It’s Going to Be a Whale of a Wedding!

Miss Blue Whale here! Yay!!! I thought I might be imagining things when I saw my email from Mrs. Penguin. Having been trapped alone in my apartment for many days because of Hurricane Sandy, I had to re-read the email a few times before I was convinced it wasn’t a hallucination! Thankfully, it wasn’t a mirage.

I am so jazzed to be sharing my wedding adventures with you all. It’s almost embarrassing how excited I’ve been throughout the entire planning process so far. I have to shield my computer screen from Mr. Whale sometimes so he doesn’t know how often I’m browsing Pinterest or the ‘Bee (I guess the secret’s out now”¦). My brain is so full of ideas and excitement that I just want to share it all right this instant. But I’m trying to take it one step at a time. And I think the first logical step is to tell you who the Blue Whales are!

So who are we?


Personal photo

I am a fun-loving girl who loves to make silly faces and can’t resist dancing to any song that is playing. Despite those characteristics, I’m actually kind of shy around many people. But I can’t turn off the silly faces or the random dancing, so my life tends to be full of awkward moments. (I also snort when I laugh. Yeah, the awkwardness is plentiful.)

I moved to Maryland to pursue my PhD in economics. But after working on it for several years, I finally realized that it just doesn’t make me happy. And so, after a very nervous year of auditions, I am currently pursuing a second bachelor’s degree in music education. It’s a much better fit for me! I can’t wait to be a teacher.

Mr. Whale and I met in graduate school. He’s a theoretical physicist (yeah, we’re pretty nerdy). But we actually bonded very early on over our passion for music. Mr. Whale doesn’t have any formal musical training, but he’s got a ridiculously good voice, and he’s pretty stellar at guitar too. We’re totally regulars at the hotel bar near our apartment that has karaoke every Thursday. And (get excited) you will definitely be hearing about the awesome music that is going to happen at our wedding. Expect performances from both of the Blue Whales and from our friends.


This is us playing a show with our band! (Personal photo)

When we’re not playing music or being hard-working students, Mr. Whale and I like to relax. On any given evening, you can usually find me curled up with a book while Mr. Whale watches a TED talk. We love the shows Community, Bones, and New Girl. (I have this fantasy where I’m the third sister of Emily and Zooey Deschanel. Love them.) When the weekend rolls around and we’re looking to be more adventurous, we enjoy star-gazing, roller coasters, bonfires, baked Cheetos (not really adventurous, but we do love them), tailgating, and spending time with our friends and family. Overall, we just try to have tons of fun and laugh a lot.

Why Blue Whales?

So, I’m actually amazed by the fact that almost every bee seems to have some sort of cute reason for picking her character. I’m going to be honest. I really (reeeeeeally) wanted to be Miss Manatee. (I even put that in my application.) Mr. Whale and I are kind of obsessed with manatees. It would take an entire blog post to explain it, but let’s just say that we’ve taken things way too far. We have two very cute stuffed animal manatees names Wendy and Arby. And we adopted a manatee from the Save the Manatee club last year. His name is Chessie. His photo is on our fridge. (Honestly, this is really just the tame part of our obsession.)

Chessie! (Image from Save the Manatee Club)

OK, I know. I not Miss Manatee. But luckily, Mr. Whale and I have been expanding our love for manatees to a love for sea mammals in general. Seals. Sea lions. Walruses. So while I may not be able to be my favorite sea mammal, I can still be the largest sea mammal! And that’s pretty dang awesome. (Also, it turns out that Mr. Whale’s favorite animal when he was a kid was the blue whale. It was meant to be!!)


Whaaaaaaaaaaat?!? The blue whale is so big! (Image via

Well, I won’t keep blubbering on forever (whale pun!). Stay tuned for more about our wedding-planning adventures. It’s sure to be a whale of a tale!


Mrs. Blue Whale

College Park, MD
Wedding Date:
May 2013
Cauldrons on the Chesapeake---Journey to St. Michael's
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  1. sunhat Member
    sunhat 1453 posts, Bumble bee @ 12:05 pm

    Welcome! You two sound like a hoot and I can’t wait to read all about your wedding. Mountain weddings are so romantic – excited to see pics!

  2. mstoadstool Member
    mstoadstool 2485 posts, Buzzing bee @ 12:10 pm

    Welcome Miss Blue Whale!

  3. hermitcrab Member
    Mrs. Hermit Crab 3901 posts, Honey bee @ 12:14 pm

    Welcome – you’re so fun!! Can’t wait to hear about everything :).

  4. mslyre Member
    mslyre 512 posts, Busy bee @ 12:17 pm

    Welcome, Miss Blue Whale! You guys are adorable, and yay for more teacher bees!! Teaching is SO rewarding, you won’t regret it!

  5. mspony Member
    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 12:19 pm

    The Blue Whales seem so fun, I can’t wait to read about your wedding :)

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    sunkissed19 601 posts, Busy bee @ 12:23 pm

    excited to read your future posts!

    congratulations on your career move!

  7. msarmadillo Member
    msarmadillo 497 posts, Helper bee @ 12:33 pm

    Yay, welcome! Super psyched to hear all about your plans for your big day! :)

  8. bracelet Member
    Mrs. Bracelet 279 posts, Helper bee @ 12:35 pm

    Welcome! We’re glad you’re joining us for all the fun!

  9. elephant Member
    elephant 6339 posts, Bee Keeper @ 1:08 pm

    Welcome! Excited to hear about your wedding plans, and your band!

  10. bluewhale Member
    bluewhale 638 posts, Busy bee @ 1:16 pm

    Thanks everyone! I left my desk for a half hour, and I came back to all this love!

    @Mrs. Sunhat: Thanks! I’ve never actually been to a mountain wedding, so I’m pumped to see how it turns out.

    @Mrs. Hermit Crab: :) I do enjoy fun.

    @Miss Lyre: Yay for teachers! A lot of teachers seem pretty jaded, so I’m glad to see there’s at least one who still loves it!

    @karistiz: Thanks!! It’s a dramatic career change, but I’m excited about it.

    @Mrs. Elephant: I just wanted to say I love that little elephant icon. It’s so dang cute.

  11. bunting Member
    bunting 687 posts, Busy bee @ 1:21 pm

    Haha, you’re already making me giggle! I can just feel your energy and excitement. And, um, the manatee obsession is awesome. Now you’ll have to start collecting blue whales, too!

  12. honey Member
    honey 1684 posts, Bumble bee @ 1:25 pm

    You two are so fun and I’m so intrigued by your wedding, I can’t wait to read more!! Welcome!

  13. msfox Member
    msfox 1635 posts, Bumble bee @ 1:27 pm

    Welcome!!! So excited to hear more, and SO EXCITED to have another Maryland bee!!!

  14. funnelcake Member
    funnelcake 1171 posts, Bumble bee @ 1:52 pm

    I think it’s pretty clear we ALL wanted to be Miss Manatee. 😉 Welcome!

  15. earrings Member
    earrings 2611 posts, Sugar bee @ 2:04 pm

    Welcome! You guys sound like a lot of fun :) Mr E and I are obsessed with Community, New Girl, and Bones too 😛

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    RapunzelRapunzel 812 posts, Busy bee @ 2:10 pm

    Welcome Miss Blue Whale! I like you LOVE the Deschanel sisters: they are so cute (and so different). Excited to read about your planning journey–and I really do love your icon. It’s one of my favorites!

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    manatee 31 posts, Newbee @ 2:16 pm

    Here’s a secret, Miss Blue Whale! I was secretly dying to be Miss Otter! Welcome! We’re excited to have you!

  18. otter Member
    otter 1321 posts, Bumble bee @ 2:22 pm

    WELCOME BW! So happy to have you! And @Miss Manatee, you never told me that! So funny. :)

  19. mstreasure Member
    mstreasure 1655 posts, Bumble bee @ 2:26 pm

    Welcome, Miss Blue Whale! So excited to have you here!

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    bdemps11 116 posts, Blushing bee @ 2:57 pm

    A fellow Terp! Please tell me the karaoke takes place at the Clarion… We used to go there on Thursdays before heading to downtown CP. Looking forward to your posts

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    sarah, Guest @ 3:04 pm

    “I am a fun-loving girl who loves to make silly faces and can’t resist dancing to any song that is playing. Despite those characteristics, I’m actually kind of shy around many people. But I can’t turn off the silly faces or the random dancing, so my life tends to be full of awkward moments.”

    with this setence, i can already tell im going to love your posts haha :) i completely feel the same way

  22. bluewhale Member
    bluewhale 638 posts, Busy bee @ 3:09 pm

    @Miss Manatee: !! So it’s Miss Otter’s fault! Just kidding. The blue whale has grown on me. I’m looking into adopting one :)

    @bdemps11: YES! Hahaha! Never thought I’d be frequenting the bar at the Clarion Inn, but sometimes that’s just the way life goes :)

  23. mink Member
    mink 2178 posts, Buzzing bee @ 3:17 pm

    Welcome! So happy to have another DMV bee around here!

    Interestingly, I have a wonderful friend (Dr. Bridesmaid in my recaps) who is a newly minted Terp PhD! We met through music!

    Smart, cool people and good ears…they go together, I guess. :)

  24. painauchocolat Member
    painauchocolat 2298 posts, Buzzing bee @ 4:49 pm

    So excited to have such a fun bee join us! And you’re nearby (relatively).

  25. scepter Member
    scepter 333 posts, Helper bee @ 5:51 pm

    Welcome Miss Blue Whale!

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    ChicagoDreamer 509 posts, Busy bee @ 6:09 pm


  27. msdoe Member
    msdoe 639 posts, Busy bee @ 7:40 pm

    Welcome!!! :)

  28. genie Member
    genie 723 posts, Busy bee @ 11:01 pm

    Yay for an aspiring music teacher! I was totally there a few years ago, and all my besties are music teachers, so I hope we become fast friends! You two are adorable, and I can’t wait to read about your wedding plans.

  29. panda Member
    Mrs. Panda 1359 posts, Bumble bee @ 5:58 am

    yay! you two are so adorable!

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    jacofblues 1468 posts, Bumble bee @ 10:52 pm

    Welcome miss blue whale!!!!!

  31. graywolf Member
    graywolf 725 posts, Busy bee @ 6:00 am

    a little late, but welcome! another ACC alum!

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