Archive for October, 2010

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‘Blessing for a Marriage’

October 27, 2010

Hello, fellow readers!

I intended my next post to cover a topic that is often divisive (religion and our search for an officiant), but I decided I couldn’t have two serious posts in a row. Although you could argue these serious topics are proof planning a wedding isn’t always a bed of roses, I’d rather focus on lovely wedding things (with serious occasionally making an appearance).

And what you’re about to read is indeed lovely. I found it on Weddingbee courtesy of Mrs. Stiletto and I will do everything in my power to make sure it’s included in our wedding ceremony …

Blessing for a Marriage by James Dillet Freeman

May your marriage bring you all the exquisite excitements a marriage should bring, and may life grant you also patience, tolerance, and understanding.

May you always need one another – not so much to fill your emptiness as to help you to know your fullness. A mountain needs a valley to be complete; the valley does not make the mountain less, but more; and the valley is more a valley because it has a mountain towering over it. So let it be with you and you.

May you need one another, but not out of weakness.

May you want one another, but not out of lack.

May you entice one another, but not compel one another.

May you embrace one another, but not out encircle one another.

May you succeed in all important ways with one another, and not fail in the little graces.

May you look for things to praise, often say, “I love you!” and take no notice of small faults. If you have quarrels that push you apart, may both of you hope to have good sense enough to take the first step back.

May you enter into the mystery which is the awareness of one another’s presence – no more physical than spiritual, warm and near when you are side by side, and warm and near when you are in separate rooms or even distant cities.

May you have happiness, and may you find it making one another happy.

May you have love, and may you find it loving one another.

*sniff*

It gives me warm fuzzies and makes my eyes misty at the same time.

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Janelle gets married

October 18, 2010

My friend Janelle got married last weekend in the Carlisle, Pa. area. Yay!

This weekend wasn’t just about a wedding. It was also a reunion of three Disney roommates:

Lindsay, Janelle and Meg

Janelle, Meg and I lived together for six months while doing the WDW College Program eight years ago. The three of us and Becky, who wasn’t able to come, became fast friends and really stuck together when our two other roommates caused drama (sticking hundreds of mailing address labels all over our apartment, anyone?). I’ve been fortunate to see Meg twice since leaving Orlando in 2003, but not Janelle or Becky. We’ve all stayed in occasional contact via e-mail though. Isn’t technology wonderful?

We really couldn’t have asked for a better reason or weekend to get together. The weather was beautiful. The restaurants (and beer) were fantastic. The company was even better.

Quite frankly, this was the best wedding I’ve ever attended. Janelle and her husband Tim went above and beyond to make the ceremony and reception deeply personal. Even the staple wedding items (ceremony, centerpieces, favors, place cards, etc.) didn’t feel cookie cutter. Although Meg and I knew no one except Janelle, we were welcomed with open arms by her parents and other friends and family.

To get the day started, Meg and I joined Janelle, her mom and cousin Ashley at the salon for mimosas, danishes and wedding hairdos:

The ceremony was held at Children’s Lake in Boiling Springs, Pa.:

Janelle and Tim wrote their own vows:

They also incorporated a tribute to Janelle’s brother, Jeremy, who was tragically killed March 14, 2009. The ceremony musician played and sang Jeremy’s favorite song, 99 Red Balloons by GoldFinger. At the end of the song, Janelle released a red balloon into the air:

After one more picture, we headed to Rillo’s Restaurant for the reception.

A true Disney girl’s fairy tale, the reception theme was Lady and the Tramp (Janelle’s favorite Disney movie).

The place cards were hung over the movie poster.

Photo by Meg

The couple’s sweetheart table was adorned with a red and white checkered table cloth.

The wait staff all wore cute aprons.

The favor was all of the dry ingredients for Minestrone soup.

The table numbers were the focal points of the centerpieces.

Photo by Meg

The guest book which I didn’t take a picture of was a book of classic Disney tales. We were asked to sign the page of our favorite story. Bet you can’t guess which one I picked. 😉

We even drank Wedding Cake martinis. Sooo good!

We dined on spaghetti and meatballs, chicken and haddock, as well as pumpkin cake with cream cheese frosting. Not only was the cake beautiful, but it tasted beyond amazing. It was, hands down, the best I’ve ever had.

They danced to Because You Loved Me by Celine Dion.

Tim found Janelle’s garter.

And a friend put it on the leg of the woman who caught the bouquet. Does she look familiar?

Afterward, the drinks flowed freely and the dance floor was jumping. A good time was had by all!

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Cake 2.0

October 13, 2010

Just after posting yesterday’s blog, Bridesmaid Alicia left a comment on It’s a Giveaway about going through wedding withdrawal since I hadn’t posted in two weeks.

Sorry ‘bout that!

I was shamelessly hoping someone would actually want the Shutterfly gift card – which has since been gifted to my hair stylist – and wanted that post to remain prominent.

Anywho, I started thinking about what’s transpired during the last 14 days I could write about.

The only thing I could come up with was cake. Again. I ♥ cake.

After our initial meeting with Almost Heaven Desserts (AHD), I called another baker and inquired about prices. Since I inadvertently interrupted her vacation (I was surprised to be calling a cell phone anyway), I asked her to call me back on Saturday (completely forgetting I’d be dress shopping) to get my address to send information.

She never called.

I let a week pass before sending her an e-mail in which I included my address and requested the information again.

No response. No info came in the mail.

Even though red flags were going up all around me, had I truly been set on hiring her, I would have tried a third time; however, I wasn’t. I told Randy what I had found out (or hadn’t) and he mulled it over.

Two Sundays ago, he asked if I wanted to go ahead with AHD. I told him I wasn’t sure. Yes the cake was divine, but I wasn’t comfortable spending the extra money for it.

So he said he’d pay for it.

Thank you, cake gods!

Even though it’s a small burden in the grand scheme of things, a huge weight was lifted from my shoulders when he said that.

I called last week to put down the deposit and relayed what kind of cake we’d like – Three-tiered round cake with an additional 10-inch cake on the side. All layers with buttercream icing.

  • Top: Carrot cake
  • Middle: Chocolate with raspberry filling
  • Bottom: White with buttercream
  • 10-inch side: Chocolate with raspberry filling

I think that will give us a 50/50 mix of frou frou and traditional.

As I mentioned before, the design will be rather plain. I have something special planned for the topper and stand, so I want them to be the center of attention, not the cake.

I just want it to taste good. 😛

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The registry experience

October 12, 2010

I’ve been writing and re-writing this post for three days. For once in my life, I was lost on how to articulate my feelings about creating our registry (hate asking for things, wondering what people would think, everything seemed so expensive, etc.). So, I’ve decided to KIS (Keep It Simple).

It was not as exciting as part of me had hoped.

It was not the complete Debbie Downer moment the other part of me feared it would be.

I also won the Battle of the Bedding.

Allow me to explain …

Shortly after I began my internship at Walt Disney World in summer 2002, Randy called to tell me his mom was making him a bedspread and curtains for his bedroom.

Since our relationship was still fairly new – and we hadn’t really discussed living together when I came home – I didn’t think much of it. Heck, I can’t even remember if he told me what pattern she was using. Either way, I was umm … surprised … when I learned it was a wilderness theme with deer and trees.

Yes, ladies and gentlemen, I’ve been blocking out the sun with and sleeping under deer for going on nine years.

At the onset, I didn’t say anything because his mom made it and I didn’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings. Gradually, I just began to block it out. It was a blanket that kept me warm at night; the curtains were more than adequate at keeping the room dark.

*shrug*

Then we started to look at potential bedding sets for the registry and I knew we would never see eye-to-eye.

I liked stripes and more modern designs.

I liked jewel tones while he’d prefer something earthy (obviously).

I showed him set after set and nothing struck his fancy.

I was prepared for a battle last Thursday, but I surprisingly got little opposition.

After rejecting almost every set Bed, Bath and Beyond had in-store, I saw this one on a bed:

It’s not particularly modern, but the floral pattern is not overwhelming and I liked it instantly. Randy, however, turned his nose up.

Feeling indignant, I said to him, “Look, I’ve dealt with the deer for nine years. It’s my turn to pick something!”

I’m not sure if he realized it was only fair – or he figured I’d never let it go if I didn’t pick – but he obliged.

And I scanned the bar code. 😀

I have since, however, replaced it with something more affordable but equally as purple. I realized we don’t need all of those damn pillows that come in a set. Sure they’re pretty, but they’ll spend more time on the floor than on the bed. That gives me some peace of mind. 🙂

So, did you ever get a complex when registering for your wedding? Did you and your partner always agree on things to register for?

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It’s a Giveaway!

October 1, 2010

I’m getting into the Christmas (Yes, I just wrote the C-word before Halloween) spirit early this year.

One of the nice things about David’s Bridal is they arm you with all kinds of coupons and gift cards after purchasing your dress. Naturally, the coupons are either for DB or its affiliates (like Men’s Wearhouse); however, I was also given a $20 gift card to Shutterfly.

I’ll be honest; I won’t use it. And I hate for it to go to waste.

So, I’m gifting it to one lucky reader.

To enter: Leave a comment on this post (not on Facebook). The comment can be anything from “Hi!” to telling me how you’d use the gift card. The winner will be drawn at random, so I can’t be picky about the content. 😉 The commenting period ends at 11:59 p.m. Fri., Oct. 8. Tell your friends, if you want. Just make sure to read the fine print first.

Disclaimer: I am not affiliated with David’s Bridal or Shutterfly. I am just a bride who was given something I won’t use and I’m paying it forward to someone else.