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Hey guys! I’m Miss Camel and I’m so excited to be introducing myself to you today! I feel incredibly honored to be able to share our wedding plans with such an awesome and welcoming online community. Not to mention that it’s a great feeling to finally be able to give back to a group that has given me so much over the past several months. So come along—join me on my (mis)adventures in wedding planning!


But first, a little about myself and the Mr. …

This May I’ll be marrying this super sweet, super dorky guy I met at work. We’re planning a wedding with a theme that can only be described as Marie Antoinette at the Petit Trianon. If you’ve seen Sofia Coppola’s beautiful film Marie Antoinette or visited the palace of Versailles, then you will surely understand the look and feel that we are trying to accomplish. If not, stay tuned for more details and lots of images that have inspired me over the last few months.

Dressed up for my friend’s wedding in Baltimore. (personal photo)

I’m a Georgia girl who doesn’t define herself as truly Southern. Maybe that has something to do with my mom being from upstate New York, or the fact my dad now lives in LA, or maybe it’s because I’ve never cared for grits, sweet tea, or collard greens. In my mind sweet tea=humming bird food—it’s way too sweet! I’ve lived in the South for essentially my entire life while never really identifying with Southern culture or the Southern lifestyle. Let’s put it this way, I have never used the word “ya’ll” in a serious conversation. But, get me angry and you’ll hear a hint of my Southern accent.

I love living in the South—the hot, humid summers alive with the sounds of cicadas, the golden tinge of light in a hay field at sunset, the sagging remains of abandoned barns dotting the edge of highways. Summer weather arrives in April and stays until October. I’ve never known the pain of shoveling snow from the driveway or keeping a thick, woolen blanket in the back of my car in case of an inopportune breakdown. And what about Southern hospitality? It certainly can’t be beat.

All this talk about the South and here I am marrying a guy from Michigan. Not only that, but I traveled around the world only to meet the love of my life in the classroom next door to mine. But we met, and crushes blossomed, a relationship formed, an apartment was shared, and now we are engaged to be married!

I am so happy that my invitation to join the hive coincided with a seriously adorable generation of icons: the endangered species generation. Everyone seemed partial to the otter or the adorable black squirrel (definitely a close second for me), but I just knew I had to have the camel. It might have something to do with my weird obsession with Lawrence of Arabia. Okay, it has everything to do with my weird obsession with Lawrence of Arabia. And I’m not just talking about the 1963 David Lean film starring the handsome Peter O’Toole…

Peter O’Toole taking a break during the filming of David Lean’s Lawrence of Arabia. (source)

…I’m talking the real historical figure, T.E. Lawrence. I teach social studies for a living, so I think I’m allowed a few quirks. (There’s actually a lot of quirks. I think I have met my lifetime quirk quota.) I asked my fiance how he felt about me choosing the camel, seeing as he will be known henceforth as “Mr. Camel.” He gave me a huge, beaming smile and said he would be incredibly proud to be known as Mr. Camel. I can’t tell you how much I love this guy!

The REAL Lawrence of Arabia: T.E. Lawrence. All images circa 1918-1918 and found at Clio History

Mr. C and I have many common interests and hobbies and yet very different personalities. I think this is the secret to our successful and easy-going relationship. Our differences really complement each other and we make a great team, both in our professional lives and our personal lives. I’m a very direct, no-nonsense type of person with introverted tendencies and a lack of social graces. Mr. Camel however is honestly one of the kindest, most genuine and compassionate people I’ve ever known. He is loved by everyone he meets because he is an optimistic person who always does his best. As a team I say what needs to be said and he smooths it over with his charm. When I’m down, he does everything he can to cheer me up. When I have a crazy idea, his eyes sparkle with a shared enthusiasm. He always knows what to say when I get myself into a rut, something that is especially important considering our challenging work environment.

We also may be huge dorks. Here we are at Dragon*Con.

We both teach social studies at a rather challenging high poverty Title I high school. When we’re not teaching, tutoring, or lesson planning (we do a lot of all three), we are hanging out at home with our two cats, playing video games (like Skyrim, StarCraft or Minecraft), spending time with our friends, visiting family, or seeing the world.

We also may or may not procrastinate by taking weird photos of our cats Loken and Jasper.

We have family in Illinois, Michigan, and California, so keeping up with everyone definitely keeps us busy, especially around the holidays. We know the value of a relaxing Saturday at home, or maybe a not-so-relaxing weekend spent scouring the local thrift stores and flea markets for milk glass. But that’s a story for another time.

Until then, please know how excited I am to share our story and our wedding with you!


Mrs. Camel

Athens, GA
Wedding Date:
May 2013
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  1. Member
    elysion 3813 posts, Honey bee @ 9:52 am

    Congratulations Miss Camel!!!

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    shaynapunim 654 posts, Busy bee @ 10:00 am

    I’m excited to learn more about your story and wedding!! :)

    What are your favorite countries you’ve traveled to?

  3. genie Member
    genie 723 posts, Busy bee @ 10:05 am

    Welcome Miss Camel! I geek out over historical figures, too. Lately, my obsession has been with Galileo, but I definitely had my Marie Antoinette phase and others too. You two are so cute. And I can’t wait to get to know you.

  4. hermitcrab Member
    Mrs. Hermit Crab 3901 posts, Honey bee @ 10:11 am

    Welcome!! Can’t wait to hear more about your planning!!

  5. mink Member
    mink 2178 posts, Buzzing bee @ 10:13 am

    Welcome, Camel! I loooove Athens (well, a lot of the music that comes out of Athens) and can’t wait to read about your planning!

  6. castle Member
    castle 1191 posts, Bumble bee @ 10:14 am

    Welcome! I can’t wait to hear more! I’m already in love with your cats :)

  7. bracelet Member
    Mrs. Bracelet 279 posts, Helper bee @ 10:15 am


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    debeachgirl 543 posts, Busy bee @ 10:17 am

    Welcome Miss Camel. I love your energy and can’t wait to hear more about your wedding. You seem to have about the same age gap as FI and myself (32 and 37) and he is getting his masters to teach history. So I live with a huge history nerd (he geeks out over all things US Civil War).

    PS – You guys so don’t look 29 and 35. I say that as a compliment.

  9. msdragon Member
    Mrs. Dragon 814 posts, Busy bee @ 10:50 am

    Welcome! I’m really excited to read more. (and yay, kitties!)

  10. mspony Member
    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 10:55 am

    The Camels are adorable! I can’t wait to hear about all your plans!
    Ps.-I love your cats! And the dress you wore to your friend’s wedding!

  11. earrings Member
    earrings 2611 posts, Sugar bee @ 11:01 am

    Welcome! You guys look so cute together.

  12. otter Member
    otter 1321 posts, Bumble bee @ 11:13 am

    Welcome Camel! :)

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    love108 3978 posts, Honey bee @ 11:14 am

    can’t wait to watch the planning unfold and to be inspired by your choices! <3

  14. bluewhale Member
    bluewhale 638 posts, Busy bee @ 11:16 am

    Welcome!! I have no idea what your theme is about, but I love Versailles, so I’m super excited to see what you’re planning! :) And I’m happy to meet Loken and Jasper too!!

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    ticket 501 posts, Busy bee @ 11:48 am

    Welcome! I can tell I’m going to love your brand of humor and dorkyness already.

  16. mstoadstool Member
    mstoadstool 2485 posts, Buzzing bee @ 11:52 am

    You sound like a very exciting couple, and it sounds like it’s going to ve a quite interesting wedding. I can’t wait to read about your plans.

  17. mstreasure Member
    mstreasure 1655 posts, Bumble bee @ 11:54 am

    Welcome, Miss Camel! You two are so cute together!

  18. graywolf Member
    graywolf 725 posts, Busy bee @ 11:57 am

    hello and welcome! i cant wait to see your french influences!

  19. bunting Member
    bunting 687 posts, Busy bee @ 12:05 pm

    Umm… number one… you two are adorable. Number two, I’m still so happy you chose Camel (I was so afraid she would be chosen last!). Number three, I love (and am a bit jealous) that you guys went to Dragon*Con. Also, I love your cats. I think I love all of you already.

    And to Mr. Camel: holla from a Michigander!!

  20. highwire Member
    highwire 1021 posts, Bumble bee @ 12:14 pm

    Welcome! I can’t do sweet tea either – YUCK

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    Miss Care Bear 193 posts, Blushing bee @ 12:19 pm

    I love Marie-Antoinette too! In fact, our ballroom is called Versailles :)

    LOVE the skyrim costumes btw!

    Can`t wait to read more about your wedding.

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    steph01924 308 posts, Helper bee @ 12:26 pm

    Welcome, Miss Camel! I have family right near Athens, and my cousin was JUST texting me about wandering around Athens checking out Athens Tech as I was pulling up Weddingbee. Too funny! Can’t wait to read your posts!

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    RapunzelRapunzel 812 posts, Busy bee @ 12:58 pm

    Wow, you two are AWESOME, I love your cats, and I’ll join Mrs. Bunting in saying Hi! to Mr. Camel as a fellow Michigander (we don’t see many on these parts!). Welcome and I can’t wait to see more about your amazing-sounding wedding!!

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    fionak, Guest @ 12:58 pm

    1) Welcome

    2) I love your dress in the photos from the friend’s wedding! Where’s it from?

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    TwoNerds 180 posts, Blushing bee @ 1:05 pm

    Congrats and welcome!! The Petit Trianon is one of my all time favorite places, so I’m looking forward to see your plans unfold.

  26. panda Member
    Mrs. Panda 1359 posts, Bumble bee @ 1:18 pm

    Welcome! I can’t wait to hear about your wedding!

  27. camel Member
    camel 703 posts, Busy bee @ 1:18 pm

    Wow guys! Thanks so much for the warm welcome. I’m so excited to be here and I’m already feeling the Hive love! :)

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    camel 703 posts, Busy bee @ 1:24 pm

    @shaynapunim: Hm, this is a tough one. Obviously I love Japan. I think Tokyo is a little overrated in the travel world (even though it’s an incredibly cool place). I think that the Kansai area (Osaka/Kyoto/Nara) is one of the coolest places on the planet. Next to Japan I love Italy and France (Paris) – obviously! I also spent Christmas 2006 in Thailand (Koh Phi Phi) and it was absolutely amazing as well.

    @Mrs. Genie: Glad to hear that there are some other history geeks in the house! I love 18th century France, Victorian England, WWI, and Tokugawa Japan as well.

    @Mrs. Bunting: We LOVE Dragon*Con (we may already have tickets and a hotel room for next year. . .) It’s like a magical place where anything seems possible. Dancing party robot? Got it. Have a beer with Gandalf and the Hobbits? Done. Randomly run into Kevin Sorbo who was on the TV show Hercules in the 90’s? Why not. And about the camel – I had to have her. She’s the cutest. As much as I wanted the black squirrel I could not turn down the camel. : ) Thanks for making such incredible icons!!

  29. msdoe Member
    msdoe 639 posts, Busy bee @ 1:29 pm

    Welcome lady! :)

  30. camel Member
    camel 703 posts, Busy bee @ 1:32 pm

    @Steph01924: I have a lot of students who go on to attend Athens Tech or Gainesville State! That’s such a crazy coincidence though. Athens is a really really cool and fun place to live! I highly recommend it!

    @fionak: The dress is an older Anthropologie dress called the Cloaked Vista Dress (sounds mysterious right?) from I think 2009. The best part about it? Well, two things: 1) it has pockets and 2) it has a bright yellow crinoline that is just so much fun.

    @RapunzelRapunzel: I love that you already love our cats. Loken is crazy. I mean like knock all the crap off your counter and tear around the house like a banshee crazy. And Jasper is old and grumpy but I’ve had him sine I was 17 and I love him so much. Mr. C never had cats before we met and now he is the biggest cat lover. I don’t know what I did to him….

  31. elephant Member
    elephant 6339 posts, Bee Keeper @ 1:39 pm

    Welcome, welcome! Can’t wait to hear more about your wedding!

  32. bunting Member
    bunting 687 posts, Busy bee @ 1:45 pm

    @Miss Camel: Oh my gawd you met Hercules!!?? I met a look-alike Xena accompanied by one of the show’s actual horse actors (are the animals called actors?) once and geeked out pretty hard. I can only imagine I’d geek out just as hard over Kevin. And I really want to have a beer with Gandalf and some hobbits now. It’s going on my bucket list.

  33. msfox Member
    msfox 1635 posts, Bumble bee @ 2:10 pm

    Welcome!! I can’t wait to hear more!

  34. tartlet Member
    tartlet 3227 posts, Sugar bee @ 3:07 pm

    Welcome! Versailles? StarCraft? LOTR reference?!? You’re a gal after my own heart! You two are adorable, and I’m looking forward to reading more. ^.^

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

    Welcome! You guys are so cute!

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    futureMFG 283 posts, Helper bee @ 6:45 pm

    Welcome! Also, you and your man sound like me and mine! Title I school, both teachers (although he’s not SS like I am)… so cute!
    Can’t wait to hear about your adventures!

  37. painauchocolat Member
    painauchocolat 2298 posts, Buzzing bee @ 8:16 pm

    So many details about the Camels! It feels like I’ve known you longer than a day. Loved the Sofia interpretation of that movie so I can’t wait to see the inspired details. Count me in as another southerner (does WV count??) who does not like sweet tea at all or has ever used the word “ya’ll”.

  38. mswallaby Member
    mswallaby 2070 posts, Buzzing bee @ 11:46 pm

    Welcome Miss Camel!!! Can’t wait to read more about y’all (ooops sorry!! You guys!! 😉 )

  39. sunhat Member
    sunhat 1453 posts, Bumble bee @ 4:21 am

    Welcome! I’m loving your theme and can’t wait to see it all come together! Also super cute that you two met teaching next door to one another.

  40. hawk Member
    hawk 1117 posts, Bumble bee @ 5:10 am

    Welcome, welcome! :)

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    blonde17jess 1290 posts, Bumble bee @ 7:23 am

    Welcome! I look forward to hearing more!

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    Miss_Lionheart 44 posts, Newbee @ 3:30 pm

    Welcome Miss Camel! I can’t tell you how much I <3 your cosplay!
    So excited to read about everything you have planned!

  43. coyote Member
    coyote 1933 posts, Buzzing bee @ 11:50 am

    Welcome Miss Camel! I am so excited to follow your story!!

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