My very best friend is getting married to a wonderful man tomorrow! πŸ™‚

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Today was the rehearsal and rehearsal dinner for Sarah and TK’s wedding.  They are having a Catholic ceremony so we all went to the church to practice this afternoon.

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The happy couple:

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(Yes, she is really short – 5 foot 1 – and he is really tall – 6 foot 7!)

 

Before rehearsal, I snacked on a PB cup that came in my gift bag and a banana.

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The actual rehearsal went quite smoothly, although I think the bride and groom are a bit nervous about the ceremony and all the things they have to do.  All I have to do is walk down and back up the aisle with a smile on my face – that’s easy!  πŸ™‚

 

Post-rehearsal, we went to the town’s country club for the rehearsal dinner.  There was a great outdoor seating area, and everyone sat outside drinking cocktails (I had 1.5 glasses of wine) and eating appetizers.

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Flower girl and ring boy chasing each other on the golf course:

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Aren’t they cute?

 

It was SO nice to see all my college girlfriends again!  I’ve waxed poetic many times on the blog about how much I love them!  They are fun, energetic, stylish, smart, successful, amazing women.

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Dinner was served buffet-style, which I always love.  I created a vegetarian meal out of mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, a roll, veggies, and a salad:

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Centerpieces!  Very fun colors.

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And here’s our bridesmaid gifts:  a wonderful jewelry set to wear tomorrow!  I gave my maids jewelry, too, and I honestly think it’s the best gift.  It frees the bridal party from having to worry about one extra thing.

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The group came back to the hotel and I had a big chocolate chip cookie while gossiping with my girls.  Then, we called it a night because we have an EARLY wake-up call in the AM – we have to leave at 8 AM for hair and makeup!  And then it’s MARRIAGE time!

 

To read the recap of my wedding rehearsal, check out this post.  And here’s the recap of my wedding! Plus, my honeymoon recaps: Part I, Part II, Part III, Part IV, Part V.

 

How many weddings are you attending this summer?  What’s the coolest β€œunique” wedding detail you’ve seen lately?

{ 71 comments }

 

  • Amber K @ sparkpeople July 2, 2010, 11:18 pm

    None actually! There has to have been at least one every year I’ve been with my husband, and not a one this year!

    They look like a happy couple! I’m short with a tall husband as well. I’m 5’4” and he’s 6’8”.

  • Lauren (Clean Eats in the Dirty South) July 2, 2010, 11:19 pm

    that church is beautiful…. and the height difference made me laugh πŸ™‚
    i’ve been to a lovely wedding this summer (i don’t have many friends, haha πŸ˜› ) and it made me cry! the most unique detail that i’ve seen lately is a barefoot wedding! a friend of a friend got married.. in the woods.. barefoot. it was just his style!

  • Leah @ L4L July 2, 2010, 11:37 pm

    I got married in May! πŸ™‚ That’s our only wedding of the summer. My favorite unique touch we had was my bouquet was made out of antique jewelry and beads and pearls! I loved it!

  • Heather July 2, 2010, 11:45 pm

    One of my college girlfriends is getting married in September, and another of my college girls just asked me to be a bridesmaid last night for her wedding next summer! I’m super excited for both.

    I’m watching Say Yes to the Dress now, and they showcased some of the prettiest bridesmaid dresses I’ve seen in a while. I’ll have to suggest them to my friend!

  • Allie (Live Laugh Eat) July 2, 2010, 11:50 pm

    Oooh that jewelry is beautiful!! Have fun at the wedding tomorrow!

  • chelsey July 2, 2010, 11:53 pm

    I’m attending two weddings… my cousins next weekend and MINE four weeks from today!!!

  • Jill@MySoCalledHealthLife July 3, 2010, 12:02 am

    You and ur college girls are too cute πŸ™‚

    Also I LOVE those centerpieces and the jewelry. My sissy also gave jewelry for the bridesmaids and I agree, it’s def the best choice.

    Have a fabulous time tomorrow! I love weddings!

  • Katie July 3, 2010, 12:04 am

    So I found your blog via Operation Smile and have been reading it for a while. When I saw this post, I was like “OMG! I went to high school with Sarah!” Just though I’d share what a small world this is and I’m sure Sarah will have a wonderful wedding day.

    • caitlin July 3, 2010, 7:29 am

      Really? That’s so awesome πŸ™‚

  • Ashley July 3, 2010, 12:04 am

    Aw you and your friends are adorable! Gorgeous church as well.

    I’ll have to admit I’m a wee bit jealous of the friendships you have. Everyone seems so genuine and drama free. Wish I had friends as wonderful as yours!

  • Diana @ frontyardfoodie July 3, 2010, 12:05 am

    That centerpiece is amazing! Love those colors.

    I think that’s super nice for the bride to give the bridesmaid gifts! That’s gorgeous jewelry.

  • Katie July 3, 2010, 12:07 am

    oops … sorry … operation beautiful (not smile) : ) … must be the long week of work getting the best of me.

  • Lee July 3, 2010, 12:50 am

    I attended my own wedding last weekend. I think that was my only one of the year.

  • Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter July 3, 2010, 1:00 am

    Why do the short girls always take the tall guys?! πŸ˜‰ haha just a complaint from a tall girl, but then again I’ve never dated a guy over 5’10”

  • Run Sarah July 3, 2010, 1:05 am

    Looks like a gorgeous location! I am not attending any weddings this year, as far as I know so far!

  • bobbileigh July 3, 2010, 1:20 am

    I went back and read the recap with the links to all the previous planning posts. I am going to assume you danced to chasing cars, which is what we have picked!! We were worried about the same thing, it being dancable, what did you think?

    • caitlin July 3, 2010, 7:30 am

      It’s moderately dancable but I am also a bad dancer. If you love the song, do it!

      • bobbileigh July 3, 2010, 10:45 am

        Thanks, we are not great dancers but I dont really care about impressing anyone to me thats not what its about. That song really speaks to my Fiance and I so I think thats what we’ll do.

    • Helen July 3, 2010, 4:14 pm

      OMG Chasing Cars is my choice for my future wedding – a beautiful song.

  • Kaz July 3, 2010, 1:43 am

    No weddings this summer, it would seem. None of my friends have gotten married in the past two years. Either they’re all single, or already settling in and starting families. πŸ˜€

  • Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run] July 3, 2010, 1:49 am

    Who doesn’t loveee weddings? My BFF and I were just talking about her wedding (Summer 2012) – I can NOT wait! Enjoy =)

  • Wei-Wei July 3, 2010, 2:02 am

    You look lovely in your dress. πŸ™‚ I haven’t been to any weddings this year, but I do think they’re so beautiful. I was a flower girl for my uncle’s wedding πŸ˜€

    Wei-Wei

  • Freya @ Brit Chick Runs July 3, 2010, 2:44 am

    Awh you look so happy with your friends πŸ™‚
    I’ve got one wedding to go later this year, of my old riding instructor. I think it’s going to be verrrry traditional though – she’s extremely religious!

  • Candice July 3, 2010, 3:13 am

    I love weddings, but it seems most of my friends are already married off. I miss wedding season!

  • Orla July 3, 2010, 3:28 am

    One down, two to go!!! At the last wedding I was at the bride had arranged a basket of free flip flops in the bathrooms for the ladies, As well as a whole basket full of things like hair spray, deodorants, make ups, perfume etc so we didn’t have to go all the way back to out accommodation to freshen up!!!

  • Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down) July 3, 2010, 7:06 am

    Those are such great pictures of you and your friends…it must be great having the chance to spend time with them.

    I actually don’t have any wedding to attend this year, which is strange. They seem to come in spurts, where some years are full of them and others have none. I *love* weddings though. πŸ˜€

  • Jessica @ How Sweet It Is July 3, 2010, 7:24 am

    That jewelry is really pretty! We only have 2 weddings this summer. We have had some summers where we had 6-7!

  • Diana (Mymarblerye) July 3, 2010, 7:44 am

    big chocolate chip cookie…are you staying at the double tree or a hilton hotel? THEY HAVE THE BEST COOKIESSSSSSS.

  • Ellen@FIrednFabulous July 3, 2010, 7:53 am

    I don’t have ANY weddings to go to this summer, which is crazy because I’ve been in at least one wedding since I graduated college every year! Weddings are expensive though, so I guess I don’t mind having a summer off, although they are such a good way to have all your favorite people in the same room. The best detail I have seen at a wedding was at my cousin’s. He and the bride wrote a little personal note for EVERY guest (and they had like 250!) and put them at their place on the table at the reception. It was SO thoughtful. He had written a really nice message to me and it made me feel specialβ€”which is what I think every bride and groom should aim to do for their wedding!

  • Mackenzie @ Whatever, Gatsby July 3, 2010, 8:06 am

    So far, none! But I’m also a bit on the young side to have my friends gettin’ hitched! (19). But deep down I’m kinda in love with weddings and I can’t wait for my own. Pretty sure it’ll be halloween-themed and everyone will be required to wear costumes. I wish I was joking πŸ™‚

  • Wendy July 3, 2010, 8:21 am

    I’ve been to four weddings so far this year – one on Valentine’s Day, one in April, and two in June. We just got back this week from traveling to Virginia for the last one – it was a gorgeous outdoor ceremony set in a mountain valley. I have one more friend getting married this year, but his wedding is in the Bahamas. Sadly, I don’t think that kind of trip is in the budget. πŸ™

  • Sonia @ Master of Her Romaine July 3, 2010, 8:40 am

    I’ve only been to one wedding this year, but the coolest thing I’ve seen is eco-friendly dishware! The dinner plates at the wedding were made out of dried banana leaves and the utensils were made from bamboo! All were recyclable! Also the wedding gift to guests was a take-home stemless wine glass- loved that πŸ™‚ Can’t wait to hear about the wedding!
    PS is there any way you could ask the bridesmaid in the blue where she got that dress and belt?! Super cute!!

  • melissa July 3, 2010, 9:15 am

    hello!

    I started reading your blog a little while ago because i know abby (of abbynormally) and she has a link to it. first of all, i love your blog it’s so fun to read and you always have great ideas for food. But second of all, i had to tell you because i shrieked when I read this, I’m from Hollidaysburg/altoona! (they are adjacent towns) i was so excited to read it… i was trying to recognize some of the places in the picture πŸ™‚ I try to go back to h-burg as often as i can to see my family.

    Anyway, Have a great wedding weekend!

    • caitlin July 4, 2010, 10:28 pm

      YAY! I love Hollidaysburg because I always know I’m getting close to BFF Sarah’s house when I see that exit πŸ™‚ Hi!

  • Heather (heather's dish) July 3, 2010, 9:24 am

    you know, the older i get the fewer weddings we go to! i think we’re going to 2 this summer and then a couple in the fall? i can’t wait to hear about this one! it sounds like you guys are going to have a LOT of fun πŸ™‚

  • Rebecca July 3, 2010, 9:34 am

    I LOVE being part of the wedding party! That’s a beautiful church. The flower girl and ring boy are adorable.

  • Marissa July 3, 2010, 9:58 am

    I love the black and white dress you wore! I never have luck finding cute dresses like that….

    • caitlin July 4, 2010, 10:30 pm

      Thats from Black House White Market (on sale) but I ALWAYS get cute dresses at Marshall’s. Such a great place.

      Thanks!

  • Kelly July 3, 2010, 10:01 am

    Looks like fun!
    I am getting to the point where the people I know are done getting married and now are starting to have babies! So, no weddings for me this year πŸ™‚

  • GirlonRaw July 3, 2010, 10:15 am

    I’m yet to wrap my head around the rehearsal dinner idea with weddings. It’s not something we usually do in traditional weddings in Australia. Infact I am not even sure they do a rehearsal. I reckon I would definitely be more nervous if I had a rehearsal than if I just winged it.

    • caitlin July 4, 2010, 10:31 pm

      Hahah what happens, how does everyone know where to stand and line up?

  • Lacey @ Lake Life July 3, 2010, 10:16 am

    I love your dress Caitlin!

    I have no weddings to attend this summer πŸ™ One of my BFF’s was supposed to have her wedding soon but they ended up doing the Vegas thing alone. Boo.

  • Marissa July 3, 2010, 10:31 am

    That church is positively beautiful! If I was Catholic, I’d want to go there! I was a flower girl in my aunt’s wedding once… it was so much fun, except they forgot to give me my flowers before I started walking down the aisle! AHH!

  • Cynthia (It All Changes) July 3, 2010, 10:53 am

    I went to 3 weddings this summer so far. I don’t think we have any more which is good because all the travel is tiring.

    The best wedding I’ve ever been to was in April where the bride and groom had a choreographed old school first dance. So fun and so them.

  • Annie@stronghealthyfit July 3, 2010, 10:53 am

    I’m going to 3 weddings this summer, and making a cake for one of them!! I’m so excited πŸ™‚ One of the weddings I’m going to is being held in a nature reserve/garden place and the reception is going to have croquet! I think it’s classy πŸ˜‰

  • Kellie July 3, 2010, 11:05 am

    We just went to a wedding in Las Vegas last weekend. I love weddings. Too bad all of my friends are married now. I could go to a wedding every weekend. I just think they are so fun.

  • kalli@fitandfortysomething July 3, 2010, 11:27 am

    what a lovely weekend. soak it all in and enjoy-moments like this are so special πŸ™‚

  • Tina July 3, 2010, 12:04 pm

    I am attending (and part of) two weddings this summer. I’m so excited for them! Although I’m not too excited about the bridesmaid dress I will be wearing for one of them. LOL

    And I agree – buffets are perfect food for parties like that. I like when everyone can choose what they like.

  • Tay July 3, 2010, 12:06 pm

    Awww the couple is SO cute!! I’ve actually only been to 3 weddings, and none were the huge party types. I can’t wait until all my friends start getting married!

  • Katherine July 3, 2010, 12:15 pm

    beautiful chapel

  • Cassie @ A Very Busy Mind July 3, 2010, 12:24 pm

    I’m sooooo picky about jewelry, but I really like the jewelry she got you all. Very classy.

    I really like the colors of her centerpieces, too. She and I must have the same taste. πŸ™‚

  • Amanda July 3, 2010, 12:28 pm

    I was a maid of honor two Saturdays ago (my first time! It was wonderful!) and then last Saturday I attended a wedding (and manned the guest book and handed out programs).

    We were all given jewelry at wedding #1 (pearls). I’m still a bit jealous of what the groomsmen got: 2 tickets each to see the Flaming Lips! (Seriously, best gift ever!)

    The wedding last week was adorable. The bridesmaids all picked out their own style of white cotton dress, and then they all dyed them the same color (avocado, I think). They turned out wonderfully! And all the nieces and nephews got to walk down the aisle, ringing bells and smiling and laughing. It was very cute.

  • Melissa @ For the Love of Health July 3, 2010, 2:14 pm

    Yay! Weddings are so much fun!! I only attended one this year but enjoyed it! Check out my blog for my giveaway! πŸ™‚

  • Meghan July 3, 2010, 2:45 pm

    I am a wedding planner at a Resort near Hollidaysburg (I am from Holildaysburg originally so I recognize all these places!) and I have to say that after doing countless weddings the best part is they are ALL unique! I never see two weddings alike and even though they aren’t always my taste, they reflect the couple and that is the best part. Seeing their faces when they walk in ‘my ballroom’ for the first time since being transformed to their vision is still the best part of my job!

    • caitlin July 4, 2010, 10:32 pm

      This is a great comment… I love it πŸ™‚

  • Monique@She's Going The Distance July 3, 2010, 2:51 pm

    I can already tell that’s going to be a GORGEOUS wedding! The location is amazing!! Have so much fun πŸ™‚

  • Jennifer July 3, 2010, 4:31 pm

    Aww glad you had fun! You and your girls look amazing!!

  • Jessica July 3, 2010, 4:39 pm

    How fun to see old friends like that!!

  • Stacey @ Tipping the (Kitchen!) Scales July 3, 2010, 4:49 pm

    Wow, that church is absolutely beautiful. It looks like you had a wonderful day and I’m sure the wedding will be picture perfect!

  • Emily @ For Sweets Sake July 3, 2010, 5:03 pm

    Aww the cathedral is so beautiful! My friend is getting married there in 2 weeks πŸ™‚ We just got to Altoona today! Maybe we’ll run into each other…it’s a small town! haha

  • Faith July 3, 2010, 6:38 pm

    I went to a wedding earlier this year, and instead of giving wedding favors, the couple had a cute picture at each table place with a note saying they had donated a goat/cow something to a village in Africa instead of giving favors. I thought that was really cool and logical. People throw most of that stuff away anyway!

  • Camille July 3, 2010, 8:25 pm

    Aww, the wedding looks lovely!
    I’m not doing any weddings this summer, my friends are all still a bit on the young side. My boyfriend is a few years older than me though and all his friends from high school and college are getting hitched this summer!

  • Morgan July 3, 2010, 9:18 pm

    Weddings…welp, I attended my own about a month ago. I thought we were very creative-using a gospel choir to sing as the wedding party walked down the aisle instead of traditional songs, the wedding favors were moustaches, lips, and tongues on a stick, we did our first dance to “You Make My Dreams Come True” and learned a funky ballroom dance to it, I did a dance off for the bouquet, no groom’s cake, only homemade cookies…the list goes on and on. Oh-BBQ was served at the wedding. BBQ was a huge hit! AND I had my dress custom made-it was the highlight of the night!

  • Laura (Starloz) July 3, 2010, 9:44 pm

    I’ve only been to one wedding a few years ago, I think I was 15. I don’t really remember much about the detail.
    I’m only 22 & none of my friends are getting married this year.

  • Stacey@http://stacey-healthylife.blogspot.com/ July 4, 2010, 12:58 am

    Looks like it’s going to be a beautiful and a lot of fun wedding, enjoy.

  • MLT July 4, 2010, 2:37 pm

    I love the bride’s rehearsal dress, it suits her so well. Super cute!

  • Heather July 4, 2010, 4:24 pm

    I did jewelry for the wedding day for my BM’s too, but think mine was more about a control issue of everyone looking the same…lol!

  • Anne @ the doctor takes a wife July 4, 2010, 9:42 pm

    I was in a wedding this weekend too!! I’m in a total of 4 for the summer (whew!). The coolest thing (not really a detail) was at the wedding this past weekend. They had a live band and the groom is a drummer, so he jumped up and sat in on a couple sets. Loved it πŸ™‚

  • Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca) July 4, 2010, 10:46 pm

    I have already been to 2 weddings this summer, and I am done for the year now.

    At one of the last weddings I was at, there was a basket of cheap flip flops near the dance floor with a little sign that said “Dancing Shoes.” It was perfect, because everyone had tired, sore feet by the end of the night, and would have much rather been wearing flip flops πŸ™‚

  • Dee July 12, 2010, 6:53 pm

    Went to a wedding it looks like was the same day as the one you’re at- I was also a bridesmaid. The coolest thing was that every guest had a “placecard” featuring a small, glass-framed photo of ourselves with the bridge or groom from the past, and was ours to keep. Mine was a college photo from about 17 years ago (yes, I’m old!) with me, the bride, and another friend who was also at the wedding. I love it.

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