A little update… I was just on the phone with my sister who wanted to set up one last hair trial before the big day. She said she couldn’t do it this weekend and we came to the realization that there are only two weekends left before the wedding! It is crazy how something takes SO long to get here and then it just creeps up and you feel like you are running out of time! We are about 2.5 weeks out and every time I wrap up some detail, I get this surreal feeling. Pretty soon, I will be married. I got to pay a visit to my dress yesterday and I get to pick it up in its finished state on Friday! If you didn’t know, I am having a dress custom made which means I have never seen the actual finished product and won’t until Friday. It brings a little anxiety to the mix but it is also super fun and exciting to know that no one will ever have my dress. Unless someone wants to wear it after me, but I wore it first, sucka. I would love for someone to wear it after me by the way but they would likely have to have my exact body. I did my seating chart last night which was tricky but I don’t think I stranded any random friends in an awkward situation. I do have some friends that do not know any other guests but I was sure to put them next to my most fun and social of friends who I know will make sure they have a good time! I am also finalizing song choices and our DJ, Downtown Browne Productions, sent me a large list of songs to go through. Songs are my downfall as both Kyle and I aren’t particularly music people. To clarify, I LOVE music, of all varieties. But I would fail at Name That Tune and there are very few songs I feel like I HAVE to have come the big day. I do know I do not want anything to do with the Hokey Pokey, YMCA, Cha Cha Slide, Macarena, or Electric Slide. If I forgot an organized group dance, just know that I hate them. So if you’d like to offer selections for fun must have music, I need to create a list of 10-15 songs. Tell me what you’ve got! I have all the slow, dinner type music down as my typical playlist generally includes Ray LaMontagne, Jason Mraz, Norah Jones, Cat Stevens(Yusuf, whatev, you’ll always be Cat to me)… etc. It is the fun, dancing, get the party started songs I am struggling with.
I truly meant for that update to be little, sorry it got out of hand. With no further rambling, I have a fantastic wedding to show you!!
Beyond this wedding being in Hawaii and thus a pure delight to look at, it was actually the food that caught my eye. The couple went for a vegetarian menu and didn’t want cake, thus the amazing pie spread was born. In addition there was a custom hand painted wedding horse which makes for fun pictures and is all around awesome. So in honor of Wedding Wednesday and Fall, I bring you a wedding complete with Pumpkin pie.
If you’ve never visited Stephen Ludwig’s blog, it is definitely worth it. His work is amazing. And if you plan to marry in Hawaii, you may want to look him up.
People keep asking me how things are coming along so I may as well make it public and let everyone read about it. Things are going great and I am learning that everything comes together if you just relax and don’t stress about it! We are continually amazed and honored by the response and support we continue to receive. The process literally gets better day by day. The education we are getting from this is worth it alone. Anyway here is a break down of where we are at:
- The Amazing Ladies of Celebrations Studio put me at ease as I know the combination of all their talent and ideas will create a wedding of epic proportions. They include:
- Melissa Dunstan: Photography
- Dana Micklos: Flowers
- Kim Duncan: Event Design
- Food is being provided by Mike Martinez of Red Rock Cafe. In addition, Brenda McClean of Fork in the Road has offered to help tie up any loose ends as her restaurant is located in the plaza where we will be getting married and because she is just that great of a person. We are still hashing out the details of liquor licenses but no fear, a dry wedding is not even a small part of the agenda so I know we will conquer this one.
- My Dress: First fitting will be taking place May 29th! Which is why I am torturing myself with a raw food diet, oh I mean I am trying to get super healthy!
- Cake: Donna Joy of Sedona Sweet Arts is as we speak imagining some sugar filled masterpiece that will make even real flowers look bad. Well probably not as we speak, likely she is creating some other couple’s wedding cake but you get it.
- Engagement photos have been taken and blasted all over Facebook. Robin Reece and her assistant Renee of Reece Photos (Soon to be R2) did an outstanding job and we had a ton of fun!
- We shot a phenomenal video with Taltos Productions for their Get Wed In The Red reality show, that perfectly captured the mission and makes me cry every time I watch it!
- My sister selected a Maid of Honor Dress from White House/Black Market. The other girls are working on it…
- I bought some wedding shoes which will likely be murder but they were just too perfect to pass up! Who needs to walk anyway? As long as I have cute shoes, I can crawl down the aisle.
- Rehearsal Dinner will be at The Heartline Cafe ! The menu sounds SO delicious, I can not wait!
- Officiant: Check. My stepdad gets to fill the role which may have been the easiest part of this whole process. I’m not sure I ever actually asked him, it was just implied.
- Hair and makeup: Don’t you love a MOH with dual functions?!? I sure do. My sister will be taking care of this along with some of her cosmetologist friends.
Those are all the items on the “Checked Off List,” My favorite list. The following still linger on the “To Do” List:
- The Groom and his entourage are lacking outfits. Of course I can’t inspire Kyle to do much wedding planning and this falls near the end of the list for things I actually want to take care of. Guys are easy, I’m not worried.
- Music, my nemesis. We need ceremony music, reception music, any and all music. I like the idea of some live stuff but I also appreciate the budget friendly music that comes from an ipod. Either way, I keep avoiding it because it hasn’t been easy so far. If only my family had musical talents! My grandma knew we would regret quitting piano lessons.
- Accommodations: While I know that finding guests a place to stay really isn’t my responsibility, I also hate the idea of putting people out just so they can come to my wedding. We have contacted a few hotels in an effort to get a block of rooms at a reduced rate. However a $10 discount really wasn’t what we had in mind, nor was a $250 room. Yep, its true. We are in Sedona after all. Next stop, available camp sites and tent rentals…
- Jewelry: I will be wearing my grandmother’s necklace but I still need earrings, perhaps a fun bracelet, and maybe a vintage ring for my other hand. My tireless Etsy searches haven’t amounted to much as of yet.
- Invitations: I think of this as something I don’t have to worry about yet so like the music I avoid it. However, time is creeping away and pretty soon I will have to place an order. I have entered countless contests to win some but much like the lottery my luck has failed me.
- Honeymoon: This is a biggy! Of course we want to take one however we are determining if our brand new business and our tight budget can handle it. Not to mention, there are SO many places I want to go that I can’t possibly decide. Kyle and I aren’t much of world travelers (but we long to be), his passport consists of Mexico and well I don’t even have a passport so what does that tell you. Which means just about anywhere would satisfy us. I think as long as there is a beach, possibly a little beach hut over the water, and a pina colada I will be fine. Or perhaps a bottle of wine and some outstanding food in some cafe in Europe… I can dream right? And we still want to do something like this.
- What am I forgetting?
In addition we have completed some fantastic charity efforts:
- With the help of Red Rock Cafe we have had Go Red For Women Month and Autism Awareness Month.
- We are currently holding a Food Drive.
- We began a campaign with Charity Water to raise $1000 in 90 days. It is still going on so get over there and help get people water!
- We were asked to be members of the Camp Soaring Eagle Steering Committee so we now have a super active role in changing the lives of children!
- We have donated a little over $100 of non-wedding related funds to various causes we have come across since this process began.
- We participated in a 5k that benefited Camp Soaring Eagle and tonight we are attending an Eddie Money concert which benefits the camp as well. See how fun charity can be?!?
- Kyle is working on planning a charity golf event as a bachelor party. I know the groom doesn’t usually plan the bachelor party but our situation is unique all the way around.
That’s the wedding progress in an nutshell. So far, so good. T Minus 147 days to go!
The chicest event planning studio in Arizona is celebrating its grand opening tonight in Flagstaff. Celebrations Studio combines the talents of Glamorous Occasions (floral design), Melissa Dunstan Photography and Downtown Browne Productions (music) for one amazing synergy of event talent. They have joined forces to provide brides and grooms with a mix of quality services and undeniable talent all in one location. Really the concept is ingenious and will make life much easier for planning couples. You stop in to their gorgeous studio and you will have access to venues, vendors, pictures, and an event coordinator. You select the vendors you are interested in and the coordinator will set up appointments for you at the studio! Are you getting a sense of the efficiency here? No more google searching, multiple phone calls or trips all over town. With multiple years of wedding experience between the group, you are guaranteed to have access to the best vendors and resources available. It is what wedding planning should be: fun, glamorous and stress free. To check it out for yourself, you can stop by the grand opening tonight at 5pm. Join them on Facebook to stay up to date on all the latest wedding news and studio events.