Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Weekend of wedding festivities

Dan and I left NH around 3:30 am on Friday morning after only sleeping about three hours. I was excited to see my family and spend the day with them. My youngest sister, Jaimie, has grown SO MUCH since I've seen her last.

I spent the day with my mom, sisters, and Dan running my mom around to do last minute shopping for my bridal shower. It was nice just spending time with them, even it it was sitting in a car, or standing idly at the grocery store.

That evening, Dan and I took Jaimie out to go roller skating. Dan and I were the oldest people there by far, but we still had a blast. We laughed so hard, and no one fell the whole time. By the time we left, we were sweaty and out feet hurt. It made a great opportunity for ice cream. I indulged in peanut butter TastyKake.

Bridal Shower

My bridesmaids threw me a bridal shower early Saturday afternoon with the help of my mom. It was a little awkward for me at first. I felt like a dog on display. LOL! I didn't know what to do, and the entire room was watching me. I didn't want to eat for the same reason, but the food looked so good! They decorated the hall with red roses and polka dot and damask prints just like I like :) I'm so grateful for all the hard work my girls put into it. Things went great. I am very thankful for the many generous gifts I received. I couldn't wait to show Dan. (He was just as excited and thankful when we went through the gifts together on Sunday afternoon).

I socialized, opened tons of gifts, and even embarrassed myself playing a trivia game thanks to Dan's sneaky tactics.... jerk. Lol. Throughout the course of the shower, I wore a light up tiara, a sash, the crazy bow hat("business in the front, party in the back"), a bride t-shirt, and even a basket of fake flowers! I had a great time, and I can't thank everyone enough for their help putting it together and for the friends and family who attended.

Bachelorette Party
My girls did a fabulous job planning the party. I had such a blast! We went to Philly, stayed at a nice (and very welcoming) hotel. While we waited to enter the hotel, cars honked at me wearing my tiara and sash and some passersby congratulated me. The hotel front desk gave all my girls complimentary breakfast and shared in our excitement. When I got to the room, I discovered that the girls had decorated the door with hot pink caution tape (which caused some guests to woot as they passed by during our stay). I was so embarrassed! Lol. The room was FILLED with decorations. It was awesome. They gave me lots of inappropriate gifts, many items that I had to use or wear throughout the evening. We partied a little, went in the hot tub, got ready, and headed out to the nightclub. We danced the night away, even on the catwalk suspended above the crowd! I completed most of the tasks on my scavenger hunt that made me and others around me laugh so hard. We stayed until the club closed, and socialized with other club goers on our walk back to the hotel.

We played some games when we got back to the room. I don't remember much else. We eventually crashed around 6 am only to wake around 7:30 thanks to Dani and her grapes!!! LOL! The next morning we cleaned up, enjoyed our complimentary breakfast at the restaurant, and headed back to NJ, tired and hung over, but still in good spirits. I had such a good time! I really love my girls. Thank you guys for a great time. I really appreciate all your efforts. It was just what I wanted and so much more. Love you guys! 

When I got back to NJ on Sunday, I picked up Dan, and headed to my Uncle's house to wish my family off. It was sad seeing them go, but I wasn't as upset as usual because I know I'll see them again in less than two months. Can't wait! I miss them so much. I told Dan we're going to have to give them grand-babies so they come back to NJ for good ;)

Dan and I headed back to his mom's, checked out our gifts together, and accidentally fell asleep at 5 pm. We then proceeded to sleep through the entire night... lol.  

Wedding Errands 
On Monday, we went to the bakery to order our wedding cake. We had a few complications with the bakery since our contract was really under the reception venue's account. There was debate over what was covered and why a PLAIN cake is considered "fancy" and thus more expensive. Thankfully, Dan called our event coordinator, and she remedied the situation. We finally decided on square a three layer, vanilla cake with butter cream icing with one layer of rasperry filling. Yum. It will be finished smooth. Then, our venue's pastry chef is going to apply black satin ribbon and pearling. The rest of the decorations are already covered.

Then, we went to the church's florist to pick out the arrangements for the urns at the alter during the ceremony. It was hard deciding on something without pictures to choose from, but with Dan's help, we chose to go with red red roses surrounded by white flowers.

Next, we headed to our primary florist to give them the black urn I want to use and pay our remaining deposit. I can't express enough how much I really like the company we're working with. I honestly believe that Classic Floral Designs in Cinnaminson is the best in the area. The women there are wonderful.

Finally, we went to lunch with Dan's father and stepmother. We talked for HOURS. We ended up getting out of there far behind schedule, but we had a good time talking. I definetely feel like things have changed for the better with that side of the family since the wedding planning process began.

We got back to his mom's, and Dan packed the car with as many gifts as would fit in the car. Thanks to his strategic packing, we only had to leave behind two small empty laundry baskets that we'll take back next time. We got back to NH around 1:30 and quietly unpacked the car. Now, we can't wait to find places for all the new gifts!

Cigna/Elliot 5K Road Race

Dan and I before the Cigna/Elliot 5K race in Manchester, NH

Well, I survived the 5K! Dan and I were almost late due to traffic, but we made it just in time. I wasn't as fast as I had hoped, but considering the race had it's share of hills and large crowds of walkers, I think I'm happy with my performance. It was my first race; hell, I'm glad I completed the thing!

I found the results online. Please, don't laugh as my pitiful time. Keep in mind, Dan was loyal enough to stay beside me as I chugged along.

Place:  4117th (out of 5330-- so I wasn't last!) 
Net time:  44:10
Pace:  14:13
Gun time:  48:53

Place:  4118th
Net time:  44:09
Pace: 14:13
Gun time: 48:53

Before the race
Sweaty and irritable after the race

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Wedding Survey

***How long did you date before you got engaged?***
Just over 5 years

***Did you get the ring you wanted?***
I got what I was hoping for and more. It's lovely. He did well :)

***Kind of engagement ring?***
It's a round solitaire diamond with a white gold Tiffany setting (set high in 6 prongs) 

***Are you buying his wedding band for him?***
Not quite. We picked ours out together. While his ring wasn't my first choice, I wanted him to get something he'd love because he's the one wearing it forever.

***Kind of wedding bands?***
His: simple wide Tungsten band

***Was the proposal a complete surprise?***
For the most part. He was so adamant about going out that I knew what he was up to. But he fooled me-- he didn't propose until we got home, and at that point, he had me fooled. 

***Do you wish you had a bigger/smaller diamond? If so How big or small?***
It is absolutely perfect.

***Did you cry when he proposed?***
yeah... I teared up a little :-p

***Was the proposal romantic or creative?***
It was very "Dan." It was personal and low key.

***Where do you want to go for your honeymoon?***
Want? Italy
Practically? I want to go somewhere I've never been :)

***Have you gone over your original wedding budget?***
Yes, but not by much at all, which is fantastic considering we had such an unrealistically low budget for our expectations.

***What day of the year will your wedding be?***
Sunday, October 10, 2010

***What kind of weather?***
October is typically one of the driest months. The Farmer's Almanac says it will be even drier than usual. I hope all the foliage isn't dead as a result... but I'll be relieved if it doesn't rain. It rains on every major event in my life.

***Inside or outside?***

***Church/justice of the peace/other?***
The ceremony will be performed by our pastor at Dan's childhood church in our hometown neighborhood.

***How many people will be there?***
Approximately 100 

***Time of day?***
Late Day. The ceremony starts at 3pm.

***Any kind of theme?***
classic with a modern twist

***How many bridesmaids? Who would they be?***
Melanie Pulley (MOH)
Dani Faulkner
Katelyn Posik
Jessica Hubbs
Robin Brown
Jaimie Hubbs (Jr. BM) 

***What are the bridesmaids wearing?***
3 different styles of black satin cocktail dresses, all with a rouched ivory belt except MOH and sister

***What kind of cake/what will it look like?***
It's a cake from L & M, a local bakery back home. It will be their tasty vanilla pound cake with their popular buttercream icing. It will be square, with black satin ribbon, and large pearl accents.

***Are you going to be neat or messy when feeding him the cake?***
Neat-- but we have a plan to keep in interesting... let's just say, he LOVES cake.

***Where will you have the reception?***
Cafe Madison, Riverside, NJ

***What kind of dress will you have/color/material?***
It's a one-of-a-kind dress by a Turkish designer (Hala's Designs). It's ivory, French taffeta, tons of hand beading, flattened pickups,deep v-neck, stunning train, etc. I can't tell you more because Dan often reads this ;)

***What kind of flowers in your bouquet?***
All sorts of different red ones. The goal is a fluffy texture with a black feather trim (rather than greenery) and a polka dot handle.

***How will you wear your hair?***
Curled and mostly down, just pulled out of my face. Later into the reception, I hope to have it pinned up loosely so I don't overheat.

***Who will be important to be there?***
Lots of family and close friends. 

***Will the reception be big or small?***

Small-- around 100 guests
***What will the groom wear?***
Calvin Klein shadow stripe suit with a tuscany vest and striped euro tie in apple

***How long on Honeymoon?***
No idea. 

***What will you do?***
We're thinking about doing a few smaller trips: Montreal for a long weekend, close to a week at a resort in Mexico, then maybe road trip the country, tour California (redwood Nat'l Forest, Napa Valley, the beach, etc) , or visit ruins and vineyards in South America.

***How old will you and the groom be?***
I'll be 24 and he'll be 28.

***How long will you be engaged before you get married?***
2.5 years!

***Live together before or wait till married?***
We live together now 

***Take a long time to plan the wedding or will it be simple?***
I'm taking my time to find exactly what we want for the best price... plus law school and multiple jobs really fill my time

***Will you do it yourself or with family or hire someone to plan the wedding?***
It's basically just me for the wedding planning. I will have help for the set up though-- or else I might die. lol.

***Will you write your own vows or use something pre-made?***
We've written our own. None of the pre-made ones really expressed who we are.

Friday, August 6, 2010

Look at her go!

This morning I jogged 1.5 miles (and walked an additional 1/2 mile). I ran it in 1/2 mile increments! I really had to push myself, but I did it! Just think, it was only days ago that I was so excited for jogging 1/4 mile (1 lap). I'm making great progress with this Couch to 5K program... and from what I hear, my legs are showing my time spent running and shaping up nicely ;) If only the rest of my body would follow through.

I've been keeping busy with wedding planning. In the past few days, I've designed the wedding programs, table numbers, and menus. I've selected all the candy and treats for the candy buffet and where we're going to buy them. I've finalized more details with the caterer and reception venue. I've even worked on finalizing our ceremony music with the organist. This weekend, I hope to get Dan fitted for his tux, finally contact the DJ, buy card stock for the menus/table numbers/programs, contact my hair stylist, and write out the thank you cards for the gifts we've received already. It's crunch time! Plus, Thursday is the 5k, and afterwards, we're driving down to NJ for my bridal shower and our bachelor/bachelorette parties! While we're in NJ we need to order our cake and finalize a few more details. We're going to be busy, but it's so exciting! I'll keep you posted!

Tuesday, August 3, 2010


On Saturday, Dan and I went jogging at the local school track. I'm still following the Couch to 5K program, and during my longest jogging interval, I was able to practically complete a full lap around the track. If the interval was a tad longer, I likely would have finished the entire lap. Instead, I was about 10 feet shy... BUT STILL! I'm very proud of myself. And I don't do that just once. It's intervals that alternate between fast walking and jogging. I never give up, and I've really seen my endurance grow since I started this program. I won't be able to finish the program by the race, but I'm definitely going to stick to this running plan even after the 5K next Thursday. I can't wait until I can jog a full mile! I'll get there one day.

Later that day, I decided to break out the Wii Fit for 25 minutes rather than watch tv. Apparently, I lost 34 pounds since I had Wii Fit last (more than a year ago). I was too disappointed that my Mii still looked just as fat to notice that it classified me as "overweight." I had been so used to hearing the chipper voice announce, "That's obese." Dan had to point it out to me and I stood there in disbelief for a few moments. So, according to my Wii Fit, I'm overweight. I think this is the first time I've been proud to be overweight. LOL! I think I have another 30+ pounds until it tells me I'm normal. But hey! I'm fighting the good fight. I'll get there eventually.

I spent most of Sunday at the Premium Outlets in Wrentham, MA. I could have bought most of the inventory at my favorite store, White House Black Market. I walked out of there with lots of black and/or polka dotted pieces. LOVE IT! I also bought a few things from Ann Taylor. I'm still too flabby for light-colored pants. I just can't pull them off. I've noticed that because my chest is persistent and NOT shrinking, I still have to get larger tops than bottoms, especially if they're button ups. I was able to squeeze myself into a size smaller for a few pieces. The great part of that is that I know I will have them longer since it will take me longer to outgrow them. It may sound strange, but I found myself thinking harder about the clothes than usual. I'm finally hitting the point where I can wear what I like, not just what  fits. I'm now starting to find my sense of style. So far I know that I like to modernize things like 40s looks... kind of. I like a very classic look. I'm a "black cocktail dress with bold accessories" kind of person most of the time.  I love black and white with a pop of color. I'm slowly finding it. Now, the trouble is that I can't justify buying clothes if I know I will only wear them for a season due to my constant weight loss. Seriously, it's always something...  

On Sunday night, I was talking to Dan about how I can't wait until he can carry me "over the threshold" style. We joked about it for a bit, and he thought that with all the weight I've lost that he may be able to carry me now. So, we both hesitated to try, and despite my request for a helmet and elbow pads, we tried. Success! It wouldn't take much for him to drop me, but the point is, he did it. I'd call it an accomplishment for both of us :) 

I guess you can say that it has been a week of milestones for me :) Let's keep them coming!

Weigh-in:    - 3 lbs
(the three pounds I gained last week)

Total weight lost:   66 lbs