Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Needless to say she had a lot of work on her plate for my wedding. And this was all while her daughter was going through testing and surgeries for being newly diagnosed with breast cancer. First let me say that I really do like my seamstress, she put a LOT of work into my dress and I know it wasn't easy with my continuous weight loss. She also basically re-made my mom's dress after my mom gained weight (we seemed to have the opposite problem). I also realize that she was under tremendous stress with her daughter's health issues. With that said two of my most stressful moments the weekend of the wedding were due to her.
We first discussed the flower girl dress design back in February I believe. She said it wouldn't take very long to make them and she wanted to get my dress finished first. Worked for me. What I didn't find out until the day before the wedding when my mother called me (while I was having my nails done) was that the flower girl dresses hadn't been finished until that morning. The morning before my wedding. My poor mother had been so stressed out and concerned the night before when she learned that the dresses hadn't been made yet that she ran to the mall and bought two little dresses she thought might work. Because of the last minute creation of the dresses it didn't allow time for the girl's to actually try on the dresses until after the Rehearsal dinner. So the night of the Rehearsal I still didn't know if the dresses for my flower girls would fit, nor was I able to see them until after dinner.
As I said neither of these issues ruined my wedding and to be honest with the exception of a very small group of people no even knew about these issues but it didn't make them any less stressful at the time. Though considering all the things that could have gone wrong, last minute flower girl dresses and a not exactly perfect veil aren't too bad.
*My grandmother's engagement ring- which was my something old/borrowed, my earrings, and the pin I attached to my bouquet*
*Close up of mine and my grandmother's engagement ring*
*The bottom of my shoes, the top shoes says "I Do"*
*My $10 earrings, yes they were only $10!*
*Our programs...I loved our programs*
Tuesday, June 29, 2010
For the past two weeks we've been working on sending out our thank you cards. We've been writing and mailing a few at a time so that it's not such an annoying, tedious task. Kristian has actually been a big help and written most of the ones for his family and friends. His thank you cards are not only very personal but quite humorous. For example he wrote in his aunt's card that I'm afraid the Indian artifact she gave us (don't ask) is really some sort of fertility thing and I refuse to keep it in the bedroom. HAHA. I hope his aunt has a sense of humor!
Something like this:
When I first mentioned the idea to Kristian he thought it was kind of cheesy and lame. But to be honest at first he thought most of my wedding ideas were cheesy and lame only to turn around after the fact and tell me what a great idea it ended up being. Moral of the story--Shannon is always right!
I tasked him with making our Thank You sign before the wedding since he's the one with all the artistic ability in our little family. He made the sign to look similar to our invitation design and my Type A Control freak thought it turned out great. I told him if the photo didn't turn out well or if he still thought it was cheesy once it was done we wouldn't send it.
Well of course he gave in and we've sent out more than half of our thank you cards and gotten great feedback on them. People seem to actually want to keep these more so than they would a generic thank you card. I've already seen the card displayed on the counter at my In-laws house and my brother and SIL's house. So I guess my "cheesy" and "lame" idea turned out pretty good.
Here's a pic of the card which we printed via VistaPrint. The inside is completely blank and I've whited out our last name.
Monday, June 28, 2010
Because of this I haven't cut my hair since October. Holy Split-ends! The past few months my hair has been driving me nuts, it's just gotten way too long and unmanageable and most days it didn't take long before I threw it up in a ponytail. I COULD NOT wait until after the wedding when I could finally cut it and tonight was finally the night.
I decided to use a new hair stylist who was more geographically desirable than my previous lady. I ended up going to the same lady that my mother in law uses. In fact Kristian has even had her cut his hair in the past. I basically gave her free reign to do what she wanted. I told her I wanted at least 4 inches off, maybe some layers and possibly some bangs. I'm really happy with what she did and Kristian feels like he has a new wife. Check it out below.
*The after- BANGS!*
*My hair is shorter but not "too" short and she cut some layers in it to give me some more body*
I haven't had bangs since college and those were not the cute, trendy kind of the bangs but more the hideous, whatwasIthinking kind. I'm happy with the bangs, now I just hope I can style them and not go nuts having them in my eyes.
*The jr. bridesmaid bouquets in comparison to the bridesmaid bouquets* *The ceremony arrangement*
For the cake we hired Shawna from Sweet Creations Cakes. I loved working with Shawna, she was always incredibly responsive to my emails and when we had our tasting with her last fall we immediately liked her. Her flavors were delicious and she helped us come up with the perfect design. We went with 3 square shaped tiers with a different flavor for each tier. The bottom was vanilla with strawberry filling, the middle was chocolate with raspberry filling (I didn't get to taste the middle layer so I'm assuming it was actually chocolate) and the top was carrot cake (we ate the top tier after the honeymoon). She used buttercream icing with a black fondant ribbon around the bottom of each layer.
Hilary provided the flowers and Shawna placed the flowers on the cake. I really wanted a simple flower cake topper with a few flowers on each layer. I was so excited when I saw the cake after the ceremony, once again it was exactly what I had wanted. I thought it looked beautiful and tasted wonderful.