Say Cheese!

Today my mom went to pick up the cd that contains our wedding photos. I am super exciting to look through them all, although I have a feeling it might make me sad that the day is over. I loved every minute of the wedding and honestly couldn’t have asked for me. I can’t wait to post all about it!

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Mr. & Mrs.

The main focus of this blog is supposed to be on the little things in life that bring a smile to your face. While not all of my posts achieve this goal, I am hope this one does.

Yesterday, Matt and I received a Save the Date in the mail for our friend’s upcoming wedding. I honestly couldn’t stop laughing when I saw how they addressed it to us (I blocked out our street address so prevent blog-stalkers from finding me!)

Chase & Susie – thank you for being “blog worthy” friends :) Can’t wait for your big day!

Wedding Etiquette

Since Matt and I got engaged, I have become obsessed with weddings. Not only the process of planning my own wedding, but reading about other weddings, wedding vendors and looking at countless photographs. The main “feeders” of my addiction are wedding blogs: Once Wed, Snippet and Ink, and 100 Layer Cake. These are far and away the best wedding blogs out there. I also purchases a lot of bridal magazines when we first started the planning process, but now I limit my reading to the Martha Stewart Wedding magazine that arrives in my mail box every month.

While my father certainly sees this as an addiction, I see it more an informal research. Who knows when this will come in handy again. Knowing when it is appropriate to mail out save the dates (roughly six – seven months before the wedding), how many people to invite to your shower (only people who are invited to the wedding should be considered) and what are the Best Man’s responsibilities (throw the bachelor party, carry the rings – unless there is a ring bearer, and make sure the Groom actually shows up on time)! These are all crucial things that everyone should probably know.

In addition, I have learned that as a wedding guest you never wear white, always show up on time, don’t take pictures during the ceremony, RSVP promptly and send gifts either before or after the wedding – don’t bring it to the wedding. And while my list of “wedding guest skills” doesn’t include amazing dance moves, it does include, “amazing gift giver.”

As I wrote about earlier (see previous post) I have a talent for finding deals, especially when it comes to wedding presents. I am happy, yet slightly embarrassed to say, that I put these skills to use yesterday.

Conversation with Jamie (one of my bridesmaids):

Me: I am the best wedding guest ever.
Jamie: Why?
Me: Because I find deals and buy sick wedding presents.
Jamie: That does make you a good wedding guest. I can’t wait to invite you to my wedding.
Me: Yes, agreed. I am happy I invited myself to my own wedding. And I just bought myself two of my place settings as a gift.
Jamie: Umm, what?
Me: They were on sale at Macy’s… buy one place setting, get another free! That is just too good to pass up.
Jamie: That is a good deal, but I think the whole point of a wedding registry is to have OTHER people buy you presents.
Me: It is? Interesting…

Thank you Macy’s for randomly deciding the carry a limited amount of my china, at an incredible discount.

    

And for those of you who hate shopping and never know what to get off the registry, my services are available on a consultation basis.

First Dance

I first heard of this singer when my friend danced her first dance with her new husband a few weeks ago. While I enjoyed the song choice, I didn’t really follow the lyrics too carefully. I was too “in the moment” – even though it was Casey and Emily moment! It wasn’t until last week when I truly appreciated the words of the song and JUST how appropriate they were for
Emily. At the end of the season premiere of Brothers & Sisters, they played this song:

I am now in love with James Morrison. He has an extremely calming style that is perfect to listen to at work. Using my favorite tool, grooveshark, I typed in the singer, James Morrison, and created a playlist consisting of all of his songs. Listening to music certainly makes my work day better.

Matt and I haven’t decided on a wedding song yet. Today I was giving him suggestions of songs that are all pretty typical: Its Your Love, by Tim McGraw and Faith Hill, Better Together by Jack Johnson, and Always by Aerosmith. Here is Matt’s response:

Matt:  the tim mcgraw one is good
Matt: but it’s a little too over played
Matt:  i feel like i always hear that song
Matt:  i like this one

What a great suggestion! During our weekend in the Hamptons, I am pretty sure we listened to this song upwards of 200 times. At least Matt would be able to sing the lyrics to me as we slowly turn in circles (yes, we dance like 7th graders at a school dance).

Right now, Matt and I are in the middle of wedding palooza; we attending a wedding last weekend in Chicago, we have a wedding this weekend in Ohio, a wedding in 2 weeks in Marblehead, MA and the grand finale, a wedding the second weekend in November in Long Island (thankfully, no traveling!)

I LOVE weddings. Even before Matt and I got engaged I found them truly inspiring. To witness two people making such an awesome commitment to each other is an incredible thing. And now that we are planning our own wedding, it means that much more. I can’t wait to celebrate this weekend.

The Power of Being a Bridesmaid

This past weekend I had my first experience as a bridesmaid. I will be honest, while I was very honored to be asked to share this special day with my college roommate, I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect. Well let me tell you, it was awesome. I am ready to become a bridesmaid full-time. I am not sure what Katherine Heigl’s problem was in the movie 27 Dresses.

The day began with 5 hours in the hair salon. This probably sounds like an awful experience, however with mimosas, bagels, coffee and gossip magazines things can ONLY be good. I have limited experience with hair styling; it would be a good day if I did something other than a ponytail. Because I was always swimming, I never felt like the efforts of blow drying my hair were ever worth it… in a few short hours I would be tucking my hair underneath my cap and diving into the pool again… So, it was a great think that my hair stylist had the creative insight to think of something to do with my tresses.

When I originally received my dress, it was a little tight. I then spend the next few weeks obsessing that I wasn’t going to be able to get my dress zipped up on the day of the wedding. I had this vision of myself walking down the aisle on the big day, with the front of my dressing looking ok, but the back being unzipped and my back hanging out. But when I put the dress on, a took a deep breath and my friend zipped it up all the way.  I don’t think I took another breath until the end of the wedding.

The ceremony was beautiful and I felt so honored to be standing up next to the happy couple. It gave the entire wedding experience a whole new feeling. I was a part of their vows, a witness to the awesome promise that they made to each other. Their happiness became my happiness and we all walked out of the church with huge smiles on our faces.

During the reception, we were instructed to create a 25 second dance move to go along with our grand entrance into the room. Anyone who knows me, knows that I have exactly one dance move: jumping. And to make things worse, the groomsman that I was paired up with was a 19-year-old, 6’4″ boy who wasn’t the world’s best dancer either. Well, after much thinking and not much result, we finally came up with something. Matt’s friends do a move called “the jump rope” where they “swing” a pretend jump rope and have people jump/dance in it. Let me tell you, it is a huge crowd pleasure at the bars, so I thought it would be an even bigger crowd pleaser at a wedding. Well, I was certainly correct. I am confident that we kicked the wedding off to a good start. Who would have thought that Matt would have delivered me a winning dance move.

As the evening progressed and the dance floor heated up, I experienced the awesome power of the bridesmaid dress. I could dance in the middle of the dance floor, dance with the groom, dance with the bride, dance with the groom’s dad… anything I wanted to do was perfectly acceptable because I was a bridesmaid! Who knew the power that came with being in this elite club of 5-6 girls with matching dresses.

By the end of the evening, I was exhausted, had completely “danced my hair out” and was so happy for the newly weds. Thank you to Moffat and Casey for including me in this special day. It could not have been a better weekend and I could not be happier for you both.