Friday, February 8, 2008

Weddingy Goodness

You know you're a neglectful blogger when people begin to email you questions that you normally would have answered months ago without prodding.

I'm not trying to keep my wedding stuff a secret at all. But it really is the reason I haven't been blogging. Not that I'm actually here working or something!

But even when I DO want to post about it, I'm reminded of a card from someecards - "Your wedding sounds so interesting to you." People say that to me with their eyes quite often.

HOWEVER! Seeing how I have gotten more than a couple emails asking me about my plans, I have decided that you will hear about it whether it is interesting to you or NOT. So pffflt if it isn't. (Or YAY if it is!)

First - Things I have decided on (Pictures hiding in the links).

My theme - Black and White and lots of pearls.

Why Pearls? It started with The Dress. The dress has pearls beaded throughout, as does the veil. We decided that my bridesmaids would wear a strand of pearls to match my dress and it just spilled over into everything from there. But really, the theme all comes down to classics.

You might notice that Alyssa's dress is a tiny wittle replica of mine (the straps were too loose on mine and had fallen back in this picture). I did NOT do this on purpose (I've heard some "bridezilla" remarks about trying to dress them like your clone). I actually had a very frilly white dress with black embroidery picked out, but she saw this one and realized it was like mine and had to have it. I'm not complaining. I'm also not cloning. So Haters can just eff off. I think it's adorable.

The bridesmaid dresses, I think anyway, are my #1 proof that I am nothing close to the reptilious (like my new word?) beast they love to compare brides to. Kristina can vouch for me – I said, “You need a black dress.” She found one she liked and that’s the one they got. However, the only picture I have of them in the dresses, it looks like we hate my lovely sister-in-law or something - or she hates us – so instead, I’ll link to a picture of Katherine Heigl’s sister’s wedding. Where Miss Katherine wore the same one.

Ceremony - We will be having it at the UCC church like I planned. I asked my 'grandpa' if he was willing to officiate and he gladly accepted. I'm really excited to have it here now. We went to church last Sunday and I felt like it was just the right place for it to be.

Reception - We chose a golf course near the church. It's actually very pretty as compared to the other one we looked at. Their shining moment was when the coordinator offered me the smaller banquet room since my guests would fit. This room not only has a fireplace in it, but the deposit was also $400 less and the minimum was $4000 less. I'll TAKE IT. We have yet to attend a tasting and select our menus, but I hear the food is at least all right. :D

Photographer - I actually only met with one photographer. But I did do a lot of online research. I figured if I didn't like their "show" folders - or couldn't afford them - why bother meeting them? I'm a busy lady! But the photographer we decided to use is close to the location, is very nice and has an eye for a great picture (which I based off the pictures on her walls as well as her portfolio). And did I mention she has great prices??

Flowers - I haven't chosen my florist yet (but may just go with the one I met if the other one doesn't get back to me soon), but I have officially decided that my bouquet will be white roses with pearl-adorned stephanotis wrapped in black satin with pearl straight pins. Bridesmaids' bouquets will be white hydrangeas and stephanotis. (Kind of like these). The flowers were really funny to me because up until an hour before I met the first florist, I had absolutely NO idea what I wanted and after searching through hundreds of examples, I was able to settle on these easily.

Things Coming Up To Do:

Cake - I don't know where we're getting the cake done yet, but I do know what style I want (something sorta like this) and the flavor will be easy for me to choose. I'm pretty excited to go eat cake, though. Probably next month.

Paper - I am LOVING some of the DIY Invitations I'm seeing so some other engaged friends and I are going to check out the paper place soon to see if this is feasible.

Centerpieces - Going with candles...I have a lot of deal-shopping to do for this job before I know exactly what it will look like, though.

And that, my lovelies, is as much Tulle-related information that I will force down your throats for one day.

(To those that asked...thank you! Not many people let me talk about it!)


Life As I Know It said...

Ooooh, I love hearing about weddings!
Love the dresses - both yours and the bridesmaids. Both beautiful choices.
How exciting!!

Brillig said...

YAYAYAYAY!!!! I've been dying for details. Your wedding is going to be GORGEOUS! I'm so stinkin' happy for you. And you and Alyssa could not be any more beautiful in your dresses!!!!

(And the cake is cool too! I couldn't ever find a cake that I liked enough for my wedding--everything was so fru-fru. So... I didn't have a cake. If I'd seen or thought of a cake like that one, i would have been all over it!)

Worker Mommy said...

Love it. Absolutely love it. Very classic.

And I also think its cute that you and Alyssa match!

Kristina said...

I get to be Katherine Heigl! ;)

(I totally did pick out the bridesmaids dresses, blog comment readers! Because the beautiful bride to be let me! Why? Cause she rocks!)

*sigh*.....I heart weddings!!!

exskindiver said...

hi amy,
you look gorgeous!
very classy dresses.
that cake has such a minimalist look to it--very sophisticated.
candles give everyone a very pretty glow (plus they are reusable too!)
thanks for letting us share in your excitement.

Inarticulate Fumblings said...

Wow... sounds exhausting. Beautiful, well worth it, but exhausting. Good luck with the rest of your plans.

MommasWorld said...

I think it is so sweet that Alyssa wants her dress to look just like yours! LOVE the dress and you in it! The bridesmaid dresses actually look like something they can wear again which is pretty uncommon. I think that is super fabulous of you! Even my very own sister made me wear a deep burgundy satin dress (bride & grooms old high school color). I have snow white skin, black hair and that dark, shinny dress made me look like a vampire or something. I used it to make throw pillows after the wedding. he.he.he! I believe subconsciously many brides tend to pick the worst bridesmaid’s in the world to make themselves look even more fabulous.

You can talk all you want about your wedding! I love talking, hearing, reading about party planning and Weddings are the Ultimate Party! I am already starting to plan out my children’s birthday parties for later this year!

Whiskeymarie said...

Nice choices, dear.

I love hearing about weddings! Especially when I don't have to be in them! Yay!

Virtualsprite said...

It sounds absolutely lovely! Everything sounds beautiful.

I'm jealous. My wedding plans are at a standstill... one of these days we'll set a date. :-)

Cherann said...

OMG!! I love the planning! It's been so long (almost 7 years) since I've picked things for a wedding. I hope you're enjoying yourself. What a special day it's going to be. I'm soooo excited for you.