Thursday, October 24, 2013

Matt and Kelly: Rehearsal Dinner

After a productive and fun wedding rehearsal, the bridal party hopped back on the Guest Shuttle and moved on to the rehearsal dinner.

The bride, groom and grooms parents (also known as MY parents) picked a really awesome venue.  I was lucky enough to be part of the conversation, but only saw the space when it was decorated for a halloween party last fall... and my how the room was transformed to carry out the rehearsal dinner vision!  Kudos to the bride and groom and parents of the groom... it looked phenomenal.

Our trolley pulled up and spotted this adorable sign, made with love by the father of the groom.  We went inside and were greeted by a room full of cool decor, awesome centerpieces and candles, and most importantly - many closest loved ones. 

My brother is a huge frosting guy (family trait?) so the dinner featured dessert of really incredible cupcakes piled high with frosting.  The 100+ cupcake tower was so cool looking juxtaposed against urban-looking exposed brick.

While I didn't take pictures of the food, I want to mention that it was DELICIOUS.   Following dinner were some truly special toasts - from  the bride and groom, each of my parents individually, two brothers, several aunts and uncles, a cousin, our grandma, and my husband (the groom's brother-in-law).  I might even be missing someone! The touching toasts were, for me, one of the highlights of the evening.  

It's well documented on this blog how much I love weddings... and I really, truly do.  (I love weddings so much that I'd totally go to a strangers wedding if it wasn't a little strange).  But I need to also mention how much I love rehearsal dinners!  There's excitement in the air, it's the first time seeing out-of-town guests that you don't see very often, and it's night one of drinking heavily.  :)  (Kidding... but also not.  Blame the Rank family).  Matt and Kelly's rehearsal dinner was more special than normal, to me, since it was hosted by my parents and honored two of my favorite people.

My brother also gave a toast, and at the risk of "tooting my own horn", he gave a public shout-out to me.  Without turning in to a total sap, I will say that it was one of the most special moments of my life.  (Tearing up right now thinking of it).

After the rehearsal dinner, we boarded the godsend Guest Shuttle for the third time, and were driven back to the hotel.  I won't tell you how many times "Blurred Lines" played.. but it's not one.  Or two.  :)   A dance party rocked the shuttle, and it was both hilarious and amazing.

Though there was an afterparty at the hotel, I didn't participate beyond a quick "hello" because I knew the next day was a big one...

Next up: Wedding day!

1 comment:

  1. Love this one too! I agree, the cupcake tower was amazing and they were SO delicious. I want one right now. By the way, you totally deserved the shout-out in the groom's toast. You spoiled us way too much throughout our engagement and we both agreed we wanted to make sure that was mentioned and that you really know how much that meant to us. Really, Kate, you went above and beyond to make us feel loved and special. We are so incredibly lucky to have you in our lives. Now it's our turn to spoil you and we can't wait! :)


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