Friday night was the rehearsal and rehearsal dinner. The rehearsal went as most rehearsals do. Everyone figured out their spot, we ran through it all a few times, and then if we still didn’t know what to do, we just winged it the next day if need be. haha. This is me and my uncle Jamie. He performed our ceremony 🙂
After the rehearsal, we headed back for dinner at Outtakes in the downtown Homewood area. We had the whole diner to ourselves for the event, and it was great! It was the perfect size for our dinner party, and my mother-in-law Kendall did a great job decorating the place! She made these beautiful centerpeices from rectangular vases with a burlap sash tied around them, and lovely green and white flowers to fill them.
We had friends and family there from both in town and out of town, and it was so nice mingling amongst one another. Dinner was Italian themed with lasagna, salad, garlic bread and tiramasu for dessert! Yumm, yumm. And we also had a slideshow playing with fun pictures of Greg and I together, and of course the all-too favorite baby pics 🙂
After dinner, Greg’s dad gave a lovely toast, and then the floor was opened up to our friends, who also had many kind words to say. Everyone was so nice! Even Greg gave a small speech and it warmed my heart with the sweet things he said. I’m a lucky girl to have such a caring and compassionate husband, and I couldn’t be happier!
After the rehearsal dinner, Greg and all his buddies went out to their favorite little Homewood bar, while I of course still had way too much to do. Believe it or not, wedding programs had still not been printed at that point. Thank goodness for my dear friend Dana, because without her there would be no programs at all. She designed them, and although I proofed them earlier that day, I realized at the rehearsal there were a few changes that still needed to be made. So of course we were working on that at 10pm the night before the wedding. But, again, props to Dana cause she pulled it all together and printed them the wedding day morning. She’s a lifesaver. What else did I wait until the last minute to do? Oh yeah, pack for the honeymoon. Burn the CD with our ceremony music which inlcuded our communion song and the processional song. Which by the way, I LOVE the music choices I ended up with for our ceremony. I debated music for so long, but I’m so happy with the final decisions. I chose a few favorite hymns to be played during the prelude of the ceremony, and the attendants all walked down to “Winter” from The Four Seasons. I walked in to “Butterfly Waltz” by Brian Crain (it’s not a well known song, but I was so pleased when our pianist actually knew it! Look it up, you’ll love it!). We played “The Prayer” during our communion, and the whole wedding party walked out to Handel’s “Arrival of the Queen of Sheba.” Oh, and Monica, my dear friend from work, sang Stephen Curtis Chapman’s I Will Be Here at the beginning of the ceremony. I wished I could have heard more of her singing, but I did get to sneak up to the door of the church for just a minute to try and listen.
Back to my late Friday night. I believe it was about 3am before I went to bed that night. Katie and Emily spent the night with me, which was nice to have their company! We all piled into my queen bed and slept together one last time. It was like Christmas Eve, and Greg was my long awaited gift from Santa 🙂 And this Christmas morning started bright and early with a 9am hair appointment. But, I’ll tell you all about that on the next post!