I flew to Baltimore early Thursday morning so that I could spend the day with Beebs-- going with her to appointments, running last minute errands, and keeping her calm before her big day! She had done these exact things with me on the Thursday before my wedding, so it was so special to be able to do the same with her! Her mom, Ms. Becky, hosted a small barbecue for any one who was in town, and I loved getting to catch up everyone and share in all of the pre-wedding excitement!
Friday morning was when the official "wedding" fun began! All of the bridesmaids met at Beebs' mom's house for breakfast before heading over to a local spa for manicures and pedicures! Definitely the perfect way to kick off the wedding festivities!
Following our pamper-session, we prettified ourselves for a Bridal Luncheon hosted by one of Ms. Becky's friends, Beth, at her gorgeous home! Beth had prepared some delicious salads and the most amazing red velvet cupcakes for us!
But those weren't the only treats that day were! There were also the bridesmaids gifts that Beebs so generously gave to us! She is just one of the most thoughtful people I know, and I could tell that she had put so much love into every detail of the gifts, from the Hershey Spa goody-bag to help us remember our fun there from her bachelorette weekend to the personalized hangers for our bridesmaids dresses! And, she wrote us each the sweetest note, which is definitely going in the memory box!
|Vera "Miller" tote stuffed full of...spa treats, Loft flip-flops (to wear for dancing!), earrings & a necklace to wear on wedding day, and an after-shower towel wrap with our initials (we call them "moo-moos")! How sweet!|
Friday night was the wedding rehearsal with a dinner to follow at an adorable restaurant in Little Italy called Dalesio's. The rehearsal went really well, and I was excited that my pastor from Wilmington was going to be doing their wedding. He had been good friends with Beeb's grandfather, who had also been a minister. It was SO special to me that we were married by the same preacher! The dinner was great, and Beebs' adorable little brother gave the most precious toast! Following the dinner, the "girls" parted way with the "boys" and headed over to stay the night at Beeb's dad's house...which is a pretty darn incredible house, if I do say so myself!
|Beebs & Lulu|
|Me with my handsome sir!|
|Last Kiss before the "Real" one to seal the deal!|
On Saturday morning we were up-and-at-'em pretty early considering the first hair and make-up appointments were set to begin at 9! Mine was one of the first, and it was so nice to be able to roll out of bed and literally walk downstairs in my robe to begin my wedding day prep! Beeb's step-mother, Cindy, had transformed one of the closets into a "prep" room so that the hair and make-up stylists could set up shop right there in the house! Pretty much from 9-2:45pm, we were in and out of the chairs, lounging in our comfy robes that Cindy so kindly gave us and eating the wonderful breakfast and lunch provided! It was SO much fun, and of course, we were all just buzzing with excitement!
|The awesome goody basket waiting for each of us on Friday night!|
|Gettin' mah hair did!|
|Beautiful bride waiting to put on her beautiful dress!|
Around 2:45pm, it got real! We helped Beebs into her GORGEOUS wedding dress while the photographers were busy snapping pictures and the videographer filmed away! Beebs read her card and opened her present (earrings to wear that day!) from Brian, and her dad came in for the dress reveal, which was such a sweet moment! He was literally speechless! We "oohed" and "ahhed" as Beebs took some of the most stunning bridal portraits, and then we joined her for some bridesmaids pics! I seriously cannot wait to see them because we took some pretty cool ones!
|I could not be more in love with her dress!|
|Such a stunning bride!|
And, then, before we even knew it, we were loading onto the limo-bus and driving into the city to get to the church for the ceremony! All of us had butterflies in our stomachs, and walking down the aisle never gets any easier, but it was special to get to see Brian and how nervous he was! His eyes were literally glued on the door, waiting for Beebs to walk down the aisle! When the BIG moment came, I think we were all in tears as we watched both her and Brian choke back tears as they locked eyes. It was a beautiful moment...the kind of raw emotion you rarely get to experience in life, and definitely the kind I remember from my own wedding day! The ceremony was so sweet, and Mike said some really beautiful words about Beeb's grandfather that I know meant a lot to her and her family, and I'm sure he was smiling down upon her in that moment! And before we knew it, all vows were said, and Brian kissed his bride!
And that's when the real party began! They had the most gorgeous reception ever at her father's home in a tent that overlooked the gorgeous farmland. The decorations were so beautiful and classy, with tons of white floral arrangements and candles as centerpieces. The tent had it's own lounge to the side with white couches, a bar, and a photo booth, and there was also a deck with adirondack chairs for guests to sit in and soak up the view! Of course there was an awesome dance floor where we all boogied the night away while their amazing band played! Did I mention the food yet? Probably my favorite part! There were fabulous appetizers, like bacon-wrapped breadsticks, cobb salad in tostitos scoops, lobster mac-n-cheese, and a sushi station. They had signature drinks, one of which was a blueberry mojito that was awesome! Dinner was a sit-down and included a water-melon salad, steak, crabcakes, asparagus, and the most amazing mashed potatoes! And then there were the desserts! They had a Coldstone station, a whole other dessert bar with yummy treats, including the famous Vacaro's cannolis, and a frappacino bar. Oh, I forgot to mention that they also had different kinds of popcorn! And then, around midnight, they brought out even more yummy treats, like mini-cheeseburgers, grilled cheese and tomato soup cups, and french-toast bites with maple syrup! And let's not neglect the s'mores! I was in HEAVEN with all of the deliciousness that night!
|Kyle and me with his parents!|
|SO excited to be Mrs. Doyle!|
|Fun in the photo-booth!|
|Momma and me!|
|Kyle and me!|
|Ash came too!|
It was the perfect night of dancing, laughing, and celebrating a wonderful pair of newlyweds! I hope that Beebs and Brian felt all of the love that was present that evening and know just how many people adore them and wish them all of the happiness in the world!
I wish I had more pictures to share, but as you can imagine, I wanted to experience every second of it, so I'm trusting that their photographers captured everything I didn't! I promise to post more photos as they come in!
It was definitely a weekend I'll always remember!
Beebs & Bdo...
We LOVE you guys and are SO excited for you!