The Charleston Trip, Part 4: Wedding Rehearsal Day
After the Ghost Walk, I returned to my room, set my alarm for 6:30am, and fell asleep. I neglected to do one important thing, though: Test the volume on the radio in the room. Consequently, I woke up at 9:15. Panicking, I quickly showered, got dressed, and sprinted off to breakfast at 9:30am. It’s got to be a new record for me. (Getting ready that fast, not being out by that time.)
They had quite the spread at the inn. Bagels, eggs, grits (my first time trying… quite good!), muffins, french toast, etc. After breakfast, I hung out in the honeyroom suite with my friend and his bride-to-be. It was then that I took the photos off my camera and discovered the creepy face. I also took photos of their many turtles.
Next, it was Tux time! We drove out to the tuxedo rental shop. It was tucked away and tough to find, but we managed to locate it. Then, while some last minute alterations were done, we walked around the nearby shops grabbing some snacks. I’m proud to report that my friend (who usually doesn’t like trying new things) tried Hummus for the first time as well as a bagel with Caraway seeds. He liked both. (I recommended making a Hummus and Feta cheese sandwich for a healthy lunch.)
Once we had our tuxes in tow, we headed back to the inn. Unfortunately, we took a wrong turn or two, but eventually found our way back. Some profuse appologies to the bride later, and we ran through how the wedding was to proceed. My job as a groomsman was easy. I walk down the aisle, stand in the line during the service, then walk out with one of the bridesmaids. Simple.
The only complication was that I seemed to have developed a bad cough the week before and it wouldn’t go away. I started getting afraid that I’d ruin the service from excessive coughing. I took the rehearsal as an opportunity to try different techniques to suppress the cough. (I should have gotten some cough syrup when we stopped by Piggley Wiggley after getting our Tuxes, but I didn’t think of it at the time.)
After the rehearsal, we had some down time until the rehearsal dinner. I used my time to (what else?) take more photos of the grounds. This time, I also stopped by their stables to take some horse photos. These came in handy on the bus as a little girl named J was upset. My daddy instinct (which was going through withdrawal being away from my boys for so long) kicked in and I inquired what was up. It turned out that they didn’t have time to see the horses which J loves. He loved horses so much, in fact, that her entire room at home was decorated in horses. When I found this out, I took out my camera and showed her the horse photos that I had taken. Seeing the horses helped calm her down.
The rehearsal dinner went smoothly. The food was good and the restaurant even accomadated a special need of mine. It seems that the pasta was mixed in the same sauce that they use to cook their meatballs and sausage. Since I wouldn’t eat those, they brought me a special plate just for me. (The dishes were family style otherwise.) Yes, I took photos of the food too. I think my camera rooted itself to my hands during the trip!
After the dinner, I went back to my room and prepared for the next day’s events. Coming up next: It’s Wedding Day!