Once everyone had their fill of dessert, people started to say their goodbyes and make their way out to whatever plans they had for the rest of the day. (There was a pretty big college football game going on in town that night, so some folks had tailgates to get to.)
Cruise and I made the decision early on that, because we were having a semi-destination wedding, we were going to open up our rehearsal dinner to all of our out-of-town guests. My family was traveling from NH to Asheville, NC, so most of them were there Friday night. His family was coming from other parts of the Carolinas, so some showed up that night while others made the drive the day of the wedding. Once the decision was made to include all of our guests, we switched gears from formal rehearsal dinner to casual BBQ in a park, complete with polish horseshoe, cornhole, and a game straight from Denmark! Hands down one of the best decisions we made!
We ordered food from Good to the Bone mostly off of price and reviews. Admittedly, I was a little nervous feeding 50 of our closest friends and family food from a place I had never tried, but as it turns out, there was nothing to worry about because Jerry (the owner) was awesome. We had so, so many compliments on the food about it being some of the best BBQ they had ever tasted. I wholeheartedly agree, and we’re big BBQ people
Rather than me explain every little detail of fun, I’ll let the pictures do the talking
I am determined to be one of those brides who actually eats on her wedding day. Nothing—not rain, sleet, snow, or the pressure to say hello to every aunt and cousin—will stop me from eating dinner that night. I’m insanely excited about our menu.
Our caterer is actually a food truck, Ibiza Bites. Their thing is “SoLa” cuisine, inspired by combining traditional Southern and Latin flavors to create food-fusion magic. It’s not your traditional food truck grub, so I hope our guests are as eager and excited to chow down as I am.
Now that we have gorgeous cards to write our vows on, we decided it was time to actually figure out what we wanted to say. This is something that we have had on the back burner for a while, just kind of mulling it over. Billie and I decided we would write our vows separately, but then share them with each other. We wanted to make sure they were of a similar length and that we were vowing complementary things. Plus, we just like doing things together.
Here’s where our different personalities really came into play. I started a massive list of vow samplings, wording, and ideas that I read and researched beforehand similar to Miss Hen’s ceremony document. I then combined the parts I liked and added some of my own to come up with my vows.
The timing for this doesn’t get started until six months out from your chosen wedding date. Some of our material says “Definitive wedding plans should not be made nor contracts entered into until this determination of readiness is made by the priest.” It’s OK, you can laugh—I did too. I guess technically a ceremony date is still up in the air until you’ve finished the prep, but unless something huge comes up, I think you’re good to follow your own timeline with respect to all the other wedding details.
Friday morning we made the drive from Charlotte to Asheville to set up the venue, have our rehearsal dinner, and, well, just have FUN!
First, my bridesladies and I stopped at Spa Theology downtown to get our toes done, and it was WONDERFUL! Did I take any pictures? Of course not. I was way too excited that we were in Asheville for my wedding and totally forgot about pictures. (Side note: Please tell someone to remind you of these stupid little things, set an alarm on your phone, or something. Don’t be a dumb dumb like I was.) Luckily for me, Google always has my back, so here are some generic pictures of the beauty that is Spa Theology.
This post is going to be a little long and wordy, but I definitely did not want to skip the amazing things people said about us on our wedding day. It meant a lot to me that Mama Plane, MOH Morticia, and BM Chopper took the time to each write amazing speeches in our honor, and I’m happy to be sharing them with you today. So without further ado, Mama Plane, take it away!
“Ladies and gentlemen, as the mother of the bride, it is my privilege to give the first speech. I would like to start by saying, on behalf of Ken, myself, and Troy’s parents, welcome to all the relatives and friends who have joined us to celebrate Maria and Troy’s wedding. I know that many of you have traveled long distances to be here. Thank you all for coming to help celebrate this very special day.
“Today, I must be the proudest mom on earth. Maria, you have grown to be a beautiful and outstanding young woman and, I must say, a stunning bride today.
“Troy, I would like to welcome you into the family, even though you have been a part of it for some time now. This just makes it official.