Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Rehearsal Dinner

Our rehearsal dinner was at Harry & Izzy's. We had reserved a private room upstairs that had it's own staircase which ensured privacy for our families and wedding party.

This was our view of the bar.

I had some hot bridesmaids!

Somebody was all tuckered out!

My daddy with my uncle and his girlfriend (they flew in from Colorado for our wedding)

Look at those studs!

Are you still wondering about that celebrity I almost married?!?

I seriously doubt that I need to introduce you guys to him! (the woman to the left of him is his wife....she is too cute)

But just in case you don't recognize him without the uniform and helmet......the BEST Quarterback in the NFL.....Mr. Peyton Manning!

Side note: I have seen Peyton Manning out and about many of times but I have never once bothered him because I believe that athletes/celebrities deserve their privacy too. But the night before my wedding is a COMPLETELY different story!!! He is co-owner of Harry and Izzy's and was there with his wife and friends. He was the NICEST person and his wife was so incredibly sweet! He wished us luck in our marriage and congratulated us! Oh how I love me some Peyton Manning! PS- he is even cuter in person! :-)

I tried to buy him and his wife a round of drinks to show my appreciation but the bar tender said they were only drinking water......makes sense considering regular season was just around the corner. Good boy Peyton!!!!

Okay, I am rambling now so I will try to summarize the rest.

The Restaurant: Harry & Izzy's
Grade: A+
The food and the service was AMAZING! The event planners at Harry & Izzy's are wonderful to work with and will cater to your every need. We decided to add root beer floats to the dessert list at the last minute. Since it was a new dessert that had just been added to the menu the restaurant didn't have enough glassware for our event so the chef had the planner order more. Talk about service! Harry & Izzy's also created adorable personalized menu cards for each place setting to inform everyone of their choices. I have pictures of the personalized menu cards that say 'Congratulations Richard and Laura' but I can't seem to find the cord to my camera to download them. :-( Boo!
St. Elmo's and Harry & Izzy's (sister restaurants owned by the same people) is FAMOUS for their shrimp cocktail! If you need to clear your sinus just take a whiff of the shrimp cocktail sauce. I have seen people sweat because of the amount of horseradish in this baby! So of course, we had to offer shrimp cocktails to everyone at our rehearsal dinner. YUM! It was a huge hit!

Bridal Party Gifts:
The boys received poker sets and the girls received personalized totes filled with all sorts of goodies. Based on their reactions I think they approved! Once again, the terrible blogger that I am, I forgot to take pictures! Oops!!!

Once rehearsal dinner was over the girls all headed back to the Westin where we would all be spending the night. But did we go straight up to our rooms like a good little bridal party should?!?

Stay tuned..........


...::Mrs. Southern Bride::... said...

Looks so wonderful and classy!!! :)

Future Mrs. H said...

Oooo I am excited to find out what the bridal party did =0)

Can't believe you say Peyton!! That is so cool!

Looks like a great restaurant with wonderful customer service!

Jenn said...

YUM! (I'm talking about the food AND Peyton Manning!) :)

Adrienne said...

I am so incredibly jealous that you got to meet Peyton! He is hands down my fav QB....even have him on my fantasy team! What a great way to start your wedding weekend! haha

Rachel H. said...

Sounds like you had a wonderful Rehearsal Dinner, and I'm anxious to hear what happened after that too! :)

My Dream Ring said...

Everything looks great! Not a Colts fan but totally cool meeting him.

Brittney said...

looks like Rehearsal went well - I need to post pics of mine... just got them back from my Aunt. BUT - I hardly remember that evening because I got sick :/ bummer!

thanks for like my decorating and our chicken parmigiana was very yummy :)

Jenny.Lee said...

OMG Peyton!!!!!

Goldie said...

Everything looked amazing and everyone looked like they had a great time! congrats!

Abbie said...

What a fun story about Peyton!