Saturday, November 12, 2011

Ann’s Wedding Weekend and MJ Turns Three!

ann and julie

We had a wonderful time on our vacation last week! My sister, Ann, had her destination wedding in Naples, Florida on November 5th – it was also MJ’s 3rd birthday! We drove down half way on Thursday evening and finished the long drive on Friday morning. I was the matron of honor and MJ was the ringbearer, so we hurried to get ready and over to the rehearsal. Then, it was off to a lovely Italian restaurant for the rehearsal dinner. I am soooo glad we didn’t bring the boys to dinner- it was a delicious 5 course meal that lasted about 3.5 hours (their attention span in a restaurant is 30 minutes, max)! It was a lovely evening celebrating the bride and groom.

Rehearsal dinner - ann and jeff

Ann and Jeff

rehearsal dinner- ann and julieEngle family

mary ann julia

The wedding day couldn’t have been any more perfect- it was sunny and ~75 degrees without a cloud in the sky. We had so much fun getting our hair and makeup done- yes, that is my hair with curls (I don’t think I have hot-rolled my hair since middle school)!

getting readymj and mommy

Ann and MJAnn, eddie, me

The actual wedding ceremony was on a lawn at the resort that overlooked the beach. It was absolutely beautiful, and the bride and groom were beaming. MJ walked me down the aisle without a problem- he was such an adorable ringbearer! After the ceremony, they had a cocktail hour outside followed by a reception in one of the resort’s ballrooms.

Ann and Jeff surprised MJ with his very own birthday cake. All of the wedding guests sang “Happy Birthday” - he felt so special…he is still talking about it! I can’t believe my little peanut is three!

MJ birthdayMj cake

There was a lot of eating, drinking, and dancing that followed!

Our family

first danceCutting cake

MJ and juliaAnn dancing

All of the cousins from my mom’s side of the family made it to the wedding. It was so great to see everyone and catch up. There have been quite a few babies born since the last time I saw everyone! Two of my cousins, Jakki and Nikki, had babies the same month that I had Ty. In fact, Jakki’s little boy (Jack) was born on the very same day! The three of them were adorable walking around and checking eachother out….

ty and jack 1ty and jack 2

Ty and caleb

On Sunday, we headed to Disney World for MJ’s birthday trip. Stay tuned for pics!


  1. Jules! You looked so so beautiful! Love your hair in curls, and I love the dress you wore to the rehearsal dinner. It is awesome! Can't wait to see pics of Disney... my favorite place in the world!