Rehearsal and Dinner

Rehearsing for the Big Day!

I’ve only been in two weddings before, my brother’s and my best friend Rachel’s. Both had a rehearsal the night before and a dinner. I didn’t really know what it all entailed though, except that it was a good time to remind everyone in the bridal party not to walk too fast down the aisle and then go eat and drink to celebrate. πŸ™‚

The day started with a run with my brother and his wife and then I got a mani/pedi with my mom, my sister-in-law and cousin Anna. Being pampered was nice and I’m glad I splurged a little and got the hot stone massage and paraffin wax for both the mani and pedi.


Traffic on Friday was a nightmare and a bunch of us ended up being late to the rehearsal (including me and Michael). I got there so frazzled and stressed from sitting in traffic for over 45 minutes (45 minutes to inch about 2 miles). I took a little breather and then tried to relax. Stress stress!



It was getting REAL! It’s weird, I’ve been with Michael for over 6 years and we’ve lived together for 5. All this time I never thought anything would change or be different getting married–other than changing my name really…but it did feel different. The few weeks leading up to the wedding I was very emotional. Some of it was stress (I am NOT good with last minute stuff, I like to take care of things as soon as possible, get them done, then relax. You can’t do that with wedding planning. So much of it has to wait til the very last minute.). Most of it was happiness and excitement. There was definitely nervousness.

I found myself emotional and very sentimental. I’d hear songs on the radio that we had picked for the wedding and I’d tear up. I was imagining the ceremony, the whole evening, and justΒ feeling all the emotions. It was crazy. I wasn’t expecting to feel THAT MUCH about everything. Like I said above, we’d been together for so long!


The rehearsal was casual but I wore a dress just to be fancy.


Anyways, the rehearsal went great. It didn’t take very long and I am SO grateful that we hired a wedding coordinator for the day-of. They actually took over the planning and details about two months before the wedding, finalizing the vendor stuff and taking care of the little details. This was the best thing we spent money on. Knowing that someone else was going to take care of everything and make sure it runs smoothly was such a relief. I’m a control freak and try do everything, so it was good she was there.


We had the rehearsal dinner at The Matador Tequila Bar. We chose the one in SE Portland, and don’t confuse it with the dive bar on NW Burnside. πŸ˜‰ The last time Michael’s dad was in town we went to a few different places to figure out which one would work best and it was a fairly easy decision. The food at The Matador is consistently good and I’ve never had bad service or bad food there. Also, I love Mexican food!


I got a lemon drop drink, ate some chips and salsa and then we ordered a few jalapeno appetizers for the group. We had the back room of the restaurant and it fit all 29 of us pretty well. Mmm bacon wrapped jalapenos stuffed with goat cheese. So amazing!


I mingled, I ate a little bit, a drank a little bit. Michael’s dad gave a short speech that got me a little teary eyed. Everyone was lovely and I just felt all the love and happiness in the room!


And someone got me a shot. πŸ™‚


It was a very hot day and didn’t cool down until pretty late in the evening. I think we ended up leaving the restaurant at 10, a lot later than I had planned.


Michael drove Rachel and I to our hotel downtown where we were spending the night. πŸ™‚



I didn’t sleep well the night before. I’m sure most people are like that. But man I was TIRED in the morning! Lots of coffee later…my mom picked up Rachel and I and we all went to get our hair done.




To be continued….

Let The Festivities Begin!

You are forewarned…this post is picture heavy!


I am really glad I took most of this week off from work! Not only was I recovering from being sick, I had a lot to do. Wednesday I slept in a little bit and then went to the Warrior Room for a morning workout. I hadn’t worked out in 7 days. I’d been sick for 5 of those. I was on the mend and the sinus infection cleared up but I still felt tired. I probably should have taken one more day off but oh well…I went. And realized about half-way through the workout that it was going to be a struggle! I just didn’t have the stamina or endurance. I took a lot of breaks.

The rest of the day was spent cleaning the house in preparation for guests and doing laundry. I felt okay and then the afternoon came and I could use a nap!


Wednesday night I met Michael and his dad at TrifectaΒ for dinner:


It was the epitome of Portland Hipster but the place was great and the food was outstanding! To start, we got the bread plate with homemade churned butter. Probably the best butter I’ve ever eaten. Michael asked me if I would start churning our own butter after we get married… πŸ˜›


We shared two appetizers. The first was the homemade pickle plate. It was pickled asparagus, pickles, beets and cauliflower. I loved it. Michael and his dad thought it was too sweet. The cauliflower and beets had a very smokey flavor, though, so they liked those. I’m a fan of anything pickled. πŸ™‚


We also shared the deviled egg plate. Two deviled eggs topped with smoked salmon–probably the best deviled eggs I’ve ever had–and two that had an eggplant tapenade on top. I wish the photos had turned out a little better because the food looked like art!


Since I’d been sick all week I’ve had zero appetite but have been eating because I know I need to, whether I want to or not. I ordered the house salad with buttermilk dressing and their cheesy grits (one of my favorite food groups). The portions were pretty small, so that was good.



Even just having a salad and some grits I was stuffed. I ate half of the grits and took the rest home for breakfast. πŸ™‚ Michael and his dad both got the double burger with pimento cheese on it. I had a bite of Michael’s and it wasΒ good! The fries were crispy and salty and perfect, too.


What a cool restaurant. Casual, hipster vibe, several patrons with handlebar mustaches (no joke) and great service! This place was definitely a winner and I will be back for sure. Michael dropped his dad off at the hotel and I was home and in bed by 9pm. I could not wait to sleep!


Unfortunately I tossed and turned until 2 am when I finally fell asleep… πŸ™ I was very tired on Thursday!Β Thursday morning I hit the gym for a quick workout. It was short and I took it easy, even though I was feeling better. I did 40 minutes on the elliptical and then spent the rest of the time in the sauna and steam room trying to sweat out my illness!


Then my brother and his wife and my parents arrived! Most of the day was free. We had some last minute wedding stuff to finish, so they helped with that. Then we just hung out for a little bit. Played with Bella, took them to Powell’s Books. πŸ™‚



Thursday evening we took them to Podnah’s Pit for dinner. My brother and his wife live in Philadelphia and he’d seen the restaurant on TV (maybe Diners, Drive-ins and Dives?) and asked if we could go. I was happy to oblige considering it’s the best BBQ in Portland and almost as good as Franklin’s BBQ



I got the brisket, coleslaw, cornbread with honey and collard greens that were cooked in bacon fat. To die for. Thankfully there was a ton of leftovers so that was going to be my lunch on Friday! Everyone had a great time and enjoyed dinner.

They all went back to the house and I met my friend Christine. I hadn’t seen her in a few years, not since Michael and I went to Tucson on vacation and I was able to meet up with her. She and her fiance met me at Bailey’s Taproom for a drink after they flew in to Portland. It was so good to catch up! Especially before the wedding when I knew I’d have limited time to spend with everyone.


By Thursday evening I was feeling a lot better and getting my appetite back but I was still not 100%. I had a half pint of the IPA on tap and called that good. I ended up staying at the bar almost two hours catching up with them. It was so great! Bailey’s Taproom was a cool place and had a humongous rotating beer list that was on a big screen TV. Like super digital. Impressive!


Friday morning I slept in (thankfully) AND slept like the dead–apparently I needed more rest still, then I went for a short run/walk in the neighborhood with my brother and his wife!

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It was nice to spend the morning with them and catch up a little. πŸ™‚

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Next up: mani/pedis! My mom, my sister in law and cousin/bridesmaid Anna went to the spa and got manicures and pedicures (they were desperately needed too). It was nice to just relax and be pampered. Then off to the venue for the rehearsal! So that was my week. This time tomorrow I’ll be a married woman. πŸ˜‰