Thursday morning we all had to get up bright and early to make it to the rehearsal. Getting 8 people up, dressed, fed and out the door is no easy task! We made it to the rehearsal with time to spare, so we introduced ourselves to all the other people there and checked out the wedding grounds.
They had an outdoor wedding at The Sonnet House. It was such an amazingly beautiful location! I loved that giant white house and all the lush greenery outdoors. I wish I’d have had the time to run around taking pictures of it all, but chasing the two littles and running through rehearsal kept me busy.
After standing outside in the blazing heat, Dakota started getting cranky and passed out in my arms. I found refuge in the house and held her while she recouped and I waited to be called to lineup for directions.
While we were all lining up to walk down the aisle, Harper was making friends with all the other people hanging around. He made fast friends with the preacher’s wife and she took him on a walk to see the barn. They were buddies after that and he kept hugging her and giving her smooches like they’d been friends forever!
Everyone is getting their marching orders…literally.
Kiersten and a friend watching the mayhem.
Traditionally the bride isn’t supposed to walk down the aisle at rehearsal, so Kiersten asked Zoe to step in for her. Zoe obliged even though she really didn’t want to do it…she felt so out of place! It was a crazy preview into what could be in the not so distant future…
When Harper wasn’t schmoozing the guests he was running around the grounds like he owned the place. He was actually pretty crazy the whole time we were there, but I was happy he was keeping himself entertained, so I let him be.
Immediately following the rehearsal all the women headed to Kiersten’s parents house for a bridal luncheon. Tony and the kids headed to Chuck E. Cheese for a bit then went back to the hotel to swim. Once we had lunch we all headed to a salon to have our nails done.
Poor Zoe. it just about kills her to get a pedicure because it tickles her feet so bad. I swear she does everything in her power not to kick the nail tech in the face. It’s just awful! :)
Mema was thoroughly enjoying her pedi!
Zoe and Kiersten were able to talk a little bit while they got their manicures. It wasn’t easy getting any time to chat with the bride…she had a lot of people to catch up with.
Later that evening we all headed out to the rehearsal dinner. It was held in this gorgeous old hotel called The Tutwiler in downtown Birmingham. I loved everything about that old hotel and wish that I’d had time to roam around looking at it all, but again, the littles and the activities kept us busy.
I got a few pics of the kiddies before we left…they all looked so wonderful!
The Bride and Groom:
Jeff’s parents put on the rehearsal dinner and it was beautiful. They chose to sit families apart from one another so that we could all meet other people and we happened to be at the same table as Jeff’s parents…they were incredibly nice! We ended up having some good conversation; until Dakota and Harper decided they were done eating that is! Zoe was at a table with a bunch of people around her age and she ended up having a good time with them. Landon was at a table of kids around his age and while they all were rather quiet, he ended up being just fine.
We got back to our hotel rather late that night, late for the two littles anyways. Luckily we didn’t have anywhere we needed to be Friday morning.
Since this post is so long, I’ll post about the actual wedding tomorrow…