Rehearsal and Pre-wedding festivities

Hello from the new Mrs. Robak! We’re back from our wedding weekend and honeymoon, and I have so much to share. Just as everyone told us it would be, our wedding day, and the entire weekend really, were a completely magical whirlwind that I wish I could relive over and over. We cannot wait to get back the photos and the video to replay every detail and moment.

Patrick and I arrived to Charleston that Wednesday in the late afternoon. We kicked off the celebrations at JFK. IMG_6575

Thankfully our flight was smooth and we headed straight to check in at the Doubletree downtown Historic District. We were greeted with the Doubletree’s amazing chocolate chip cookies along with our wedding welcome boxes. It didn’t take long for the two of us to head over to Hank’s for a quick oyster shooter.

That evening, we got our families along with a few friends that were in town early together for dinner at 5Church, which turned out to be a delicious meal with lots of wine and champagne inside a restaurant that was an old church. It was so much fun to kick off the celebrations with that small group and our families.

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Thursday was rehearsal day. We started off the morning with a quick workout and breakfast at the hotel, and then I went off to get my nails done with my sister Rachel, new sister-in-law Magda, and soon to be sister-in-law Kat, who is marrying Patrick’s brother (not pictured here). Shortly after this photo taken we had a bit of a fiasco when the champagne bottle bounced off Magda’s arm rest and splashed all over the floor and our nail technicians. Oops!

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That afternoon we had a quick lunch at Eli’s Table with friends before heading back to the hotel to get ready for our rehearsal. I had the most amazing salad with grilled shrimp on it. I’d love to come back here some time and order there shrimp and grits because I just know it’d be to-die for!

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Patrick arranged for this adorable trolley to pick us up for the rehearsal at Saint Luke’s Chapel and then it transported our crew over to 39 Rue de Jean, where Patrick’s parents hosted the most wonderful dinner for us.

Here are most of my bridesmaids and our flower girls waiting for the trolley.

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You can find my rehearsal dress here. I love shopping at Revolve because of their free two day shipping and how easy they make returns (I am the queen of returns).

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39 Rue De Jean has an open, private space above the restaurant with beautiful exposed beam ceilings and a rustic feel that went perfectly with our Charleston wedding. The food was amazing and the wine was flowing. We ate she-crab soup, salad, pecan encrusted chicken, and of course the Charleston quintessential- shrimp and grits.

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Patrick’s parents welcomed everyone and gave the sweetest speech before dinner.

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My sister put together a slide show of photos of Patrick and I growing up and then getting together, which had a lot of the room teary-eyed. Then Patrick got up to thank our parents and the tears really got going.

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After dinner, we headed back to the Doubletree for our welcome gathering.

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I was so overwhelmed to see how many of our family and friends were there waiting for us! This was the first moment when it really hit me that all these people from all aspects of our lives and all over the country were here for Patrick and I. I am still so overwhelmed and thankful to all of the people that traveled to be with us that weekend.

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