Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh Summer! Won’t you hurry up?
Justin got his first ride of the summer in last Saturday our at Brittany’s parents. Justin gets major cabin fever with a tad bit of crankyness around this time of year. I have it too now, and it’s pretty bad. Last Saturday was so nice out, I’m really hoping we have the same luck come tomorrow. It’s supposed to be 50 out, which is basically sauna weather compared to what we’ve been having, so I’ll have my fingers crossed. Right now I’m mad all over again about our quads getting stolen, I would have been able to go riding with Justin if it wasn’t for a couple or more scum bags. Grr.
Anyway.
Last weekend really was a lot of fun, especially with the weather finally (finally!) starting to look up. We went out to a bon fire and had a cookout. After we were all full and the beer was flowing someone came up with the idea of going spotting….so we did. haha
Here’s Brian in the back of a late 70’s 3/4 ton Chevy. Don’t mind the conspicuous bottles in his hands, we were all legal. 😉 Look at that smile, apparently all you need in life is a few good friends and a few (dozen) good drinks to have a great Saturday night. Throw in a joy ride of deer spotting and you have an excellent county night out. So we went for a crazy ride out in the county whirling around back roads and spotting for deer. I actually felt like I was blasted back to high school, only with beer involved this time. Yeah, wasn’t much of a drinker in high school, are you surprised? That’s what we did though. We live out in the boon docks and simple fun is what we do best.
It was really just simple fun. Drinking beer in the bed of an old truck and just being very western Pennsylvanian. Seriously, I can’t describe it any better. We grow up and we strive to be mature and sophisticated, but honestly, I’m pretty much a hick at heart. I have my wine and dinner show nights and then I have my beer and bon fire nights, I think it’s the best of both worlds. I can do that, right? Too right. I’ll always be a little bit country, we’re having a bon fire at the reception of our wedding for crying out loud! haha.
That’s me! Taken going about 50 in a truck that probably should only top out at…40. haha. Happy though, I’m seriously ready for summer!
Tomorrow I get to have my first fitting for my wedding dress! I really am well-beyond excited, because me dress wasn’t supposed to come in until April. What an awesome surprise to get an e-mail from David’s Bridal saying my special order was in!!
Happy Saturday!!

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I’ve hit that part of wedding planning where I compulsively scrutinize every. single. detail. Seriously, the centerpieces? Obsessing. I might (might) have stumbled upon something I’m fully happy with last night, but that can change at any second. The flowers? Totally have no idea what I want to do with mine. I was something amazing, cascading, but I have no inspiration. I can’t find a single thing online that I absolutely love, and that spills over to the bridesmaid flowers I loved just a couple months ago. Ahh! I have never been anything that even remotely resembles a perfectionist, so why is this coming out all of a sudden? Don’t get me wrong, I’m having a blast making stuff, and I doubt I’ll ever have the opportunity again to be able to throw myself completely into such a lavish project, but I wish I could just not be so anal about everything all of a sudden. It’s weird.
It’s not to say that I should be spazzing out about anything. We booked an awesome photographer on Saturday that seemed as excited about taking the pictures as we are about having them. We’re going to do some poses with Justin’s bike, how cool is that? She practically lit up when I suggested it! So that’s one worry done. We still need to pick out our rings. I have an excellent idea about what I want, and Justin basically picked his band out when he picked out my engagement ring. I’d just like to have them safely ordered.
I really want my dress to come in soon. More than anything. I can’t wait to put it on and find a veil to match. I keep looking at pictures on the website of the dress and it’s killing me that I have to wait until sometime in April. Stupid special order. Being tall has its benefits, but I had to wait 4 months to get my dress because they had to add extra length to it! It’s frustrating. I also want to gush and go on and on and on about it, but I don’t want Justin to have the slightest idea about what it looks like. Hell, I might try to convince him its fire engine red. heh. That would make for quite a statement! Honestly though, I cannot wait to put it on again. I also can’t wait to take pictures!
I also cannot wait to kiss my husband, that will make my heart explode with happiness =)

I think I want to be a wedding planner when I grow up. haha.

But seriously, this is amazing. It’s probably only amazing because everything is coming together so well! We have the cake taken care of (Justin’s mom is a baking whiz!) and we also have the music taken care of as well as a videographer. We work with someone who will do our photography, so all we have left is catering and venue, which we should seal the deal with on Wednesday! We’re getting married on Friday, August 28th, 2009! We really are blessed to have some amazing and talented friends.

Yesterday I went on my first dress shopping outing with my mom. After getting hopelessly lost in Ohio we managed to find David’s Bridal. Trying on wedding dresses is unlike anything I’ve ever done before. I have tried out countless formal dresses for proms and homecomings when I was younger, and even weddings and other events as an adult…nothing compares to looking for the gown you’re going to be married in. First of all, before they have you look at anything, you get a personal consultant who sites down with you and registers you at the shop. Then you flip through a catalog being brutally honest about all the dresses. After you go though what you like and don’t like the consultant takes you over to the dressing area and gives you a strapless bra/corset thing and a slip..which depending on the dress you have to change in and out of. There’s two different slips, one is huge and pouf-y and made out of cretalin and the other is skin tight and silky. Obviously those are for full ballgown vs. a slinky dress. I changed in and out of those a couple times.

And then I actually tried on a dress that actually took my breathe away and made my heart start beating faster. It was so amazing! I had three before that that I really liked, but nothing compared to this dress and how gorgeous it is. I would love to put up a picture, but Justin reads this too 😉 He’s not allowed to see for another 291 days, haha.

But honestly. Seeing myself in that dress suddenly made things a lot more real to me. We didn’t buy it yet, my mom talked me into coming back in a couple weeks with some of my bridesmaids to get a couple more opinions and try some more on. But I do think I’m in love 🙂

I do believe I found another budget saver. Growersbox.com offers “wedding-in-a-box”. Basically you order the flowers you want for whatever reason (in my case for bouquets) and they deliver them to you. You basically save all that money by putting the bouquet’s together yourself. I think that would make for a good bridal party thing the night before. I figure we’ll do some sort of sleepover arrangement, I haven’t quite got that par yet. If not everyone then myself and Lori (who is Matron of Honor), after the rehersal dinner or something along those lines. Those are details for much further down the road.

I will be happy when we have the venue reserved and the big stuff taken care of…so then we can have fun planning out all the little things that will make this day wonderful 🙂