Sunday, June 27, 2010

Wedding Weekend is Over!

~FLOWERS~  On Friday, I met with Diane from Way's Florist.  She was super helpful and I think my floral anxiety has come to an end... hopefully.  Here are the decisions we made:
  • My Bouquet - roses in 3 shades of pink
  • Bridamaid Bouqeuts - a "mini" version of my bouquet, but only with the 2 lighter shades of pink (so the darker shade won't clash and/or blend with the dress)
  • Groom's Boutonniere - dark pink rose
  • Groomsmen - medium pink rose
  • Ushers - light pink rose
  • Centerpieces - all dark pink carnations
~MAKEUP~ After the florist appointment, I met with Emily from Cheekadee.  She was awesome.  Very down to earth and good at what she does.  Here are two pictures from the trial (we took pictures in the sunlight to see what it would look like for the wedding ceremony).  The eye make-up in the first picture is a little more natural, and in the second one, it's a bit darker.  I think I like the first one best.  I'll take these pics down in a few days to make sure Scott doesn't see them.

~PHOTOGRAPHY~ Although it was insanely hot, it went great!  Lorraine & Greg (our newly engaged photographers) were really nice and fun to work with.  I think we got the hang of it and we ended up feeling a lot more comfortable than we expected.  I can't wait to see the photos (we should expect them in about 2 weeks or so)!!!  I'm really glad we chose Longwood as our site, there were so many amazing "picture perfect" areas.  Here are some of the places we had our pics taken:

Chimes Tower & Waterfall

Main Fountain Garden

The Rose Garden

The Flower Garden Walk

*Hair Update*
I heard from the woman who was supposed to show up for the hair trial today.  Apparently, she had a double ear infection that gave her terrible vertigo and was making her very confused and out of it.  She called 911 after she spoke with me because she could no longer drive and then was at the hospital most of the day.  She called me as soon as she got home and apologized and said that she'd go out of her way to make up for it.  She can not come tomorrow before we leave because she's not able to drive for 3 days, but she did say that she would come to Baltimore to do the trial.  She said she wasn't well enough to plan for that yet, but that she'd call me tomorrow or the next day so we could set something up.  If she is willing to come to Baltimore to do the trial (and shows up on time!), I'd be willing to move forward and use her for the wedding.

I fell in love with this up-do, although I'm having a hard time accepting that it's on Taylor Swift.  I would like a few modifications, cutting out the curls that are pulled out on the sides and in the back and adding a few loose curls falling from the updo (rather than having the curls pinned so tightly).  Here is the picture for my updo inspiration:

    Sunday, June 20, 2010

    Busy Weekend Ahead

    Only 2 more months!!!

    One of our busiest "wedding weekends" is coming up this weekend.  Here's what we're looking at:
    I am completely stressed out about what to wear for the engagement session.  Given that I haven't really been clothes shopping in about a year or so, I'm having a really hard time picking something out that I already own.  Most of my stuff is outdated, very worn, or doesn't fit.  Hopefully I will have some time (and energy) to shop at King of Prussia after my make-up trial on Friday.  Maybe I'll even find a dress for the rehearsal dinner while I'm there!

    I am also stressing about the flowers.  I don't know why, but I am.  I think I want to change my bouquet and the bridesmaid bouquets.  I think I'd rather just do all roses for my bouquet because I'm having a really hard time picturing what hydrangeas, roses, and carnations mixed would look like in a bridal bouquet.  I've had little success finding pictures of this online.  Also, I'm thinking that gerbera daisies are too informal and "country" for the bridesmaids bouquets.  I think a fluffy bouquet of carnations might look prettier.  The one thing I have decided for sure is that I'd like to cut the chair bows and do the rose petals lining the aisle instead.  Here's an example of the rose bouquet, carnation bouquet and the rose petals down the aisle:


    Thursday, June 17, 2010

    Kindly RSVP

    Just a friendly reminder for anyone (family, friends, bridal party, wedding guests, etc.) to please RSVP as soon as you can.  That way, we aren't bombarded with as many last minute RSVP's.  Oh- and, don't forget that just because you're family doesn't mean you don't need to RSVP- we need your meal selections!

    I promise my next post won't be this lame!  : )

    Wednesday, June 9, 2010

    Invitations are Done!!!!

    We are sending them out tomorrow, so expect one soon!  Sooooo happy they're done!

    Monday, June 7, 2010

    Busy Busy

    We are trying our best to get the invitations out this week.  I think we'll get it done-- just a couple of more labels to re-do and 3 more envelopes to print.  There is so much to do for the wedding (almost every single day), and there have just been too many things to post about.  My biggest project lately has been the programs- making them has been so time consuming.  Luckily my mom has volunteered to help bind them with her sewing machine (can you believe staples wanted $300 just for binding them??), so that should help take some of the pressure off.

    It's really easy to get so caught up in the planning process and focus too much on making sure everyone is going to have a great time.  I know that everyone says that no one cares about your wedding as much as you do, but it's just so hard to hear that when you put so much effort into planning an event that you want everyone to appreciate and enjoy.  Anyway, I really liked what our officiant wrote it our most recent email exchange... it really captured what I try to think about as much as possible, but need to remind myself of more:

    …it is a time for you to enjoy your friends and family because you will never be together in quite the same way again.  Weddings truly are life-changing events.

    That is so true and I think that is why it is so easy to get carried away with all of the details.  One of the most important details is the "family and friends" because without them, the wedding just wouldn't be the same.  : )

    I am looking forward to our first dance lesson this weekend, it should be a nice distraction!