We all know that before that Big Moment when the bride starts her walk down the aisle, there are myriad details to be taken care of ahead of time--from planning to decorating to rehearsing to organizing. This post covers a few of those pre-wedding events.
Decorating and Pre-Rehearsal
Meagan’s sister, Kristin, and her dad made a great decorating team.
When all the decorating was done it was decided that, since Nathan wasn’t around, Meagan should practice walking down the aisle to The Surprise Song.
She and Frank did the Big Walk a couple times, alternating between tears and giggles, sobriety and laughter.
When they got to the front the second time around . . .
. . . Frank suddenly launched into some spontaneous funky, vocalized beat boxing. And that’s all it took for the dancing to commence.
Spencer (Nathan and Meagan’s nephew) and I watched happily from the sidelines.
The Real Rehearsal
On Friday evening, it was time for the real rehearsal. I loved that Nathan opened it with prayer.
Nathan is about to walk to the front center aisle to wait for Meagan.
The look on his face as he waits is priceless.
This shot shows the final rendition of the decorative balls that Frank made.
Steve scrounged around during rehearsal and found a bass guitar (which is the instrument he plays) with his dad’s name on it. I hadn’t realized that there was such a thing as a Ken Smith guitar.
After the rehearsal, it was on to the rehearsal dinner which was held at Meagan’s family’s church. My sister, Debbie, had spent the afternoon with me helping to decorate and set up; I couldn’t have accomplished the task without her and Sarah’s invaluable assistance. Since the wedding was featuring bright colors, we did a brightly colored rehearsal dinner, too.
Since Nathan has worked at Chick-Fil-A on and off for about five years, we thought some Chick-Fil-A Party Platters would be just the thing for the meal. Also, the manager at Nathan’s restaurant gave us a 50% discount on all the food as a wedding gift to Nathan which was lovely. Since I love Chic-Fil-A and bargains, I was one happy mama.
And speaking of mama’s, I hope am I am half as good a mother-in-law to Meagan has Steve’s mom has been to me. I have been so incredibly blessed with both a wonderful mom and a wonderful mom-in-law.
The picture sums up the week pretty well—a colorful, joyful celebration!
Anonymous said, “So I keep reading about a cake reception. Did you also have a lunch reception following the ceremony? Just curious.”
Immediately after the wedding, there was wedding cake and punch on the lawn in front of the church for all the wedding guests. That was where Nathan and Meagan cut the cake and did the whole “feeding the first bite to each other” thing.
Then after some photos were taken back inside the church, there was a formal sit down lunch at a local country club.
Note: there have been a few requests for pictures of the dresses that I had considered in the dress-choosing process. I’ll post pictures of those soon.