Monday, January 10, 2011

Goin' to the Chapel...Part 1: Bridesmaid's Luncheon

Everybody loves a good wedding post, right?  Well, I'm going to share mine :)  I'm going to do this over several posts because our photographer took 1,300 pictures and I'd like not to bore yall to tears too soon!

So, here goes.  

First off, where we got married and why.  We got married in my husband's hometown.  My church only holds around 100 people on a good day, so our guest list quickly outgrew our space.  Plus, T's church is beautiful and I wanted to get married in a church that was meaningful to both of us.

My parent's and I stayed in a beautiful private cottage that is right behind T's parent's home.  This place was super gorgeous and the decorating - well, let's just say, it like a dream.  It should be featured in a magazine! 

I mean, how FABULOUS are these windows!  I die.

How beautiful is my mother, seriously?

So also, I must mention that we got married the after my birthday!  Really, I didn't have much choice on the date.  I took the bar exam the last week in July and UGA's first football game was the first weekend in September.  My parent's NEVER miss a UGA home game, so if I wanted them to be there, it really needed to be in August.    So, in order to maximize time, I chose the last weekend in August.  Yes, hot, sweaty, humid August - in South Georgia.  Crazy, I know.

All that being said, the rehearsal dinner and all other festivities were held on my birthday.  I woke up Friday morning and T told me to check outside - much to my surprise, there was a lovely lime green beach cruiser WITH BASKET AND BELL!  What a DREAM birthday present!  I LOVE it!

How cute are the pretty pink roses in the basket?

The bridesmaid's luncheon was so wonderful!  We had great food, weather, and location plus I was surrounded by my best friends in the world, so I couldn't ask for much more!

Can you tell we are related?  My mom, 1st cousin, me, Grandmother, Great-Aunt

My mother-in-law had a replica of the wedding cake made for the bridemaid's luncheon - it was so delicious!  I actually liked it better than our wedding cake!  I wish I hadn't been so nervous or I would have eaten a lot more!

My mother-in-law had put wedding pull charms into the cake.  Basically, you stick little silver charms into the cake attached by a string and each bridesmaid and bride pulls one out.  Each of the charms represents something different.  Well, I didn't know it but my MIL had put in the following charms: 2 wedding cake charms, 2 baby carriages, 2 engagement rings and 2 little houses (happy home).  Well, everyone (randomly) got a charm that sort of represented them.  My two friends who will probably be getting married next got the engagements rings, my two sister-in-laws got the baby carriages, - both have children, and I got one of the wedding cakes.

My dear friend, Laura, who is very happy being single was very relieved not to get the engagement ring or the baby carriage...

It was such a lovely day with my friends and family.  I plan to post about the rehearsal dinner next, and those will start my "professional" pictures - which are great and I'm so excited to share with yall!


Lorri said...

Wow! This was awesome! I can't wait to see the rest! I love weddings. The planning is my favorite part: flowers, decorations, candles, food, lighting, tables, etc. Beautiful!

I Do Declare said...

I do love wedding posts, so I can't wait to see more! That cottage is fantastic! I also love that your G'ma is grabbing your hand in the family photo. That's totally something my G would do, too!

JMW said...

Such beautiful pics! And how wonderful that your hubby gave you that bike for your birthday - it's adorable! And that house is to die for...I could certainly set up house there. Can't wait to see more photos from your wedding!

Town and Country Mom said...

What a beautiful birthday/wedding rehearsal day! And that guest house--gorgeous!

Lindsay said...

Gorgeous pics. When was your wedding?

Sarah Elizabeth said...

Happy New Year! I'm just catching up on your blog after being offline for a few weeks. Sounds like you had a great holiday.

These are gorgeous pics. I love the bike. I'm really looking forward to reading about the rest of your wedding.

x x

Michele said...

Your husband is a really thoughtful guy. The bike he gave you is a sweet and fun gift. I can't wait to read all of your wedding posts and see all of the photos. I'm glad you are sharing this with us. You look beautiful in these photos so I'm sure you were a stunning bride. I look forward to more posts soon :)

Tessa said...

Thought if you when I watched Cash & Cari last night! Cute show!! Love seeing the wedding pics. You all look so gorgeous & happy! Hope your FIL is doing ok too - keeping him in my prayers. Oh, and Fire Fly Lane, you'll have to let me know what you think. A good friend gave it to me, she LOVED it -- I'll let you know what I thought when you finish.... xo, Tess

Natalie said...

Gorgeous pictures, you look amazing! I want to stay in that cottage it looks so cozy! Can't wait to see the rest of the pictures!

benilhalk said...

This is looking amazing dear and I hope you all had so much fun there. I am also planning wedding for my sister and for that I am looking for couple of good options for hiring best Chicago wedding venues. Can you help me with few suggestions?

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