Wedding Wednesday – The Rehearsal Dinner

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I thought it would be fun for a little while to do some Wedding Wednesday posts.  That way I can still keep things lively with shopping posts and random musings with pretty wedding posts mixed in.  So let’s track back and talk about the start of the Wedding week.  Oh first let’s talk about this teaser my photographer tagged me in yesterday.  I cannot wait to see more!!!  Warning this is a picture heavy post.
I took the entire week off before the wedding and taught my barre classes in a veil and garter, it was such a blast!  Tuesday I tried to organize and layout all my clothes, outfits, accessories, etc and I am happy to report that I didn’t forget a single thing.  I headed down to my parents house and hung out with my sisters who came in town.  Then over to my fabulous Aunt’s house for a lingerie shower.  First there were nutella martinis which were so needed since I had just gotten off the phone with my DJ (remember the Tyra Banks horror).  There were beautiful gifts including some vintage pieces from my Aunt that were truly one of a kind including a rare Schiaparelli piece.  I mean of course there was.
The little one tried on her dress for us and twirled.
After being spoiled completely my family, my sister and I headed to the Sandpearl spa for some further pampering.  That is when it happened…..(clearly this is supposed to be a funny).
The rehearsal dinner space that I have been showing you all the beautiful sunsets from every update I can…..well that night it was supposed to drop down into the 30’s.  Outside……on the water…..no heaters could help that.  Luckily our Rehearsal dinner spot (the Riverhouse Grill) which was so fantastic cannot sing enough praises…….they moved us into the Crow’s Nest.  It is a private room on top of the restaurant with big beautiful windows that we got to enjoy sunsets just like this.
Let’s back track.  I started off my morning by driving out to see my fabulous friend Jesse who is also my hair dresser.  Any local peeps if you need a recommendation she is amazing!  She touched up my color and sent me off with this fabulous do’
I came home to surprise Mark with my sweet locks.  Helped him pack……we won’t even discuss, then packed up the car to head down to Sarasota for the rehearsal.  Every single chance I got…….I made sure I practiced walking down those stairs.  (See it was cold!  Leather jacket to prove!)
I snapped this gorgeous shot right before I walked down.  I mean can this venue be anymore gorgeous???
My sister forgot my mock bridal bouquet made from all the bows from my shower.  We won’t hold it against her.  Luckily I had something pretty I could hold in my hand.
I had to include this one…..it’s a fabulous hair shot.  That’s not Mark…..don’t be confused it’s his younger brother who gave quite the toast at the wedding.  That will be carried under a separate post.  It was good don’t worry…..no youtube videos off it or anything.  Side note since it was freezing I sent my sister to….you guessed it Target and she snagged those tights for me on sale. I have worn them like 5 times since!
The blonde brigade.  Mark’s brother always camera ready.  That million dollar smile clearly runs in the family.
From there it was onto the rehearsal dinner in 6 pm traffic.  Another joyous time.  We got there just in time to see the amazing sunset.  Let’s skillfully ignore the ketchup bottle and instead focus on the by word written out menu that I made the night before with all my pretty custom blog fonts……add it to the list right?  Shout outs to my mother and Aunt who whipped up gorgeous center pieces at a moments notice.
My little was a fabulous photographer thank you so much for taking all these great family shots!  Here my brother who is currently sporting the long European ponytail look.  British football player if you will.  My amazing mother who planned my whole wedding just about with my sister who just got the most fab keratin treatment.  Those straight locks don’t lie.
My fabulous Aunt who also made all the Wedding magic happen with my mother.  My sister in law Kristine.
I tried to get some pics with my love in front of the beautiful sunset.  Here is my come hither for a picture look apparently.

We had an absolutely fabulous time.  There was lots of speeches, great food and lots of adult libations.  For those of you who know me I’m really not a big drinker.  So the fact this happened at the end of the night……definitely we were celebrating!
The night was finished off with this stunner.
It was quite the start to the wedding festivities!  Check back next week on Wednesday for more wedding updates!  I hope you are having a fabulous week!  xoxoxoxoxo
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63 responses to “Wedding Wednesday – The Rehearsal Dinner”

  1. That sunset is gorgeous!!
    Hopefully the cold snap came and went before your actual wedding. That happened at her rehearsal in Orlando last year. We were standing there during the wedding rehearsal freezing our tails off, and the next day gorgeous weather.
    Gorgeous centerpieces (props to your mom) and sunsets!
    Looking forward to more of your wedding posts. :)

  2. JumpingJE says:

    I would have practiced those stairs until I could walk them backwards in my sleep! So impressed!

  3. That sunset could not have been any more perfect! Glad your rehearsal dinner spot was awesome and moved you guys inside. I can’t imagine being out on the water in the 30’s. I was so worried for you when I saw how low the temps were dropping! And I don’t blame you for practicing on those stairs but you looked SO graceful coming down them. It either definitely paid off or you didn’t need the practice! Can’t wait to hear more about it! :)

    <3, Pamela
    Sequins & Sea Breezes

  4. Such a great night to kick off the wedding festivities!! Even though you guys had to be moved inside, that sunset was beautiful regardless of where it was seen from!!! I was praying for you with the weather – cold is not something you plan for in Florida!! I’m so glad everything went off smoothly…did I ever tell you one of Gary’s groomsmen broke his leg coming down the same stairs I was having my first look on right before we left for the rehearsal dinner?! OYE! xo, Biana – BlovedBoston

  5. Jenn says:

    Love this first post and can’t wait to see more (the sneak preview looks amazing already!) Can I just say that I love that instead of the mock bouquet you used your Louis? That made me laugh :) The rehearsal dinner looked so fun and your flower girl was adorable. And that sunset!!! Oh my gosh! So happy that the cold weather didn’t prevent such a good time–it looks like it was amazing!

  6. Looks like an amazing place to get married! Congratulations!

  7. Stacy G says:

    Seriously I can’t even believe how great your photos came out!! Those are all like pinterest wedding dream board worthy up at the top! lol That ivory lace dress is gorgeous on you!! xo

  8. Those views are amazing! Of course it would be the two coldest days we have had all winter! I can’t wait to see more photos and details!

  9. Elle Sees says:

    that would have been me! practicing walking down those stairs a million times. what a gorgeous, gorgeous place!

  10. Julia says:

    Oh so beautiful what a gorgeous venue! I’m so glad they were able to put you inside for the rehearsal dinner so you didn’t freeze! LOVE your lace dress, so pretty!

  11. an LV clutch > a ribbon bouquet ;)
    i love those pretty views! the sunset is perfect! xo jillian – cornflake dreams

  12. absolutely beautiful!!!! i would have been terrified to walk down those stairs and would have practiced a million times too since i don’t want to be on AFV LOL

  13. Just from these pics I can tell that your wedding was absolutely gorgeous! Can’t wait for more pics to come!

    Abby
    http://www.champagneplans.com

  14. I obvs love weddings, but I actually like rehearsals and the dinner more…everyone is more relaxed and as a couple you have more time to spend with family and bridal party than the day of. Looks like a great night, cold weather and all!

  15. these photos are to die. and i love how you walked through each of the people and such. and how can we not love living in florida? photos like this are a great reminder of all the beauty! and well you/your family/bridal party make it look good too ;)

    cheshirekatblog.com

  16. Ashley says:

    Gorgeous! Rehearsal dinners are always so much fun and that sunset!!

  17. P!nky says:

    What a beautiful collage, I can’t wait to see more. Having been in Florida during the cold, I can honestly say, girl I feel your pain. I was thinking of you when we landed because it was so cold on Thursday! So glad you had such a great rehearsal spot and were able to roll with the punches with a smile on your face.

    You look amazing in your rehearsal dress, love it! Your comment about helping Mark pack makes me laugh, that’s the same way it would be with my husband. MEN, gotta love em!

    I can’t wait for more posts like this. Everything looks so fabulous! xoxo

  18. Courtney B says:

    These photos are soooooo dreamy! Love the venue! I can’t believe that cold front you received the night of your rehearsal dinner! Yikes!! But it sounds like everything turned out perfectly!! Just what you deserved! Can’t wait to see more!!

  19. Christina says:

    i just love how mark has his pose with you down. like solid. man knows how to take a pic with his woman!!! he’s a gem — keep him!! xo

  20. Such a fun and beautiful day leading up to the wedding! Those photographs that your photographer teased you with … omg. I can’t wait to see more! How special that you were surrounded by all your loved ones and family at your rehearsal, too – looks like it was a good time had by all!

  21. What amazing photos, so glad everything worked out despite the weather and you still got to enjoy a beautiful sunset!

  22. Tori G says:

    Absolutely gorgeous! Even though it may have been cold the scenery was beautiful and so were you!

  23. Just gorgeous! I love that the ketchup bottle actually made it into two photos lol

  24. Beautiful pictures!!! That sunset.. Sigh. You have a beautiful family and a handsome husband. :-)

  25. Jen says:

    Ok, how many gorgeous sunsets can you capture in one day? STUNNING! Your venue and rehearsal dinner looked absolutely fabulous. I can’t wait to see more pictures!!

    I’m sharing my engagement pics on the blog today :)))

    xo, Jen
    http://www.comfortably-chic.com

  26. So great of them to move you indoors!!

  27. Bad weather makes for a great marriage even if it’s for the rehearsal dinner, right?! So glad they were able to move you indoors and to an area that you could still see the sunset! Loved your dress!!

  28. Carly says:

    Your venue is so gorgeous. Dying over the sunset pictures! Also, love the orchids snapped in your collage. So, so pretty!

  29. Gorgeous pictures! I love your rehearsal dinner dress! Beautiful!

  30. Brianne says:

    Wedding posts make me happy lol. I can’t get over your views. Amazing! You can definitely tell they’re brothers. I was like & there’s Mark…hmm but something looks different…then I read lol. The dress looks awesome with the tights.

  31. Your lingerie shower looks adorable!! And your rehearsal dinner beautiful!! I mean, you can’t beat that sunset!! All the photos are gorgeous!!

  32. Oh that sunset, just gorgeous! Love your entire outfit from rehearsal day :)

  33. Absolutely gorgeous! Love all of the pictures. Weddings are so much fun! Sorry the weather didn’t cooperate but beautiful scenery and still looks like an amazing time. And packing for Mark, haha sounds like a typical guy! Winks and Eyerolls

  34. You just missed that winter spell! Nutella Martini?! I must try one of these! Beautiful photos as always. Your wedding, venue was just spectacular. I loved that you gave a little shout out to some special family members. (:

  35. Beautiful pictures!! That is so cute that you taught your barre classes in a veil and garder! :)

    Erica
    http://www.pumpsandpushups.com

  36. eeek so excited to keep this tradition going of wedding posts. that sunset is gorg and so is that venue! love your hair too.

  37. Joey says:

    SO BEAUTIFUL!!! And I’m still impressed by the stairs. And of course the weather would be all wonky when you plan an event outside–that was my worst fear with my wedding so I didn’t even entertain the outside idea :(

  38. Mree says:

    Love this post!! Gorgeous pictures. I cannot believe it was in the 30’s! That is cold!! Regardless, everything was beautiful! Love the louie bag as the flowers!! That white lace dress was made for you!!

  39. So glad your rehearsal space accommodated you. I love your last minute tights. Great family shots!

  40. Darcy says:

    Love that you have all these pictures of the rehearsal! And I love what you carried for your mock bouquet : )
    http://www.amemoryofus.com

  41. Great post! Love all the pictures and thanks for sharing such a special time in your life.
    ~Samantha
    http://goldcoastgirlblog.com

  42. Rebecca Jo says:

    I swear, only you could pull of rollers in the hair as an adorable look! ;)

  43. Kristen says:

    can’t believe it was so cold, but thank goodness about the rehearsal place moving you! i love that you practiced walking down the stairs, and what you used in place of your bouquet – fabulous!

  44. I’m so glad they had a beautiful place to move you to for the freak cold weather! Everything looked gorgeous, even those last minute Target tights!

  45. What great memories and the whole cold weather thing just added to the story to be told for years to come :)

  46. Amanda these pics very fabulous
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  47. This looks too perfect for words! Love reading about your big weekend!

  48. YESSSSSS! Those teaser wedding day pictures are killing me! Give me more! The rehearsal looked beautiful – especially that sunset, holy cow!

  49. Absolutely gorgeous teaser pics!!! And that sunset for your rehearsal dinner…. Amazing! And let’s talk about how fabulous that white lace dress is :-D

  50. Meg Taylor says:

    Wow – what a fantastic sunset and location!! And I just love that first photo collage. I co-host a Wedding Wednesday linkup – you should definitely come link up with us on Wednesdays :)

  51. so much fun and you look beautiful! I can’t wait to see more!

  52. wonderful photos! Congratulations

  53. I just love seeing all the wedding recap photos….gorgeous! Your rehearsal and dinner looked amazing and loving the Florida “winter” you had….I could give you some of our snow if you would like??? =)

  54. Sierra says:

    I just found your blog while searching for info on Pure Barre (I just started 3 weeks ago and am addicted!) Then I saw your wedding post…I wore almost the same Choo’s for my wedding; mine were the D’Orsay style! Your wedding photos look beautiful and I can’t wait to see more! New follower here from Fort Myers :)

  55. Holy cow these pictures are incredible!!! I cannot wait to see more. That is awesome of the restaurant to move yall inside. Cold weather is not very fun!

  56. Holy shit! I can’t believe it was that cold in FL?! How awesome that the venue was able to move you inside though for the dinner! Looks like such a beautiful place! Love the lacy dress! And way to pull off the tights for some added warmth!

  57. Love your rehearsal dinner pics.

    So our rehearsal dinner was like a dream – we were having so much fun and everyone was making speeches and it was awesome…til my stepmother made the most horrible speech regarding my MIL’s cancer and everyone went silent. Thankfully that was at the end…

  58. Meghan says:

    I love your venue! Absolutey breathtaking. Also, you have the best hair, always. And I love what you wore for the rehearsal and I cannot believe your amzing dress was $25! I love how much fun y’all had! xo

  59. I just can’t get over that sunset! Absolutely breathtaking! Wedding recaps are one of my favorite so I can’t wait to read more!

  60. Kay R. says:

    Oh I loved reading every word. Marks brother defo is always camera ready!! I love the venue and I would have practised every chance I got too with my clumsy self. Glad the rehearsal dinner was so great! I love these recaps!

  61. You guys seriously couldn’t have chosen a more gorgeous venue. Absolutely breathtaking! Can’t wait to read more wedding posts!!

  62. Zelle B. says:

    You look gorgeous! and that venue is absolutely stunning. P.S. love the hair shot — it really is fab!
    xo Southern Style

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