As you noticed in my last post, we had just a couple of things to take care of the week before the wedding! We had so many things we wanted to do, let alone the things we needed to take care of.
For example, we really really missed being in the States and doing normal US-things. So, on our list of “funbligations” (obligations that are just too dang fun to pass up!) were things like run in Forest Park, have coffee at St. Honoré Bakery, eat breakfast at the Screen Door (OMG you need to go there – soul food heaven!), and take a stroll through REI for old time’s sake. I know this might sound lame. It’s amazing the little things you miss about your home country!
Anyways, we had a tight schedule in which our Portland gallivanting could also count as wedding prep – my family was flying into town on Tuesday, and that’s when the prep would kick into overdrive.
Saturday morning was a dream. The first thing we did was run 5 miles in Forest Park. Those were the easiest 5 miles I’ve ever run in my life – everything was so beautiful! (Maybe the euphoria over getting married was kicking in?)
Forest Park is right next to the darn cutest little neighborhood ever – what I lovingly refer to as the alphabet district. All the streets run in alphabetical order, and they have the same names as characters from the Simpsons (these were actually the inspiration for the characters’ names!). Just blocks from the end of the trail is the St. Honoré Boulangerie – oh-so-cute, and delish coffee and pastries to boot! (Maybe I should do a Honeymoon In My Hometown for Portland already?) Sipping coffee after a run in the woods was absolutely divine.
After coffee and a shower, we bopped over to the other side of Portland to rehearse with our band, Terracoustic – I’ll save those deets for the reception, though. 😉
We truly got derailed when, on Sunday, we tried to fit a 12 mile run in before visiting our venue for the final consultation (2.5 hours away!). The plan was to run most of the Sauvie Island Foot Traffic Flat course (a protected 12 mile route), then stop by the flower farm to see what would be in bloom for our wedding, pick up lavender bouquets on the island, and top the day off with our visit to Westwind.
Sauvie Island is located right in Portland and, lucky for me and my penchant for lavender, it has a bounteous lavender farm on it!
I thought that 12 miles would be a piece of cake by this point. We’d already been running up to 18 miles, anyways! Unfortunately, it wasn’t so easy. Jet lag does a number on your ability to run. We were sluggish the entire run. I began to think we couldn’t run the marathon (“Would this be a metaphor for our marriage??” I thought, defeated, as I gulped down air). I even had to stop at mile 11 to cry on Mr. Bear Cub’s shoulder. I couldn’t understand what was so difficult about this run. We’d already come so far, we’d already set everything up like clockwork.
By the time we finished our run, it was way too late to drive out to Westwind. We called the staff, and rescheduled for Tuesday, hopeful we’d still be able to get everything taken care of in time.
How did you juggle your last-minute preparations? Were you able to maintain your sanity, or did you have to sacrifice anything along the way?