Our NYC Adventure–Day Three, Before the Wedding

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Sunday was BUSY. We got up early and walked to St. Patrick’s for Mass. It was still misting rain, but we didn’t bother with the cheap ponchos. It was also COLD! I was dressed in a maxi skirt and t-shirt and shivering! We were aiming for 9:00 Mass, but didn’t know how long it would take to walk, and ended up in time for 8:00 Mass! So we went in, couldnt hear a thing. We left after communion and I was starving. NOTHING was open on Sunday morning, and even though Will said they’d meet us after Mass so we could go to the parade together, they didn’t answer the texts, so we walked over to Rockefeller Center, took some pictures, and saw a bakery was open! Yay, breakfast! While we were eating our healthy breakfast of croissant and macaroon, we could look right out onto the Today Show. There weren’t many people, so we said we’d go out as soon as we finished. Well, we did, and by the time we got there, the show was over! Lol, well, we tried.

Still no response from the boys, so we went to look for their hotel, where the wedding was going to be. Couldn’t find it. Mom was tired, so we went back to St. Patrick’s and sat down during the 9:00 Mass, so when we finally got the boys, we told them we’d already walked 2 miles and went to church twice!
So they told us to come over, and we found the hotel because Marc (groom) and John (Will’s brother) were standing outside. We talked to them a bit, and Marc told us he had 40,000 steps on Friday, doing all the running around for the wedding!
We went up to Mike and Will’s room and sat for a bit, but they were checking out, so they took us down to the library where Shell and Sharon and the bridesmaids were getting their make-up done. The wedding was at 5, and this was probably 11.  Anyway, it was VERY interesting, because it was this big beautiful room and their dresses were hanging all around, and Shell was wearing a shirt that said “Keep Calm and Say I Do,” and her maid of honor bought her a monogramed robe that said “Mrs.” on the back. They were going to do pictures before the ceremony, so were going to have something called “First Look” since the groom isn’t supposed to see the bride before the wedding. I learned a lot. LOTS of inspiration.
Finally we decided not to wait for the boys and walked down to the Pride Parade. We walked 12 not-city blocks to where the parade began, but we missed the first half hour or so, and then realized the parade ACTUAlly began farther down, and we’d missed more. Mom wanted a rubber bracelet that MetLife was giving out, and I got her a thing of beads and she found a flag. She was so cute. I asked Will on the way back if he EVER thought he’d see the day and he said no.
They walked us back and we rested for about 45 minutes before we started getting ready for the wedding. We went down at 4, thinking to get a taxi, but no one wanted to take us such a short distance (4 blocks) but Mom could not walk in her shoes.
Sharon’s cousins came down and we decided to get a Suburban and split the cost. It STILL took us 20 minutes in traffic!
To be continued….

1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Natalie J. Damschroder
    Jul 08, 2015 @ 20:49:13

    I’m loving hearing about all this! Thanks so much for sharing it. I’ve been to NY enough that I feel as if I’m traveling it with you.

    I remember the horrible echo in St. Patrick’s. We couldn’t understand a word, either.

    That color is great on your mother, BTW. 🙂


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