A Whirlwind Wedding in Virginia

I am always up for an adventure. Whether we’re cruising on a Disney boat, visiting family up in Washington or just exploring a local joint we’ve never tried, getting up and out of the house and doing “stuff” is incredibly important to Andrea and I.

This past weekend, the two of us left the boys with our friend Shela and flew across the country to our cousin Hillary’s wedding in Leesburg, VA. While an amazing trip, it was a short one… all in all, SAN > SFO > IAD and then DCA > DEN > SAN – all in 48 hours. I felt like I was filming an episode “The Layover.”

The trip started Friday night with a flight up to San Francisco and then a red eye over to Washington Dulles arriving at the amazingly blurry hour of 6am. It wouldn’t have been that bad of a flight if it weren’t for the fact that we were flying with about 2 dozen 8th graders who were all enjoying their first few hours without mom or dad’s watchful eye. Lack of sleep due to seat back table shenanigans equates to much needed naps Saturday morning.

Leesburg, Virginia

Seeing Andrea’s family, including her brother Kevin (pictured above) was great. Banding together for lunch on Saturday, we tried the Wine Kitchen in historic downtown Leesburg; a recommendation straight from the bride. It was an amazing little restaurant w/ some awesome wines and crazy good food. Go check them out if you’re ever nearby.

The wedding overlooked a little pond tucked in close to a huge barn right off the Potomac River. The venue was awesome really, even though our allergies took a bit of hit. Hillary and her fiance AJ stole the show but coming in at a close second was the reception. Mingling in and amongst some horse stalls, the vibe of the whole place was killer. Combined w/ some live music, amazing food and beverages, the night was a total success only to be topped off with a dazzling array of lightning bugs buzzing around the fields near the barn. It took a minute for me to realize exactly what I was seeing, but once I did, I had to show everyone. A bit of a difficult task when all that everyone wants to do is dance and have fun. Make sure you stop and enjoy it once in a while!

The weekend came and went all too fast. By Sunday morning, we were back in traveling mode, packing our bags and headed for the airport for the final few legs of back-breaking flights. Xavier and Lexan would be waiting for us at home and we were quite ready to leave. Why do short trips feel so long sometimes?

Where are you guys off to this summer? Any weddings? Andrea and I will be back in wedding form for our friend Kristina’s wedding in July. We get to go home for that one though.