Well, after our awesome rehearsal dinner, we returned to the hotel, where I felt like a chicken with its head cut off for a few hours. I had to organize stuff to take up to the honeymoon suite, take somethings downstairs to the lobby where Matt was hanging with his friends, retrieve stuff from the honeymoon suite, and finalize our slideshow. At one point, I remember standing in the lobby realizing one more thing that I had to do, and I just crouched down behind a sofa all flustered! It was exhilarating and stressful all at the same time. I had four of my bridesmaids, as well as my great friend, Mellissa, sharing two adjoining rooms that night. Finally, around 12:30am, Jan declared that we should go to bed.
I read a bit of a book, and then actually drifted off to sleep. I didn’t realize how exhausted I was. I slept pretty well, surprisingly. Usually, I’m too excited to sleep. I woke up at 6:45am, about 15 minutes before my alarm, and decided to get ready for the day.
For those of you planning weddings, here is one thing that I absolutely loved about that morning. I had hair and makeup people come to the rooms and relaxed with my girls for about 4 hours. It was marvelous! If you can do it, I’d highly recommend it.
Our hair people (Kelly Whitaker, who actually did my friend Allison’s hair for her wedding, and Sarah Stears) arrived just before 8am. Meanwhile, I had run down to my car looking for my white flip flops, to no avail, and Sarah ran over to Brueggers for bagels.
Let the getting ready commence! First in the hair chair was Brooke (always punctual!) and Amy. Then came the girls from Minnesota, Jen and Jan.
From the back.
Both of them had super cool hair!
While they were getting their hair done, the makeup people (Jean Folchi) arrived. So Amy and Brooke hopped up in the chairs in the other room.
-Next in the hair chair was me. You know, the Bride!
Oh yeah, and Sarah, the bride for NEXT May!
After a few checks of the back
The finished product! I’m sure that this is the best picture of my hair from the whole day.
Or this one, which also shows my awesome ensemble!
Meanwhile, back in the makeup chairs, Jen and Jan were getting beautifed!
Okay, those are both Jen. But I swear Jan’s there. She’s just a tiny redhead. We lose her sometimes. Until she opens her mouth. Then she is easily found.
While Jen was getting her makeup done, her Mom and 10 month old daughter dropped by. Adele is seriously the cutest baby in the world!
Wait, who’s that in the bed? It’s Mellissa. She was in and out of consciousness during all of this craziness. At one point, we were talking about fast food places we liked. She woke up to exclaim “I LIKE CHIPOTLE!” and then go back to sleep. More cute pictures of everyone hanging out.
Not too many shots of Amy. She was running around the hotel trying to find my “missing flip flops”. She even went up to the honeymoon suite to check my stuff. She let herself in with my key, and Matt was in the shower. She was praying that Matt wouldn’t come out. It was so funny!
Anyway, I couldn’t find my flip flops. I even sent my mom back out to my car and then to her room to look for them. It was actually a good task for my mom. She had a bunch of nervous energy, and it gave her something to focus on. I only needed them for pictures on the football field. My hairdresser was very surprised at how calm I was about it. Eh . . what could I do? If it were my dress or veil? Yeah, I’d be freaking out! Well, we called Kathleen’s mom, to see if I had left them at Kathleen’s house. Nope. So we were just about to send her out to the store to buy another pair, when VOILA! I found them. They were in the closet.
Speaking of Kathleen, her turn had arrived to get her hair done.
The girl has a ton of hair, so she was pretty impressed that Sarah the hair stylist did such a great job!
I moved over to the make up chair to get beautified. Jean, the makeup artist, did a great job of covering the red skin caused by my eye brow waxing (Yeah, the eye brow waxer really irritated my skin on my left eyebrow. It was peeling at one point. I was kind of pissed!) Anyway, a quick stroke of the airbrush foundation, and it disappeared!
The finished product. (Kathleen’s with her mom on the phone in the background. Thus her face asking her to find my “missing” flip flops.)
YAY!! I’m getting married!
Side note: I wish that I had a picture of the view out of the window from the makeup chair. Maybe it’s because I stared at it for 45 minutes, but I think I will always remember it. We were looking straight south at the Roebling Bridge and the Ohio River. With a little bit of Paul Brown Stadium on the right side. I kept looking at the Paul Brown thinking “My planner is down there right now getting my reception ready! AHHHH!!!!”
Kathleen’s turn in the beauty chair.
Meanwhile, Matt’s sisters had arrived to get their hair done.
Next thing you knew, it was time to pack up and head out!! Oh yeah, and shave my armpits(which required borrowing Kathleen’s razor and deodorant, since mine was up in the honeymoon suite!)
Don’t forget to write the checks!
And we gathered everything to go down to the limo!
I took a few flip videos that are a bit funny.
Amy, my mom, Kathleen, Mellissa, and Jen
Matt’s mom and sisters
This one speaks for itself!
Anyway, just like that it was almost 12:30!! We went down to the lobby, ran into some family members, and got into the limo!
Going to the chapel, ‘cause we’re gonna get married!