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Old 09-26-2015, 07:29 AM   #166
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And loved the picture of you and your bridesmen last night!!
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Glad to hear your enjoying our neck of the woods. I go quite close to the Merrimack outlets on my way to work. Very easy to do lots of damage to one's wallet.
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We did - we saw all the signs for it. I remember, as we have a Chelmsford too at home, about 40 minutes from us!
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it was so good and very emotional to be reunited with them both for the first time since our wedding day.
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A very quick update before the wedding in about an hour and a half's time...

Dinner was great last night and the cocktails afterwards were fun. Not only did I get to see my two bridesmen together again (I made sure to get a photo ) but Nick and I saw Dave's parents for the first time since Dave's 21st birthday back in 1994... It was so lovely to catch up with them.

We went into Boston this morning and saw some of the sights, in fact quite a lot of the sights on a walking tour, before we headed over to the Chart House to meet everyone for lunch. We had an absolute blast and Laurie had been keeping secrets, but it was a good one - Sue (rescuesk) was a surprise guest and I'd been trying to persuade her to come for months, to the point where she'd started ignoring my texts and emails in case she let the cat out of the bag. I so desperately wanted to see her again, as it had been four long years since we were last together and so I blubbed a lot, especially given the events of this week, so I hope everyone there understood - it was a very emotional moment.

Lunch was superb, the food was excellent, so was the service, but the best was the company and thank you so much to everyone who came along - it was wonderful to see you all.

Now to head to the wedding shortly... and there may just be a bit more blubbing there too...
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Glad lunch was great and that so many of you were able to get together for such a nice PP gathering! Looking forward to more on this meet, the wedding and the rest of your NE trip!
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