This time last week, we were celebrating the wedding of Adam and Courtney. Although they grew up on opposite ends of the same county, they became friends and fell in love while students at Purdue University. Adam proposed to her on one knee under the bell tower, and they chose to get married surrounded by the campus and traditions that were an important part of their love story.
This meant that we packed six well-filled plastic totes, ten lanterns, one cooler, two suitcases, two hanging bags, two bridesmaid dresses, and three bags of clementines into the car and headed north. Check in, unload, organize, and take a little break at Pappy's Sweet Shop, our first stop on the campus landmark tour.
As a Purdue family, we have experienced many of the well-known traditions on and around campus. Breakfast club, sledding down Slayter Hill, tailgating at Ross-Ade, delighting in Drew Brees (maybe that's just me), and a favorite of the younger generation: Thursday nights at the Cactus.
The Neon Cactus is located on the levee, and features Purdue grad and former Purdue Varsity Glee Club member Bruce, who now spends three nights each week as the Piano Man, entertaining students in the piano bar. Shylah called ahead for special seating, and they had a some welcome favors set out for the bride and groom and friends.
First timers to the piano bar are, not surprisingly, called 'virgins', and are treated to a free song of their choice.
The view from the piano, parents in the back.
And Mama even got to dance with her baby. "Country roads, take me home…"
Way back in the summer, I booked a room in Mackey Arena for the rehearsal dinner, as a surprise for Adam, not even thinking that it would be smack dab in the midst of March Madness. Though there was a moment or two of concern as to whether we would actually have access to the room (that's a story for another day), it all worked out and inspired a 'March Marriage Madness' theme for the evening.
I found these cute invitations here, in the wedding colors of navy and coral.
I ordered spirit fan faces of Adam and Courtney from this website, and used them to decorate the tables.
Who IS that behind the faces??
Hello! It's the bride and groom!
The girls did some sideline posing.
As did little Noah James, dreaming some basketball dreams.
The girls ended their night-before-the-wedding in the suite reading the adorable letters Courtney's students wrote to Adam telling him why he should marry Miss Apperson.
They're gettin' married in the morning!