The toasting started Wednesday night. By this time, the majority of the Bridal Party had arrived into Orlando and we wanted to have an outing for everyone to meet each other and go out (since there was no way I was going to be going out the night before the wedding - duh!). Mr. Hess and I held a VIP party for them at one of our frequented spots downtown, called Baby Grands and it was truly a fun time all around. Of course, by this point I had been introduced to all of the guys...but I'm afraid my girls had no idea what they were in for. Let's just say Mr. Hess's side of the bridal party is about 2/3 personalities like HIM...so watch out - you'll see what I mean later on in the post...
|Me with my sister (MOH), Court & Lauren|
|Beyond singing, there were a few embarrassing things that happened! lol|
|KDO & I ready for a fun week!|
|Getting our toes beautified!|
|Just another day in paradise...|
|Me and Mr. Hess's momma and step-mom :)|
|Me with Mr. Hess's nieces|
|Me and my mom - happy MOB|
|I loved the food, but my favorite part was definitely the strawberry shortcake!!!|
After the video, it was finally time to cut the cake and dig into the banana pudding and cheesecake (yup - there was an entire dessert table!) lol. I should have known that Lauren had something up her sleeve...this was the point in the night where she had a surprise guest for me. She asked me to close my eyes and after a lot of anticipation I turned around and found Austin Powers! It's a long story, but basically Lauren and I purchased him in middle school, back when the first movie came out and he eventually even came to a school dance with us!!! Anyone who was at that dance remembers him and I was very excited that he made another debut 10 years later! Mr. Hess and his family wasn't quite sure what this whole thing was really about...but my family knew right away and understood the crazy friendship Lauren and I have, still to this day.
I guess Mr. Hess had a crazy side to let out with his buddies too, because by the end of the night the boys started doing a funny photo shoot on the club bar. First it started out as a totem-pole and later turned into a group planking shot. (See, I told you 2/3 of the groomsmen are basically clones of him).
|The faces here are priceless...|
|Apparently "planking" is the new thing to do...google it!|
What a crazy few days!!! By this point of the night, both Mr. Hess and I couldn't have been more excited for the wedding day to get here already! We huddled our bridal party up and finally gave them their presents we had been working hard on. You will see the final product when I get my wedding photos back, but for now I can show you how I packaged them. I wanted them to have lots of crystals on and had necklaces and earrings made for each bridesmaid (hence, Wedding Hint #1). I had them hand made by a friend's mother and she did an amazing job. The picture I took of it really doesn't do it justice, so I'll just show you the cute jewelery travel bags I found for them to wrap them in.
And just like that the day was over...it was show time! We headed off to the hotel and eventually the girls and I fell asleep to wake up to the WEDDING DAY!! There's SO much I can't wait to share. But, while I'm waiting to get photos back, I'll share some of the crafts and projects we had displayed as well as a few other things I didn't want to let out before the day arrived. So, keep a look out! :)
Mrs. Presh <3