Friday, August 28, 2009

Danielle & Travis' Reception

My friend Penny's daughter Danielle was married a few weeks ago on the beach in Cabo. She had her reception here at The Columns. She hadn't planned on doing any decorating. She wanted the bare minimum as far as costs and stress. I told her I had plenty of shells and we could do the beach theme for her reception. She finally said I could after realizing that I wasn't planning on using beach balls and rafts and after being told she wasn't allowed to help. The Columns is a nice place but very old. There are a lot of steps and no elevators. That was the hardest part, going up and down those stairs. We didn't have much time at all to decorate so I had to move fast. Then after getting in there I saw a lot more ugly than I had seen the first time I was there. I ended up going back an hour before the reception and replaced some of the old silk flowers they had everywhere with some flowers and shells and candles. For runners I just bought some wide sea blue organza ribbon and crossed them on the tables. Instead of coloring the water in the vases I used some of the ribbon in them too. I borrowed vases from my niece Andrea that she had used at her wedding. But there was a lot more tables to decorate than I had thought since the upstairs holds little tables. I bought small round clear vases and turned over some old dessert glasses from my mom's moving sale and placed the vases on them to make them taller and look fancier.

The Sweetheart Table

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Eric & Kate Engaged! Congratulations!

Well, you know how the other day I said we were expecting Eric to pop the big question any day now? Well, He DID! It was either the very day I posted that or the next, I can't remember now. Here's what Kate had to say about it in her own words.
" Thank you Thank you!!!! It was a fabulous day, just perfect. Eric asked me on Wednesday if I wanted to have a date night on Saturday. Get really dressed up have a nice dinner then go to a movie, so we did and it was wonderful. When we got back were having wine on the porch just talking. Then we came inside and sat on the couch, Eric then gave me a hug and told me how perfect our day was, I said you know it really was. He then said "Actually I think that I have something that will make it even more perfect," and he pulled out the ring! By that time he was down on his knee :) He went on Friday night and asked my parents, so I called them because they were (ok my mom) was stressing out waiting for the call. It was absolutely perfect though. Great job Eric! We are very , very happy for you both. Don't forget to send a picture of the ring (which is what I was waiting on to post this but gave up.)

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Playing at Polyvore Again

I love me some pinks.
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I took these pictures off of my memory card that I found the other day. They are old pictures of when my youngest daughter Natalie turned 21. Thought she might like to be on the blog too. She's now getting ready to turn 23. That's flower girls Kelsey & Emma with her.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Winter DIY Wedding

I just found my missing memory card in my daughter's old broken camera. Found some missing pictures that I've been looking for. I quickly decorated the church hall a couple of years ago for my daughter Natalie's friend who got married there. It was a small winter DIY wedding and I just used what I had around here to make it prettier for her. I would have thought I would have taken more pictures but I guess they got deleted or maybe I had another camera. This is all I found. Looks pretty rough after looking at Art of the Table pictures. But hey, I did it for free. The pictures don't show all of the sparkle either.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

The Wedding Rehearsal

Thought I'd post some pictures of Nicole and Andy's wedding rehearsal. I was told Angie (who has trained as a Wedding Planner) kind of took charge with the rehearsal since the wedding coordinators at the venue decided to leave when the wedding party showed up.

I love how the men are all intently listening to directions in this picture.

I'm not sure in this picture if they are too thrilled about the instructions though.

Looks like even the minister is getting directions from Angie.

Here's Nicole's Dad practicing giving his last remaining child still living at home away. Sort of bittersweet, I'm sure.
The Rehearsal Kiss

After rehearsal they were on their way to dinner at Santorini's Greek Kitchen. Erik caught a shot of Angie on her way with the bag Nicole gave each of the girls along with those sunglasses and some flip flops.
Some of Santorini's Food! I heard it was Fantastic!

Here are the girls the next day getting their hair done at Savvy Salon the next morning.

You are a beautiful girl Nicole, but I am glad they didn't leave you hair like this for your wedding!

The Wedding Coupon Book

@weddingcoupon started following me on twitter so I checked out their website. They claim to offer discount coupons for different wedding services.

I found another Honeymoon Registry site on there. It's listed as
Just Honeymoons, Inc.
Ultimate Honeymoon Travel & Registry Services
Toll free 888.377.2200

Wedding Coupon: Complimentary honeymoon registry plus customzied honeymoon photo album. Complimentary honeymoon consultation.

I can't personally vouch for this company since I have never had any dealings with them but I love the coupon concept!

Friday, August 21, 2009

More of Andy & Nicole's Wedding

This is Nicole and Andy. They were married on Aug.7, 2009 in the Illinois Street Ballroom at The Crowne Plaza Hotel at Union Station in Indianapolis. Angie was a bridesmaid in their wedding. They make a beautiful couple don't they?

I turned around at one point in the night to see Nicole with her back to me talking to someone at the table behind me. I had to get a shot of her gorgeous hair. Looks like a lot of complicated weaving going on there.

This is the stage that was set up for their wedding. All of the flowers I believe were done by Kathy's Kloset.

Here's the ceremony taking place. It was the quickest wedding I think I've ever been to in my life. And that made more than a few men very happy.

This is Kristin and Dave. Kristin is Nicole's Matron of Honor and her sister. Kristin and Nicole are two of triplets. Jeremy, their brother was a groomsmen. Kristin and Nicole shared an apartment with Angie along with their friend Kate when they were all going to Indiana University. Kristin and Dave were married last year and of course the three other girls were in her wedding as well. When Angie gets married, God willing, they will all be in her wedding also.

I had to get a picture of Kristen's beautiful doo too.

And this ladies and gentlemen is Angie's fiance Erik. He's kind of cute isn't he? They make a pretty couple. The bad thing is, they both have thick dark hair and not just on their heads. I'm sure my future grandchildren will be as hairy as a gorillas.

And here we have the other roomie, Kate. This is her boyfriend Eric whom we expect anytime to be popping the big question. Pretty sure he won't be reading my blog so it's OK for me to say that, I think. Another very handsome couple.

After the ceremony we were led into a large hall area where drinks and hors d'oeuvres were served. This little foodie decor was on one of the trays passing by so I made Erik grab a shot of it. He just bought himself a nice new camera. I wish He would have taken more pictures of the food but Erik just wanted to enjoy himself and not be used for his camera. So I dropped it, for awhile anyway.

This is Colleen. She is Kate's sister. Her parents are on the right there and I just noticed that Big Boy's nose(my husband's) and my mouth and nose are there on the left. Andy and Nicole had a picture there for us to sign behind Colleen and I'm sorry Nicole but I have really bad handwriting so I am not sure if I even did get it signed. Colleen and her parents sat at the same table as Big Boy and I and Erik and Eric.

While we were enjoying Cocktail Hour the staff was flipping the room. The reception was in the same room as the wedding but when the doors were opened to let us back in it was a whole new room. Here is the bride and groom as they were announced along with pictures of the head table.

The gorgeous flowers were done by Kathy's Kloset.

The Program

Here we have Andy and Nicole's first dance. I'll have to ask Angie what the song was because I forget............ I just asked her. It was Nothing Fancy by Dave Barnes. I'll get it on youtube and put it up on the blog so you can hear it.

I saw these two flower girls watching them dance and could just imagine them dreaming of their own wedding someday to their own Prince Charming. Standing there taking a picture of the dance is the famous Bobbi Sheridan. She's famous to these four former roommates, that's for sure. Oh shoot, I didn't even realize that Mike is in there too.

I've heard about Bobbi and Mike's blog for years. So when I saw them sitting behind me at a very near table I took the opportunity to ask if I could get a picture of the famous couple. They were more than happy to oblige and even fixed Erik's camera so I could get a clearer shot of them. So I snapped away. Thanks Bobbi and Mike!

Here we have pictures of the garter toss..sort of. It looks to me as though Erik is the most eager guy out there to catch it. But he didn't.

He was quite the lady's man that night though, with more than one girl sitting on his lap that evening.

This is a picture of the seating chart. Even though it was a buffet, having a seating chart cuts way down on the mass confusion of people trying to figure out who to sit with. I thought this was clean, simple and elegant. Not to mention quite easy to find your seat, since we were all listed alphabetically.

The tall centerpieces on the tables were just gorgeous!. They were tall square vases filled with green apples with the green Spider Mums and pink Gerber Daisies, Belles of Ireland,etc....and branches. I really loved them. It was probably the pink that made me so fond of them. :)

Here we are at our table. That's Kate and Colleen's parents with us. That's the back of my head there next to Big Boy. Looks like I need to get to the hairdresser for a cleaner cut.

Everyone had a good time dancing especially Angie. They made me get on the floor when Living on a Prayer came on, but it really isn't the easiest of Bon Jovi songs to dance to. There in the background is Andy's mother and his mamaw watching Angie and Erik dance and looking as if they may be wanting to cut in.

This was something I have not seen before. They had different kinds of cobbler set out after the cake was cut. Naturally, I put some blackberry cobbler on top of my cake to add some extra lard to my midsection.

All in all, it was a very fun evening out. Congratulations Andy and Nicole! Thanks for letting us be a part of it! Oh, and I must add that all picture credits go to Erik Jensen and or his brand new camera. :)