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K + A: The Rehearsal

by Meghann on June 24, 2012



Anthony and Kelly are married!!!!! πŸ™‚

It was a beautiful ceremony, for which I’m still choked up over (not going to lie, I busted out in ugly tears up there). My sister made a gorgeous bride, Anthony made a handsome groom, and the love they share for each other just radiated through both of them the whole weekend. πŸ™‚

I have a lot to share, but think I need to start at the beginning… with the rehearsal.


Kelly and Anthony’s ceremony and reception both took place at Spruce Creek Country Club in Port Orange, FL. If you’re looking for a wedding venue in the Daytona Beach area (Port Orange is just south of Daytona), my family can not recommend it enough. The staff was amazing, the food was great, and the venue itself was stunning. Two thumbs up!

The gang all met at Spruce Creek at 6:00pm on the dot for a run through of the next day’s events.


Kelly had originally planned for an outdoor ceremony, but with the threat of a 60% chance for rain the next day, we decided to run through two separate scenarios just incase the outdoor ceremony didn’t work out. For “Plan B” they temporarily transformed the reception site into a back-up ceremony site.


We started the rehearsal running through the back-up plan – just in case – and all crossed our fingers we would never have to execute this one.


The boys lined up first.


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Then the girls.

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And the beautiful bride came last.



We mainly worked on where to stand and went through a couple of key moments in the ceremony, so everyone knew what to do and when.



And then we practiced the same thing outside.


This was the scenario we all made sure to make extra mental notes for. It was NOT going to rain in our minds – only dry happy thoughts! πŸ˜‰

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The future Mr. and Mrs.!


After we had our parts down, everyone loaded up and headed to Malibu Beach Grill for the rehearsal dinner.



I’d never ate at a Malibu Beach Grill before. The restaurant reminded me of a Bonefish – it had that same upscale vibe with California flair. Everything was really fresh and delicious, it was a great choice for a rehearsal dinner.


I started with the Malibu Salad.


And selected the Malibu Chicken (grilled chicken breast with spinach, artichoke, and goat cheese in a lemon butter sauce) from the pre-fixe menu.


We drank (I had a red wine), ate, and mingled, then Kelly and Anthony gave a little speech thanking everyone for their help with the wedding.


They had gifts for the parents.





And gifts for the groomsmen.

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But Kelly had misplaced the gifts for the bridesmaids. No worries – she found them the next morning. πŸ˜‰

After dinner the girls all headed back to the hotel and had one last sleep over before Kelly became a Mrs.!

I’ll be back later with Part II!!

1 Kim June 24, 2012 at 6:31 pm

Holy crap – Kelly with the up-do is a bombshell! πŸ™‚

2 Cait's Plate June 24, 2012 at 6:33 pm

Aw congrats to them!! Your sister looks BEAUTIFUL!!
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3 melissa (fitnessnyc) June 24, 2012 at 6:33 pm

Congrats Kelly. How wonderful, excited to hear more.
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4 Elisabeth June 24, 2012 at 6:37 pm

Kelly’s hair looks amazing in the up-do for the wedding! πŸ™‚

5 KatSF June 24, 2012 at 7:01 pm

love wedding happenings! thanks for sharing!

6 Katie @ Talk Less, Say More June 24, 2012 at 7:12 pm

Can’t wait to hear about the wedding day! Based on that first picture, it was gorgeous!
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7 Katie @ Peace Love & Oats June 24, 2012 at 7:25 pm

I hope it was outside!!! You all look beautiful, I can’t wait to see the wedding recap!
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8 Sara@RunningInPinkProject June 24, 2012 at 7:39 pm

Awwww YAY! I know the weather down that way today is not so good. Hopefully it was all sunshine for the big day!
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9 Laura June 24, 2012 at 7:47 pm

congrats! hope you had a blast πŸ™‚

what was the groomsmen gift? i cant really tell by the picture!

10 Meghann June 25, 2012 at 6:25 pm

They were engraved pocketknives. πŸ™‚

11 Sana June 24, 2012 at 7:55 pm

Wow, Kelly looks amazing! Congrats to your family!

12 Kristen @ notsodomesticated June 24, 2012 at 7:57 pm

Love the sneak peek of the wedding pics! Your sister was a gorgeous bride!! πŸ™‚
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13 Molly June 24, 2012 at 8:11 pm

love the dress you wore to the rehearsal dinner, and kelly looked completely gorgeous!
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14 Ike June 24, 2012 at 8:21 pm

Congratulations! Great couple there!

15 heather June 24, 2012 at 8:46 pm

She looks beautiful! Can’t wait for more!
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16 Julianna @ Julianna Bananna June 24, 2012 at 9:05 pm

oh my goodness kelly’s dress looks gorgeous!! (as does she herself!)

can’t wait to read about the wedding and the reception!
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17 Reenie June 24, 2012 at 9:30 pm

She looks beautiful…..can’t wait to hear the whole story. πŸ™‚

18 Grace June 24, 2012 at 9:52 pm

You have to be kidding me! You were literally in my backyard! I live in the fly-inn! And I love Malibu Beach Grill. Too funny! Kelly looked gorgeous, and I loved your rehearsal dress! I cannot wait to see the recap of the wedding!
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19 Emily @ Perfection Isn't Happy June 24, 2012 at 10:06 pm

She looked so pretty! Can’t wait to hear about the rest of the weekend!
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20 Alex June 24, 2012 at 11:12 pm

Wow, she’s beautiful! Congrats and best of luck for the future!
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21 Army Amy* June 24, 2012 at 11:16 pm

It looks like the rehearsal went off without a hitch; I bet that bodes well for the wedding!*
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22 Caralyn @ glutenfreehappytummy June 24, 2012 at 11:48 pm

aw so fun! weddings are the best:) It looks like the rehearsal dinner was fabulous — and delicious too!
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23 Brittney June 25, 2012 at 1:42 am

Yay, your brother was able to fly in!!!

24 Brittney June 25, 2012 at 1:42 am

Hopefully he will be at yours as well πŸ™‚

25 Hope @ With A Side Of Hope June 25, 2012 at 8:10 am

Congrats your sister and her husband! That picture is stunning! πŸ™‚
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26 Carly June 25, 2012 at 8:12 am

Everything looks great! May I ask what the groomsmen gifts were? We’re struggling trying to figure out what to get our groomsmen!

27 Meghann June 25, 2012 at 10:21 am

They were pocket knives and each knife had the groomsmen’s name engraved on the side.

28 Amanda June 26, 2012 at 11:43 am

Love this idea!

29 SkinnyRunner June 25, 2012 at 9:17 am

awh how exciting. cant wait to read more about the big event.

30 Emily N June 25, 2012 at 11:36 am

What a great rehearsal. I hope that you made it to outdoors. I have been seeing some weather reports lately that are not looking so good…
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31 Meghan @ After the Ivy League June 25, 2012 at 1:25 pm

Beautiful pictures! My sister is getting married this October and I cannot wait, Kelly’s dress is incredible!
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32 Sarah June 25, 2012 at 2:44 pm

she looks gorgeous! looks like a fun rehearsal!
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33 Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run] June 26, 2012 at 12:03 am

I’ve been eyeing your summer dress @ Target — very cute!!
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