Eeek – it’s finally time for me to start recapping our amazing wedding weekend! I’ll start with my last day of work, Wednesday, June 7.
Prior to the big day, my wedding dress was being stored at the tailor for a few months, and when they asked me where they should deliver it I chose my office since I didn’t want my wedding dress sitting in a garment bag on my front stoop all day getting wrinkled/rained on/stolen/etc. So, midway through the day at work, I got a call from the front desk saying my dress had arrived!
I quickly deposited it in the back seat of my car down in the garage, and I pretty much couldn’t concentrate on anything else for the rest of the day. I remember being so ready to get outta’ there and start my long vacation!
Eventually it was time for me to head home, and on the way I stopped for two last-minute beauty appointments (planning out when to get my manicure, pedicure, haircut, wax, spray tan etc. was a whole planning debacle itself).
Once I got home, I said hello to some of Fabio’s family members who were staying with us and then headed upstairs to pack up my bags. I had one suitcase packed for Thailand so I could grab it when we returned from the wedding, and one packed for the wedding weekend itself. It’s a good thing I’m super OCD/type A because all this packing took a lot of thinking ahead!
On Thursday morning, I took a class at BodyMass Blast with Anne to get one last sweat session in, and then it was time for wedding festivities! First up, Fabio and I drove over to the courthouse in Queen Anne’s County to pick up our marriage license. 🙂
Then we headed to the venue where staff was busy setting everything up for us, including the tent!
It was big and beautiful. 🙂
Meanwhile, we got to work stuffing welcome bags, unloading car-loads full of stuff we had stored at my grandparents’ house nearby, and meeting with the wedding planning staff to go over a few last details. My mom was also busy putting together these beautiful flower arrangements for the rehearsal dinner, which took place the next day (Friday). Didn’t they come out great? My stepdad made the cute wooden boxes they’re sitting in. 🙂
I know I mentioned this before, but one of my favorite parts about having the wedding at the Wye River Conference Center is that only groups can rent out rooms, and since our group was so big, we blocked every room. That meant we had the place to ourselves during the entire weekend! This was especially nice on Thursday since only our family was there during the day and that night.
Eventually it was time to cleaned up for a pre-rehearsal dinner, dinner with our families! Say that ten times fast. 😉
I had made a reservation for us at Hemingway’s on the Bay, and the view from our table in the upstairs dining room was incredible!
(Don’t mind my dress reflection in the window, lol!)
As soon as we got there, our family got busy snapping tons of photos. Lots of the pictures below came from my dad and Fabio’s dad!
How awesome is that water in the background?
After the first round of pictures was finished (oh, don’t worry, there were plenty more…), we sat down to enjoy dinner. The tables were a nice mix of Fabio’s family and mine, and luckily everyone had met plenty of times before so there was no awkward getting-to-know-you conversation. Just lots of chatting and lots of laughter!
Plus everyone kept raving about the view from our table.
Also, please compare the iPhone photo I took (above) and the photo my dad got with his good camera (below). Ha!
Once the sun started setting in the sky, we all headed out for some pictures by the water!
We got lots of shots with the family too, including this one with all of our parents…
One with Fabio’s parents…
One with Fabio’s family (his other sister Karen and her husband and daughter couldn’t join us until later in the weekend)…
One with my side of the family on my mom’s side…
One with Aunt CC and Uncle Steve…
One with my family on my dad’s side…
Including my Aunt Teri and cousins!
And then we made sure to get one with my grandparents when we got back upstairs! 🙂
Overall dinner was a huge success, and I’m so glad we were able to spend time with our immediate family before all our other guests arrived!
After dinner was over and we had paid the check, Fabio and I went outside with my dad and sister for just a few more photos.
I really like this one that he got with the moon!
Once dinner was over, we headed back to the hotel to relax. Jack, who had been staying in our suite, had brought our clothes onto the bed to snuggle with while we were gone. Silly guy!
At this point we all changed into PJs and then spent the rest of the evening sitting out on the patio of the venue sipping beverages out of solo cups and chatting. It was a little chilly, so I remember a bunch of us were wearing hotel robes and wrapped up in sweatshirts and blankets. We had music playing, and I remember just feeling so happy as I looked around and saw all of our close family members surrounding us and having a good time. Plus, I knew I still had the whole weekend ahead of me! Woohoo!
More to come!
Question of the day: Do you have a big family or a little one?
Mine is relatively small, but Fabio’s is HUGE!