Tuesday, September 21, 2010


Kenny and I were married this past weekend, on 9/18/2010. It was gorgeous. Here are a few photos from guests (haven't seen the pro photos yet!):

Hair! I loved the way it turned out but it began falling apart almost immediately. It was a problem all night long, so that was unfortunate, however I just rolled with it and had about 50 bobby pins holding it together by the time the night was over!

Walking down the aisle with my dad. I held it together all through the ceremony but later on when my dad was making his speech, I absolutely lost it.

Kiss 1 :D

Kiss 2 :D :D :D

We are really looking forward to the honeymoon, which we leave for this coming Saturday. I am working a short week and so is Kenny, and we both have Friday off to pack!

Thank you to all of our friends and family members who came and celebrated with us. Some of my family came all the way from England, and Kenny's family came from all over NY and as far away as Maryland. We had an absolute blast.

If people actually read this blog, I will keep it up with stories of our adventures as a married couple.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

hair inspiration

How beautiful is that?! I love it. I think it will go with my soft, romantic but somewhat structured dress well. My hair should do well in that kind of an arrangement, too.

So this is my hair inspiration :D

Monday, August 2, 2010

47 days to go

The Knot kindly informed me that we have just 47 days to go. I have gotten a lot done recently and of course have neglected to write about any of it here!

Most importantly, the invitations went out about three weeks ago and we have already received quite a few back. I am updating our Excel spreadsheet every time more RSVP's arrive. I am also keeping track of what everyones' meal preferences are. Though dinner will be family style (platters of food on the table), the caterer still needs to have an idea of how many people want the chicken vs. beef. We also have a vegetarian option, and a few guests need gluten-free meals, which our caterer is happy to accommodate (they are so awesome :D).

The bridesmaids dresses came in this past week and I got to see them for the first time this past weekend. They are so lovely. Jenny, my maid of honour, got a dress that is a bit different from the other four and the five dresses together look amazing. I am so excited, the wedding party is going to look incredible!

This past weekend, my maid of honour Jenny and one of my bridesmaids Samera threw me the best Bridal Shower a girl could ask for. They went all out! It was held at Jenny's home and they set up a nice big tent and had tables with linens and chairs. I appreciated their hard work so much. They really outdid themselves. All of Kenny's sisters came, along with his mom. My mum came, as did my brothers lovely girlfriend :D Many of my college friends also came, and a good family friend from MA. I was really so flattered by how far everyone traveled and also their generosity. I got some great gifts, including some of the chinaware we had registered for, some lovely new towels, a really cool frog prince sculpture from Kenny's cousin who traveled all the way from Denmark, and an ice cream maker!!!!!! My mum also got me some very fun and flirty Victoria's Secret items ;)

Kenny and I have an engagement session with our photographer on Wednesday that I am really excited about. He'll make a guest book using the photos that he takes to lay out at the wedding for guests to sign.

Other than that, I'm just thinking about wedding songs. We also have to meet with the officiant and figure out the ceremony details, in addition to having a final catering meeting (yumm!).

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

pillows, baskets, and garters!

I consider this the "fun" shopping.

My flower girl basket (it will be in lapis, not black, to match the groomsmen):

My ring bearer pillow (it will also be in lapis):

Both are made by AllForYou on Etsy.

And finally, my garter set:

This is made by Belles and Crystals, also on Etsy.

Friday, July 2, 2010

Wedding invitations: check!

I have had my invitations designed but on hold while we sorted out the closing on our home. FINALLY, after sixty days of utter nonsense, we closed on our house this week so I ordered the invitations tonight! The hold up was because I didn't want to have the return address printed on the envelopes and then have the house fall through.

Anyway, here are the invites that I chose!

Monday, June 21, 2010

Just under three months to go

Long time, no blog. Kenny and I are buying our first house, which has turned into a three month long process. Remind me never to buy a house again, please.

With all the house drama, not too much has been happening with wedding plans, but I realized on Friday that we were three months away and really we don't have any time to dilly-dally.

Flowers have been on my to-do list for a long time but part of me couldn't even get excited about them. They're expensive and they die within a week, but eventually I came to terms with the fact that I needed to sort it out sooner than later. I made an appointment with a florist at Whole Foods, which is a high-end grocery store chain that specializes in organic food. Their flowers are beautiful and being a grocery store, the prices are more reasonable than an independent florist.

I sat down with the florist yesterday and we talked for a good hour about everything. Here's my bouquet inspiration:

The bridesmaids will have similar bouquets but not as flashy. The groomsmen will have lavender rose boutonnieres, and Kenny will have a white rose boutonniere. Parents and grandparents will have white rose corsages/boutonnieres. I think everything will come together really nicely!

She's also pricing out some very simple centrepieces for me, based off of these photos:

I like the flowers submerged in water with the floating candle and river rocks, and then I like the mirror on the table with the tiny candles around the edge, so I will combine the two ideas. Having the mirror on the table essentially doubles the amount of light that the candles throw off, and I think the effect will be magical when the sun goes down at our reception.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Finally! A ceremony venue resolution.

Ok, so I'll admit I had a quick thought of "why didn't we just elope?" when I learned that our original ceremony venue wasn't going to work. I feel like my mum spent all of last week on the phone talking to people about possible other locations to get married and blocking out hotel rooms. Today, Jenny, Samera and I went down to Mystic to scout out some hotels and also to look at the Inn at Lower Farm, a quaint B&B that does weddings, too.

Mary at Lower Farm was so gracious to allow us to stop by and see the property, and also peek in on one of the guest rooms. The grounds are gorgeous and the house is so amazing inside (especially the kitchen! All three of us were drooling over the kitchen and adjoining full-size hearth in the dining room!). I could imagine myself walking across the field where the ceremony would be held to meet Kenny. I instantly felt better!

So the ceremony will be there, and I can't wait to see what the Farm looks like when all the flowers are in bloom.

We also looked at a few hotels, and have finalized which hotels to block out for our guests. If you're a guest, check out the Wedding Information page for more on which hotels we've blocked rooms at, including rates and distances to the ceremony/reception venues.

In addition to the ceremony venue and hotels, we also checked out a florist! It was a busy day! I have to set an appointment and go back and hammer out all the details with the owner of Mystic Florist because it is apparently a two hour ordeal and we didn't have time for that today! I am excited to decide which flowers we'll use in the bouquets.

Other than that, Kenny and the boys went to the tux place this past week and sorted out their tux arrangements. They are going to look so handsome. I had to work but thankfully Jenny and Samera went with them to keep them on track and make sure they didn't come out wearing hot pink vests and wing-tipped shoes. I'm assured that they haven't arranged anything too frightening for their wedding finery.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Bon Voyage, Save-the-Dates!

I sent off the save-the-dates today and boy did that feel good. They were delayed going out while my mum sorted out all of the hotel arrangements. Most of our 140+ guests will need to stay overnight because they will be traveling a long way (some coming from out of the country, even!) so blocking out hotel rooms was important to do. I had started the process a few months ago but got frustrated that no hotel seemed to fit exactly what we needed. Some wanted a deposit on all the rooms, some were too expensive, some just plain wouldn't block rooms, etc. When my mum went to finally book rooms, unfortunately a lot of the availability was limited. She persevered, though, and managed to book almost 70 rooms in a few different hotels in the area, so I'm glad that's all sorted out!

I included info about hotel bookings in with the save-the-dates so that our guests know which hotels to call.

We have also made some progress on the ceremony venue fiasco. I am going down to Mystic on Saturday with two of my bridesmaids to look at a beautiful farmhouse venue that is situated on exquisite grounds with flower gardens. The owners have been very gracious so far on the phone and I am looking forward to meeting them this weekend. If I decide to change the ceremony venue to the Farm location, I will just let the Lighthouse know and we will be all set.

Also this week I have been talking with officiants in the area, but nothing has been set yet.

So it's been a busy week! In addition to all this wedding planning, Kenny and I have been looking at houses to buy and made an offer on one yesterday, so now we just get to play the waiting game and go back and forth with counter-offers. I am not too excited about that process but once we are all moved in to our very first home, it will be worth it.

Monday, April 5, 2010

Ceremony Venue Headaches

Personally I've never heard of a ceremony venue that doesn't allow chairs or flowers, but that is what our ceremony venue is telling us is the case. Does it say this in the contract or did anyone ever say "hey, you know your guests will have to sit on the grass or stand the whole time, right"? No, but I am just glad I'm not finding out about this on September 18th. Good thing my mum even called to ask for a recommendation for a chair rental company, because otherwise a major meltdown I mentioned above would have been imminent on my wedding day, and seriously, who wants to cry over chairs or the lack thereof?

So now we're on the hunt again and thinking about changing the ceremony venue. We're looking at a couple different places, and this weekend two of my Bridesmaids and I are going down to Mystic to scope a few possibilities out. We'll also be looking at hair salons and florists.

My life has gotten exponentially more insane because Kenny and I have been house-hunting and this week we'll most likely put an offer in on one that we've fallen in love with. Bring on the endless documents to sign our lives away to!

In other news, the entire town of Mystic apparently has no more hotel availability for blocking out rooms, but my mum has spent literally days on the phone calling around to every possible hotel in the area and has managed to book 50 rooms. Since 90% of our guests will need to stay overnight, this is a huge relief. I never thought hotels would be so packed this early for a date that's past Labour Day.

So if you're a bride-to-be planning a wedding, make sure that you can have chairs for your guests to sit on during your ceremony (I wish I were kidding) and block your hotel rooms asap.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

The Save the Dates are Here!

I LOVE the way they came out. These were ordered through VistaPrint, whom I've worked with on a few projects. I would highly recommend them to anyone.

Friday, March 19, 2010

Gift Registries

Kenny and I attended a "Sip & Scan" event at the nearest Macy's location last night. It was a good way to kick off our registry experience, because to be totally honest, I was intimidated by the thought of having to create a gift list.

Macy's provided appetizers and lots of consultants to help us through the process. We checked in, got a scanner and list of recommended gifts, and were sent on our merry way. We were there for almost two hours scanning stuff. It was hard to get started but once we scanned a few things, we started enjoying ourselves.

The cool thing was that after we were done, we handed the scanner in and the consultant uploaded all of our choices to the computer. She then printed out an updated list of gift categories that we didn't have a lot chosen in, so that we know what we need to work on or register for at other places.

We didn't register for everything at Macy's, because we also want to register at Bed, Bath, & Beyond and also Crate & Barrel.

If you want to check out what we picked, here's our page!

Monday, March 15, 2010


Here is the finalized design for our Save the Date's, which will be printed on magnets and sent out to our guests. I am soooo glad to finally have these things done. My mum has graciously offered to deal with ordering them and sending them out, which is a huge weight off my shoulders, since I really ought to be looking at invitations soon and they are going to drive me crazy.

Monday, February 22, 2010

Goals for this week

Visiting Kenny's family in NY this past weekend was good because his family delivered a much needed kick in the butt to get going on this wedding planning. It's funny that we had a rush of bookings (caterer, photographer, venues, etc) in the fall and then we have done nothing recently. His family was mostly concerned about the save-the-dates, which I wasn't even keen on doing until I realized how many people want them. My mum has graciously volunteered to be in charge of the save-the-dates project and I just recently gave her the finalized guest list, so I am hoping they'll be sent out soon. Kenny really wants to do magnets that people can put on their fridge.

During the 4-hour drive home from NY last night, we set goals for ourselves. September seems like a long way away but it's really not, and it will be here before we know it. We decided we really need to book the rest of the vendors (like, yesterday) and Kenny also needs to ask whom he wants to be his groomsmen and start looking at tuxes. We also need to block hotel rooms, since that information will be included on the save-the-dates so that guests can book their rooms and plan their trips.

This morning I got right to work and booked the DJ. Neil Roma from Spin Enterprise came very highly recommended, and has worked at our venue many times before. The thing I liked most about our reception venue (the Mystic Yachting Center) is that they are very selective with the vendors they work with, and make recommendations only for people/companies that deliver a great product for a great price. At least now I know our guests won't be sitting in silence and staring at each other for the entire reception :) and instead will be entertained with a good selection of music.

Kenny's task for this week is getting the hotel rooms blocked, and arranging transportation for our guests from the hotel to the reception site, since there is limited parking at the Mystic Yachting Center, and we'd feel better if people weren't driving after a long night of partying, anyway. I had called various hotels back in September and didn't end up booking any of them for a number of reasons that I have briefed Kenny on so that he can deal with them. I am confident that he'll be able to get the rates we're looking for and breakfast for our guests.

Saturday, February 20, 2010


We picked our rings up this morning!

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Thinking about hair

I am very excited because this weekend we will supposedly get to pick up our rings when we go to NY to visit Kenny's family. I am really looking forward to trying my wedding ring on and seeing how it goes with my engagement ring. Kenny is excited to try his on, too (I think). :)

I got my hair cut yesterday and briefly discussed with the stylist what kinds of styles I had been thinking about for the wedding. I have long, thick hair that can't decide if it wants to be wavy or straight, but with the right styling expertise and products, it can really go either way. I am leaning towards wearing it down with some romantic loose curls, maybe with a half-updo to support the veil. Hopefully I will have some time this week to look through a few online galleries and see what I like!