Hi guys! It's hard to believe that January is almost over. Where did it go? I wanted to say Thank You to Amber for finishing her blog early this week so I can set it up before I get on a plane for Salt Lake City and for allowing me to show you guys the invitation to her Engagement Party. As you will soon find out, this past week has been a great week for Amber and I am so happy for my friends...
Oh my, friends, I have so much to share! We are officially at the 10 month mark for the wedding and to say that I am beside myself with anticipation after this weekend would be an understatement! I will start with the news we received just after I wrote the last blog and then we will get to the weekend!
My very best friend and bridesmaid, Lacey, offered to do my hair and makeup for the wedding, which as most of you know is a massive monetary savings! Besides that, Lacey and I have been friends for 10 years and she has worked with my hair on too many occasions to count, so she knows it just as well as I do and knows exactly what I want and what it will do for us! I was worried that it would be too much, doing my hair/makeup on top of other bridesmaid duties, but she assured me that she wants to do this and can handle the pressure! I know that I have said this a million times, but I am really beyond blessed to have the amazing and talented friends that I have! J
That same night, Dan went out for a few drinks with our good friend, Mike, and he agreed (emphatically) to DJ our wedding! He was the DJ that we wanted from the start, so this news is fantastic! He, again, is not only a good friend, but knows us and we know what to expect with his personality. No fear of a mistaken chicken dance fiasco or the party having any lull at all! We are only down to finding a florist (if we don’t opt for wholesale flowers and some DIY work), a pastry chef to make our cake, and renting chairs for the ceremony! Things are zipping right along and the lack of stress I am feeling is such a blessing. We have all heard the horror stories, but I think (at least for me) the key is to get as much done as early as possible and then you spend the rest of your time with maintenance!
Now, on to the glorious story of dress shopping! My MOH, Krista, flew down from NY for the weekend to be a part of the dress shopping experience and the engagement party. After picking her up from the airport we stopped for dinner and had a few drinks and then came home and had a few more and chatted until the wee hours of the night, something I highly recommend you make time for with your MOH and BMs!! We arrived at David’s Bridal at 11am and met my mom and 2 of my bridesmaids, Lynne and Rachel, and the woman that was helping us was not only hysterical, but VERY good at her job. I went in with some style numbers for my dress and the girls (this goes a LONG way with the consultants, ladies) and we were off and running. The second dress I tried on made me feel like a princess, with some minor changes I felt that we had found the one, but didn’t want to rush into any decisions. I tried on another 6 or 7 and while there were some absolutely stunning dresses, I kept going back to that second one. We tried it on again and there were lots of tears and some hysterical bell ringing! In case you don’t know this, when you choose your dress from David’s Bridal, they have you ring a bell to alert all the other brides that the dress has been picked. You can ring the bell as loud and as long as you want to and let’s just say that I won the bell ringing award that day! The girls found their dresses as well and not only do they all look stunning, they are all comfortable, which was important to me! If they’re going to be wearing the dress for 12+ hours, I want them to be comfy too! Another benefit of purchasing from David’s Bridal is that your BMs get a savings off their dresses as well! I can’t share pictures for fear of them getting back to my wonderful fiancé, but I felt beautiful and I felt like a princess and THAT is all you can ask for in a dress!
That night we had our engagement party and I cannot even begin to express how much fun it was and how thankful I am to have such an amazing family and set of friends! Lynne and her hubby, Steve, opened their home to us for the evening and while it was only scheduled from 6-9…we didn’t leave until after midnight! We had so much fun celebrating, laughing, telling stories, and just enjoying the company of our nearest and dearest. Hopefully we also got some great pictures for our Save the Dates, that deadline is quickly approaching!
I have given Laurie permission to post any of our stuff for you all to see, I feel as though each and every reader is on this journey with me and trust me when I say; I feel your excitement and anticipation as we go! I wasn’t sure if I could do this blog from the start, not being a writer…at all, but this has been such an important outlet for my thoughts! Brides, whether you choose to blog or just keep a journal of some sort, write it all down! I have a feeling I am going to want these silly brain spasms someday and am glad that Laurie gave me the outlet to do it.
Dan and I have said over and over how lucky we are to have the people in our life that we do and we cannot wait to begin our life as man and wife. I have days where it doesn’t seem real, days where it feels like it’s been forever, and days when I just want it to be here already! The planning has been a dream, for that I am grateful, but the most important part of this whole process is in 10 months, I get to marry my best friend. He is the sweetest, kindest, most thoughtful guy a girl could ask for and I know that he will be such an amazing husband. Now, I just have to make sure that I can hold up my end and be a great wife to him! Maybe in a few years when I’m yelling at him for his socks being on the floor for the umpteenth time, I will come back and read some of these entries. Remind myself that through all the annoying habits (his and mine) that I would never change a thing. We are imperfectly perfect for one another; that is how we fell in love and that is how we will remain in love.
Until next time, friends!
So I mentioned above that I'm headed to Salt Lake City. I'm going to Alt Summitto learn about blogging and networking. I can't wait to come back and tell you guys all about it. I know that I'm going to come back with lots of new ideas for my website and blog. Until next week, stay warm and work on your goals!