I’ll be honest—I often find rehearsal recaps to be a bit of a snooze, because they’re always just a bunch of photos of people standing around. That’s what you do at rehearsals, really. Our rehearsal, like so much of my life, was kind of a comedy of errors. Two of my bridesmaids didn’t make it, we were all sweating balls and nobody knew what they were doing. But somehow, it still ended up being pretty fun.
It started with…you guessed it: standing around.
Finally, it was time to start heading down the aisle. Mr. Panther’s parents kicked it off.
My mom and her boyfriend were up next. Cute dress, huh?
Next up was the wedding party. This was where it got a little complicated. We had decided to have the bridesmaids walk with the groomsmen, mostly to take some of the pressure (and risk of tripping in the grass in high heels) out of the equation, but two of my bridesmaids were missing. Luckily, both of the groomsmen with missing bridesmaids happened to have girlfriends in attendance who were happy to step in. Thanks, girlfriends! Groomsman Alan and his girlfriend Erica went first.
Then, it was time for groomsman Andrew and bridesmaid Mary Alice.
Groomsman Eric and bridesmaid Jess continued the procession.
Then, groomsman Jamie and his girlfriend, Abby, standing in for my maid of honor.
Next up: the two most adorable flower girls in the history of mankind, sporting baskets that had been decorated by Mr. Panther’s mom.
And finally, it was time for my uncle and I to take our turn. I was toting the bow bouquet from my bridal shower.
I tried to concentrate on walking slowly and controlling my sweat production—conveniently, the same things I would end up concentrating on at the real event. Meanwhile, everyone waited at the front. Perfect example of the comedy of errors: Mary Alice has her tongue sticking out, Jess is laughing her head off, and Mr. Panther has one eye open. My grandpa, who has been a justice of the peace for years, was our officiant.
We really just had no idea what was going on.
“So, uhhh, what do we do with the rings now?”
“Durrrr, when do we kiss? Now? Oh, OK.”
Eventually, it was time to rehearse the best part—heading for the bar.
All photos taken by the wonderful Emmet Gemme
We had a little time before the rehearsal dinner, so everyone headed back to the hotel to freshen up. My bridesmaids and I were spending the night in the bridal suite at the Inn at Longshore, so we only had to walk upstairs. Phew!
Next up…the rehearsal dinner!
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How will you prepare for your wedding rehearsal? Married ladies, did yours go smoothly?