Archive for January, 2011
January 29, 2011
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!
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
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!!!
January 27, 2011
I know I’ve mentioned before that I was recently involved in a very traumatic car accident a little over a month ago. Well, I’m not going to go into details about that but I have learned a few things about my experience thus far:
- I know it’s not the first thing on your mind when you get into an accident, but TAKE PICTURES! If I took a picture of the street light that was out on the road when I crashed, THAT alone would have saved me tons of letters and wrinkles.
- GET CAR & HEALTH INSURANCE – REALLY. Who drives without insurance? Isn’t that asking for an accident to happen? The guy I got into an accident didn’t have Health OR Medical Insurance…UGH!
- Fight for your right. I know the accident was BOTH of our faults. That’s what accidents are. BUT, if the other party tries to blame you for things that just aren’t true, fight your case.
- A silver lining to this all: A NEW CAR! Believe me, the timing wasn’t ideal with wedding season and all – but I guess when life hands you lemons, the best thing to do is make lemonade…so here we go!
And that’s as much as I’m going to say about my accident. Now on to the good stuff:
On December 24, 2010 I had to officially say “goodbye” to a dear old friend of mine – The Coug. She was a great little car, and we had some great times together ever since I got her for a college graduation present in 2007. I loved my Coug. She really was a great car, and treated me nicely…we had a bond, and I knew I was going to drive her until she literally wouldn’t drive any longer. Well, I guess you can say that’s what I did. Here’s the end of a great chapter to my life: Saying Goodbye to The Coug:
|I was SO upset to see her like this!|
|Cleaning everything out…look at those airbags…|
You can tell how emotional of a day this was for me. On the other hand, the thought of getting a new car gave me more emotions – UTTER JOY for getting to finally pick out a car that I WANTED but also FEAR that I wasn’t going to be able to make the right decision or be able to pay for the one I wanted. Well, to make a LOOOOONG story short – here’s what happened.
|Looking at the used cars…not quite sure what we want yet!|
Mr. Hess and I spent a few days car shopping, not to mention endless hours on the Internet – researching, pricing, and creating cars that I think would fit me. Well, I ALWAYS have known what my absolute dream car would be, and has been that way ever since high school. The beautiful, classy Lexus IS 250. Now, right away, I knew she would be way out of my price range – let’s be real. So, I didn’t pursue that dream very long and went to look at the more practical choices in front of me. So there Mr. Hess and I went – from dealership to dealership we test drove and looked at just about everything the lot had to offer. We found a few cars that would “do”, but I always had the same thought in my mind… Fortunately, I have never had to have a car payment, so this concept alone is going to be an entire new ball game for me. Needless to say, I kept justifying what I wanted by this – I could pay a decent amount and get a decent car, OR, I can splurge a little – work an extra shift a month – and get the car of my dreams. Well, I think you can tell by the pictures below what I ended up getting. And let me just say one more thing before you look: I got her for an AMAZING deal – literally better than what our dealer himself pays for his wife’s car, which is the same exact one. Don’t ask me how – but we have been blessed by some great friends who know people in high places. Mr. Hess and I both feel very fortunate for what we are “hooked up” with from time to time…but this absolutely takes the cake.
I’m a tad bit obsessed…and I knew from the moment I test drove her that she had to be MINE! Yeah, it’s going to have to be a concious effort to put away a car payment per month for me, but HEY – I work 2 jobs, and I work HARD! Shouldn’t I deserve something I will truly work HARD for? That’s what I thought anyways…
January 25, 2011
WOOHOO! The day has finally arrived that I’ve been anxiously waiting for: to see MY bridesmaid dresses in THE color in PERSON!
Well, I got to see all 9 OF THEM because I took it upon myself to pick them all up for my girls. I did this for two reasons:
1) The store has a new policy that you must pick up any order within 10 days, or you get charged per day for it to store there – BOO…and
2) I advised the girls to get their dresses and get them altered elsewhere.
ON THIS: The bridal shop is more than adequate to alter the dress for you – in fact they would probably do the best job considering that’s where the dress came from. However, alterations from a bridal shop are way overpriced. I learned that when I got my last bridesmaid dress altered at the shop when I paid 3x the price after it was done! This time around, I got my bridal gown altered right there at the shop because I wouldn’t trust anyone BUT the shop to alter that baby…but, when it came down to the girls dresses, I advised them to save a little money and get them altered on their own.
When I got the call that the dresses were in, I was SO EXCITED! I know it’s real that we are getting married and that the big day is less than 6 months away now, but for some reason the fact that my bridesmaids now have their dresses and shoes purchased and ready to wear makes it seem VERY REAL. After I heard the message, I went over to Scott and gave him a big hug. He didn’t really know why or where the big hug randomly came from – but he didn’t really care. It was from the idea that our wedding really IS happening and the feeling of excitement to see something actually come in for it!
Yesterday was the day that I arranged to pick up the dresses, and I asked my bridesmaid Katie to help me pick them up! Yes, I could have picked them up myself, but this was just an excuse to see her! It had been FOREVER since we had hung out, and I was so happy to spend some quality time with her. We met after work, first – for frozen yogurt (of course!) and then headed over to the bridal shop.
**Sidenote: Apparently everything having to do with the wedding in the area of the venue or bridal shop requires a stop at my favorite fro yo place…I can see how this could become a problem! FUNNY STORY: When we went to check out this time yours truly somehow flipped the freaking cup completely over on the counter. And, yes – my cup was just as big as last time, over $5 worth! I had to go back and make an entire new cup of yumminess and the entire time KDO was laughing hysterically at me. Glad I could provide some sort of entertainment, right?**
After catching up on life for a little bit, we headed over to Priscilla of Boston. The last time I went in there, it was to pick up my earrings that came in, and the time before that was to pick up my beautiful wedding shoes!
Every time I go into this store, it’s always something exciting and I’m always in the best mood…my sales consultant probably thinks I’m the biggest cheeseball, which could be true…I was making fun of myself for taking pictures of this occasion and Katie chimed in: “You should see this girl’s blog!” hahaha. Cheeseball? definitely.
Back to Priscilla’s:
when we walked in, the dresses were right by the register, hanging in all of their glory waiting to be taken home. I asked KDO to try hers on to see what it looked like, and she was excited to see it too! She kept joking that after that fro yo she probably wouldn’t fit it in, but I beg to differ – she looked absolutely beautiful! Can’t wait to see the final picture with hair, make-up and their matching shoes on!
I can tell you she looked beautiful, but I can’t really show you what she looked like because that would totally give away what the dresses look like. What I can show you is this picture:
|What’s the dress look like?! “I KNOW NOTHING!” lol.|
Needless to say, we were both very happy with how they turned out! I’m so glad she was there for such an wonderful event to me. She probably had no idea how excited I was to get these babies in my hands, but she made the experience for me even more fun. Katie was my room mate in college and on our next date, she gets her bridesmaid shoes!
So now I’m 1 down, 8 more dresses and bridesmaid dates to go. I have all of the girls’ bridesmaid dresses safe and sound here at home. I am ecstatic they turned out exactly how I expected! Here I am trying to hide a little bit of what they look like, but you could have already figured out the color from my Wedding Hint #2.
I guess that’s the good thing about holding bridesmaid dresses hostage: you get to actually see them in person rather than talk via e-mail, Facebook, or text. Guaranteed quality time with each girl? Yes please!