Friday morning started out nice and relaxed. We woke up at a decent hour but not too early, and enjoyed breakfast with Mary Catherine and Kevin before getting ready for our fun day ahead!
I headed to downtown Charleston with the ladies of our wedding party for lunch and mani/pedis. We had a delicious lunch at 39 Rue du Jean right off King Street, where we got to chat, make any remaining introductions, and I gave my bridesmaids their gifts!
I gave them a fuchsia pashmina, a necklace for the wedding day, and a redneck martini glass! Also included in the bags were personalized huggies with each girl’s initial, so thoughtfully gifted to them by my sweet friend Suzanne! I also wrote each girl a note in a card thanking them for being a part of our wedding.
After lunch we walked down King Street to get our nails done! I got pink on both my hands and toes. I love pink polish!
After our mani pedis and a stop at Starbucks, we headed back to the suite at the hotel and got to relax with the groomsmen before making our way to the rehearsal! The groomsmen had been out at lunch and picking up their tuxedos!
We had a fairly quick rehearsal with gorgeous weather. I took charge of the rehearsal and gave overall instructions, we practiced once, fixed any kinks we ran into, practiced a second time, and called it successful.
On to the rehearsal dinner!
We had a Mississippi State tailgate for our rehearsal dinner, and we held it at the Sweetgrass Memorial Arts Pavilion in Mount Pleasant. It was a gorgeous venue with plenty of outside space for tables, tailgating tents, and cornhole games!
We served lowcountry boil and barbeque pulled pork for dinner, with mac and cheese and green beans as the sides. Our caterer, Erica Davis Lowcountry Catering, did an amazing job! The food was delicious and they served everything hot and on time! For drinks we served sweet tea, Lazy Magnolia beer (a Mississippi original) and Coke and other soft drinks.
The overall feel we were going with was completely informal, fun, laid back, maroon and white tailgate. Our friends and families had a great time playing cornhole and chatting.
The venue was gorgeous and had an amazing view of the Ravenel Bridge.
We decorated using maroon tablecloths with burlap runners and MSU centerpieces, which included mason jars, pom poms, and an MSU item.
We had a special table for the grooms cake, which was made by Publix. I had drawn pictures of what I wanted the cake to look like and they did an amazing job! Zach was very surprised!
Everyone was really into the theme of the event. My parents’ friends even came in MSU shirts they ordered online!
We had so much fun getting to visit with everyone that came into town and loved getting to be able to catch up with everyone and welcome them before the hectic few hours of the wedding!
After the rehearsal dinner, the bridal party and a few close friends went downtown with us for a ghost tour! It was a fun way to hang out with each other as well as see downtown Charleston! We had such a great time with our friends!
After that it was back to the suites to get some sleep-tomorrow was wedding day!