We gathered in the back banquet room with our bridal party and immediate family, and everyone mingled and chatted as we waited for our dinner to arrive.
At one point, there was also a painting of a knife behind me, but it mysteriously came crashing down. The fork painting shared the knife's destiny, and later was floor-bound as well. Oops...
After dinner, there was much speechifying as Mr. Goodlaff and I passed out the gifts for the Bridesmaids, Groomsmen, and our parents, and the handkerchiefs I had hand embroidered for all the moms.
But the hour was late, and everyone began heading for the bars or home. I must confess: I was in a huge hurry to get out of there. I had vows to write and a hotel to check into, and a million details to try to empty out of my head before I'd be able to sleep. Crazy time was just beginning, because I was getting married in less than 24 hours!