Thursday, October 30, 2008

TAG.......I'm It!

Jessica from Tying the Knot and Jessica from An Atlanta Bride tagged me to share 6 quirks about myself as well as 6 things I value and 6 things I do not value. Here goes:

6 Quirks:

1. I am OCD about where the seam of my sock lines up on my toes. If not perfect I will go nuts trying to get it lined up perfectly.

2. I am always one who starts too many projects at once and never ends up finishing them all (planning a wedding could be interesting with this quirk).

3. I love the outdoors and enjoy yard work. I love to mow the lawn and very rarely let my fiance do it.

4. When I paint my toe nails I leave the same polish on until most of the nail polish has chipped off. It isn't until I have a reason to paint my nails that I take the old off and re-paint them.

5. I have a shoe obsession but I am too scared to wear out some of my expensive pairs of shoes for fear of scratching or ruining the shoes (like Stephanie at Gossip. Style. Wed).

6. I really enjoy cross stitching and quilting (I have not done this in forever) it is very relaxing to me. My mom taught me how to do both when I was little.

6 Things I Value:

1. My fiance, Rich.
2. My two adorable English Bulldogs, Buerly and Rooney (See picture below)
3. My family, Rich's family, and our friends (they are the greatest)!!!
4. Starbucks
5. Our beautiful house
6. Beautiful weather
(Rooney and Buerly)
6 Things I Don't Value:

1. Tax Season (aka Busy Season)
2. Cold, rainy weather
3. People who drive slow in the fast lane and refuse to move into the right lane (get outta my way)
4. Politics- I can't wait for this election to be over with!
5. Lazy people drive me crazy!!!!!
6. My alarm clock when it goes off in the morning

I tag Amanda from The Blissful Bride, Jenny. Lee from Soon To Be Mrs. Gentry, andRachel from Girl Learning Along the Way

Engagement Photo Shoot

It's done! We met our photographer, Angela Talley, at the IMA yesterday to start our photo shoot. I couldn't believe how quickly she worked, granted we only had limited daylight to work with. Once we got done at the IMA we headed over to Butler University and took pictures by the Holcomb Clock Tower and through out the Holcomb Gardens. The leaves were PERFECT. Angela showed us some of the pictures as she took them and they looked awesome so I am keeping my fingers crossed!!!! Now the hard part, waiting for them to get proofed and touched up. I really wanted to ask her when they would be done but I know that she is busy (especially starting today through the weekend) so I figure that I will try not to be an obnoxious bride and wait patiently (we will see how that works out).
All in all, yesterday was PERFECT. The weather was gorgeous even though it was a little chilly. The scenery was spectacular! I think that our outfits worked out great. And, our photographer is AWESOME! She is so funny and nice. Coming soon: Preview of our Engagement Shoot.



(Photos of Holcomb Gardens at Butler University)

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Florist Encounter (Take 2)

My mom and I met with the florist yesterday and I LOVE him! He was not pushy in deciding what I have to do right away. He also has some really edgy ideas that would be different from what you typically see at weddings.

He used to be one of the floral designers for Martha Stewart magazine/Martha Stewart Wedding and is now with McNamara Florists (that right there sold me). And as if things couldn't get any better......he is VERY respectful of price!

He is doing a wedding at the Scottish Rite Cathedral on November 15 and is going to see about getting me to stop by to take a peak at his work. After our meeting I felt so relieved. My mom and I will meet with him again in December or January for 2-3 hours to just go through flowers and decide what I want. I don't want to totally give away what we are doing until it is finalized but think green and lush.

With that in honor of David, our florist, I leave you with a few pretty pictures:


(All photos via: Martha Stewart Weddings)

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Engagement Pictures!!!!

Today is the BIG day (well not THE big day, but it is still pretty big to me)! Rich and I have our Engagement pictures at 5:00pm @ Butler University. It is sunny and gorgeous, a little on the chilly side but we can work with that.

I am so nervous! What if my hair looks like crap or my make-up doesn't come out right even though I do it the same way day in and day out?!? Freaking out aside, I was able to get our second outfit together last night. It will be simple but nice. WISH US LUCK!!!!

I leave you all with a few pictures of Butler University and Holcomb Gardens where our engagement pictures will be taken:






(Clockwise from left to right: Outdoors.Webshots.com, Ice Box Project 365, Flickr, Troy Photo)

Monday, October 27, 2008

The Dress(es), Part II

Rich's mom, my mom, my two Bridesmaids (Paloma and Adrienne), and I all went to Brides by Demetrio's on Sunday. I tried on dress number one (more form fitting/A-line) and when I walked out I received a lot of compliments on the dress. So, I went back into the dressing room and tried on dress number two (definitely a princess gown with a long train), when I walked out I heard everyone gasp and a chorus of "ooh's" and "awe's." I knew right then that the second dress was THE DRESS! I was so thrilled!!! I also picked out my veil (cathedral with satin trim) which looks AWESOME with the long train of my dress........soooo excited!!!

Since two of my Bridesmaids were there I had them try on the potential Bridesmaid dress to get their opinions. They loved them!!!! They loved the color and the style of the dress. So, I can check Bridesmaid dresses off of my list. Below is a picture of the Bridesmaid dresses, but the colors are reversed in the picture below (I love Bill Levkoff).

Lastly, I was able to find the Flower Girl dress for my niece, Rylie (she will be 5 1/2 when we get married). She is so tall and slender that this dress will look ADORABLE on her!
I am at a loss of words! I cannot believe how smoothly everything went. I have my wedding dress, veil, Bridesmaid dresses, and Flower Girl dress! I had always imagined that it would be an agonizing process trying to find the perfect dress. My wedding consultant at Demetrio's, Michelle, was AWESOME and made the process so easy. I couldn't believe that Rich's parents came down so that his mom could help me pick out my dress, that was SOOO SWEET!!!! My friends were more than happy to take time out of their Sunday and come along to help out. And of course, my mom always is willing to put everything down to come help me out! I couldn't ask for better friends and family!!!!

The Dress(es), Part I

So, Friday morning came and it was a very rainy, dismal day. I decided that I needed a personal day when I woke up that morning, then I had a genius idea - I should call my mom and see if she wants to go look at wedding dresses! She, of course, thought this was a wonderful idea.

We showed up at Brides by Demetrio's right when the store opened since we didn't have an appointment. I didn't think that it would be a big deal since it was Friday during the work day......wrong. Just so happened that we showed up on the day that the trunk show started. The 2009 Spring collection was at the store for the weekend and they were having really good deals/incentives if you bought that weekend. Luckily they were able to squeeze me in since we showed up right when they opened.

My consultant, Michelle, was WONDERFUL! I told her that I had no clue what I wanted so she grabbed a little of everything while we also added to the pile of dresses to try on. I had 8 dresses in total to try on. The first two that I tried on were nice but nothing special.....no wow factor. I continued to try on dress after dress until I was down to the last two. My mom gasped when I came out in the second to last dress. We thought that that was the dress until I tried on the last dress. At that point I had two dresses that both looked amazing and were completely different styles. We liked both dresses. I asked if I could take a picture to send to Rich's mom to get her input but they only allow you to do that if you buy the dress.

I was a little stressed because Rich's parents are leaving on vacation next week and I felt bad calling and asking such a big favor but I needed to get this all figured out by Sunday if I wanted to get the deal. Rich's mom was absolutely amazing and said that it would be no problem to drive down on Sunday and help me decide what dress I was going to get.

My mom had gone through all the bridesmaid dresses while I was getting in and out of dresses. She found the "ONE"! They had it in the colors that I want (taupe/champagne) just reversed! I was so excited!!! On top of it all, I had gasped at an ADORABLE little flower girl dress that was in the window of the store. The second that I saw the dress I knew that my niece, Rylie, would be the cutest/most adorable flower girl ever!!! To think, by the end of the weekend I could have my bridesmaid dresses, my dress, and the flower girl dress all taken care of!!!

This obviously was something to celebrate so my mom and I went out to lunch and had a beer to celebrate our accomplishments!

Part II to come.................

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Small Change of Colors

Yesterday wasn't a complete waste of time because I learned that I want to slightly alter my colors a bit. I really like green but when I saw the shade of green that I wanted on a bridesmaid dress I decided to rethink my color choice. Don't fear, I am still going to bring a touch of green in with my flowers so I haven't completely abandoned green.

Here is the exact color I want my bridesmaid dresses to be (this is not the style dress I want but was the only one I could find online that had the color combo):
I think the taupe and champagne color combination will be very elegant and classy.

First Encounter with a Florist


Yesterday I met with a florist and it definitely did not go as I had expected. The entire event would have been a complete waste of time if it had not been for Nancy's Bridal being next door (I actually made a little headway with the BM dresses at Nancy's).

My mom and I arrived to meet with the florist. She pretty much had no input to offer, no suggestions when it came to flower selection, no examples, and was over priced! My mom was ready to eat this girl alive! I was given some floral book that had pictures of every species of flower and was expected to go through that and decide what I wanted. If that is the case, then why the heck am I paying for a florist?!? I was at least hoping for some input on flower combinations but when I asked she just shrugged her shoulders and acted clueless.

I found several different types of flowers that I liked for center pieces while searching through the floral book but was then informed that they weren't good for center pieces because they really didn't have a stem. At that point I was beyond frustrated and even commented that I had no clue what I was doing and that is why I was meeting with a florist! Still no help! Not to mention, she gave me price quotes on flowers that were ridiculous (my mother had inquired about pricing of Lady Slipper Orchids a couple weeks ago and was told a much lower price from the same florist shop).
The only thing that kept me sane was the fact that I received an email late yesterday afternoon from one of the head floral designers from McNamara that said he would love to meet with me and that he has my wedding weekend open. Needless to say, I called him first thing this morning and have an appointment set up with him for next Tuesday! Just from our initial conversation I feel much better and much more confident!

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Engagement Pictures - Clothing Options

I have exactly one week from today to come up with our outfits for our engagement shoot. We are taking our pictures outdoors at Butler University which should be absolutely beautiful with the leaves beginning to fall. Butler is very senitimental to both went to college and where we first met!
I really love the color brown right now (if I didn't love green a little bit more I would have been using brown as one of our wedding colors) so I wanted to wear something brown for the shoot. Plus brown will look great in the fall for an outdoor shoot.
Here is my idea for outfit number one:
For him- brown Northface fleece, jeans, and brown shoes.

For me - white North Face fleece (I was shooting for cream but they only come in white), skinny jeans, brown chunky boots, and a brown scarf.


Too cheesy/matchy?!? Let me know what you think.

Outfit number two is a work in progress still. I am guessing button up shirt for him and nice dressy shirt for me paired with jeans. I will let you know how shopping at lunch goes (and I will definitely be getting my starbucks on the way back)!

Starbucks

So, I am sitting here at work wishing that I had a Starbucks right now! I have my empty Starbucks cup from yesterday sitting in front of me teasing me.

I think that Starbucks should deliver! haha

But I guess I will have to wait until lunch for my fix of Starbucks! Until then, I leave you with some awesome fall-ish outdoor engagement shots that I found!


(photos via: Bobbi + Mike)

(photo via: Jennifer Skog and Ardent Photography)




(photo via: Mae Photography)



Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Engagement Photo Shoot!!!

Oh my gosh! I just got off the phone with our photographer, Angela Talley, and we have scheduled our Engagement photo shoot for Wednesday, October 29, 2008!!! I have soooooo much to do now to get ready for this. Of course this means that I need to go shopping (I always love a good excuse to spend money on clothes).

Just to back this up a little bit - choosing a photographer was actually pretty easy (surprisingly). I had no idea how to go about finding that perfect photographer for our wedding. I asked several friends and co-workers who their photographer was. One co-worker recommended Angela Talley to me. I visited her website and INSTANTLY fell in love with her work. Her work is very fresh yet classy. I called her that day and set up an appointment to visit her studio to see her work. After meeting her and seeing her work I knew that she was perfect!
Here are just a few pictures of the AMAZING shoots she has done:


(photos via: Angela Talley's Blog)

Flowers!

I am so excited and nervous at the same time! I have a consultation with McNamara Florists tomorrow afternoon. I have a few ideas of what I would like to do but they definitely aren't budget savers. I am sure that I am going to be told this again tomorrow, but hey, you only get married once!

I am absolutely OBSESSED with Calla Lilies at the moment! My dream bouquet would be Calla Lilies with green Lady Slipper Orchids through out the bouquet.

Calla Lily bouquet (photo via: The Knot)

Green Lady Slipper Orchids

I have seen the two mixed together in one of my bridal magazines and I just sat there and drooled over the picture.
For my Bridesmaids, I liked the idea of going simple:



Now, if I was having a fall wedding I would totally go with this Calla Lily arrangement:

LOVE IT!!!!!

I just love the way the color pops and the elegance of the Calla Lily. Alas, I have already come up with my color scheme so you will not be seeing this in my wedding. But I can still drool over this bouquet.

Okay, back to my flower dilemma, I love Calla Lilies and am pretty sure that I want to use that in my bouquet, Bridesmaids bouquets, and Grooms men's boutonnieres. It would be very pricey to use nothing but Calla Lilies for the center pieces at the reception. So, I need to find flowers for the center pieces at the reception that compliment the Calla Lily and aren't ridiculous in price. Any thoughts?

Monday, October 20, 2008

Bridesmaid Dresses - Let the Search Begin!

I am a traditionalist when it comes to Bridesmaid dresses. I think that the tea length dress is adorable but me personally, I want my Bridesmaids in floor length dresses for my wedding. I found a GORGEOUS dress for my Bridesmaids that I am absolutely in love with! It is simple and elegant, the only negative that I can find would be price. I have looked into prices for Alvina Valenta and it appears that Valenta dresses can be pricey (I am hoping that website that I found pricing on is wrong).

I need to just go to a bunch of bridal boutiques and start looking! Hopefully that will happen soon!!!
But for now, I leave you with a picture the Bridesmaid dress that I love!

(photo via: Alvina Valenta by Victoria McMillan)

How We Got to This Point



I do have to brag about the way that my fiance proposed to me last December 20, 2007. I couldn't believe how creative he was!

I am an accountant and I work in public accounting. As many people know, busy season (January through April) is CRAZY!!!! So, I like to take as much time off during December as feasibly possible to 1.) get ready for the busy Christmas season 2.) rest up for a little hell on earth that I like to call tax season and 3.) just to be lazy!

So, I had taken a couple weeks off of work. Rich had mentioned that we should go out to dinner that night since we weren't going to have much alone time during the holiday season. I asked him where we were going to go but he said he would surprise me.

I was hard at work being the extremely lazy when someone knocked on the door of our apartment. I opened the door and there was a delivery guy from McNamara Florists holding a dozen roses. At first I thought that there had been a mistake and that he was at the wrong address but he said the flowers were for me. I took them inside and dug to find a card that confused me even more. The card said - "37". I sat there forever trying to think what the heck "37" meant.

So, I went back to being a couch potato when a couple of hours later there was another knock at my door. The same delivery guy was back at my door with another dozen roses. I really thought this was a mistake but he just chuckled and promised that it wasn't. The card in this dozen said "1,125". I was absolutely clueless! I called Rich's mom and she had no clue what was going on either (or so I thought).

A couple of hours later there the delivery guy was with another dozen roses. The card in this bouquet said "27,000". At this point I was calling my mom, Rich, and anyone else I could think of to tell them about the beautiful flowers and to try to figure what was going on and what was meant by the three cards.

I realized at that point that I should probably start getting ready for dinner. Right when I finished getting ready my mom called in a complete panic! She had forgotten her purse at home and was up by our apartment with no cash to pay for her purchases. So, being the good daughter I am, I put our English Bulldog, Buerly, in his room and drove over to the store really quick to help her out. I rushed home because I didn't want Rich to wonder where I had gone. When I pulled in I didn't see his car so I was relieved that he hadn't gotten home while I was out helping my mom.

I walk into the apartment and the first thing that I notice is that Buerly is walking right up to me which was really odd since I had put him in his room before I left. Then I noticed that he had a card around his neck that said "I am going to try my hardest to be good so that hopefully I can have one last name. PS - 1,620,000." At this point Rich walks around the corner with a single stem rose and gets down on one knee and says- 37 months, 1,125 days, 27,000 hours, 1,620,000 minutes as he hands me the 37th rose! This is when I realize that we had been together for 37 months which equals 1,125 days, which equals 27,000 hours, which equals 1,620,000 minutes! I was shaking!!! Of course I cried and said yes! My mom had been in on the surprise the whole time. She did a very good job fooling me!!! We had a wonderful dinner that night at the Oceanaire which is where we went on our first date together! And the rest is history!!!

I still smile when I think back to how he proposed to me. It was so creative and unique! I absolutely loved the fact that he incorporated our dog, Buerly, who is basically our child!


Buerly, our 2 1/2 year old Bulldog

Location for Our Big Day!

My fiance, Rich, and I trampled all over downtown last February when it was freezing cold outside trying to find the perfect location to host our wedding/reception. Every venue that we looked at was nice but didn't have that wow factor. Plus we wanted to have the wedding and the reception at the same place.
We had just looked at the Omni Severin and though it was beautiful, I didn't like the idea of the dance floor taking place in one room and the reception in another. At that point I was getting very frustrated because Rich and I had looked at a bunch of venues but I still hadn't found the perfect place. We had one last appointment that day before I would have to go back to the drawing board and start researching more places. Our last appointment was at the Scottish Rite Cathedral.

We met with the wedding coordinator, Ashley, and she took us on a tour. She showed us the theatre, where the ceremony would take place. She kept telling me about this back drop that looks like a church. At first it sounded cheesy until I saw it! It is actually two-dimensional and looks like it is a real church. So I was starting to get excited. Then, Ashley took us to the Grand Ballroom where the reception would take place and my eyes began to tear up immediately. At that moment I knew it was the perfect place for our wedding reception. It was so classy and elegant!

My fiances one stipulation was that it had to have a big area for a dance floor because he hates when the dance floor is too crowded! There is going to be plenty of room to dance at our wedding!
Here are some of the pictures of the Scottish Rite Cathedral:
The Theatre The Scottish Rite Cathedral at night


The Grand Ballroom (notice- big dance floor!! The fiance will be happy)


The Grand Ballroom has this GORGEOUS chandelier in the center of the room. I want to have the cake in the center of the dance floor (which will also pretty much be the center of the room) directly under the chandelier.........Fabulous picture opportunity!!!

(photos via: Jessica Strickland wedding of Elise and John and Scottish Rite Cathedral)

Color Combinations

I think the hardest part of planning this wedding has been coming up with color combinations. After many changes I have finally stuck with the colors- Pistachio/Kiwi green (it seems to be a different shade of green from vendor to vendor) and Champagne. Hopefully come August 22, 2009 those will still be the colors.

Green has definitely been my favorite color and my wardrobe is even beginning to show this so hopefully I do not wear this color out before my wedding.

Anyone else struggle to come up with colors for their wedding?






Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Learning Every Step of the Way

This is definitely my first attempt at blogging and I have no idea what I am doing. One of my really good college friends, Jessica, just got married a couple weeks ago and I was glued to her blog through out her entire planning stages. Well, it is my turn. I am getting married on August 22, 2009. I am starting to get really excited and trying to get as much planned as possible.