Friday, July 30, 2010

Pro Pics

I received the link from our photographer to see ALL the pics she took of our wedding.  It took me about an hour to look at them all because of the sheer volume of pictures.  Well, that and I couldn't stop crying so I had to keep pausing the slideshow.  One word.....BEAUTIFUL!!

I can't wait to get the disc from her so I can start posting my favs. 

Warning:  I have a lot of favs!!

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

18 Days of Marriage

(I'm taking a small break in my wedding recaps while I patiently wait for our professional pictures to arrive.)

We've officially been married for 18 days.  In these 2-1/2 weeks as husband and wife I've learned a few things.

  • Marriage is WAY better than I ever hoped and dreamed it would be.  The fact that every day you wake up and choose to love this person 'till death do us part' is an unbelievable feeling.

  • Marriage is about growing together as much as it is about growing as an individual

  • Marriage is about compromise.  I knew when I married Don that he would always be late, he's got a "truckers mouth" and he whole-heartedly believes that ketchup makes any food taste better.   I, on the other hand, will always arrive early, I will not touch raw meat, and I'm a sucker for bad reality television.  You find ways to make each others quirks work instead of trying to change each other into who you want them to be.  We knew who we married and love each other anyways.

  • Getting a surprise text in the middle of the day from your husband is lovely.  It's great to know that someone is thinking about you, especially when it's your other half.

  • And lastly....If you are a bride who chose to take your husband's name, it will take longer than 18 days before you get used to the change.  I see my new name show up on emails, mail, etc. and for a brief second I still wonder who this person is!

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Wedding Recap - Rehearsal Dinner

As I stated in my first wedding recap, I loved the rehearsal dinner just as much as I loved the actual wedding.  I don't know if I've ever been so happy or smiled so much. 

The rehearsal dinner was a casual affair.  My fiance (errrr....husband) bought all the men Detroit Tiger shirts to wear and we served ballpark foods.  We had hot dogs, nachos, popcorn, pretzels, cheese and crackers and cookies.

The rehearsal itself went off without a hitch so we quickly headed straight for the food/drinks.  I can still hear all the laughter emulating throughout the tent from our family and friends.  I will never forget the moment that I stepped back and "took it all in".  I've never been in one place with so much love in the air.

Don and I smiled the night away as we drank, talked and toasted with our loved ones.

Everyone knows that the Rehearsal Dinner is where the real party here are some pictures from ours

Leaving the hotel heading to Rehearsal
Holding my "leaf" bouquet since we forgot to use the bouquet we made at the bridal shower
Matron of Honor - my sister Rachel with her "leaf" bouquet
Mom and Dad practicing the walk down the aisle
Dad shaking Don's hand and cracking a joke of some sort, I'm sure!
Nephew and Brother in Law cooking the food
Bridal Party
Bride & Groom
Detroit Tigers
It was a perfect, warm summer evening.  I had a great time and I know that all of our family and friends did too!

Monday, July 26, 2010

Happy Birthday Will

Happy "8th" Birthday to my nephew Will.  I love you!!

Friday, July 23, 2010

Wedding Recap #1

It's so funny because I've been following wedding blogs for almost 2 years now and after each bride got married I read their posts explaining how difficult they found it to start their wedding recaps.  I never quite understood why they were having a problem.  Start with the beginning and move forward...seemed pretty simple at the time.

And yet, here I am 13 days after my wedding and I don't have a clue how to begin putting into words the sheer magnitude of what took place and how I felt (and still feel).  So my apologies if my wedding recaps seem a little scattered, out of order, and filled with a ton of pictures.  I will also apologize right now for the sheer amount of posts that will soon follow.  There are SO many things I want to talk about (and so many pictures to post).

So, as I patiently wait for our professional pictures to come back, I will start with the days leading up to the wedding and will then move onto our rehearsal.

Our wedding took place outdoors at my mom and step dad's house so I spent nearly every waking hour in the weeks leading up to the wedding working in their yard.  And when I wasn't spreading mulch or laying down flooring under the tents I was finishing centerpieces and the other gazillion little details that needed to be done.

Besides all the "physical" work and the sore muscles I encountered, I would honestly say that the most difficult part of the entire process was when I finally had to open myself up to the idea that I needed help from family and friends in order to pull off this shindig.    It was terrifying planning this huge party by myself, but for some reason in my mind I found it "more" terrifying to have to ask for help in doing it.  And to my surprise, the moments in the days before the wedding where I recognized and accepted this as a necessity, will remain some of the most important and most memorable moments of the whole wedding process.

On the Friday before the wedding, my family, wedding party and close friends pulled together as a team.  We had people hanging paper lanterns, stringing lights, ironing the linens, setting up centerpieces, folding napkins, putting final touches on our photo wall, pulling weeds and blowing leaves, and so much more!  It was such beautiful chaos and it brings tears just thinking about it.

Centerpieces waiting to be distributed
200+ Paper lanterns
Brother in Law working on the photo wall
Grandma ironing the table linens
Best Friend Kevin blowing leaves off the "wedding aisle"
Bride to be with Mother in Law hanging Lanterns

As soon as everyone arrived and we started setting up and I could really see things coming together, it was as if someone waved a magic wand over me and all the pre-wedding anxiety was gone.  I absolutely, without a doubt, loved this day just as much as my actual wedding day.  Totally AMAZING!!!

Thursday, July 22, 2010

New Look

My "free" background that I was using for this blog was going to expire after tomorrow, so today I tried messing around with other backgrounds.  After the first 15 minutes I had so royally screwed up my page that I was almost ready to delete the whole blog.  But, I couldn't figure out how to back it up first so that option failed.

Somehow I have gotten it back to "semi" normal, but there are still a few things I can't figure out.
  • How do I change the font color of my Post Titles?  When I had the damask background my Titles were in Red, but now they are sort of an orange color and I don't know how to change it.
  • How do I change the color of my HTML links?  It used to be that if I clicked on a link in a post or if I clicked on one of the 'blogs I follow" it would turn red to let me know what I had already looked at it.  Now they are turning like a grey color and I can't even see it.
I've tried googling these things for answers, but I can't even follow the instructions given.  I'm being instructed to click on my "dashboard" and then click on "layout" but I don't even have a button called "layout".  This is all so ridiculous!!

Ugh....I hate technology!  I'm surprised I've actually been able to figure out half the things I do on this blog!!

Monday, July 19, 2010

I'm Back...

Oh I've missed you!! So much has happened since my last post.

I spent 2 very busy weeks preparing my parents house for my wedding/rehearsal, I got married, went on my honeymoon and now trying to survive being back to reality.

I have many posts to come, but first I need to catch up at the office! Today is my first day back since July 6.