Kicking Off the Wedding Weekend: Beach Wedding Rehearsal
We’ve finally come to the point where I can start the Eel wedding recaps! We received the last of our professional wedding photos, and I can’t wait to share them with you all. But before we get to the actual wedding day, let’s rewind to Thursday, August 18, 2016.
It was an overcast and rainy day, which was not a good sign for our upcoming outdoor Saturday wedding. The forecast was rain for the remainder of the weekend, but I tried to push that out of my mind as we got ready to leave for our beach house. It turned out to be a task that wasn’t very hard to do as there was so much to be excited about waking up that morning—Mr. Eel was officially on vacation, BM C and her husband were flying in from Santa Barbara that morning, and the rest of our wedding party was en route to meet us at the beach house for a weekend sleepover (and not to mention a wedding).
The view from the patio of our beach house on Thursday: The weather left much to be desired, but you can’t go wrong with ocean front property, a hammock, and a crazy beautiful view.
As soon as we all arrived, we cracked open some beers and wine, and kicked off our wedding weekend. It was a relaxed afternoon spent with our closest friends and just what I needed to calm my nerves before our wedding day. That night I took my bridesmaids, mom, and future mother-in-law to dinner at a local restaurant known for their massive prime rib, while Mr. Eel and the boys (his groomsmen, my dad and brother, and my future stepfather-in-law) stayed back at the beach house and ordered pizza.
Dinner with bridal party: MOH J and her massive slice of mud pie!
The next day we woke up early for our rehearsal and took a short five-minute drive to Kualoa Ranch. We specifically chose the location of our beach house because of its proximity to our wedding venue. In total, the rehearsal took about one hour, and we hurried back to the beach house for our pre-wedding BBQ for all our wedding guests.
MOH J is holding my substitute bouquet—Ring Bearer D’s T-rex toy!
In total, about 40 of our wedding guests came throughout the day. We had basic BBQ foods—hot dogs, chicken, steak, salad, chips, and lots of beer and sangria. We didn’t have anything formal planned for the BBQ; just eating, drinking, some lawn games, and background music.
The start of our wedding BBQ
After all our guests left and it was just us Eels and our wedding party, we had dinner and stayed up late talking, laughing, and enjoying each other’s company. We eventually called it a night, and Mr. Eel and his groomsmen left for their smaller beach house a mere 100 feet away. After all, we had a big day ahead of us!
What did/will you do in the days leading up to your wedding?
All photos are personal.