Wedding season has arrived, my friends.
After our journey to Louisiana a few weeks ago, we kept things a little closer to home this weekend and traveled to Columbus, Ohio for Brendan and Becky’s wedding. For those of you who don’t know, Brendan is Eric’s incredibly talented older brother, and Becky is my favorite addition to the Ringer family!
The super fun thing about all of these weddings is that we get to make mini-vacations out of them! In this case, we left Lexington on Friday morning and had a fun 3-hour drive to Columbus (can you believe I had never been there before?), before heading to the rehearsal. Now, if you know the Ringer family, you know they can throw a mean rehearsal dinner. Seriously. Ours was super awesome and hilarious. And Brendan and Becky’s was no different. Lots of yummy food, heartfelt toasts, and a ridiculous poem from a weird sister-in-law (me), which may have referenced the couple as ‘Brendecky’.
Saturday was wedding day, which meant Eric had to be at a park for photos early in the morning. I should mention that it was only about 35 degrees outside that morning. Way to tough it out, men. But one of the most exciting things about being in a different city is getting to visit restaurants that we don’t have in Lexington. So Eric and I got up extra early for breakfast at Einstein Bros. Bagels. Oh my goodness. Yum. I’ve never been a big bagel eater (which is probably good for my waistline), but this place may have converted me. I had some sort of apple cinnamon bagel that was seriously so delicious. And it didn’t even have that weird, thick bagel-like consistency that makes me not like bagels in the first place. I’d say it was more the consistency of a donut. And maybe that’s why I liked it so much.
A few hours later, I was privileged to indulge in a second breakfast with the Ringer-Geckeler clan at a brunch place called First Watch. Another pretty darn delicious dining destination, I must say. This was only the second time that I’d ever visited with most of this part of the family (the first being at our wedding last August), but I’m thrilled to report that they are all fascinating and wonderfully kind, entertaining people. And they lead such exciting lives! Steve and Judy, I think we’re going to need to visit you in Colorado soon!
After all of the eating came the actual wedding (and the reason for the whole celebration weekend!). Becky was a gorgeous bride, of course, and Brendan was a strapping young groom. The ceremony was beautiful, and it was so wonderful to celebrate with two people so clearly made for one another! I may have a little love for weddings, but I have an even bigger love for weddings involving people I love! So congratulations, Brendecky!
The wedding reception was wonderful as well, with lots of yummy food (including one of the best salads I’ve ever had) and marvelous Caribou Coffee! Of course, there was no shortage of good conversation (a given, in any situation involving the Ringer clan) and delicious wedding cake.
After all of the wedding festivities ended, we all journeyed back to our hotel in plenty of time to watch the UK Final Four game. We ended up watching the game at the hotel bar, where we downed way too much pizza as we watched our poor Cats lose by one point. Mega bummer.
The next morning, we drowned our sorrows in eggs, waffles, and yogurt parfaits at First Watch, once again. It was another great morning of catching up with lots of interesting people and sharing lots of laughs.
All in all, the food was good, the company was great, and the newly married Ringers were wonderfully celebrated!