My brother Herman is getting married! He lives in Warsaw, Mo, but is getting married in Sedalia. Family of course came in town to see the big day. In traditional Haake fashion, we did it our way. I started off the party of weirdness when the lady at the hotel desk asked for a description of the car. The photo below is what transpired.
I got a very strange look from the lady when she saw what I wrote. Family was already there and we all started getting ready for the wedding.
It didn’t take long before we were all dressed and waiting for the ceremony to start. Before long, Nikki and Herman were up there taking their vows and enjoying their party!
After the ceremony, we retreated indoors to the barn to celebrate more!
Mom getting a little crazy!
Hanging out with uncle Mike.
Mom, Kalie, and Hannah
Dad, Me, and Corvin
Look, a truck. I would guess a Ford, but I don’t see a tow truck.
Everyone except for Hayden.
Nikki and Herman entering the reception.
Somebody wrote on dad’s window…
I love out of town weddings because everybody stays in the same hotel and its a constant party. Here’s to Herman and Nikki!
Its Saturday and it is going to be a very long day. I’ve been resting from my last week paddling the Texas Water Safari. Both of the kids are at Camp Lakewood and we have to pick them up. So Danelle and I start the drive early packed for a wedding and headed to camp to pick up the kids. They both had a fantastic week but were ready to see us again. They knew we were going to a wedding, but also wanted to go home.
We drove about 2 hours south to Sikeston, MO where the wedding was held. There, we checked into the Drury inn and met several of our college friends. It didn’t take long before we were all in a caravan headed to Lambert’s Cafe for lunch. It always seems like a good idea to eat there. The portions are huge and non-stop, but its also just a little off. It isn’t somewhere I would want to eat at more than once every few years. Add to that the long line to get in and I’ve made my point.
With bellies full, we went back to the hotel to change into wedding attire. Then we were off to see Heather marry Keith. The ceremony was great, but boy were the kids tired!
The most important photo of the whole event is below, the group with Heather and Keith.
Back Row: Kendal, Danelle, Hogan, Keith, Sean, Mike Front Row: Candy, Melanie, Heather, Jennifer, Dawn
After the reception ended, we went back to the Drury Inn. There, we swapped stories and emptied beers till the wee hours of the morning.
Danelle’s cousin, Jackie, was getting married and we were invited. We had the normal preparations with the kids. “Please put on nice pants”, trying to be nice and making it their choice before trying the mean route. Corvin actually did a good job and did it with style.
The wedding was scheduled to be outdoors at the Wyman center in Eureka, MO. Luck shined on the happy couple and the weather was perfect. It was warm outside for October and the leaves were turning perfectly. The shelter overlooked a lake. After the wedding, the kids were ansy and didn’t want to sit still. So I decided to take them for a walk/adventure to help settle them down. We walked down a hill and to the other side of the lake.
After a while, Brian and Kelly came walking down as well and joined us. Having additional people as an audience helped the kids relax. Of course, the only to keep kids happy is to be a little crazy…
The activity that really got the kids going was decorating! Grandma’s car was parked next to our play area. We scooped up leaves and dropped them on top. If we had more time and tools, I believe we could have covered the whole thing!
Grandma didn’t realize what happened when she walked back to her car in the dark, but had to turn on the wipers to see out the window!
The big day finally arrived. The wedding was on Friday. Ryan picked me up early in the morning with his brother. We were going to St. Charles to take photos before the ceremony. First we had to run to the grocery store and pick up a few things. They decided to have a kids table with some activities to make the reception more friendly for kids. This was a great idea and a hit with the kids!
We were all business once we got to St. Charles. The guys met at a brew pub for lunch and a few beers. Here we reminded Ryan that it wasn’t too late to back out 🙂 True to form, his buddy Rich was a bit late showing up for lunch. OK, he got there after we finished his food, but Ryan unfortunately expected that.
We went from lunch to the Lewis and Clark boat house to start photos there. It was a great location and the weather was perfect for photos. Then it got interesting. The guy with the flowers showed up and left flowers for the wedding party. He promptly took off somewhere else and the guys were alone again. Then the fun part happened… Shannon from Conner Photography showed up! It turns out that the wedding photographer was a married couple. While we respected the fact that she was married, we still appreciated having her around to take our photos and direct us!!! It later was revealed by a few ladies that Joel was no slouch either 🙂
The party was starting as everybody got together. Photos started taking place and we were all happy and felt the energy in the air. Then it all changed when Ingrid got there. All the guys were forced to hide with Ryan so Ingrid could show up as a surprise. Ingrid is a cute girl that any of the guys would be proud to call their own, but I can’t remember her dressing up more than a pair of jeans. The transformation from that to a wedding dress was amazing! Every guy there was envious of Ryan that day. The best part was when Ryan got to see her for the first time in her wedding dress. I don’t have the words to describe his reaction other than to say that it was very favorable!
Now the mad dash began to move all around St. Charles with Joel and Shannon taking us to the spots that they most wanted to take photos at.
With the photos complete, we headed out to Wentzville for the actual ceremony.
The wedding ceremony was good. The weather could not have been nicer to be outside and the setting was peaceful. It was time to go in and celebrate!!!
One of the great things the DJ brought to the table was props. Near the end, they threw out a bunch of inflatable guitars so we could do our own solos on the dance floor!
Danelle and I like to reflect on events on our way home. We both felt like this was the most different wedding we had been to in a good way. All of the previous weddings felt like they were put on for somebody else, like parents. But this ceremony felt like it was created specifically for the couple. It felt perfect in numerous ways. We couldn’t imagine anything being better.
A special thanks goes out to Ryan and Ingrid for letting us in on a slice of your awesome life!
One of be best buddies, Ryan, is getting married tomorrow. I’m one of the groomsmen, so I got a tuxedo for the wedding last night. Being the cheap and zany guy that I am, I decided to wear my tux all day on Friday. I figured it would be fun for work and I would get extra value out of the rented garment. I’ll have to say that I clean up rather well 🙂
I enjoyed the extra looks and comments all day. When I picked up the kids from the after school program other parents looked at me differently. The staff asked what the occasion was. After rushing the kids home and getting their clothes changed, we rushed out to the rehearsal dinner. We rushed to the location and realized that we were early. Its my preference to be early and I wanted to make sure we could help out.
The ladies were already decorating and placing tablecloths where they belonged, so I decided to help out in my own way.
Of course, I got the father of the groom involved. I think we both look rather good in kilt attire. Its worth noting at this point that the whole wedding party was present at this point. The bridesmaids were quite upset with me when they found out that I wore my tux all day long. “What if I had gotten a stain on the shirt” was their first thought. They found it quite inconsiderate of me. I just wanted to have a good time! Of course, I didn’t spill on it, and it was ready to be worn the next day with maybe a few wrinkles.
It all turned out to be a fantastic rehearsal dinner. Maybe because we ate my favorite food, pizza!