It’s Wedding Wednesday and today I’m going to give you a peak into our rehearsal and rehearsal dinner.
First off we had our rehearsal two days before our wedding because of scheduling conflicts with our venue. Since we had to move it Katie was not able to be there, but the wonderful Shelly stood in for her and did a fabulous job! Shelly is a family friend from Idaho. She’s become like another sister to me so I was super excited when my mom said that Shelly was going to be able to make the trip with them so that she could be there for my wedding. I can honestly say that I don’t know how I would have gotten through those last few days before the wedding without her! She was the first person to jump in and help out and I can’t thank her enough.
Once we got everyone there we jumped right into the rehearsal. Our officiant was awesome and kept everyone under control. Which, let’s just be honest, with this group isn’t always the easiest thing to do. She got everyone lined up with how they would stand on the day of. Paul was excited because he got to choose how the guys would stand, hands in front or hands in back. Ernie wasn’t happy with the decision he made but was shut up with a quick, “when you’re the best man you get to pick this kind of stuff.”
We started at the end of the ceremony with the “Dennis, you may kiss your bride” part. Then practiced everyone walking out. They were supposed to come together, pause for a few seconds (for picture purposes) and then walk out. Of course the guys took the “pause for a few seconds” as the time for them to “strike a pose” which had us all laughing. Once we all walked all the way out, she lined us up again and everyone practiced walking in. I was really impressed with how A & JMan did. It was hot and they were tired, but they were the best little flower girl and ring bearer ever. I’m not going to lie, I wasn’t expecting much out of them since they are 2 and 3, but they did an awesome job and it carried over to the wedding day even though everyone told me, “don’t get your hopes up.. once they see all the people on Saturday they probably won’t do it.”
When we practiced everyone walking in that included my dad and I. Now keeping in mind that we did this whole run through with music, it should have been no surprise to me that by the time we got up to the gazebo that half the wedding party was in tears. Just to clarify, by “half the wedding party” I mean all the girls. Although all the guys had on sunglasses so who knows, they could have been crying too. I look up (I have a bad habit of watching my feet when I walk) and I notice that my sister is bawling her eyes out. Then I look at Brandi and she’s starting to cry. By the time I make eye contact with Patty, she’s started crying too! So I look over at my mom. Yup! You guessed it, she’s crying too. The officiant turns off the music and walks back over to where Dennis is standing and I see it. She’s getting teary eyed too! I couldn’t help it, I looked at all of them again and said, “What is wrong with you people! This is just the rehearsal!” Everyone laughs and Patty says, “We can’t help it! Our Kelly Pooh is all grown up!!” Of course that lightened the mood and we were able to continue on with the rehearsal.
The rehearsal dinner was amazing. It was nice to get to sit back and relax with everyone. We had the dinner at Joanna’s house because she lives just up the street from the wedding venue so it was easy for everyone to find. D’s Dad BBQed up a bunch of meat and they had some yummy salads and beans. The weather was nice so we were able to just sit outside and enjoy each other’s company.
Well that’s all I’ve got for today! I had planned on posting about us getting ready and our first look next week, but as of right now I still don’t have our pictures from our photographer. If I get them in the next week then we’ll continue on as scheduled, but if I don’t then we’re going to have to put a hold on Wedding Wednesday until I get them.. Sorry!!