In hindsight, I can say that it is indeed true that for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. For as amazing and stress-free and wonderful and magical and unforgettable that my wedding day was…the day before? Meh.
It started off as planned, I had to wash and flat iron my hair. Remember my hair is natural, so it’s a bit of a project. Then I was supposed to meet the ladies at my place at ten o’clock and we’d be off to do the flowers at the mansion. One bridesmaid texted with car trouble. Another had gotten pulled over by a cop on her way here. Another had the wrong address programmed into her GPS. *sigh* I remember saying to my mom that this would all make for a funny story…later.
Anyhoo, we got to the mansion, did the flowers (which, by the way, the manager of the place loved and was asking to buy our containers…I said, “dude, if you want them when we’re done, you can have ’em”…one less thing for me to have to take home!), had to grab a quick bite then head off to get our nails done.
This is the diy-bride’s dilemma. Everyone will tell you how “the bride” shouldn’t do work for the wedding and you should relax and get pampered. Well, that’s an impossibility when you’re doing things yourself. My nail lady kept telling me that I had to get my fingernails done and I kept telling her that I had work to do. Anyhoo, she was much more persistent than I, so I got my fingers done. Also my eyebrows…I was looking like Teen Wolf! After that, off to the rehearsal dinner, which was held in a gym…seriously.
I’m gonna gloss over this, but here’s the deal. My computer was giving me the blues on that Thursday morning, so I sent it in to get fixed. But I figured before I let it out of my sight, I’d copy the wedding music (yes, the wedding ceremony music that we needed in order to have the ceremony!) onto a cd from my iTunes. Well, iTunes wouldn’t open. Small freakout, no big deal. They were able to fix the computer and I was able to copy the ceremony music onto a disc as well as my iPod…whew! Not naming names, but someone forgot to bring the ceremony music to the rehearsal dinner. So we had to practice the ceremony without the music. As you’d imagine, this didn’t make me happy. I had to remove myself from the crowd to take many deep breaths…then it was okay. Oh, and did I tell you that we were about a half an hour late to the rehearsal? *sigh*
Here I am giving everyone the lowdown on what the haps were:
Here I am handing out gifts:
The wedding party:
Then it was back to my place for flowers because the ladies were worried about the amount of work that needed to be done. My sis-in-law and I headed out to Walgreens for fake eyelashes since she did my makeup for the big day while they were at work. Then I came back and rolled my hair for the next day (and messed up my manicure) and sat under the dryer while the ladies did flowers.
I probably got up at like 6 o’clock that morning and didn’t go to bed until 1 or 2 a.m…long day! And I’m sure like every other bride, didn’t really sleep a wink…my heart was at a steady buzz. The next day was the day and my brain wouldn’t turn off, so I laid in bed thinking about The Mister and wondering what he was up to and what he was thinking.