Monday, July 28, 2014

Weekend Recap: Bridal Portraits and More Things Wedding

On Thursday night, my weekend got started a bit early. I took the train to BWI (and got to catch up with an old friend) to catch my flight to San Antonio for my Bridal Portrait shoot. As things go with flying, the plane was delayed so I had a bruskie. 

I landed in San Antonio at close to midnight, met up with my Momma and went straight to bed. I COULD NOT SLEEP. I was too excited! Hopefully this is not an indicator of how the night before the wedding will be. The only good thing about not sleeping was it made waking up at 5:30am easy peasy. After a quick shower, the hair and makeup girls arrived, and I was completely beautified by 8:00am. 

My portrait session was scheduled before the museum where I am having my reception opened. It could not have gone any better. Not only did my incredible photographer get some amazing shots, but the weather stayed sunny and not too hot for most of the morning. Immediately after playing model, my Momma and I went into the main part of my venue for my mock-up. A mock-up is where you have a sort of dress rehearsal of how everything will look on the day of the wedding. They make up one table with all the linens, flowers, and place settings. Everything was beautiful. Even better than I had been imagining, and it made me even more excited (and trust me I am already at the top of the scale) for Josh and my wedding!

At about 1pm my Mom and I finally went and grabbed some lunch. We were exhausted!

Later after my mom had her dress fitting (she looks stunning as always), we knew it was time for an early Happy Hour. We went to a wine bar that lets you serve yourself from their wine machines. It then keeps track of what you buy on a pre-purchased card. Such a great concept and the perfect ending to a fun-filled day. 

That night I crashed HARD! I don't even remember falling asleep. The next morning we woke up early to search for my wedding shoes. 

Definitely how I feel lately

We ended up finding a great pair that met all of my criteria: not expensive, comfortable and pretty! Score! Shopping can work up an appetite so we shared some fried chicken with a glass of champs a different Wine Bar...

and stopped at Bird Bakery for dessert!

The next morning, my Daddy met my Momma and me for breakfast before going to Mass at the church where Josh and I will marry. Sunday was the anniversary of when Josh asked me to marry him :) so it was a great way to celebrate. 

After lunch, my Daddy took me to the airport. It is always so hard to say good-bye. Even though I knew I would be seeing everyone again in less than a month I felt so forlorn. A glass of wine and some Law &Order on the flight helped take my mind off of being homesick though.

And of course, when I landed, I was greeted by my handsome man and Josh ;)

Thank you for asking me to marry you Joshua! I can't wait to spend the rest of my life with you!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Happy National Tequila Day

I love random holidays: National Hot Dog Day (which was yesterday), National Slushie Day (a few weeks ago), and National Doughnut Day (back in June). Who doesn't like celebrating their favorite foods and treats?

Today is National Tequila Day and you better believe I will be celebrating with a margarita or two on the plane to Texas tonight. If you are wanting to indulge as well check out my Go-To Margarita Recipe Here
Delicious, easy, and minus all that sugary syrup you find in a mix.
My mom and I always make a few when I am home. 

But, if you don't feel like playing mixologist you can always indulge in my favorite quick version :
Gosh, I love these things!



Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Wedding Wednesday: Bridal Portraits, Nails & Checking Things Off The List

Today it is officially 1 Month until Josh and I get hitched. Can I hear a Hallelujah? Can I hear an Amen? Although planning process has been fun (but at times stressful), I am so ready to do it. Seal the deal. Tie the knot. Rip the Band Aid (not the best visual) and become Man and Wife. Speaking of Man and Wife. Why does the man get to stay man and the woman becomes wife? I just realized that now. Hmmmm. Without even looking it up I am going to go with it must have a Biblical origin.

This week is flying by. That is what happens when you return from one Wedding Trip on Sunday and turn around and fly right back to Texas for another 4 days later. The Texas trip I leave for tomorrow will be my last one until the we will be cramming in as much as possible! One of the highlights of the trip will be taking my Bridal Portraits. I thought taking your bridal pictures before the wedding was something everyone did. But, after talking to people in my office and some of my blogger friends, I realized that is not the case. (This is similar to when I learned Mums were a Texas thing.)

Per the website Southern Weddings

I am excited to have two opportunities to wear my dress, get all dressed up, and have a practice run for everything. We will then display one of the pictures at the reception near the guest book, and later it will gather some dust in my parent's house ;)

With my portraits on Friday, I need to get my man hands under check and get a manicure. I love getting manicures, but I rarely get them because of CrossFit. I don't like to think "eek, they are going to chip" every time I throw the barbell on the ground. So instead, I just save my money and let the callouses build up and rip off. Graphic image, but the truth. However, since these pictures will only happen once and I am the bride, I thought it was time they got a little TLC. I am thinking I will get a soft pink or some type of neutral. 
Wedding Nails

With one month left we have almost everything major checked off the to-do list, but it is amazing how many little things are still left to do. 
Printable Checklist Available Here

YES, I can't wait until this whole sheet is full of check marks. YES, I can't wait to seal the deal on August 23rd. Yet, I am also making a point to stop and savor every moment from here on out. I know the main event and all that it entails will only happen once, and I truly want enjoy every second.

Did you take/are you taking Bridal Portraits?

What color did you paint your nails?

Don't you love checking things off the To-Do List?

Wedding Wednesday