the festivities began on friday. i was lucky enough to have the bride-to-be all to myself for part of the day. we dropped off items at the rehearsal dinner restaurant, vine & fig tree bistro, in doylestown and then grabbed some delicious, gourmet pizza at jule's thin crust.
after that, we met up with her mom for a mani-pedi appointment. fire engine red on my toes, french on my hands. the bride opted for french on both : )
|cate & chad enjoying pre-rehearsal cocktails at bobby simone's|
saturday morning began bright and early with an 8:15am meeting of the bridesmaids at cate's parents' house. we then drove to the salon for hair & makeup. it's a good thing we got an early start because by the time we all got back to cate's parents' for lunch and to get dressed it was almost 1pm. (they say the time before your wedding flies, and this really proved it!)
|the bride getting her hair done|
|me in mirror, post-hair up-do|
|the bride getting her makeup done|
|cate's red shoes, surrounded by the bridemaids' shoes|
|bridesmaids before the ceremony|
the words and readings they chose for their ceremony were just perfect. it reflected them and communicated their thoughts on love and marriage, family, friends and community eloquently. before we knew it, they were pronounced "husband & wife", and it was time for the party to begin.
|the happy couple|
|megan s, megan h, me, erin|
|my sister, hannah & me|
|me & craig|
toasts were followed by dinner - a duet of lump crab cake and marinated chicken accompanied by roasted potatoes and green beans. the food was delicious and by the time we watched the cake cutting, everyone was ready to dance! and dance we did!
my sister, hannah, was a force to be reckoned with on the dance floor. her inspired moves put us all to shame and honestly i just laughed & danced for hours...and hours... it was a blast!
before we knew it, 10:30pm was drawing near, and we boarded the shuttle back to the hotel to change for the after party.
|the newly weds at the after party|
sunday found us back at cate's parents' for a fabulous post-wedding brunch. the spread was phenomenal. 4 kinds of egg strata, smoked salmon, homemade muffins, mixed greens with cherry tomatoes, sticky buns (made from scratch), mimosas and more! it was the perfect cap to a perfect weekend. and the new mr. & mrs. couldn't have looked happier : )