30 April 2010

MilSpouse Blog Hop

Hello blog friends! Tonight I'm joining in on Riding the Rollercoaster's Military Spouse/Fiancée/Girlfriend Blog Hop. Check out her blog if you'd like to join. To all my family and friends who may read this (and eventually someday, Joshua)... a "blog hop" is just a fun way to meet other bloggers... in this case, military bloggers! All you have to do is post a brief bio and link back to Rollercoaster's blog for the other ladies participating!

My blog is still relatively new (I just started it last month, so my first post isn't too far back), but just to give you an idea of who I am and why I'm blogging...

I'm Dani and I'm 24 years old (turning 25 in less than 2 weeks!) I'm a graphic designer and I design food packaging for a supermarket chain in the upper northeast.

The love of my life, Joshua, is in the USMC infantry and was recently deployed to Afghanistan. This is our second deployment together and much harder than the first! We have little communication and his battalion has been getting hit hard ever since he first got over there.

We met while I was working in Cleveland, OH and he was home on leave. For me, it was a temporary position before I moved back home, and I truly believe that the only reason I moved to Cleveland was to meet Joshua... that it was fate. I was there for 6 months before finding a bigger and better job where I am now, and a month before I left, I met him! I worked with his parents and they introduced us.

We've been doing the long distance from New York to North Carolina for over two years now, including an Iraq deployment and this one to Afghanistan. He proposed to me last summer and right now I'm in the midst of planning our June 2011 wedding! I'm moving down to be with him once he's home from Afghanistan.

I started this blog to help me through my fiancé's deployment, and I'm using it as an outlet for all the things I love: Joshua, scrapbooking, shopping, music, books, family fun, design, my amazing girlfriends, movies, traveling, and wedding plans! And of course, even though I may not always *love* his job, lots and lots about the USMC, my life as a future Marine wife, and my acclimation to the military world!

So that's what this is about... Hard Corps Love! Please leave a comment to let me know you're reading! I'll be following up on the blog hop to add new friends and readers later this weekend. Have a great night. ♥

28 April 2010

Wedding Wednesday #4

So this is going to be a quickie since it's late and I must get to bed! I sacrificed this evening's blog for dinner with some friends from work, the gym, and creating care package #6 for my beloved! I know I missed my Wedding Wednesday post last week when I promised to post the final 2 color schemes and themes I'm considering for the wedding, so I'll be back tomorrow for a Wedding Wednesday (Observed). My mom and I are going to look at bridesmaid dress tomorrow after I'm home from work, too. So much to share, and luckily I have plenty of time to do it... you'll all be so sick of Wedding Wednesdays by this time next year (our wedding is booked for June 18th, 2011).

Tonight's topic: wedding rings! Joshua and I bought our wedding bands before he deployed. It was just one of those things... we'd been looking together every time we were at the mall or passed a jewelry store, and when we found the ones we liked we snatched them up! I'm in absolute adoration of my band, as well as Joshua's.

The band matches my engagement ring perfectly! The diamonds are exactly the same shape and color, and my ring fits into the little inset just right. It's a gorgeous set and I'm so excited for it!

Both rings are Leo diamonds. My honey did his homework before selecting my engagement ring, and my diamond is oh so sparkly. I'd originally had other rings in mind for my wedding band, and Joshua indulged me while I tried them on at different stores and told me he didn't think they were the best match. He's the one who chose my wedding band at the jewelry store, told me to try it on, and had me completely sold the minute the rings were matched on my finger. True love, I tell you. For the man and the ring!

This is Joshua's wedding band:

Isn't is just fantastic? It's black tungsten carbide with laser etching. It looks perfect on his hand. We picked it out together and I'm so happy he loves his band, too!

I'll be back tomorrow for another post and to catch up on reading everyone's blogs and leaving comments. :)

Breathing In & Out

First things first: after 18 days of pure torture, JOSHUA FINALLY WAS ABLE TO CALL HOME! It absolutely made my day/week/MONTH! It was nearing 3 weeks and I have been an absolute mess, but I finally got 8 minutes of heaven and it's enough to know my beloved is both alive and well! And that's using his words, too. He sounded wonderful, though he said he was extremely tired. He said, "I'm alive," and I asked if he was hurt, and he said, "No, I'm not hurt baby." Although I don't think he's allowed to tell me if he's hurt, anyway. But YAY, I'm so happy I could burst! I didn't get to ask him any of the questions in the little list book I keep for when he does call, nor did I get to tell him anything at all that I've been dying to talk to him about (wedding plans, getting my car fixed, Codey's injury, etc). All I know is that he's receiving my care packages (which ones, I do not know) and he received the boots at long last!

I can finally breathe, just a little bit.

He called while I was at work in my new office building, where the cubicles are all tiny and open and everyone can hear everything. I ran to an empty cube further away from the aisle and whispered the majority of our conversation, but it was a clear call (thank you, Satellite Phone Gods) and for the first time in many calls, he did not lose service!

I'm happy to say that I've been fairly productive thus far this week, and I'm moving forward and finally coming out of my deployment depression. Last evening after work, thanks to those of you that held me accountable, I went to the gym and tried the yoga class! I really was going to blow it off, because there are certain things I hate doing alone (Example: a new gym class. But like, the movies? I have no problem going to the theater alone. I'm so weird!). But I texted Felice prior to backing down, because I knew she'd tell me to go, and she did not let me down. In I went to the yoga room (after 30 minutes on the elliptical, oohrah!). I felt totally awkward and skeptical the whole time, thinking... "What the hell am I doing?" But then at the end, we were laying on our mats and doing a breathing exercise, and the instructor said, "Take a few moments to yourself..." and I thought, "What? A few moment to myself? Hmm. Okay!" And with the trickling water/wind chime music surrounding me, I felt so far away from everything happening at home and in Afghanistan. I felt peaceful, calm, and this assurance that everything would work out okay.

Needless to say, I'm going back to yoga!

Can I also just say that girls that do yoga have the hottest bodies? While I was waiting outside the classroom for the previous class to end, all these thin, shapely, toned women were standing waiting in their flip flops with yoga mats. I want a yoga body! I was seriously one of the biggest girls there... ugh. All the more motivation to go back though, yeah?

So of course after work today, I bought myself my very own yoga mat and mat bag. Shopaholic, remember? I was already headed to Target at 5pm to get the things Joshua asked for in his next package— more razors (the "good" razors), Febreeze, blueberry Special K bars, more socks— so I stopped by Marshalls and picked up a nice orange yoga mat for $12.99 for myself and a flower yoga mat for my momma. Then I went to Target and got a pretty yellow yoga mat bag for $19.99.

I can't wait for my next class... I'll have to check the gym schedule to see when it is. I didn't know it was such a good workout... I am so incredibly sore today! My legs, my arms, my butt... it all hurts. Ow! I took today off but it's back to the gym tomorrow. Must be a buff bride!

26 April 2010

Oh So Nice of You

My blog has been awarded by some awesome blog chicas out there! Time to spread the love... First, thank you to Allissa at Hope Floats, Laura at Diamonds & Dog Tags, and Mrs. Ma'am at My Life as an Air Force Wife for the *Friendly Blogger Award*! The rules of the award are to post it to your blog, write five things you love to do, and then pass it on to five other friendly bloggers.

Five things I love to do:
1. I ♥ to scrapbook: After long weeks at the office designing on the computer each and every day, it's so nice to be able to sit down and actually work with my hands and be crafty. Photoshop and Illustrator are great, but I miss glue sticks, stickers, and funky scissors when I spend too much time doing what they pay me to do! I love graphic design, but it's also a job. Scrapbooking is just for fun and just for me!

2. I ♥ to make care packages: They make me feel closer to Joshua. I try to make them as personalized as possible, and I like to imagine his reactions when he opens the boxes and what he likes and eats or takes out right away. They just... help. And I like to think they help him, too.

3. I ♥ to LEAVE the gym! I hate going to the gym, I hate being at the gym, but by the time I leave the gym... I feel fantastic! Seriously, great feeling.

4. I ♥ to go to the movies: I know it's expensive, but going to the movies is such an escape from reality. I love taking a break from the world to get lost inside a movie theater for a couple of hours, where the room is dark and everything around me smells like buttered popcorn and chocolate. Yum!

5. I ♥ to check things off my to-do list: I'm obsessed with to-do lists. Seriously, my day planner is my bible. I keep lists for everyday, every month, and even a list of life goals in there. I'm nuts, I know, but when I check things off (and date them, because I'm psycho), I just feels so GOOD afterwards!

Next, thank you to Allie at My Marine and Me and Steph at Watching Airplanes for the *I Love Your Blog* award! The rules for this one are to list 10 things I love and to pass it on to 10 other bloggers.

Ten things I love:
1. Joshua
I love my baby more than anything in the world. He absolutely completes me and is my hero and everything I want in my husband-to-be!

2. Shopping
Can you say... retail therapy? It's a problem.

3. Long showers 
The shower is my only "me" time, when I can really think and just relax. I take my time in the shower and love it!

4. Wedding plans
Seriously, SO much fun. I wish I had my love with me while I move ahead with the planning, but it's still a blast to scheme and dream and create our perfect day.

5. Burritos
Mmm. Joshua and I love burritos. I haven't had one since he left because I feel so guilty that he can't be here having them with me, since it's kind of our "thing." I can't wait until he's home again so we can go to Moe's or Chipotle!

6. Makeup
I love eyeshadow, eyeliner, lip gloss, mascara, all of it. I like to use brushes and mix colors and play around. It's like painting! Joshua hates makeup and always scolds me for putting on my "face paint." Even though I usually keep it pretty light and natural!

7. Dresses
I hate pants, really. I love dresses. They're fun, flowy, and feminine. If I could wear a dress everyday, I would!

8. My independence
I love having my education, my career, and my own life apart from Joshua. As much as I adore him and can't wait to spend every second of the rest of my life with him, we both believe it's important in a relationship to have our own interests and goals, in addition to those we have together. Not to mention, girl time with my friends!

Cha-ching! Money may not buy happiness, but it sure does buy a lot of pretty things. :)

10a. New military friends
It's so nice meeting other girls and women going through the same crap I am right now. Not even crap, but just this new lifestyle I'm becoming accustomed to. I have my best friends from high school and college who know me inside and out and are constantly here for me too, but even they are glad I've met new friends online and through this blog to help me through this with a different perspective and understanding. Yay to new friends!

10b. My darling best friends
Because they're just too awesome to not let everyone know I love them. I'm blessed with amazing girlfriends, it's just too bad they all are scattered across the east coast and I don't see them nearly as much as I'd like to!

10c. My family
My mom, my dad, my brother, and my cousins are incredible too, and I love them all through thick and thin. We've had a rough go lately, but we'll still a family despite it all!

So, as far as giving these awards out... I'm going to mix it up and give both awards to FOUR fellow bloggers who started their blogs recently and have Marines deployed with Joshua. We're all using our blogs as a coping mechanism, and they've been great friends through both blog and Facebook thus far... enjoy ladies!

Annie at simplify
Kristine at Sitting Waiting Wishing
Sydnie at First shot at this
Jessica at Jessikuh

These girls are great and I always look forward to reading their posts.

It's 2am, I Must Be Lonely

Oh yeah. It's definitely past 2am and I am still awake and here online. I definitely did not complete my to-do list, nor did I scrapbook today. But at least I cleaned & organized a bit, visited with my cousin Amanda, watched Army Wives, and started a new book. Moving forward, more than just going through the motions. Today is a new day and I have a cute outfit laid out for work and a backpack with sneakers and gym clothes so I go right after I get off at 5pm. I think the morning routine burns me out too quickly, so this week I'm going to give this a go. There is a 6:30pm yoga class I'm considering trying.

Tomorrow I'll at least come by to post the two blog awards I was given recently (you all are just too sweet and complimentary!) and possibly to post an (Observed) Scrapbook Sunday? I'm slacking since I didn't scrapbook last Sunday, either. At least I have LOTS and lots of wedding updates for the new few Wednesdays! Everything in between is just, well... what it is. I'll try to post more regularly. It really does help when my Blackberry buzzes because my lovely new blog friends (and the few in real life who read) post comments on my posts and they go to my inbox. It's like Christmas, really. :)

25 April 2010

Yo quiero Joshua ♥

Sunday Sunday, and so much to do. So I was pretty much a useless blob last week outside the hours of 8am-5pm, and my silly paranoia/depression carried out until Thursday evening. I still haven't heard from my beloved (16 days and counting), but I know he's out there in the desert doing his job, being the amazing Marine that he is. Thursday after work, I went out for a drink to celebrate a co-worker's promotion, which I think finally broke me out of the icy cold freeze-shell I'd imposed last weekend. I believe what triggered it was the injury of a close friend of mine and Joshua's... I write about his fiancée Genna often, his name is Codey. He was hit with an IED last Saturday morning (which I obviously couldn't write about so soon after) and it just completely threw me off... it just hit SO close to home. This is Codey! I've stayed at his house! I'm friends with his parents! How could this happen? As Genna said, he's alive... that's what matters most right now. She's handling everything so much better than I ever think I'd be able to, and I'm so proud of her for being so strong. I love you, Genna!

I shall write about the rest of my week/weekend and other things later today. For now, it's time to conquer my Sunday to-do list now that I've finally found a bit of motivation again. Where it came from? Just continually moving forward. Making wedding plans, going through the motions, eventually taking a deep breath and realizing that the circumstances Joshua and Codey are in are beyond my control. But until I post again, these are the photos of the "Cinco de Mayo" // Mexican // Spicy Hot care package I sent Joshua last week. Maybe they'll inspire some of my gals going through the same thing.

Credit goes to my love Felice for coming up with the Cinco de Mayo theme, and to Genna for coming up with the makeshift burritos to send! And don't mind the photos... he's always bugging me to send more photos of myself and less of the two of us together. Hey, whatever I can do to make this deployment suck a little less, I'm on it!

Box flap 1
The whole box!
Box flap 2
Box flap 3
Box flap 4
All contents, courtesy of Target and Trader Joe's!
Genna's idea to send burritos to the boys... includes tortillas, chicken, salsa, cheese, and hot sauce!
I love greeting cards!

18 April 2010

Paranoia & Distraction

I must admit, I'm not handling this deployment as gracefully as I anticipated. I am convinced that similar the the stages of grief, there are also stages of deployment... only I can't pinpoint what they are and I have no idea what stage I am in.

The first two weeks I was fantastic. Conquering my to-do lists, working out and eating well, feeling fine. The second two weeks, I was depressed. Miserable. Didn't care about anything... work, diet, gym, friends, etc. And these past two weeks, I don't even know. Everything has been a jumble. I can't find a routine, I can't find a quiet place. I can't organize my thoughts or focus on anything. What is wrong with me?

And then the dreams... I never remember my dreams, but these past few days have been ridiculous. Dragonflies, mice, Joshua getting shot... then last night I dreamt it was the day of wedding and my dress was covered in blood. WHY IS THIS HAPPENING TO ME? Every time I walk past my front window, I'm scared to look out because I'm expecting to see "the suited ones." I look up and down my street to make sure they aren't there waiting before I get into my car and drive off to work. It's insane, this paranoia... I haven't heard from Joshua in over a week and I feel like it's driving me insane.

Even as much as I fill my time... working every day, Monday through Friday. Visiting family and friends on the weekend. Cake classes on Wednesday nights, wedding planning in between, gym time in the morning. But I still feel like I'm just going through the motions. I think I have insomnia. I can't fall asleep at night anymore. I feel like I haven't slept in six weeks. I can't get to bed before 2am most nights, and then I struggle to wake up at 5am to go to the gym. I haven't gone lately.

I think I need to find routine again. I need to make sure I DO go to the gym every morning. I need to plan my outfits for work and pack my lunches ahead of time so things go more smoothly in the morning. I need to clean my living space and organize my desk and closet so I can focus again, and feel less cluttered. I don't know what else to do. I know I sleep better when I work out in the mornings. I can't survive the next 5 1/2 months like this, living on the edge of my seat, forgetting to take a breath every two minutes.

Earlier today, I went into work to unpack boxes... corporate relocated to a new office building downtown on Friday, and since I'm salary I had to go in today to set up my desk so I'm ready to start working right away tomorrow morning... more on that another time.

For the rest of the day, I have some cleaning, laundry, organizing, and scrapbooking to do before Army Wives tonight. I think if I get things cleaned up and plan out my lunches and outfits for the week, it may go more smoothly. I'm not expecting to hear from Joshua for another few weeks... I'm told he could be on some special mission... so until then, I'll stay busy. I'll do everything I can do. I'm trying my best not to complain and to stay strong for him, and I know this isn't the type of blog I should be posting for my fellow military friends and spouses to read. It's not very moto, is it? I'll get better. There is no other choice right now! 

15 April 2010

Little Joys in Life

Maybe it's the designer in me, but I was overwhelmingly excited while shopping in the dollar section of Michaels recently and finding a matching ampersand for my j & d letters! Last month when I visited Genna in Maryland, I came across the cutest little "j" and "d" leather letter bookends. I've already packed them away because I'm going to use them as decor in Joshua and my first home together. The Michaels in Maryland didn't have an ampersand, and truth be told I didn't even know one existed until I found this beauty! Yay. Anything j & d makes me a happy girl!

Last weekend I went down to Jersey for a girls weekend with my fellow USMC gals Felice and Genna. I've written about them before... Genna lives in Maryland and her fiancé is with Joshua in Afghanistan, and Felice lives in New Jersey and her boyfriend is also with Joshua in Afghanistan. What's funny is that my love and I had originally set Genna's fiancé up with another friend of mine (which clearly did not work out), and we also set Felice up with Christian (which definitely did work out)!

Anyway, we had a grand ol' time shopping for care packages— I will be decorating and sending mine out this weekend— and making more cakes in a jar! This time around, they turned out much nicer. Genna found out it was because the curved mason jars we used last time weren't the right kind, and we also filled them too high. This time, the cakes were pretty much perfect! I'll take photos of mine when I pack them up to send. In the meantime, however...

We had some delish cupcakes while we were baking. Yum yum! This was pre-diet, obviously. Haha. Oh, and Genna made the coolest blanket she brought to sleep with:

How cool is that? I just love it! What great fabric, it's soft and just so nice! We were definitely supporting our men allllll weekend... 

It's seriously pathetic how much USMC clothing I own since meeting Joshua. This shirt says "I have one of the few good men." I keep a section of my closest just for my Marine T-shirts and bottoms. Oh, but it doesn't stop there. I also have a water bottle, umbrella, key chain, teddy bear, car stickers, dog tags, EGA necklace, I can't even think of everything. And you know what else? I LOVE wearing/using these things. Somehow, some way, they make me feel closer to Joshua! He absolutely bans me from wearing anything Marine themed when I'm with him or on base, which I respect. It took me a while to convince him that I wanted these things to feel closer and support him, not to "advertise" him, as he saw it. So I just wear it on the weekends or to bed at night.

All in all, it was a fun and productive weekend with my girls! The weekend prior was Easter, at which my aunt made a delicious feast for my uncle, father, and myself...

Seriously, her twice-baked potatoes were out of this world. After dinner with the adults, my cousins came over to visit and play family games. Amanda and I wore new dresses for the holiday. It's fun to have a reason to dress up on the weekends!

Amanda is a bridesmaid in my wedding... my only local bridesmaid, since my best friends live up and down the east coast. They're all busy, full-time working professionals like myself! Oh, the joys of earning a living. ;-)

Keep commenting... it makes my day so much brighter! I'm off to return blog comments and say hello to new friends. 

14 April 2010

Wedding Wednesday #3

For the next 3 Wedding Wednesdays, I'm going to share the color schemes I've been contemplating/considering since Joshua and I began planning our wedding. I love color way too much, and I've been very indecisive thus far. Since planning our June 2011 wedding date, I've been choosing from the following color shemes:

Peacock/Royal Blue
Navy and Yellow/Nautical

And then just today, I found a bunch of awesome red/white/blue Nautical color schemes that I don't think I'll go with, but I just love! We're having a military wedding and both Joshua and his groomsmen (3/5) will be wearing their dress blues, so no matter what, navy is a color in the mix!

This week, I'll start with the Nautical themes. I'm not crazy about having red in my wedding (I just feel like it's "expected" since it's a military wedding on a boat on the water), but I definitely found some inspiration and some really cute ideas in these "inspiration boards" I found online. I just have to get better at crediting where I found them. I usually just keep them in a folder for my own viewing... Enjoy!

Aren't they so cute? Our wedding will be on a boat (similar to the one directly above, but bigger since we're having around 100 people)... therefore no sea shells since it's a lake, not the ocean. If I went with this color scheme, I'd need to make it pretty clear that it's not a "beach" wedding... I think it's important to note the difference between "beach" and "nautical." 

The more I look at these photos, the more I like them... I think you all will have to help me decide after I post the next two color schemes in the coming weeks! 

Pure Sunshine

I haven't been blogging very long (not even a month yet!), but this past week I was given the "Sunshine Award" from 3 different bloggers:

Laura at Diamonds & Dog Tags
A Marine's Wife! at Flip Flops and Combat Boots
Mrs. Ma'am at My Life As A Air Force Wife

These are all gals I've never met before I started this blog, and I just want to say THANK YOU so much for actually reading and liking enough to say so! Seriously, so far having a blog has been the greatest thing I've done since Joshua deployed. It's held me accountable for scrapbooking (I'm finally getting back into after several years away), wedding planning (it forces me to sit down and collect my thoughts and ideas for the wedding!) and hopefully too, getting in shape for my wedding next year.

So the deal with this award is that I must pass it onto 12 bloggers that inspire others through their positive attitudes and creativeness.

Since I'm still the new kid on the block, I'm going to take my time with this award and post my 12 bloggers in a few weeks after I make more friends and can better pass it along. So there's that. Thanks again, ladies!

13 April 2010

Living Out Loud

So. Eight hours of work, one peanut butter chocolate ice cream cone, a trip to the grocery store and weigh-in at a local WW meeting, Giada's Cheesy Baked Tortellini, and three cups of royal icing LATER, and I'm finally able to sit at my laptop and just... chill.

Phew! What a day. Some days, I just *wish* for five minutes to be bored.

The breakdown:
Work— okay this week. Our corporate office is moving to a new location downtown, so we've been packing, archiving files, burning backup CDs, and organizing all week. I set an out-of-office reply to let everyone know that I wouldn't be by my desk, but to call with emergencies. So far, there have been no emergencies in the world of food packaging design land. Oh, and we get to wear jeans to work this week... I love dress down days.

Ice Cream— was after lunch, when my awesome boss took my co-worker and I for a last treat before we move. It was delish.

Grocery Store— for the third time within the past week. I'm finally getting back into cooking and trying new recipes, but I've needed to stock up my kitchen a bit. Lots of FRESH foods lately, yum yum. The first trip was at Target when I was care package shopping for Joshua last weekend, the second was on my way home from visiting the girls when I saw a Trader Joe's and flipped out (I shopped there when I lived in Boston and Cleveland!), and today's trip was to get ingredients for two new recipes I'm trying this week.

WW— I have aspirations of being a kick-ass, buff bride... but I love food way too much. So I joined Weight Watchers today to help me along. I NEED to reach my goal weight for our wedding day... and preferably before Joshua returns from Afghanistan. My family and friends have done WW before and had success, and this time around I'm hoping I do, too! It's part of the new me... eating smarter and working hard at the gym.

Tortellini— Mmm. Felice has made this dish for me twice. It's soooo wonderful. I figured I'd make it tonight as a last hurrah before I begin counting my points and getting in shape. Very worth it!

Royal Icing— I have my Wilton cake class tomorrow night, and the lesson calls for one recipe of royal icing divided into five different colors. We're learning to make new flowers tomorrow, rah!

Speaking of cakes...

The first is the birthday cake I made my dad on Easter. The second is my cake from last week's class on fondant. That stuff is FUN to work with!

Jesus. It's already 11pm and I haven't even written about last weekend, Easter weekend, or the fun blog award I was given. I suppose that will all have to come tomorrow, eh? I haven't slept in three weeks so I'm going to try to get to bed a bit early tonight. Apparently deployment also causes insomnia?

Sweet dreams, blog friends. 

12 April 2010

Scrapbook Sunday

I wasn't able to post my scrapbook page last night because I inked the edges of the paper and they weren't dry enough to scan, but I just got home from work, so here I go!

I scrapbooked during Army Wives last night... season premiere, yay! These photos are from April of 2008, when Joshua and I met halfway in Ocean City, Maryland for a weekend of fun with some of Joshua's USMC friends! We stayed with his friend Codey at his family's condo. The guys all wanted to go to the VFW bar... this was my first time to one and I thought it was so strange! We were the youngest people there, but the guys loved it. Crazy Marines.

I'll be back soon to post another blog about my awesome weekend and other happenings of late. I also won a blog award... not sure what exactly that means, but it seems pretty cool! I'll share that in a bit, too.

If you stop by, leave a comment! I love how fun this has become. Oh, and leave me the link to your blog, too! Some gals have started following or left a comment or two and I can't link back to their pages to say hey! Okay. Off to tackle the night's to-do list and make some dinner.

07 April 2010

Wedding Wednesday #2

I'm back again after last week's Wedding Wednesday failure! Tonight, I'm hoping to have better luck. I've been getting lots of ideas from the many wedding shows, bridal magazines, and online research I've done, so I'll just start by sharing some of these ideas and cool things I've found... Here we go!
This past January, I attended my very first bridal show. It was so.much.fun! I've been to two more since then. There were all kinds of vendors set up with info about photographers, bakeries, venues, music, jewelry, flowers, a surprising number of weight loss programs (?), gowns, etc. I went with my Mom & my cousin Amanda (who will be a bridesmaid in my wedding!) and collected all sorts of brochures, business cards, samples, you name it! I have lots of info to share. Note that I still have to go over everything with Joshua, since his input is very important in our wedding planning and he wants to be involved!

So far, I can tell you we're planning to have a military wedding. We've chosen our date, venue, colors, rings, my dress, his attire, bridal party, and some other things! But all that will come in future Wedding Wednesdays. For now, let's start back at where I started in my wedding planning process.

My first choice of venue was the beautiful Sagamore resort on Lake George. I'd been wanting to get married there since I was young... of course, in reality it ended up being very pricey and very much out of our budget. I'm now considering having either the engagement party there or simply staying there the nights before/after the wedding. Maybe even having a photo session there? Still, you can daydream with me...

My #1 priority for the wedding is the photographer... if you know me, this obviously makes sense. I fell in LOVE with this photographer, Mitch Wojnarowicz. His work is absolutely breathtaking and stunning... it's exactly the style I want: photojournalistic. I have to have him! I called him a month too early and was told to call again the beginning of April for his 2011 pricing. Hopefully this time next week, I can report back with news.

That last one is at the Sagamore!

Next, I fell in love with these old fashioned cars that I think would be SO classy, although I'm not sure that Joshua and I will even need a car since the ceremony and reception are at the same location. I don't know if people rent cars from the hotel to the ceremony? Either way, a cool idea!

I particularly liked the 1963 Bentley and the tuxedo 1950 Rolls Royce they had at the show. How fun would it be to roll up to the wedding in that?! This is so exciting.

I also fell in love with the idea of red velvet cupcakes... again if you know me well, this comes as no surprise. I'd like to have a cake AND red velvet cupcakes at the reception. Oh... and I'm still not ruling out a candy bar or chocolate fountain... I'm the dessert queen, after all!

Lastly for this trip, I am obsessed with a place called Zachary's Pastry Shoppe. I'll have to see if they can do red velvet cupcakes, but their wedding cakes are gorgeous! And they taste amazing, too. The pastry chef can do ANYTHING, his designs were incredible...

I'm still not ruling out the idea of making my own wedding cake, crazy as it may be. I'll have to see as the date gets closer. A cake is included in the wedding package at our venue, but I haven't tasted it yet and I'm not yet sure what I want to do with that yet. Cake = important!

So that's everything for my second Wedding Wednesday! I love this, I just really really wish I had Joshua here to bounce ideas off. I suppose I'll just have to send him photos in the meantime. ♥