Let’s see, where did I leave off? Ah, yes. I was fresh off a plane from Paris and about 4 hours into a drive towards DC. Thank goodness my parents drove, because I was KNOCKED OUT in the back seat. After a quick stay in a hotel and another 4ish hours on the road, we got to Washington DC the next day for my cousin Jeremy’s Wedding weekend!
I was excited for this weekend for quite a few reasons.
1. Wedding, duh.
2. Family get together! (and my participation in the July 4th family get-together is up in the air)
3. My Aunt Diane spontaneously got married one week prior, so double celebration!
Basically, I’m obsessed with my family and due to my unorthodox lifestyle, I don’t see them nearly as much as I’d like to. Also, the Jozwiaks (my mother’s side of the family) sure do know how to have a GREAT time. We checked into the hotel around 1 pm and had so much fun running into everyone that was checking in and getting settled. We packed the bar and started celebrating real quick. So many hugs and smiles. I couldn’t have been happier… until my cousin Brianna decided to make the trip!
More on that: so I RSVP’s about 1 week before the wedding because I was hoping to not be home but competing in playoffs in France but didn’t really tell anyone. Not many of my generation relatives were coming to this wedding just because of schedules and what not. But when I saw Brie’s parents at the hotel we started tweeting and texting her… I did my best to peer pressure her into making the 3-4 hour drive down from Jersey. Thankfully, it did not take a lot of pressure on my part and she came down the next afternoon for the wedding. I was pretty pumped to have my partner in crime there 🙂
All in all we had an incredible time. The rehearsal dinner was delicious and a total blast. The time change was in my favor the next morning so I went for a run through the Mall (where all the monuments and important buildings are in DC) around 6 am when there was a warm sunset and nobody around. THAT was awesome.
The wedding was GORGEOUS. My cousin Jeremy picked a BEAUTIFUL bride in Ashley
Gilmore Rephlo. She is an absolute sweetheart and both her and Jeremy seem so in love and so happy. Highlight, however, was the dance floor post ceremony. My family knows how to DANCE. We were rocking out all night, all ages included.
The next morning was slower for a whole lot of us but still full of smiles and stories of the ceremony, reception, and shenanigans of the previous night. And by that afternoon, my parents and I were on our way back to Cincinnati. I’m not sure it could have been more of a whirlwind week for me, but I wouldn’t have had it any other way. And there’s definitely no way I would have missed an opportunity to see and celebrate with my family.