Wedding in the Poconos

Last week we returned home from a whirlwind trip all over the US and it all started with a wedding in the Poconos. A cousin on my dad’s side got married on June 13 (check out the awesome NYT coverage on the wedding here – they have such a cute story!) and in addition to it being a fun, beautiful weekend, it was also a bonafide family reunion which was extra special since we don’t get to see my dad’s side of the family very often.

Colt making himself comfortable as we get set up on the plane.

Colt making himself comfortable as we get set up on the plane.

The wedding was held at the Pocono Lake Preserve, a private camp in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania. The camp totally has the feel of Dirty Dancing since when it’s “in season” families come stay for the summer and there are daily activities for kids, adults, etc. I think there are around 105 properties or “camps” on the preserve and each “camp” generally has 1-3 houses on it. Since the wedding took place before “season” starts (July 4), many property owners opened up their camps (or houses) for wedding guests to stay. We shared a house with my parents and my brother’s family and then some of my cousins who also have young kids stayed in another house on the same camp. Even more fun was that in between the two houses was a huge “playground” area for the kids! So basically a beautiful, natural setting, lots of space to run and play, lots of kids to play with and lots of family to help watch the kids — it was parent kid heaven! And honestly, I don’t know if it was just the timing or being with family or the open space or what but from our first day there, Colt seemed to come alive in a new way. He was so much more animated, less timid, more talkative and playful (although he still gives the MOST serious looks for all photos) than we had ever seen him before, and he’s truly been different ever since. I love it.

Colt, Augusta Clare (my brother's daughter) and Gavin (my 1st cousin's son) playing on the swings.

Colt swinging with cousins Augusta Clare and Gavin.

Colt running through the ferns (aka the Enchanted Forest) with Augusta Clare and Delaney.

Colt being chased through the ferns (aka the Enchanted Forest) by cousins Augusta Clare and Delaney.

Bubbles with Gigi!

Bubbles with Gigi and Delaney!

While we were there, Colt had his first boat ride!

Despite the look on his face, he actually loved it.

Despite the look on his face, he actually loved it.

Loved getting time with this sweet girl!

Loved getting time with this sweet girl!

The weekend also included hiking, a kick-ball tournament and general fun for the kids as they explored the preserve.

Gavin, Michael and my dad.

Gavin, Michael and my dad.

My dad, Michael, Gavin and Mark.

My dad, Gavin, Mark and Michael.

Morning breakfast by the lake.

Morning coffee by the lake.

Kiddos in the childrens library.

Madeline, Colt, Augusta Clare and Gavin in the children’s library.

The wedding itself was held outside in a beautiful clearing beneath a canopy of trees.

Sunlight.

Sunlight.

Walking to the ceremony.

Walking to the ceremony.

Love this face.

Love this face.

Happy boy.

Happy boy.

Augusta Clare with her momma Suzanne.

Augusta Clare with her momma Suzanne.

Post wedding photo-shoot by the lake.

Gigi and Colt.

Gigi and Colt.

My brother and his beautiful family: Augusta Clare, Suzanne, Brad and May.

My brother and his beautiful family: Augusta Clare, Suzanne, Brad and May.

Gigi and Pasha with their 3 grandkids. Outfits courtesy of Gigi.

Gigi and Pasha with their 3 grandkids. Outfits courtesy of Gigi.

Family pic!

Family pic!

This was at exactly 32 weeks.

Take 2!

Zais families!

My dad and his brother with their spouses, kids and grandkids!

Love these two boys.

Love these two boys.

So cute.

So cute.

Emert family photo. All decendents of my dads maternal grandparents, the Emerts.

Emert family photo. All decendents of my dad’s maternal grandparents, the Emerts. The bride is lucky she was included in the picture – at our wedding Michael got booted for the Emert family photo. They take it pretty seriously.

At the reception.

At the reception.

Beautiful setting.

Exactly 32 weeks!

The day after the wedding, Michael had to fly back to Brazil for work so I flew home to SC with my parents. Colt threw up in the car when we were about 5 minutes away from the airport (thankfully we had an oops-outfit ready!) and our flight was delayed, but he was with Gigi and Pasha so he was happy, and as soon as we took off he passed out in my mom’s arms.

Sleeping in Gigi's arms on the flight to SC!

Sleeping in Gigi’s arms on the flight to SC!

All in all an amazing weekend!

**Up Next: South Carolina!**

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