Unfortunately, we didn't get a group shot of all of us (mom, dad, sister, sister in law, cousin, cousin's bf, baby, bride, and groom) but here is me getting some major baby lovin'.
My bachelorette was a spa day, because after 8pm I require stretchy pants. Night time activities (of the dancing, drinking sort) just aren't my cup of tea. My sister planned such a perfect day and I had a blast with my bridal party. I wanted bridal party only because they all live out of state and we didn't have much time all together. So, we pre-gamed at Starbucks for a little bevvie and chit chat.
Taking pictures to kill time while we waited on the other two bridal party members.
Then we headed over to Style by Lynae spa nearby. It was so neat because they have an upstairs section for private parties, so the whole time it was just us! I didn't know what I would be like that day (teary, jittery, overly excited) so I was glad to not have an audience! They had a sitting room where my sister had tulips, my favorite flower ever, waiting and cupcakes from The Cupcake Shoppe. They ordered lunch from one of my favorite restaurants in Raleigh, Tokyo House. We got our toes and fingers done and thoroughly enjoyed being pampered. I got a shellac manicure which is made to stay on for up to two weeks, because I'm famous for chipping manicures right after I get them and I needed them to last through the wedding day! They didn't chip for 15 days so I'm definitely a big fan. Only one person could get a manicure and one person a pedicure at a time, so we sat around, had some wine/water/beverage of choice, girl talked, and relaxed. I didn't even know it, but it was EXACTLY how I needed to spend the day before my wedding! I needed something to keep my brain occupied, and I needed to be forced to relax!
Me, my MOH/sissy, the tulips, and cupcakes! I had a bride sash and the girls had bridal party buttons!
Being sufficiently pampered!
Love these girls! Best bridal party ever!
My first cry of the wedding weekend came during bachelorette spa day. To pay, you had to go outside, downstairs, and into the front door. I stayed outside while the girls went in and paid. It took a while and, at one point, Jessica asked me if I was ok. I smiled and said yes... and I was ok! Then I started thinking about how supportive and loving everyone was, and how many people were travelling from other states to celebrate US, and I got really overwhelmed and began crying. I told the girls they couldn't leave me alone after that point (because being alone made me think of things entirely too sentimental), and since Jill and Jessica were staying at my apartment, and at the hotel with me Friday night, I really never was left alone again the entire weekend! Haha, those are good bridesmaids!