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Wedding: The Rehearsal

by Meghann on January 9, 2013

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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First, we figured out which groomsmen would take the grandparents/ parents to their seats and when.

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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).

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The bridesmaids practiced their walks.

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And the flower girl stole the show.

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Our turn!

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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!

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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).

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Success! Our rehearsal was full of laughter and love – just as we wanted our wedding ceremony to be. 🙂

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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. 😉

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We headed straight from the rehearsal site to the wedding hotel for our rehearsal dinner.

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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.

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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.

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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).

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Thank you, Hilda and Steve, for a wonderful rehearsal dinner. 🙂

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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!

{ 28 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Kate January 9, 2013 at 12:09 pm

where is your rehearsal dress from, love!!! sorry in advance if you’ve already posted that info & I missed it!

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2 Meghann January 16, 2013 at 12:40 pm
3 TorontoRunner January 9, 2013 at 12:10 pm

That is one adorable flower girl!
Glad your heels were OK in the grass. Loooovely lace dress you wore too!
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4 Kait January 9, 2013 at 12:11 pm

This is such a great post! You forget about all the little things, I am getting married in April and this was a great reminder!

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5 Andrea @ Run, Eat, Date, Sleep January 9, 2013 at 12:14 pm

You look so beautiful! I love the hair.

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6 Karen @ Runner Girl Eats January 9, 2013 at 12:21 pm

The more pics I see of the venue/decorations the more I fall in love with it all. Very beautiful and your personalities really came through!
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7 Christine @ BookishlyB January 9, 2013 at 12:37 pm

Your venue is super pretty.
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8 Sabrina January 9, 2013 at 12:55 pm

So rustic! Looks gorgeous! Hope you are having a wonderful time on your honeymoon!
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9 Natalie @ Free Range Human January 9, 2013 at 1:39 pm

That dress is gorgeous! Excellent choice!

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10 Genelle January 9, 2013 at 1:42 pm

love love love! I saw some photos of the wedding from Anne’s website and can’t believe the before and after. Your wedding and you were beautiful!
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11 Maureen January 9, 2013 at 2:43 pm

What a fun night! Love your heels!
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12 Angela January 9, 2013 at 3:40 pm

Looks perfect!! I can’t wait to see the rest of the wedding updates!
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13 Amelia January 9, 2013 at 3:54 pm

Meghann you are so beautiful!! You and Derek make such a cute couple, that I can’t wait to see what your little one’s look like. 🙂 What a beautiful rehearsal it ended up being. I hope you are enjoying the time off and your honeymoon.

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14 Katie @ Talk Less, Say More January 9, 2013 at 5:50 pm

Oh man, that venue looks beautiful!
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15 Joelle (on a pink typewriter) January 9, 2013 at 5:55 pm

Your wedding looks simply gorgeous. That flower girl definitely does look like she stole the show though- too cute. 🙁

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16 [email protected] January 9, 2013 at 6:39 pm

I know you have shown the dress before- but wow it is gorgeous! Very classy and timeless. (And that flower girl is just precious!!!) Congrats again!
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17 Melissa January 9, 2013 at 7:54 pm

Your venue looks amazing! Congrats again!

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18 Courtney January 9, 2013 at 8:29 pm

Wow, what a beautiful venue! Congrats again, beautiful!
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19 Kristen @ notsodomesticated January 9, 2013 at 8:46 pm

Love the flower girl’s little sign! Adorable!
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20 Sara @ fitcupcaker January 9, 2013 at 9:45 pm

I too love the flower girl how cute!
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21 Reenie January 9, 2013 at 9:48 pm

omg, you guys did a fab job of decorating. Your flower girl and sign, too cute. You look beautiful, can’ t wait to see the rest. Enjoy your time.

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22 Army Amy* January 10, 2013 at 4:04 am

Everything looks great, but I especially love your shoes! So pretty!*

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23 Jayson Lecuyer January 10, 2013 at 9:26 am

Congratulations!!! Great photos! Looking forward to seeing some amazing wedding moments.

Cheers!

J

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24 Sarah January 11, 2013 at 10:01 am

what a BEAUTIFUL wedding space! Great choice!
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25 Jo January 11, 2013 at 10:31 am

Is that a DVF dres?

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26 Meghann January 16, 2013 at 12:41 pm
27 Caitlin January 15, 2013 at 2:36 pm

Geez, this is the best dressed rehearsal dinner I’ve ever seen! I especially adore Kelly’s colorblock top!
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28 Tiffany March 25, 2013 at 6:40 pm

Oh my! Thank you so much for your detailed wedding plans! I have been majorly stressing about the details and this has been a HUGE help! You are amazing!

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