Since an intense virus scan is currently being run on my work computer and I cannot work, I thought I’d do a Wedding Rehearsal Dinner post!

 

As you may know, I was married on January 3.  Posting around that time became increasingly sporadic, and I never got to share the details of our WONDERFUL wedding rehearsal!

 

Before the rehearsal, which was the Friday before the wedding, our entire bridal party met in the hotel lobby for drinks.  Here’s some of the bridesmaids and groomsmen:

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Lovebirds:

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My BFFs:

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Family:

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We all carpooled to the wedding site and did a dry-run of the wedding ceremony.  I was SO nervous, but it was a lot of fun.  I actually refused to practice the vow exchange because it felt awkward to do it ahead of time. :)  I carried my bridal shower bouquet down the aisle.

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I have to say, I was impressed with how well our bridal party listened to the planner’s instructions and what not.  I wasn’t surprised because they are all caring people, but there was a LOT of people in the party so I thought that might be an issue.

 

After the rehearsal, we carpooled back downtown and walked from the hotel to Spice Steakhouse, one of our favorite restaurants in downtown Orlando.

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It’s right on the water, which was nice for pictures! šŸ™‚

 

We had over 30 people there!  Luckily, we were in a private room.

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Dinner was delicious.  Guests could choose between filet mignon, a larger steak, chicken, fish, or a vegetarian meal.  I got the filet mignon.

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(Sorry, I ate most of it before I realized I should photograph it!).  It was SOOOO GOOD.

 

Dessert tray:

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There was also a LOT of free booze involved (well, I only drank a glass, but I think everyone else drank their fair share!):

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This is my BFF Sarah and her boyfriend. Isn’t the height difference awesome?

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Afterwards, we came back to the hotel room and the Husband and I signed our marriage license:

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Sarah and my brother-in-law signed the license as witnesses.

 

Then… the Husband went home and I stayed at the hotel with my mother! I was worried I wouldn’t be able to sleep but I promptly passed out by 10:30 PM.

{ 34 comments }

 

  • aron April 8, 2009, 11:22 am

    YAY I love wedding posts šŸ™‚ I was so nervous the night of the rehearsal too! My rehearsal dress was almost the same color as yours was!

  • Nicole (anotheronebitesthecrust.wordpress.com) April 8, 2009, 11:29 am

    I love wedding pictures! You all look beautiful. This post was lots of fun!

  • Brandi April 8, 2009, 11:34 am

    fun! I love your dress – it’s so shiny!

  • Betsy April 8, 2009, 11:40 am

    Aw, I’m so glad you posted this. Looks like a wonderful evening, and omg the food! Especially those desserts. Yum.

  • runsarah April 8, 2009, 11:42 am

    Awesome post! Gives me some ideas for my upcoming rehearsal dinner.

  • Niki April 8, 2009, 11:54 am

    Fun post!! I love anything wedding related!!

  • Trish April 8, 2009, 12:03 pm

    So nice! Thanks for sharing. šŸ™‚

  • Sara April 8, 2009, 12:13 pm

    Great rehearsal dinner! The food looks great. I love posts about weddings!

  • redheadedjournal April 8, 2009, 12:17 pm

    love the dress!

  • RhodeyGirl/Sabrina April 8, 2009, 12:20 pm

    caitlin! it took you long enough!!!!!! thanks for sharing!!!

  • RhodeyGirl/Sabrina April 8, 2009, 12:24 pm

    oh, and obvs you look gorg!

  • kirsten April 8, 2009, 12:26 pm

    i love the wedding posts !! Your dress is gorgeous and the dinner looked like a great time ! šŸ™‚

  • Victoria April 8, 2009, 12:28 pm

    Fun post! Very pretty dress. šŸ™‚

  • Matt April 8, 2009, 12:28 pm

    Sounds like a great dinner!

  • Anonymous April 8, 2009, 12:39 pm

    Great tip on cheese. Keep the tips coming!

  • bb April 8, 2009, 12:59 pm

    BEAUTIFUL dress…Love the color!

    I LOVED my rehearsal dinner because I didn’t have to plan it! šŸ™‚

  • healthy ashley April 8, 2009, 1:20 pm

    I love it! The whole dinner looks like it was so exciting. I love your dress, too!

  • wholefoodswholeme April 8, 2009, 1:50 pm

    i loved this post!

  • Haleigh April 8, 2009, 1:50 pm

    The dinner looks fabulous! .. I am in love with your gold dress! You look beautiful!

  • Amandaaa April 8, 2009, 2:01 pm

    I loveee wedding related things!
    So this was great. What a fun
    time it all must have been.

    I like the bridal shower bouquet. Nice work bridesmaids!

  • livelovelaugheatlearn April 8, 2009, 2:34 pm

    I loved this post. I started reading your blog right after you got married, so it was nice seeing this!!

  • emily April 8, 2009, 2:50 pm

    oooh, fun post! (I live away from home,as do most of my hs friends now, and most of my family lives pretty far apart) my favorite part of my wedding was the time everyone spent together before the big day. not even my rehersal dinner, but the night of our bachelor/ette parties EVERYONE went to my parents’ house for pizza and it was the happiest I’ve been in a long time.

  • Lisa D. April 8, 2009, 3:50 pm

    what a nice flashback post! that dessert tray looks rockin! and you have some good lookin guests at your dinner too!

  • runningwithin April 8, 2009, 4:09 pm

    I love your dress, you look gorgeous : )

  • livelaughlyss April 8, 2009, 4:28 pm

    I don’t know what’s more gorgeous; you or those flowers!

  • Michelle April 8, 2009, 4:46 pm

    Hi Caitlin! I’ve been following your blog for a while and have finally started my own, and thought I should finally comment! You are so inspirational, and I hope you’ll check out my blog as well. I live in Pittsburgh and went to Pitt as well! BTW, your rehearsal pics are beautiful!

  • tamilee128 April 8, 2009, 5:06 pm

    Hi Caitlin! Thanks for the portion control tip for the cheese. I know you are a big fan of Twilight, so I was just wondering if you had a chance to read the Edward version of Twilight. If not, its on Stephanie Meyers website under the Twilight series books as “Midnight Sun”. The first draft is about 300 pages. Check it out if you haven’t read it. Its great

  • K from ksgoodeats April 8, 2009, 5:07 pm

    Aw what a great evening! Haha love the height difference šŸ˜‰

  • Caitlin at Healthy Tipping Point April 8, 2009, 5:10 pm

    tamilee128 – yes i have read midnight sun!! its great, isnt it?? i wish she would finish it and publish it šŸ™‚ thank you for spreading the word!!

  • BethAnn Caputo April 8, 2009, 6:33 pm

    i love, love, love your dress! where’d you get it? i’m looking for something similiar for my senior formal

  • eatingRD April 8, 2009, 9:16 pm

    Love the wedding pictures! good memories šŸ™‚ Your dress is beautiful. I love that neckline!

    -kristen

  • Caitlin at Healthy Tipping Point April 9, 2009, 3:31 am

    thank you everyone for your kind words!

    bethann – the dress is a calvin klein that i got at marshalls for 75% off!!! šŸ™‚

  • Rachel April 9, 2009, 10:12 pm

    Thanks for sharing the pictures! I am getting married May 30, so they got me all excited for my rehearsal dinner!

  • Laura in Pgh April 10, 2009, 9:14 am

    Gorgeous dress!! Thanks for sharing the amazing pics.

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