20 08 2007

First of all, thanks for the comments that let me know I’m not the only person to either lose a ring or freak out about it.

My last semester of school starts this week, so I figured I’d get a quick update post in before the craziness starts. It’s going to be an extremely hectic end of August – beginning of October. For official plans, I have to start classes, start my new 40hours/week job, go to Rapid City, South Dakota over Labor Day weekend, see my friend when she is in town (twice), work at the State Fair (twice), endure Homecoming, go to San Francisco for my brother’s wedding, run a marathon (plus all the training) and hopefully meet with photographers for the wedding.


Needless to say, if I’m not blogging, you know where I am. Anyway, on to the updates.

I think I’m going home in 3 weeks to meet with some photographers – yay! I’m excited. Most seem to have about the same prices for packages, and mostly comparable stuff in the packages. I did see one package where it was for about 3 hours of coverage and not a lot of extras, whereas most in the area give at least 5 hours for the same amount.

So far my top contenders for photographers, without meeting any yet are:

Treeline Photography

Woody’s Photography

Kelli Engstrom Photography

The other update, which is somewhat related to photography, is that Andy revealed that for a guestbook, he wants a photo guestbook, where we create an album of sorts with pictures of us, and leave people room to sign the pages. I’ve seen them featured and discussed a lot of Weddingbee, so I’m sure I can either find a good deal on getting one made, or finding instruction to make our own.

Oh, and one more update. One of my housemates is a graphic designer is getting us a fantastic deal on our Save the Dates, so they will only be .16 each plus postage. In case I have failed to mention this before, our Save the Dates are going to look like the cover of a Playbill (that I designed/manipulated) and will be sent as postcards. Once they are printed and sent out, I will give a view of them.


I am not a ditz

16 08 2007

I don’t even know if I should be admitting this online. Here goes.

I lost my engagement ring tonight. I put it in my pocket because I was at a girls’ night that involved waxing girls legs and eyebrows. Of course, I don’t want it to get all waxy gross. After waxing, I go to visit the fiance before heading home. I get home, am reading a post on Weddingbee about diamond cuts, and go to gaze lovingly at my ring. Only instead I see a blank finger and a realization that my ring is in my shorts pocket. Check shorts pocket. The shorts I chose to wear today do not have good pockets – they are very loose because it’s a stretchy material. Cue to FREAK OUT.

I scared Andy by calling him sobbing after I’ve convinced myself that the ring won’t magically appear in my pocket. He thought someone had died. Nope, just me, sitting on the road by my car, checking the seats and crying.

My mind was reeling with He’sGoingToThinkIDon’tTakeCareOfThings or ThatItDoesn’tMeanMuchToMe or a million other horrible things because that was how I felt. So very beyond horrible.

Andy found it. Drove it over to me at 11:30 at night. Calmed me down. Said he understood a parable from the Bible better, one about a lost gold coin. I’m marrying a wonderful man.

And I’m never taking this ring off again, I swear.

ceremony reading

14 08 2007

Seeing as how our wedding ceremony is (hopefully) going to be outside, I was okay with mixing up a bit of traditional bits with nontraditional bits. Nontraditional? Me? Who knew? 🙂

One of these “bits” is the readings for the ceremony. There are some Biblical readings that I’m pondering, but I really wanted to have at least one non-Biblical reading, in one form or another.

I found one. I read it to my friend the other day, and her face tingled. It is that good. It’s still spiritual, but I think it is beautiful; the language, the sentiment, as it were.

From Blue Like Jazz, by Donald Miller.

“I will love you, as sure as He loved me. I will discover what I can discover and though you remain a mystery, save God’s own knowledge, what I disclose of you I will keep in the warmest chamber of my heart, the very chamber where God has stowed Himself in me. And I will do this to my death, and to death it may bring me.

I will love you like God, because of God, mighted by the power of God. I will stop expecting your love, demanding your love, trading for your love, gaming for your love. I will simply love. I am giving myself to you, and tomorrow I will do it again. I suppose the clock itself will wear thin its time before I am ended at this altar of dying and dying again.

God risked Himself on me. I will risk myself on you. And together, we will learn to love, and perhaps then, and only then, understand this gravity that drew Him, unto us.”


7 08 2007

I spent some time today trying to come up with a list of wedding-related projects that I’m going to end up doing myself (or with the help of fiance and friends). DIYing partially to save money and partially just to be involved and make the wedding a bit more me-centric. (kidding! to make it more personal and hopefully interesting) This is what I have so far:

  • Save the Dates, in progress
  • Programs
  • Flowers (more or less DIYing)
  • Decorations for ceremony and/or reception
  • Potentially part of the bridesmaid (and other special girls) gifts. I’ve got some thoughts rolling around in my head
  • Favors, if at all possible.
  • Thank You cards, possibly. I would like to design these.
  • Veil, possibly.

Anything else I might be forgetting or that would be easy to DIY? I’m going to have to budget time for all this 🙂


6 08 2007

Well it’s been an emotional and busy week.  Wednesday I was taking a shuttle from Pequot back to the Cities, planning to update about photographers and reception sites when I got back home. However, close to home I found out about the 35W bridge collapse, and cue to countless cell phone calls (when people could get through) from frantic friends wanting to know if I and loved ones were safe. Well, thank goodness we were (and are). But, nevertheless, the rest of the evening was spent watching the news and fielding phone calls instead of anything else.

After that, the future sister-in-law came into town for the weekend, so I’ve been running around and entertaining all weekend. A wedding-related update will happen soon.


30 07 2007

Here is a picture of me in my bridesmaid dress for my brother’s wedding, which now happens in less than two months.


Too close to feel defeated

30 07 2007

I ventured out into the 90+ degree heat today to physically search for a reception site, instead of relying on the internet. I started at a florist/tux rental place to check it out, and it turns out that the owner of the store, whom I went to school with, is getting married in September at a fairly new lodge close by that I had never heard of. It sounded really nice but not quite the caliber or expense of the resorts we had been looking at Inspired, I drove with my mom to check it out.

We came to Whitefish Lodge and Suites, which has an amazing up north, woodsy feel and overlooks a golf course. Their banquet hall seats 300 people, has two dance floors but is otherwise a typical room, nothing special about it. I liked it, and for the first time, it was available for the date I wanted. I also got to see the suites that would be included for the wedding night. I grabbed the information, put a hold on the date and left.

Next we stopped at Deacon’s Lodge, which is mostly golf course, but I thought it’d be a nice location. They seat 100 people at the very most. Scratch that idea.

Last night my parents had told me of a place called Timbermist, which just opened last year I think. I called them up to see if they are available for the date (they are!) and to see what the general set up is like. The prices sound decent, the lady sounded nice and a security officer must be hired for the dance. Wait, what? That seems a bit quirky to me, and ironic considering one of our groomsmen is a police officer and all-star college running back (i.e. this guy is built and can run). Nevertheless, this place entices more than Whitefish, so I’m going to check out the facilities tomorrow.

Tomorrow also includes a preliminary round up of photographer possibilities.