The bachelor parties wore us out, so Addam and I made a point of sleeping in on Friday. Once we were well-rested, Ben, Chris and Andrew met us at the apartment and drove us over to Crandon Park for our second wedding rehearsal. (Or our first official one, depending on how you choose to look at it.)
Before hitting the beach the guys and I stopped by a grocery store to stock up on food for the reception cook out, a tux shop to pick up Addam’s suit for the wedding and a printing place to print out a guest sign-in poster that I designed for the reception. The tux shop was a bust because we got there a little too early and it hadn’t been delivered, but everything else was a great success.
We made it to the wedding location around 4 p.m., and there was already a group of people waiting for us. Once everyone got there we started planning out exactly how we wanted everything to look.
In the end we decided that Ryan should walk down the aisle first, as he was going to play the guitar throughout the ceremony, followed by John, our officiate. Addam would escort Judy, followed by Ben and my mom, and the rest of Addam’s groomsmen — Winston, Matt (our last minute, but totally awesome, addition), Andrew and Chris. My maids would come next, with Danae followed by Stephanie, Tati, Courtney, Katie, Heather and Emily. Yoga would run the rings down the aisle, and then Steve and I would walk. After the ceremony we decided that Addam and I would walk out first, followed by Ben and Emily, Chris and Heather, Andrew and Katie, Matt and Courtney, John and Tati, Winston and Stephanie, and Ryan and Danae. Not everyone could make the rehearsal, but the majority of us was there, so it worked out.
Since I’m not quite ready to let my wedding go, I’ve decided to draw out the excitement by posting a series of blog posts highlighting the main event. Even though I rarely write my stories from beginning to end, I thought I’d make an exception in an effort to avoid confusion. (Sorry, Tarantino.)
I was off work on Wednesday but had so much to do that by the end of the day I was wishing I had just headed to the office. Addam had to clean the broiler at Red Lobster but got off at noon. Right as he was headed home I hopped on my bike and headed to the Miami Today to pick up my paycheck, which I needed to make wedding ends meet.
After running in so quickly that no one could see me, let alone stop me, I caught a bus and headed to David’s Bridal to pick up some last minute, but necessary, wedding items. While I found a cheap garter within two minutes of walking into the store, my luck pretty much went out the window from there. I searched the entire showroom and could not find a single set of cake cutters for less than $50. Not a single bra was affordable, and don’t even get me started on shoes…
I apologize folks! It’s been awhile since I’ve provided you guys with an update on my daily happenings, but I’ve been insanely busy trying to pull a wedding together in less than a month! After countless meetings with the wedding planner, constant texts from the bridesmaids and a photographer who decided to bail on me at the last minute — I’m finally ready to provide the latest news in the Hopkins/Evans wedding. First things first…
As I’ve said before, the ceremony is going to be at Club Paradise in Crandon Park at Key Biscayne. Since it’s going to be extremely hot, and since no one really cares about the part where you actually get hitched, Addam and I have decided to push for a quick ceremony. (This is no royal wedding folks — so feel free to leave the hymns at home.)
There are, however, two aspects of the ceremony that I am particularly excited about. One is a little touch that I’m hoping will surprise Addam’s family. I’d say more, but I don’t want to ruin anything by giving it away. The other is the vows. Addam and I writing our own, and while I am not nearly finished, I’ve made pretty good progress this weekend. As much as I’m going to hate to ruin Emily and Judy’s makeup, I’m fairly confident that there won’t be a dry eye in the house.
After a month of searching, our location is finally set. The event is taking place at Jungle Island, which is a big tourist attraction for those visiting Miami. Guests can enjoy jungle tours and parrot shows during our cocktail hour, which will feature an open bar and nine, NINE, IX, hor d’oeures, including:
Large fried shrimp with apricot-horseradish sauce
Conch fritters with key lime mustard sauce
Brie and raspberry en croute
Lobster fritters with red pepper aioli
Assorted dim sum with ginger soy sauce
Vegetable spring rolls with plum sauce
Sesame chicken with oriental ginger sauce
After cocktails guests can head into our main reception hall, which should be perfectly suited for the 50-60 guests we’re expecting. Even though I’m sure everyone will be pretty full on appetizers, dinner will include a wild mixed green salad with tomatoes, cucumber and a citrus vinaigrette dressing, a sauteed breast of chicken piccata with lemon-caper sauce, a vegetable medley, and garlic and shallot mashed potatoes. Since I can’t eat anything other than the salad, the wonderful crew at Jungle Island are designing me a meal of my choosing. Any guests looking for a torture-free option can chow down on potato gnocci with marinara, wild rice and steamed veggies. The open bar continues through the entire four-hour reception and includes:
Bacardi Silver and Parrot Bay rum
Canadian Club rye
Dewar’s White Label scotch
California red and white wine.
The reception should be pretty fun. Addam and I love a good party, so we’ve put the majority of our effort into making sure that it is the highlight of the night. Our soundtrack is set and, while I’m not going to give anything away, I have to say that we’ve picked the PERFECT song for our first dance. After eight years together Addam and I will finally have a song to call our own, and I can’t think of anything that’s a better fit. It’s modern, it’s old fashioned, it’s sweet and it’s fun. More than anything — it fits us and our relationship. I’m very excited to see everyone’s reaction.
It’s been an effort, but the majority of my maids are finally in dresses. After struggling to get everyone set, I decided to allow each maid to pick their own cut and color — as long as it was bright and vibrant. While I thought that would be original and make everything easier, it’s actually complicated the entire process. If I ever do this again, (and I’m not), I’m picking one dress and forcing my girls into them, like it or not, for better or worse.
That said, I’ve been pretty happy with most of the choices.
As I have it set right now, (and this could definitely change in upcoming weeks, given how things have been working out):
Emily will wear jade and walk with Ben.
Heather will wear coral and walk with Chris.
Katie will wear yellow and walk with James.
Courtney will wear blue and walk with Andrew.
Tatiwill wear fushia and walk with John.
Stephanie will wear purple and walk with Mike.
Danae will wear jade and walk with Ryan.
Emily (Maid of Honor)
Heather (Matron of Honor)
Katie (In yellow — This is NOT her in the pic.)
In another big feat, Addam and I finally got our invites out this week and have even started hearing back from people who are coming. While I know that not many people are going to be able to make it, I sent invites out to anyone and everyone we knew in the hopes that someone might surprise us. In case you haven’t gotten your’s yet, I’m including photos:
While I know it’s short notice, if you’re planning on coming, please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org by the end of the week, as we need a final head count for caterers.
Bachelorette Party/Bridal Shower
Thanks to my very fabulous bridesmaids, I’m all set to enjoy a bachelorette party and bridal shower in the days leading up to the wedding.
The bacelorette party will start around 7:30 p.m. on Aug. 18, which should leave us with some time to recuperate! Katie and Emily have been planning a pre-game “Liquor & Lace” party, after which we’ll head out for a pub-crawl before meeting the boys at a strip club. As of right now most of Addam’s men won’t be getting in until Friday night, but he has plenty of friends around here to keep him entertained, I’m sure.
The bridal shower will be the following afternoon. Addam and I registered at Target, so we’ll hopefully get a few of the things that we need to start our lives together. We only need each other, but anything helps.
And that’s really it folks! I’m sure I’ll have some time between now and the wedding to update, but feel free to email me if you have any questions in the meantime. Addam and I cannot wait to share our big day with all of you.
“You’ll probably say I’m silly to think childish thoughts like these, but I’m so tired of acting tough and I’m gonna do as I please. Let’s get married in a big cathedral by a priest, ’cause if I’m the man you love the most you can say ‘I do’ at least.” — The White Stripes, Hotel Yorba, 2007.
Well folks, as much as I hate turning another year older, I must admit that my birthday weekend has been fabulous — thanks entirely to my incredible friends and (soon to be) family.
But before I go into detail about the festivities I should backtrack, as a ton has happened since my last post.
When Addam got off work last Sunday he immediately invited me out to Churchill’s, a little English-style pub located less than a block from our apartment. I love the place, so while I’m usually not the type of girl to doll myself up before a night out, I decided to make a bit of on effort. (Very little, as the photos can attest.)