In the past 6 weeks I have spent one weekend in my own home. I can’t even believe it myself. My travels include 35+ hours in the car, 5 Southwest flights, and use of two subway systems. I have been to St. Pete’s Beach, FL for work; spent a night at my dad’s house in the Philly Burbs for a family thing; traveled to Nashville, TN for a wedding; hit up Washington, DC for a visit to the alma mater; stopped by my grandmother’s in upstate PA for her 89th Birthday; drove the 300+ miles to Pittsburgh, PA to see my lil’ sister; and then most recently jetted to Newport, RI for another wedding. Whew! I’m really looking forward to sleeping in my own bed this weekend. I do have some plans to enjoy the St. Patty’s Day-ness with the man friend. There is a rumor about a fancy steak dinner! Will report back. Hope everyone has a safe and very green St. Patrick’s Day and weekend. Drink some green beer!!!
I’m pretty sure my Drycleaner thinks I’m a high class hooker. I’ve been carting in evening gowns and cocktail dresses in small groups for weeks. I’ve been rotating them through in groups of 2 or 3 in an attempt to space out the cash. Last week I picked up 3 dresses, a skirt, and a sweater for $50.25. This week I’ll pick up 2 dresses and a sweater, I imagine for over $30.00. Trying to get all these dresses I’ve worn recently cleaned to be put away or others ready to be worn again is expensive! Many of the dresses are ones I have worn to weddings in the past and plan to wear in the future for weddings or related events. One I’ll be wearing to the Black Tie Bachelorette this Saturday, and I wore it to my cousins civil ceremony this past fall. Every time I take a few things in, there are still more left behind. For example, I still have one summer bridesmaid dress that needs cleaning and mending – I ripped a strap reaching for the bouquet, hahaha. Does anyone know any less expensive alternatives to drycleaning for evening wear? I don’t trust Dryel for things other then sweaters and dress pants.
I have attended 10 weddings in 2010, in just under 10 months, and clearly I needed to write about this on 10/10/10. My wedding season began on February 6, 2010 and ended yesterday on October 9, 2010. Whew what a year!!! Congratulations to all the happy couples and thank you for including me in your special day. Here are my favorite pics from each of the happy days:
Katie & Matt 2.6.10 Downingtown, PA
Rob & Amy 4.2.10 Portland, OR
Brad & Alyssa 5.1.10 Wilmington, DE
Berry & Doug 6.12.10 West Chester, PA
Mark & Mandy 6.26.10 Philadelphia, PA
Crystal & Steve 7.24.10 Washington, DC
Liz & Tim 9.4.10 Rochester, NY
Katie & Pete 10.2.10 Egg Harbor City, NJ
Emily & Vijay Hindu Ceremony 10.8.10 Flushing, NY
Emily & Vijay Civil Ceremony 10.9.10 Manhattan, NY
Currently my fridge has 4 shower invites, 3 save the date magnets, 3 save the date postcards and a photo from a wedding I went to last year. Isn’t it pretty?
So yes Wedding Season has begun! And that means lots of dates to remember, presents to wrap, errands to run, people to call, dresses to be steamed and dancing shoes to polish. I am determined this year to be a super organized wedding guest and bridesmaid. Admittedly I’m pretty organized all the time, but wedding season requires OCD level organizatoin. I’m gonna go on record and say that I use files. Every wedding I’m invited to gets a file – in it goes any save the date, invites to pre-wedding parties, receipts from gifts, travel documents if needed, and my notes on stuff I need to do for that particular wedding like alter a dress, write a speech, or make a slideshow. Usually party invites and save the dates are on the fridge until the party happens and the wedding invite arrives. I just made my master to-do list for the next few weeks this evening and it’s massive. It includes gifts needing to be ordered, RSVPs to be completed, DIY projects to complete, dresses to be altered and bachlorette parties to plan. I’ve got a lot of head of me, and it’s gonna be fun!!!
Unless you’ve been living under a rock the past two weeks, you’ve got some snow on your shoes. Amidst all this record setting precipitation was my dear friend Katie’s wedding to her fiance Matt. Katie planned their whole wedding in less than four months due to Matt’s impending deployment, so a little blizzard was not throwing off her plan. She was focused, she was ready, and she was getting married!
The February 6th, 2010 Blizzard brought down 25+ inches on our little Philadelphia suburb. Don’t believe me? Here is my dad with the snow blower and that’s my car, 3 hours before the wedding. After I confirmed with a bridesmaid that it was in fact happening, we had to dig out, while it was STILL snowing.
I left my father’s house at 1:40pm for a 3pm wedding. I got stuck about 100 yards from the church and a nice man helped push me out. I think my cocktail dress and snow boot combo was a clear cry for help, haha. I arrived at the church, after an 8 mile drive, at 2:50pm. I have NEVER in all my wedding going days, arrived so close to show time. Thankfully we were operating on snow time, and everyone was late, so I was cool. In all the commotion of digging out and driving through the tundra I hadn’t charged my digi (professional wedding guest FAIL). Thankfully, I own a Blackberry Tour with a fab camera, crisis adverted. I waved to the high school buds, skated to my seat on the arm of a cute groomsman, and claimed my spot on the aisle.
Now let it be said, the Lord has a sense of humor. Katie is a mountain climber, camper, and all around out doorsy gal. She once got lost in the woods by herself at night on a mountain with no supplies and survived some seriously cold temps by walking around all night and navigating by the stars. If anyone can handle 2 feet of snow on her wedding day, she can. The photo below says it all… Blizzard 0, Katie 100.
The warmth radiating from Katie’s face as she walked down the aisle melted the remaining snow on our shoulders, and we forgot all about the snow emergency. The Minister opened the ceremony with a “Nice day for a white wedding” joke, and Katie and Matt glowed as they exchanged their vows with smiles on their faces.
On the way to the reception, I was pulled over by a police officer–as were the photographer and a few other guests! We were all instructed to go home immediately, nods and a “Yes sir” followed while we held crossed fingers behind our backs! At the reception, we were greeted by yummy food and drink courtesy of the Downingtown Country Club. Their staff put on a great show, with an immaculately plowed driveway, valet service and a coat check that accepted snow boots without even blinking. Here are a few shots from the reception: