Monday, June 28, 2010

Happily After All: The Rehearsal

Now that I've left you guys hanging forever, I thought I'd finally pick up where I left off after decorating the reception space.  I finally got my disc of pictures, so I should be able to just keep rolling after this right into the actual day of the wedding, full of lots of wonderful pictures!

So one thing I didn't tell you guys is how long it actually took us to decorate.  We got there at about 9 in the morning and we weren't ready to leave until around 3:00 that afternoon.  We had planned on starting the rehearsal at 6pm that night, 20 minutes out of town.  And I was supposed to be there at 4:30 to meet with the pastor, which was just ridiculously early.  We had just spent an hour talking with him the Sunday before after Church, so I don't know what he could have possibly needed for over an hour.
I still had to go and get my nails done and have my eyebrows waxed because it just didn't fit in any other time during the week.  So my mom and I ran and got our nails done and then stopped on the way home and I had my eyebrows done quickly.  I got home and had about 5 minutes to change and leave the house.  My hair was up in a ponytail from earlier that day and I was able throw on a bit of makeup.  I went flying down the road and made it to the church a couple minutes after 6!! Not only was I late for meeting with the pastor (I had Mr. T call and tell him there was no way I was making it that early) but all of the guys were even there before me!!

I was calling my mom along the way telling her what I forgot and what she needed to bring with her!  But eventually we got it all sorted out and we were able to start the rehearsing!  Our pastor sat us all down, girls on one side and guys on the other and talked us through the entire ceremony before letting us actually do anything.  He hasn't actually done a wedding in a long time, so I think he was pretty nervous.  Our second pastor wasn't in town yet, so he wasn't there to run through everything with us.

Everyone is lined up, waiting for my entrance!

Notice the ponytail?! And my gorgeous ribbon bouquet from my IL shower.  I think I was more emotional as my dad walked me down the aisle here than during the actual wedding.

We made it through very quickly, just hitting all of the main points.  Mr. T's mom went through her solo with the organist, but other than that, everything else was just summarized.  I had forgotten to print out my readings, so my friend Sarah couldn't even read those.  I think she was a little nervous about that!  She didn't get to see them for the first time until the morning of the wedding.

My sister Sam, our Maid of Honor, and Mr. T's younger brother Jake, one of our Best Men.
My best friend since birth Brittany, a bridesmaid, and Mr. T's youngest brother Joe, the other Best Man.
Brittany's cousin Bri, who I've known since birth as well, and Mr. T's friend from school, Eric.  (She just got married this weekend and I'll share pictures soon!)
My wonderful friend Arin who I played soccer with in high school, and Mr. T's football teammate Scott from college.
And my friend Katie from high school and another of Mr. T's football buddies from U of I.

We all mingled for a little bit and then I had everyone follow us back to my parents' house for a quick stop along the way to dinner so we could share the groomsmens' gifts with everyone.  We had everyone line up in the kitchen with the curtains closed to the back deck.  I handed over gift bags to each guy and they opened it up and saw a set of bean bags.  Very cool and all, but it wouldn't do much good alone.  So then we opened up the curtain and led them out onto the deck where they saw these:
I had my uncle line up all the boards for us while we were at the church.  The boys absolutely loved their gifts.
Then they all left and headed towards the restaurant.  I gathered up all of the other gifts quickly and then ran into town.

It wasn't until we got to the restaurant and started to eat and I got a glass of wine in my hand that I finally got to slow down for the day.  I felt like I had been running around like crazy all day without a chance to catch my breath.  We ate, we laughed, and we enjoyed each others company.  The girls got to open the rest of their gift (a clutch and their jewelry) and the ring bearer and flower girl each got a pair of lime green crocs and a couple of movies.  We also gave the ushers a bottle of their favorite alcohol and a gift card to a restaurant in town.  We didn't gift our parents at that point, but we have a plan in the works still that I'll share with you when it's finished.
We had cake.
My mom's friend who did our wedding cake also did a groomscake as a surprise to Mr. T.  He is a big fishermen, so I thought this would be cute.  She even added "She's a keeper!" to it.  He thought it was hilarious and was definitely surprised.

Mr. T's dad kept inviting their family over as they arrived into town.  So we got to see a lot of his aunts and uncles and cousins that night.  We ended up being there until about midnight just visiting and drinking wine.  It was nice to be able to just sit there and relax and not have to worry about anything.

Although, we did have to stop at Walmart on the way home and get some white vinyl for a project I still had to finish.  I was planning on doing it that night, but I fell asleep in the car while my mom ran in and I didn't get to work on it until the next morning.  Yes, I was working on projects the morning of our wedding! But more about that in the next post.

So at this point, we're all caught up on the prewedding week.  There's one more post before we get into the actual wedding activities!

In case you've missed anything...
Decorating the Reception Hall
Honoring Our Family


  1. Ha, we ran to Wal-Mart the night before the wedding too and I was working on flower girl tutus the morning of since I fell asleep instead of working on them when we got back from the store! We are too similar. Can't wait for your recaps, lady!

  2. Holy cow, girl. Working on the morning of the wedding? No way, no how for me! :) Can't wait to hear what that was all about.

    I absolutely love your little white dress and it looks like you had a great rehearsal...they never go fully according to plan - I think that is to prepare you for things that may go wrong on the wedding day :)

    I love the funny with the phrase? And what great groomsmen gifts! How fun!

  3. I cant believe you were doing projects i the morning! I had no extra time in the morning to do anything!

    Glad you got it all done though and had a good rehearsal.

  4. I love that cake! And your dress! Can't wait to see the big day!

  5. The groomsmen's gifts are so cool! Did they start up an impromptu game with them all lined up like that? Haha :)

  6. Things I most especially love- 1. your dress, 2. CORNHOLEEEEEEE! 3. THAT CAKE!!!!! Seriously seriously impressed.


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