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Happy 5 Months! (Our Wedding: The Preparations)

22 Jun

In honor of our 5-month anniversary, I decided today would be a great time to post some wedding details. It was a wonderful, long day, and there is sooo much I want to share… so I decided to break everything up into a few posts. Here’s a little about everything leading up the walk down the aisle (and a whole lot of pictures to help illustrate)!

Saturday, January 22, 2011.  When I woke up on this chilly January morning, with bits of snow still lingering on the ground, I knew that my life was about to change forever. I was excited, nervous, scared, thrilled, emotional, and still somehow floating above it all.  It was the weirdest feeling knowing that the day we had been planning for was here. All the planning, debating, deciding, arguing, crying, laughing, etc. was over and it all came down to this one day. It was a bittersweet feeling for sure.  Going to sleep in my bed at my parents home the night before  (my last night as a single woman) was strangely sad. I remember laying awake, teary-eyed, feeling like this huge part of my life was all coming to an end.  No little girl wants to “leave” her family, and that was a hard thing to say goodbye to. But every little girl wants to find her prince. 🙂  And that’s when the teary-eyed (25-year-old) little girl turned into an excited, butterfly-in-stomach, optimistic bride.  I woke up knowing that this change, however bittersweet, was such an exciting new adventure and I couldn’t wait to begin my new life with Pratt.

Having my best friends and family surrounding me all day as I prepared for my wedding was so special.  Those memories are something I will always cherish. I was able to keep my emotional composure all day, right up until I walked down to my groom.  Just as everyone left me alone in the bridal room to begin the processional, and the music started to play while they began walking down the aisle… I felt my heart skip a beat and my eyes started welling up.  It was real. Standing alone in that moment as all of our loved ones went to the front of the room to witness and support our union, it hit me like a rock. Our lives were changing and all of these people were here for us.  It was surreal.

But enough of the story… here are some of my favorite shots from pre-ceremony.

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Here’s a little credit to the people who made the day possible…

  • Ceremony & Reception:  Houston Station, Nashville, TN
  • Photographer:  Mary Rosenbaum.  Amazing.  I would recommend Mary to absolutely anyone.  She’s so easy-going and sweet, and she’s beyond talented. (As you can see for yourself). We love love love Mary.
  • Videographer:  First Dance Pictures  (I’ve linked to their blog post from our wedding 🙂 ) This husband/wife team were super easy to work with and did an awesome job for a great price! Check them out!
  • Bakery:  The Bake Shoppe  They did my sister’s wedding cakes and did an awesome job, so we employed them for ours as well.  Couldn’t have done a better job.  Just what we wanted.  (check back later for pictures of our fun cakes).
  • Hair & Makeup:  Amy Lynn Larwig.  Awesome girl.  Did a great job on my hair and worked around some annoying skin issues I had going on (at such an inopportune time).
  • Month-Of Planner:  Kristin Kaplan.  We hired Kristin to help us with the month-of planning she was such a sigh of relief.  She allowed us the opportunity to really enjoy the day while she took on all of the little annoying details and communications with vendors.  She did a wonderful job.
  • Coffee & Favors:  Noteable Blends.  We knew we loved the idea of a coffee bar, and it just so happened that there was a private coffee club located right inside our wedding venue.  AND, they did weddings.  Scott (the owner) was incredibly knowledgeable about all things coffee and tea and spent hours talking to my husband and I before the wedding.  He rolled his beautiful cart into our reception to provide hot chocolates, coffees, teas, etc for our guests.  He also created a custom blend for my husband and I and made small bags to hand out as favors.  We love this!! Very smart guy. GREAT coffee.
  • Paper Goods:  Izzy and the Bean.  The girl was great to work with.  She made our invitations, guest book poster, and program poster for us.  Everything was reasonably priced and completed very quickly.
  • Attire:  Bridal gown was Jim Hjelm, bridesmaid dresses were Anthropologie, and tuxes were from Street Tuxedo.

A Cold Day in August

1 Aug

Who gets a cold in August? Really? Two years in a row, no less.  Although, to be fair, I’m almost certain last year’s illness was really the swine flu.  And since it happened to coincide with MJ’s memorial service, was just all-around miserable.  Chills, fever, coughing, dizziness, and sneezing all made worse by moments like Mariah choking up while singing “I’ll Be There” in front of Michael Jackson’s friends and family.  That was truly a miserable, non-stop-tears&runny-nose day.  Luckily, this time around I’m fairly certain it’s just a cold.  No fever, no chills, just really tired/drained and congested.  I don’t understand how I can make it through col&flu season every year just fine, but end up sick in the middle of a 100 degree summer?

Regardless, I need to be better by tomorrow.  One- it’s my little sister’s first day on the job (full-time-big-girl-real-world job).  And two- I have my quarterly (because that’s all I can afford) 4-hour salon appointment.  Needless to say, it’s going to be a loooong day.  I’ve tried my very best to use my weekend to get through my cold so that I can be ready to go tomorrow.  I hate using PTO for sickness, I’d MUCH rather use them for fun things!  Since I’ve been cooped up in my room doing my cold-stricken duty of “resting”, here’s some things that have kept me entertained:

FRIENDS. Yes I know I watch way too much, but it really does make me feel better, I promise.  It just never gets old.

Reading. What? Did I say that? Yep, I did.  Thanks to your suggestions (via comments, texts, tweets, etc) I’ve started reading Eat, Pray, Love.  I’m only about 1/4 of the way through- because I’d really rather have my eyes closed when I’m laying in bed with a cold than using them to read- but I love it so far.  And you’re right, Erika, it definitely isn’t doing much to curb my desire for travel!

Blog-Browsing.  I’ve spent a few hours ogling over the beautiful weddings on 100 Layer Cake and salivating over the recipes from The Pioneer Woman.  Inspiration for now & later.  🙂

Plotting ways to waste all of my money.  I can’t even tell you how much I love everything in both of these stores (Anthropologie and J.Crew), but I can tell you that I’ve already spent thousands of dollars in my mind on some of the beautiful things I found in them (via their catalogues and websites). I actually own the super-cute sweater (be jealous) but this look is just so cute.

Anthro Sweater Anthro Dress

J.Crew J.CrewJ.CrewJ.Crew

sidenote/question– Is this girl Behati Prinsloo? I’m pretty sure it is.  I fell in love with this model when I frist started seeing her in VS PINK ads (mainly because of how much she resembled Ellen Pompeo- Meredith, Grey’s Anatomy- see it??).  She looks gorgeous. And in case you don’t happen to see it… I’ve provided an illustration. Twins, I swear it.

Shark Week.  Yeah, there’s not a whole lotta explanation needed here.  Who doesn’t love some good shark stories to scare you out of ever stepping foot into an ocean again (as if JAWS weren’t enough)? Speaking of, I need to break out my JAWS t-shirt this week, I suppose.  Call me a shork! (Shark-Dork. I just made that up, cool, huh?) So, I can’t really claim this as sick-becky entertainment since it starts today, but I just had to include it.

Random History Channel Specials– Speaking of good TV, I just saw a special called, “Most Extreme Airports”.  This was equal parts awesome and terrifying.  I definitely wanna ride the fence at St. Maarten.  (Or at least lay on the beach as the plane flies over!). I don’t see a schedule for re-air, so you’ll have to do your own research if you want to see what I’m talking about.  Here’s a few of my favorites: St. Maarten (Princess Juliana International), Lukla (Tenzing-Hillary) with a TINY runway with an enormous drop-off in the middle of the Himalayas, and Courchevel with its ski-jump runway. Scary!

My Monday Brain

14 Jun

Today my brain is full, so I will leave you with some of the random things flowing through it instead of trying to actually piece together a whole post on any one thought.  Maybe tomorrow…

(1)   My sister is married!! Don’t believe me?  Look here.  Told you!  Proof.

(2)   Thank you CMA Fest & Bonnarro for helping our post-flood economy with eager cowboy-hat-wearing and pot-smoking tourists.  Much love.

(3)   I had Mexican food at a total of 4 meals last week.  I’m not afraid to admit that.  And I probably had fried chicken at the remainder of my meals.  Oh… and I had a Pop-Tart for lunch today. Take that, Jillian Michaels.

(4)   I wore SPF 30+ all weekend because I’m grown-up now and care about things like skin cancer.  Whatever…It’s a slow process of convincing my brain that tan is ugly and pretending not to notice how terrible my Jergens skin smells while I sit at my desk every day.

(5)   I painted my nails 3 times last week… because that’s how many times it takes to have 5 straight days of painted nails in my world.  I paint.  I pick.  I peel.  I start over.  I have zero self-control when those babies start to chip… which is why I don’t waste my money on manicures.  (Don’t worry though, pedicures are safe… I don’t pick my feet!)

(6)   My out-of-town-living boyfriend was IN town last Friday on a day that I was also in the city (Nashville) for work meetings.  We got to eat lunch together!  It was totally awesome to live like the rest of the world.  You suckers are lucky.

(7)   My 4-month-old niece, Lyla, told me this weekend that I’m her favorite aunt.  Fine.  Maybe she didn’t actually SPEAK those words, but I can totally read babies and that’s definitely what she was telling me with her big baby eyes and that big gummy grin (Sorry Erika, Katie, and Annie).  Oh… and I’m Marlie’s favorite too, she just has to be all PC when yall are around.

(8)   This weekend I returned an Anthropologie (aka: death valley to Becky’s money supply) dress and then walked away with the dress + $140.  How?  Well that’s what happens when you buy a $178 dress (now’s not the time to judge) for “wedding events” and don’t wear it…. Then revisit death valley to see the dress on a sales rack for $39!! You return the dress, get $178 back, re-buy the dress for $39, and leave a happy girl.  Sweet glory days of magic!

(9)   I get to have Snappy’s tonight.  It’s only my favorite of all pizzas in the state of TN.  And since it happens to be in the hick-town in which my grandmother lives (no offense friends, it’s just what I’ve kindly referred to the town since I was younger… I happen to love the place) and since I happen to be spending the night in that hick-town with her, I will feast on the greasyness I’ve been waiting for all day.  YUM.

Happy End of Monday! 🙂

Things I Love Thursday

11 Mar

Pulp-free orange juice.  Saving money (thanks, in large part, to my loving and gracious parents who let me constantly crash their party, aka: live at their house).  The beautiful, sunny, 70 degree weather we had Monday- more of that, please!  Antropologie announcing their debut into the wedding biz (like a DREAM come true).  Jim & Pam.  Addie Garner officially being in Nashville.  Hot-tubs after a long day at work.  Spontaneous trips up north.  New, and yet-to-be-cluttered-by-insane-amounts-of-lipgloss-and-crap, purses.  Loveless Cafe (especially the fried chicken, biscuits, blackberry preserves, country ham, and hashbown casserole.  oh and everything else on the menu).  Conan O’Brien tweeting: “f I had a show, I’d tweet about which Oscar winner is coming on tonight. Instead, here’s my favorite frozen vegetable: Peas!“.  Conan O’Brien announcing a tour of sorts… have yet to figure out what exactly will be happening.  Fried Pickles.  Fried anything.   Target’s recent collaboration; Liberty of London (hopefully I can purchase some of these adorable pieces before the get raked up by the masses, as it happens with all of the Target/Designer collabs. Yes I just made that word up, get over it).  Sandra’s big night- she looked beautiful (and so happy, right?!)

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