Hey all!! I’m back to the grind of day to day after a CRAZY weekend in Pittsburgh, PA for the wedding of my best friend, Caitlin, to the man of her dreams!
I have to admit, getting back to a healthy lunch after all that rich food this weekend was JUST what I was craving. The theme of the meal?
Ok, I’ll admit, the Diet Pepsi Lime isn’t the freshest of ingredients, but I was in desperate need of some caffeine. And also, on my sandwich, along with the spinach, was melted muenster cheese, a fried egg, and a piece of turkey. On the side? Steamed broccoli. All served in the cutest plate/bowl set ever, from the movie Wall-E (a VERY favorite of the beau and I. I’m always Eva.)
But honestly, I know you’re not reading this post for my lunch. You want the good stuff. And I’m here to give it to you.
Rest assured, this is part one of a few (not sure how many yet) because I simply can’t fit all the fun into one post.
After waking up at 5 am on Friday morning, we hit the ground running (very tough after the fun had on Thursday with the Girls Pint Out event!) We hit up Dunkin Donuts and, honestly, I don’t even remember the first few hours of the trip (thanks to the beau for driving!!)
Before we knew it (well, not really, but eventually) we made it to Pittsburgh!!
We got settled in, I jumped in the shower, and Ryan spent his time doing more important things… Like testing out the hotel bed.
While he stayed in the room and got to enjoy some pizza delivered to his room (some boys have all the luck), I went to begin the Maid of Honor duties… And that meant getting ready with the girls for the rehearsal and dinner!
After we felt sufficiently dolled up, we ventured across the bridge to the BEAUTIFUL Heinz Chapel. It seems like only yesterday (but truly it was 14 months ago!) that we were posing outside of this stunning chapel or feigning holding of the bridal bouquets.
After a bit of confusion with the parking garage, I finally made it to the church and couldn’t RESIST trying out the rehearsal bouquet on for size.
Big thanks to Cait’s bridesmaid, Lindsey, for her hard work making the bouquet and for toting my non-local booty all over the greater Pittsburgh area. The sky was looking rather foreboding, same as during Cait’s Bachelorette party night, but most of us made it out of the weather unscathed.
The bride was absolutely glowing, and the rehearsal was just stunning.
Heinz Chapel is absolutely magnificent in every sense of the word. The stained glass all over the building is breathtaking, the acoustics are BOOMING, and the central air conditioning… is non-existent.
I tried to tough it out and not cry all weekend (a nearly impossible endeavor for a Weepy Wendy like myself) but the second Eamonn started reading his vows, I lost it.
Luckily, I only needed one of the tissues from the ever-ready boxes all weekend, and the rest of the rehearsal I was (for the most part) okay…. I walked a little too fast with my walking-buddy, Jimmy (her little brother… and the only member of the groomsmen that was over 5’10” aka the ONLY acceptable walking partner), and tried to keep my choking sobs to a minimum, and within about 40 minutes, we were outta there!!
Stay tuned for the rest of the weekend, I promise, it only gets better from here!!
Are you a Weepy Wendy like myself? If so, what gets you going?
15 thoughts on “The 61 Hour Wedding Whirlwind Weekend: The Rehearsal”
Things that make me cry:
– @ weddings: instrumental music, the vows, speeches @ the reception (esp. from parents)
– any movie where Dakota Fanning < 14 years old
AHHHH have you seen her little sister’s work lately? BABY DAKOTA AKA ELLE FANNING is just the cutest.
I’m pretty sure my speech may have brought on a few tears, but luckily most of them were from when I was writing it.
i thought i would cry more, but i really only cried when she walked down the aisle and then later looking at pics. the vows were too upbeat to make me weepy (gladddddddly and sweetlyyyyyy). miss you roomdawg!
UGH, I lost it when I first heard them, but mostly because watching EamFace read them just warmed the cockles of my heart.
I’ve been pretty good with not crying at weddings lately. Normally I am a Sappy Sally. Haha. 🙂
I’m such a wuss. The proper question here is, “what DON’T you cry at?”
Commercials, books, little children hugging, when I’m hungry and someone orders a pizza…you name a situation, I’ll find a way to bawl. Its a curse. But hey, at least I’m not made of stone, right? 😉
GAHHHH little children hugging is the greatest (same with old couples.)
Sounds like we’re in the same boat. And lucky for the captain, we provide our own salt water, right?
Wow that chapel is gorgeous!!! I can definitely get weepy at weddings..but only if I really know the people getting married haha 🙂
Wait, Lindsay, you’re not a wedding crasher?
Color me surprised, lol!
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These are gorgeous pictures of Heinz Chapel! This is Kate from Sweet Ridge Sisters- I’m in Pittsburgh, and I always love seeing wedding parties when I walk through the Heinz Chapel area. Thanks for sharing these gorgeous photos. What a good looking wedding party!
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