Well, I thought last time I had it rough, taking a transatlantic flight post-wedding festivities. Little did I know that arriving via transatlantic flight just before the wedding would be far more taxing. So, pardon my absence of late as the jet lag + wedding + real hangover/wedding hangover were mega-impairing. My poor mother, who was so excited for me to arrive in Houston, was surely disappointed as I decided the only place I was moving was between the couch and bed. Thank God for Sugar Free Red Bull.
I arrived in Dallas on Wednesday evening and pretended I was not jet lagged and began the college reunion I had been anticipating. I have seen lots of the university crowd since graduating, but all of us being together was a whole new level of crazy excitement. My favorite was laying in bed with my college roommate and receiving a text from her roommate commenting on how loud we were talking – it was a total flashback to our days in the sorority house.
The official festivities kicked off with a nail party hosted by the bride’s extended family. I, of course, was the screw up and got the wrong color, but luckily it didn’t stand out too much. Here, we snacked, chatted, played “How well do you know the bride?” and “How well does the bride know the groom?”, and received bridal gifts!
I cannot even explain how boring wedding rehearsals are if you have not been in one. I, of course, understand the importance for the bride and groom, but for everyone else it is like walk here, stand here, and watch this for the next 1+ hours. Anyway, it’s all ok because afterwards you are on a bus filled with drinks and off to my personal favorite part of any wedding, the rehearsal dinner.
The groom’s family hosted the rehearsal dinner at Sammy’s BBQ in Dallas. I absolutely loved the set up. We had a meet and green and mingle situation outside on the patio with live country music, drinks, and snacks, before heading inside for the massive BBQ buffet, dinner, slideshow, and speeches. The food was plentiful and delicious and the speeches were laugh and cry worthy – it could not have gone better. It was the perfect mix of Texas-casual-upscale.
Bridal luncheons are always great because you’re fed a pretty dank breakfast (at least in my experience). I went a little crazy on the pancakes, but boy do I miss those suckers in Germany. This downside of this was it was at 10 am and we had to be showered for the day, so it was an early morning after the fun evening on Friday. Whenever I’m at a bridal luncheon, I realize the contrast of my life in Germany versus my life in Texas. I can’t quite explain it, but it’s oh.so.different.
Hair & Make Up
We received hair and make up at Stanley Korshak. The facilities were absolutely gorgeous and they did a great job. I had an initial ideal for my hair, but I was promptly told everyone else was going “big and down” – how Dallas. Anyway, I went with it, despite warning Vincent that my hair does not go big.
The Wedding & Reception
Unfortunately I have no pictures of the stunning bride in her veil and train, but let me tell you, she will probably be in every magazine across Texas. The wedding at Park Cities Baptist was short, gorgeous, and none of us tripped (although a groomsmen did lose his cummerbund). The reception followed at Royal Oaks CC and I apparently thought I was back in college. Sur
I can’t even talk about the aftermath or the heinous morning drive from Dallas to Houston, but it sure was worth it!
Congratulations to the newlyweds Mr. & Mrs. Casey!