I’m a Mrs.!

They really are not kidding when they say that the wedding day flies by and you have no idea how it went by so fast.

I spent the night at my parents house the night before the wedding. I spent some time with Justin and some relatives at the bar (ha!) after our rehearsal was over. Justin left to spend the night at our place and I headed home with my parents after getting properly tipsy. I’m almost surprised we stuck to the tradition.

On Friday, our wedding day, we woke up to it pouring. When I say pouring I don’t mean just cats and dogs, freaking bison and antelopes where falling from the sky. I was pretty sure it couldn’t have rained any harder if it wanted to. We had our own monsoon in western PA.

Honestly, the rain wouldn’t have bothered me except for one small detail…our wedding was set to be outdoors.

I went about my day checking the weather on my crackberry like a fiend. I did it while I was getting my hair done, while I was getting my makeup done, while I was driving (I know, shame, shame.) The rain would not let up.

I drove my mom and my great cousin to the venue where our wedding was about to take place in about an hour, there where still bison falling from the sky. I really couldn’t believe all the rotten luck. I had never felt so sick to my stomach in my life. I choked down a turkey sandwich before we left and still felt like I was just going to be sick all over the place.

To be honest, all I wanted all day was just to see Justin. Justin is the person I go to when I need to cry or need comforted. He’s my best friend and always can make me feel better. I very nearly said to hell with tradition…but I knew it would take away from the magic of the moment later. It was hard.

When we arrived at the venue the rain started to calm down. I was shuffled into the dressing room where the rest of my bridesmaids where already gathered doing last minute touch ups and getting dressed. The closer the moment got the more anxious I became. Bree even had some little shots for us, and would you believe I didn’t think I could handle it? That’s right, I turned down hard liquor, I was that bad off.

No one would let me out of the bathroom as Justin was running around outside taking care of last minute details. I had the shakes and felt like I was going to laugh and cry all at the same time. We lined up to go out and I heard the song we picked our for the party processional….God Bless the Broken Road.

It was like everything clicked. The sun had come out while I was hidden in the bathroom and my friends where gathered around smiling. Everyone looked amazing all dressed up. I took my father’s arm and we started to walk down the isle… The water had miraculously already dried on the concrete as we made our way to the gazebo where Justin was waiting.

And it was like God blessed the broken road. Every single heartbreak and trial and (literally) thunderstorm that we went through to get to each other was nothing. It was all worth it and then some when I saw him waiting for me up there. At that point I was beyond laughing and I was beyond tears. To be honest, I barely heard the minister while we were up there looking at each other.

It was like my whole world had been in pieces before this, and in 20 minutes it all fell into place so perfectly that nothing can describe it; you have to live it.

There’s nothing in the wold that compares to finding the place your heart can call home.

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Kiss the bride!

The happiest day of my life! I will give details soon, I promise!

Man, I really don’t like baking, but I trudge on!

I think I’m coming down with some kind of cold. I was off on Monday, so I spent the entire day dedicated to trying to get ahead of the wedding preparation deadlines that are so quickly approaching I’m going to have a heart attack. I did not really succeed. I did get the final bridesmaid dress from David’s Bridal, so that’s taken care of. I think 3 of 5 of the bridesmaids have their shoes, so I’m not too concerned about that. I went to my parents on Saturday and tried on my dress with the veil and all the accessories and contrary to my nightmares the dress still fits beautifully, so as long as I don’t gain or lose 20 pounds by the day of I should be good.

I also baked about 15 dozen cookies on Monday, which really sucked. I don’t mind baking in general every once in awhile, but to be on a deadline and making a million cookies when I could really just use the relaxation time…blah. Anyway, I made three different kinds, so we’ll start with my favorite!

Oreo Truffles
8 oz. cream cheese
1 pound Oreos
1 pound milk or dark chocolate (I used tollhouse and found that the dark chocolate melted just fine on its own, but the milk chocolate needed some milk added to help get the consistency right)

1. Grind Oreos to find powder in food processor (I was really excited to use my new processor I got for my bridal shower, haha).
2. With a mixer, blend cookie powder and cream cheese until thoroughly mixed, there should be no white traces of cream cheese. (I needed to add a tiny bit more cream cheese just because I couldn’t get it to mix completely. It didn’t hurt anything.)
3. Roll into small or large balls and place on wax-lined cookie sheet. Chill 45 minutes.
Line two cookie sheets with wax paper. In double-boiler, melt milk or dark chocolate. Dip balls and coat thoroughly. With slotted spoon or fork, lift balls out of chocolate and let excess chocolate drip off. Place on wax-paper-lined cookie sheet.
Store in airtight container, in refrigerator.

Oreo Truffles

I think I liked these the best because there was not actual baking involved, haha. But these things are really, really good. I’ll probably make another batch before the wedding, this recipe yielded about 3 dozen because I made the Oreo balls on the small side.

I have to say I’m just about really for everything to be done and over with. I’m getting tired of stressing over every detail and I really just want to go on our honeymoon and relax for a week!

The days are flying, and I had my bridal shower this past Saturday!

My Beautiful Bridesmaids!
From left to right: Brittany, Lori, Kendra, me, Tara, Bree.

It’s all becoming very surreal. I had a party to celebrate that I’m going to be a wife! It also really allowed me to kind of reflect on my friends and family.

Brittany I’ve only known a couple years. We became friends when her (now) husband became friends with Justin. We all work together and get to bitch and complain to one another about our wonderful job. Her’s was one of the weddings I was just in recently.

Lori I’ve known a couple years longer than Brittany. In case you’re just tuning in, she’s Justin’s sister-in-law, married to his older brother. Lori and I hit it off right away long before Justin and I got together, and she helped get us together and get him away from someone that didn’t treat him as well as he deserves.  It’s hard to believe it’s been almost 5 years since I’ve met her!

Kendra and I formally met while we were in 5th grade and we were taking out Iowa Basics tests (standardized testing for grade school-ers here in PA) She and I basically put each other through some hardcore high school hell, but we always found each other again. We expierienced a lot of our “firsts” together. First boyfriend, first kiss, first dance, etc. We’ve really gone down the road together. And then I watched her son be born, that was kind of a life changer, seriously.

Tara is my longest running friendship. We met in third grade and found a common ground in Goosebump books. We practically lived at each others houses as kids. We started to grow apart a little in junior high, then came back together when we found common ground again in show choir and high school musicals (you know, before high school musical. Did I really just go there? Anyway…) She’s one of those friends where you don’t talk for months, then pick up a phone or meet for lunch and pick up right where you left off. It’s pretty awesome.

Finally, Bree!. We first met while I was in third grade, but we didn’t really become friends until high school. Like Kendra and Tara we all went to school together, but Bree is a year older than us. We have a funny history together that involves a boy that we love to laugh about now, but obviously back then it was serious business, haha. We basically hit it off during my freshman year when our school put on the production of Grease. Ever since then we have been friends, and both share a love of cooking and being boring old ladies. She has also been my go-to complainee with wedding related stress. Poor her! haha. She just got married a couple months ago too.

So there you have it, my formal introduction to my oldest and closest friends! One of the best parts about this whole wedding expierience is that they all are in one place at one time! All my friends are pretty laid back, so I think they all clicked very well!

Presents! The whole shower was a stunning success. Lori did a great job organizing the whole thing, although everyone kept telling me how nice it was. I didn’t do a thing besides show up! Lori definitely outdid herself. I’m very lucky to have her!
The shower was a lot like those birthday parties you have when you’re younger. You play some games, eat a lot, and then everyone watches you open presents. The one big difference is that I picked all the gifts ahead of time in the form of a registry, haha. I’m not one for surprises.

August 8th is my bachelorette party. I’m pretty excited to go out with all my friends, I just hope it doesn’t get carried away too much. I’m honestly the type of person who would be happy to go out to dinner with everyone and grab some drinks. I’m not much for the club scene or anything real crazy. We are going to a dueling piano bar, which I am seriously excited about. However, if any of my friends think I’m getting up on stage and getting myself humiliated, I guess they don’t know me that well! I’ll be a stick in the mud about some things, but I’m just not the center of attention type. I hope everyone understands that! no penis crowns for me, thanks. haha.

I do have the most awesome friends though, I’m a lucky girl 🙂

My Girls =)

Not sure if you noticed or not, but I’m a huge craft junkie. This wedding has given me the opportunity to try different projects that I never would have otherwise been interested in. One of my favorite projects have been adorable little pomanders!

I first came across pomanders while looking at bios on The Knot, and I was interested in finding out what the heck they were and what they were made out of. I found out that the original pomanders where made out of fruit where used to keep people from being too….well, smelly. Haha.

Little flowers! First step! This version of pomanders is obviously not the tissue paper kind. First I found little flowers (these are about an inch wide) at a local craft store. You know the kind that are basically used as “fillers” in an arrangement? They come in bunches with probably about 30-50 little flowers per stem. I got them on sale for 70 cents each. I figured I’d probably need about 30 to make 20 pomander balls. This math is still a work in progress. haha.

As you can see, I basically tore everything apart. I took the little flowers (mine basically had two layers of silk “flower”) and stuck a corsage pin through the center. I used pins with a pearl head, but there’s dozens of colors out there that can be used for matching. This is the tedious part, pulling the flowers apart and sticking the pins through them one at a time. One. At. A. Time. Patience is not one of my virtues, but these are so cute they are worth it.

Half Done Once you get through the tedious process of pulling apart the flowers you get to the fun part of stabbing the Styrofoam ball until it’s covered in cute little flowers. Obviously the colors for my wedding are red and white, but you can find the little flowers in any color imaginable if you have a good craft store nearby.

Unfortunately I don’t have a picture of the finished project. I plan on stringing ribbon through the Styrofoam and hanging the little pomander balls on the back of the wooden chairs for the ceremony in the gazebo. Because everything is all outside, I figured the scenery is really the main decoration, these just add little personalized elements to the ceremony.

We’re officially sitting at 51 days until we tie the knot! Wedding festivities start this month beginning with my Bridal shower on the 18th. I’m so excited! I have an amazing Matron of Honor who has been working her butt off to pull it together, and I’m so grateful for her. August 8th is the bachelorette party, I’m so excited to tear up Pittsburgh with my favorite girls. The tentative plan is to have dinner at The Melting Pot, then we’re going to catch a show at the dueling piano bar in Pittsburgh, Sing Sing. After that everything’s kind of up in the air. We may just bar hop on the south side until it closes down.

So many things to look forward to, can’t wait!!

We officially booked the honeymoon to Riviera Maya yesterday! We’re going from August 30th, (Sunday after the wedding) to September 4th. Justin officially submitted for his passport and I dug my poor neglected one out of storage the other day. Thank goodness mine’s good until 2015! I’ve been obsessively looking at pictures and reviews for where we’re staying and I’m pretty sure we’re going to have an amazing time. Bree thinks they’re going to think twice about the all-inclusive alcohol part once Justin and I get there (haha) but that’s one of the reasons we chose inclusive. We like to eat and we love to drink 😉

The nice thing about the resort we picked is that there is so much to do! We can do the R&R thing by the beach one day, and then do this the next! Quads through the jungle, oh be still my heart! In that same package there’s also snorkeling, which is another thing I’ve always wanted to do. Is it weird that I have no qualms about swimming in over my head in the ocean but being in a lake freaks me out? I guess I’m more afraid of snakes in a lake than sharks in the ocean!

We started receiving our RSVP cards back yesterday, I have never been so excited to receive mail before! Honestly, it’s so cool to see all our friends and family take the time to respond 🙂 I can’t believe that day is inching closer and closer.

Wow, I cannot believe it has been nine months since Justin and I decided to move up our wedding date. Since then so much has happened, I am surprised we’ve been able to keep up.

Yesterday we mailed out our invitations. I think besides maybe…4 or 5 we’ve sent them all out. Done. No more. Never have to look at the invitations again! It’s a big relief, but then it comes with its own set of worries. I keep having dreams that everyone gets lost, due to the place we’re having the ceremony and reception at. The place itself doesn’t really have its own address, so we put a general area address on the invitations. Now my project for the night is to make the step-by-step directions to get there, ick.

All the big things have long since been taken care of. Wedding cake, venue, photographer, etc. Now it’s the million little things than seem to want to attack me like angry little fire ants. We have two groomsmen who still need fitted, I need to get the programs done, we need to meet with the pastor again, gotta get Justin a passport, book our flight/hotel stay for the honeymoon…annoying little things. Not to mention the venue lady likes to randomly ignore my emails. I told Justin last night that we’re going to need to keep a steady supply of booze in the fridge for the next couple months if I’m even going to try to get any sleep. And horse tranquilizers, I think those might come in handy too!

This Saturday I’m going shopping with my mom, our flower girl, and her mom for our flower girl dress. One more thing to cross off! I still need to email all my bridesmaids the link for their shoes and finalize the ceremony readings before the nest pastor visit. The bouquets are almost done, and I love them! 🙂 I think I’m going to try and pound out a lot more this weekend.

On a much more fun note, we decided on Mexico for the honeymoon! We’re going to an all-inclusive resort in Riviera Maya. I’m not sure if I’m more excited for the wedding or the honeymoon! After all the wedding craziness it’s going to be so wonderful to escape to a gorgeous place to relax and drink all the booze we can, haha. I really want to go para sailing, out of anything to do there, para sailing is my number one thing. Another is snorkeling, I’d love to see some fishies up close and personal!

I’m excited to go somewhere exotic for our honeymoon. I never got to go anywhere wild and crazy for spring break during college, so this is like the treat I’ve been waiting for. It doesn’t hurt I’ll be able to share it with my best friend and husband!