Weddapalooza: Wednesday, August 17

24 Aug

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…

After waiting about an hour for a bus I was back at my office, where I pedaled my way to Target.

It turns out I probably should not have wasted my time, as I did not get a single thing accomplished in the entire hour I spent in the store. While I wasn’t surprised that Target didn’t carry cake cutters, I thought shoes and a bra were going to be an easy find. Imagine my astonishment when I realized that the entire store held about three pairs of high healed shoes, none of which were white or in my size, and about two strapless bras, neither of which would have helped hold up my girls. The fact that they did not have any affordable jams, which I intended to decorate and place at each table setting during the reception, only added to my frustration. (It sounds stupid, but I assure you that it was actually a very cute idea. My wedding planner even liked it, and she looked at me like I had three heads throughout most of the planning process.)

Down but not out, I headed to Marshalls, which was nearly empty and a complete waste of time, and then Ross, where I was at least able to pick up a couple of ties that Addam’s groomsmen needed for the ceremony. The selection was pretty abysmal, but at that point I was just excited that I got something accomplished in the five hours I’d been running around Miami.

After Ross I headed to Publix and Sabal, two local groceries stores, in search of some affordable party favors. Everything was too expensive, and I, very reluctantly, realized that the jams were not meant to be at my wedding. Disappointed and extremely frustrated, I headed home.

Addam was home and had just finished working on his vows by the time I walked in the door. By that point Emily and Ryan (Addam’s little sister and her boyfriend) and Courtney and Matt (my bridesmaid and her boyfriend) had reached Miami. Addam and I were itching to put away our frustrations and have some fun, so that’s exactly what we did.

Addam and I biked to the Hilton, where we met up, unexpectedly, with Courtney and Matt in the hotel lobby. (They were waiting on us, we just had no idea they were going to be there.) And good GOD do I wish I had the words to explain how great it was to see Courtney again! Even though we were extremely close throughout elementary and middle school, and even though she always resided in a special nook in my heart, it has been FAR too long since I’ve seen her. We have a phone date planned for Saturday, and I swear that I will never let her slip through the cracks again.

After lots of hugs and a couple of introductions, we headed up to Emily and Ryan’s room to get the night started right. While I just saw Emily less than a year ago, every month I have to go without seeing her seems longer than the one before it. I don’t know how we’re going to remedy this given my nomadic lifestyle, but I do know that I intend to keep her close, no matter where I may be.

After hanging out and catching up, the gang took the Metromover over to Bayside, were we got some food and sat outside while listening to some good, live tunes. The boys had some beer and the girls had some wine, so by the end of the night we were all feeling pretty toasty. I can’t remember much about the band or the songs they sang, but I do know that I had a fabulous time hanging with friends and family. It was a very fun, very relaxing way to start the long weekend off right.

Just as Bayside was closing, (who knew that Bayside closed?), we headed home to rest up for the next night’s bachelor parties. Despite the rough start, the day was a great way to begin the wedding festivities.

“Each friend represents a world in us, a world possibly not born until they arrive, and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born.” Anais Nin, French/Cuban author (1903-1977).

One Response to “Weddapalooza: Wednesday, August 17”

  1. EmilyAnn at 2:02 am #

    i love you so much

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