We had our rehearsal dinner at the restaurant connected to the Beachside Inn – Camille’s. When we made our reservations, we only planned on having access to part of the restaurant, but upon our arrival to the Inn, we soon found out that they were giving us the whole place!
We had TONS of food (a lot more than was originally planned) and everyone was raving about how delicious it all was! We had antipasta, fresh mozzarella, salad, garlic bread, chicken alfredo pasta, roasted vegetables (artichokes, eggplant, zuchinni), mashed potatoes, vegetarian lasagna, sundried tomato crusted mahimahi, and a few other appetizer thingys. Unfortunately, due to the plague that had infected my body, I could only eat a few bites. I stuck to liquids and garlic bread all night – and I smelled wonderful =0)
Since GF showed you all some pics here, I will post some different and funny photos that you haven’t seen yet.
This was taken by my 3 year old nephew… he’s got mad photographic skills.
The Groom-to-be and Bride-to-be – I just noticed in every photo where we are kissing we both have duck lips…and never reallllly go in for the kill.
Here is my mom reading an email she wrote to Mr. Bear in April 2004, a few weeks before I went to visit him at the University of Tennessee for the first time. It was a very emotional moment for the three of us, but also quite funny. I was so proud of her for holding it together the whole time! She basically made a list of things he needed to remember while I was visiting – such as her ties to some pretty scary old Italian men, my allergy to dairy and fried food (which I used to ignore), the effects of tequila and Jeigermeister on her daughter, as well as the importance of never leaving me alone. I’d love to share the letter, but it is very personal and a little embarrassing, haha. Needless to say, he followed ALL of her rules… because I don’t think I would be allowed to have married him if he had not! She ended her speech with some beautiful words about her thrill of gaining another son and seeing her daughter so happy.
That’s my sister, L, in the middle… and my dad on the far right… let’s just say this photo occured immediately after the guy, Sam (white striped shirt), did something very inappropriate to my sister’s chest… and for some reason my dad thought it was hilarious. Sam and my dad are obviously telling Lizzie to chill and she is NOT having it.
You know you are old when… you have to teach your new 9 year old cousin how to dance to “Cmon Ride The Train.” I think I may or may not have led a mini train around the room…
Look at these two hamming it up for the camera… my hubs and my nephew… Finny loves Mr. Bear SO much that he started calling him Uncle B before we were even married!
The boys being crazy… Mr. Bear met an amazing group of guys in college, who are all equally funny and unique in their own ways (missing from the photo is Harold!)
The boys sure love to sing! I couldn’t tell you which song they are belting right now, but it just might be “Brandi,” considering it was Mr. Bear’s song of the weekend.
Overall, our rehearsal dinner played out like a big wedding reception, minus the ceremony. There was dinner, dancing, drinking, favors…from Mr. Bear’s mom of course…
….and even a speech! Definitely a party we will all never forget.
Mr. Bear’s mom organized the whole event and I have to say her idea to invite all of the wedding guests was brilliant! She also hired a guy to play beach music, and he turned out to be a better DJ than the toolbag we had at our wedding (I’ll tell you allll about him later). All of our family and friends were able to mix and mingle with the people they’d never met before so that by our ceremony the next day, everyone was bff!
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