Monday, November 30, 2009
Friday, November 27, 2009
Now that we've gotten that pesky Thanksgiving holiday out of the way, it's time for CHRISTMAS! Are you ready for parties, gift-buying, present-wrapping? Ugh, not me. It's so much work. And by "it", I mean finding a gift for my mother. That's the hardest thing I do every holiday season. I've done very well for Mom the past few years, thanks to some clever sample sale shopping (A DVF wrap dress, a LuLu Guinness handbag), but between the wedding and six months of unemployment, I'm working with a much smaller budget this year. Sorry Mom! I'll try to think of something!
And while I do that, I will think of some things I'd like for myself! I've already come up with a few wedding-related ideas. When it comes to making my Christmas list, I often think of things I was hoping to buy anyway. The first thing I'd like is my wedding day fragrance- what's more bridal then smelling like roses on your wedding day? I totally love the Rosewater Eau Fraiche from Crabtree & Evelyn- so romantic and lovely.
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Monday, November 23, 2009
Sunday, November 22, 2009
Friday, November 20, 2009
You can upload one picture for free, and try on a great selection of celebrity and pre-set hairdos. The tools are great and really easy to use, you can really make the hairdo fit (although sometimes I was too lazy to do so).
As you can see, I had a lot of fun playing around. Ignore my super serious expression; the picture was originally me trying to capture my eye makeup.
I have a hair and makeup trial scheduled a week from tomorrow; hopefully I'll look at least half as good as I do in these shots, yuk yuk yuk.
Thursday, November 19, 2009
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Monday, November 16, 2009
When I first started imagining our honeymoon, I knew I wanted to go somewhere warm, where I could shed my coat after a long, grey winter and get some sun on my face. I first thought of something like this:
Saturday, November 14, 2009
I had a hard time figuring out what to put after I did "I Do" on the first shoe. I briefly considered putting "Marc" on the other shoe, before realizing that "I Do Marc" wasn't exactly the romantic wedding message I was going for. Ended up going with our wedding date and a little heart.
Hope we can get some cute shots showing off the shoes on the big day!
Thursday, November 12, 2009
So when the time came to plan our wedding, we got creative. First, we picked a date where our church is already full of flowers- the Saturday after Easter.
Doesn't it look nice? I am so glad we will be able to have our wedding at such a joyful time in the church calendar, that just happens to provide me with a fully flowered sanctuary.
Once that was out of the way, I had to think about bouquets, corsages, etc. Etsy.com has been a godsend to me during the whole wedding planning process, because I love love love love LOVE shopping online. Being able to work directly with an artist on something that is custom made to my specifications from the comfort of my broken, crooked desk chair? Sign me UP. There are lots of really talented silk floral designers on Etsy- I stumbled across Ardesign's work window-shopping on the site one night, and I instantly fell in love. She was putting together the things I was imagining in my head. And shortly thereafter, I received her beautiful creations:
I'm glad to have flowers done and done. And I'm so glad that we'll be able to keep some of the arrangements used at our wedding for the future. I can just imagine our kids playing with them one day, the same way my sisters and I all snuck into our mother's closet to secretly try on her wedding dress (glad we did it then; it'd be way too small now!).
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Sunday, November 8, 2009
Saturday, November 7, 2009
When we were ready to get married, it was nice knowing that he had already thought about and planned for my engagement ring. He was a big fan of the Diamond Forums at PriceScope.com, and I quickly jumped in, looking around for diamond info and lots and lots of diamond "porn". They have a 180 page "Eye Candy" thread, a browser's paradise. I looked through every page of that thread, hoping something would catch my eye, and it did!
panda08's engagement ring
So off we went to the Diamond District one terribly cold January Saturday. A lot of vendors were closed for the Jewish Sabbath, but thankfully we were able to find one that was open. We chatted for awhile with a woman at Blauweiss/Berkowitz, telling her what we were hoping to spend and showing her pictures of the ring I liked so much. She knew she could help us, and set us up with an appointment for the following Saturday (because she had to do her research and pull diamonds for us out of the vault).
Waiting a week to see the diamonds was pure torture, but finally the day came and we were back. They had pulled about 6 stones for us, and we looked at them from smallest to largest in carat weight. The most important thing to me was the look of the cut; I wanted something between a rectangle and a square, something soft, something that really looked like a fat overstuffed couch cushion. The first 5 stones were almost there, but not quite (some were too square, some were too rectangular), and I began to worry that we weren't going to find our stone, but the 6th stone! PERFECTION. And it happened to be the biggest stone we saw, what a coincidence. I can't lie- for the money we were spending, I wanted the biggest stone we could get. I was willing to compromise on some of the other Cs, particularly color, to get more carat weight. The stone we picked was a J, which is about as far down the color scale jewelers recommend going, but that didn't bother me. I actually sort of liked the warmth in the color of the stone; I thought it gave the stone personality.
So, we shook hands and Marc signed the papers to set up the wire transfer, and about a week later, we got to go pick up the ring! I put it on my finger, came home to stare at it, and have been staring ever since. Of course, I took a break to make sure to share lots of pics with my friends over at Pricescope. Now if you'll excuse me, I've been writing this entry for some time, I have to go take a rock staring break.
A picture my friend Jan took a few months ago- love it!
Friday, November 6, 2009
We adore this idea. You're looking at a serious fruit soda addict here (I got a 1.5 liter of Mandarin Jarrito with my name on it in the fridge right now). And I think it's such a playful, fun detail for an afternoon church reception. We're already scoping out Costco for viable glass bottled candidates. IZZE looks like it might work.
Thursday, November 5, 2009
It's not easy being a busty girl. I wasn't even an early bloomer- I remember being flat-chested enough in middle school that other girls made fun of me for not having to wear a bra. Two years later, I wake up, and I'm a DD. I TOTALLY showed those hos. But bra shopping isn't easy at that size- a lot of stores don't even carry it. And strapless bras? Forget about it. I managed to find one online (more on that later) a year or two ago- chocolate brown. It fits well enough, but chocolate brown isn't going to cut it for the wedding (especially given the cut of the gown).
I was featured on The Knot Live as their "busty bride". I was glad to see the dress Randy picked for me had a similar neckline to the dress I already bought. We did the fitting the day before the shoot, so right after leaving Kleinfeld (yes, I got to go there and YES, it was even more beautiful than it looks on TV), I figured, ok, I'll just run right out tonight and buy the strapless bra I can wear for this and for the wedding.
Ha! Can't believe I thought it would be that easy. I get to this big wedding store, and ask if I can try on their bridal bra in a 32DD. I even checked on the website to make sure they had it. But did they have it in stock? No. The salesgirl comes back with a 34D. Ugh. That drives me crazy, when they don't have your bra size and they just bring you whatever else they can find. Bras aren't something you want to buy in a size that's anything but the PERFECT size. I even humored her and tried it on, and it was just what you'd think- too small in the cup and too big in the band. I ended up wearing the chocolate brown bra for the shoot, folded in at the top so you didn't see any brown parts stick out of the dress.
I wasn't sure what I was going to do for a bra, then I remembered my favorite bra resource: BiggerBras.com. I can't believe I buy bras online, but it's true, I get all my good bras online. Here's what I've found to be the secret: get fitted in a high-quality bra store, find brands you like, buy online. The site always has sales or coupons that get me some really great deals. My last in-person fitting here in NYC was at Orchard Corset, and I highly recommend it. You haven't lived until a stranger knows by looking at you what size bra you wear and that one breast is bigger than the other (I never realized that until she said it- and she's right!). As for buying online, I really like to buy Prima Donna brand bras, but I'll go for any style that has a lot of support (generally lace, but I'll buy other styles if they don't look too stretchy). BiggerBras.com also will let you return bras, which is what I was going to do if the bridal bra I ordered didn't fit. But it does! You can't imagine the weight off my shoulders (and chest and back) this is. Now I'm ready to take on the world!!!
Monday, November 2, 2009
I did meet one vendor that piqued my interest- a private wedding dance studio. Marc and I love music, we love to dance, and we're not bad dancers, but we could definitely use some help putting our first dance together. Even a song would be a good start. I try to go through my iPod to find something that would be appropriate, but all I end up with is crazy ideas like "I should TOTALLY walk down the aisle to 'Circus' by Britney Spears" or "I wonder how many people would notice if we danced to 'You are the Music in Me' from High School Musical 2?" Clearly, my ridiculous taste in music doesn't help.
Sunday, November 1, 2009
Sneak peek of the dress. But which part? I'll never tell. Sorry, this is all you get until the big day!
From the very beginning of our relationship, we were never afraid to plan for the long-term. Two months in, we booked a trip for four months later. Being lovey-dovey is one thing, but booking non-refundable plane tickets to go to a friends' wedding in Vegas? That takes serious guts. Then the following February, we booked a cruise- for late September. Again, totally crazy, but totally us- we like to plan ahead. And we're cheap. The early bird gets the worm!
We never directly talked about us getting married to each other, but we had discussed enough that I knew when I asked one December night over dinner at our favorite Italian restaurant, "So, what do you think about getting engaged this year?", that the answer wouldn't be no. That's it, we're getting married, engagement ring in the new year, wedding not this spring but the next, and could you please pass the parmesan cheese? I couldn't help sharing this news with my good friend Amanda later that week, particularly when she mentioned over sushi one night that she was hoping I could go with her to David's Bridal to look at a bridesmaid dress for a wedding she was in. Sure, I'd love to go, and oh, by the way, I might want to try on some wedding dresses....
Fast forward to David's Bridal. I knew the dress I wanted to try on- I had seen it somewhere online months earlier, and was always finding myself peeking back at the website to make sure they still carried it. When we got to the store, they had it in my size. And it fit perfectly. And it was on sale! $350 off. Still, I had a moment of doubt- is it really sane to buy a wedding dress before you're even officially engaged? I called Marc- honey, we really are getting married, yes? Because I'm about to buy a wedding dress... Ok, I love you, too, byeeee. That was it. Credit card down, dress on order. It came two months later, and now it hangs in the middle of my teeny NYC apartment (because it won't fit in the closet- it hangs from an exposed pipe in the bedroom instead), a reminder that we never doubted that we wanted to get married and, thankfully, that I've never doubted my taste in wedding dresses.