Our Rehearsal Dinner

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

(I'm going to be doing a few recap posts on the wedding so that I can go back and read years from now!)

Our rehearsal dinner was special in two ways--not only were we celebrating our upcoming wedding, but we also celebrated Dustin's 29th birthday!  He so graciously allowed me to plan our wedding date for the day after his birthday, so our rehearsal dinner doubled as a birthday celebration.

Earlier that day, I spent the morning with my bridesmaids relaxing by the pool for my bridesmaid luncheon.  It was heavenly!  The weather was absolutely gorgeous and my BFF's mom made my favorite for lunch--chicken divan casserole!  We then feasted on a butter pecan cake from a local bakery.  So good!  I gave my mom, Janie's mom, and the girls' their gifts and we parted ways to get ready for the rehearsal that night at 6.

You know they always say that something will go wrong on your wedding day?  I think that everything that could have gone wrong went wrong during the rehearsal--thank goodness!  The music on my CD wouldn't work with the church's sound system so we had to practice without music.  I was kind of worried since I wanted to walk out to a certain part of the song used in my bridal processional but oh well!  The guy who worked the sound system gave me knew blank CDs to re-download my music on to, and I just prayed that they would work on wedding day!  I'll do another post on my music later because each song had a meaning behind it.

After the rehearsal was over, we headed to the old train depot for dinner!!  JW Steakhouse catered and I had arranged to surprise Dustin with an Alabama cake for his birthday.  (This post is lacking on pictures because all of them are on my mom's camera and her computer, so my iPhone photos will have to work.)  Then we played two HILARIOUS games that had everyone laughing!!  Dustin then gave his guys their gifts; I surprised him with his gifts, and my mom gave him a present, too.  
Mary Beth, me, and Janie

Later that night, I went back to my parents' house to spend the night.  Mom had written me a letter and wanted to read it to me.  Cue the tears!  Me, Mom, and Rachel cried the whole time she was trying to read it--well, cried and laughed.  We kicked my step-dad to the couch and all three of us girls slept in their king-size bed.  I hardly slept!!  I was so excited to marry Dustin the next day!!!!
This picture is REAL LIFE, y'all!!!  My eyes and face are red from all of the crying I did, and as you can tell, we all did quite a bit of crying :)  They were tears of happiness, of course! 

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