Friday, March 8, 2013

Audra and Rob's 5th Wedding Anniversary 2013

It's snowing today, just like it did on Audra and Rob's wedding day five years ago in North Carolina. Happy Anniversary!

Audra and Rob got married while Audra was still attending law school with me at UVA, but they planned to live in North Carolina together after she graduated so they started off their married life there. Many of us still vividly remember Audra's wedding ceremony, not only because one of the groomsmen locked his knees and took a tumble, but also because their ceremony was very personalized for them. The minister talked in terms of both religion and life practicalities, Audra's stepfather sang during the ceremony, and Audra and Rob read their own vows to each other. After Rob lifted Audra's veil and kissed her, their first married act was to pray together. And you don't need me to tell you because you can see for yourself in the pictures, but Audra was a beautiful and stunning bride.

Coming down the aisle together after getting married

A bunch of our friends from law school traveled to the wedding together. It was at the end of our law school Spring Break so we spent the whole week in North Carolina relaxing and looking forward to the event.

Padget Wedding 2008
Roger, Brian, Kevin, me, Audra, Sarah, Donald, Katy, and Josh

We had a lot of fun at their wedding reception. After the first dance, Rob danced with his mother, and Audra danced with her stepfather who sang to her as well. She has the same sort of close relationship with her stepfather that I had with mine, which is to say that they are our real fathers.

Padget Wedding 2008
Rob and Audra's first dance

Father-daughter dance

After dinner we had two flavors of cake, a white cake with strawberry coulis, and a groom's cake made of chocolate. I enjoyed the groom's cake so much that I dubbed it my birthday cake.

Padget Wedding 2008
Wedding cake and groom cake decorated just for Rob

Black-Tie Strawberry
I like that the strawberry is dressed up

We spent the rest of the evening hitting the dance floor with Audra and Rob's friends and family. I spent a little time dancing with Audra's California friends who are as awesome as they are beautiful, and some time photographing and chatting with Audra and Rob's Charlottesville friends, who I already knew a little because of pre-wedding events. Brian made friends with every last person at the wedding and led a few line dances. I am not talking about the electric slide because it was already 2008-- I'm talking more along the lines of Cupid Shuffle and the Cha Cha Slide. There was even a conga line that basically the entire wedding got in. Even Donald!

Slide to the left, slide to the right!

Random guy blocking up the conga line
Conga line with everyone!

Seriously, Roger, Get with the Program

Roger spinning Katy

Padget Wedding 2008
The now-married Sarah and Donald being super cute

Five years later, Audra and Rob have a beautiful 1.5 year old son, Carter, who is such a fun blend of their characteristics. We're so lucky to be able to see our sons grow up at the same time.

Mother's Day with the Padgets 2012
Our families together in May of 2012

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