- 6 years ago
- Wedding: April 2012
I should have my pro pics by Monday (I’ve seen the proofs, they are amazing!) so I figured I’d start doing my recaps now!
But before I get to the pro pics I’ll start from the VERY beginning… Let’s start with a reminder that our wedding was 2.5 hours away from where we live and my family is all from Connecticut so they were all flying/driving in and the wedding was being held at my husband’s family farm. 🙂
The Thursday before the big day:
“FI” (it’s weird to call him husband in the recaps because we weren’t married yet, but it’s weird to write FI again, lol) and I packed up our cars and all of the wedding stuff and hoped we didn’t forget anything. Said goodbye to our kitties and brought our pup to the kennel and headed out!
My mom rented a BEAUTIFUL house for our family and I to stay in since the wedding was out of town and the family farmhouse wasn’t big enough for everyone. My mom and Sister went to the house while FI and I were driving and stopping in Austin to pick up our rentals and for me to get my nails done before heading to the farm, it was a LONG day and made the 2.5 hour drive more like 6 with all the stops… We FINALLY get to the rental house and it was GORGEOUS!
I knew this would be the perfect place for my girls and I to get ready for the wedding! But first my Mom had planned a “cocktail party” for our out of town guests while FI hung out with his family and his “men” we laughed and talked… It was so great to hang out with everyone in such a casual setting before the big day… And after the LONG day I had had traveling, a beer (or two five) were very much needed!
After a great night catching up with everyone, it was off to bed for one of the busiest most stressful days of my life…
I woke up early the next morning to go BACK to Austin (about an hour and 40 minutes away) with two of my bridesmaids to pick up the appetizers and desserts for the wedding and the mixers for our signature drinks, and I realized last minute that I didn’t have a “something blue” so a stop at the mall was in order too… For some reason I thought this would only take 4 hours including driving time so I figured we’d have plenty of time to head over the the farm work on setting up for the wedding and the welcome dinner that was that evening; boy was I wrong! We left at around 9:30 and didn’t make it home until 4:30!
Everything took longer than expected, we couldn’t find the Whole Foods Catering pickup area, shopping at whole foods for the mixers was difficult because I wasn’t familiar where anything was, they didn’t have everything we needed so we had to pull last minute audibles and send others to find the things we absolutely needed (like club soda!) and crossed our fingers that they could find them in the tiny town we were staying at… Then FI called on our way back to the farm and gave us a few other things to get so we had to stop at a Walmart on our way back into town for chaffing dish burners and plastic table cloths for the welcome dinner (how this slipped my mind I will never know)…
We finally get to the farm at 4:30, shove the catered stuff in our tiny rented freezer trailer (best last minutes expense ever!!) and rushed to put the tablecloths on the tables, but by this point the WIND had picked up and there were gusts close to 20 MPH ravaging our plans!
I then rushed back to the rental house to shower and throw on clothes for the welcome dinner… I looked somewhat composed but was freaking out inside, because we hadn’t set anything up for the next day yet!
Luckily my family and friends jumped right in and helped in any way they could (sundresses and all!), before we knew it we had a plan, a rough set up, and people had their tasks to do to make sure everything would be set, and that the day-of-coordinator had help when she got there since no one was going to let me set foot on that farm the day of the wedding until I was walking down the aisle.
We worked tirelessly until the sun went down and then I then I had to just let go and let it be what it was going to be… It was out of my hands at that point (did I mention the 20 mph winds?!).
My girls and I enjoying the welcome dinner after all of the chaos of the day… (note the chair on top of the table in the background trying to keep the tableclothes ON the tables!!)
Next up: The Day Of: Getting Ready. 🙂