Archive for June, 2011

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L + R

June 30, 2011

I have a friend and co-worker who LOVES giving personalized gifts.

She’s the type of person who, when you open something from her, you know has put a lot of thought and effort into it.

I’m often envious of her because I’m the exact opposite. Me coming up with a thoughtful gift happens as often as Halley’s Comet. 😛

We had a conversation one day about finding “standard” wedding gifts … something that could be personalized for each couple. It wasn’t too long after she told me she’d found it. Naturally, she couldn’t tell me what it was because it would ruin the surprise for us.

Wanna see it?

It’s a piece of reclaimed barn wood that has been painted and etched with our initials and wedding date. I love it!

Now, I have to tell you a funny story. Randy and I have been to Bed, Bath and Beyond every day this week. Just last night I was looking at these picture stands, wishing I had something to sit on it. Then comes Amber’s present today. It was a sign! A sign I was meant to have the stand … So I bought it tonight. And the pieces make me smile.

🙂

P.S. Have some cool stuff coming in the next week or so! I actually wrote a short blog about our wedding for Amberlee’s website … And the celebrant who wrote our ceremony will be featuring our wedding on her blog … And I officially submitted our wedding to WV Weddings magazine. Woohoo!

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Wedded bliss

June 29, 2011

I believe I officially understand the meaning of “wedded bliss.”

This morning a co-worker asked if anything changed after we said “I do.”

My immediate response was, “We’re been together nine years … ” *shrug*

After he left, however, I started thinking.

Has anything changed?

Actually, it has. But it’s not your typical adjustments (moving in together, learning to share, dividing household chores and money, etc.).

Our relationship has changed. For the better. We’re happy and carefree. It’s as if something had been holding us back all of these years, but now we’re free to be us. Free to love the way two people should.

I look at our engagement pictures and I see two people who you know are together, but what’s their story? Have the just started dating? Are they simply shy and awkward?

When I look at our wedding pictures, though, I see two people who are very much in love. Two people who are comfortable with their relationship, the camera (and the photographer behind it), and themselves as individuals. I see pure joy, if you will.

Like a light has been flicked somewhere. 😉

The day after the wedding I felt as though a weight had been lifted from my shoulders. At first I argued it was the stress of planning a wedding finally leaving my body. Looking back on it, though, I now understand I had been holding back.

For all of my liberal tendencies, I still deeply wanted to be married before I could think about kids. Now we can (after finding a bigger house ;)).

And although I know Randy and I were committed to each other prior to getting married, there is just something about being able to legally call your other half “husband” or “wife.”

(Do you states refusing to legalize gay marriage hear that?)

So, yes, my friends, I am blissfully happy. Nothing can take that away from me (or us).

 

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Somewhere, someone is smiling down on me

June 29, 2011

Amberlee Christey Photography

I must have been extra nice in a past life to deserve in this one the awesomeness you are about to witness.

My wonderful photographer posted 73 “sneak peek” pictures from our wedding.

73!!

&^%#^*(*&(!

I can’t even begin to pick a favorite.

AHHHHHHHH!!

Can you pick a fav? … Lindsay + Randy = Married by Amberlee Christey

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Wedding regrets

June 27, 2011

Every bride has them.

I’m no exception – even though, as a whole, our day was perfect.

Although there are very few, here are my regrets:

1. I would have given Randy a timeline

It was an unintentional mistake. We talked about things in general terms – and he went over them with his family and groomsmen – but I never physically gave him a copy. Consequently, he couldn’t really answer questions the day of. And I guess he got a lot of them.

2. I would have heeded my mom’s request to have appetizers set aside for them and us.

I kept telling her the pictures after the ceremony were not going to take that long … and that she would have plenty of time to taste everything.  Unfortunately, it didn’t work out that way. It had nothing to do with our photographer and her speediness of organizing and taking the family photos (Because she was phenomenal! For real.). It was a combination of several things – an unexpected addition to our family photo list, “hiding” from the guests as they filtered in from the ceremony (I didn’t want them to think there was a receiving line), and some casual socializing.

3. I would have picked the chicken dinner

Ughhh!! I always play it safe when it comes to food. Always. The wool was pulled over my eyes the day of our tasting – the pork dish was amazing and the chicken just good. Consequently, I went against my better judgement and chose pork. Then raved about it on this very blog and to anyone who would listen.  Sadly, I took one bite on Saturday and knew I made the wrong decision. Those feelings were only confirmed when I took a bite of Randy’s chicken. I was SO mad at myself. Haha!

4. I would have kept our trip to High Street on the DL

I CAN’T WAIT to tell you about being in downtown Morgantown while wearing my wedding dress. It is easily one of the top 3 moments of the day. At the same time, I think the reason for the trip got lost in a haze of alcohol, sleepiness and a wee (depending on who you ask) bit of drama. It’s no one’s fault – and I’m extremely happy everyone had such a good time – it just happened.

That’s it.

As you can tell, NONE of those things were spoilers. We had a fan-freaking-tastic wedding – one I hope people will talk about for years to come – that will forever be one of the best days of my life.

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A married gal’s first post

June 26, 2011

Well, hello there!

I’m interrupting my guest blogger’s recaps (<–Read it and give her some love, please!) to tell you … I GOT MARRIED YESTERDAY!!!

And it was BEYOND amazing!

I couldn’t even sleep last night I was so overcome with excitement and joy. I simply laid in bed and replayed the day over and over in my head.

Listen to this … The day was flawless! Absolutely nothing went wrong. The music was perfect. The ceremony was perfect. The food was perfect. The pictures were perfect. The flowers were perfect.

And a good time was had by all.

I can’t tell you how wonderful I felt when guest after guest came up and said what a good time they had. Because, really, that’s all I wanted. I wanted the people we love the most to join us in our special day and for us to show them a good time in return.

This is just the tip of the iceberg, my friends. You won’t have to worry about this blog being silent for a long time.

For the moment, though, I’m going to turn the blog back over to Stacy. But, I’ll leave you with this candid of my husband and I:

Courtesy of Stacy

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Lindsay & Randy: A guest’s perspective (Part I)

June 25, 2011

Greetings all! My name is Stacy, and I’ve been a friend of Lindsay’s for several years now.  If you’re reading this you are likely also a friend or relative of Lindsay and Randy’s, and you’ve probably been following (and enjoying!) this blog for as long as I have.

Over the course of the last year, we’ve gotten Lindsay’s perspective on all things wedding—from dresses and hair accessories to cake to guest lists and seating charts. I can honestly say that I have never in my life encountered a bride who was more prepared for her big day than my dear Lindsay. So, when Lindsay asked me to be a guest blogger for the big day, I was honored to help her take a small break from her blog and to be able to show her and Randy—and you readers—their wedding from a guest’s perspective.

Ever since reading Lindsay’s Facebook status update about her wedding day weather forecast hoping for good weather, I’ve been diligently following The Weather Channel. Despite a pretty good weather forecast for today, I awoke this morning to rain pelting my roof. Now, several years back when I was a bride myself, I remember someone telling me that rain on your wedding day was supposed to be good luck. I’ve never been able to determine if this is actually true or if that old saying was something someone made up to make a bride feel better about getting rained on. Either way, I was thankful when the rain ended this morning, and that Lindsay and Randy didn’t have to resort to their “inclement weather plan.” In fact, the couple’s wedding day weather turned out to be almost exactly what the Bride ordered. And even though it was unseasonably cool for a late June wedding, the beautiful, creative fan doubling as a wedding program did not go unnoticed. There was lots of chatter and praise among the guest about these wedding programs:

I know this is opened backwards (I'm a lefty) but you get the point 🙂

The venue

A Mountaineer myself, I was very excited when I learned that Lindsay and Randy’s wedding would be at the new WVU Erickson Alumni Center. Until today, I hadn’t had the opportunity of visiting the new Alumni Center, and, after seeing it, all I have to say is, “Wow!” There were so many great things about this place—the architecture, the flowers, the huge outdoor fireplace—but the best part about it was that it just “felt” like Lindsay and Randy. I remember reading Lindsay’s blog a long while ago when she first visited the Alumni Center and later told her Mom, “This is where I’m getting married.” After seeing it, I understood.

The WVU Erickson Alumni Center, June 25, 2011

The ceremony

Because everything, including the ceremony, ran so smoothly today it’s easy to forget how much planning went into it all. The ceremony itself was simple and beautiful. Here are a few photos that allow you to see it through my eyes:

Music

Lindsay and her Dad ❤

Walking down the isle

The vows

Husband and wife!

Congrats, Lindsay and Randy! Love, Your friends

A few of the guests 🙂

Up next: Part II – The Reception!

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A single gal’s final post

June 24, 2011

Amberlee Christey Photography

Hello, dear readers!

I’m writing this to you the day before my wedding!

Yay!!

While you’re reading this, I’m likely enjoying dinner with Randy, the wedding party and our immediate families. This is my last night as a “single” woman, but if you ask a lot of people I’ve been “married” for … ohhhhh, about nine years. 😉

It’ll just be legal tomorrow. And Randy will finally have health insurance. Those practical things matter, ya know.

I’ve thoroughly enjoyed sharing the last year or so of this journey with you. Although it wasn’t always a picnic, I hope I’ve given you more laughs and smiles than anything else.

Most importantly, I hope you’ve enjoyed reading as much as I’ve enjoyed writing!

Fear not, though. This isn’t the end.

I’ll be back with recaps after our pictures are finished. We’ll see what happens after that (I’m open to suggestions!). Before that, however, you’ll be hearing from Stacy, my friend and guest blogger, who will tell you all about the day from her perspective. Make sure to welcome her with lots of hits and comments, pretty please! 😉

A note to those who will be in attendance:

  • Please wear your sunscreen!
  • Please take pictures, but try not to live the day through your lens!
  • Please post them on Facebook (and tag me)!

I want to see the day through your eyes, too. 😀

If you’re a Foursquare nerd, make sure to check in at “Lindsay & Randy: The Wedding”. 😉

Catch you on the married side!

Mwah!