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December 15, 2010

Mission: Cake Tasting

Today was a day I’ve always looked forward to ever since we got engaged.  Actually, going cake tasting is something I’ve been looking forward to since I can remember!  Ever since I was a little girl, I have anticipated what MY wedding cake will look like.  Well, today I actually got to find out!  And I must say, dedicating an entire afternoon to eating cake and picking our colors to and styles for your cake to match your wedding can be pretty fun!!!

Excited to be there and hoping to find the cake we want!

So we started the hunt to find our cake maker this afternoon by going to Party Flavors.  Their shop is pretty cool, filled with all different shapes and kinds of cakes! We spent a good 10 minutes just walking around and looking at everything.  We went into our consultation not really knowing what we were looking for.  We know our wedding theme is more on the contemporary side, so we knew we wanted our cake to be fun and colorful, but that’s about it.

Mr. Hess thinks this cake looks YUMMY!
Which flavors to choose? They’re ALL yummy! Seriously.

From Amaretto to Marble Cake, Double Chocolate to Carrot Cake – I really loved every single cake we tried.  It was getting harder and harder to choose what we wanted! Luckily, by the end of the meeting we had our flavors picked and a sketch! A sketch of a cake both Scott and I LOVE!!!! From the look of each tier, to the flavor of each piece, to the cake topper – THIS was the cake for our wedding!!!! Absolutely LOVED IT!

There’s just one problem – the cake we want is literally twice the amount of money we budgeted for.  OUCH! We left the shop, inspired and thrilled that at least we know what we want, but also a little let down that we apparently have expensive taste.  I took my sketch, and hoped the next meeting would go just as well with a little less $$$ as a final result…here’s hoping:

Here’s that picture of the amazing cake we saw that was inspired from Alice in Wonderland:
Scott would pick this cake for our wedding if he could!

So there we were, on our way to the second cake tasting of the day.

Super pumped and convinced our second quote would be considerably lower, we arrived at our meeting place a little early to grab a bite to eat.  I know I know – we were going to eat cake, but there’s ALWAYS room for that! We got a bit of a late start because she was running behind, and we decided not to tell her we already got a sketch of what we’re looking for because we wanted to see what she could come up with too!

We talked about colors, shape, size and she came up with a design just as cool.  I’m not in love with the cake as much as the first one, but it was gorgeous and I would take it as my wedding cake anyways!  Feeling good and from what I’ve heard, she is very affordable, so I was hopeful and anticipated the end result in what price we’re looking at…then dun nuh nuh…there it was – and OVER our budget again – wayyyyy over our budget.  What the heck?!

I budgeted a fair amount, almost $200 over what I WANTED to pay….and this was almost double that THAT! I really can’t believe how expensive a wedding cake can be!  I guess contemporary and unique, trendy designs come with a price.

So, we still have some more work to do on this.  I’m really glad we got to do some tastings and meet with 2 cake bakers today.  But, the hunt for a wedding cake continues…I’ll leave you with this video that pretty much sums up the rest.  And oh yeah, I’m pretty sure we were both on a sugar high from all of the different cakes and icings we tried (especially my co-star!) AHHHHH! :)

Yeah, we were a bit ridiculous.

I must say, even though the day turned out to be a little bit of a let down at the end, we learned a lot from it.  We have an idea of what we want, and we are determined to get it – in budget.  If you know of any great cake makers in Central FL, send the info on over…I would love to keep trying to find a cake we LOVE that fits in our budget! :)

December 14, 2010

My Bestie & My Bridesmaid: Lauren Heather

This post is dedicated to the one and only Lauren Heather! She is not only a bridesmaid in our wedding, but has been like a sister to me since the day I met her back in middle school.

Scott earned some extra brownie points yesterday by making the 2 and a half our drive to Jacksonville and back with me just to see my bestie!  She has been touring for the last month with the Radio City Rockettes and we got to catch her very last show in Florida before they left for Austin, TX to finish the tour.  Even though I had been working all weekend, I managed to switch around shifts to make sure to get the Jax on time to see my friend, and I’m SO glad I did!

Me and LH after the show

Back in middle school, I met the beloved LH when our summer dance program included housing a guest for the summer to take our intensive classes.  Lauren was my guest and, well, when the summer was over never really moved out!  We had an instant bond right away and spent a lot of our time watching Austin Powers, singing Space Ghost songs, and doing our nails.

After the program was over, LH and her mom decided it was time for a change in her life and moved up to Orlando.  Giving them time to find a place and settle in, L lived in our guest room and even when they found a place would be over almost every time I was home! I loved it – it was like having another sister, and we did everything together.

When we got to high school, we remained super close.  We started dancing at different studios and focusing on different things, but we always had that understanding that we will love and support each other in whatever we do.  That theory really got put to the test when our senior year came around because Lauren decided to move up to New York City, NY by herself as a 17-year-old to pursue a dance career.  I had all of the faith in the world in her, and knew her personality and drive was there more than anyone I knew.

LH has never really chose the traditional route, one might say, but I am so happy to say that her talents have gotten her all the way to the top.  In my eyes, she has “made it” in what she wants to do and I like to say I live vicariously through her.  She’s so brave and takes more risks than anyone I have ever known!

While I was finishing my senior year of high school, Miss LH was getting settled in NYC and was auditioning for numerous shows and gigs up there.  Right away, she got a job performing in Germany with West Side Story and it was only within a year before I saw her perform on the VMAs as a dancer for Beyonce! I didn’t think I could have been more proud of her than at that moment I saw her on TV, but that was just the beginning…

Backstage with L in Wicked

About 5 years ago I actually got to go up to NY to see her do what she does best – perform on Broadway! Lauren was casted in the NY Broadway production of Wicked, and I couldn’t be more excited to go see the show!  Unfortunately, the week before I was scheduled to go up there she hurt her shoulder during a performance so I never got to see her perform.  I did, however, still see the show and she pointed out exactly where she did what.  I saw her name and picture in the playbill and again, I couldn’t believe there she was!

My best friend from middle school, my dance partner, and now a professional dancer on Broadway! I was so proud of her.

L backstage with Popov the Bear! Rockettes
She has done a few things here and there since she decided to leave Wicked, but yesterday was the first time I could ever say I officially saw her dance on Broadway!  In 2008 she got the exciting job as a New York – Radio City Rockette!  She did the show right there in NYC that year, but returned to the Rockette stage this year on tour! Not many people can say that, right?!  From reading the program, I found out thousands of girls try out for the part of a Rockette each season, and only 200 get selected to be a part of the group that tours around the country.  I absolutely LOVED the show, and she did such an amazing job!!!
Famous Soldier Scene – Radio City Rockettes
There she is, far right! Radio City Rockettes
 Fourth row from top, 3rd over - Radio City Rockettes
Kicking High, far right - Radio City Rockettes

No matter what we do or where we go in life, we both know we will always have a bond and friendship that can stand any distance or length of time.  It’s funny to say, but she’s kind of like my “Joey” from Friends (one of my and LH’s fav TV shows of ALL time).  We have been best buds and sidekicks since 8th grade, and throughout the years she has always been there.  There will always be a room open to her in our home and we never know when she will pop up – but she always does.

 
Thanks for being such an amazing friend through it all, LHG.  You are my inspiration to throw myself out there and take risks! I hope one day I can look past my fears and throw everything I have into my dream like you did for yours.  So excited for you to be a part of our big day, and I’m SO happy to know I’m definitely going to be seeing a lot of you this year! xoxo

December 12, 2010

Taking the Night Off

Here we are, getting into the middle of December already…
I CAN’T BELIEVE IT!

I’m sure there are a MILLION things I should be doing right now to plan for the big day (that 7 month mark is quickly approaching!) – but Scott and I decided earlier today that tonight is going to be a date night.  And on our “date night” we aren’t going to spend money, and we are going to come up with a way to just enjoy each other WITHOUT talking about the wedding.  Seems kind of challenging, right?

Surprisingly, this was easier than we thought it would be, and that’s exactly what we’ve done.  We started the night off by going to a Saturday night service at our church – and the message was great.  We sung Christmas songs during worship already, so that put me in the best mood ever!  Then, we came home determined to cook dinner at home, even though neither one of us wanted to cook.  So – we went back to our routes! Fish sticks, mac & cheese, and veggies.  That sounds like a great meal to me!  Lucky for me, Scott likes childhood food as much as I do.

Hey, we did spice it up by adding salsa and peppers to the mac & cheese – pretty fancy!

While Scott finishes up his ONE NBA Live Basketball video game he is allowed to play tonight, I am baking cookies and writing a blog about NOT writing a blog…lol.  But if you think about it, this one doesn’t really count…does it?! ;)

What I’ve learned in the last month:

  • No matter how many things you need to check off of your ever growing “TO-DO” List….every once in a while you need to take a NIGHT OFF!
  • Enjoy a date night with your groom, and take a break from driving him crazy about what you want this color to be, what flower you want to put where and what flavor you want to be at your cake tastings.
  • Forget about all the appointments in your calendars and seriously, DON’T talk about the wedding!
Oh yeah, that’s a Christmas Tree Hat – WHY NOT?! LOL!
I think those cookies are ready – and now, it’s movie time! :)

December 4, 2010

November Check-In

For Scott and I, November was absolutely INSANE!!!! :(

I was a Co-Maid of Honor in my friends wedding (Love You Britt!), we attended another friend’s wedding (don’t worry, I’m taking notes!), I had extra weekend practices AND we both worked 10 games and 2 Dunk Shows in one month.  We usually have on average about 6-8 games tops in one month – so we had A LOT to practice and prepare for…

Somehow throughout all of that madness and working our day jobs, we found some time to get some things checked off of our ever growing TO-DO List!

Going into December, we have finally checked the following off:

  • Set a DATE! July 22, 2011!
  • Booked our Church – Henry Chapel – the chapel to our church we are members at.
  • Booked our Reception Venue – Heaven Events Center!
  • Hired a Day-of Wedding Coordinator (THANK THE LORD! I think I would go insane if I didn’t know she would be there to help me out!)
  • Finished our P.R.E.P. for Marriage class at church!
  • Booked a Photographer! Elegant Imagery, they have a really unique and fun style!
  • Met with 2 Florists, and are ready to book one! (Within our budget too – score!)
  • Ordered all of our Bridal Party dresses! BIG SHOUT OUT to my HBSH Bridal Party! Thanks for being on top of things and getting this done so soon! :)
  • Made a Wedding Notebook that holds all of our contracts, receipts, catalogues, business cards, and information we need to contact our vendors.
  • Figured out how to upload videos on here!!!!

All in all, for what we had to deal with this month, I would say we did a pretty good job!  There are days where I feel like we are way ahead of the game, and days where I feel like there is still SO much to do.  All I can do is stop, take a deep breath, and take it one day at a time.  My main goal in planning this wedding is to enjoy it.  So far, I haven’t broken it yet….

Speaking of videos – I felt like it was a lot I would have to write to explain all that we did this month, so we decided we would have a once a month update video, starting with this one! Too bad the camera died right when we were ending in though…lol:

Happy December Everyone! 
Can’t believe it’s already here, I LOVE IT! :)

 

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