Thursday, December 15, 2011

Wedding Week: Wednesday

Wednesday was by far the most stressful day leading up to the wedding.  And Mr. C and I didn't handle it super classily.  But we lived!

We woke up and headed straight to a Starbucks.  My mom had scheduled to have someone clean the house, so we couldn't stick around.  Two coffees later, we both had the this jitters and had to run to pick up our order at FedEx Kinkos.  The coffee was definitely overkill - we both were super shaky and it made us really anxious.  If you're someone who doesn't normally drink a lot of caffeine, trust me, you won't need it. There will be plenty of natural energy and anxiety to pull you through.

Mr. C and I had a long list of tasks: finalize parent gifts, finalize menus, reprint some of the place cards, and generally organize the rest of the week.

We made a run to Kinkos and then headed back to my Mom's house.  Hoping this would finally be our chance to fill out our place cards and organize our baskets for drop off at the venue the next day, we got sucked into errands with my Mom instead.  A quick trip to Costco, and then it was time for a WONDERFUL interruption.

Do you remember when I there were some bridesmaid switcharoos?  Well, one of the reasons was my friend Ashlie was expecting and her due date was the day before our wedding.  She realized that she couldn't predict what things would be like for her, so she decided to not be a bridesmaid (in practice!  but always a bridesmaid in my heart!).  As she had been predicting for awhile, Ashlie delivered beautiful baby Milo early.  Mr. C and I made a point to be able to visit that precious little boy on Wednesday.  It was a great to take some quiet moments eating pizza with my friend, her beautiful baby boy, and my very-soon-to-husband.

Personal iPhone pick.  Ashlie's precious, little baby.

From here there was more excitement - we went to the bus station to pick up Bridesmaid J and things were feeling more and more real.  We left Mr. C in the food court of a mall, and J and I ran to pick out some lipstick for the big day and last minute gifts for me to give Mr. C on the morning of the wedding.

And here it was...close to 10 pm and our night wasn't close to over.  My family rallied and tackled many, many wedding projects.  Place cards, photo booth, green screen (my dad is amazing - I can't wait to tell you about that), candy bar set up, organization, labeling and making final lists of everything we forgot.

Candy Bar mock up on my iPhone - and all the chaos around it

Mr. C, J and I soldiered on until about 2 am.  I think I was the first one to give in, and admitted defeat.  I needed sleep.  I hadn't slept well all week and knew that if I didn't start catching up now, it was going to hit me later in the week, and that would be bad.  So off we went, excited to be rid of all that chaos the next day.

Did you leave any of your organization or projects to the last minute?  I swore I wasn't going to, but look how that turned out!

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Wedding Week Begins

The lead up to the week of the wedding was insane.  I worked Monday and Tuesday, and Tuesday was my first hearing at work.  Needless to say, I was fairly stressed and distracted.

Mr. C picked me up at 5 pm on the dot on Tuesday and we started our drive up to my parents' house.  Now, unfortunately, our trip started with a fairly loud yelling match.  I think we were both stressed and felt we couldn't show it to other people, so we were taking it out on each other.

But we cleared that up and hit the road.  We both recognized why we were cranky with each other and vowed to not do that again the rest of the week (it didn't work out perfectly, but we did ok!).

Our first stop was at the house of our friends Kristin and Tom who were married in August.  They had graciously agreed to let us use some of their glassware as part of our candy bar.  It was awesome of them, as we really felt we were missing a few big pieces, but couldn't justify spending up to another $50 on our candy bar.  So we just went 20 minutes out of our way on the road home and had two additional (really large!) candy bar jars.

My terribly lit iPhone photo on the car ride up to MA

We didn't get back to my parents' house until 11 and I really wanted to run around shrieking from excitement.  But instead, we unloaded the car, only shrieked a little bit, and got to bed to prepare for a very busy week ahead.  There was three days left before the wedding, and I couldn't wait.  I just had to finish up a lot of the details...

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Tis The Season!

This is one of those awkward moments where I admit I've been gone too long, you admit you forgot til I popped up in your reader (except a few great friends who reached out to me - thank you!!) and then we get right back at it!

It's been very busy since my last post: I got a new job, I got married, I went to the wedding of wonderful friends, my husband and I ate our first Thanksgiving meal together, and we're prepping for our first Christmas.  But life is absolutely wonderful and busy busy busy.  Part of my plan for organizing my life (after a month of newlywed bliss when I've done nothing productive except been happy with Mr. C) is to get back to blogging.

So, wedding recaps anyone? Honestly, wedding recaps have always been my favorite part of following a blogger, and I'm excited to have a written account of that amazing day for myself.

Can't wait to get back at it!  What's new with you??  Fill me in!

In the meantime, here are some teaser pics.  It was, and will for a very long time be, the very greatest day of my whole life.

All photos by David Barnes Photography