Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Workman Wedding

Friday, September 3, 2010

One of my best friends, Jennifer Ashley Lemons aka Lemonhead was getting married and I couldn't be more excited! I have known her and her family since we were in High School and I like to take credit for getting her and Dan (Groom) together. They get the credit though for staying together for 9.5 years. I was fortunate enough to participate in this wedding in various ways...from going with her for several dress fittings, to a day filled with cake tasting to answering her endless questions about all the various wedding details. I wouldn't have had it any other way. She is included in this blog several times as she is one of the staples in my life.

Us girls started off the hectic weekend trying to relax at the nail salon. Who doesn't love a good pedicure!?

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After our toes and nails were beautified we grabbed some lunch and ran a couple errands. We then headed to St. Andrew Lutheran Church for the rehearsal at 4:30. This is me and my escort, James. He is also the brother of the bride and one funny dude!

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The dinner following rehearsal was at Dan's parents house. It was supposed to be an outdoor BBQ, but it ended up inside as the weather that day was SO unpredictable and they wanted to be safe.

Minnesota weather...unpredictable? Never. Can you sense my sarcasm?

It ended up being a super fun night as we had yummy food catered from Famous Dave's and James made his famous pulled pork. We also went through a ton of wine.

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This is me, Jenny and Ashley enjoying our wine. Nick (Usher & Cousin of Groom) was a creeper in my picture. After some great conversation and more wine of course, we opened our gifts from the Bride & Groom. The boys received very cool, heavy duty monogrammed  tumblers. The girls received matching earrings and sunglasses that we wore on the wedding day. Here is Ashley modeling them both.

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We also got our own wine glasses from Lolita.

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Jenny picked each of ours out with our personality in mind. I love it and am so excited to bring it with me and use it at various gatherings with the holidays coming up (even if it doesn't have wine in it). Here's mine:

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Jenny knows I have a fetish for sunglasses. ;)The fun part is on the bottom of the glass is a drink recipe. Each glass has a different one. I love mine.

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Here is a picture of me and Wayne before he left for the night.

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I stayed with Jenny as we planned on heading over to her Mom's house for a sleepover. That is where we were getting ready in the morning so it made sense. It was a great night, but we were all excited for the next day as we knew it would be one of a kind!

Saturday, September 4, 2010

I am so not a morning person, but waking up to this cute face at 7am brightened my morning. This is Penelope.

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Abby arrived to do our hair at 7:45a. She is Jenny's regular hairstylist. I volunteered to go first. Our  hair turned out beautiful! This is me finishing up Jenny's make-up with our hairs done.

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Jenny and I (in our matching sunglasses) on our way to the church to get in our dresses!

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This is all dressed and ready for their first sighting.

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This is one of the professional poses that was done. It shows the back of her dress so nicely.

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On the left is our bridesmaids bouquets consisting of white roses and white/purple calla lilies. On the right is the bridal bouquet consisting all of white/purple calla lilies.

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We took a break from pictures to eat lunch. I wanted to make sure she didn't spill ANYTHING on her dress.

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After a couple hours of pictures, the "simply elegant" ceremony at 3pm, Ashley and I bustling her dress and what seemed like the  never ending receiving line, the wedding party hopped in the limo and took off for Santorinis.

The girls doing a lemondrop shot in our matching sunglasses.

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The newlyweds enjoying their first drink as a married couple.

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From there we headed to the reception at Marriott - Minneapolis West. A unique idea that Jenny had was to incorporate lemons into her centerpieces.

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Another unique thing was the cake. It had the same design on it as the invites.

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The dance was so much fun. This is a picture of me and Edward. Ashley got this life size cut-out of Edward for Jenny as a funny gift. Well, he came with us everywhere. He was with us at the house getting ready, at the church taking pictures and he even hitched a ride to the reception to partake in the festivities. He made it in several pictures that night with various girls enjoying slow dances and even participated in the garter toss.

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Enough of that guy, this is me and my real guy.

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Overall a wonderful day and night spent strengthening friendships and creating memories that will last  forever.

Leah