What a weekend. The former Mary Ellen Moomaw is now Mrs. Mary Ellen LaFreniere. If I had to describe the wedding in one word: Magical. She thought through every singe detail from burlap table runners to beer in mason jars. The wedding took place on Irvington Springs Farm (her family's flower farm) and rightfully so. She got married amongst what she loves most: flowers. The sunflowers and dahlias and zinnias were all in bloom around her but she stood out as the most beautiful flower of all. The weekend began with Michelle and I hopping in the car Friday morning and driving 5.5 hours north to Lynchburg, Virginia.
The trip was an easy one but it was nice to get up and walk around once we arrived to the darling bed and breakfast Mary Ellen had reserved for the bridal party. We got settled in our room for a little while before heading over to the spa next door to get my eyebrows waxed. (I hadn't looked in a real mirror in 6 weeks- YIKES!) After that, we got showered and dressed and headed to the rehearsal on the farm.
It was a little hectic with 9 attendants on each side, but we got it figured out and Matt and Mary Ellen were confident enough to let us go off to the rehearsal dinner. The dinner, traditionally, was hosted by Matt's family. He is from Maine so they had picked a beach theme and named each table after various beaches on the east coast they frequented as a family. Once again, every detail was thought through- the sand in the centerpieces was supposed to be from the beaches, but it's illegal to remove the sand so they bought it from Walmart instead, lol. The small chocolate shells at each place setting were from Maine as well as the star fish name tags. Everything was done beautifully. Cocktail hour dragged out while people mingled, but the food was well worth the wait. I got a delicious filet and some mashed potatoes. For dessert, the most delectable cheesecake I've had in some time. Toasts, advice, and embarrassing stories were exchanged and the crowd left teary-eyed but excited for the wedding the next day.
Being part of the bridal party, the night was far from over for me. Back to the farm with Mary Ellen in tow, for the crazy bachelorette par-tay! Her sister Clara was the maid of honor so she was the one that planned the whole shindig- and she did not let us down! She emailed Matt some questions about Mary Ellen that he had to answer- i.e. what is her favorite color, when did you first fall in love, 3 words to describe her, etc. Mary Ellen had to try and guess the answers he gave and if she guessed wrong- she had to put on one of the gifts! Many of them were quite scandalous! Michelle and I were both pretty tired, so we left around 1:30 to get some sleep. The bachelor party was raging in the basement of the B&B but we were both so tired, we passed out pretty quickly.
I have TONS more pictures to post, but I need to get to sleep- back to work in the AM! Stay tuned for follow-up posts in the coming days!