Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Wedding Wednesday-- Rehearsal.

I don't even know how to start describing our wedding weekend.  It was stressful and wonderful and emotional and nothing like I imagined and absolutely perfect.  It all got going on Thursday when most of Donny's family and our other out of town guests arrived.  We spent pretty much all of Thursday visiting with people who were arriving.  We did finally get some quality time just the two of us-- we stayed up late playing parcheesi and watching Paul Blart: Mall Cop.  It was so great.
Friday, Donny took his family to explore the city.  I seriously considered going by myself to see Skyfall to get a few hours of solitude and relaxation, but I didn't. Instead, I ran all the errands that I needed to, including picking up Donny's (surprise) groom's cake and taking it to our rehearsal dinner site at our church.  My mom and her BFF Terry were there getting it set up and decorated.  Terry has been such a blessing to Donny and me.  Over the last year, she and her husband (who work for an airline) have gotten us several buddy passes so that we could fly back and forth for super cheap.  And for the rehearsal dinner, she bought all these fresh flowers and arranged them and helped decorate the room, not allowing us to reimburse her.  She even made me a rehearsal bouquet when we realized I didn't have one since I never had a real bridal shower!  
I helped my mom and Terry set up the room for a while before heading to the hotel to visit some more folks who had flown in and drop off the rest of the OOT bags.  I made a quick pit stop at Walmart (where I found Donny and his family and had a momentary mental breakdown over everything that was left to do) before going home.  Shortly after arriving home, my MOH arrived to take me for a mani/pedi with my mom, Donny's sisters, and my friend Khrystal.  Seeing my fragile state, she made me some "special" orange juice.  Best.MOH.Ever.  

Our mani/pedis took slightly longer than we all anticipated, so we had to hurry to the chapel and were still a few minutes late.  Oops!  At least we weren't the last ones to arrive-- some of our out of towner wedding parties folks got a little lost...  But we all finally made it there and got the party started.  Our wedding planner, Jamie, got everything going pretty quickly.  (Thanks to Monica and Jodi for being our photographers for the evening!!)
I love this money shot of Brandon's neck tattoo...  ;)

The rehearsal didn't take long at all.  It's pretty simple-- we all walk in and stand there while the minster talks, then we all leave.  Easy peasy.  Then it was time to eat!  (And thank goodness-- I hadn't eaten hardly all day.)  Once everyone got to the church for dinner, I revealed Donny's surprise groom's cake!  He didn't want to cut it, so I'd say that was a success.  :)
The whole table display, including lots of pictures of us.

My dad started things off with what he called a "mini-sermon," but was really some great thoughts and lessons on marriage.

Then we ate and watched a slideshow that my mom had put together of pictures of both Donny and me growing up plus "our story."  It was so cool, and took so much work for her.  We really loved and appreciated it.  After dinner, we gave our wedding party their gifts and hung out with friends and family for a while.
I have no idea what happened between these two photos,
but April didn't find it as funny as Emily and I did apparently.
Me with my grandma
Our out of town friends, including Jodi and Rachel!
Me and Donny's sister Kristi

It was such a fun night with some of my favorite people who I don't get to see very often.  I was so glad to get some time to visit with them, but it still wasn't enough.  Everyone needs to come back to NC when there isn't a wedding for me to be preoccupied with!  :)


  1. My rehearsal at the church was planned for 6pm. My Dad's flight from a business trip was to land at 500 and we found out it was late. Needless to say it was the father of the bride who walked in late - but it was all good!

    I love that cake! I had a friend do one for my hubby but she got confused when I said I wanted the Blues logo and she did Blues style music. Oh well it was yummy!

  2. Love the cake! :) You and Donny look so happy, i love that y'all played a board game and watched Mall Cop on Thursday night :)

  3. This looks like such a fun time--how lucky you are to have so many people who love you both! And the ones to get you buddy airline passes--that is a BIG deal. Can't wait to see the rest!!

  4. Love your wedding recapping! Also love your groom's cake. That turned out awesome! I wouldn't have wanted to cut into it either (but, I would, because cake is the best).

  5. Looks awesome! I love the cake :)

  6. That cake is too cute! You did good!!! These pictures are adorable. Every picture I have seen of your wedding has been adorable. Too cute!

  7. You look so pretty in these pictures! I think it is so sweet you got a special cake for your man. And your family looks darling- I love that your dad gave a little speech/sermon about marriage:-)

  8. Love it all but especially love the cake! We had a very similar one with the same old school logo!