Our wedding weekend started with a fabulous rehearsal dinner thrown by Hoagie’s parents. Originally we had requested having the rehearsal dinner at one of our old local haunts in Ardmore, the Fellini Cafe. Now Fellini’s has never been known for it’s service, but for the huge portions of delicious food perhaps made more delicious by the numerous bottles of wine consumed while you wait. We’ve had so many good times at this BYOB, and it’s in fact the place that Hoagie took my parents to ask if he could marry me.
Hoagie’s parents tried numerous times to contact the restaurant to inquire about holding the rehearsal dinner there, and were stood up time and time again. Once they managed to set up an appointment with the manager, and drove an hour from Boyertown to find no one knew what they were talking about and no manager in sight. Finally we gave up the dream and they found a fantastic venue, the New Tavern Restaurant in Bala Cynwyd, PA. I had never been here, but I wish I had when we lived in the area.
Not only was the location perfect, as it was close to our hotel, but the restaurant itself was adorable.
We had a private room with a bar and a great group of wait staff. And the food… amazing. Hoagie’s parents had chosen a wonderful set menu. We started with salad, soup, and then had a choice between chicken parm, salmon, veal piccante, and chicken marsala. I myself had the salmon, which was delicious. After dinner ice cream and apple pie was served, and a room full of stuffed people got to listen to Hoagie’s touching speech.
I’m not even being sarcastic, it was a good one. We also gave out some pretty good bridal party gifts, if I do say so myself.
I couldn’t have pictured a better evening with my closest family and friends.
Oh, and in case you were wondering, we didn’t actually have a rehearsal, but we wanted to have a dinner. The Drexelbrook is extremely professional and use headsets to direct people where they have to go, so our wedding planner told us an actual rehearsal was unnecessary. Heck, you don’t have to give me a reason to have a party. Plus, the people below and our parents did so much to make our wedding so special, they deserved a party. Thanks again to Marge and Joe, it couldn’t have been more perfect!
After the rehearsal dinner we went back to the hotel, which was the Hilton City Line Avenue, and we met up with a lot of the out of town guests at the bar. It was so fun hanging out with everyone I think I could have stayed up all night, however I had something slightly important to do the next day so we forced ourselves to go to bed.
After a sleepless night of checking the clock and giggling at Annie trying to warm her feet under Siobhan, the big day arrived.
Now, if you are a female who has been married or a part of a bridal party, you understand all that goes into the preparation. Friday during the day we did manis and pedis at a salon in Manayunk, which is quite a time intensive process. It was a really nice salon, however the unexpected toe wax was not appreciated. Shouldn’t you ask before you do something like that? I blame my sun burnt big toes from the honeymoon on that woman.
Anyhow. We had 9 am hair and makeup appointments, which was really fun and extremely easy, considering the number of people.
The salon was extremely organized and did a terrific job on EVERYONE. They also gave us each goody bags with samples and coupons. Aside from the toe wax, I would go back there any time.
After the salon came the long periods of waiting. I don’t do well with waiting, but it helped having all the comic relief around.
Our photographer (I will do a separate review) showed up to capture getting dressed, and it was almost time to go. FINALLY.
May I interject for a moment to say that it started POURING as I was getting dressed. It wasn’t even supposed to rain! However, what are you going to do. I told myself it was a passing shower and off we went.
Cue waiting period #2. We waited while the car went back to the hotel to pick up the boys. It felt like hours.
Finally they arrived, and Hoagie and I saw each other for the first time in a set-up but natural moment.
We took a few group photos, and it was finally time for the WEDDING. After months and months of planning, it was finally time. Oh, and the rain stopped 45 minutes before the ceremony and the Drexelbrook staff busted their TAILS setting everything up.
The ceremony itself is still so surreal. Seeing all of the important people in your life sitting in front of you, you just don’t know where to look. During the readings I chose to look mostly at Steve Danch, until I thought I was going to laugh and just looked at Hoagie.
At last we were MARRIED. Still so weird, but it’s awesome.
On we went to the cocktail hour, reception, and after party.
Around 3 AM my dress felt like it was bursting at its seams and my MOH looked like this:
I think it was time for bed. It was truly the most perfect day we could ever ask for, and I wouldn’t change a thing. We couldn’t have made a better selection when choosing the Drexelbrook. The day went like clockwork, and you felt like you were taken care of the entire time.
Our florist was phenomenal as well. I basically told her what colors I wanted and trusted her artistic talent, and I couldn’t have been happier. The flowers were waiting for us when we arrived at the Drexel brook, and they were beautiful.
The boutonnieres were magnetic, which was really cool and meant no tiny holes poked in clothing. If you live in the Royersford vicinity and need a florist, let me know and I will pass on her contact information. We were absolutely thrilled.
My advice to anyone getting married: don’t sweat the small stuff… you can’t do anything about it, and worrying doesn’t help. One of my bridesmaids dresses didn’t arrive until we were leaving for the ceremony, you just have to laugh. And you know if I had stressed about the rain, odds are it wouldn’t have stopped.
Just enjoy every moment because time seemed to go by at the speed of light. Also, drink a lot of champagne, eat all you can, and DANCE.
Maybe not like that.
Our band, Touché , was amazing, and I would recommend them to anyone. When people are dancing before the first course is served, you know you have a winner. And that Lady Gaga montage is one I will never forget. I don’t care if Bad Romance isn’t appropriate.
That is my account of the day, but stay tuned for a glimpse from the man’s perspective. I can assure you his agenda was a heck of a lot easier than mine was!
PS. The kicker was Fellini’s called Hoagie’s dad on April 11th (total random day)asking him where we were…and that they were holding a room for 35 people. DOH!