Monthly Archives: December 2010

Bah Humbug

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No…Merry Christmas, friends!

A sneaky peaky of some of our holiday decorations:

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Giant 9 foot tree!

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Antique reindeer ornament…LOVE how delicate it is.

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Ornament from 2007.  If I have some gumption during 2011, I might make these for family and friends!

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Most favorite ornament.  EVER.

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“Mantel” in our home office.  Love the glow it gives!

And here’s my husband, who hasn’t shaved since the day of our wedding.  He bears more than a little resemblance to Yukon Cornelius, don’t you think? (His beard is REALLY red in person!)

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The running joke in our family is for Brad to hold out his beard hair and say, “We’ve been married THIS long!”  It is SO much longer than this picture now, you guys…I should really take a current one because his beard is EPIC.  Also, this picture is snipped from another picture—so he looks like he’s frowning because he’s actually flipping the bird to the camera.  TYPICAL.  Ha!

We got our discs back from the photographer this last week, so I will be sorting through them over the holidays so that recaps will be quick and painless!  I’ve also been hard at work on my new blog, which I will reveal to you all when the recaps here are done!

Until then, from our family to yours…we wish you a very Merry “Kissmas” and a Happy New Year!

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City Chic Nuptials: We Rehearse!

Last we left off, I was an emotional mess in the hours leading up to our rehearsal.  Soon enough, though, it was time to gather with our family and friends at church and go through the events of the next day.

Our church is gorgeous, isn’t it?  Sigh, we love being a part of this parish so much.

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Our rehearsal was actually really easy.  Our awesome priest, Father Mike, totally handled the whole thing for us! 

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His ‘stache is the most awesome thing.  EVER.

First, we all gathered at the front of the church.  We sat down, while Father Mike addressed us out front, going through the whole Mass for everyone.  Then we walked through everything, and that was pretty much it!  Super easy.

My dad and I walked down the aisle…

Amy & Dad

We practiced our vows…

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Up at the altar

Rehearsal

Rehearsal 2Hanging out at the rehearsal. 
I was finally feeling better and was SO happy the whole time!

Everyone recessed…

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Our Flower Girl & Ring Bearer.  Look, it’s the candy ring bearer pillow & lollipop pomander I made!  Cass is already eating a lollipop, haha!

Girls
Here are the girls hanging out at the rehearsal while we were up at the altar.  You can see the awesome practice bouquets I made!  My sister and Hayley’s faces in this photo are classic:  “Uh, WTF?!”

Boys
And some of the boys hanging out.  Looks like Lem, the guy on the left, is the only one paying attention! And of course, Guido has one of the kids’ lollipops.

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Maid of Honor and Best Man recessing.  Jeff is REALLY into his role, obviously.

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Kristin & Bill. 
He’s most certainly thinking, “Thank goodness this is over, let’s have a beer!”

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Andrew & Beezus

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Hayley & Guido.  Oh, Guido…our most inappropriate friend by far.  I’m not sure what’s going on here, but you can rest-assured he is saying something either a) totally gross, or b) totally sexual.  God bless her for grinning and bearing it!

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Kate & Lem

And with that, our rehearsal was over…but our night was just beginning!  Up next, we feast!

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First I got a mani-pedi with my sister, then I cried.

*All photos by my father-in-law or my lovely friend, Jenna.  Thanks for being great photographers, guys! 

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City Chic Nuptials: The Days Before

The days before our wedding were actually pretty relaxed.  I worked the first three days of the week, then had off the Thursday and Friday before the wedding.  My sister, my maid of honor, and Brad’s brother, his best man, rolled into town on the Thursday before the wedding.  We had a blast just hanging out with them and relaxing before everyone else came to town. We did our favors on Thursday, and my sister and I picked up my wedding dress and had lunch together.  The weather was beautiful and it was so nice and relaxing.

FavorsOur favors on the table. 
Photo courtesy of our awesome photographer, Sarah Immel Photography.

And then.  Friday.  The day before our wedding.  Why does no one tell you that you’re going to be an emotional wreck the day before?!  Seriously, guys.  I was a MESS that day.  I must have cried at least three times before 3:00pm…but more on that in a second!

My sister and I got up early and treated ourselves to mani-pedis.  It was so fun!

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We were some of the only people in the nail salon and I remember thinking it was SO weird that I was getting married the next day. 

Afterwards, we headed over to the venue to set up our picture display, so that the caterers didn’t have to do it.  It was a little unnerving, as the venue coordinator wasn’t there and everything seemed to be in disarray.  Regardless, we got it done and then went home to have lunch, where I had my first breakdown of the day.

Photo DisplaySurprise!  Our photo display all set up.  I was FLOORED with how great it turned out, and a lot of people commented how much they loved it. 
Photo by our fabulous photographer, Sarah Immel Photography.

And now I need to get on my soapbox for a second.

I know it’s normal and that this happens with every wedding, but A TON  of people canceled on us the week before the wedding  (like, more than 5 guests).  I don’t know about you guys, but I think that this is BEYOND rude and I’m not going to apologize for finding it completely unacceptable.  Truthfully, unless there is an extreme emergency (which there was for two of our guests and they are TOTALLY excused), this is one of the rudest things you could ever do to a bride and groom AFTER THEIR FINAL BILL IS PAID and to be frank, it WILL change my opinion of you.  The only thing worse in my opinion is NOT SHOWING UP AT ALL and then not apologizing or explaining it to us later (which happened to us as well). 

We did the best we could and rearranged things, but paid is paid and there’s no getting money back for guests who cancel or don’t show up (at least for our venue/caterer).  I had my first breakdown of the day when a guest who said he wasn’t coming decided TO come and then decided again NOT to come.  I mean, what the shit?!  Who does that?!  What caused me to cry about it, though?  The fact that we had already been to the venue and “now the escort cards are going to be all fucked up.”  Oh, honestly, Amy.  It was like the straw that broke the camel’s back or something.  I think back now and laugh, because escort cards?!  Really?  No one cares anyway and everything ended up fine…but it was as though that one minute detail finally broke the dam open.

From there, it was downhill.  I cried when my parents got to the hotel, I cried in my hotel room after I checked in and was alone for awhile and didn’t know what to do with myself, I cried NUMEROUS times at our rehearsal dinner (both happy tears, sad tears, and holyshitIjustfellonmyasswaittilyouhearTHATstory tears)…ugh.  I was a mess.  So listen up, ladies who aren’t married yet:  IT IS OK.  YOU CAN (AND LIKELY WILL) BE A MESS THE DAY BEFORE YOUR WEDDING.  It’s stressful.  It’s emotional.  It’s life-altering.  And it’s ok to FEEL all of that in the 24 hours ahead of time.  A few of our married friends who were at the rehearsal told me they were the same way—a complete mess the day before their weddings.  So remember, this is normal.  And it’s ok.  Because guess what?  The next day, you’ll wake up and you’ll be GETTING MARRIED.  And you will feel blissfully happy, which is exactly what I felt that day.

And with that, recaps are under way!  Up next, we rehearse.

Were you a mess during the days before your wedding?  And why did no one tell me I would be?!

*All photos by me unless otherwise noted.  Do not use without my express permission!

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The Napa Valley Chronicles

Hi guys!  Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving.  This is the final installment of our honeymoon recap, because guess what?!  Our wedding photos are almost ready! Our site launched and I am just waiting for the CD before I start recaps.  We love the photos and I am so excited to share them with you.  Give me a few days to get things organized and then expect a TON of wedding porn around these parts!  So without further ado, here is the rest of our honeymoon.  After spending three days in San Fran, we spent another three days in Napa and had a fabulous time!  These photos are mostly scenery, because let’s face it, Napa is mostly fabulous scenery.  And wine…lots and lots of wine!

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My favorite photo of the entire trip.  I love how it captures the essence of Napa!

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Re-seeding the fields near Domaine Carneros

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Happy cows do NOT come from California, thank you very much.  They come from WISCONSIN!!!

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Our tour guide, Tom, at Domaine Carneros.  He’s been doing this for 30 years!

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Always drink your wine with your pinky out!

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Picnic lunch at V. Sattui Winery

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In front of Michael Chiarello’s restaurant! 
Sadly, we didn’t eat there, but I LOVE HIM.

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And so, the sun sets on our honeymoon! 

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The San Francisco Chronicles, I
The San Francisco Chronicles, II
The San Francisco Chronicles, III

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