Best Wedding in Four Years

Just yesterday I got back from a very important event, my brother Owen's wedding weekend out in the city of Boise, which is in Idaho. It was also my sister-in-law Laura's wedding weekend. Coincidentally, they were marrying each other. 

Before there could be a wedding on Saturday, there was a Friday's worth of important things to do. Like get Owen all checked out of his bachelor apartment. 

And then much of the family convened at the state capitol building, which is in Boise, because Boise is the capitol of Idaho. Inside the capitol they were holding a graduation ceremony for new corrections officers. (Note the table of spare badges that weren't handed out). And there was also art, like George Washington holding a light saber and Martin Luther King carved from a stump. 

Then we grabbed lunch at Tin Roof Tacos. The crowd was wowed by their fried shrimp tacos. (Not pictured--what's happened to me?) We happened to stand in line outside the restaurant behind a friend of Owen's who was also getting married on Saturday.

After lunch a few of us visited the old Boise train depot from which we could observe all of downtown Boise. We also discussed what the difference might be between "In-line Skates" and "Rollerblades."

Then we stopped by a Wal Mart to pick up some essentials for the wedding. And saw the truck of someone who Dad would probably get along with.

Back to the hotel for a minute...

That night we went to Zupas to meet Laura's family, but on the way I stopped by my friend Rob Comstock's flagship store.

Before bed I walked around our hotel's neighborhood. There was a shiny theater with early showtimes.

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Ok, thank you for scrolling this far. Promise I'm about to start posting wedding photos. But first, can I show you my buffet breakfast and the mural from the hotel dining room?

And now we drive across the street to the Boise Temple! And the Edwards turn up...then imagine that we go to the ceremony, and come outside, and then the photos continue with us waiting for Owen and Laura to emerge from the temple.

And the waiting is over! Here's the Barneses!

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Let's look at who else was at the wedding. (that I got photos of)

Grandma. Sticking out her tongue at me?

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Brother Greg with his Uncle namesake. OR just an uncle with the same name as him, unclear if he was named after him.

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Uncle Duke

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Uncle Frank.

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Aunt Afton. 

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And I believe the regular reader knows Mom and Emily. That guy with the camera? That's Owen's bishop, and the wedding photographer.

Hmmm. Looks like I don't have any pictures of the group photos. Well, believe me, they happened.

After the wedding and before the luncheon Greg, Becky and I took advantage of a taquito offer we'd noticed at a Mexican place right by the hotel.

But I didn't want to eat too many taquitos and ruin my not-pictured Wedding Luncheon lunch of tri-tip and chicken and mac n cheese, etc. But here are pictures of revelers and Emily, Mom and Dad paying tribute to the couple. Plus Owen's good friend Jeramy. Then Owen and Laura spoke.

Between luncheon and reception we passed some of the time by going to see the Hairy Coos, a type of Scottish hairy cow. Hey Coos, us Barneses are Scottish too!

And then, Reception Time!

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A funny thing about the reception was that the woman who put out all this fruit left her phone on the table while she was doing it and it wound up buried in fruit for the whole night. 

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Cutting the cake!

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2017:

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2013:

The Edwards kids love a cake cutting!

The Edwards kids love a cake cutting!

While people celebrated, other people were up to light trouble.

Back inside, let's eat that cake!

Now let's party!

And then it was time for Owen and Laura's big send off. But I don't have pictures of them running through bubbles. Because I was busy sending them off. But I do have a picture of Owen investigating the work they did on his car to make sure it was all street legal.

And after the party it's the after party, which we held at Boise's famous West Side Drive-In, where we story told and chit-chatted over tater tots, burgers and an ice cream potato.

And that's the story of the Wedding Weekend in Boise! I hope you enjoyed it.