Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Wedding Wednesday, My Rehearsal

Traditionally the wedding rehearsal is the day before the wedding. That wasn't the case for me. My wedding was on a Sunday and my venue had a wedding on Saturday (so Saturday was out of the question). The Saturday wedding already booked Friday for their rehearsal so we had to have our rehearsal on Thursday. I actually like how it ended up because this was our schedule of events:

Thursday 6:00pm Rehearsal
Thursday 7:30pm Rehearsal Dinner
Friday 7:00pm Bachelorette Party (Jon had his bachelor party a few weeks prior)
Saturday 12:00pm Nail Appointment
Sunday 4:00pm The Wedding!!!

I absolutely loved my venue, The Vandiver Inn, and would recommend them to any bride. Unlike most wedding venues, the affordable price I paid included all of the following:

Ceremony space (pavilion), set up, tear down, and chivari chairs
Open beer and wine
4 appetizers
1 salad
2 entrees
2 sides
Wedding cake
Rehearsal time and space (and coordination)
Cocktail hour and reception space (mansion and pavilion), tables, chivari chairs, choice of linens, bar ware, silverware, set up, and tear down
Service and gratuity

.... yes, I basically got my own wedding planner who we met with multiple times. My point in telling you all of this is, I was beyond grateful to have the owner of the venue, my event manager, AND our Pastor there to run the rehearsal. It went smoothly and I truly believe it was because each of those 3 were there. Here are some pictures of the rehearsal!

The Vandiver put out a beautiful sign for our wedding party as they arrived.

And now a run through from the beginning. First Jon's brother escorts his mother.

Then my brother escorts my mother.

The mothers light the unity candles.

The boys watch as the girls walk down the aisle.

The entire wedding party watches as my dad and I walk down the aisle.

My dad practices giving me away.

Jon and I sit as Pastor Dave preaches.

Back up to practice our vows.

Us in front of the mansion.

The grounds are absolutely beautiful!

The guys about to head to dinner.

My dress was from Hope's

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