Anyway, I'm going to break up the wedding posts in to three: Getting Ready; The Ceremony; The Reception.
I'm going to start with Friday. This was my most stressful day. We had to deliver the gift bags to 8 different hotels. At the last minute, I decided to let our families pick theirs up here since they were going to be here that night. Down to 6 deliveries.
Sandy, Elizabeth and I left at 7:30 a.m. I knew we would hit some rush hour traffic, but we had to be finished with the deliveries by 9 so that I could pick my sister, Janice up from the airport. Then Mindy called. She was excited, so we picked her up too.
We had the bridesmaids luncheon at the club. I invited Mindy's new mother-in-law, sister-in-law and 3 sisters to join all of us. Mindy presented me with this cute Kate Spade box:
It's silver, so the top kept reflecting everything. The engraving reads, "Thanks for making sure everything was tied up in a bow! Love, Mindy" So sweet and unexpected.
After lunch, the girls went for manicures while Janice and I went home to prepare food. I invited our families to come here---even though we wouldn't be here. There just isn't a good place for so many people to congregate at the hotels. We had tons of food, but I forgot to have someone take a picture of the table.
We were at the rehearsal dinner. It was very nice---at Amerigos where the food is always good.
We got home about 8:45 to nearly 50 people in the house---(I'm from a large family):
I had forewarned everybody that we were kicking them out at 11. They were good sports and everyone left when they were supposed to.
I posted this picture on Facebook: "And just like that, breakfast for the family thanks to good friends. Banana bread---thanks Madelyn. Sour dough bread---thanks, Karolyn."
Mindy's hair dresser---or maybe they call them hair stylist these days---arrived at 9:30. I thought I took pictures of all the girls, but apparently I just got these.
We had a great time just hanging out. We thought we had plenty of time. Suddenly, it was a huge rush to get everyone ready and out the door by 2:30. I had not practiced buttoning the 50 tiny buttons up the back of Mindy's dress! OMGosh! I was a nervous wreck. The bridal shop suggested using a crochet hook. There was a bit of a learning curve, but I finally got the hang of it. I was so afraid I was going to pop one off.
It got a little tense. I was snapping at Butch, Stephanie, the girls---just about everybody!!! Anyway, we got out the door and made it to the chapel in time. We wanted to take ALL of the pictures before the ceremony. The day couldn't have been more beautiful---sunny and nearly 70 degrees.