Thursday, July 8, 2010

The Rehearsal

Everyone keeps asking me how the wedding was and I keep saying "It was great, but I feel like I don't remember much!" I remember everyone telling me that I would feel that way once all was said and done, so I tried extremely hard to soak it all in while everything was happening. Still, there are several blank spots so I'm glad I have the pictures to remind me! As I was driving to the rehearsal on Friday evening, I noticed several storm clouds off in the distance. I panicked momentarily, but then realized that the storm clouds were going to keep us all from melting outside while we rehearsed. And luckily, no rain! In fact I was almost hoping for the same clouds to appear the next evening at the wedding so the guests could catch a break (no such luck there).

My old youth pastor, C.V. Blake, was the officiant for the ceremony. It was great getting to spend time with him again. He was a very influential person for me throughout middle school and high school, and I have now enjoyed learning about marriage from him.
I don't think the groomsmen paid any attention to what was going on at the rehearsal, but they managed to flawlessly pull it off at the wedding anyway! I feel very blessed to have married someone in my circle of friends because these guys are all extremely special to not only Ethan, but to me as well. I went to high school with two of them and over the years they have become some of my very best friends. Having your dearest friends standing on both sides as you walk down the aisle is a very neat experience.
Here are the bridesmaids. I was honored to have my three future sister-in-laws in the wedding. One of them is about seven months pregnant and she was such a trooper! I cannot wait to get to know them even better over the years. The other four girls are actually from Abilene and have been my friends for a very long time. Kasey and I danced together throughout our childhood, Lacey and JuliAnne were my best friends during high school, and Sarah and I became best friends when she moved in with me during college. My younger sister Chelsea was my Matron (I can't believe she's a Matron!) of Honor. I love them all very, very much. Thanks for sharing this experience with me!
Some of our friends at the rehearsal dinner, which was at Joe Allen's BBQ. My MIL and SIL's did a wonderful job of putting this all together. They did a great job on the adorable decorations! They are all extremely creative. Thank you guys so much!!
The cute table decorations!! I LOVE the white flowers and the stencil design.
Ethan and I with my sister and her new husband. Love them!
It was a great Wedding Eve with family and friends. Thanks to everyone who made our weekend so special!

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