Now, it's the NIGHT before the big day. The bm's and bridey drove down to Gig Harbor early on the Friday before the wedding. We had are nails done (I slipped in a tan, of course), went and grabbed snacks at QFC, stopped by her aunt's house to check out the progress of the venue, and checked into the hotel. After some freshening up, we headed to Fondi's for the rehearsal dinner at 3pm. Jared's family hosted, and it was a great time. We had really good pizza, salads, unlimited beer and THE best candy on table. No seriously, these Hersey bites were to-die-for. I think I ate a whole wine glass full of them. After dinner, we went back to Mae's aunt's house for the rehearsal. It was a beautiful night! The rehearsal turned into an after-party, which turned into late-night snacks at Taco Time, which turned into us bm's passing out by 9:30pms. Whereas, the groom and his gm's decided they had something different in mind and kept the party going until the wee hours of the morning (well at least some of the boys did!). A big thanks to Jared's family for hosting dinner and for the delicious desserts made by his mom - cookies AND rice crispy treats. Yea, I stashed a few in bag and brought them back to the hotel.
Good evening everyone and welcome to this lovely celebration honoring Mae-Lee and Jared. I want to start by thanking the bride and groom, as well as their family for allowing us to share in these special events this weekend. It truly has been a beautiful experience.
But now I want to go back in time, 23 years actually. For those who have heard my wedding speeches before, don’t let that number scare you, I will keep this as short as possible.
Today is a celebration of not only where they are now, and the road ahead, but the road that has brought them here. They have built a beautiful life and home together and I’m sure I can speak on behalf of all of us that we as friends and family are here to support you and watch you two continually grow as a family.
Raise your glass for a toast to Mae-Lee and Jared.
Congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. Atkins!