As we left her house, she pointed us in the direction of two venues that she thought I might like. We thanked her for her time and headed over to see the sites - one of which I absolutly loved.
Earlier in the day, I took advantage of my father being here for two weeks and brought him over to the church that my fiance and I will be married in. The coordinator allowed me to take him into the sanctuary and of course he loved it just as much as I do. I plan on putting my deposit down either the end of this week, or sometime next week depending on when I have the time to make it back out there.
From there we headed over to our 1pm appointment at The Maxwell Room, an historic resturant I wanted to check out for the reception. On the drive over I realized it's only like a 5 - 8 minute drive from the church - perfect! My dad and I loved The Maxwell Room, and the prices were actually pretty reasonable. I took a few (horrible) pictures while I was there, that don't do the place any justice. They were also in the middle of taking down Christmas decorations, so it was a little messy - but that was fine.
09 is rapidly approaching and I'm so excited about the progression that seems to be going on here lol. Deposits will be made to both the church and the wedding within the next few days - HOLY @#%* I'M GETTING MARRIED!!!!!
If you want to read about the adventures of that day you can click here
A maid of honor
& 7 bridemaids
& of course they aren't all in one place - 4 here in South Florida, 1 in Orlando & 4 in New York
Initially I planned on all of the girls wearing the same dress but the more about it, the more I thought about it didn't seem right. With so many girls, there are various sizes that range from a size 2 to in the 20's. I found a collection of great dresses with styles to compliment the body types of each girl and I think they're going to be pleased.
My manager/friend/bridesmaid brought in the fondue pot that my fiance and I got her for her birthday last year. We all brought in little things to dip in the fondue which manifested into the spread above.
My boss (the owner of the shop) made a pepperoni roll for the first time ever along with dipping sauce that she made herself. May I say, that for her first time making this, it was perfect! It reminded me of being in high school in Long Island, and walking to the nearest Italian spot with my friends to get pepperoni rolls while we waited for the school bus.
The name of the wine that my boss brought in was called "Running with Scissors" - very appropriate for a bridal shop lol. Mine is the taller glass, and if it looks a little funny, it's because mine contains ginger ale, lol - they make fun of me for not drinking, so this was my way of not feeling left out, lol. The seamstress actually thought mine was wine and was so surprised at the way I guzzled it down, but before the end of the night we finally broke it to her that it was soda (which I don't normally drink either)lol. We also had crackers and cheese among other things.
After we stuffed our faces we moved on to our Christmas present display to open gifts. I felt bad after seeing the tree because all I was able to afford were Christmas cards for everyone. I did pick up a huge box of chocolate for everyone to enjoy throughout the week - that was my gift, but I wasn't able to afford individual gifts. I did take the time to write very meaningful messages in the cards that I gave everyone which they all appreciated and gave me big hugs.
We had a fabulous time opening gifts and telling jokes. Everyone loved all the things that they received, but most of all we all realized how blessed we were to have one another:
(me on the far left...it took many trys with the timer to get this pic, lol)
I am truly blessed to have the job that I have, enjoy it, and enjoy the people that I work with. I think the fact that we truly work as a team is what makes the shop so successful. Being open for 17 years, it is known for its great customer service, we hardly advertise because word of mouth is what get's us new customers. I'm so happy that for the past year and a half I've been able to spend my weekends with these people, helping brides prepare for their big day. I couldn't ask for a better place to work (or play sometimes, lol). I LOVE MY JOB & MY CO-WORKERS!
& a lot more
for a reasonable price of course
(all photos above taken from walmart.com)
Both companies responded quickly and assured me that everything would turn out great. As a matter of fact, they both told me that most of the churches that they've shot at doesn't allow flash (and from what I saw in their portfolios it didn't compromise the photos or video at all).
Anyway, I've come to realize that we've been engaged since May and have yet to have accomplished anything as far as planning the wedding - no deposits have been made, nothing has been finalized - zero. So I've re-evaluated and have gotten all my thoughts in order and have decided to start with the church. My best the friend (the internet) has helped me on my search to find the perfect church and boy was I in for a shock - the prices of some churches are ridiculous! $1200...$3000....I mean seriously, what would Jesus do? There was one church that I absolutly fell in love with, but there was no price on the website and the offices was closed for the weekend (I hate waiting).
One of my co-workers then told me about a church nearby that her nephew was going to be married in for $500. - sounded like a bargain to me compared to everything else I'd seen. She gave me the name and number of the churches wedding coordinator but she too didn't seem to be available until Monday, so once again I waited. Monday morning I kept trying to call her, but there was some random thing wrong with my phone or hers. Then I tried calling the church that I fell in love with over the internet. I spoke to an employee and she was able to give me a price over the phone - it was even cheaper than the one my co worker had told me about - sweet! I couldn't believe it! Today I will be heading over to the church (with my mom and fiance) to pick up the wedding package from the coordinator and be able to see the church in person, I am so excited.
As far as the reception, there's a 90% chance that we're going to be having it at home which I think is a great idea. At first we were thinking of doing everything in the backyard, but then I came up with the idea having the dinner inside the living/dinning area (we're going to take all the furniture out and bring in round tables along with gold chivari chairs) and then in the backyard we're going to set out like a lounge area and that's where we'll dance and party the night away. I have the whole visual in my head I just have to bring it to life - but more on that later.I'll be back later to document my experience at the church...
I'm not gonna lie, if nothing else is on I'll watch it, but I'm not a die hard fan as some of my friends are - I'm terrible at keeping up with television shows! I don't watch it for the drama it is known for, but instead I tune in for all the cool fashion things that Lauren and Whitney are apart of. As a fashion student myself, it's what I live for! My favorite character is Whitney because she's always so poised, well spoken and extremly fashionable - I almost died when I heard the rumors that she was getting her own spinoff show about moving to New York and working for Diane Von Furstenberg (any fashion student would die for that job)...and of course I'm sure there's going to be some drama in there, but I just wanna see the shoes, lol. As a surfed the internet today, I came across the trailer for Whitney's upcomming show called "The City"...and I died...
....but anyway, this post is about the big move that I might be making after I tie the knot - I might be moving back to New York. I moved to South Florida a few years ago with my mom after her and my dad were seperated - I kind of wanted to be in a new enviornment and basically I can't live without my mommy, lol. I met my fiance in April of that year and then moved down to Florida in July, in November of that same year we started a long distance relationship and after a year of torture he left his life behind in New York to move down and be with little old me. Once being down here it was hard for him to come to terms with his paycheck. Although he works for the same company with pretty much the same job description, his paycheck doesn't come close to what it was in New York. Once in a while he'll bring up the fact that we should move back, I would always say "maybe when I finish school" - but boy does time fly - I'll be done with school Sept 09, and we're planning the wedding for Nov 09, so now he wants to go pretty much right after the wedding. His reason is that he feels that financially he can be a better provider in New York - and to top it off, his former boss is waiting for him with open arms to give him his position back. But I don't know...I've been spoiled with the sunshine and am not sure if I'm ready for the snow again.
In our debates on whether or not we should move back, he points out the fact that I will have a degree in fashion and that there's no better place to put it to use than in New York - I guess he has me there, lol. Also, all my friends (who I miss to pieces) are back in New York as well as my daddy, big sister, niece, and a new niece or nephew which is on the way - I could pretty much pick back up from where I left off...but I'm so comfortable here. I like the little life that we have built together down here, we might not have much as we did in NY but we have each other, and that's all I need - but at the same time I understand that as a man he might feel as though he's not doing enough.
Is anyone else making a big move after tying the knot? Whether moving in together, to another town, another state or purchasing to home together?
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I got up at 6am - got myself dressed - woke my little sister up, got her dressed and gave her breakfast - got her off to school and hopped on the I95. I made it to the location by 8:30am right on schedule...I so nervous because I had to parallel park, and I seriously haven't parallel parked since moving from New York 4 years ago (lol) - there's just no reason to parallel park where I currently live unless I go to the beach (and I usually don't drive...because I don't want to be the one who has to clean the sand out my car, lol) but anyway - myself, my classmate (the stylist), model and photographer all hung out for a little while and got to know each other before getting to work. I couldn't have worked with a better group of people - we were all so different yet the same - I knew the shoot was going to be fabulous...
(me, applying airbrush makeup to the model...good stuff)
We started at around 11am and finished around 2pm - a very short shoot which I loved - we got straight to the point and cut out the fluff. My feet hurt from walking all over Miami, but it was so worth it and I can't wait to get the final pics back from the photographer Eva Gazova who was absolutly AMAZING AMAZING AMAZING!!! I can't rave about her enough...
(check Eva out at her website, thesquirreleva.com)
We all did a great job with our individual tasks, but collectively we made a great team and I believe I made some new friends today.
I truly love the art of makeup - I have a great time doing it and I get to meet great people...but now I'm super tired and I'm going to bed, hope your day was as great as mine...ZZzzzzzzz
On Tuesdays, I have class from 1-5 - that's one class with only a half an hour break. It's pretty much impossible for me in a half an hour to go to the restroom, and find time to go downstairs to the lunchroom, stand on a long line and make it back to class on time - and in addition to that pay for overpriced food. So my solution has been to eat a larger lunch, that way I can stay full until I get back home for dinner at around 6 or 7 - I don't do this everyday, just on Tuesdays because of my schedule.
I tried to ignore her and explain my logic but I couldn't even get a word in - finally I snapped back and told her that I'm stressed out and if she wants me to loose weight then she needs to find a way to eliminate all the stress out my life - then she starts asking me what I'm stressed about and continues going on and on (I had no idea what she was saying at this point but I was furious and trying my hardest not to be rude to her)
Finally I couldn't handle it anymore, so I threw the plate down and went into my room to gather my things to leave for school. I slammed the door shut, put a lock on it and found myself crying as I brushed my teeth in the bathroom. I heard knocks on my door and my aunts voice asking me to let her in. I didn't want her to see me crying so I tried to wipe my face and distract myself by packing up my bag after finally letting her in. She started apoligizing - I started getting my stuff so that I could get the hell away from her. She realized I wasn't listening to her, and then hugged me to make sure I couldn't go anywhere. She started apoligizing over and over, she told me that she was sorry for embarressing me (in addition to my uncle being a witness, so was my mothers friend who was also at the house at the time), she told me that was concerned and only wanted to best for me, and some other stuff but I just wasn't listening at all. I finally looked at her and she was crying (didn't move me a bit). She tried to give me $20 to buy something to eat once I got to school because I was leaving without a meal - she kept apoligizing and I just wanted her to let me go. Finally I lied and said I was going to be late for class (I was gonna be an hour early, I just wanted to get the hell out the house). With my head down so that no one could see my tears, I said bye to my uncle and my moms friend and got the hell out of dodge, as my aunt slipped the $20 I refused to take from her in my bag.