The day before the wedding was a jam-packed day filled with, in all truth, lots and lots of fun. I was scared this day would be a bit stressful, but my girls were honestly THE BEST. They made every moment of the day, from start to finish, a jolly good time!
Katie had arranged for one more Bachelorette treat, a morning Vinyasa Yoga class, right outside on the lawn. We had set-up out the wedding arbour the day before, and it made for the most beautiful backdrops to the class.
It was the PERFECT way to decompress and relax. It made me mindful of what was really about to happen and all the love that surrounded me. It forced me to feel at peace and calm, despite the busy day ahead of me. Something I would recommend to ANYONE getting married.
After yoga, we headed in for a big breakfast and then go to work. I had assumed the groomsmen would be coming to help too but, of course, assuming anything is always the wrong move. Since the guys weren't there, us ladies had to do all the heavy lifting. Literally. We rolled giant barrels all over the lawn, brought down 100 chairs from the tennis court, carried boxes of plates and moved around huge tables under the tent. It was an undertaking, but no one gave up or gave in! We did it with smiles and laughter.
One of the thing that needed to get done the day before was the adorable flower backdrop that would be the centrepiece of the arbour. A few of us sat under the tree to the left of the aisle and threaded flowers through the fishing wire, while the rest of us stuck ribbons down the grass to designate the aisle.
The skies were growing a little dark and within seconds of the clouds appearing it started to rain. It was hard and fast, and all of us ran into the small garden shed to hide from the rain. We laughed as we shook off the rain and watched as within another few minutes, the clouds departed, and the sun began to shine. It was calling for rain on our wedding day which had worried me throughout the week. But when I saw how quickly the rain disappeared and how no one cared or was fussed, I knew a little rain on my wedding day wouldn't be so bad after all.
After all the chairs were out of the tent, the bridesmaids and I could tackle the decorations and layout of all the centrepieces, name cards and more. We ran into a few problems with the table numbers, but we just shrugged it off and realised only we would see it was a mistake, and any of the guests wouldn't even notice.
One of the most fun parts was going through all the incredible vintage mismatched china had rented and set it up on the tables. Each of the girls would choose their favourites plate mixture and ensured they created their place setting for their seat.
I walked around for a few minutes picking out the ones for Dan and I. I settled on a very delicate blue and pink rose pattern for me and green and gold filigree one for Dan.
Sarah had the important job of lettering the chalkboard behind the bar. This was something ONLY she could do. I gave her the direction of using one of my favourite poems from E.E Cummings to letter on the board along with our names. I never knew she would come up something as wonderful as what she did. It was stunning. A real centrepiece inside the tent. You'd paid so much money to have this done professionally; we were very lucky to have her there. She also finished lettering various messages one vintage mirror.
Mum oversaw the catering set up and the delivery of the toilets. Everything was starting to come together. All those little elements that I just saw one paper were now finally standing in front of me.
You can see in this photo above, our wedding planners notes. How many pieces had to fall into place. How many people helped out to pull it all off. I wanted it this. I'm sure for everyone who worked their butt off maybe their would have preferred to have had hired help but for me, there was something special about having my friends and family pull together to make this thing happen.
After a few more hours, a few more helpers, it was all done. I couldn't believe it. I remember standing there with Dan, practising our first dance and crying with happiness over seeing all our work and dreams become reality.
Our friends and family got a sneak preview of the tent before the Rehearsal ceremony, and I remember just watching every smile, laugh and chat under the tent in the warm, dewy weather. The lights twinkled, and I couldn't wait for tomorrow to come.
We stood on the grass, ready to practice our walk down the aisle. Before this week, the one thing I told everyone was that I had no idea how all of this was going to come together. I do things on my own too; I don't reach out for help. I forget the amazing things that can happen when people come together when love can create magic. Incredible magic.