I know, I know, we’re on our honeymoon and I shouldn’t be blogging, but we have some morning rain showers, are full from breakfast and I have a napping husband (!!!!!), so I wanted to blog before I forgot every detail of our amazing day while we still have internet.
First of all, it was, as they say, the best day of our lives. Nothing went horribly wrong (other than being colder than we expected, but we can’t control that) and I think everyone had a really good time.
The weekend kicked off with our rehearsal and rehearsal dinner which was great fun. It was great for everyone to see the venue for the first time and dinner was delicious. We were so excited to give out gifts to our bridal party (custom valets for the guys, coach wrislets and jewelry for the girls) and parents (custom “established” signs). I think we were a hit. :)
After the rehearsal dinner, Chris and I said our goodnights in the tradition of not seeing each other until the actual wedding. It was such an odd feeling, but exciting at the same time. I thought for sure I wouldn’t be able to sleep, but surprisingly, I passed out at 11 and didn’t wake up til 5 which I thought was pretty good.
I met the girls for breakfast and then we got started with manicures, pedicures, makeup and hair. We had mimosas, brought in lunch and had the whole place to ourselves which was awesome. Once we got to the salon, time started to seriously fly, and the next thing I knew, we were running late and it was time to head back to the hotel to get dresses on and get going. Crazy!!
We arrived at the venue about 5 minutes before the ceremony was about to begin, but I had to get our photographer and a couple of the bridesmaids to grab Chris for a special picture. (more about that later when I actually have the picture). Once we were finished with that, I said “lets get this show on the road”, and off we went.
Everything happened so fast. I watched my favorite girls walk down the aisle, and peeked at Chris from behind some bushes. Then the music changed and I took my dads arm and we walked. It was so surreal and so gorgeous. I loved looking out and seeing so many people we love and adore all in one place, it was so magical.
The ceremony was beautiful and everything I think we could have ever imagined. I’ll never forget standing there and exchanging vows with Chris…it was amazing.
Once we were done with pictures after the ceremony, we made our grand entrance into the reception and immediately went into our first dance. While the girls were bustling my dress before the dance, I started to get really, really nervous. What nobody knew (with the exception of about 4 people) is that we had been working on a surprise first dance that our friend Kirsten choreographed for us. I’m not a natural dancer and I don’t love being the center of attention, so I was especially nervous. But, we pulled it off and it was a hit. You can watch the video here.
The reception was awesome and when it was over, we jumped into a waiting town car and were whisked away to the Ritz Carlton in Pentagon City. I highly recommend leaving the venue immediately after getting married – there was something about it being just us and going somewhere by ourselves and not having to worry about anything.
Our flight for our honeymoon was bright and early at 7am on Saturday, which meant a 4:15am wakeup call, but, it was worth it because now we’re here: