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March 31, 2011

Ring Bearer + a Flowermaid

I was looking forward to spending some quality time with my mom, sister and niece this week.  We planned to spend an entire today doing wedding stuff together and first on the list for things to do was find my niece a Flowermaid Dress!   
Well, what the heck is a “flowermaid?” and why would she need a dress?  Let me explain…

From the beginning I was torn about whether or not to include my niece and nephew into our wedding, and there are two reasons for this.  1) We are not having children at our reception and 2) My niece is 9 years old, and tall for her age…so I knew she had outgrown the “flower girl” title.

After thinking about this topic since I asked my bridal party to be a part of our big day back in October/November, Scott and I finally agreed about what we would do.

My niece, Kayla.  I LOVE this pic of her.

Since Kayla is my ONLY niece and Cole is my ONLY nephew, it only seems fair that they should be a part of our big day.  The bridal party is well…traditionally about the “bride”…and for this reason I wanted to include them both into our ceremony, and I’m SO happy to officially announce:  

 Cole is going to be our Ring Bearer (and I can’t wait to see him in his cute little tux/suit!) and Kayla is going to be…..a FLOWERMAID! 

My definition of the flowermaid title is “the role you give someone you love in your wedding when they’re in between the age of a flower girl and a Jr. Bridesmaid.” 

I didn’t really want there to be a Jr. Bridesmaid in my party because Lord knows we already have 9 beautiful bridesmaids there!  Since she is taller, she wouldn’t have really gotten away with a Flower Girl title either…so out of no where one day it hit me – I can call her a FLOWERMAID! If it doesn’t exist, it’s not a problem because you know what?  It’s OUR day and Scott and I can do whatever we want at OUR wedding!  :)

I really enjoyed getting to spend some girl time with the girls in my family.  We started off the day by going to have lunch at the cafe my caterer operates and finally put down a deposit with him! After that, we picked out a few stores we wanted to try to find the perfect flowermaid dress for Kayla.

I had already browsed online and looked over the flower girl sections of Priscilla’s when I was there last and had a few ideas.  We were right by the Millenia mall, so we figured we would start with a shot in the dark at David’s Bridal.  Now – ladies, I’m not knocking this store…but the first time I ever attempted to go here was in the very beginning of our planning process…I walked in and saw the MADNESS…and walked right back out.

In no way did I want picking out my dress, my accessories, or my bridal party dresses in a stressful environment. SO, believe me I thought this would be a shot in the dark to say the least…

Ready to pick out our dress and color! SO many options…

We walked into DB, and surprisingly this time it was busy but not crazy. We signed in at the front and got assigned someone to help us.  At first, we found a few options in the flower girl section, but of course we all loved the dresses that came in white or ivory only.  Seeing that I didn’t want Kayla to LOOK like a flower girl, I knew this wasn’t an option. We pulled a few “doable” options, but then our consultant had the amazing idea to go look at the Jr. Bridesmaid section – the WHAT?! I didn’t know that existed!

I’m so glad she mentioned it, because right away we found EXACTLY what we were looking for! It has similar material of my dress, and is very complimenting to the girls’ dresses as well.  We chose to have the color different from the bridesmaid dresses because it wouldn’t match exactly to their dresses and didn’t want it to clash.  So, we settled on a pewter grey color and are going to accent the color in with accessories!  Kayla loved the dress, but I think half of the reason was because she tried on a bright blue color, which obviously is NOT in the wedding color scheme.  Eventually, she’ll realize what her dress will look like, and I’m excited to see it all together with me, the girls, and accessories.

The bouquet hides what her dress actually looks like ;)

I had such a good time with my family, just taking a day to grab lunch and go shopping.  We really don’t have enough days like that to just “hang out”.  After the dress shopping we hopped over the Millenia mall and enjoyed the bouncing from one store to the next.  My mom even got her make-up done at MAC and she looked beautiful!  Hopefully that was just a preview for her of what her treatment on my wedding day will be like… :)

So there it is, the definition of a flowermaid.  Don’t be surprised if you see this term a few more times, and even on the program at the wedding ceremony.  I’m extremely happy with the decision of including the two into the Bridal Party, and I’m even more excited to see how cute they look on the day of our wedding!

LOVE YOU BOTH!
Kayla and Cole – Flowermaid and Ring Bearer.

March 29, 2011

Courtney’s Baby Shower!

We all know by now that this is the time and age where a lot of my friends are getting married, having babies, and starting completely new chapters in their lives.  I was in my dear friend Court’s wedding last Januaray (2010) and I had the exciting role of helping to host her 1st baby shower last weekend!

I have known Court literally since I was in diapers, so it was a no-brainer that I would be involved in all of her new chapters of life, and she would be a part of mine.  I felt honored to be standing by her side about a year and a half ago when she became a MRS., and I felt just as proud this past weekend when I got to experience her first baby shower…welcome to the:

Sugar + Spice & Everything Nice Baby Shower!

To start with, Court’s sister Lori is a bridal and baby shower genius.  She claims that she has been to “a shower or two” and has helped plan a lot of her girlfriend’s showers and even weddings.  I knew right away when she started e-mailing a few months ago that Court’s shower was going to be great, but seeing how everything turned out and how much work she put into everything, I was completely floored.

She knew ahead of time when she asked me to help host this wonderful event that I would not be able to get involved as much as I usually would, with traveling and planning a wedding…but I was there the day of and I can honestly say I could NEVER think of anything or do anything she hadn’t already done or thought of!  Ladies, I have found the ultimate shower planner…and yes, I would hire her myself! 

Now that you know about how I personally am not responsible for the cuteness below, I am going to show you exactly what I’m talking about…some really cute ideas here!

“SUGAR & SPICE” table complete with Spiced Chai tea!

Baby sonogram…look at that little nugget! <3

Printed SUGAR & SPICE napkins:
 
Regular, Chocolate & Strawberry milk…great idea:

YUMMY chocolate fountain.

Food set up:

AND…as for party favors? Make your own candy bag…yum.

SUGAR & SPICE Candy Bar! (Get it?!)

Pink & White M&Ms…of course.

Great party favors!

I had read and heard about everything that was going to take place at this shower, but I had no idea just how much planning had gone into it until I got there.  Everything turned out SO freaking adorable, and I know Court appreciated every second of it.

Mommy-to-be Court! <3





And the baby shower hostesses:
My sister and niece, Me, Court, her sister Lori, Katie and Karine
It was so nice to see all of the girls again, and it almost like we pressed a rewind button to a year and a half ago when we really got to know each other during all of Court’s bridal showers and wedding events!  It’s really amazing how time just flies by…and here’s proof: a beautiful baby girl on the way!
I CAN NOT WAIT to meet her, and I feel like I am going to be an Aunt again.  Court is in no way my “sister”, but our families are very close and we jokingly call each other “cousins” and introduce ourselves that way to others, so you can see why I feel so connected to her baby on the way!
One thing I absolutely LOVED about this shower was the memories Court is going to take home with her.  Lori (once again) outdid herself and couldn’t have made a cuter scrapbook for the baby, and for the guests to sign.  Each guest got a designated page in the scrapbook and we were told to pick our background, writing paper, and write a message to the baby.  She then took a picture of each of us and would add it to our page and finished off the page with some stickers.  INSTANT SCRAPBOOK! You know how obsessed I am with these, and you’ve probably seen it by now but I did an entire post about this subject in the “Our Honeymoon Album” post last month! 
great idea and touching gift for baby & mommy:
Instant Scrapbook:

Pick your background page, your writing space page, and write your message.

 Decorate with stickers, and finish it off with a photo of you (taken at the shower) to put on the page.
Example and directions of what each page looks like…genius.

I couldn’t get over the amount of time and detail that went into every aspect of this shower, KUDOS Lori! :)  One more thing I thought was a great idea was buying the guest of honor Thank You cards, and having each guest address their own envelopes to be sent to them later…you know kind of like what you do at the dentist’s office, but more fun! lol.

At the end the shower, Court pulled one name from this pile and they won a gift…easy, and very helpful for the guest of honor to get started on showing her thanks to the guests.  Good thing she had a good start because HOLY PRESENTS!!!

Court, Lori, and one of my fav presents:

UF Gator & FSU Seminole baby girl dresses – yup, they’re a house divided!

I’m sure it’s overly obvious to you how much I enjoyed this baby shower.  Not only did I get to spend time with Court and her family, but I got to share such a joyous time in her life with her.  I am so happy for her and I already love the little nugget in her belly SO much!  I can’t wait to meet her and I’m counting down until the day that happens…
Love you Courtney!

You are going to be an amazing mother and your little girl is going to be surrounded by so much love.  I feel blessed to be such a big part of your life, and honored that you are one of my bridesmaids!  “Sister” or “cousin”, whatever you are, I’m so glad we share such a special bond and I can’t wait to add one more little girl to it…verrrrrry soon.
See you at the hospital!

March 25, 2011

CHICAGO!

Yup, that’s right – Scott and I took it upon ourselves to have me tag along on another work trip of his this month and spend a little “QT” with each other. And, I know what you’re thinking…that it was driving me nuts that we couldn’t get anything done AND I was spending and not making money down here in Florida…well…INSERT MEWAH MEWAH SOUNDfor once, this wasn’t the case!

I knew ahead of time that March would almost be a wash with getting what we needed to get done DONE, so I embraced that and as a result, everything that HAS gotten done has turned into a pleasant surprise… ;)

CHICAGO…WE’RE HERE!

Disclaimer: picture taken while inside of a car ;)

Let’s start with our first night there: I was SO excited to get into the city after we landed, but let me just say my welcome into Chicago was not the smoothest…

I was very excited to land and still on Could 9 that Scott has surprised me with first class seats on my flights up to Chicago – how sweet is that?!

I actually landed a few minutes early into the O’Hare airport and started walking towards baggage claim, anxious to see my man! Sadly, the excitement of landing early quickly dwindled when I came to realize I was the last one on my flight left at baggage claim – sans bag.  My ride and Scott’s partner in crime Barry must have circled around the arrival lanes about 50 times before finally giving up on my bag arriving on time.  They had to hurry to the arena and get to the Bulls game while I was left to raise “you know what” in order to get my bag in a timely matter.   

So there I was: no ride, no bags and worried about getting to the game on time.  Luckily, our friend Annabelle came to the rescue with snacks and refreshments.  Little did I know the 15 minutes planned to grab my bags turned into a 4 and a half hour wait time! YUCK!  She was very sweet and felt bad about the whole thing, when obviously nothing about that was her fault!  I could have had the bags delivered to my hotel, but I knew THAT would take even longer and no one had time for that nonsense.

Needless to say, I finally got my bags and it was time to head to the Bulls game!  I always love the opportunity to travel to different cities and experience NBA games from that city’s perspective.  The game was really fun and I had a great time watching while Scott worked.

It felt great to “get away” again and know we had a few days in the city ahead…

The next day, Scott and I planned to enjoy the parks, tour some buildings and take advantage of the culture that Chicago has to offer.  Unfortunately, the weather had other plans: dropping to what felt like zero and raining.  So, we improvised.  We took this opportunity to tour the Museum of Contemporary Art followed by shopping and finding my two new favorite stores in the city Hershey’s and Ghirardelli! ;)

I can’t lie that Scott and I both got pretty excited about this adventure:

HOLY 5 pounds of Hershey’s Bar!
I’m pretty sure he could have drank that entire bottle.
Ghirardelli hot cocoas – THE BEST hot chocolate EVER! :)
And..what better way to spend your time at at the Contemporary Art Museum, than remembering your time with some great photo opps?
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I’m sure we’re the only ones who took pictures with this.
Just a hanging out in the giant shells…
You probably get by now that we made a great day out of a rainy and cold day in Chicago.  It wasn’t ideal for “touring the city,” but we still had a great time together and I would love to come back to the city either in early spring, or fall one day.  I’m sure there’s TONS we didn’t get to do or see.
Ahhh! There you are – in the rubber house…of course!

The last night before we left, we got to spend some time with one of Scott’s best friends, Barry.  The two guys have always had a close bond and together are pretty ridiculous.  No matter what they do or where they go, there’s always bound to be lots of shenanigans and laughs happening.  We had a nice dinner and went out to the House of Blues, which was so much fun! 
We didn’t really want to leave, but at the end of the night we were all impressed by the funny little mini “pew pew” gun that our waitress shared with us, and yes, this is completely normal. ;)
There they are…Annabelle “pew pew”ing.
On the last morning of our trip, Scott and I woke up and spent the remainder of our time with Barry before we had to head back to sunny Florida – sorry guys…had to throw that in!

He took us up to his new place and we had brunch at a charming little diner by the arena that SCREAMS Chicago!  The owner of this place was hysterical and told us jokes I’ve never heard before…mostly inappropriate for this blog, so just use your imagination on those!  But, needless to say…even brunch was FUN.

Love these two…

 Thanks for a great trip, Scott. I feel very lucky to be able to travel with you and just enjoy time together during such a crazy time. 
Thanks for reading, and I’m sure there will be plenty up and coming to read about as we enter into April.
Time sure is flyyyyying….

March 21, 2011

4 Months to Go Vlog

I’m doing this month’s check-in post little early because we are going to hit our “4 MONTHS TO GO” mark when Scott and I will be in Chicago!  I had to do something wedding related before we left…right?! SO – I thought it was time for a video update.  Here I explain everything that we’ve been trying to book, negotiate, and settle since our 5 month mark:

In the video I mentioned a few things: 
Invitations – booked!
  • Paper Charm Custom Designs.  Our contact’s name is Angela and I picked up her business card at a bridal show we went to last October.  Everything she does is hand made and she can put a lot of special touches and creativity into whatever she does, so I know we are in good hands.  Once we get proofs back for our invitations, I’m sure I will be writing more about this! Her link is below, and it directs you to her blogpage:
www.papercharm.com
Catering – We are down to 2!
  • Millenia Cateringhttp://www.milleniacatering.com/.  On of the top 3 preferred caterers of our venue.  More on a smaller scale, and every event is personally ran by Chef Lo.  He understands our contemporary style and is very accommodating.  The thing we love most about him is his attention to detail and only does one event per day.  He has thrown in a lot of “extras” into our package for free and is a pleasure to work with!
  • Big City Cateringhttp://www.bigcitycatering.com/. On the top of our wedding coordinator’s preferred caterers.  Offers an overall great package of everything we need with a contemporary style!  Has done tons of events at our venue and is highly recommended by some of our other vendors.
  • BOTH are within the same price range, give or take a few dollars, and we are equally impressed with them.
WHAT TO DO?!
Any suggestions? Oue goal to BOOK a caterer by the end of this coming week and sign a contract.  Any type of feedback would be greatly appreciated! :)
And on that note, I’m now off to go pack for Chicago.  I’m so excited to see the city for the first time and spend another few days “away” with the Mr!
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