I have been so blessed and excited to get hold of many photo captures of the wedding week!!!! These photos are from Kristen's friend's friend!! ha! The rehearsal dinner was as far as the wedding part "our part!!" I wish I could have done more for the actual wedding but distance made it a bit hard, soooooo I wanted to make the dinner very special and locate a very wonderful restaurant!! Since I wasnt able to drive around Maryland and check the restaurants out, I just did it all on-line!! I had a vicinity we had to be near so I just started looking at one restaurant option after another and calling and calling and talking to sooo many people. On some phone conversations I even forgot who I was talking to and had to ask "now which restaurant was this!!" Also, I thought it would be fun to "do something" at the dinner, something fun!!! AND of course I love to do games and parties, soooooo i had come across a few games a few months ago and jotted them down to keep "just in case!!" As it drew closer to making final preparations and I secured the restaurant, I kept going back and forth whether to do the games or not!! It sounded like fun as I thought but I didnt know how well it would go over at a rehearsal dinner....sometimes they are a little more serious!!! But I just couldn't let it slip away without going for it!!!! So I gathered ALL the supplies for the intended games and took it all with me!! Many of the children kept asking "what is that for??" SURPRISES I would say!!!! haha!!! I also planned a slideshow that kinda help the "more serious" part happen!!
The games were kinda like a "walk through a day" of what Caleb and Kristen might experience after married!! Breakfast Scramble was their favorite cerel boxes cut up and they had to put the pieces together!! Kristen won!!! Caleb didnt even know his soon to be wifes fav cerel!!!! He wasnt starting off very well!! Next after breakfast, was exercise time. The next one was soooooo hilarious!!!! I tied a banana on a string and then around Calebs waist and it hung down close to the floor!! Kristen was his cheerleader cheering him to the finish line by rocking his hips swinging the banana back and forth to roll an orange across the line I had taped on the floor!!! We have it on video!!! It was beyond hilarious!! Next, as it was drawing near to lunch in their day, which I know Kristen will serve more than spagetti and rootbeer, the game was to move 3 empty root beer cans with a uncooked spagetti noodle across the table! After lunch, and since Caleb LOVES dessert, he had to work for his treat.....Kristen stacked 6 ding dongs on his forehead in 60 seconds! Now in their day it was time for more exercise, cause we sure dont want married weight gain (it happens to EVERYONE) soooo they played "rebound!!" AND since Kristen is a basketball coach, she really was on top of this game throwing pin pong balls off of a clip board tied around Calebs waist!! Now as they got to the end of their day, it was time to make sure they ended it with "No Junk in their Trunk!!!!" I tied on each of their bottoms a plastic container that held 8 ping pong balls and the box had a hole cut in it so they were going to have to do some real shaking of their little booties to get all the junk out of their trunk......representing seeking forgiveness and making up at the end of each day if needed!!! It was hilarious too!!
The slide show was next and hopefully it was meaningful to them. Then Caleb and Kristen shared some special memories they had with each of their parents! I was touched with their thoughts and memories they shared!!
It was a memorable night for me as we all came together to celebrate their big day that was to follow on Thursday!!!
Enjoy the photos!!!!!!