Saturday, October 1, 2011

Mama Beth's Big Day!

We know you're all eager to hear what's happening with the Real Maine Wedding of Laura and Nolan.  With only three weeks left until the Big Day, you can imagine that everyone's feeling pretty excited.  Laura and Nolan recently had the opportunity to make their wedding rings at Brown Goldsmiths in Freeport, and Laura had lots of fun picking out her wedding day jewelry at R.D. Allen Freeport Jewelers.  This weekend Laura is bachelorette-ing it up with her girlfriends, and I can only imagine what Nolan's brothers and soldier buddies have in store for him! 

But, what, you may ask, are Nolan & Laura's mothers up to?  Ready to hear the sweetest thing ever?  Nolan's mom, Beth, is actually preparing the ceremony she'll be using to marry the happy couple.  Can you even stand it?  I'm verklempt just thinking about it!  Here's a little from Beth about her experience getting the service together, and some details about the day she and Ellen, Laura's mom, spent together in Freeport while Laura & Nolan finished up some important and fun wedding details.  She sent this to us just last night, and you can almost "hear" the excitement in her voice:

Last night I sat down to begin trying to put together a wedding service. It was late and I kept thinking, I'll do a little more and then I'll finish it tomorrow. But I was on a roll and couldn't sleep until I finished it. (Funny, I found out today that Laura couldn't sleep either because she was excited about her bachelorette party this weekend!--I don't hold out much hope for sleep the week of October 21st!) I ran to my e-mail this morning to see if Nolan and Laura had written anything about the service--nothing! Uh-oh! I got nothing left! But bless their hearts, they approved it later on. So with a sense of relief, I left to meet Laura's mother, Ellen in Freeport. 

We strolled the sunfilled streets of Freeport very nearly in Laura's and Nolan's footsteps of the 24th, but not exactly. We met at Linda Bean's Maine Kitchen and Topside Tavern and sat down with her wonderful manager, Chris to finalize details of the Rehearsal Dinner! He was so gracious and it was hard to choose from all the delicious items on the menu. But we did and it is going to be a fabulous evening! Everyone had such a good time at the Welcome Home party for Nolan in July, I can hardly wait for October 20! Then we settled down to a great lunch of lobster roll and lemon meringue pie for Ellen and crabmeat roll and flourless chocolate cake with orange sauce for me! (We're contemplating very strict diets later!) Fortified by lunch and a sense of accomplishment, we went down to Brown Goldsmiths Jewelers on the off chance that we might see THE rings shhhhh! They are gorgeous and everyone there was so nice! After walking to the other end of Freeport looking for shoes for the big night, we walked back to R.D. Allen's. They are the jewelers who made Laura's spectacular earrings for the wedding. Again we felt so welcome. (And I must say, everywhere we went that Laura and Nolan had been, it was a mother's dream come true to hear such wonderful things about our children!) We finished off a busy day by finding the perfect gifts for our five little flower girls at R.D. Allen's. Tomorrow we can say, 'this month'! And everything is falling into place! 

But what will we do in November?

Beth and Nolan at the engagement party hosted by Linda Bean's Maine Kitchen.  Photo Credit: Audra Photography.  
 Okay, who's crying now? 

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