Thursday, December 10, 2009
Who will help me???
Friday, November 13, 2009
I think I tried on about 10 or 12 dresses at this place and had the lady write down my top five for me, so I could look them up online.
My favorite one, the Allure W242 in Ivory was so beautiful and simple and didn't have all the glittery shiny stuff on it. It really stood out from the rest and I loved it! But it's strapless and I really like the look of something to break up the areas between my arms and neck.
There were a few other dresses that I liked a few things about, but not the entire thing.
I'll have to keep trying them on to see what looks good, as I continue to lose weight!
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
I told my mom the story and she couldn't' wait to go there and see what they did! My mom is so fearless, she wouldn't have let them do that to me! But we had a POA: go in there and tell them we didn't' know what we liked, wanted, or what our budget was, so that we could look at whatever we wanted! And it worked!
We had such a fun time! I was able to wear one of their corsets for trying on dresses, which worked perfectly!
I tried on five different dresses there and I loved it! There were three that I really loved and I will post pictures as soon as my mom gets back from taking Katya to gymnastics and gets me the cord to attach the camera to the computer (I left my camera at Lori's house and tried to have my mom get it this morning, but she forgot). Anyways, the dresses I loved the most were not white.
The first one I tried on, I loved. It's a Mori Lee #2182 and this is the description from the Internet: "Crystal beaded lace overlays the sculptured strapless bodice to the empire with asymmetrical draping over the midriff. Full A-line skirt with soft draping and a border of lace surrounding the hemline. Chapel length train." This is what I thought of it: It was ivory and sleeveless and had a beautiful sideways wrap around the middle (pictures would be nice right now). But it really was beautiful! And everyone I talked to said that it was the first dress they tried on that they loved! I thought it was a little funny, but it was true! I just loved it!
The second dress was white with capped sleeves. It had a see-through type fabric over the main dress and parted in the middle, under the belly button, and I didn't like that at all! The only think I did like about it was the sleeves and even then, it felt like they were going to fall off my shoulders.
The third dress was white and had the bumpy draping on the bottom of it, but the top part was too busy, and I wasn't liking it.
The fourth dress was the Casablanca #PR1795 and was my and my mom's favorite dress at this boutique. The Internet description: "Strapless gown with lace trimmed empire bodice. Lace trimmed pleating falls from the empire waist down into the softly draped and tucked skirt. The back is fitted with lace up ties and billowing semi-cathedral train." This looked very slimming on me too!
The fifth dress was the Bonny #853. The Internet description: "Strapless gown with lace trimmed empire bodice. Lace trimmed pleating falls from the empire waist down into the softly draped and tucked skirt. The back is fitted with lace up ties and billowing semi-cathedral train." This dress wasn't my favorite, but I really loved how it wrapped and draped around. It looked good on me too!
Needless to say, we had a really great time there and they were so helpful! I had so much fun and all the dresses looked absolutely beautiful on me! I couldn't believe it! I was glad I took the time to curl my hair and do my makeup and shave my legs and paint my toes so I could look and feel like a beautiful bride!
We tried to see what other local places there were, but weren't able to find anything else too close so we headed to a town about 20 minutes away for another small boutique and there wasn't much there at all! She kept pulling out stuff that looked old to me, like from the 90's or the 80's even! Like the dresses with the long sleeves and lace... um... no! She pulled out about three dresses for me to try on and the first one was just horrible. It was white and a little plain and had a beaded design on the front, oh and the main top part did that ugly little pointing down thing and I will not be wearing something like that! The second one was so big, a size 30! She had to pull it really tight and pin it in the back so that I could get somewhat of an idea of it could possibly look like and she said it looked slimming on me, but even though she had it pinned, it made me feel like I was swimming in it. Yuck.
The third and final one that I tried on was so awesome! This one we will call the "Cryer" because it made my mom cry! It was ivory, sleeveless, had a beautiful beaded design and then had a veil of some in the back that wrapped around the waist like a thin belt (but went perfectly with the dress) and then it was a train in the back. Then she put this adorable veil on my head and I just looked like a princess! It fit me so perfectly and it wasn't very expensive either! If I didn't have more weight to lose, I'm positive I would've gotten that dress!
I'm really looking forward for tomorrow's wedding dress adventures! I'll keep you posted!
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
And for all you who said "oh, time will fly by!" IT HAS! I've only got 11 months, today, until the day I'm married and I have so much to do! I need to really get stuff put together!
But for now, I'm focused on trying on dresses... probably will wait to purchase one until I'm down more in weight (over 50 pounds now that I've lost, by the way!) but I'm still really excited to try on those dresses! OF COURSE! I'll try and post pictures later!
Thursday, November 5, 2009
Saturday, October 31, 2009
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Friday, October 16, 2009
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Jason and I both got pre-approved for the loan!
So far, I am planning on living in the house first, which is great, so I don't throw away $500.00 every month on rent! We'll have to make updates slowly, but I'm really looking forward to it!
It makes me a little nervous, because I'm used to coming into work at what I call "on-time" which is really 15 to 20 minutes before I actually have to work, just to make sure I get settled, have my computer on and ready to go, and have my coffee fixed with creamer. Once I move into the house, I won't be 2 miles away from work anymore, and obstacles aren't as easy to predict! I'm sure it'll work out just fine, because there probably aren't too many people that live two miles away from their place of work anyways, and I still get up really early in the morning, so that won't be a problem either. But it still makes me a little nervous!
Jason's going to meet with the realtor tomorrow to draw up an offer. We don't want to lose this house, since we've both agreed we love it!
I'll keep you all posted on that!
Also, only 22 more days until my mom comes into town! You know what that means? I can FINALLY try on wedding dresses! Yes! I think I will try and get a day off so we can go! Are you ready, mom? You better be!!!
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
The first two we looked at were promising, because we really wanted to live close to my sister Lori and her family.
They didn't work for us.
The White Picket Fence House:
The first one with the cute white picket fence and the nice yard, wasn't very nice on the inside. Looked as though he renovated the upstairs all by himself and did it really cheap too! Probably three or more different levels of flooring upstairs! Very weird.
The Block House by the trailer park:
The second house we looked at was pretty big and although not in a great location, we thought it would work out and Jason even put an offer on it, but things happen for a reason and the house went into foreclosure the day after we put an offer on it, and apparently before they were even able to see what our offer was. Oh, well.
The Blue House on the Corner:
This house is awesome! Has woods and a creek from the side of the house to the backyard, four rooms inside (enough for us to have at least 3 kids!), two bathrooms, two car garage attached to the house, another garage out back and a huge shed, just perfect for a playhouse for the kids! Downfall? It's on a corner of two roads, and although the front yard is pretty big, the back yard is cute short because of the creek. But I really love it!
The Manufactured House on the nice land:
On our way to this house, Jason and I were really excited because we really thought this one was "the" house! And to our benefit, we didn't know it was a manufactured house, until we were inside it, because they didn't disclose that information to us! We were really bummed! This house had great land and a huge wooden back patio, great for entertaining! Also had a gazebo and a large shed, the size of a small house!
The Nice Clean Small Expensive House:
This house was awesome. While only 1500 square feet or so, this house still had 3 bedrooms and the owner really kept it nice and clean and tidy. He was a meticulous man, and had all the information available to us, when we entered the house, he had a spreadsheet of the electric bill and pictures of the house, since he's lived there! That was pretty impressive! And the yard was just beautiful! He really took care of that place and it showed! However, it was pretty expensive!
The Dirty, Stinky, large house, with the people still inside the house, when we looked at it:
Yes, the owner lady was in the house when we went to look at it. That's just weird! It was really messy inside too! Food all over the kitchen, smelled like nasty meat mixed with dog smell (they had two inside dogs). Oh, and we couldn't' even look at one of the bedrooms because someone was sleeping in the room! So... there were four bedrooms and full basement (with three holes in the floor for the sump-pump). Definitely a NO!
The Apple-Orchard House:
This house was so cute! It was right next to an apple orchard, had a fireplace, a two car garage and could have been three car, if there was a door for the very end of it. Had a cute red brick on the outside and nice big oak trees in front with beautiful fall leaves! However, we were a little early (because the previous house was a quick in and out) so the tenants were still there. They gathered their dogs and people and left so we could take a look. The first thing that I noticed, when walking into the house was that it smelled like smoke, really bad too! Yuck! That would mean new paint everywhere and new carpet and whatever else! But it was an option, other than that!
The Empty-old-dated House:
This house really had potential! It was empty so we didn't' need to worry about the owner being there when we looked at it, but it was really dated! The living room had bright, and I mean, super bright pink carpet! I have no idea why! All the receptacles had just the two holes in them. And worse of all? The light switches were so old, it was actually two buttons and one pushed for "on" and the other one pushed for "off". Really weird! It would've needed a LOT of work! That's for sure!
And that's it!
So, I think we might look into the "Blue house on the corner" and see about putting an offer on it! I'm really excited because I really like that house! I love the idea of a lot of rooms to grow in, and all the space and storage, and the woods and the creek! I'm really excited! And I'll try to keep you all posted!
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Not too many people came to the reunion. Apparently there were around 100 people that they graduated with, but only 20 or so came to it, but it was a larger crowd because they all brought someone with them.
It was pretty funny when we pulled up to the restaurant, because you could almost tell there was a reunion going on inside because everyone brought their best vehicle with them! Hummers, BMW's, or family cars... you know what I mean?
Oh, and I have to tell you too that Jason was so cute! Apparently, he was telling everyone about us getting married and I'd have random people coming up to me asking me about my wedding and wanting to look at the ring! It was really funny, and cute!
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Thursday, September 10, 2009
I think this picture would've turned out a lot better if I had a nicer camera and focused on the actual ring and not the tree! But still looks kinda cool!
And here we are in front of our tree... we hope it'll be there for a long time!!! Apparently, someone owns the property it's on and we're only allowed to be in the water, technically... Either way, it was pretty cool to go back and take those pictures, since we didn't have a camera on us when it actually happened!
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
Oh, and Jason pointed out to me today that we have one year, one month, and one day until our wedding!
Friday, September 4, 2009
So, back to the guest book. I've been thinking of guest books, and wondering what I would do with mine, after the wedding! I mean, I don't remember ever looking at another person's guest book, or seeing theirs displayed anywhere in their house, which means to me that they probably have it in a box in the basement or up in the attic... I am in search of something different! If anyone has an idea, LET ME KNOW!I just found this website with a really neat idea for the guest book. Have all our guests write well-wishes for us, and put it in either a bird cage or large glass vase. It would be simple to DIY this project, cutting paper in just the right size and having multi-colored pens to make it colorful and then assemble them throughout a wedding scrapbook or something.
I also found an idea on etsy where they have a box, and paper inside where the guest can put their addresses and other contact information on it and also leave a little message for the Bride and Groom... which sounds pretty cool! Although we'd most likely already have their mailing address, if they were invited! But having all the other information and all together would be nice and make thank you cards go a little easier!Does anyone else have any other ideas?
I love the metal embellishments on the top of the large pumpkin, around the window/door areas and on the wheels! I think that looks so adorable! And If I use a white or orange pumpkin for the large one, it will look more wedding-like. Also add in some wire with curls in it, that will look so cute!
Here's another one I found online, though not as cute.
Here's another cute idea:
And here's another one:I think my sisters, friends, and family are going to be working really hard for my wedding!
Thursday, August 27, 2009
Where did I find this guy!!!???!!!
Monday, August 24, 2009
We could do something with letters and then put stuff around them...
Make clay leaves for give-a-ways???
Make something like this...
Or like this for the center pieces with real pumpkins!
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
I think we'll be looking at caterers and photographers soon. I sure hope I'm not forgetting something!
Friday, August 14, 2009
I would've taken more pictures of me putting it in the box, but I was by myself and Friday afternoons are pretty busy and of course, I didn't want to look a little retarded taking self-portraits of myself sending a letter! Ha-ha!
This will just have to do!
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Jason and I spent the evening watching movies and I made pasta for dinner to celebrate. I think we'll celebrate our three year anniversary in a couple of weeks a bit more, though. At least we better! Although, saving for a wedding really cuts deep in extra spending cash! I actually considered not going to the "Y" and/or not going to Weight Watchers anymore to save money, but my sister Natalie told me that it's worth it, so I am going to make sure I get my money's worth and work out at much as possible (which I already have been doing) and I'm going to eat better and lose as much weight as possible too (don't worry, anorexia is not even close! haha!) Although, I do have to honk my horn for a moment and let you all know that I've lost 31 pounds already and I am totally stoked! My short term goal, now, is to get to 50 pounds by end of October. Which really is beneficial in many ways, especially since Thanksgiving and Christmas are right around the corner!
Lori is joining me tonight to go look at the "barn" again, and help me by asking as many questions as she can, that I just can't think of and/or feel too embarrassed to ask. I like doing that part, when it's not me in this position, and she's always been good at asking those hard questions!
I'll keep you all posted!
BTW: Don't worry, for all those who are wondering and aren't asking... I can grow my hair out before the wedding!
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
The building is extended for the dance hall with a small bar area and stage for the band.Wouldn't this counter top be just perfect with huge glass jars of punch and lemonade???
And this is a perfect this area for s'mores!
Monday, July 27, 2009
Thursday, July 23, 2009
I am very grateful of my Mother-in-law-to-be [MIL]. Brenda is very kind and sweet and I know she won’t be a “MIL-zilla” at my wedding.
However, a co-worker of mine told me a story from one of her friends, whose son just got married.
In the words of Monk, “Here’s what happened”:
The bride’s mother was a pistol and tried to sabotage the wedding wherever she could.
1. She stood when the bridesmaids were entering instead of when the bride comes down the isle.
2. She shooed her ex-husband away when he came up to light the unity candle with her.
3. She put the flowers in the freezer instead of the cooler.
4. She only put meat in about 2/3 of the sandwiches. So the guests were getting empty buns.
5. She then told one of the guests to go to the kitchen to get meat for his sandwich!
6. Before the wedding, she was planning on selling the “extra” meat in baggies at the reception. (The bride put an end to that).
7. While the newlyweds were visiting with family, she had their table cleared of everything! And they weren't done eating! Basically, booting them out the door.
Can you imagine???
About a few months ago, Cherie and I were chatting about rings and she showed me hers and asked me what kind of ring I wanted... She then proceeded to tell me that her diamond in her ring has fallen out three times! Yes! She lost the diamond in her ring, three times!
Can you imagine?
So, of course, after Jason gave me the ring, I started having nightmares that my diamond was missing, or fell out. It even haunted me during the day. If I was driving, I'd quickly look at my ring, just to make sure it didn't just fall out. Or when I washed the dishes, I would take the ring off and put it across the room on a hook, but every now and then I would look back just to make sure it hadn't fallen or that the diamond was still intact!
When I came back from my vacation, I told Cherie how she has traumatized me! She laughed at me and then told me it was only because she only had three prongs and that now she has 4 and it's fine! (I have four prongs on mine, so I'm in the clear!)
Oh! And another co-worker of mine told me this story about her ring:
She lost her ring about three years ago, and thought that her dog, a puppy at the time, had eaten it. So, yes, they had been looking in the backyard for quite some time and had never found it there, but she just knew it was there! After all this time, they never found it… in the backyard! Yes, just recently they found it! Want to know where? Well, apparently, when the dog was a puppy, it would hang its butt over the bed and poop! Gross. I know, but that’s a puppy for you. And would you believe it? They had just recently moved the bed, and found a ring in dried poop, on the metal bed frame! Can you imagine??? That would be just awful!
So, do any of you have any ring stories to share?
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Here's my defense:
1. I am not a wedding freak.
2. I am only getting married once, so I want to enjoy and share this excited experience.
3. I thought a blog would be nice to have so that Jason and my family and friends can read about the latest planning updates.
4. I want to remember all the fun and interesting and sometimes bizarre experiences of actually planning a wedding!
And furthermore, it's my wedding and I can do whatever I want to! Hahaha!
(This post is dedicated to my little sister, Nat the Brat.)
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
My sister Natalie had her wedding reception here, and Jason's friend got married and had their reception here too.
Of all the places I've looked so far (either on line or in person) and any other places I've heard of, this place is the place I imagine it all happening!
It has the texture, the ambiance, the colors, and just the right size and location for what I want!
It's a barn.
A barn that has been redone and is absolutely beautiful!
I can have my wildflowers in antique Mason jars as center pieces here. I can have my pumpkins and apples, and other fall-ish colorful type stuff here and it will be amazing!
I have plans to look at it this week, and I can't wait!
I wanted it from the beginning, but because of the amount of $ it is to have, I thought it wouldn't be an option.
When I spoke to Jason last night, I told him that it was my 1st, 2nd, and my 3rd choice of locations and that I loved it so much, so he told me to look more into it and see what we have to do to hold it!
I'll keep you all posted!
Sunday, July 19, 2009
The first one we went to was absolutely beautiful! The scenery was perfect! Just what I wanted! Green. Trees. Nature. Beauty. Simple. Perfect!
Here's the gazebo where we could get married. We could even potentially have chairs around in a circle for something a bit different. I was also thinking maybe a tent, just in case it rained (or snowed, since Michigan is famous for such indecisiveness when it comes to weather!) Here's a quick picture I took of part of the house, and the inside was something out of a magazine!
I just knew this would not work for me. Especially not with this breeding pond behind the house, because they'd never go away! Then it started raining, so we all ran inside the house and sat down on the adorable comfy couches. She asked me if I had any other questions, and I didn't, because the only thing on my mind was: if I get married here, my wedding's going to smell like Citronella candles and I'll have to give "Off" away as favors! I DON'T THINK SO!
We left soon after for the second B & B which was just down the road. As soon as we pulled into the parking lot, we knew right away that this would not work, but felt we should go in just in case. As we walked into the office, the owner (a younger version of Rodney Dangerfield type) greeted us at the door and before heading off to the "honeymoon suite" he showed us the room where they eat breakfast, which was somewhat of a smaller replica of a nursing home cafeteria. We then headed to one of the cabins to view one of two rooms that were available to view. As we walked in, we were hit with that smell. You all know that smell. An old cabin. A little mildew. Grandmother's attic. Linens kept in a cedar chest. Can you smell it? Add that with "antique"-ish type furniture and quilts that were old, not vintage and a tiny TV in the quaint little window seat with a nice set of bunny ears! Lucky for us, he got a phone call shortly after we walked in and Betsy "reminded" me of all the other places we had to view that day and how we may have "over-booked" ourselves, and probably should leave and then plan on coming back another time.
Better luck next time, right?
And we drove away, still itching from all the mosquito bites!