Tuesday, July 13, 2010

1 month down...

Yesterday, Jeff and I  received the most perfect one month anniversary* gift: our wedding photos were posted online!  We still haven't forgotten all the blood, sweat and tears (not to mention $$$) that went into our wedding, but the beautiful photos (and the beautiful, perfect, wonderful, amazing day that they captured) were more than worth it. 

I hope you'll stick around because I do have more to share with the wedding blogosphere.  But the wedding day went by in a blur, and the 30-day mark crept up on us remarkably quickly, so I intend to soak up every blissful moment of being a newlywed first.  Bye for now!

* I am normally one for using correct terminology, but I  categorically refuse to use the word "mensiversary." Ick.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Engagement Photo Session 2

{This was originally posted on the Weddzilla Blog weeks and weeks ago.}

Engagement photos really weren't in our budget, but my little sister Leia is an excellent photographer and offered to take our photos.

She took our first set of engagement photos last May near Prospect Park at the Pavillion Cinema.  We did another shoot last weekend in the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens.

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Bridal Shower/Bachelorette Party Fabulosity

{This was originally posted on the Weddzilla Blog.}

My sister and friends threw me the most FABULOUS bridal shower/bachelorette party on May 22, the day after my birthday!  The day went from 11am until 3am (with some hangover-curing fried chicken the following morning), and every second of it was amazing!

The day started off with a Bridal Shower brunch at the fabulous Elizabeth Restaurant:

The girls gave me a bachelorette sash and veiled tiara (which I am planning on passing on to the next bride-to-be, traveling-pants-style):

and the shower was Disney Princess themed!

And what's a princess without some goodies?

Less than a week!

They say that you learn who a person actually is when she is under a lot of pressure and stress.

Turns out, I'm actually a bitch.

I'm snappy, self-absorbed and not at all the empathetic and caregiving person I like to think I am.  And I am a horrible blogger.  But I plan to use the next few days to rectify that.  The blogging bit, not necessarily the bitchy bit.

First things first:
Happy belated birthday to bridesmaid and fellow bride-to-be Kathleen!
 Taken at my bridal shower, May 2010

I am a completely horrible person.  Jeff and I quite randomly ran into Kathleen in DC last Tuesday, THE DAY AFTER HER BIRTHDAY, and it wasn't until hours later that we (jerks) realized that we didn't wish her a happy birthday.  Sigh.

Of course work is as crazy as ever, and with the added stress of the wedding being less than a week away, I've been staying up until the wee hours regularly in order to check things off my wedding To Do list.  Poor Jeff has been very patient with my attitude lately.

I'm running out of time before the big day, but look out for posts on the following subjects in the coming day(s):
  • Bridal shower/Bachelorette day of awesomeness
  • A second engagement photo shoot at the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens
  • Hair trial (Spoiler Alert: I'm wearing it up)
  • Applying for our DC marriage license
  • Our ceremony programs
  • Our honeymoon plans

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Junior Bridesmaid/Flower Girl dresses revealed!!

I hope you all realize how much I love you, loyal readers.  I was at work for 12 hours yesterday, and am anticipating even longer work days for the rest of the week (just nine more days of work til the wedding....just nine more days of work til the wedding...), so I woke up early this morning to get ready so I could post this.  I haven't had a second to even log into my online banking, or to check my personal emails in the past day.

Okay, some business first.  Bridal Shower/Bachelorette Saturday was IN-frickin-CREDIBLE!  I wish to do it justice, so the recap will have to wait.  Also, tomorrow is my final dress fitting, and remember my diet?  Smaller portion sizes, 10 minutes of exercise per day, no fried food, more veggies, limited snacking, etcetera?  I've been doing the opposite of that.  So we'll see how that goes.

 Alright, ready for the dresses?

Friday, May 21, 2010

Birthday update!

I had to update you on the birthday happenings so far, because tomorrow promises to erase all memory of today's fuzzy goodness.

Firstly, I was surprised at work by not one, but TWO flower deliveries!!  A gigantic vase of hot pink roses from my dad, and pink tulips and balloons from my mom!  My entire office (in spite of my bitterness towards work this morning) was so incredibly sweet to me all day, and at the end of the day surprised me with a really nice card.
 Plants and cards make me feel loved. :)

Otto was totally fabulous, and it was great to see Leia again cause it's been forever.  She surprised me with cupcakes (chocolate with vanilla buttercream) and MK shades.  And she gave me some tantalizing d's on tomorrow festivities!

And then Jeffy picked me up from work with two potted herbs from Union Square market, and a box of the most faaabulous chocolate chocolate chip cookies ON. EARTH.
Seriously. Incredible. From Levain Bakery.

We are leaving in a bit to eat pasta with Jeff's brother and sister-in-law.  My cousin Bianca sent me photos of the junior bridesmaid and flower girl dresses and I literally squealed when I saw them! You will die!!  I will try to post them after dinner tonight, otherwise it will have to wait until next week.

Thanks for all the birthday wishes, it has been a gorgeous and amazing day!

Birthday post

I have been a terrible blogger lately, but I feel like posting today as it’s my birthday. (I don't yet have the heart for an exclamation point this early in the morn. sue me.) I am 24 today, and I’m not going to lie, I actually thought that I was 24 this whole year.   I mean, really, what is the difference between 23 and 24?  It’s kind of sweet to have a birthday come around and not get a year older.

Work has been beyond miserable this week.   I literally can't even describe.  But it's almost over, thankfully, and tomorrow (! <- there it is!) is my bridal shower/bachelorette party day, and I have been looking forward to it all week!  It has thus far been kept a surprise from me, but I know that we start at noon and party all day with some sort of hotel break in between?  A bunch of PYTs from DC are coming up and I can't wait!

I have a lunch with Leia at Otto (!! <- now I just can't stop!) today, and then dinner with Jeff's family in Park Slope tonight.  Then a good night's rest to prepare for the debauchery to follow...

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Our wedding file is complete!

I meant to post this a few days ago, but things have been kind of crazy.  We're ready to get married!  We just need to apply for our marriage license the next time we're in DC, and then pick up the license the week of the wedding (DC requires three full days after applying before you can get your license). But regardless of what goes down on our wedding day, we will at least be married. Less than a month to go!

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Bridesmaid birthday card

Happy birthday, Amanda! Can't wait to see you in NYC next week!

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

The Disillusionment Stage

{This was originally posted on the Weddzilla Blog this morning.}

I've been avoiding blogging lately, because I haven't really had anything to say.  And it's not because I haven't been doing anything, because I my calendar is jam-packed with wedding-related crap and my ongoing To Do list seems to grow seven new things every time I cross one off.  But when I resolved to enjoy the rest of the planning process by not focusing so much on the details, I really meant it.  Maybe I meant it too much.  With about a month now until the big day, women keep asking me how everything's going, and I don't have an answer.   After a year of planning and over two years of being engaged, the details just seem so unimportant.  I would much prefer to debate Arizona SB 1070 or discuss the upcoming NFL season than talk about seating plans and day-of schedules.  This part of the process is decidedly not fun to write about.

That doesn't mean I'm not enjoying it.  Jeff and I have never been closer, but as any romance novelist will tell you,  a healthy and loving relationship does not make good reading material. I love making decisions with Jeff, about both the wedding and our future.   I love checking out my veil in the bathroom mirror (I'll wait until my hair trial in 3 weeks to post photos).  I love browsing shoe options for my bridesmaids.  I don't particularly love writing four-figure checks, but I do enjoy the sense of responsibility and adulthood that comes with it.

It struck me that planning a wedding is really similar to being in a relationship.  We were recently introduced to the idea that relationships undergo a recurring cycle of romance, disillusionment and joy.  The beginning of wedding planning is all about romance: there are pretty dresses, and flowers, and endless possibilities. This part I'm in right now, the disillusionment stage, is about reality: no sleep, drained bank accounts, and family drama.  And while it's not all that fun to talk about, it's admittedly nice to feel like at least we're moving in the right direction. Because if my math is correct, then the next step--the wedding itself--is joy.  Which sounds about right.