From my glorious Mexican honeymoon. Photos are currently being uploaded to Flickr, and I’ll have highlights at some point. I’ve been enjoying my life a lot lately, and haven’t really had the time or need to document it…and for that, I apologize. It’s nice to come back here every once in a while, and say hi…and this was DEFINITELY worth a post.
Remember this? Our engagement session by ERay, our photog from NOLA? Well…she has done it again. We got our proofs back today from the wedding. I haven’t posted a lot of photos from the wedding yet, as I didn’t want to post until I had the real ones. The ones that I knew would capture the moments…capture the beauty…capture the fun. And she delivered for sure. If you want to check a lot of them out, you can look at her latest blog post. A taste is posted below. I highly recommend checking out her entry though…doesn’t do my blog justice. She tells our story and captures so many amazing moments.
We also have over 700 images to sort thru to pull into an album. Such fun!!! Thanks again ERay…I love you tons.
One of the details that I was most proud of for our wedding were some of our favors. I had got it in my head, probably after reading one of my million subscribed wedding blogs, that I wanted to do custom soda bottles for our table assignments. I figured that with our color palate, the many colors offered thru Jones Soda would make for a fun addition. Jones actually makes custom labels for you, where you submit photos and language, and they will ship you bottles label ready. The bottles all still say Jones however when you get them. We found a more personal, less expensive way to do it. Keeping with the Beard and Fro theme of our wedding, we got to name our own soda. Its a good think that Mick has skills with Photoshop, as it definitely came in handy throughout our planning process.
With 4 flavors, 4 photos, and 2 different stories (one was his “how we met” story, and one was our engagement story), our bottles were WAY more customized than Jones ever could have done for us. Granted, we had to glue every label onto our bottles, but it was worth it. I can’t wait to see Eray’s photos of the table, but we have a standby in the mean time to show you. I also have our label images so you can see how AWESOME they were (I’m biased).
If there is one thing I would have done differently, it would have been remembering to have someone film our wedding. I don’t need a professional video of the event. We even brought our Flip video camera with every intention of having someone in the front rows record at least the ceremony. But we got caught up in the moment, and the excitement of the day got the best of us, and we forgot to hand off the duties. Everything was great, and I have all the memories I need, but hearing our off-the-cuff wedding vows again would be nice. Even hearing the speeches again that our friends and family gave during the reception would be pretty cool. Alas, if there is anything you soon to be marrieds take away from this, record those moments, even cheaply.
My mom however, read a poem she wrote, so even though I don’t have it on video, I have the poem to keep. She has been known to do this at anniversaries, for school, on cards…its what she does, and she is pretty good at it. I debated sharing it, as it is a personal poem to Mick and I, but I figured that this is my way of recording some of my wedding details, so I’ll post it. At least it’s not embarrassing.
You wont really be able to get a sense of how we used our color accents until the professional shots come in, but basically everyone was assigned a color. We had red, orange, (tiffany) blue, and green. Every guy was assigned a color, and a girl had a coordinating one. That was who they walked down the aisle with. I went a little nuts with the color theme, and when I’d walk into a store and see matching items, I had to buy them. Hence the matching tanks. I can’t wait to see the photos of us getting ready.
I had the girls all wear their tank tops, and I had a matching one in black and white. Note the matching clutches from AO3 Designs. Angela was wonderful. She worked with me to get what I was looking for as far as custom clutches go. Black with coordinating ribbon, and the lining matched as well. What you can’t see is the monogram inside the clutch in matching colors as well. I told you I went a little nuts. It was a perfect way for the girls to carry their stuff into the wedding, while looking terribly fashionable as well!
This was taken at the rehearsal…obviously not by a professional.
I’m not back from the honeymoon just yet. We actually haven’t even left. However, I haven’t really had the motivation to blog about what was the best week/day of my life, as it really can’t be put into words. So when I say I’m back, I mean this is my first post since the big day. I’m exhausted, still recovering from a lifetime of planning and a weekend of wedding, and just didn’t really know what to say.
I also want to NOW write about all of my little details that I included and wanted to keep a secret, but my pro photos wont be ready for a few weeks, and I of course forgot to take pictures of everything, though it wasn’t my job. I want to show you the AMAZING flowers that I got from Lisa at Not Just Flowers. I want to show you the custom bangle clutches I bought for my bridal party from A03 Designs. I wanted to show you the custom Jones Soda bottles that we used for our table cards (we didn’t order the labels from the company, Mick made them.) I’ll share the labels later. I want to express how much fun the Photobooth from Video Amusement was, and as soon as I get those shots in the mail, I’ll post some of the best. There will be pieces of the wedding written about now, some in a months time when we finally get our photos and I can do everything justice. I’m looking forward to writing…
I do have a little bit of advice to my friends blogging and planning weddings. Keep some of the stuff to yourself. Don’t share every last detail on your blog…as the surprise that you see in peoples faces, when they show up at the wedding and notice all of the personal touches…its priceless.
These blog entries will be really scattered, and its more of a journal for me to remember, so bear with me.
Also…if you want a brief glimpse into the best day of my life, you can check out the Flickr Group I started. If you were there, please add your photos to the group. Its a good way to collect.
With the arrival of my mom yesterday, and the impending arrival of other guests starting in just a few hours…I am not going to have the time or energy to post to The Little Goat. I’m signing off for now, and will be back when the family has left, and I have a new last name. So I leave you with a kitten in formal wear, and if you want to watch my favorite of the Muppet Studios Videos, click here. (It won’t let me embed)
In one week from today, in just a few hours, I will be picking my mom up from the airport to start what I’m guessing will be a whirlwind week.
Slowly, everything is coming together. I pulled together most of the out-of-town guest bags last night, wrapped my bridesmaid gifts, a few days ago got my bustle fixed by a friend. I’m rethinking my rehearsal dinner spot and trying to sort out all of the vendors. Its a lot to deal with w/o a wedding planner, but hopefully with the aid of some post-its and directions, my friends will come to my rescue and get all the t’s crossed and i’s dotted.
Its weird that all this planning over the last 7 months…will be coming to a close in 10 days time.
Everyone has been so supportive, and offering up advice. I found a few posts that friends have sent over the past months.
- My advice to you is this: This day represents you and Mick. That’s it. What do the two of you want? What will make you happy as you’re walking down the aisle (toward him, and no one else)? What do you want to remember from this day? The idea of marriage may be a bit archaic these days, but I’m a hopeless romantic, and I love the idea of marriage. On this day, you are saying to each other, in front of your family and friends, that you want to be together forever. Even if everyone else goes away, this is the person that you want by your side for a long, long time.
- Also, remember to keep breathing – it’s the easiest thing to forget in the last couple of weeks. We are getting super excited for the trip up there; I’m sure it’s going to be great.: may i offer some advice on that?
- Have everything you can, even the delegating to friends if possible, set up BEFORE the day of the wedding. We had a planning meeting with a close group of responsible take charge friends the week before, and it was critical to letting it roll (we already did that). Because the day of the wedding is like a world record dominos setup…..tons of little pieces set up over MONTHs….and once it starts rolling, that’s it, there’s no changing it day of!! That’s exactly it. and lots of them won’t fall like you planned, and sometimes it will actually be cooler, sometimes not. What’s awesome is that we found that people totally had a better time when they had a duty, they felt more involved and part of it all. Anyway, that’s my main advice. plan ahead, then roll with it when it comes, and make sure you ENJOY the day instead of worrying about details
I think that most of this advice could be directed at anyone. Its always nice to get it from people who have lived what I am going through, and I hope I can give similar advice when needed. What advice do YOU have for me and future brides?
After this past weekend, I know the path my life is taking is the right one, and I’ll tell you why.
Our bachelorette/bachelor weekends just came and went (I still don’t think its fair we only get one), and we met up Sunday night, exchanged stories, and I knew that I was making the right choice.
There is nothing wrong with guys going to strip clubs for their party. What is wrong is when the groom to be does some shady stuff, and makes questionable decisions. None of that was even an issue, as Mick’s friends (my friends) all rarely left their Lake Tahoe house, and just sat around with the group of dudes, rarely even SEEING a girl, let alone a naked one.
I’m sure I know many things about his weekend that I shouldn’t. But all of them are so ridiculous, that they just made me laugh, and not throw a fit. Thats just not the type of guy he is.
On my own bachelorette weekend in Calistoga, I had a conversation with a guy outside one of the bars we had visited. OK, so it wasn’t so much a conversation as it was me screaming at him and making sure he did NOT follow us back to hang out. He essentially asked me if I was tired of having guys come on to me and try to hook up while we were in Calistoga. Keep in mind I was wearing a bedazzled veil, and a sash that said Bachelorette. No questions as to the fact that I was getting married. I replied and said that hadn’t really happened, seeing as though I was a BRIDE. He proceeded to go on about that being a perfect excuse for a “One Last Hurrah”.
I just about lost it on him. How dare he even insinuate something like that. Who DOES that? I get that a strip club may be the way that men get around that notion. Check out some boobs that aren’t your fiance’s before you get married. But to actually hook up with someone because you are soon to be married? Because you will soon have a ball and chain? I dont get it. If I WANTED to cheat on my fiance, why would I wait till 3 weeks before we got married? Is that a sign that its a good idea that you are getting married? Does it show that you are ready? I don’t think so. If you even have the desire to cheat….DON’T GET MARRIED. The frustrating part was that this wasn’t the first I’d heard of something like this. I even know some guys/girls who have witnessed this actually happening, and let it go as a rite of passage.
What I do know, is that if anything like that had happened at his Bachelor party…and my friends there let him do it…I’d be down a lot more friends. However…that would NEVER happen, and thats why I’m marrying him, and thats why I call those guys friends.
A few photos from my weekend in Calistoga. I didn’t take a ton, but I still have to upload a few of my own. These were stolen from other people.