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Our Wedding: The Welcome Dinner

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Last post before we start on the actual wedding day! I know you can hardly wait and I don’t blame you. We finally got to see all of our wedding pictures yesterday (click here for the ones our photographers have already posted) and they are fabulous. Tomorrow we’ll get the discs and then the real recaps can begin!

Anyway, I’m getting ahead of myself. Let’s talk about our Welcome Dinner.

We didn’t call it a Rehearsal Dinner because we wanted it to be a "Welcome" Dinner for not just the bridal party but all of the out of town guests that were already in Fayetteville. We searched for a long time for a venue that was perfect. We didn’t want to have it at a restaurant where everyone was confined to their seat, and we wanted it to be somewhere unique to set the tone for the weekend. Jacob and I visited Simple Pleasures in January to pick out a vintage car to rent for the wedding day and were totally enamored with the event space they had. From the outside the building looks like an old gas station and the inside is decorated like a diner.
They have tons of memorabilia and vintage toys, an automobile chandelier, old time soda fountain, juke boxes, and classic cars everywhere.
The plan was to start the party at 7:30 and have everyone (we had about 50 people) mingle and play Bag-O and croquet on the lawn until dinner around 8.
Since we didn’t leave Fayetteville until well after 7 (and Simple Pleasures was 45 minutes away), dinner was served as soon as we got there. In keeping with the diner theme, the staff at Simple Pleasures grilled burgers and served them buffet style with baked beans and potato salad. The food was fantastic (at least that’s what I was told-I fixed a plate and maybe got to eat 2 bites).

Taken during the 30 seconds I sat down and tried to eat. I had no appetite and there were so many people to talk to that my burger kept getting pushed down the priority list.
Best friends since junior high. Some of us still can’t take a normal picture.

After dinner we gave out the bridal party gifts. The guys got alcohol and the girls got a clutch I had sewn out of our grey and yellow wedding fabric (sorry no pics, I was too frazzled when I packaged everything that afternoon to take any photos but trust me they were cute), grey and yellow notecards and tissue packets, a monogram compact mirror, and lip gloss from Sephora. We also gave the moms vintage hankerchiefs that I had embroidered with "Mother of the Groom" and "Mother of the Bride" and our wedding date as well as a voucher for a photo book of wedding pictures.

Then it was time for the waterworks. On a projector, we showed a video that Jacob made and I don’t think there was a dry eye in the house. But you don’t have to take MY word for it (Reading Rainbow anyone?) .

Wedding Video from Jacob Leonard on Vimeo.

Around 10:30 everything started to wind down and Jacob and I said goodbye for the last time before the wedding. He stayed with his parents at their hotel and my sister stayed with me at our house. You’re probably supposed to go to bed early and all relaxed the night before your wedding, but in true DIY bride fashion, Melissa and I stayed up until 2 a.m. finishing reserved signs for the ceremony, the ipod playlist, and many other last minute tasks. It was all worth it though; every sleepless night, all the hot glue gun burns and broken sewing needles, because the day I had spent 18 months planning, the day I would get to marry my best friend, had finally arrived.

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  • sjhouser July 9, 2010, 9:19 pm

    I just took a peek at your pics…ack they’re amazing!! You’re wedding looks so fun!! Love the colors, the flowers, all the fun details! Nicely done…oh and CONGRATS too!! Can’t wait to read all about it :)

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  • Mrs. Clark Bar July 11, 2010, 1:43 am

    The video still gets to me! Jacob did such an amazing job! And Simply Pleasures was simply perfect!

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