Spent Some Quality Time With My Brother's Family at Rehearsal Dinner
This has been a pretty laid back day. We bummed around the motel most of the morning. After breakfast downstairs in one of the meeting rooms, I spent some time in the business center looking at mail and printing directions to my brother's house. It's been two years since we've been there and we had forgotten the way from the motel. I used the motel computer for that. Then I plugged in my laptop to see what I've been missing on Persona Paper. After that I went back to our room to get ready for the rehearsal dinner.
We finally got to my brother's about 1:30, but hardly anyone was there yet. Finally my brother got home from work and my younger nephew, who will be the best man, was ready, and we got in the assigned cars to ride to the rehearsal dinner and the rehearsal itself. Since another wedding was taking place at the wedding venue during the time of the rehearsal, the rehearsal was held at the bride's family home.
As I watched the rehearsal, I couldn't help but compare it to the one we had had. Our wedding was in a church, the one I was raised in. It had an assigned wedding hostess who walked the wedding party through the rehearsal. They made us rehearse all the walking and moving into position, giving of rings, etc. Today two women showed up to direct the wedding party. The whole rehearsal was only about 15 minutes. They went through the most important stuff and that was it. Maybe it would have been longer if we'd been in the actual place where the wedding would take place.
The official photographer was there, and he took some family group photos. First they took a photo of everyone on the bride's side of the family. Then one with everyone who was involved as family or wedding party. Then they took a photo of the groom's side of the family, which was much smaller. Just my brother and sister-in-law, her sister, my nephews, and us. I was trying to brush away the tears to smile because all I could think about was how happy my parents would have been about this wedding and how sad they couldn't have lived long enough to see it.
After the rehearsal, we milled around while the bride's mother and aunts were laying out the buffet for the rehearsal dinner and then we all ate. Our side of the family all sat together with the groom, and the bride sat with her family. We were outside at beautifully decorated tables. By the time we were eating it was early evening and the tables were in the shade. It wasn't really cold, since we were on the coast in Newport Beach. After we finished eating, we sat and talked with the family around the table for some time.
By seven it was getting dark and it was time for us to leave with my brother. We were really glad he was driving, since we never would have made it there and back on our own. We couldn't even make the ten-minute drive back to the motel without getting lost once.
Tomorrow is the wedding, and we'll get home a bit later, since the wedding is at four and the reception isn't over until ten. I imagine we'll be back earlier though, since we will leave early with my brother. He gets up at 4:30 AM.
Unfortunately, I forgot to bring my card reader to upload my photos, so I'll have to wait until I get home to post them.
Note: I'm not sure why the spacing isn't right between paragraphs. I put the paragraph space in but it disappeared when published.