The day before the wedding was a complete blur. I woke up early that morning and had a peaceful 3.5 mile run with Ashley. My dad made eggs, biscuits, and sausage gravy for breakfast and we had just enough time to shower before our nail appointments.
Getting our nails done together the day before the wedding was a tradition we started with my sister-in-law’s wedding last February and were able to continue with my sister’s wedding in June. We’ve even been going to the same nail place every time and I’ve stuck with the same polish (regular french tip for the toes and a gel french tip for my fingernails).
Friday was the first time I had all my bridesmaids together since we started planning. Emily had flown in from Philadelphia the night before and we were all so happy to see her smiling face!
The nails took a little longer than expected. We left the nail place with about a million and one errands to run. We divided and conquered and even had time to stop at the venue to help with the decorating. I seriously can not thank my family enough for all of their help on Friday and Saturday with getting the venue in order. One of the things that Derek and I were hesitant about before booking Birdsong Barn was all the work that would go into setting the venue up ourselves. My family members stepped forward and told us not to worry about that, that they would help bring our vision alive, and they stuck to their word. There’s no way we could have had our wedding without them and I owe them everything for that.
Did I mentioned it was cloudy, rainy, and cold all day Friday? Gulp. And the forecast didn’t look much better for Saturday. I was basically biting my fingernails all day worrying about weather. My sister bought a round of umbrellas “just in case” and we set heaters up in the venue in case we needed those as well.
At 5:00pm, the rehearsal was a little chilly and gloomy weather wise, but we still managed to get everything done that needed to be done. I kept saying if the weather was exactly like it was that night (and NOT pouring!) I would still be a very happy girl.
I didn’t end up hiring a wedding coordinator for the wedding, so we played the rehearsal by ear basically going off of memory of all the weddings we’ve attended/ been a part of during the last year. It was definitely a group effort figuring everything out.
First, we figured out which groomsmen would take the grandparents/ parents to their seats and when.
Then we had to decide if the officiant walked out with the groomsmen or was already up front (we decided he would walk out with the groom/groomsmen).
The bridesmaids practiced their walks.
And the flower girl stole the show.
The rehearsal was also the big test for the gold heels I planned to wear the next day. Good news – they passed with flying colors! They didn’t sink in the grass and they didn’t kill my feet – score!
Our officiant, my Uncle Andy, took over the rehearsal from there. This was his first wedding so he wanted to go over the script one last time and practice the timing for all of the little touches we added to the ceremony (I’ll go over the ceremony in more details in another post).
Success! Our rehearsal was full of laughter and love – just as we wanted our wedding ceremony to be. 🙂
Now all we had to do was cross our fingers for warm temps and clear skies to set in over the next 24-hrs. I had faith, but I’m not sure everyone else did. 😉
We headed straight from the rehearsal site to the wedding hotel for our rehearsal dinner.
Derek’s parents did a beautiful job planning the feast. We had a delicious buffet of food and a wonderful group of friends and family to celebrate with.
Unfortunately I was so busy mingling, that I didn’t get a lot of photos of the space or the gifts we presented to our parents or bridal party.
You can read about the bridesmaid/ flower girl gifts HERE and I’ll have to do a separate post for the parents’ gifts and groomsmen gifts (as soon as I get a photos of them).
Thank you, Hilda and Steve, for a wonderful rehearsal dinner. 🙂
The night before the wedding I invited all of my bridesmaids to my parents’ house for a sleepover and Derek headed to my brother’s house to stay the night there. Spending my last night as a single lady with my girls was a fabulous idea. I loved having them all around to calm me down and share some hilarious stories. These girls are my rocks and the best bridesmaids a bride-to-be could ask for!
Stay tuned! More wedding posts are on their way!