After a lovely week leading up to the wedding (you know, after that whole dry-heaving incident), it was finally the day before. Um. What? How did time go by so quickly?? But I was ready. Let the wedding activities commence!
That morning, I dragged the moms, bridesmaids, junior bridesmaid, and several aunties to one of my favorite salons (Spa Scotta, which has apparently since closed?! sad times) to get our nails done. I emailed all of the ladies that were coming ahead of time to make sure I knew which services would be required, and made reservations for everyone. Since there were so many of us, we essentially booked out the little nail part of the salon. My mom and I brought some food and some champagne (OK, really my mom brought those things) and we all just chilled, ate, and got our nails done. It was such a wonderful, relaxing time with my favorite ladies! No stress allowed.
I’ve been promising to get the show on the road for a while now, and I figured there’s no better way to start out 2013 than with recaps! So, here we go! Presenting:
The day before the wedding was busy, and I neglected to take pictures. Bad blogger! Bridesmaid L came over around 10:00am, and we got our nails done together. Then we met up with Mr. T, Groomsman P, and our friend A for a quick pizza lunch. It was so nice to relax with good friends before the madness began. After lunch, my parents arrived. We loaded up the car with everything that needed to go downtown, picked up my dress from the seamstress, and loaded into the hotel. My brothers and I went to Whole Foods to buy the flowers for the bouquets, and then we picked up my sister/Maid of Honor from the train. We made our bouquets, changed, and walked over to the church for the rehearsal! Phew!
Note to future brides: Do not walk a mile in brand-new heels the day before your wedding. I did, and my feet still hurt the next day. No bueno.
The rehearsal went pretty quickly. My uncle/our priest and the chapel’s wedding coordinator took turns bossing everyone around, so I didn’t have much to do except go through the motions. It was kind of nice.
OK, I’ll admit, I’ve always found rehearsal blog posts pretty boring. Predictably, there’s always something that goes wrong: people are running late; no one knows where they’re supposed to stand or what they’re supposed to do; the whole family is stressed about the next day; and people start getting hangry awaiting the post-rehearsal dinner.
All of those things happened at our rehearsal. There was an accident on the freeway just before the exit for our venue, so almost everyone was running really late. Our officiant couldn’t make it, so our day-of coordinator had to step up and help run things. We never talked about who does what ahead of time (other than running through the ceremony wording with our officiant the weekend before), so things got a little cray-cray. Also, it got dark before we even got down to the rehearsing part. Well, at least we looked cute for photos.
Waiting for everyone else to arrive, with Maid of Honor A, Mr. W, Maid of Honor N, and friend K. My eyes were casting daggers at anyone in sight. / Personal photo
We hadn’t planned on having a rehearsal, (our venue charges an extra $200 to have rehearsal the night before the wedding) but we wanted to do a very quick run through just to make sure everyone knew what order they were walking in/who they were walking with.
Once dinner had been cleared away, we rounded up everyone at the back of the room and Brother Scepter attempted to walk everyone through the order of the ceremony.
The morning of our rehearsal I woke up to the sound of a bride’s worst fear: rain. The week of our wedding, it rained nearly every day. Heavy rain. The forecast showed a slight chance of rain on the days of our rehearsal and wedding, so I went to bed Thursday night confident that the weather would cut us a break. But literally the second I woke up, I was filled with dread. I just knew our wedding would get rained out.
The weather was so intense that we were forced to hold the rehearsal indoors because the grounds were flooded. The rain didn’t look like it was letting up any time soon. As you can imagine, I was freaking out.
Ha, look at our faces!
Sadly, that was the only photo from the rehearsal. At one point we decided to line up outside when the rain was a bit lighter, but we ended up rained out almost as soon as we started. Eventually, we got all of the logistics down and headed back to get ready for the best part of the day: dinner!
As a choir girl, there’s one thing I have learned, and that is that rehearsal is important! Even if it is only walking into place. That is all a choir girl usually ever has to worry about in terms of movement. The singing is a whole ‘nother thing. So you better believe I cared about the rehearsal. Almost everyone who could make it came to our rehearsal.
With my cute ribbon bouquet from MOH Wino, ready to get the show on the road!
During this time, Mr. D was spending time with guests as they were heading in and making sure that our out-of-town guests were getting appropriate rides and directions. He was also keeping his groomsmen in check, which is a feat all on its own. Soon we all descended into the church parking lot. It was time to rehearse.
Let me just say that Pastor Marty was amazing. This was definitely not his first shindig, and he had the show up and running smoothly.
This was such a relief, because I actually got to sit back and enjoy the moment. Up until the rehearsal itself, the wedding didn’t seem real, but as I was driving to that church (or in reality BM J was driving me), the butterflies in my stomach hit in a flurry of nervousness. It hit me like a ton of bricks that at that exact time the next day I would officially be Mrs. D and would be getting ready for the reception! It was so nice to be able to relish in that delight and not have to order people around.
I took some moments to pose with friends before being called away to go over some last-minute things: