5 months left? Oh Gosh!

Happy New Year! Wow life has been busy, I've basically been working like a slave at Sage this Christmas season and haven't had enough time to do as much wedding planning as I had hoped. I told my manager I needed a actual work day off this week so I could go to Vidalia and talk to a florist and to my cake lady{whom I love, I don't like white cake that much and her's was amazing} and take poor Ellie for her yearly shots. I'll make sure to post again soon about the flowers and cake...not to mention my bird cage that came in the mail!



On a side note I guess it is true that the new year is a time for new things. After our insane night at work my manager asked me if I'd like to be a server. I honestly thought that was not an option for me considering the amount of trust I have gotten at that hostess stand from him. I have certainly worked my butt off to show him that I have the maddness under control {especially last night when we had 248 people in our little 20 table main dining room last night with two busy busy seatings}. I feel like a approached it wrong though when he asked me cause I said "Wait, what? I don't know! " and had to go find him later and say I would do it. But it is really good money, our top servers make close to 30,000 a year and considering I think I only made a third of that this year it is a change I need to not fear and dive right into.



Now for a wedding something or another...



So for our first dance we are planning on swing dancing. Well at least Jeremy can swing dance...or even dance for that matter. I on the other hand did not recieve enough of those hispanic genes from my daddy and am cursed with white girl dancing. So here it is for your entertainment...us practicing two different swing dance tricks.









I haven't figured out what this trick is called it's a Lindy Hop one but sad thing is every time he swings me around perfect I freak out and won't let him flip me. This one would have actually been good had I not refused to let go haha.

{this is our second attempt of the trick, the flip after that is something I have finally gotten use to after landing on my back several times...it helps to keep your eyes open;).}

I'm super excited about the swing dancing so long as I don't bust my butt at the wedding haha. We actually danced a little at the Sage Christmas party and people were pretty impressed with it. One girl asked me how I was ok with him dropping me as far as he did when we did a suicide dip, I just told her I didn't know how close to the ground I was till I messed up and hit the floor;). I'll try to get a video up of us actually dancing to music, I'd really like to see what it looks like since all I've seen of my swing dance abuse are these videos.

I Love Snail Mail;)

Yay the album from TwoSuez came in the mail today! Yay Yay Yay!!!








{boutonnieres}

I'm starting to worry a little about how the wedding stuff is going to look once it is all put together and I don't have time to change anything. This project is way up there on the "how is this going to turn out" list. Hopefully my doubt is just due to the fact that I have been sick for days and exhausted from working as much as I have this week.


Well here they are...the boutonnieres! I saw a similar one on Etsy.com and started to order it but decided I'd have a go at making them myself. Making them turned out to be a big budget saver at $15 and I still have a ton of materials left over. Like I said though, this may be one of those things that appears one way in my head and another way in reality...







Somebody is Going to Die if Lilly Beth Doesn't Catch that Bouquet

I know I have been horrible at this, but my belief that once school was out for Christmas I'd have free time turned out to be a big lie I had convinced myself of to survive finals apparently. I have seemed to live at Sage this week and next week won't be any better. Our event planner went on vacay to I'm picking up the slack and working her lunch shift and my dinner hostess shift and what I like to call event stalking(bc we will find and force anyone into a set menu if you have more than 20 people) Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, and just my regular dinner hostess shift Thursday, Friday and Saturday. I have a feeling this week is gonna kick my butt majorly with the 9 shifts, christmas shopping I have to finish, going to the gym some time in all this, finishing boutonnieres(i'll blog about them when they are done), Bklyn Bride card swap(signed up for it before i knew i'd be the hostess slave), and cleaning the house and doing laundry(which i havent had time to do in two weeks and it is showing). And at no point in time in any of this do I get to pout like I'd love to because I'm the happy little hostess who will pull a table out of mid air to seat a well-to-do regular. Wow I need a break, only a week and a half till the Sage 3 day Christmas.

If anyone is looking for a good book to read this is definitely the one to pick up. It has got to be the funniest thing I have read in months. Metcalfe and Hays perfectly describe southerners and all of our quirky wedding ways. Several times while I was reading this I was laughing more because it has actually happened to me, or I have had my Mom and Nanny tell me not to do or how to do something that was being picked on in the book. Another great reason to read this is for the recipes, every southern weddingish(if it's even a word) food you have ever consumed at a southern wedding is in this book. Anyway here is synopsis from Amazon.com:

Even if you've never attended a wedding in the South, you'll find laughter in the pages of this deliciously entertaining slice of Southern life and love, complete with recipes, advice, and a huge dose of that famous charm
"In the Mississippi Delta, funerals bring out the best in people, while weddings, which are supposed to be happy occasions, bring out the worst." So say Gayden Metcalfe and Charlotte Hays, authors of the bestseller Being Dead Is No Excuse: The Official Southern Ladies' Guide to Hosting the Perfect Funeral, who turn their keen eyes and sharp wit from the end of the life cycle to the all-important midpoint. For anyone planning, participating in, or attending a wedding (Southern or not), this book will amuse, entertain, and provide advice for marital bliss, including:
--It's OK to peek at an etiquette book, but if you rely too heavily on it, people will think that you are not fully acquainted with what is right and wrong.—Anything that was not done in the past doesn't need to be done now—consider this before ordering a groom's cake, especially one featuring a fishing-tackle or golfing theme.
Gayden Metcalfe is a lifelong Southerner and one of the founders of the Greenville Arts Council. She lives in Greenville, Mississippi. Charlotte Hays is a Delta native and recovering gossip columnist living in Washington, D.C.

Engagement pics are finally up whoo hoo!!

Here are a few of our engagement pictures that were taken by TwoSuez Photograpgy. For anyone wanting to try out this photographer they are amazing and we had a blast with Katie May. I can't wait to order, but I think I'm gonna wait till I go home to get Mom's opinion on what size, how many, yada yada yada. well here are my favorites from what she posted on the blog:


{photo credit twosuez.com}

Here is the link on the web site to get to all the pics.

http://www.twosuez.com/index2.php?v=v1

Just put cater1108 for the password.


{I should go to Vegas with my luck}

So apparently some of a friend's wedding luck(she won am amazing photographer, videographer and a wedding planner) is rubbing off on me. I was originally planning on just going to the dollar store and buying thank you cards when I needed some, but now I might not have to buy quite as many. Forgive me I'm slightly late posting about this but a few weeks ago a won a contest with the Hostess with the Mostess blog and recieved a $1oo gift card from Charming Cards. Whoo hoo. I am so super excited about the cards because there is no other way I would be able to justify spending $100 on 75 thank you cards. Plus they are really cute! Well here are the cards I picked out:

{the only difference is that ours has a B}

Claire Pettibone

So it's been quite a long time since I posted but between work, school, Thanksgiving, putting up the Christmas tree, and every other thing in life I haven't had time or even ideas to blog. Funny thing after we put the tree up the dogs decided they wanted to drink out of it, so now I've had to keep them baby gated out of the living room. Oh and wedding planning is coming along pretty good, I finally booked the photographer yesterday. If I had my dress (or had ever seen it in person) I could get married this month haha. Eventually something will come up that I haven't thought of.

Well enough of my rambling here are a few dresses from the Claire Pettibone line:







An Etsy Specific Obsession

If you haven't yet check out the website etsy.com it is amazing!! It would make great christmas presents (hint hint). Anyhoo here are a few things that I love!!I really want the bracelet and the flowers hair pins...ok I want everything. I am really thinking about getting the boutonniere for the wedding, it's only $15 and if that is close to the price of a flower one guess what I'm orderign the etsy one. And I don't care what the guys think haha. And don't you just love the bride and groom cake topper, you send your pic into the guy and he paints them to look like you and your outfits for the day!







I hear they're making a comeback...

Having never been a huge fan of the over used rose I decided to look for something different to use for the wedding. I've looked at hydrangeas and several other ones for the bridesmaids to carry and after lots of looking around I finally found the look I wanted. The look being full and almost rounded bouquets for an inexpensive cost. I also love ruffles and after finding a bouquet of carnations I was pleased and knew exactly what I was going to use for flowers, and it was able to be done for an affordable amount of money.

Carnations have this stigma of being cheap and associated with funerals, but turn of the century dandies wouldn't leave the house without a red or white carnation in the button hole of their jacket. Carnations are also a long lastig flower and won't die nearly as fast as other flowers. They also have very sweet meanings.
The color of carnation flowers conveys a certain meaning in the Victorian language of flowers. In general Carnations denote "a fascination with" or "a love for a woman". For each flower the meaning of carnation color is described below :-

Red Carnation colors say " I admire you" or "My heart aches for you". They indicates love, passion, and respect.

White bears the message of ardent love and a good luck gift to a woman. It signifies innocence, a sweet and lovely person, and pure love.

A pink carnation exclaims "I'll always remember you". Pink echoes thoughts of perfect happiness and thankfulness.

Purple suggests capriciousness.

A Carnation flower in a solid color is symbolic for the affirmative - yes.

A striped Carnation flower implies "No", a Refusal, or "Sorry I can't be with you", "Wish I could be with you".

Yellow exclaims rejection, disdain - "You have disappointed me".

Mauve reveals dreams of fantasy.

{note to self don't striped or yellow for the wedding}
Here are a few pics of centerpieces I like. I especially love the wreaths in white.



Cookies anyone?

I ordered my cookie stamp today. Yay! Can't wait to start making test batches with it. If anyone has a good sugar cookie recipe let me know! I used just store bought dough for my first test run today just to try out piping but I really want to make the actaul favors from scratch an attach the recipe to the cookie.

Well here is my first attempt ever at this sort of thing. I've made a ton of cookies but never tried to make anything pretty. I of course didm't have time to get the correct icing to do this with so its sloppy. Not to mention I bought the tips to pipe and the bag I was using busted so I just snipped the end off a plastic bag and went to town on the cookies.

Finished Product:


{please excuse the polka dot and babb cookie they are quite horrendous}


and here are my 3 favorite ones...



I really like the idea of a lower case monogram and I think it would go well with the program monogram, but the cookie stamp I ordered is a capital letter. Oh well, stamping will be a lot easier and save a lot of time considering the amount of cookies that will need to be done. Jeremy and I were also talking today about doing the stamp cookie one flavor and then another cookie in just plain sugar cookie.

The Venue...

Twin Oaks in Natchez, MS

{all pics of twin oaks from www.reginaskitchen.com}

For anyone who has talked to me since the wedding planning started knows that I am so very excited about being able to have our wedding at Twin Oaks in Natchez. No joke, I had the same reoccuring dream about Twin Oaks about 3 or 4 times and each time I was walking through and talking about where we would put things and how everything would be for the wedding. I am a huge fan of this current trend among the Vidalia and Natchez girls to get married at the plantations around town. They are beyond beautiful an just exhibit that southern charm that we all love.


{this is the chapel at Twin Oaks that we will be getting married in front of.}


{this picture is from a weddig reception at twin oaks. i absolutely love the way this looks. the back porch is set up perfect for a big party, which is exactly what i'm going for.}

This is probably the one thing I'm looking forward to the most, FOOD! All the food for the wedding is done by Chef Regina Charboneau(who is also the owner of Twin Oaks). She was trained in Paris, and for anyone who knows me well knows I'm a huge foodie and my dream is to go to culinary school in Paris, so to have a French trained chef is a big treat for me!

{this is another reception picture. the food looks so yummy, and its all done by mrs. regina.}


Fantastic Fabric!

I've been planning on making my own ring bearer pillow after seeing what was out there. The options around here are your typical plain white satin over priced pillow, plus that cheap looking pillow I saw just isn't me and doesn't fit my wedding scheme. I've come to realize over the past year that you can make anything that you really like for less money and it can be adjusted to be exactly what you visioned. Not to mention I've become this mini Martha since I got my first apartment a few years ago.

Well today I had some free time between class and getting another ticket this week,(yes this makes two for us since sunday, im never driving again im about to hitch hike around town haha) so I headed over to Fantastic Fabric to check things out. It just so happened that they were having a sale and the fabric I liked was half off and if I got it out of the leftover pile it was another 25% off that. Whoo hoo I love a good sale! And I'm excited to say I got it for $9(which is way cheaper than the cheap plain satin pillow I saw for $30.).

This is my simulation of how it will look when I'm done, I want the turquoise as the pillow and the chocolate dots as a wide stripe going around the entire pillow. I just need to find a big raspberry colored fabric button and some raspberry colored ribbon to tie around the button and to attach the rings to and I've got my personalized "exactly what I want" ringbearer pillow!!

4 Things I would have for my wedding:

If money wasn't an issue...

#1 A Sylvia Weinstock cake. She is so amazing and all of her flowers look real...and I'm sure they taste outta this world.


{I'd love to just go to a tasting for one of her cakes!}



#2 An Oscar de la Renta wedding gown.


{It's just so fabulous and I love the ruffles.}


#3 Manolo Balhnik Something Blue Satin Pump


{Oh if only money would fall out of the sky.}

#4 White Aisle Peony Letterpress Invitation Set. It's my hands down favorite flower of all time.



{I love love love love these invitaions but sadly enough they are out of the college kiddo price range.*moment of silence for the broke college kids everywhere.*}



Have you voted yet?

Don't forget to vote today! I'm super glad I absentee voted because (according to my social psych professor) there could be up to a six hour wait to vote in some places. But be heard and get your vote out there! It's a privilage to be able to vote so don't be like many who take it for granted.

To Stamp or to Pipe?


Well I found a cookie stamp I liked(stamp from www.rycraft.com), but I also love the piped icing look. So what to do? Needless to say I've looked into getting someone else to make the cookies but it would turn out very pricey. If I can find a polka dot cookie stamp I am definately going to go with the stamped look and have two cookies per favor two flavors one polka dot and one monogramed.

If anyone knows where I can find a cookie stamp or how I can achieve this look without having to search for one let me know.

P.S. The Brooklyn Bride put our save the date postcard on her blog! So go check it out, I absolutely love her wedding style and she has a ton of great ideas.

Monique Lhuillier 2009

{this definitely takes my love of feathers to the extreme}


{i can't tell if its polka dots or not but i totally love it}

{this is absolutely gorgeous and still really traditional}



Favor idea # 1:

I saw a cookie favor on TheKnot.com and now I'm in love. Most of these pics were taked from Martha Stweart Wedding(who i am obsessed with). I've looked at a few places who could make them but if I think I wouldn't go insane I just might do them myself. This would be perfect considering I'm like the most sugar crazed person alive. [I'm waiting for the day when I fall into a diabetic coma]

These are just wonderful and you could customize them anyway you could think of. I think i would try a chocolate sugar cookie with the monogram stamped on...
{stamped cookies}


{sugar cookie cakes..yum}


{i love the shape and how simple the monogram is}



{love the swirls}