One of the most amazing things about getting married is truly just feeling so much love and support from all of those you care about most. When I first got engaged, in my mind it was all about Nate and I. Our plans, ideas, what we wanted, and how best to celebrate the two of us. As our planning progressed, I quickly realized that this isn't just our special day. It's about our parents, family and friends too. The closer we get, the more blown away I am by all the special and crazy generous people in our lives. The RSVP's are steadily streaming in and our guest list is growing by the day. I couldn't possibly be more excited to see everyone that is making the trip. From San Francisco to New York City, the northern part of MN to the southern part of Texas, we really do have guests coming from near and far and everywhere in between. It's important to Nate and I to try and spend as much time as possible with all of our guests. I have heard time and again that your wedding day goes by in such a blur that you sometimes can hardly even remember who was there. I can't imagine not soaking in every moment. I really want to make sure that everyone who comes to celebrate with us knows just how much their trip means to us. Traditionally, the rehearsal dinner is just about close family and the wedding party. I am so glad that we're able to carve that time out to enjoy our out-of-town guests just a little bit more at Pinstripes. Our parents have been the most kind, generous, and amazing support system. I'm lucky to have a mom I can call day or night to share even the smallest of details with. I can't imagine dealing with all the stresses of being a bride without her. Even though she is a few hundred miles away, I often feel like she is right by my side. My dad helps me keep things in perspective, and can make laugh no matter how stressed I might feel. He encourages and pushes me to be better and stronger, and knows just when to give the best giant bear hugs. Weddings are also about sacrifices, and I know how much ours must mean to him to give up extra fishing gear to help us buy a few more bottles of wine for the reception.
Even though I'm fairly new to it, Skype has been the most wonderful way to share and show so many of my fun details to my Uncle Terry. He's the best for sharing in fun with all the shimmer. He also does a great job of perhaps bringing me back down to reality when I really start to go over-the-top. Nate's parents have bent over backwards to help us prep for the wedding. They've given up their winter getaway, so his dad could commit countless exhausting hours to totally revamping our basement. His mom has helped me campaign long and hard to make sure even my most sparkly of linens and floral china made the registry. All in all, we consider ourselves so lucky to feel so much support from both families. Our friends continually keep surprising us as well. We recently celebrated our bachelor/bachelorette parties with some of our closest pals.
I know Nate had a great time (the giant bags under his eyes totally gave him away). I was absolutely floored with the party my girls put together for me. Annie, Heather, and Tanya went WAY above and beyond to put together a night I definitely won't ever forget. Filled with, of course, plenty of sparkle.
With two big showers right around the corner, the fun is only just beginning. At this stage in the game, I am just so blown away by everyone that I can't even imagine what our wedding will be like! Did I mention it's only three weeks away?! :)