By Mary Anna Violi | @Mary Anna Violi
We awakened last Friday morning, checked our lightly bronzed selves, showered carefully, preened, and drove northwest from Indianapolis to Zionsville for the bridal luncheon. Partaking of a delectable salad accompanied by intriguing and tasty appetizers, we dashed off to a salon for a manicure. We had our pedicure at our salon back home. I am still uncertain why I bothered with a pedicure since I was wearing close-toed shoes for The Nuptials.
Beating a hasty retreat to Indianapolis, we donned our new Talbots dresses [my daughter’s a black lace confection, and mine, a vivid white and turquoise floral] and new pumps [nude] for the rehearsal at Saint Mary’s Catholic Church downtown. The church is a large Roman Gothic structure replete with elegant stained glass windows, inlaid terrazza marble floor, vaulted ceilings, and a breathtaking Sacristy. In short, Saint Mary’s was the perfect place for the Big Event. Anxiety was evident among the bridal party as they practiced walking up the aisle. Some moved at a breakneck pace, while others strolled regally. As one of two readers, I practiced the long walk from a carved wooden pew, and up the highly polished steps to the lectern. After familiarizing myself with the mocha satin ribbon marking my reading passage, I realized I would have to adjust the microphone on The Day since the first reader was quite a bit taller than I.
We then piled into cars and sped off to Lorenzo’s Ristorante, where the groom’s parents were hosting the rehearsal dinner for the bridal party. It was a memorable repast with family and friends, not to mention mouth-watering Calamari Fritti, Bruschetta, Chicken Marsala, and bottomless glasses of vino. Justin the Groom-to-Be made touching speeches about each of his groomsmen, giving each of them gifts [tasteful barware and coffee table books]. Lauren followed with heartfelt sketches of what each of her bridesmaids meant to her. She then distributed gifts of elegant Kate Spade jewelry to each. The groom’s father created a poignant slideshow of Lauren and Justin’s babyhood to adulthood. Seeing my late parents smiling and laughing with Lauren, and later with her brother and my daughter, brought a tear to my eye.
It was a night of joy and laughter that boded well for tomorrow’s Main Event.
Ciao for now.