Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Wedding Wednesday

For this week's Wedding Wednesday, I wanted to share a little taste of our flowers with you all. Our flowers were AMAZING! They were everything I could have wanted and more. If you've reading for a while then you know that my MIL and SIL did the flowers for our wedding. That is something they do on the side (and we help) and I couldn't imagine anyone else doing them. It added more stress to the days leading up to the wedding and we were all super busy, but it worked out so amazingly well. We were up every night from Wednesday through Friday, until 2 am doing flowers and they were still going at it when hubby and I left at 2. Craziness but it was so worth it.

The bridesmaids' bouquets were mostly hydrangeas, stargazer and/or tiger lilies, and pink, yellow, and orange roses. They were gorgeous and very summery. My bouquet was most white calla lilies, with orange tiger lilies, fiery freesia, and white roses thrown in. Oh and let's not forget the coffee beans, which I LOVE (that's those little round green things for those who don't know).

The calla lilies were in rememberance of my great grandparents and hubby's fraternal grandparents. SIL and I also had little orange butterflies tucked into our bouquets in rememberance of a very dear friend of ours who died in a car accident that January. He would have been in our wedding as he was like a brother to all of us.

The mint julep cups were for the mothers and grandmothers. The white arrangements were for the grandmothers and the pink were for the mothers. My MIL used hubby's sterling silver baby cup instead, for hers, which I thought was so special.


Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Whew...What a Weekend!

This weekend was crazy. Well, okay maybe just Saturday was crazy but I'm still trying to recover!

Friday night we headed to hometown after work. We had to finish packing, load the car, and make a run to Hairy Winston for bully sticks (because God forbid we ever run out of those!) and food for Rascal (mom's dog). A quick swing by Chick-fil-A for a dinner on the run and off to hometown we went. Unloading the car when we get to my Mom's is always a task because...well because I spoil my little munchkins rotten, that's why. We have to take a large duffel bag full of stuff for them, puppy pads, their ginormous bed, blankets, and their pen. That in itself is a lot to load and unload, but what can I say? I love to spoil them.

Saturday morning I had to meet SIL and her fiance to shoot part of their engagement pictures. If you remember, I was supposed to take them last weekend but the fiance was called in to work at the last minute. So, in order to provide a couple of pictures for SIL to display at the engagement party that night, we had to meet early to get a few quick shots. We met at 9:30am (I would have preferred earlier but the lighting was ok and most of the pictures were taken in the shade) and it was already sweltering. At a normal photo shoot, I would take upwards of 200 pictures or more. There would be multiple poses, variations on poses, a variation of scene and backdrop. Since I knew I'd be taking more photos later at different locations, I wanted to get as much out of a few poses and backdrops as possible. I wanted to be certain she had enough photos to choose from. I ended up taking somewhere around 165 pictures in about 30 minutes.

She had to go to the engagement party site to help her Mom and the hostesses before going to get her nails done. So we were pretty limited on time but we got some good shots for the party.

After we left, it was straight back to Mom's house to edit the pictures. It took forever to download them to my external hard drive and trying to work on the pictures was taking forever. I wasted about 2 hours on 3 pictures because my laptop is so slow. It was acting fine the day before but it is a very temperamental machine, I'm finding out. Luckily I had my software with me and was able to download it to my brother's desktop and continue editing the photos. I spent all day, without a break (I barely even ate my lunch), doing a quick edit on the photos and had barely enough time to jump in the shower and get ready for the engagement party. Then we had to rush over to MIL's house so SIL could pick a couple of pictures to display at the party. She was able to find four pictures that she liked and her only complaint was that she doesn't like showing her arms! She's so silly.

We rushed off to WalMart to print the pictures and were about 1 hour and 20 minutes late. We abhor being late. We are never late but it was okay this time because we had permission to be late. We were carrying out very important business. We put the pictures in their proper places and then were finally able to eat. I was starving!

The party was nice. There was a good turn-out and the food was yummy. The younger crowd stuck around and partied hard. We stayed until about 11:00pm. Yes, we are party poopers. We know this and we embrace it. We have turned into an old married couple and honestly, it suits us just fine. By the time we got to Mom's, I was ready to drop. I think I fell asleep the moment my head hit the pillow!

Sunday was not a good day for me. The migraine that started on Saturday night continued through Sunday morning. I woke up, ate breakfast, and then went back to sleep on Mom's couch. It was not any better when I woke up. I wanted to spend some time with my baby brother before we left for home but it just wasn't possible. We ate with my family and then we headed home.

It was so nice to finally be home. We turned in early. Such a glamorous life we lead! Ha ha. Now it's already Tuesday and I am crazy busy at work. Boo!

I promise to post more pictures of the photo shoot as soon as I'm finished with them. Since I was quickly going through them and editing them on Saturday, I wanted to come back to them and clean them up a little better before I post them here or on my website, and also before I burn them to a CD for SIL.


Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Wedding Wednesday

All this talk of upcoming weddings and new engagements has made me a little reminiscent about my own wedding. Going around with SIL and seeing some of the things she is doing and purchasing reminds me so much of when I was planning my wedding. It was a lot of fun but it was also a little stressful too.

When we were at the bridal shop with SIL, I saw a girl trying on a dress that was nearly identical to the dress I wore on my wedding day. My dress was discontinued right after I bought it so it was nice to see something similar on a bride-to-be. It made me smile and think back.

Today I just thought I'd share a few pictures of my wedding with you.

My mom, my aunt (mom's sister), and my MOH (also my aunt, my dad's sister) helping lace me up. As you can see, this shot was not staged. They were actually lacing me up when this photo was taken.

My MOH helping me with my garters & my mom helping prep my shoes.

Are my shoes adorable or what? Love them...if only the had fit right! My gorgeous bouquet done by my lovely SIL.

I tend to go overboard when posting pictures so I decided to limit myself on these Wedding Wednesday posts. I hope you've enjoyed this little peek into our special day! If you have any questions about that day or anything else, feel free to ask.


Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Riding in Cars with Girls

What a crazy weekend! So much to do and not enough time to rest and relax. The weekend started off on a good note though. I was able to get off work around 2. I went home and finished packing and then hubby and I ran some errands before heading to hometown.

Saturday was crazy crazy! All of the bridesmaids (minus 2) met up at the bridal shop to try on dresses. The original plan was for everyone to pick out their own dresses, but all in the same color. The bride-to-be wanted everyone to feel comfortable in what they were wearing.

The bride-to-be (the one with the phone permanently attached to her ear).

Like mother, like daughter!

When we got there, we all started pulling and trying on dresses. Those little clips came in very handy since all of the dresses were in sample sizes that were several sizes too large for most of us. Right away we found three dresses that we all liked. They were all very similar in style and would have gone great together.

This was the first dress we liked. It was very cute and had hidden pockets.

I pulled this one off the rack. It's very elegant and we all loved the bust.

This was another front runner for us. Very elegant.

Hubby's aunt C is legally blind so we had to show her up close and let her feel the details of each dress.

Then one of the bridesmaids walked out in this adorable full-length dress with a sweetheart neckline. We could immediately tell that it was one of the styles that would suit almost every body type. The bride-to-be really liked it because it mirrors her dress. The rest of the ladies quickly tried it on and it seemed to suit everyone. I tried it on last and I must say I loved it. I even loved the color, but the color the bride has chosen is very different. Initially it was supposed to be a sort of kelly green color. This dress doesn't exactly come in kelly green, but it does come in celadon, so I believe that's the color she's going for. (You can view the dress on the website HERE.)

Bridesmaid W (cousin of the bride)

Bridesmaid CB (also a cousin of the bride)

Bridesmaid CH (friend of the bride)
Maid of honor N (sister of the groom)

Maid of honor A (cousin of the bride)

Here I am (matron of honor) trying on the dress.

The chica in the background holding our dresses is another bridesmaid, J, and she is a friend of the bride. We were in her wedding in December 07.

We, amazingly, all agreed on the last dress. That is a miracle in itself since we are all shaped very differently and we all have different styles. But we all had fun trying on dresses and modeling them for the bride-to-be.

Here is a picture of the dress from the website. The colors will be different but you get the idea. Also, the bride wants to have them cut off to tea-length.

The mother of the groom-to-be wanted to get a picture of all of us together. She wanted to shoot it through the mirror, but in order to do so, she would have needed to turn the flash off and without the flash the pictures wouldn't have come out in the low light conditions we were in without a tripod.

The bride-to-be and her attendants (minus 2).

After the job of picking out the dresses, it was time to get sized. Dun dun dun! One of the bridesmaids used to work in the same bridal shop so she helped out and started measuring us. I was first up and it wasn't as terrible as I thought. Like all girls, everybody was nervous about being measured and having her measurements called out for the world to hear, but it really wasn't that bad. I mean, we are all friends so what does it matter? I took the opportunity to record my measurements so I can order some dresses online with giftcards I've been holding on to since my birthday and Christmas! Ha ha.

After the bridal shop, we headed down here to the city I live in. SIL found her dress here and wanted to show all the girls. We loaded up in the mother of the groom's Suburban and headed to the bridal shop here. As is common on a Saturday, the place was packed, but Ms. Jean remembered us and scooted SIL into a room so she could try on the dress.

The girls all loved her dress. And it suits her, which is the best part. I had my camera with me this time so I took more pictures, but I'm still not sharing them yet! Mainly because the dress she tried on didn't really fit so you wouldn't really even be able to see what it looks like on her. But, I guess I can share a picture of the dress from the website. Keep in mind that the dress pictured is two-toned and SIL's dress is going to be completely ivory.

After the bridal shop, we needed to go grab some lunch. I took them to Page's, and despite a not-so-pleasant experience when we first arrived, everything was delicious. I didn't hear any food complaints at all. Service initially was completely horrific, but it got much better shortly after. I just want to say that when you own/run a restaurant, your employees should be taught how to handle a party of 8 or more properly when there is no tables already set up to accomodate that party. You do not tell them they will have to sit at separate tables and whatever you do, you do it WITH A SMILE ON YOUR FACE. I have waited tables before so I know what is reasonably expected and accomplished when a party of that size comes in to eat. Apparently the people working at this restaurant aren't the sharpest knives in the drawer, but they are hugely redeemed by their food!

After lunch it was time for more shopping. We went to TJ Maxx and I did a lot of looking but not a lot of buying. I just wasn't into it. I was tired by this point and so ready to get back to hometown and see my hubby. We hit up Belk after TJ Maxx and then finally we headed back to hometown. The ride was pretty uneventful and pretty quiet since we were all wiped out from our adventures. It was fun while we were there but boy was I glad to get back "home" to my hubby!

Friday, June 11, 2010

Pool Party!

This is so late it's pathetic, but I have been at the mercy of my employer this week! I've been working on a big project that has required my full attention. The good news now is that it is over, but I am beginning a new one on Monday. Yikes!
I wanted to post these before they were a full month late so here we go. These are pictures I took on Memorial Day. The hubby, munchkins, and I joined my family at my grandmother's house for a little pool time and some yummy food on the grill. Most of my aunts and cousins were there which was nice. My baby cousins are the cutest! :)

I can't tell you how much I enjoyed taking pictures of them all playing in the pool and on the slip-n-slide. They were having a ball and so was I.

This is P. She was loving the slip-n-slide. It took her a little while to get the hang of it but eventually she mastered it. P is two, if you were wondering.

I just want to say that slip-n-slides have come a long way since I was a kid! The slip-n-slides back in the day were just a tarp that you had to run the water hose on. Now they hook up to the water and have these cool little sprinklers down the side. I almost gave it a whirl myself!

This is AK. Doesn't she look too stinkin' cute in her little OP floatie?

I'm taking pictures of her, her mom (my aunt), her dad, and her baby brother that is on the way. I have so many ideas for those maternity photos!

She was having fun playing with the sprinklers attached to the slip-n-slide.

I love this one!

This is my nephew C. This child has the prettiest blue eyes! Just wait, you'll see.

This is my "Mini-Me", A. We don't get to see her too often (she lives with her Dad in another city) so it was nice that she could join us.

My Miss Priss sunning beside her Mama.

This is my Boo, H. He's the baby brother I'm always talking about. Would you check out that farmer's tan? It's fitting since his dad is a farmer, don't you think? Ha ha.

I love this picture. The awkward pose somehow works.

This is my heart. :)

P moved on from the slip-n-slide to this beach ball thingy. It seemed to be a big hit too.

P has the most amazing blonde curls. I waited until her hair dried so I could get some pictures of her precious face. I love these next few candid shots. I think they'll be going in my portfolio.

She decided to start posing for me. She is such a cutie pie!

This is by far my favorite shot. LOVE it.

My sweet AK in her adorable flamingo bathing suit. She had a white terrycloth cover-up to match but I somehow missed getting a picture of it.

P again by the pool. Would you look at those curls???!!!

P & AK running for the slip-n-slide again.

These kids are too stinkin' cute!

Hubby and I didn't stay as long as we would have liked because we had an hour drive home and still had to stop by and say goodbye to his uncle (visiting from Maryland), but we did have a blast while we were there. The sun gave me a killer migraine but I enjoyed the fun in the sun while it lasted.

We are hoping to get at least part of our families to come visit us for the 4th of July. I'm hoping my mom and baby brother can come stay that weekend, we can go to the beach, the waterpark, and shopping on King Street or in the market. It would be fun. The only thing missing is a boat to take everyone out on. Since that isn't a priority, we won't have that for a LONG while. Ha ha.