Monday, August 31, 2009

Hair flower

I struggled with if I wanted a veil. Orginally I said NO WAY not me. Then I went back on what I said and said.. maybe a little one. I bought a bird cage veil. I still wasn't feeling it. It just wasn't me.  So I though maybe if I made a hair flower I'd like my veil better.  So I headed over to my local Michael's bought a silk rose and a silk peony. Came home deconstructed them on the sly. Eric didn't want to know what my wedding day wardrobe was.  I made my flower with some tulle and some swarovski crystals I had lying about. I thought it came out perfect. Except It didn't work as I originally intended. I didn't like it at all with the birdcage veil. I like it just as it was. So I went back and forth on a veil, on just a crystal comb and finally settled on a flower. I think it was perfect.
What made it even better is it didn't cost me a fortune. That little flower cost me a whopping $3.00. I'm a natural born deal hunter I couldn't bear to spend 20 bucks on something I could easily make. :) It also is pretty sweet because when I do wear it now. (On special date nights) It reminds me of my wedding day.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Rockin the house!


I had a fabulous wedding. I've been reliving it this week through my photographer. The above images are from her. She caught the mood and fun of my wedding beautifully. Though the mood was created by our amazing DJ. Mike Beaver of Beaver Audio was phenomenal! I didn't give him much direction from talking to him I knew that he knew exactly what we were looking for at our wedding, a dance floor filled to max capacity and a mellow but chill feeling during cocktail hour.We had it. He played an awesome mix of music for the cocktail hour. I've had a few requests from our guests of what we had him play. Other than the few requests we had, it was all him and he seemlessly moved from one song to the next. I asked him to read the crowd and play what felt right. He did it perfectly. I wish I had the playlist from that night because it was amazing.  From the time Eric and I arrived the music continued to be spot on. Finally when the dancing  finally commenced it never seemed to stop. It was a blast. I learned from facebook pictures that were posted of my wedding soon after "that mine was the danciest wedding."  We seriously had a conga line for a Journey song. It was so much fun. I think some of my guests could have danced for hours more. Though the fun had to end at midnight.
Along with Mike keeping the dance floor hopping, you can have a photobooth. It was brilliant. My guests crowded into the photobooth (which comfortablly fits 3 I saw at times at least 8 in the booth) to take pictures. The photobooth prints out two sets one for the bride and groom and one for the guest. Let me just say the longer the night went on the better the photos got.  The attendant who happened to also be Mike's wife at the photobooth placed our copy in a photo album and our guests wrote messages beside it.
Hands down Mike and the photo booth contributed to our wedding rocking as much as it did. It makes me want to get married again just to dance the night away again.

My end advice. Talk to your DJ make sure he knows what you want and if he sounds awesome let him do his thing, It's his job, trust him to do a good one and not give an ipod list of songs. You're paying them to be a DJ let them do it. :)  Also  We didn't have a cake cutting song, last dance song,  mother son song I asked for his advice and for a few of them the night before the wedding. He had great suggestions, and he played great songs. He knew what he was doing, a good DJ does besdies he has attended more weddings than I ever will. My virtual shout out to Beaver Audio for making my Wedding night such a great party thank you. :)

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Me and My Maid of Honor

I had so much fun at my wedding, and she is one of the reasons why my wedding such a riot. My Maid of Honor along with my brother kept the dance floor hopping.  She is a great person and makes my stomach hurt from laughter every time I am with her. We just have one of those kind of relationships. I just wanted to put a virtual thank you to her for making me laugh all the time, for helping me out, my 3 am Wal-mart run on my wedding day, and helping make sure the music I walked down the aisle to was perfect. Thank you!

Cake! and some advice

I figured I would take the time to talk about some of my wedding details. Things that brides stress over and fret over and lastly get a million opinions on.  For me one of those things were our cake.  I loved our wedding cake I could have eaten a whole layer. It was a delcious, chocolate cake with chocolate chips, chocolate ganache and fresh strawberries covered in buttercream.  Now you may read this and say UGH what a chocolate wedding cake or you may drool. (I hope you drool it was really that good.) Back to topic and not dreaming of cake.   I was told all over the place that a chocolate wedding cake wasn't proper, that it had to be a white cake.  Stop the presses, ?. (Who came up with that?) I can name 10 people who blatently told me I had  to have a white cake. Well ,we didn't we got our favorite. We loved it. It was just what we wanted and I think our guests liked it too.  My advice to all of you on the fence brides. Get a cake that makes you want to drool, that you truly love.  It will make that first bite together as a couple even sweeter. :)
PS thanks Mom for the flutes. We will always toast to our good moments with them. :)

Friday, August 21, 2009

Weddings & Birthdays Oh My

So my wedding... gasp 20 days ago was also my Big brother's 30th birthday. He graciously let me have it. (Thank you Andy!) I didn't want him to think his birthday was forgotten though so I conspired with Cakes by Mere, to have a Cartman cake made for him and given to him at our rehearsal dinner. He loves Southpark and Cartman so this cake was perfect for him. It really suprised him and made his night that he got a Birthday cake.
I love my big brother and makeing sure he wasn't forgotten on my wedding was a big deal for me. After all you only turn 30 and get married once right. :)

Side note: The cake was delicious and he loved it. Chocolate and yellow cake with buttercream. Everyone was happy.

Thanks again Meredith, from Cakes by Mere. You made his night. :)

I can believe I missed it...

2 posts ago was my 100th post. It took me a little over a year to hit the 100 mark. I thought I would be on the ball and catch it but I didn't. So here's to Happy 103!

Thursday, August 20, 2009

a new name.

A new name.. sort of. I love my old name, but also want to take my new husbands. We've made an agreement professionally I'm my old name, everywhere else I'm his name. Let me just say it's weird changing your name. I have had 25 years to fine tune my maiden name now I have to learn a whole knew thing. It's going to take time.
This morning I went to the DMV to get things going and forgot that I had to sign my new name for the license. Well went that time came. OOOPs can I do that again. I had signed my old name. It's going to take time. On a good note. I have a new picture and it's a good one.
Next up everything else that has my name on it. This is going to be an involved process.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Paul McCartney!!!!

I am a massive Beatles fan. I grew up with them. I own all their albums on vinyl, not to mention countless original Beatle magazines, money, pins, newspapers. I am also a huge Paul McCartney fan. As soon as I found out he was coming to Atlanta I had to go. I mean there really is only 1 good Beatle left. (Especially after Ringo's comment about no more signatures.)
So Saturday afternoon my new husband, and my parents made the pilgrimage to Piedmont Park to see the show. We arrived at the park at 1:30, doors to the park opened at 4, and the concert began at 7 pm with Paul on at 9pm. Time really did go by pretty fast. We were all excited to see him. Finally we made it into the park. Staked our claim with our blankets. We got pretty close to the stage. It was awesome. It was hot as 6 shades of hell but OMG a BEATLE!
Finally the show started. The opening band was the Irish band the Script. I think I was one of a few people that could actually sing along. (thanks BBC radio 1) They are a pretty cool band.

Then at 8:40 twenty minutes early PAUL MCCARTNEY!!! He was amazing. he played for almost 3 hours. I was hoarse from singing and screaming. It was the best concert I've ever seen. About 30 minutes into his set it started to rain. It felt amazing after being in the heat all day. No one moved though Everyone was so pumped to be there. I have never seen so many Beatle and Paul shirts ever. He put on an amazing performance. It was amazing to see him. It was cool to hear him live. Yesterday marked the 40th anniversary of Woodstock and he honored Jimi Hendrix by playing Foxy Lady, it was also the 45th anniversary to the Beatles playing at Shea Stadium and he honored that too. It was phenomenal. I am so glad to have gotten to see him live I never thought I would. The video clip above is from my camera.


My wedding is over.. and now it's time to relive the day with pictures! My amazing photographer blogged about us! Shannon Wright from Photography by Shannon posted the above picture on her blog. Her pictures have succeeded to make my cheeks hurt from smiling all over again. She is so talented and it was such a great day to have her tailing me and her partner Steve shooting Eric. Then when we finally got together the pictures are all amazing. If you want to see the actual blog post click here.

Friday, August 14, 2009

Sigh.. back to reality

The past two weeks have seemed to be a combination of dream and a hectic reality. I am finally a wife. It's still weird to realize that I have a new title, a new name, and a ton of pictures to sort through. Our wedding was amazing. It was everything I hoped it would be and more. The ceremony was beautiful. My new husband.. (eek :) ) got all choked up giving his vows. It was really sweet, I thought I would be the crier. The chapel looked amazing. The flowers were perfect. I had heard so many stories on how the flowers weren't right. Mine were amazing. I only wish I got to keep them forever. The reception was a blast. The DJ kept the dance floor filled, the food was awesome, the bar was hopping, and the photobooth was a hit. The night was awesome. I can't wait to see the pro pictures. All my DIY details came out cool. will recap posts as I get images. I don't really have that many now.

Right after the wedding we flew to Barcelona enjoyed the city and the sea. It was beautiful and relaxing. It also made me addicted to cafe con leche. Luckily one of our wedding gifts was a cute stove top cappuccino maker. I have already tested it out. It's awesome.

Now it is back to reality on Monday and hopefully some more pictures on facebook and my flickr site will recapture our wonderful wedding before I get the pro pictures. :)