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Wedding weekend part 1!

Javier and I spent this weekend in major party mode. I think I wore half of the dresses in my closet this weekend with all the fun wedding festivities going on! On Friday and Saturday night we attended two amazing weddings – one in Nashville and the other in Birmingham. This post is part 1 of our recap of the wedding weekend extravaganza. Javier y yo pasamos el fin de semana en modo de fiesta. Creo que use la mitad de los vestidos en mi closet con todas las festividades que teniamos programadas! El viernes y sabado en la noche asistimos a 2 bodas fantasticas – una en Nashville y una en Birmingham. Este por es la primera parte de nuestro fin de semana de matrimonios.
On Friday night Ellen, one of my best friends from college, married her love Kyle. But this post doesn’t start on Friday…we’re rewinding to the rehearsal dinner on Thursday to get a glimpse of all the festivities that made this such a fun celebration. On Thursday we had the rehearsal at Christ Church Cathedral, an Episcopal church on West End Ave. It was the first time I had ever been inside the church, which was built in 1894. The inside of the sanctuary was absolutely breathtaking and it was 100x more so with Ellen walking down the aisle on Friday. The rehearsal dinner was an experience of delicious food, great people, moving toasts and much, much weeping, especially when the brother of the bride played a recording of a song that he wrote for her. The song had Ellen’s voice as a child playing in the background for part of it – so yeah, not a dry eye after that one. El viernes en la noche, Ellen, una de mis mejores amigas de la universidad se caso con su amor Kyle. Pero este post no empieza le Viernes…vamos a retroceder hazta la cena del ensayo del jueves para tener una vision clara de todas las festividades que tuvimos para esta entretenida celebracion. El Jueves tuvimos el ensayo en la Catedral de la Iglesia de Cristo, una iglesia episcopal en el centro de Nashville. Era la primera vez que entraba a este santuario, el cual fue contruido en 1894. La iglesia por dentro te quita el aliento y aun mas cuando Ellen entro al santuario y camino hacia el altar el Viernes. La cena del ensayo estuvo deliciosa, buena compania, brindis, y mucho mucho llanto, especialmente cuando el hermano de la novia toco una cancion que su familia habia escrito para ella. La cancion tambien tenia la voz de Ellen cuando era nina – asi que si, todo el mundo se lo lloro todo.
On Friday morning we started off the day with an attendants brunch at Ellen’s aunt’s house with maybe the best quiche I’ve ever tasted. We inhaled coffee and mimosas and ate seconds (and thirds) of the quiche, then headed off to the salon for hair & makeup and to the church for photos. The weather for the day was flawless – not a cloud in the sky and in the lower 80s with no humidity, which is VERY unusual for Nashville in June. The ceremony was gorgeous – a harpist played Claude Debussy’s Claire de Lune for Ellen’s processional which was so perfect. It’s such a peaceful song – I’ve never heard it as a processional before and I absolutely loved it. El Viernes en la manana comenzo con un desayuno en casa de la tia de Ellen con el mejor quiche que he probado. Cafe y mimosas a la vena y repeticiones (y repeticiones de repeticiones) de quiche, para luego irnos a la peluqueria y despues a la iglesia para sacar fotos. El tiempo estaba espectacular – despejado, sin humedad, y agradable, lo que es muy inusual para Nashville en Junio. La ceremonia fue preciosa – se toco Claude Debussy, Claire de Lune en harpa para la entrada de Ellen, lo cual fue perfecto. Es una cancion muy tranquila – nunca la habia escuchado en harpa y me encanto.
mother of the bride and mother of the groom at brunch

She’s so beautiful!! And her dress was stunning!! Also – loved the dress she picked out for the bridesmaids. Simple, beautiful color, and best of all…I could dance in it! Awesome.

After the new Mr. and Mrs. Bohle were presented to the congregation and we all recessed down the aisle we headed straight for the reception at the Noah Liff Opera Center. I never knew this building existed – it’s tucked away in the middle of Sylvan Park and it’s an awesome venue for a wedding. There was a nice balcony for people who wanted to get outside for a minute, space for two bars so there was never a huge line for drinks and, most importantly, a big dance floor with plenty of space to dance the night away, which we absolutely did. My one superficial regret of the night is that I didn’t get more photos during the reception, but frankly I was too busy dancing and having a good time and that’s why there’s a wedding photographer anyway. I really can’t wait to see the photos. Despues que el senor y la senora Bohle fueron presentados a la congregacion, salimos de la iglesia y nos fuimos directo al Noah Liff Opera Center. No sabia que este edificio existia – esta escondido en Sylvan Park y es una sala excelente para bodas. Tenia un balcon para la gente que necesitaba salir por un momento, espacio para 2 bares asi que nunca hubo una linea muy larga para los tragos y, lo mas importante, una pista de baile con suficiente espacio para bailar toda la noche, lo cual hicimos. Lo unico que me arrepiento es no haber tomado mas fotos durante la fiesta, pero estabam uy ocupada bailando y pasandolo bien…y para eso esta el fotografo! Quiero ver las foto ya!
Ellen and Kyle hired probably the best wedding band I’ve ever heard. Javi and I were so impressed the whole night – they had little dances choreographed for different songs and the variety of music they played was phenomenal, including funk, rock, motown, current jams, even a little Prince. We had a BLAST dancing and Javi got up to dance for most of the night which basically made my year. We spent almost the whole night dancing and when it was time to say goodbye to Ellen and Kyle we all got glow sticks (I’d never seen this before and I LOVED it!) and waved them around as they made their escape in a sweet getaway car. So epic! This was such an amazing wedding and I was so honored to be a part of it!! Congratulations Ellen and Kyle!! Ellen y Kyle contrataron a la mejor banda de matrimonios que he escuchado. Javi y yo estabamos muy impresionados toda la noche – tenian sus bailes en coreografia para diferentes canciones y la variedad de musica que tocaron fue fenomenal, incluyendo funk, rock, motown, canciones recientes, incluso Prince. Lo pasamos genial y Javi bailo por la mayor parte de la noche lo cual me hizo muy feliz. Pasamos la mayor parte del tiempo bailando y cuando llego la hora de despedir a Ellen y Kyle, nos dieron sticks luminosos (nunca habia visto eso en un matrimonio y me parecio genial) y los despedimos moviendo las luces en la oscuridad mientras escapaban en su auto de recien casados. Epico! Esta fue una boda sensacional y fue un honor ser parte de ella!! Felicitaciones a Ellen y Kyle!!

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