The Knot kindly reminded me this week that there are less than 120 days until I get hitched. However, it wasn’t the Knot reminder email that made it seem like the big day is getting closer. Instead it was another wedding! The last wedding that I’ll stand up in 2013 until my own.
The weekend was a blast. Friday night kicked off the wedding weekend with a manicure and pedicure date at Hannah’s Nail Salon. They were very friendly and allowed us to bring in a few beverages to enjoy. The bride gave us our first present too, the nail color for the wedding. It’s a beautiful magenta color that matched the wedding accent color perfectly. Saturday included the run-down at the church followed by the rehearsal dinner at Giordanos. Once again we had a great time getting to meet the rest of the bridal party and swap bride and groom stories. Plus the bride gave the bridesmaids more goodies (as did the groom to the groomsmen). But we received earrings for the wedding that were hand-made by the bride’s aunt, a wooden hanger for our dresses, a freezable wine glass and a lunch bag with our name embroidered. Oh, and a sweet hand-written letter from the bride. So now we were all set for the main event on Sunday.
The girls were up early to be at the hotel for hair and make up by 9:30AM. Luckily, I made a Starbucks run which gave the perfect pick-me up to all the bridesmaids. It was a lot of fun to watch the hair and make-up transformations in the morning. From lots of teasing to troll hair to smooth and sleek and ready for the dance floor. Our timing throughout the day was perfect as well as the vendors. We were all dressed and ready to go by our assigned time with our flowers.
We made it to the church in an awesome party bus for the ceremony to start right on time. The ceremony was beautiful. It was a little longer than the typical Protestant wedding I’m used to, but I made it through the full Catholic mass without a problem. Luckily for the bridesmaids, we got to sit down in between the long parts!
After the ceremony we were off for pictures. We stayed in the church for a few formal pictures but then we were off to a local park. We took a ton of fun pictures that I cannot wait to see. We even managed to beat the rain and make it to cocktail hour with plenty of time for a drink and appetizers.
The reception couldn’t have gone better. Every detail was accounted for – from the favors, the table centerpieces of a single rose and the up lighting around the room. Plus the food was amazing. I mean, any wedding that has two desserts gets an A+ in my book. And the DJ, he just kept rockin’ it so you felt bad when you left the dance floor to get water.
The bride and groom definitely set the bar high for Matt and I to follow. Matt even commented a day later that he would “totally do-over that wedding and go back in time and do it all again”. Guess we gotta get to work because we’re not competitive or anything 🙂