Wedding Prep Travel

Most people plan their weddings in a relatively specific area of the world.  Not me.
I've got my amazing mom, aunts, and grandma as my wedding planners in Tucson, I've got Roy's family and friends putting everything together for us in Newport, our photographer is in Salt Lake City, and my bridesmaids are spread between Tucson and Rexburg.
It's tough work, and I couldn't do it without Lynn- one of my Maids of Honor.
 She flew with me to Salt Lake, where I had my dress altered and my bridals done.  All the while she was supplying me with chap stick and helping me transport that giant pouffy dress around.  When I was down on energy she bought me strawberry milk and pop tarts to keep me going.  This girl kept me grounded and on schedule throughout our crazy week of wedding prep travel.
Luckily, Lynn had some help throughout the week.  Our first night we stayed in Provo with some of my favorite girls: Sarah and Cassidy, my roommates from last winter.  Sarah picked us up from the airport and drove us around to our appointments before taking us home and feeding us dinner.  What a doll!
The next day the four of us went back to Salt Lake to our photographer's studio.  We took both indoor and outdoor shots in my dress.  Thanks to Roy's sister- Leah- my hair, makeup, and toes looked flawless.  I wish I could put up pictures because I think she did such a great job and Brandon took such amazing pictures!  But I don't want to spoil the surprise or bring on any bad luck.
 Sitting in the car in my dress to get from the studio to the outdoor location was the funniest.  I will have to put up that picture someday.  I felt like I was nestled in a giant cotton ball.  In order to see anything I had to peep over the edge of my skirts.  But when we got to the place where we were to do the outdoor shots the sky looked foreboding.  The material my dress is made of does not tolerate water.  Even a drop would leave a stain. 
The girls jumped right in.  Sarah was ready with a giant umbrella, Lynn got me in and out of my heels when needed, and Cassidy carried everything handed to her- sometimes this included my skirts.  How awesome are they?  It was so fun to have them there!  They kept me laughing and kept the stress levels down.
We found shelter, just before the rain really started falling, in an LDS church which happened to be hosting a Red Cross Blood Drive.  Awkward!  I got a few disapproving glances as I scampered down the hallways in all my white fluffy glory.
Lynn and I left that night for Rexburg from Salt Lake.  I couldn't stand an extra second away from the boy.  Cassidy lent us her car for the weekend, which was ridiculously generous of her.  I became kind of attached to it too!  But I was sad that the girls couldn't just come with.  They're the best.
The other girls in Rexburg stayed up until 12:30 just for our arrival.  We all quietly screamed in the excitement of finally being together again.  Lynn met Brittany and Alicia for the first time, but has met Sydney before.  The girls were letting us stay with them for the weekend, managing to find space for us to sleep and everything.  They barely had time to comment on my hair (which looked so good they'd thought it was fake) before I was having them help me take it down.  I knew Roy was on his way and I don't want him to even know what my hair will look like on the big day.  I love surprises!!!
Hyper-sensitively, I heard the creaking of weight on the stairs outside and made for the door just when Mom was calling.  I answered, but then shrieked and hung up on her when I saw Roy outside.  Then there was that totally intoxicating moment when I got to see Roy for the first time in weeks.  You know, when you feel lightheaded and giddy and forget how to talk and you just want to hug each other forever.  And then...
Mom called again.
UGH- I didn't want to ignore her because the way I'd screamed and then hung up probably sounded like I was getting mugged.  So I answered and held the phone while she talked about how the seamstress should have steamed my dress and lots of other wedding matters which just melted away somewhere between the phone and my ear.  The only thing I was focused on was the fact that Roy and I were together in the flesh!
But don't worry Mom, I grasped some of the information I think.
The rest of the week was bliss: hiking,
 Mesa Falls,
Paying a $5 fee in pennies and nickles and shoving it into a narrow slot
Only to discover afterward...
hanging out with Roy's family and having a barbecue,  (they came down for the marathon)
- all with Roy!  And Lynn!  Haha!  Poor Lynn did a really great job of putting up with us.  She even went wedding band shopping with us.
In my next posts I will go into more detail about two fun Rexburg events: the Teton Dam Marathon and the bachelorette party.  The entire week was so much fun.  Perfect, even.  Thank you to everyone that made it that way!

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