We are calling it the "saga of our wedding week"......this will be Loooong. I'll do a separate vendor grading post another day.
It all started last Tuesday when my son, who lives in DC, couldn't make his plane home because of the earthquake and cancellation of metro train service. Took an hour of my time to get him on a flight for Wednesday, and thankfully he arrived Wednesday.
Had pedis/manis/facials at Margot's in B'ham (due to a gift cert from my boss) on Wednesday. Feeling good....
Wed morning picked up our white asiatic lillies, white vendela roses and baby's breath from Costco for our centerpieces. LOVELY flowers, made great centerpieces. Sadly, have to wait for the pro pics as I didn't get any, LOL.
Thursday the 20 piece white rose Costco package arrived. I urge anyone trying to save money to order this for $399. The bouquets, bouts and corsages are absolutely lovely. You'll see some in the pics. They are still gorgeous even now.
Friday was the rehearsal at Greenmead and dinner at Eastside Mario's in Livonia. We had the room that is set apart from the rest of the restaurant....it's a great place for a rehearsal dinner. We planned on 40, I think ended up with about 35. Food was excellent.
Wedding Saturday: Gorgeous, sunny day. I couldn't help but feel guilty about this with all the east coast brides rained out due to Hurricane Irene. Deux Adore did our makeup and hair, wonderful job. Limo arrived around 3 pm as we were having a "first look" and group pics done before the ceremony. I strongly recommend doing a first look, I was not nervous AT ALL after having seen Kevin all dressed up, and doing pictures.
The ceremony was so lovely. I love Greenmead, the ladies that work there are fabulous, help to keep things moving. My Dad was so emotional all day, plus he gets teary when he is stressed or tired.....was hard to tell what he was thinking, LOL.
The reception was everything I dreamed it would be. After spending 18 months planning this, getting all the stuff (some I didn't even use, LOL), all the DIY, I was so pleased with the work that Jill from Simplicity DOC did. She only had 2 hrs in the venue beforehand, but it was all set up and ready for us, LOL.
The food was FABULOUS! I still, a few days later, am getting rave reviews from guests. I've been to countless weddings, but I do have to say my food was the best. If you can hire a caterer from outside your venue, go for Holiday Market's catering services. We decided to get Bates Burgers and fries for the late night snack (after our ice cream sundae bar), and it was a surprise to everyone including Kevin. Holiday's staff picked it up,and served it in a very classy way.
We have so many leftovers, LOL. We are still eating them.
Then, we came down to earth Sunday. We all spent the night in a hotel Saturday, relaxed a while, then returned home. Around 5 pm my daughter came upstairs when the Tiger game was over......... we were going to open gifts then. She had a serious pain under her breastbone, and after realizing this was not "normal" we took her to the ER. She had a vicious gall bladder attack, was admitted, had her gall bladder out yesterday, and came home today. It's rare for a 16 y/o, but not unheard of. She is doing much better today, but this is the first day things seem back to somewhat normal. I had to beg off a business trip today with a meeting tomorrow, I'll attend telephonically. Thankfully I have a wonderful employer coworkers and this is not a big deal. They totally understand.
In the ER I turned to Kevin and said "Well, it's been a day, and I guess this is the "worse" and "in sickness" part", LOL.
My 84 y/o Dad and I in the back of the limo. This is the dress I made.
My daughter and MOH (her bolero is the same pattern as mine)
My 84 y/o dad and my son......the "Blues Brothers" (I love that they did this)
Entire wedding party (Kevin holding his granddaughter the flower girl, ring bearer on the left in his grandpa's arms (Kevin's brother)
My parents, my kids and us.