Sunday, September 27, 2009

Fun and Fire

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This was our last weekend of wedding planning and after one completely sleepless night I am sleepily starting my last day of work tomorrow before we leave for our destination wedding.

Instead of relaxing and just sitting around we decided to pack our weekend full of really annoying and exciting tasks...you know...keep things interesting.

The weekend started off with me and my glue gun finishing our place cards. This included cutting out 54 small cards gluing them with my hot glue gun to wooden dowels which will be put in little vintage milk glass bud vases for each guest. This was the second set of place cards I got from my Mom who was cute enought to print them out for us...stupid Helena Script font and computer errors...then I tied colored ribbons (brown for chicken and green for fish) on each stick. My FI decided it was totally necessary to contact each and every one of his guests to verify their meal choices and make sure the correct person in the correct family got the correct meal...seriously what would a person do if...the husband got the wife's meal?!

Next it was on to a marathon car buying trip with my Mom who bought a sporty new little Subaru...complete with me having to put the smack down on the car dealer and then we finally headed off to my final fitting. I wasn't really in the mood for the fitting...tomorrow I pick up the dress.

Tonight we had a late night Kinkos run and print our engagement pictures and put them in frames.

The last job of the night was to email all our guests and tell them about our bonfire the night before the wedding. I am including this picture of the sign which tells visitors...in no uncertain terms that alcohol is not allowed on the beach. I tried telling my FI this and I am pretty sure he listened...only if I get any late night calls from San Diego's finest I am going to go bridezilla on everyone involved.

Time for bed! More wedding planning to do tomorrow...

Saturday, September 26, 2009

One Week Countdown

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In just one week I will be walking down this beautiful aisle in this beautiful Chapel to marry my future husband.

I can't believe these two years of wedding planning are almost over and that time has gone by this fast.

To add to the excitement I will be walking down the aisle with my new baby bump.

I start crying everytime I look at this picture and think about us on our wedding day in front of our closest friends and family.

We leave in four days for our destination wedding so if I don't chat with most of you before then...thank you for all your love and support!

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Hot Wedding Shoes

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See these amazingly cute Nina wedding shoes?! I have loved them for months...I have thought about them...entered contests to win them and sent them to friends and family to see what they thought. Want to know what my Mom said...STRIPPER SHOES. Really Mom?! (Now my Mom is one of my best blog readers and she knows I am just teasing her with this post).

I didn't buy these shoes...I didn't want to be a stripper bride so I got some boringish other shoes which I won't post here.

When I was at my dress fitting the lady said...you could try higher shoes so we don't have to alter the bottom...sold! STRIPPER SHOES...now I had an excuse!

I ordered them and let me tell you...they are so hot and cute I can barely stand it. They even come in an adorable pink box with a pink shoe bag. They are 4 1/2" heels only really they don't look that high. My dress is almost perfect on the bottom and doesn't need any alterations (good thing since the entire dress had to practically get rebuilt).

My advice...get what you want for your wedding...if you don't...you will probably end up just spending twice as much money and getting what you want after getting something you don't really like.

In other funny news...my Mom ended up buying two amazing pairs of Nina shoes...one for her adorable BCBG rehearsal dress and one for her BCBG wedding dress.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

The Rehearsal Dress Swap

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I finally have my rehearsal dress...again...sort of.

It all started months ago...my Mom found the cutest most perfect dress at J Crew. I knew I wanted a classy white strapless dress and this one was just perfect. She bought me a size 8. She brought it over when she came to visit one weekend and it was a little big. So we returned it to the nearest store which is about a 30-40 minute drive. We dodged a rain storm and a crowded mall just to purchase a size 6.

So last night I tried on the size 6 dress that we bought at the store and with the growing baby bump and my new larger bust size it barely zipped. It would have fit only I might have ripped it off in pain halfway through my practice walk down the aisle...which I am pretty sure Father Ben would not have appreciated.

Today my FI and I returned to another mall still a pretty long drive from our house and returned it. The dress has long since been gone from the store so I knew they wouldn't have a larger size. They didn't. Good thing I had looked online before we left the house and they did have a size 8 so I put it in my cart. I couldn't find the receipt so I was scared they would give me some crazy low price for it since it was so long ago that we bought it only the nice lady at J Crew gave me full price for it! She also offered to order me the online one so I could avoid paying shipping (I never knew you could do this from the store...good tip to know about) only the online people said it was out of stock. I told her I had one in my cart at home only she said it was probably long gone because the cart doesn't hold the dress if someone else wants it. I was sad and left the store empty handed with a gift card for the original price of the dress $98.00 so it wasn't a total loss.

I just got home...looked in my cart and suprise suprise the dress was still there...on sale for $69.99! I had to pay the $10.50 shipping so I still ended this crazy whirlwind dress swap with a $20.00 J Crew gift card! Not that it will buy me much only still...pretty fun!

Let's just hope the dress comes this week in time for me to take it with me to San Diego.

If you are having a wedding soon I totally recommend looking at all the cute white strapless dresses that are on sale at J Crew.

Did I mention it even has pockets...which has to be my fav trend of this year in dresses...

Saturday, September 19, 2009

I'm Not Over It

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Some of you might remember my earlier post about I'm Over It and the amazing wedding jewelry I am renting for my wedding...

I just got a box today and inside was the necklace, earrings and bracelet that I rented all for under $100 including shipping both ways.

Some people might not understand why I made the decision to rent instead of buy. Once I chose my dress I started looking at jewelry and it seemed like everything in my budget was so...cheap! I didn't want to wear cheap tacky jewelry with my beautiful wedding dress.

I heard about I'm Over It and I was sold! I love the idea that I get to have beautiful jewelry without the huge price tag.

My jewelry is so pretty! I can't believe how amazing it looks in person. The necklace is so cute I just want to wear it every day with a white t shirt and jeans! That is...if my jeans actually fit...which they don't. Time to buy some maternity jeans...

I can't wait to try on my wedding jewelry tomorrow at my dress fitting!

The I'm Over It box came complete with return shipping label so all I have to do is put it in the mail the day after the wedding! I did the 14 day rental so I could make sure I had everything in time. I also got a great email from the company telling me the jewelry was on it's way. Great customer service and product...I am more sold now than I was before!

Thursday, September 17, 2009

The Stork and Posh Play and Family

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I know many wedding blogs become baby blogs shortly after the big day...so why not mix things up a little bit?!

The stork will be visiting the Posh Play house next year and we are going to be parents!

Our little baby is due at the end of March so that makes me...a pregnant bride. We have realized quickly how much we don't have control over our lives and how blessings can come when they are not expected.

I have been a slow blogger lately since I just can't seem to get the energy together to say anything after working all day.

Thank you to all you lovelies for all your support during our wedding planning process. We are two weeks away!

I am just so excited to walk down the aisle with a little one with me instead of by myself.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Cute Rehearsal Dress

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It took me a while to find the perfect rehearsal dress. If you still haven't found one this one is so cute!

This BCBG white floral dress is on sale today only at Ideeli for $169 (regular price is $380).

I love BCBG dresses only they are usually way out of my budget. This sale has lots of really cute ones and they are all so discounted how can you not get the urge to shop?!

Need an invitation to Ideeli? Here you go!

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Engagement Pictures Teaser

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Our engagement pictures finally arrived!

They aren't posted to our photographer's website yet...as soon as they are I will share more.

Thank you to our wonderful photographer Phil Paik and his amazing wife Minae for a really fun day in San Diego.
 

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