Wednesday, October 3, 2012

rehearsal dinner moments

let's start at the beginning with the memories i want to savor forever. we wanted to have our rehearsal dinner be more of a welcome reception and wanted to incorporate some texas into our shin dig. it couldn't have come together more perfectly - from our venue to our family, to the beautiful weather (it had been the craziest thunder storms in Port Gamble three weeks before, in the nineties the weekend prior - we lucked out with perfectly clear skies and temperatures in the low eighties). here are a few of my favorite moments...

placing sunflowers on the tables and getting everything set up with my sweet family and 
seeing my parents with my aunt and uncle and cousins laughing around the fire 

hugging all of our vendors non stop because they were SO amazing and made everything wonderful and seamless for all of us. i truly can't recommend our venue, red cedar farm, our caterers, crescent moon, and our photographer, Nikki of OliverBlue enough

i wanted preston and i to serve the ice cream cones to our guests as a little way to so thank you for coming to celebrate with us. naturally, with our competitive spirits this turned into a race to see who could give theirs to family and friends the quickest. naturally, i won ;)

preston's sweet little brother, josh's speech (or poem rather) that captured so perfectly how much he loved his big brother

seeing the seriously hilarious activities/ poses that ensued with sparklers. it was SO fun to celebrate with our closest family and friends in such a casual, relaxed way to kick off the wedding weekend

nikki (world's best photographer) stealing us for a few sunset photos out in the field near the cattle. the photos she captured are some of my very favorites of us ever.

watching the slide show that had photos of preston and i from bambinos to present

shuffle board. vintage arcade games. delicious bbq.

my sweet uncle and mom's cousin playing one last vintage arcade game at the end of our rehearsal dinner, and having to 'encourage' them that it was time to head back to the resort

heading back to the resort where family and friends gathered around Clearwater's campfire to roast marshmallows  share stories, take fireball shots and... make animal noises (side eye hannah and travis)

more than anything, i want to remember how loving, kind, fun and generous our family and friends were. we felt surrounded by your love and support that entire weekend and that is the memory i will hold closest to my heart forever.

photo credit for all images goes to OliverBlue Photography, you can check out Nikki's run down on our rehearsal dinner here

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