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Yeah, I don't like the "blue" roses or anything that looks too dyed myself. I'm having that problem with my FH - I'll see something that looks cool and I'll show him and say "Isn't that neat?" and then I have to make sure to differentiate between something that's just neat and I think is cool, and something that's neat because I want it for us!

Wild Wedding Weekend!

This weekend was super busy, but we got so much done! Warning – long post!

Friday

Worked a full day starting at 6am, hopped in the car with FH and kitty in tow and went down to SD. We met with Gail from Art in 18K who designed my ring. She had to look at it again for the official appraisal, and we talked to her about designing a wedding band for me that would fit perfectly against my ering. She said she'd have to keep my ering for a few days, and I'm all "Noooo!"  She is super-duper cute and very fun and creative

Then we went to PB to hang out with my friend Katie from highschool. Asked her to be a BM, all is good. Went to Cabo Cantina for dinner... very good fajitas and great drink specials.

Saturday

Got up early and met with Dan from Encore Video (858-689-9965) because he was recommended by our photographer. I watched all the DVDs that I could get from the Bridal Bazaar, and I thought I knew what to expect, but man-o-man does Dan put everyone else in the dust! Then he told me that he did a certain fabulous Charger's wedding video, and I knew Dan was the man for me! His stuff is so well done and so funny, touching and creative. More money than my Knot budgeter said I could spend on a videographer, but I think photos and video and the stuff that will last after one day are the important things to spend money on. He even has aerial shots of our site! I think he’s probably the vendor I’m most excited about. BOOKED.

Then we went to see Paul from StudioFlora and he was wonderful. What really impressed us the most was when I first said that I wanted peonies for my bouquet, he got right on the phone to talk to vendors to see if he could make it happen. Unfortunately, it won't work for our date, so I'm bummed, but I was impressed that he took the initiative to get moving on it. He also said he'd show us some prototypes of bouquets and centerpieces about two weeks before the wedding. That really impressed us! Waiting for quote

Our last vendor stop of the day was DJ Mike Hogan. He was very cool! He has this great voice and he definitely sounds like he’d be on the radio. I mean, nowadays anyone can get any songs that you want for your wedding, it’s all about finding a DJ that is going to be a good Emcee and make your night go well. He is really anal about the details like my mom, my FH and I, so we liked him. He talked about how he always goes to check on the kitchen, family members needed for a dance, whatever a few minutes before he announces it so he makes sure that there aren’t any hold-ups and the night keeps going smoothly and everyone has fun! BOOKED.

Next I stopped by the UTC Nordstrom’s MAC counter to get my makeup done. They said I’d have a hard time getting in because I didn’t have an appointment, but I was just nice yet insistent and got in no problem. Gaby is the one who did my makeup, and she did it naturally and a very good job. You’ll see when the e-pics come (soon!). I’m thinking about using her and her partner to do my BMs for my wedding… There is a lady I’ve used before that I want to use again for myself.

Engagement pics! We had a lot of fun doing this. Joe from Studio Paris is so nice and we really had a lot of fun working with him. We just have a good feeling that they came out well, even though it was super foggy on the beach on Saturday! No sunset, and it frizzed my hair towards the end!

Went to Chevy’s for dinner with my buddy from preschool Matt.  He’s going to be in the wedding, so we’re very excited.

Sunday

Peggi Walker with Metro Floral was very nice and very creative. Plus it’s great that she is the florist that bballprncess is using at her 4pm ceremony right before mine, so I trust that she’s good because BI referrals are the bomb! My mom was totally impressed that she had magnets for putting the corsages/bouts on… it’s the little things that get us excited. I really liked her centerpieces too. Poor Justin, having to go to two florists in one weekend!   

Then we headed up to the Superbowl party and that was that. Today is our two year anniversary, and I am so sad because Justin hopped on a plane this morning to head up to Seattle for FOUR STUPID MONTHS. I am really sad, but I have to keep remembering that I am a strong woman and I can live by myself. It’s just weird to be by yourself after living with someone for a year. The good news is that we’re going on our annual trip to Tahoe (the same one we met on) this Thursday (he is flying down and meeting me there), so it’s not going to be too long before I see him. It was just hard that he was somewhat “moving out” this morning.

 So the next big things to tackle are the STDs, which I have an appointment with a stationary lady on the 14th (gotta keep myself busy on V-day) and another one the following weekend. Plus of course the dress, but I am playing hookey from work on Monday to go with my mom. Don't think I can use the "broke my leg skiing" excuse... anyone know where I can get a fake cast?

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You have done lots lately - good work! I love the dresses that you tried on, did you decide which one you are going with? I love Jenny Lee dresses. I was thinking of making a trip up to her store in LA, but still haven't decided if it is worth it. I don't think I know of any SD stores that carry her.  I'm sorry to hear about your kitty. It's so hard when your baby isn't feeling well. I hope that she is doing better.

Have a great time in Tahoe!

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Hi danimal,

Just wanted to say hello and wish you a belated welcome to BI journaling! I enjoyed your engagement story—it's so romantic, with all those candles and rose petals. And wow, it looks like you've been a whirlwind of wedding planning activity! Just reading your journal makes me feel tired. But seriously, I love how energized and organized you are, it's quite inspirational. You're off to a wonderful start; keep up the great work, and I'm looking forward to reading more about your plans!

Oh, and have a marvelous time in Tahoe!
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I am a senior member!!!!!!  I am such a geek, I'm so excited!

Always - I would definitley recommend going to the White Dress. They have some other stuff in similar styles to Jenny Lee, so you don't have to be limited to just one designer with your trip up. I am going there on Monday with my mom (I'm playing hookey from work!). It's in OC too, so it would be a bit of a closer drive for you.

Oh, and big news on the bridesmaid front. So my little sister is a wreck. She is clinically depressed and bipolar. She really is a mean-spirited bad person. If I wasn't related to her, there is no way I'd have anything to do with her. We fight, we don't get along, she treats my mom like crap, I really resent her for that. So anyway, despite all of that, I asked her to be a bridesmaid because it's the right thing to do by my mom, and I got an email from her today declining! I'm so relieved! But now I can't control what she wears!

Yay! Tahoe tomorrow! Uh-oh, I guess I better start packing. I'll have more wedding dress news to post when I get back next week.

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Yay! Back from Tahoe and I've found THE DRESS!

Tahoe was a lot of fun, except that Russ, one of the groomsmen, fell on the first run of the trip and another snowboarder ran over his head. He had a huge gash on his head and got six staples!  Poor guy. He's doing ok though, and he was on the mountain the next day.

Here are some pictures.

 

So I decided that on the first day back from Tahoe, I didn't want to go to work, so I should play hookey and go wedding dress shopping with my mom! She came up from SD and we started at Saks on Wilshire in The Hills... Beverly that is. They had a Reem Acra trunk show this weekend, and they were supposed to hold over three dresses for me (there is this one that I always am wearing when I dream about our wedding), but they never got them in the first place. I was a little bummed because they had confirmed to me that the dresses were coming in. But then the nice saleslady told me that she actually preferred Kenneth Pool to Reem Acra, and I have to say that now I agree! Kenny (we're BFF now, I can call him that! ) has beautiful, more feminine and more intricate bead-work, and is better finished underneath. I think Reem does more embroidery (with thread) and Kenny does more beading. My dress is BLINGED-OUT! Here it is, I'm so excited.

I tried on two other Kennys there, but this is the one! It's going to be in white, not blue, and I'm not going to wear the straps.

I also went to Erin Cole Couture in Newport because they have Romona Keveza, and I ended up trying on more Judd Waddell. I LOVE this store though because the owner makes all this beautiful jewelry and she does her own veils and they are absolutely great. So if you're looking for something unique and cool, check her out!

We went back to the White Dress too in Corona Del Mar, and the store is super cool and I love it there, but with there and Erin Cole I was like "Get this off me, it's not the one" after every single dress. I feel so much better about the Kenny after trying on the other dresses that I had really liked before. It definitely fits my personality the most!

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YEAH!!!!! The dress!!! It is absolutely amazing!
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CONGRATS on finding your dress. It is gorgeous! I love the detail, especially on the train.  Thanks for the advice on the white dress too, I'm definately going to have to make a trip up there.

 

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That dress is stunning! I just got caught up on your journal and it sounds like you're moving right along.

Congrats on picking the dress and I can't wait to hear more!

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Yay! Today is our minus seven month anniversary! I am very sad though since Justin is up in Seattle working and I'm not going to get to see him for awhile. I'm just feeling very down and I'm kinda apathetic about other stuff... especially school. I think I have senioritis.Can you catch that in grad school? 

Thanks for stopping by chadanderika, alwaysabrdsmaid, and kaydd! I'm glad you like my dress too!

I got my e-pics back, and they're pretty good. I am a little bummed out because it looks like I have way too much makeup on, which isn't really me. I was OK with it at the time because I was thinking "it's better to be too made up than not made up for the pictures" but now I"m not so sure. Plus it was really foggy at the beach and my hair frizzed bigtime. I was going for the Jessica Simpson look, but not quite. I only have small pics to post, here are my favs:





I also wanted to get my to-do list written out:
  • Reception site: The Prado
  • Photographer: Joe Stein from Studio Paris
  • Officiant: Fr. Menees
  • Dress: Kenneth Pool!
  • Registry; done
  • Honeymoon - Tahiti!
  • Beautification - Bleaching my teeth, went to dermatologist to make sure my skin looks good. In Progress
  • Need to book OOT hotel rooms. FH's action
  • Wedding rings
  • Videographer - Done. Encore Video
  • Florist - Waiting on Paul's quote
  • DJ  - Done. Mike Hogan
  • Engagement photos. Done. Joe said we could take a few more next time we're in SD, so I may take him up on that.
  • Invitations - This weekend. I'm meeting with two different people that can design them. I saw some that I liked online, and FH likes them too, so I have a good idea of what I want already. Need to send out STDs soon!
  • Wedding party - Mostly done. I need to figure out who I want to have for one more usher. 
  • Coordinator - I gave my mom the action to find one if she wants one. Only need day-of since I know what I want and love planning
  • Photo Booth - we really want to do an old-fashioned carnival photo booth
  • BP Presents - Instead of presents we want to have surfing lessons for everyone, and my aunt is a professional photographer, so I will have her take pics for everyone. I think it will be good to give everyone a great memory instead of something they're only going to use occasionally. I'm just worried about the practicality of doing it.
  • Ceremony musicians - taking care of that this weekend
  • Rehearsal dinner - looking for somewhere fun in Old Town (but not OTMC) that has a private area for ~60 people.
  • Need to set up shuttle service for guests back and forth between hotel and Balboa Park. No drinking and driving!
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Danimal - Your engagement photos look wonderful! You guys look so happy and comfortable together!  I like the one in the lower right hand corner best. 

Hey - today is our 7 month countdown date!  Congratulations date buddy!  We are getting there for sure!

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