Robby's sister actually lives in Mt. Pleasant, where the wedding was being held, and it was at her house that evening while eating dinner that this all began to hit me. Robby asked what was wrong with me as I appeared to sit staring into space in a catatonic state. Although I was the mother-of-the-groom this time, there was a lot going on and I needed to keep things calm and balanced for just two days...surely that was do-able.
Friday morning I woke up remembering that it was "Rehearsal Day". We had rented the Barrel Room at Los Pinos Winery in Pittsburg, which was about 17 miles from town. Since they didn't open until noon, I had time to leisurely have my morning coffee and breakfast before we headed out there. My friend, and wedding coordinator/floral designer from Dallas would be coming later that day to decorate the room, all I had to do was leave the containers for the flowers and some photographs. Since that left most of the afternoon open, those who traveled out to the winery with me decided to have a little lunch there...
Somehow, we all got dressed and made it to the church for the rehearsal and now THIS was the part I liked best about being the mother-of-the-groom; all I had to do was take a seat, listen and do as I was told. It was a large wedding party and that electric excitement continued throughout the rehearsal and that's when it happened...I got that HUGE lump in my stomach. I began to feel nervous and a little sick. Oh, it wasn't a physical illness, it is what I refer to as "wedding sickness". It starts when you realize that your child is about to get married and you have all of these intense feelings that are at war with each other inside your belly. And to make things worse, I had noticed that unity candle sitting WAY up on the top of the stage that I was going to have to light...in front of three hundred people...walking by myself...in stilettos (Double sigh...).
An hour later we were on our way to the dinner at the winery and I couldn't wait to see the finished project! And I couldn't be more pleased. The Barrel Room was decorated beautifully and the dinner, itself, and service were wonderful!
We returned to our hotel to hopefully get a little shut eye before the "Big Day". After learning that all of the groomsmen were staying on our floor, along with the rest of the facility being full of little league ball teams, I doubted that was going to happen (sigh...).