Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Now your gonna be a little disoriented...

If I ever hear those words again while dancing I'll never dance again. Who knew swing dancing could be so much fun, yesterday Jeremy finally convinced me to try this trick where he swings me into the craddle position then throws me over. And to buffer my fear of death he decided to flip me onto the couch...well that didn't go as planned. Momentum and couch springs never occurred to him and after I was told he wouldn't drop me I was convinced I wouldn't hit the ground. Needless to say as soon as I hit the couch I flipped and my lower jaw hit the hard part of the couch, which led to biting my lip and snapping my jaw back together so hard it gave me a headache.

So this moring in Stats 439 someone pointed out to me that I had a bruised chin, and I already knew it but, my lip is busted. And this is supposed to be our first dance...feels more than I got into a fight. Good thing the trick he beat me to death with isn't part of the first dance...it was just something to try.

I really would hate to have a black eye at the wedding...so don't laugh if I do.

Oh and on another note I'm ahead of the game...I've already caught up on thank you notes and mailed them out today.

Friday, April 24, 2009

{one more monogram}

I've only been saying since November that I was going to order napkins...well I finally did. But I'm not gonna tell you which one, you'll have to come to the wedding to find out. They should be in Saturday and I can't wait to see them.

On another note, Jeremy is a address slacker, no I'm just picking but he did forget to give someone the addresses for the lingerie shower. Which Anna told me is set for May 18th, can't wait to see what that crazy girl has up her sleeve, but I know it will be fun!

I feel like I'm wedding slacking, I was told my a friend that the closer it got to her wedding the more she cried, and I'm starting to see what she means. For some reason I've decided to procrastinate every wedding detail this month and am two weeks late on picking up our engagement pic from the News Star. Oh well I seem to be treating school the same way, either I'm burnt out or this is a severe case of senioritis...and with graduation only a few weeks away I'm guessing it is senioritis.

Oh do you wanna hear something weird? Yesterday I was standing in Walmart(aka hell) and the girl in front of me looked like she was doing wedding returns so I asked and turns out she was. And here is the weird part...wait for it...her shower was the same day as mine, her wedding is the same day as mine...and they are going to the same state for their honeymoon. Granted we are leaving the country for a few days on a small cruise but we will be in Florida for a few days to soak up some Disney. There is another werid that can go with that too but who knows who reads this thing so you'd have to ask me in person to find out. But we can put it this way...she has my same problem, and I thought only one of those existed ha ha.

I'll try to put some shower pics up soon.


Tuesday, April 21, 2009

One less stress...

Got in grad school for the Teach Delta program. Funny thing is that we get back from the honeymoon Saturday and it starts that next Wednesday...no down time haha. Oh well I'm in!!

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Bridal Pics

Well guys since I gave Jennifer the go ahead to post on her blog...Jeremy agreed to stay away form there...here is the link to the bridal pics. They are awesome thank you so much Jennifer I can't wait to see how the wedding turns out!

Leave comments and let me know what you think!

www.jeniliz.wordpress.com

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Bridal Sneak Peak


Here is a sneak peak of the bridals from yesterday. Since Jeremy reads this I'm not showing the dress. But out of the sneak peak I got this is my favorite...the whole uncropped pic is awesome!
{photo by Jennifer Lizenby}

lovely pics hair tyrant

The engagement should run in the Concordia Sentinel today, I was planning on linking it but their site hasn't been updated since my cousin's engagement announcement a few weeks ago.

Wait till y'all see these bridal pics, they turned out great despite my hair issue. I covered up the dress in one and showed Jeremy and he said it didn't look like me at all{compliment? guys word things weird}. I'll let ya know when Jennifer puts some up on her blog.

Word of advice: if your hair dresser does your run through and says oh we will do this this and this when you come back I'm just playing around...she is lying her butt off. I paid $35 for a glorified french braid! She told me oh I'll put rollers in for more volume but guess what, nada, she teased the top then braided it, and attempted to leave the pony tail out and not tuck it in. After I made her tuck it in she did a crappy job of that. She then preceeded to bend and twist my hair piece to make it fluff, it's no supposed to fluff! So now I am stuck with a sad hair piece that I am attempting to mold back into shape, I'm still horrified that she would even consider balling it up in her hand like she did.

Luckily in the pics you wouldn't know the difference that a few minutes before I was lost as a dog trying to find Austin's Bistro and mad that a 30 minute french braid was $35.



Tuesday, April 14, 2009

{bridal photography}


I took this from Kelly Moore's blog. This is where Jennifer Lizenby is shooting my bridal pics this after noon. I can't wait, I haven't been to eat at Austin's Bistro yet but it looks super cool. I love how photographers are getting away from traditional bridals these days. I think I've become the anti-bride with my hate of all things tulle and fluff.

***the lady in the middle of the first pic is Katie May, she shot our engagement {i know ive told ya} but she is awesome!

first dance? continued

I'm willing to bet this is to cheesy or him still. But one of my favorite songs none the less.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XDTi_La94Uo
Don't worry I'm getting mine, I added When I'm 64 - The Beatles to the prewedding playlist.

or this?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X5D3FMioSoc

Monday, April 13, 2009

First dance song??

Does anyone have any good First Dance songs? I suggested Maybe I'm Amazed by Paul McCartney or May this be love by Jimi Hendrix, but Jeremy won't go with it. The DJ said it had to be turned in by the end of April and all my ideas have been shot down. Swing dancing is out due to lack of practice and time to practice, so guess that takes out big band music. Jeremy is against sappy or as he like to call it "corny" first dance music.

Ugh why can't we be one of those couples that has a corny song that we love that is OUR song.
The more suggestions the merrier, hey I might even do a if we pick your song you win something contest.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

News Paper Announcement


Here is the link to the April 12 Natchez Democrat:
www.natchezdemocrat.com

Here is a link to the News Star announcement in Monroe:
http://www.thenewsstar.com

Traditions and Etiquette {part cinco}

Just to clear something up, this is not to teach anyone involved a lesson about etiquette. I just found this stuff interesting, mainly cause I didn't know all of it an I love to know about how things are traditionally done. And hey you only get married once and I'd look crazy reading this stuff for no reason after the fact, so I'm reading now.

And after reading this we are in for a treat, when goofy ole Nate comes down{Jeremy's brother} I have a feeling it is gonna be opposite and Jeremy and I will be saying "Did you get this?" or "Did you remember to pack this?" He is a sweetheart but so stinking goofy.

The Best Man's responsibilities include

1. Make absolutely sure that the groom has the marriage license with him.
2. Receive the minister's fee from the groom and give it to the minister privately following the ceremony.
3. Help the groom pack for his honeymoon.
4. Help the groom dress for the ceremony.
5. If a ring bearer is to be in the wedding, the Best Man is responsible to oversee the child and be sure he understands his duties. (See note below)
6. Assist with luggage arrangements for both the bride and the groom so that everything will be ready for their departure.
7. Make sure car or travel arrangements are set and that the groom is carrying any necessary reservations, tickets, money and travelers checks.
8. The Best Man will want to ride to the church with the groom.
9. It is the Best Man's responsibility to make sure the ushers are together and ready before the ceremony begins. Many weddings have been delayed by dilly dallying ushers who are either cutting up to relieve the tension they feel or are out having the last quick puff on a cigarette.
10. Alert ushers as to the ladies who will be wearing flowers and make sure they are not seated before receiving them.
11. Check all the men's boutonnieres. These should always be worn on the left lapel, stem down.
12. Perform any task or errand the groom or the bride's mother may request at the church.
13. If applicable, remind the groom to remove his gloves as the bride comes down the aisle.
14. Be first at the reception in order to welcome the bride and groom.
15. The Best Man is responsible to make the first toast to the bride and groom at the wedding. The Best Man is also responsible to make the first toast at the rehearsal dinner.
16. The Best Man should act as a host, making introductions when necessary and helping to make the guests feel welcome.
17. The Best Man should dance at the reception with the bride, both mothers and as many of the bridal attendants and guest as possible.
18. Help the groom change into his travel clothes after the reception. Find out when the bride is ready to leave and with the maid/matron of honors, help the bride and groom depart.
19. Return the groom's tuxedo to the tux shop or if it belongs to the groom, be responsible for taking it to the cleaners.
20. Order flowers for the bride and groom's room at the first stop of the honeymoon trip.
21. Another responsibility of the Best Man may include the signing of the marriage certificate. This is not only a legal document but also a beautiful keepsake for the couple. Many times, the Best Man is not aware that his signature may be required and he may be off with the guests.
22.
23. Note about ring bearer: The Best Man has the responsibility of carrying the bride's wedding ring. However, many times the couple will also want to have a ring bearer. We recommend that the "real" ring be kept safe in the pocket of the Best Man. Why? Just remember the boy with stage fright who never made it down the aisle…or even better, the ring bearer who argued with the Best Man when he tried to remove the ring and then cried his eyes out when the Best Man took it away.
{ourmarriage.com}

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Fuschia and Navy

I absolutely love this color combo. It was taken off theknot.com, I found it back at the start of planning but had already handed out swatches to everyone. But still fuschia and navy are awesome!




Traditions and Etiquette {part 4}

Responsibilities of the
Mother of the Bride

The Primary responsibility of the Mother of the Bride is to see that the bride's wishes are carried out the bride's way. It will be your responsibility to help the bride plan her wedding with her tastes in mind…not your's, unless, it is the true desire of the bride to "let mom run things."

Here are your primary responsibilities:

1. Help the bride select her wedding attire. Remember, this is not your wedding. If you find yourself talking the bride out of a gown she loves, you may be overreaching.
2. Help the bride and groom decide on a wedding budget. Settling money issues upfront is always best. A good clear budget will help everyone with their expectations.
3. In the event that the Mother of the Groom does not contact you, you will make the first contact.
4. See that the guest lists are put together. The invitations must be ordered as soon as possible, and the guest list will be critical in making your invitation order.
5. Reservations for out-of-town guests, invited by the bride's family, are the responsibility of the mother of the bride. It will be much more convenient if a block of rooms are reserved at a nearby hotel, which is near her home.
6. Choose your gown for the wedding day. Immediately tell the Mother of the Groom the colors and style so that she may begin looking for a complimentary gown. Send a swatch of material to the Mother of Groom if possible.
7. See that instructions for the actual ceremony are given. This includes the seating schedule and the receiving line at reception, as well as any special touches the bride may choose to have at her wedding.
8. The role as mother of the bride, in the ceremony, may include lighting the family candle on the altar, along with the mother of the groom. Family candles are lit after the candle lighters have left the altar area, and prior to the entrance of the wedding party.
9. Find a trusted friend or family member who is not in the wedding party to assist you throughout the wedding. You are the hostess for the entire event! Find someone who will help you with some of the details…sometimes a professional is best.
10. Be familiar with the responsibilities of the Maid of Honor. You may want to have a conversation with the Maid of Honor to coordinate and avoid stepping on each other's toes.
{ourmarriage.com}

Friday, April 10, 2009

Traditions and Etiquette {part tres}

Just thought it was interesting...so here ya go part 3:

Responsibilities of the Mother of
the Groom

The mother of the groom is often at a loss as to exactly what role she plays in the marriage of her son. This is even more true when she has not participated previously in a wedding for a daughter or other sibling. The following rules of etiquette are shared to increase the joy and fulfil the traditional responsibilities of the mother of the groom.

Her responsibilities include:

* The first rule of etiquette to be followed upon receiving news of the impending nuptials is to initiate contact between the families. Introducing herself and her husband to the bride's parents is her first responsibility. This may be as simple as making a call to the bride's mother and telling her how happy she is about the engagement or an informal invitation to dinner at their home. If preferred, dinner at a nice restaurant is always in order. This may be with or without the couple in attendance.

If the parents live far away, a friendly letter is appropriate. A snapshot of the family and maybe even one of her son as a small child is always welcomed by the bride's mother and is a kind gesture.

* The importance of providing an accurate and timely guest list can neither be over emphasized, nor the importance of sticking to the guidelines given her as to the number of guests she many invite. Remember to include zip codes.
* It is the bride's mother who will first select a dress for her daughters wedding. A gown of complimentary color and similar styling is then chosen by the mother of the groom. She must wear long if the bride's mother wears long or short if she wears short. The color should not match the bridesmaids, nor the brides' mother, but compliment both.
* Reservations for out-of-town guests, invited by the groom's family, are the responsibility of the mother of the groom. It will be much more convenient if a block of rooms are reserved at a nearby hotel, which is near her home.
* It is the responsibility of the groom's parents to host the rehearsal dinner. This can be as simple as a salad potluck with paper plates in the backyard or as elaborate as an exotic dinner with live entertainment in the finest restaurant. Everyone who takes a part in the ceremony is invited to the dinner. It is proper etiquette to invite the spouse or significant other of those participating, and the parents of children in the wedding.
* Scheduled family photographs, prior to the wedding, will dictate the groom's parents time of arrival. If photos are not scheduled to be taken before the ceremony, the arrival should be no less than one hour before the appointed time
* As the wedding begins, the groom's mother will be escorted down the aisle, to the first pew, right-hand side, by the head usher or a groomsman who is a family member. A nice touch includes the groom escorting his mother down the aisle. As the groom's mother is escorted to her seat, her husband will follow along behind. However, if the parents are divorced, the father of the groom will have been seated previously, two pews behind the mother.
* The role as mother of the groom, in the ceremony, may include lighting the family candle on the altar, along with the mother of the bride. Family candles are lit after the candle lighters have left the altar area, and prior to the entrance of the wedding party.
* The first official duty of the mother of the groom, during the reception is to stand in the receiving line greeting guests and introducing her friends and family to the bride and her family. Traditionally she stands between the bride and her mother. If the fathers of the couple choose to stand in the line, she will stand between them.

* Be familiar with the responsibilities of the Maid of Honor. You may want to have a conversation with the Maid of Honor to coordinate and avoid stepping on each other's toes.
{ourmarriage.com}
Finally ordered BM gifts...I'll give ya a hint, I bought them on Etsy.com.

Sarah Seven

I am all about non traditional bridal attire and after reading i heart peonies today I have now discovered Sarah Seven. Check her out she has other dresses than just bridal and is very affordable on the bridal scale.

Her blog is http://www.beausandarrows.blogspot.com/ , check her out her dresses are awesome.
{white as snow}


Traditions and Etiquette {part deux}

I remember years ago at my cousin Jeanie's wedding they did a money dance, I was one of the cute kiddos holding the pins. And well I haven't seen this done lately with my own eyes, but several friends have suggested it and said they had fun with it at their own weddings. So here is a little of what I have found about wedding dancing:

Dancing at your reception is a lovely way to bring an air of elegance and family togetherness to a wonderfully happy and joyous occasion.

Traditionally, the bride and groom will be the first to dance as their special song is played softly. Lights dimmed low create a romantic atmosphere.

As the music continues to play, the father of the bride will cut in on the groom and dance with his daughter. The groom asks the bride's mother to join him in a dance and together they grace the dance floor.

The groom's father then cuts in on the bride's father and dances with the bride himself. The bride's father will then cut in on the groom and dance with his wife.

The groom will then ask his mother to dance. Following this, the parents exchange dances with the other couple.

The best man then comes out to ask the bride to dance and the groom will dance with the maid or matron of honor. Finally, the entire wedding party, ushers and bridesmaids join in the festivities. Once the entire bridal party and their parents are on the dance floor, the other guests are invited to dance.

The "money dance" originated as a custom in Poland, and is a popular tradition found celebrated in the weddings of today. It takes place sometime after the first dance and is usually announced by the DJ. It is customary for the best man to begin dancing with the bride, pinning money onto her gown or putting it into a satin bag carried by the bride, especially for the money dance. A newer rendition of this money dance includes bridesmaids and other ladies dancing with the groom, pinning money on his lapel.

{www.ourmarriage.com}

Thursday, April 09, 2009

Friday, April 03, 2009

up do, to-do, or don't do?

Bridal pics are coming up so now its time to decide once and for all on what to do with my hair. Granted I had the wonderful idea to chop it all off last summer when Jeremy went to Africa...who knows what I was thinking. Needless to say it is taking what seems like forever to grow out. Perhaps I should have been warned I'd be getting engaged two months later. Well here are some hair styles from theknot.com
Hopefully I can narrow this down before spring break or I just won't have a do at all. Maybe I'll just take all three pics and just let whoever do whatever.



Thursday, April 02, 2009

{just because}

Senior year of high school we had to do a research paper and pick from a list of topics. Well mine was on Elizabeth Barrett Browning and Robert Browning, I spent forever trying to come up with a topic when the week the paper was due the teacher(Hathaway) gave me a hint as to what the title should be. He simply said "The last line of a poem." That gave me the idea to name my paper "I Shall but Love Thee Better After Death" and I still think it was the best title I've ever come up with. But here you go, the two most romantic/in love/love conquers all poets I've ever read. I love them more than Shakespere, and that says a lot. I want to use a quote from one of these two sonnets somewhere in the wedding, just printed on the program or something. Any ideas?

How Do I Love Thee? (Sonnet 43)

by
Elizabeth Barrett Browning
How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
I love thee to the depth and breadth and height
My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight
For the ends of being and ideal grace.
I love thee to the level of every day's
Most quiet need, by sun and candle-light.
I love thee freely, as men strive for right.
I love thee purely, as they turn from praise.
I love thee with the passion put to use
In my old griefs, and with my childhood's faith.
I love thee with a love I seemed to lose
With my lost saints. I love thee with the breath,
Smiles, tears, of all my life; and, if God choose,
I shall but love thee better after death.


Here are the first few lines of Rabbi Ben Ezra...its awfully long. But the first two lines are my favorite.

106. Rabbi Ben Ezra
By Robert Browning (1812–1889)

GROW old along with me!

The best is yet to be,

The last of life, for which the first was made:

Our times are in His hand

Who saith ‘A whole I planned,
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Youth shows but half; trust God: see all, nor be afraid!’



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