The friday before the wedding was packed with fun leading up to events, starting with nails at 10AM. There were lots of ladies in our wedding on both Darren & my sides, and many of us went to get our nails done. My mom and sister came out for mani pedis…
And Darren got them done also! This is one of my favorite pictures of the two of us.
After the mani pedis, we went next door for lunch to the Korean place. This was kind of interesting because when Darren, Helen, Chris & I go, we always order the same thing, but our friends and family tried a lot of stuff off the menu we had never tried before. It was delicious, and right now I remembered I still have leftovers in the fridge! Darren’s family and my family were able to make it to lunch which was really nice.
Friday afternoon was all about getting stuff done for me. The biggest task we had was setting up the chuppah. However, my friends were such pros at the whole thing, they let me check in the suite and go take a nap while they worked. When I came back down, this beautiful thing was set up at the front of the room.
The chuppah was such a collaborative effort from start to finish. It reminds me quite a bit of the way academic work works actually. Even though I did the knitting on my own, I had lots of help picking the yarn and filament to knit it with, casting on, and with motivation to finish it while I knit. The actual structure itself was built by friends, and another friend went with me to Michael’s to pick out the flowers. And it was great on this Friday afternoon to let my friends set the whole thing up while I took a nap. That was exactly what I needed.
The evening was filled with the rehearsal, which went really well. I finally started crying before the rehearsal; I just think the stress of the whole wedding finally got to me. Our officiant was really fabulous; she ran the rehearsal beautifully and everything seemed like it would go without a hitch.
The rehearsal dinner was really fun, especially because we got to give out gifts. Unfortunately, I don’t have pictures of this process, but our photographer took a ton so I’ll post when I get them from her. The gifts were mostly handmade: socks made by me, necklaces made by my friend Sam, and Darren bought pocketknives engraved with initials for the ushers & male attendants. The food at Biaggi’s was really awesome as we ate family style and took home tons of leftovers. It was a nice pause before the excitement of the next day.
After Darren & I parted ways, I went back to the suite and my sister joined me for one last sleepover. We watched Wild Hearts Can’t Be Broken, a childhood favorite of ours, and I worked on knitting my stockinette sock to keep relaxed. I was exhausted enough to sleep really well before the excitement of the next day.