Dino and Taco both spent the night in the suite with me, but I woke up on my own and had some quiet time. First a shower, then I sat down to write a quick post for you guys, my dad brought me a yummy coffee which helped to soothe my throat, and finally I put together my letter for Sphinx. In the end, I liked leaving it to last minute, because my emotions were more sincere and sappy that way. As I was finishing up the letter, the activity level in the room started to pick up.
Hive, I’m so sorry I’ve been MIA. I don’t have any grand excuse—the school year just really started to pick up, and I started supervising an extracurricular, which seemed to take up all my spare time! My apologies. I’ll try to be back more consistently. I’ve loved reading all the other bees’ blogs, though! Particularly our newbees.
We hosted our rehearsal dinner at the restaurant in the other hotel from our hotel block. In the welcome letters I crafted, I invited everyone who was checking in on Friday to our dinner. We did not want it to be a very formal affair, and we wanted our guests to stop in, have a bite to eat, and say hello.
Mr. Farmer and I decided to rent a limo bus to transport our bridal party from The Hotel Metropolis to Johnnie’s Italian Steakhouse. It wasn’t more than a 10 minute trip, but we wanted to make it as easy as possible. It’s the little things!
Mr. Farmer and me rocking our rehearsal dinner outfits. Living on the farm doesn’t allow us the chance to dress up often, so we completely took advantage of the opportunity to get nice and cleaned up. We all loaded up into the limo bus, and away we went. … read more
So after a crazy morning, we finally made it down to the Windsor Court hotel, where several of us would be staying for the weekend. We hit the Quarter really quickly, so that some of our tourists could purchase some “souvenirs.”
This picture cracks me up: BM Duffy was so excited for her fiance to try the drinks she’d had at Mardi Gras!
Once those important stops were out of the way, we all got changed for the welcome party at Rock ‘n’ Bowl. In the lobby, a piano player and singer were entertaining folks in the lounge, and while we were waiting for our car, they started to play “What a Wonderful World.” Daddy P had picked that as our father-daughter dance song, so we got in a little practice in the lobby.
The Friday morning before the big day was a pretty crazy busy one—you know, all the prepping and stuff. Stepdaughter K and I woke up fairly early and, after a family breakfast, we headed off to the nail salon. We wanted a chance to spend some time together before all our friends and family arrived, and this was a perfect chance to do so. While K and I were getting our nails done, Mr. Farmer and Stepson R were doing a bit of last minute shopping. Something we completely forgot to tell the kids about was the dress code the Florian Gardens has.
You see, the Florian Gardens has a pretty strict time frame for when you can host your rehearsal, especially on a Friday, which has become a pretty popular day to get married. You could wear whatever you wanted except jeans. Thankfully, because we were aware of this beforehand (read those contracts, folks) we were able to let all of our bridal party know so they could dress accordingly. However, we neglected to let the kids know, so we both ended up doing some last minute shopping before the rehearsal to make sure the children were outfitted appropriately. Hey, you can’t win them all.
Anyway, after Mr. Farmer and R got R’s outfit all situated they were the welcoming committee for our arriving bridal party members. K and I were running a tad bit late, kind of a theme for me it seems, so we had very little time to get ready for the rehearsal when we got back. With a little help from K I was able to throw myself together and be presentable enough.
We all left the church and headed down to Superior Seafood. The room that Sphinx Mom and Dad reserved was a long, closed-in patio that looked out on the St. Charles streetcar line.
The first thing our guests saw when entering was an adorable spread of pictures put together by Sphinx Mom—including engagement pictures, a framed invitation, and some cute (AKA embarrassing) baby pictures of Sphinx and me. The invitation is in the middle of the table—teal, a chandelier, and the phrase “Love and Laughter Before the Happily Ever After.” She couldn’t have nailed it any better, amiright?
Apparently middle school team pictures are our downfall: his basketball and my dance team.
Since our rehearsal was on Thursday night, we didn’t invite all of our out-of-town guests to the dinner. We stuck to those who were necessary at the rehearsal, their dates, a few extra aunts, uncles, and cousins, and a handful of guests who had come into town already. It was just the right size party to be intimate, and still allow for lots of chatting and mingling among all the guests. We started off with drinks and welcoming everyone.
Now that you have seen our wedding in all it’s glory, I thought I could just take a couple minutes to share some of the details I loved with you.
1) My Brooch Bouquet
I loved my bouquet even though it didn’t turn out exactly as I had envisioned it would. I wish I had made the brooches more of a line and less of a clump. I also wish I had thought to tell the florist I didn’t want leaves (it never even occurred to me they would add leaves to it…). But overall it was gorgeous and everyone loved passing it around and posing for pictures with it while exclaiming about how heavy it was. So, it doubled as entertainment for our guests!
I have been putting off my recaps for a while for a few different reasons, one of them being what you will read below. I apologize for my absence but hope you can understand why it took me so long to finally get started actually writing them.
Mr. Farmer and I picked up the Barn children the Thursday before the wedding. We decided that we wanted some family time to take advantage of the hotel we were staying at before all the wedding festivities started. The Hotel Metroplis, featuring an indoor water park, go-kart track, laser tag, batting cages, arcade, and rock climbing? Oh hell yeah, we were going to live it up! We also wanted to take our time getting to Wisconsin. It was a four and a half hour trip for us, so we wanted to make sure we had the time to stop for plenty of potty breaks and to stretch our legs.