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Thursday, August 31, 2006

Wedding Poem

I just read the sweetest wedding poem so I thought I'd share. I wonder if it's worth working into the ceremony?
Union
By Robert Fulghum
You have known each other from the first glance of acquaintance to this point of commitment. At some point, you decided to marry. From that moment of yes to this moment of yes, indeed, you have been making promises and agreements in an informal way. All those conversations that were held riding in a car or over a meal or during long walks - all those sentences that began with “When we’re married” and continued with “I will and you will and we will” - those late night talks that included “someday” and “somehow” and “maybe” - and all those promises that are unspoken matters of the heart. All these common things, and more, are the real process of a wedding. The symbolic vows that you are about to make are a way of saying to one another, “ You know all those things we’ve promised and hoped and dreamed - well, I meant it all, every word.” Look at one another and remember this moment in time. Before this moment you have been many things to one another - acquaintance, friend, companion, lover, dancing partner, and even teacher, for you have learned much from one another in these last few years. Now you shall say a few words that take you across a threshold of life, and things will never quite be the same between you. For after these vows, you shall say to the world, this - is my husband, this - is my wife.

Wedding Shoes!

While shopping in CT last weekend, I found the cutest pair of ballet flats at DSW which should go perfectly with my dress. Very exciting.

Bridesmaid Dress = Found!

Last weekend I had the opportunity to visit Rach, Melissa, and Katie in CT and we got to go bridesmaid dress shopping. I didn't have any requirements except it had to be brown, cute, and not floor length.

Aren't the pretty? :)

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Bridesmaids Dresses - The hunt is on....

I'm very excited to be visiting Rach, Melissa, and Katie this weekend. The only goal for the weekend, besides having fun, is to try to find bridesmaid dresses. I am trying very hard to avoid having to order dresses from a bridal company as I feel like they are often over prices for the quality the give. (Not to mention the inevitable pricey alterations).

Here's what I've found on my "preshop" online search:

Bebe - $149


Jcrew - $98- 100


$150


Macys - $80-90



$110


Nordstroms- $80-90


$120-140

What do you think?

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Invite update

I spent a little time last night playing with my favorite ribbons to see how they look worked up as invites. I need to make a trip to a good scrapbooking store to match the different shades of brown of the cardstock with the ribbon and patterned paper. I didn't have anything good in my stash to match Ribbon #1 or any of the ones with more orange in them.

Here's what I have thus far:
Ribbon 2

Or Ribbon 2 with Brown Cardstock
(I need to look for a different shade of brown, I think)

Ribbon 4

Ribbon 5

I will change the inside graphic to correspond to the ribbon and patterned paper used, so don't worry about that yet. I'm sure the wording needs some work, as well. I also need to order ivory square envelopes online, rather than making them out of cardstock like this one.

Any other thoughts?

Bridesmaid dresses from HELL!

Lol. I saw these posted on a bridal board a few weeks ago and was completely agast. I can't possibly imagine what that bride was thinking, but she has some awfully good friends to go along with it.

A bride and her John Deere themed wedding:

Yes, those are little tractors on the dresses, kelly green tulle ruffles, strapless dresses in school bus yellow, and to top it off - MUCK BOOTS! :-P

Here is a link to the original newspaper article.

Monday, August 21, 2006

Ribbon for Wedding Invites

When I was in Phoenix last weekend, Mom and I went to Ruffler's Roost Ribbons & Lace, an awesome ribbon store in Tempe. We found lots of ribbon options, but now we have to choose just 1 (or 2, if we want to mix it up a bit!).

Here are the options:

Ribbon #1


Ribbon #2


Ribbon #3


Ribbon #4


Ribbon #5

What's your favorite??? Help me choose! :)

(Please ignore the uneven ribbon ends and bow quality, I didn't want to cut the ribbon and was in a hurry. The actual design of the printed invite will depend on the ribbon chosen. The ribbon will surve double duty as it will hold the inserts in our invite)

Sunday, August 20, 2006

A fun drive to Phoenix...

...with a very cute kitten. He certainly kept the drive from being boring with his many sleeping positions! lol



Centerpieces for the wedding

Mom did some awesome bargain shopping and found these awesome orange, yellow and white candle holders at the mall. They will be soooo pretty on the table at the reception all lit up! We bought 15 large holders and 56 votive holders. Very cool! :) Now we just have to decide what we want under them for a table cloth and runner.

Peach Souffle!

Matt and I had fun baking up a storm a couple weeks ago and had an inspiration to make something from our newest issue of Cooking Light.

Here they are, the yummy Peach Souffles!

Mmm... cake!

We went to Phoenix last weekend to choose a bakery for our wedding cake and tasted at three place. It was super yummy so I thought I'd share our experience:
Honeymoon Sweets - This was the bakery recommended by my caterer and has a good reputation (to the best of my knowledge). We tried their cake and it was very good. Both their buttercream and whipped cream icings were excellent, but my finance thought their cake was a little dry. We want a chocolate iced cake for our wedding and they told us the only way to do this is to pay $7 per serving for ganache icing. Ack! Waaaaay out of our price range. They also wanted $50 for delivery. Not the place for us.
Bamboo Bakery - The guy we met with at this place was very nice and accommodating. He gave us lots of different flavors to try and we loved their whipped cream frosting, but their buttercream was NASTY. They were able to make any of their frostings chocolate flavored, unlike Honeymoon Sweets, and only wanted about $4.25 per serving for ganache icing. My fiance gave a thumbs up for their cake moistness. We were fairly satisfied but are now glad that we kept looking.
In Pockets Bakery (Chandler) - This bakery is much smaller than the others as they only make about 4 wedding cakes per weekend and don't freeze any ingredients or cake layers. They also would give us 4 cake layers instead of the 3 offered by the other bakerys for our 100 guests. In addition, they let us choose unlimited flavors and fillings for the cake at no extra charge. (The other places only allowed two flavors and two fillings.) Their cake was excellent and they gave us a ton of flavors to sample. The best part? They only want $3.25 per person with a $15 delivery fee for a cake with ganache icing. This was our choice in the end. The most cake and options for the least money and the cake was super YUMMY! :)
Such fun!!! :)

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

The coolest wedding....

So I've looked at billions of wedding pictures in my wedding planning and I think I've found the coolest wedding photos EVER! lol... These are amazing. If you're getting married in Atlanta, this is definately the best place!

Check out the photos below, but there are more here: Link to profile