @mandyinminneap & @dwbraz for @tibbsy07's wedding. http://twitpic.com/art4oi
@dwbraz: Made it to Athens, GA. First things first. http://yfrog.com/mn94bpsj
#Georgia people take their shit seriously...groom's cake. Would look better as a #gopher. http://yfrog.com/kh9m7xwj
@MandyinMinneap: Wishing we could
#BeThere for the #gophers home opener, but we'll be cheering from Georgia! If only we could find a place to see the game...
@MandyinMinneap: Wondering how many times we heard "Go Dawgs!" at last night's dinner...http://yfrog.com/oe1n7tyj
@MandyinMinneap: Ha! RT
@bacteriality @mandyinminneap tell them you love the red and white Green Bay Packers logo - they LOVE that!!
@MandyinMinneap: Found the
#gophers football game on BTN in a bar in Athens, GA! Yes!! The Georgia game isn't until tonight so they were willing to oblige.
@dwbraz: Eff yes! Found the
#gopher game in a Georgia bar!
@MandyinMinneap: Heading out from Athens, GA,
#roadtrip to Chicago tonight, then back to Minneapolis.
@MandyinMinneap: Is there any way to get audio (or video) of
#vikings game online? Need to listen, but driving through NC...
@MandyinMinneap: It all comes down to the kid from
#Georgia...seems fitting since we've spent the weekend with the #dawgs. Go #vikings!!
@MandyinMinneap: Oh Wisconsin, it's so nice to be driving through your state knowing that the
#gophers and #vikings won and the badgers and packers lost...