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My “Ultra” fun weekend with friends and festies

28 Mar

Bear with me guys. It’s been a long week, and I’m going on a very minimal amount of sleep. That being said, I’m going to do my damnedest to write a full, coherent blog post.

After five or six years of service, Friday was Danae’s last day at Miami Today, so after work a group of us went down to Tobacco Road to celebrate her new opportunity. Addam got off work early, so he came out too. We spent a couple of hours hanging with the news crew before we decided to head down to Ultra, Miami’s very own, mini-Lollapalooza.

We couldn’t get in, but we hung by the fence in the hopes that someone would either drop or give us a ticket. Neither happened, so after an hour or so we headed home.

Once we got home I got a text from Danae, who said that she and her husband, Adrian, her friend Stephanie, who used to intern for Miami Today, and a few others were all heading to Churchill’s for after drink-drinks. Addam and I met up with them but didn’t pay the $8 cover to go in because we planned on crashing relatively earlier. (You know, 3 a.m. or so…)

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Much ado about everything

6 Mar

Well, I didn’t get nearly as much done as I had hoped this weekend, but it was a pleasant two days all the same.

Addam was off on Friday night, and while we stayed up late, we really didn’t do much of anything. We watched a few episodes of Scrubs and a movie or two and called it a night.

Saturday, however, was very fun. Addam woke me up early to do some laundry and pick up around the house. We took a Subway break between loads and have a very relaxing, slow morning.

Tatiana came by around 2 p.m. for some dress shopping, but it took us a long time to figure out the quickest, least confusing bus route to Coral Gables. By the time we figured out our way we had missed the bus, so we went to the nearby Walgreens and bought a bunch of magazines and junk food instead. I got a bridal magazine, and we compared notes on what we liked.  We were both up late the night before, so Tatiana headed home around 5 or 6 p.m.

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“Find yourself a girl and settle down”

14 Jan

Drum roll please…

I know that I have kept people waiting for a wedding update, but after weeks and weeks of lying to you guys — it’s finally here!

As many of you know, in December my little sister (to be) came down to Miami and helped me look for wedding dresses. (Ok, that’s not why she came. She came to go on a winter cruise to Cozumel with her hunky boyfriend. But she helped me all the same.) We spent two weekends searching through rack upon rack of white gowns, and after trying on close to 30, I’m here to report on what we found. Keep in mind that while I’m posting close to everything I tried on, there are only a few that are real contenders. The first of which, is definitely not one…

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Lord knows how I’ve missed her

14 Dec

Just when I thought that this weekend couldn’t possibly top last, Emily and Ryan make it into town for a full three days off fun and fabulousness. I would have posted this update on Monday, but I was so tired I think I may have fallen asleep on the bus on the way home from work. I had to use the majority of Monday evening to recuperate.

As much as I love my job, the nine hours I spent sitting at my desk on Friday seemed unbearable knowing that my little sister was slowly making her way down to me. Emily and Ryan woke up to a flat tire, so they ended up being a little later than they expected, which was horrible for them, but great for me. If they would have gotten in before six I don’t know how I could have stayed to finish up the articles I wanted to submit before they got in.

My favorites made it to my apartment right around 6:15 p.m. and met me around 30th street shortly there after. After a few squeaks, squeals and bear hugs, we all made our way to Bayside, which is quickly becoming Addam and my favorite place to take visitors. We parked at my office, and I gave them a quick tour before we headed out.

Emily and Ryan were starving, so we got some pasta. It was an absolutely gorgeous night, and we decided to sit outside and catch up. It’s strange how having Emily near me for even one minute makes me realize just how much I’ve missed her. Every time I see her again I always wonder how I stand being away.

We walked around Bayside for awhile, seeing the sites and taking some fabulous photos. We had a brief upset when Emily lost her purse (would she be my sister if she didn’t?), but relax, relax. After three days of calling Bayside and the police, the only kind soul left in Miami found and returned it. I know, right?! I thought that she’d never see it again, and yet, there it is, sitting by my feet as I type.

After after-dinner drinks, some fun photos with the local Swisher Sweeties, and a few trips around the city on the Metromover, we headed back to the apartment, where we all stayed up ridiculously late laughing and planning the weekend festivities.

Before I go on and on about the rest of the weekend, I think that I need to point out to everyone who does not already know that this is the first time I’ve ever met Ryan. We’ve talked a bunch, we’re Facebook friends, but I’ve never quite met him on the face-to-face. Needless to say…I was very impressed.

I don’t really know how to describe how good he is to my sister, which is the best thing about him, but suffice it to say that I know she is being taken care of, which lifts a great weight from off my shoulders. I also know that she’s happy, which is quite possibly the most important thing in the world to me. In fact, her happiness completely coincides with how great I think he is, and from where I’m sitting, they’re both 10s.

AND — the dude is incredibly funny, which I always appreciate. I don’t really hang with people who can’t make me laugh, and he had me cracking up all weekend. It makes me feel fortunate that he’ll be in both Emily and my life for a long time to come.

After a late night and (somewhat) early morning, we all hopped in the car and headed out to Key Biscayne to check out wedding locations.

We got a little turned around finding Crandon Park, but once we found the place we got the full tour. Every place we saw was amazing and would make for a beautiful location, but I think Addam and I are going to go with Club Paradise because it’s private and has the most shade.  Addam’s putting the deposit down tomorrow morning, so I need to make sure to get the finishing touches on my save the dates.

Addam and I have decided not to have the reception on the beach. It was a hard decision, and something we didn’t want to give up, but we love music, and Crandon Park doesn’t allow for any sort of amplification. Which…just does not work for us.

After checking out the hot spots the whole gang headed down to the Rusty Pelican for dinner. We had been told by park officials that that is where most couples end up having their reception, but when I went to inquire about rates they told me that they were going to be closed for renovations over August.

I don’t get why they plan to renovate, because the place was absolutely amazing.  I honestly didn’t think that any of us would be able to afford it at first, but we stuck it out and were glad we did. The food was epic.  I literally could have filled up on bread, and I think I kind of did. I got the best tomato soup I’ve ever had in my life and a salad.

The only thing better than the food was the view. Our waiter, who was a bit rude and absentminded, placed us near a big window by the water, so we got to watch sea planes and yachts jet by while we ate. We even got a glimpse of a wedding reception, which only made me more excited about my big day. (Oh, and one of the groomsmen was Will.i.am. From Fergie.  I mean, really. I think it was him. I wanted to hire him to work my reception.)

Right after dinner Emily and I went wedding dress shopping for some quality bride/maid of honor time.  It was about 5 p.m., and I thought a lot of places would be closed, but David’s Bridal was open and accepting.

Guys…I tried on soooo many dresses.  I’ve said before that I am not the typical bride. Since I had no idea what I liked, I wanted to try on everything. I put on mermaid cuts, strapless cuts, form fitting and flowing. I tried trains, no trains, veils and tiaras, and in the end, I still love the first one I ever tried on.

I’m not including the photos of actual contenders on here, because I am sure Addam will be reading this blog post. The one I’m including is a total princess cut. Definitely not what I’m going for, but I had to try it. Don’t worry. I plan on posting an update, for your eyes only, later this week. I’m not very traditional, but I want Addam to be amazed when he sees me in my dress for the first time. Which means that he absolutely cannot see me in my final pick. He seems ok with that. In fact, I think he may be more concerned with keeping the dress hidden than I am.

I do have to say though — I never knew how much putting on a wedding dress would affect me.  I didn’t know what to expect, but I never thought that I’d ever feel so bridal. Seeing myself in a gown for the first time really got to me.  It all seemed so official, and I couldn’t wait for Addam to see me walking toward him on a beach in Key Biscayne.

The coolest part? There was no mirror in the changing room, so the first reaction I ever got was Emily’s.  I’d come of out the little closet and immediately look to her for an opinion, which kind of helped me judge what I would think upon seeing the dress.  (Yeah, she has that much of an influence over me, and I really just want her to think I’m pretty on my wedding day. Is that so insane?) We immediately sent all of the photos we took to Steve and Judy, but as they had completely conflicting opinions, I really don’t know what that to take away from it all…

After picking out of ton of swatches, (I think I’m going to go with a jade green and tan-ish color), Emily and I headed out to meet the boys, who apparently spent two hours drinking whiskey and shooting the shit.  We had planned to go see Black Swan, but I incorrectly thought that it was already playing in Miami.  We’re going when Ryan and Emily get back from their cruise on Friday.

Without plans for the night, we all decided to head out to South Beach.  A couple of five-hour energies and we were more than good to go.

After Emily and I  followed this troll of a woman into a ritzy hotel to pee, we met up with the boys and headed to the water. We spent the evening munching on leftovers and taking ridiculously cute and funny photos.  Addam would shout out a scenario, and we would all pose to act it out. I wish my descriptions could do the game justice, but it really was a good time. If nothing else, we kept each other laughing.

After Addam took a jump in the December ocean, and after taking about a thousand pictures of these classic CJ’s we found near Collins Avenue, (Addam is obsessed), we headed home.

Addam had to work on Sunday, so Ryan, Emily and I planned to spend the day checking out wedding dresses and bridesmaid gowns. Unfortunately, it turned into three hours of driving around in search of any open bridal stores. After wandering hopeless for a couple hours, we decided on Macy’s, which also had absolutely nothing to work with.  I’ve already scheduled a ton of appointments for next weekend so we don’t run into the same issues.

Addam got off around sixish, and we all headed to this BOMB Mexican restaurant where we fueled up on chips and tacos. The service was lack-luster, but the food was amazing. The woman who rang us up was simple and foolish, so my food was free, so I honestly can’t complain. The sauces were amazing, and Addam and I plan on hitting it up again in the near future.

Back at the apartment we had an easy evening of The House Bunny and  Zack and Miri Make a Porno.  I don’t know what time I went to bed, but I do know that Monday morning was a tough one.

Luckily, we all went out for breakfast, which was a good start to what would be a long day.  I maxed out on a much needed egg and cheese sandwich from Subway, and Ryan and Emily set out for their cruise. Addam spent the a.m. making sure they were all aboard, and I was jealous that I couldn’t be there to send them my love as they set sail.  I pictured myself waving furiously as their boat made its way out of the port.

It’s now Tuesday, and I’m much more rested. I plan on going to bed early everyday this week in anticipation of the incredible weekend I have coming up. Dress shopping, tattoos and Black Swan? Yeahhhh. I can deal with it. I just wish it never had to end. Not to get sappy, but it’s going to be really hard to embrace the cold after being engulfed in sunshine.

“I’d rather laugh with sinners than cry with saints.” — Billy Joel, musician.

Hotel Yorba

8 Dec

I love the White Stripes. And yes. If you know me, that is the most obvious statement I’ve probably ever made on here. But follow me for a second…

I was searching through photos of them today, and I found a bunch that gave me some really good ideas for my wedding.  I’ve never wanted a cliche wedding, so I don’t want cliche wedding shots.  I thought I’d throw out a few ideas that I have floating through my head so I can garner some opinions.

(I know, I know. Everyone’s thinking that I’m taking this White Stripes things too far and that it may be getting to an unhealthy level, but everyone is allowed one addiction, and this is mine. Everyone should be happy I’m not making my wedding colors black, white and red.)

 

Kind of sassy, but I like it. I’m not sure what kind of dress I’ll have yet, but I’m sure it will be a lot more form fitting than this one. It’s going to be hot as hell in August, and I don’t need a lot of extra fabric weighing me down. Still, I think there may be ways to make it work, depending on what I go with.  It’s a beach wedding, so I’m not going to have the opportunity to take many indoor shots. This would probably need to be taken while I’m getting ready.

 

So, I definitely wouldn’t be holding a cigarette, but besides that, I really like the picture.  Of course, as much as I love Jack White, Addam could probably work out a better facial expression. Although…it adds a little humor. It reminds me of that photo of the farmer holding the pitchfork next to his wife.

 

Addam’s a musician, so I like the idea of sitting on an amp. And since I’ll be wearing a long, white dress, it shouldn’t be too hard to pull this one off. Of course, while I think this picture would work really well with a beach background, it would mean the light bulb would have to go. I’m sure we could think of something to use in its place.

 

I just think this is a cool shot, taken for one of the group’s best albums. Addam could hold his guitar, I could hold a reporter’s notebook or a potato or something.  (I’m joking, but how funny would it be if I was holding a big spud in my wedding photos?) I like how Meg and Jack are reaching behind their backs for each others hand. It’s like a disconnected connection. Of course, this isn’t one to send out to friends and family. I mean, it’s really a strange photo. But isn’t a wedding supposed to be about the couple making the commitment? This shot would be for Addam and me.

Of course, while I think he’d love it, Addam could think the entire idea was completely ridiculous. In which case, Heather? Feel like being in this picture with me? I’ll hold a potato…

 

Again, I just like it. The birds-eye view, the cat’s cradle, the coy little smiles. It feels really innocent. I think I’d even be willing to sit my southern can in the sand, if that’s what I have to do to pull it off.

 

If you know Addam, this is kind of fitting. He loves the guitar, and I know he’d want it featured in many of our photos. While I’d like to be in a sexy white suit, I’ll probably be in a dress. I also think it’d be funny if we were either both handcuffed to the guitar or each other. Ball and chain reference, if ya get my drift.

 

Ok, great shot for a beach wedding. I like that they’re facing opposite directions and that neither one is facing the camera.  I know, I know, probably not what the typical bride would want for her wedding shots. But not only does it have a somewhat spacey feel to it, which I like,  it would let me show off the back of my dress and my hair.

 

Don’t worry, there won’t be any animals at my wedding. I just like the composition. Meg in the background, Jack close too the camera. Meg toward the bottom of the shot, Jack toward the top. I don’t know, I just don’t think you have to be standing right up on each other or gazing passionately into each others eyes to show a connection. The White Stripes perfected that tactic.

 

Again, no animals, and most likely no swings either, but a good shot for a beach wedding. Like the last photo, this one plays around with depth of field by featuring subjects in both the foreground and the background. I can’t exactly describe it, but I feel like it almost portrays a sense of ownership.

 

A very simple dinner shot, but I love the contrast. They’re both looking off in separate directions, relaxed, relatively slumped over. Unlike some of the other shots I’ve chosen, it seems natural.

 

Great outfits, great composition, great lighting, great everything. She’s looking at the camera, he’s not. He’s deep in thought and she’s kind of…well, by the looks of it she’s kind of annoyed, but I’d play it more happy. Addam’s not allowed to see me before the wedding, but I think this would be fun for the reception. Of course, we’d be outside and probably sitting at a table, but I think it could still work. If nothing else, maybe Addam and I could find a bench nearby for a quick recreation. (Dirty.)

 

Cheesy! But what else would you expect from my big day if not a bit of cheddar? I’d even consider the Santa hat, but only once all the other photos were over and I didn’t need to care about how my hair looked. I mean, it’d make for great Christmas card photos.

 

Ok, so this is the real first dance shot, and I think that anyone who looks at it would see why it’s beautiful.  My wedding won’t have so many screaming fans, but a few smiling friends and family members is just as good.

 

I love this photo! Addam and I don’t have a car, but hopefully we’ll be able to work out some sort of vehicle to take us home, because I really want some pictures like this one. The older and classier the better. I love the vintage feel. In fact, I should wear gloves or something. I mean, at least in the car. If there is a car.

 

Gah. Isn’t he so handsome? Sorry — I had to take a moment.

Besides Jack’s face, I’m loving how the edge of the door frames the shot. Meg being out of focus and the fact that the window is half up makes it look as though the photographer caught a split moment in time.  Like if he would have waited a second longer the window would be up and the car would be speeding away.

That’s it. Sorry if my choices seem a bit ridiculous but I warned you, and there is no accounting for taste. Even if you think I’m crazy, I hope you enjoyed. Feel free to send me on some ideas. (And while I know I’m a bit obsessed — they REALLY don’t have to be White Stripes photos. Although, I would not deny them.)

“You’ll probably say I’m silly,
to think childish thoughts like these,
but I’m so tired of acting tough,
and I”m gonna do as I please.
Let’s get married,
in a big cathedral by a priest,
cause if I”m the man you love the most,
you can say i do at least.”

Hotel Yorba, The White Stripes, 2001.

“Yes” to the dress

8 Nov

I hope everyone had an amazing weekend and are enjoying their last hours of relaxation.  I’m using my extra hour to send you guys a wedding update.

Save the Dates

First and foremost — I have designed Addam and my “save the dates.”  We’re not sending them out until we’re absolutely positive that we have a location set, but we’re hoping to have all that squared away in the next couple of weeks.  So, in the meantime, a sneak peek:

I’d like to switch out the photo with something a little more formal, but I gotta work with what I have on hand, and this is what I have.

Now that we have a date and a location basically set, I need to start thinking about the more girly aspects of the wedding, a.k.a. colors and dresses.

Dresses

I’ve already stated that I’m not really one to get too mushy over wedding dresses, but I think that I may have found a few options I actually like.

Number 1: The Ideal

I love this dress.  It’s playful, it’s bohemian and it’s classic.  I love the layered look of the necklaces and I love how the lace helps accentuate the simple design.  I’ve said on here before that I have no desire to feel like a princess on my big day, and I think that this dress is simple, yet elegant.  Very fitting for a beach wedding.

The only obstacle will be finding it!  This isn’t your typical pick, and I think I could very well spend more time looking for something like this than I’d ever spend wearing it.  Regardless, I have to try.  This one is perfect.

(Note that I have yet to try this on yet.  I could hate it as soon as I saw how I looked in it.  This is my preliminary, open, opinion.)

Number 2:  The Close Second

While I’m in love with the first dress, this one comes pretty close.  I hate anything strapless, so sleeves are a must.  Unfortunately, this pick takes that requirement a little too far.  If I was to go with this option I’d definitely cut out the puffy slide sleeves and go with the sheer layer that sits over the base of the shoulders.  I think this dress would be near perfect with just a few alterations.

Like the first dress, this one has a very classic, almost Shakespearian feel that I really appreciate.  It almost reminds me of something Juliet would wear — romantic but not overdone.

I also have to say, that while I was considering a very layered look in terms of jewelry, I like the simplicity shown in this photograph.  The model’s necklace carries a lot of weight and creates a nice balance with her pearl earrings.

(P.S. I just have to say, that I never knew how much I would like lace when picking out a wedding dress.  I’ve noticed that most of my picks feature the fabric, which kind of surprises me.  It seems girly, and I’ve never considered myself very feminine.)

Number 3: The Vintage Pick

Ok, ok, so this is really just an idea I’m playing with, but as it’s still early, I don’t want to rule anything out.  I really love vintage looks and old-school styles, and I love how this dress just screams 1940s.

I think it’s a combination of the hair and back.  It’s so classic.  I’m undecided on the long sleeves — I think that depending on the dress it could either look really fabulous or really ’80s, which is a thin but very important line.  I do not want anyone to think about The Wedding Singer as I make my way down the aisle.

I also have to mention that I think there may be just too much dress here, especially for a beach wedding.  Miami is freaking hot, and I don’t want anything weighing me down.

From a logistics standpoint, I don’t know how well a long train would handle the sand…I know I’m only wearing this thing once, but I’d rather not ruin it by the end of the night.  Nor would I want to look like a hot mess on my big day.

The Maids

One of my worst fears are that my maids are going to hate what they’re wearing, so I plan to involve everyone in the selection process.  In the meantime, this is what I’m thinking.  (PLEASE, maids, let me know your opinions!)

Option 1: The Trio

While I don’t want to go with any of these styles, I love the idea of having each of my bridesmaids in similar versions of the same dress.  This way there is a common tie, but everyone is unique.  It will also give the wedding party a little more say over what they walk down the aisle in.

I do have to say that I’d like Emily and Heather, my maid and matron of honors, to stand out.  In this photo the bride obviously chose to go with a shorter dress, and I’m open to that option.  I don’t really know what else I’d consider at this point, but I’m open to ideas — so please send them my way!  Maybe a bow or special flowers for the ladies?  Maybe they could wear their hair down as opposed to up?  Maybe they should wear flowers in their hair, or have a special piece of jewelry?  I have no idea, but I guess I have awhile to figure it all out.

I’ll let Addam figure out what he wants to do in terms of his groomsmen.  I don’t think he’s going to want his best man walking anyone down the aisle in shorts, but I’m sure he’ll think of something special for Ben.

Option 2: The V-Neck

Again, I need to check with my wedding party, but I really like a strong v-neck.  I love how it complements the high waist in this photo.  It just looks so classy.  I also  love the elegance of the down-do paired with the low back.

Not just that, I think this would work really well given that it’s going to be a summer wedding in a tropical location.  I don’t want my girls to be miserably hot the entire time, and this seems like a pretty light option.

My only concern with this dress is I have no idea how I could switch it up for each member of my wedding party.  It’s kind of a standard look, and I don’t know that I’d like the dress as much if it was full length.  I guess at this point I need to keep searching through photos and weighing my options.

Either way, I think the dress fits the “vintage” feel I’m going for.

The good side of this whole dilemma is — all of my maids are beautiful, so they’d look good in paper bags.  I really can’t go wrong no matter what I end up picking.  That always helps.

That’s it for tonight guys, but please, please, please leave me comments offering up any advice or opinions.  I need all the help I can get!

“A woman is never sexier than when she is comfortable in her clothes.” — Vera Wang, fashion designer.

Weekend wedding update

17 Oct

It’s becoming abundantly clear that Addam and my biggest issue with planning this wedding is not only going to be our lack of funding but our lack of motivation.  Don’t get me wrong — we want to get married and we’re excited to make plans.  It’s just that we are both procrastinators, and it’s almost a year away.  We’re hoping a lot of people can make it, so we have to start setting things in stone.  To keep my head clear, here is where we’re at:

Location:  Crandon Beach on Key Biscayne.  It’s cheap, and we can have a reception right on the sand, which is exactly what Addam and I were going for.  As this isn’t a package deal sort of thing, we’ll also be able to pick our own menu, colors, table design, etc. — another factor that was really important to us.  Hopefully we’ll both only be doing this once, so we want every detail to be our own.

Menu:  This one, I’m leaving up to Addam.  Obviously, there will be at least one vegetarian option as well as plenty of sides, but the food matter is much more important to the husband than me.  We’ve talked a bit about it, and it’s looking like he’s pushing for steak and crab legs, which I guess is kind of fitting for a beach wedding.  Although it’s expensive, we both want an open bar — so even if you don’t like the food, there will be drink.  The cake is the most important part to me anyway.  I want a decadent masterpiece with vanilla and chocolate layers.  Something that really stands out and sets itself apart.

Colors:  This one, Addam is leaving up to me.  He doesn’t care what colors we go with as long as yellow isn’t included.  I’m thinking a Tiffany’s blue.  I’ve always liked it, and it will go really well with an ocean backdrop.  At the same time, is this possibly a bit cliche?  I want my wedding to stand out, and I feel like this may be a popular choice, especially in recent years.  I’ve played with the idea of going with orange, as it’s my favorite color, but we’re getting married in August, and it is really an autumn color.  I wouldn’t mind a bright light blue or a deep teal, so I guess I’ll spend the next few months narrowing down my choices.  Any input would be greatly appreciated.

Dress:  No idea.  I’ll admit, I’m not the typical bride.  I don’t want to feel like a princess; I don’t want anything froofy.  At the same time, I’m kind of particular.  I guess my biggest issue is, I’ve never, ever, seen a wedding dress that I’ve really liked.  I mean, let’s face it — this is the most important piece of clothing a girl will ever buy in her life.  I don’t want to look back at the photos and feel the same way I do when I look at images from my senior prom.  (What was I thinking?)

I guess what I’m going for is something simple and classic.  I don’t want a bunch of beads or prints or glitz or glam.  I hate strapless anything, so I know I want little, off the shoulder sleeves.  I want something full length, most likely without any sort of train, and I don’t think I want a veil.  But that could be because it doesn’t go with my chosen hair-do, which is the one thing I have my mind set on.

Hair:  I want this.  I love the style, I love the flower, I love the slight curl.  I love that it’s kind of a relaxed up-do, a little bohemian, if you will.  Before I found this photo I was going back and forth about wearing my hair up or down, and I feel like this is a decent compromise.  Not to mention — doesn’t it kind of scream beach wedding?  I’d feel a little like Ariel.  And if you know anything about my childhood, that’s kind of huge.

I also love the necklaces.  I know that I need to pick out a dress before I even consider jewelry, but I love the layered look.  It’s not too overdone, yet it adds a little something to the overall composition.  While I usually prefer silver, based on this photo I think the gold works.  I may be a bit of a liar, but I will be wearing white, and the gold seems to compliment it nicely.

Guests:  The more the merrier?  Addam and I really need to get a grasp of how many people are actually going to come to this shindig.  I know that if we were getting hitched in Virginia or Chicago we’d have a much bigger turn out, as we have many more close friends in those locations.  The date is set for August 20th, and we’re trying to give notice so people can make plans early, but times are hard.  I can’t guarantee that anyone outside of Addam and my immediate family will make it.

Wedding Party:  Again, who is actually going to be able to make it to this thing?  I’m pretty much counting on both Emily (my future sister-in-law) and Heather (BFOTB — Best Friend Of The Bride), but other than that I’m crossing fingers.  Of course, I have asked Katie and Courtney, two of my life-long friends,  to be bridesmaids, as well as Regina and Krysti — but again, I don’t know which of them will be able to make it.

Addam’s just as stuck as I am.  Ben, his brother, will be his best man, and I know that he wants his two best friends, Chris and James, to be groomsman.  But unless some of them are going to walk twice, he’s going to have to find a few more people to walk my maids down the aisle.

More importantly — however, is who will be walking me down the aisle.  Most everyone who reads this knows that my father died when I was a kid, so while the choice is a no-brainer for other girls, for me it was a little harder.  I’ve asked my Uncle Scott to give me away.  He’s been the closest thing I’ve had to a father figure since my dad passed, and I can’t think of anyone I’d rather have at my side.  I just hope it means to him what it will mean to me.  While I wish my dad was here, it means the world to me that my Uncle Scott is.

I think that’s about it for the time being.  I’ll take all the tips I can get, especially from those of you who will either be involved with or attending the wedding.  Experienced pros — send me your stories.  I need all the help I can get.  Even though, in the end, all I need is Addam.  We’ll make it work, even if it’s just us and a justice of the peace.

I’ve started a wedding Web site.  It’s not complete, and I have a lot of holes to fill in, but I think it should be a pretty good resource for those looking to keep up to date on our plans.  You can find it here, but I’ll make sure to provide periodical updates on this site as well.

“Love one another, and you will be happy.  It’s as simple and as difficult as that.” — Michael Leunig, singer/songwriter.