Being a younger cousin has it's perks. On both of the sides of my family, my siblings and I are among the younger cousins, and both sides of the family have A LOT of cousins. What does this mean? That's right: weddings. Lots of them.
Saturday was the first wedding on my dad's side of the family. My cousin Sean Scott married the love of his life, a fantastic new-cousin of mine named Dana.
(Pictured here are Sean, Dana, and my Unlce Bill)
The wedding day was so incredibly fun. For the occassion, my cousins who live out in Milwaukee, Wisconsin flew out and spent the week leading up to the wedding with us. As always, we had a really fun time hanging out and spending time together. We hung out together, went to the mall, played with a model rocket, and some of us went to see Kendrick Lamar in Philadelphia the night before the wedding.
When the wedding day finally arrived, we woke up at the crack of dawn and began getting ready. Two families, eleven people, all in one house getting ready for a wedding in one morning is a sightly event to say the least. As soon as we were all ready, we packed into two cars (kids car and parents car, of course, to maximize fun) and started the two-hour trek to York, PA.
To pass the time, the kids car created an awesome game where we make a playlist where everyone adds four songs: a love song, a pump-up song, a guilty-pleasure song, and summer song. Then as we shuffle the playlist, we have to guess whose song it is and which category it falls under. This game made the car ride go by in a flash.
When we arrived at the service, we finally got to hug the rest of our extended family. The service was beautiful. Watching my cool older cousin who I always looked up to walk down the aisle was incredible.
On our way to the reception, my brother and two cousins and I stopped by a giant field to take some pictures.
The reception was wonderful. One of the things I loved the most was seeing the happiness that was so rich in each person's demeanor. I was so crystal clear to everyone how in love Sean and Dana were, and that energy was contagious at the wedding. Two completely different families coming together with friends all around to join together two loved-ones in marriage - there's nothing else like it.
The reception was full of raucous dancing and singing. At one point Sean and Dana's friends lifted the two of them up into the air on the dance floor. My grandfather in his old age was able to sit at a table and watch all of us grandchildren dance and have fun together - I can't imagine what that sight must have meant to him.
The intense togetherness was life-giving. The coming together of humans in happiness is game-changing. It's life.
The night ended with some long overdue cousin-bonding back in the hotel. All of my cousins - spaning from age twelve to thirty - spent the end of the night together playing games and loudly singing Irish music, as we Scotts are known to do.