Karie on Sep 30th 2007 08:18 am
We are in Florence now, celebrating the marriage of our friends, Mr. & Mrs. Lance & Rachael Yeaman!
After an over night train from Barcelona that was nearly 5 hours late, we barely made it in time to catch the bus to the rehearsal dinner (at which there was no rehearsing). It turns out that Thomas & Kaitlin’s train was also late, and the rest of the group was on a wild goose chase around the city, trying to find the tour guide. We were also having cell phone problems, so it was amazing that we found each other after all of that!
When we finally got in the tour van, he drove us out to the Chianti region of the Tuscan countryside. It was breathtaking. We had a tour of a farm that produces their own olive oil and wine, from their 2,000 acres of orchards & vineyards. Then we went down to a little farmhouse, where we had a cooking class and made our own dinner. Of course our ravioli was complemented by the Italian chef, who added to the menu: bruschetta, pizza, eggplant lasagna, fettuccini, and dessert. You could’ve rolled us back to Florence.
Of course we did plenty of sightseeing; we saw the Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore (Duomo), climbed Giotto’s bell tower, crossed the Ponte Vecchio, sauntered through countless squares, gardens & museums, and ate the world’s best gelato. One evening we all met for dinner at Aqua Al 2, which is Rachael’s favorite restaurant. There are two in the world – one in Florence and one in San Diego. Lance proposed to Rachael at the location in San Diego, so it was fitting to have one more dinner there before the big day.
Ok, now about the big day. Rachael was absolutely stunning and Lance was beaming! There was a minor malfunction with the zipper on Rachael’s dress, so Kaitlin & I had to bust out our mad seamstress skills, while Emma (Lance’s mother) hunted down needles, thread & safety pins. (Mom, you would’ve been horrified at my technique, but it worked.) Rachael was a trooper and took it all in stride. Believe it or not, we were still ready before the cab arrived (but then the cab left us, so we were still late, but that’s beside the point).
Overall, the day was perfect. The sun came out, the church was intimate, the ceremony was sincere, and the reception had almost as many dessert courses as it did dinner. Seriously, what more could a bride & groom want? It was magical – those two really light up the city.
Congratulations Yeaman’s!!! Thanks for letting us be a part of your special day.