Friday night was the rehearsal & rehearsal dinner. The temperature has dropped drastically here in Smalltown, VA, so I decided to break out my winter suede boots for the event. Although I'm not really a fan of the cold, I do love my boots :)
After the rehearsal dinner WIMP, MK & I headed to the hotel suite where we were spending the night. We sat up and gabbed for hours, of course, and finally went to bed around 2am.
Saturday morning the ladies were coming to do our hair and make-up in the suite. So, all we had to do was shower and get dressed and wait for them to arrive. Getting ready was much fun, and actually VERY relaxing!
(getting MK into her dress. that's me with the lace, and WIMP straightening MK's dress)
(MK heading down for pre-wedding pictures!)
MK and Brando decided that they would see each other prior to the wedding. This was for the sake of pictures, and "the big reveal". The girls took pictures first, then the guys.
(MK walking back from our pre-wedding picture taking)
After all of those pictures were done we set up "the big reveal"! It was so exciting :) The photographer placed chairs back to back, and MK sat down in one of them. WIMP and I tied a scarf around Brando's eyes, and let him up to his chair. On the count of three they both stood and turned to see each other. It was priceless! Needless to say, WIMP and I teared up a bit :)
(MK & Brando right after the "big reveal")
Then, we loaded up and drove to the location of the wedding and reception. It was a beautiful fall day!! Very, very chilly...but absolutely beautiful :)
(MK's dad walking her down the aisle)
(I know you can't see them all, but can you see the different shoes we have on? I've got the yellow...WIMP has red. MK wanted us all to have "jewel tones" and it worked out beautifully!)
(saying their vows)
(officially Mr. & Mrs!!! that's me directly to MK's left, and WIMP to the left of me.)
(heading back down the aisle. they have HUGE smiles on their faces, but you have to take my word for it. i know, i know...so annoying!)
(first dance. both are giggling uncontrollably. it was precious!)
The reception was awesome! We danced for hours. So much so that my legs are still a bit sore today! When MK assigned guests to tables, she assigned a bunch of us to "table 4". Who knew it would become such a big deal? Each table had gold house numbers (you know...metal house numbers) on it to designate table numbers. We were table 4. One of the guys at our table strung the 4 onto a gold necklace, and threw up two 4's for a photo. That's what started it all. Today, everyone's facebook page (well, those of us at table 4 anyway) have some reference to "table 4". Here is a picture of the infamous "table 4" with MK in the middle :)
("table 4" - TEN and I are on the right in the back)
I don't really know what time we left the reception. It was pretty late. I think we could have kept going, but someone realized it would be better if we went ahead and headed home :)
Here is a glimpse of how it all went:
(this is their "guest book". each guest filled out a note on a piece of paper and dropped it into a glass vase. cute idea, right?)
(fall themed decor, of course!)
(everyone got a koozie. what a cute idea! these koozies were just the perfect gift for everyone that night :)
(we always dance to "girls just wanna have fun" and make a circle around the bride. it's a tradition, and here we are with MK in the middle!)
(TEN wanted in on the fun, so he took MK for a spin on the dance floor and then dipped her for good measure :-o)
(the requisite pic of TEN and I. of course, "table 4" had to make an appearance)
(and.finally....the boys made a beer-a-mid. see now...aren't we classy? yes, yes I know. so classy.)
MK & Brando, thank you for blessing me with your friendship. Thank you for letting me be a part of your lives. Your wedding has been a long time coming, and I am so honored that I stood beside MK as you started your "forever". The fact that I was wearing MK's favorite necklace during the ceremony was an added bonus! (hahaha) I thought about standing up and offering a toast when they opened up the floor. But I wasn't sure how to put everything I felt into words. So I didn't. When I think about the two of you, one thing comes to mind. My "things that make me smile" Facebook album. You know the one. The one that has a picture of the two of you, and underneath it I wrote "Healthy, Happy Relationships". Remember? So, I guess that is my toast to the two of you...."here's to healthy, happy relationships".