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January 29, 2011

Holy Decor

So, this has been like, what – my 20th post this week?

Well, that’s what happens when someone who’s planning a wedding gets sick for a week BUT is also sick of “trying to get better” when at home.  Good news is, I actually feel like we’ve gotten a lot done.

I was SO excited for today! :D

After we booked our venue, my dad finally realized (hello…lightbulb) that he knows the owner of it, and has worked with him for years on different projects throughout Orlando!  Naturally, after we found out he couldn’t get us any more of a discount than we already finagled with them to book our reception, we talked him into taking us to his personal prop and decor warehouse – if you will, to browse, put together a “wish list”, and hopefully knock a HUGE chunk of what it would cost to decorate our reception space.

The cool thing about our reception venue is that it is literally a blank slate.  You have to bring EVERYTHING in, from tables and chairs to bars and columns, you choose every part of what goes in the room.  This could be a bit of a headache, but for Scott and I this was the PERFECT venue and opportunity for us to get creative for our wedding!

After work, Scott and I met my parents at a production company warehouse the owner partners with to decorate and make cool and customized decorations for big events all over Florida.  I had NO IDEA what to expect when I walked in, but for some reason – I didn’t really expect to see as much cool and unique stuff as we did!

I frequently joke about the spare “bedroom” we have, which has turned more into a storage unit – or garage filled with the most random props and collection of things you would never guess you would EVER need to use for ANYTHING.  Well, picture that concept x 100 million BILLION GAGILLION and that’s what was in this guy’s storage unit!  Every type of party theme prop, color and style of column, wall decor, flooring, bar, chair, animal, frame, light, you name it was there..and…ORGANIZED! I was almost more impressed by how this place was kept clean and organized over how much stuff they actually had. Amazing.

When Scott got there I told him to take a deep breath because he was about to experience his own level of euphoria.  There was SO much to look at, it was almost overwhelming, but by the end of it we made a list of exactly what we were interested in.

Without giving too much away, I can tell you 2 things:

1) We will definitely be getting a dance floor.
2) There will be some pretty cool and UNIQUE things going on at our reception including lounge areas, bright colors, and some light up cocktain tables….which is probably one of the things I am most pumped about.

Our wedding most definitely has a contemporary, modern, and unique theme that I have never seen in person before.  I’ve gotten ideas here and there from shows on TV, and have seen some of the things we are doing on wedding shows, but never have I ever attended a wedding like the one we will be throwing for ourselves, and that’s exactly what we wanted!


The wedding reception wheels are turning in my head and I can hardly stand it.  As things progress, I might be able to throw a Wedding Hint or two out there, but for now all I can leave you with is a few photos:

This was the entrance to the storage unit – YUP not even in it yet.
Check out all of the different options in this one photo – CRAZY!
My mom sitting on the pink “rock and roll car”.

And those photos don’t even really begin to explain it…thing is, I will probably be using things from the rest of the photos I took so they became off limits from this blog.  Sorry. :(

Look out for more Wedding Hints coming soon…

January 28, 2011

Bridesmaid Dates

I mentioned a few days ago that I got to go pick up my bridesmaid dresses!  Now, the only thing more exciting than that is actually getting to hand deliver them to my girls, one by one.

Today, I got to see my long-lost buddy Missy – who I just realized haven’t seen since Brittany’s wedding last November: completely unacceptable.  Missy and I go WAY back – all the way back to the age of 2.  Her, Britt and I all met at the same age, at pre-school and have grown up together.  These girls have been like my sisters and I am SO happy that they will be by my side for our BIG DAY.

We been known to each other for practically all of our lives as Horse, Mouse, and Bear – respectively.

I mean, really – how awkwardly cute were we?

Britt, Me and Missy, about 4 or 5 years old.

There’s a lot more pictures where that came from – but you just might have to wait for those guys…

The three of us have been through ups and downs together and have been through all the different stages of life thus far, with each other.  Now, Britt lives in AZ, so it’s difficult for Missy and I to deal with the separation.  I know she is starting her own new life as a married woman and I couldn’t be happier for her.

Luckily, we will get to see her again in March, and then again of for all of the wedding festivities!

Tonight, Missy and I dedicated our dinner date to the 3 Muskateers as we call ourselves, and went to our favorite restaurant Olive Garden.  Don’t ask me why – it just is will always be OUR place to have dinner and catch up.  We talked about the wedding (duh), boys, jobs, life – you know the usual.  It was so good to actually see her in person, and I’m starting to realize how much I need to actually SEE my girls.  Life gets so crazy, we forget to actually make the time and effort to spend some quality time with each other.

After chatting for a little while, we figured out a few things:

  • This year IS the wedding season for ALL of us. Seriously…it’s been a trend that keeps on going!
  • We miss Britt, and our 3M get togethers.
  • We don’t make enough of an effort to see one another.
  • We both LOVE the bridesmaid dresses and shoes – YAY! :)

As we were walking out to our cars, we remembered that we didn’t get to take a picture, so we attempted to – but we both agreed that it just wasn’t working out in a flattering way.  To avoid that embarrassment for both of us I’ll provide a different form of embarrassment that I’m sure the 3Ms will appreciate.

As promised earlier, I’ll leave you with some pretty classic oldies but goodies:

Me, Britt and Missy – okay at least we’re a little cuter here.
That’s a pretty amazing cupcake dress if you ask me! :)
Missy, Britt and Me. 2nd Dance Recital – apparently Missy didn’t get the chipmunk memo.
My 4th Birthday Party.  Ironic thing is I think I was afraid of clowns?
I mean, this is completely normal right?
This is almost too embarrassing to put up – almost.  NICE clothes!
Me and Missy – 4th or 5th grade. There are just no words for this.

I think that will do for now.  You’ve got to watch out for Missy, she posts old-school pictures on Facebook out of nowhere! With her scanner, nobody’s safe… ;)

So now we are 2 Bridesmaids down and 7 to go – and I will get to see Bridesmaid #3 this weekend, when Lauren comes to stay with me for a night! Can’t wait!!!

 3 Muskateers Forever! :)
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