Two weeks before our wedding I checked the extended forecast, desperately hoping and praying for a beautiful clear day for our planned outdoor ceremony and reception.
Rain. Not just rain, but thunderstorms. That was the prediction for the day, two weeks out.
Oh my. Oh my, my, my. We started brainstorming rain plans.
I checked the forecast every day, hoping and praying it would change.
Ten days before the wedding the forecast had altered slightly. Rain and possible thunderstorms in the morning, but clear and sunny in the afternoon. That was better! Not ideal, but certainly workable.
I continued to check the forecast.
One week before the wedding - CLEAR and SUNNY!!! No rain predicted until the day after the wedding! THANK GOD!!
So it was, our wedding day dawned clear and beautiful. I would know, I was up at five that morning! Not because I had an alarm set or anything like that, but because it's down right impossible to sleep in on your wedding day!
So very many thoughts were running through my head.
"I'm getting married today. Actually getting married. The day is here."
"I'm going to be spending my whole life with the man who's upstairs sleeping in the guestroom right now. Are we really ready for this?" (Yes! But pre-wedding nerves are a thing!)
"After today everything will change. My name. My home. My day-to-day routine. Everything!"
And then, along with all these life-altering thoughts,
"AHHHHH, we have so much to get done before getting married at 3 o'clock this afternoon!!!!!!!!!"
It was time to get out of bed and get started!
I began the day by sitting in the living room and enjoying a cup of coffee with my dad before the rest of the household awoke. I'm a daddy's girl, and this was just the thing I needed to start off my wedding day right.
I sat on the couch, drank my coffee, talked to my dad, and finished assembling the gifts for my mom and mother-in-law. Yes, in true Alyssa fashion, I was running behind on a few things.
By 6:30 my mom was awake and my parents and I took a short walk outside, looking at the ceremony and reception sites, discussing everything that needed to be accomplished that morning, and making sure we were all on the same page for how things needed to be set up. My florist had already been by and delivered the first round of floral decorations.
Around 7 o'clock, I woke up my bridesmaids - my two best friends and my sister. Then I went up and woke my groom.
Once I was in my wedding attire, he wouldn't get to see me until I was walking down the aisle to him. However, as the wedding was to take place at my parents' home and there was a lot to get done to transform it into the wedding venue of my dreams, it just would not have been practical for us not to see each other that morning.
That said, my poor groom had actually been bitten, on the foot, by a spider 5 days earlier. So he spent most of the wedding morning in the recliner, elevating his foot in hopes that he would be able to walk, rather than limp, down the aisle that afternoon, and be able to dance with both me and his mom at the reception that evening.
Getting a spider bite less than a week before your wedding is not recommended, but it does make things memorable!
Somewhere around 8 or 8:30, my brothers and the groomsmen arrived on the scene and set-up began in earnest! Tables and chairs were unloaded and arranged. Tents were put up. A dance floor was assembled.
Table cloths, dishes, and decorations were brought out.
Outside was a bustle of activity, and inside the house was no different! Around 10 o'clock the photographers arrived, as did my sister-in-law and her twin sister who would be doing hair and make-up for myself, the flower girls, and the bridesmaids. With their arrival, it was time for me to come inside and start getting ready.
|Doesn't my truck make a nice gift table?|
Everything outside looked amazing! I came back in confident that everything would be just right!