Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Wedding Wednesday: Rehearsal and Rehearsal Dinner

Wedding Wednesday

Happy Wedding Wednesday!

Time to recap the Rehearsal and Rehearsal Dinner!
It was quite an evening. SO SO SO fun having super close friends all in one room!

This post is very photo-heavy, but these photos help me relive it.
Sorry I'm not sorry! ;)

My sister is the best! our Aunt/my Godmother - she's the coolest!

Posing with a few of the groomsmen

My gorgeous sister-in-law and brother

Aren't the flowers beautiful! Definite benefit of having a wedding the week after Easter!

I will show off these beauties any chance I get!

Andrew wore his abuelo's tie. So sweet :)

All done and rehearsed! So ready!

My favorite girls in the world.
6 states and DC are represented in this photo if that tells you anything.
OK, a couple gals from Chicago (Mary and Daniela) are missing, but they couldn't be there.
Still, I treasure this photo so much!!!

Groomsmen (minus one - he couldn't be at the rehearsal for work/training purposes. He was missed!!)

Groomsmen selfie. This makes me giggle every time I see it!
Love these guys!

Now let's get to the grub!
We had our Rehearsal Dinner at Shaw's, a quaint restaurant and hotel in downtown Lancaster. We have many family memories here, so it was our favorite option when picking a spot for the dinner. Plus, the out-of-towners stayed there and we all got ready there the morning of the wedding!

Andrew's parents and Aunt really created a beautiful ambiance.
The lights were low, the music sweet, the food delicious, the wine divine, and the company was of course the best part!

They copied photos of Andrew and I over the years as well as some baby photos and hung them from spray-painted black branches adorned with twinkling lights. It was perfect!!

Andrew's Mom also got us cute forks and my bridesmaid, Callie (the one who orchestrated the incredible letters!) gave us toasting glasses!

And here's a good one of two of my best and dearest friends in the world, all living in different states and all getting married within a year of each other!
The fun just doesn't stop!!


Andrew's groomsmen gifts were cuff links of the guys' favorite baseball teams (to go along with our Save the Date theme and a couple of other things the day of!).

Andrew and Steve's cuff links aren't pictured, but they are of the Detroit Tigers.

I'll make my bridal party gifts a separate post :)

After dinner there were speeches.
My oh my were those incredible.
Not only did our parents say a few kind and sweet words, but many other people in the room also joined in! It was incredibly touching and there were many happy tears. Andrew and I also enjoyed sitting back to take it all in: I mean, we put people together at tables who didn't know each other or didn't know each other very well...and we kept hearing eruptions of laughter and fun conversations all evening. It was so special!!!

Goodness, I'm tearing up right now as I write this!
I wish I had the words to express how wonderful that night was!

OK that's all for this week!
Thank you for viewing all of these photos and reliving the day with me!
I absolutely love reminiscing about the day before the wedding. 

So many things were brewing without my knowledge this day, but I'll get to that when I reveal the big surprise that took place!!!!

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Ashley @ said...

Adorable! I'm in the process of planning my rehearsal dinner right now so I loved reading your post :-) Glad you had fun and pictures to remember it by!

Meg Taylor said...

What a great night!! I love the choices of cufflinks for gifts for the guys! Can't wait to see what you got your ladies!

P!nky said...

Awwwwwwwwwwwww it looks like such a wonderful, wonderful time. Love your dress and your shoes too!

So happy for you!

And never apologize for picture heavy wedding posts. THEY rock!

Courtney @ Eat Pray Run DC said...

looks like a lot of fun! we just nailed down our rehearsal dinner spot and are pretty excited!

The Girl who Loved to Write said...

Loooove those shoes!

Ashlen @ A Diamond with Sapphires said...

Looks like you had a blast! I love picture-heavy posts, so no apologies needed there. The picture tree is super creative.

Stephanie said...

Your shoes!! So cute!!

Jen said...

I love your dress, and those shoes are to die for! Looks like a great time! We weren't planning a rehearsal since we don't really have a wedding party, but we might still do a dinner, and your post is making me really want one now :)

Brittany said...

Love the idea of the baseball cuff links.

Kate at Green Fashionista said...

Soooo many cute details, and loving those shoes!