Mrs. Wallaby, Houston
Age and Occupation: 24, Environmental EngineerEngagement Date: January 1, 2012Wedding Date: November 2012Venue: Oak Tree ManorAbout Me: I'm a free-spirited, adventurous girl who loves anything active, reading, traveling, cooking up new dishes for my fiancé, and working on my budding garden. My fiancé is an athletic, intellectual, animal-loving guy with an obsession with basketball and who treats me with the deepest compassion and respect. We are both engineers, and we met at our workplace. Together we complement one another and make a great team, and we are excitedly counting down the days until our outdoor wedding in Houston in November. We're planning a green wedding with lots of Persian cultural touches, and I can't wait to share all of the before-and-after details of our special day
Back at the bridal lounge (no boys allowed, obvi) we were busy primping and styling to get ready for the wedding paparazzi.
Liz and her assistant, the hairstylists I had hired, were still wrapping up at another wedding, but the sweet makeup artist arrived on time and went right to work. Bridesmaid R poured me a tall mimosa, and the makeup artist attached my loooong, luscious false eyelashes—I was in diva heaven.
Mrs. Wizard, PittsburghAge and Occupation: 22, Front-end Web DeveloperFiance's Age and Occupation: 23, Software ProgrammerEngagement Date: June 8, 2011Wedding Date: June 2012Venue: Glades Pike Winery, Somerset, PAAbout Me: I’m a born-and-raised Pittsburgh girl marrying a born-and-raised Pittsburgh dude. I’m a stubborn Italian with a huge personality, and I love oldies music, baking, housewifery, and all things Harry Potter. He’s a quiet, level-headed guy who loves my cooking and laughs good-naturedly at my lack of verbal filter. He’s an intellectual who likes to learn, and can often be found going on "Wiki walks" and landing on the most hilariously weird articles imaginable. We truly are a case of "opposites attract," and we balance each other out perfectly. We keep each other sane and make each other laugh so hard we cry almost every day, and that’s all I could ever ask for. Together we’re planning a simple, elegant, summery June wedding, and we can’t wait to be Mr. and Mrs.!
Ack! I can’t believe I’ve been MIA for so long, but Mr. Wiz and I have been busy lately. I was flat-on-my-back sick with bronchitis for over a week, then Christmas happened, and in the midst of all that, we bought a house! There was a lot of paperwork to do and a lot of rigmarole to deal with in the past few weeks, but all that’s settled now and from here it’s just a (hopefully) smooth ride until closing. We are so excited!
Anyway, back to recaps. While many of our guests had begun trickling out and the night was winding down (at, like, 7:30 PM, mind you), there was one song that, surprisingly, got the dance floor full. It wasn’t “Sugar Pie Honey Bunch.” It wasn’t “I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles).” It wasn’t “Thriller.” It wasn’t even “Don’t Stop Believin’.”
It was…”Forget You” by Cee Lo Green. I know, right? How random is that? Of all the classic dance-to-this-at-a-wedding songs for which people stayed firmly planted in their seats, Cee Lo got them up and moving. (Of course, we chose to play the family-friendly version of this song!) So despite the dance floor being so empty I think I might have seen a few tumbleweeds blow through, we did get one song’s worth of funny dance pictures.
Mrs. Squirrel, Tampa, FLAge and Occupation: 25, Genetic CounselorFiance's Age and Occupation: 27, Graphic Designer/ Engineering StudentEngagement Date: March 17, 2012Wedding Date: May 2013Venue: Davis Island Garden ClubAbout Me:
I am a DIY loving, science dork. I like to eat green peppers every day and I wish all clothes would be made with bows and lace. I moved to the South for grad school and stumbled across Mr. Squirrel, aka Southern Gent extraordinaire. We moved to Tampa, Florida and are starting a new life together. We are so excited to get married! Our ceremony will be in a Catholic church and the guests will then take a boat ride to the outdoor reception. We are channeling a Midsummer Night's Dream and plan to have lots of twinkling lights, moss, and whimsy in the air.
I never had any grand ideas when it comes to wedding food. In my experience, I could always count on the dish to be delicious…but somewhat forgettable. I would default to the chicken as a child, the beef as a teenager, and now in my 20s I have fully embraced my love for seafood. I can pretty much count on these standard options at every wedding. Perfectly acceptable, perfectly delicious. But…kind of old news.
As we casually browsed caterers, initially I was drawn to two things:
Adorable bite-size snacks. We could go super casual or high end. Imagine the incredible display options! I’m not going to lie, I may or may not have these on my registry so I can replicate this for every party I throw for the rest of my life.
Miss Mongoose, New Haven, CTAge and Occupation: 28, Digital AdvertisingFiance's Age and Occupation: 30, Business DevelopmentEngagement Date: November 19th, 2011Wedding Date: May 2013Venue: Hotel Nelligan in Montreal, CAAbout Me:
I was born and raised in Queens, NY (though you would never know due to my lack of a "real" New York accent) but currently live in Connecticut with my fiance. Anyone who knows me knows that I have a crazy obsession for planning and organizing things, so it comes as no surprise that I'm currently obsessed with planning our wedding. I love dancing, music, traveling, reading fiction novels, cooking, the color blue, cupcakes, all things space science-related and TV shows created by Joss Whedon and J.J. Abrams. My fiance and I have been together for seven years and are so excited to finally get married next year. We are planning a peacock-themed destination wedding in Montreal, one of our favorite cities in the world, with 100 or so of our closest family and friends. While we may look very different on the outside, we have eerily similar personalities (probably due to the fact that we share the exact same birthday) and share very similar passions. But above all else, we love each other and love to have FUN!!!
So, I’m pretty hopeless when it comes to arts & crafts. I had a 50/50 success rate of coloring inside the lines as a kid, and the best things I could draw were stick figures and boxy houses. I can’t sew very well or make jewelry. BUT I have vision. I know exactly what it is that I want when it comes to certain design elements. I guess that’s why the only “DIY” thing I can really do well is interior design. Maybe not as a profession, but the rooms in my apartment have a color-coordinated theme with some nice decor pieces (thank you, TJ Maxx and Home Goods!).
Mrs. Fox, Washington DC/Havre de Grace, MDAge and Occupation: 26, Massage TherapistFiance's Age and Occupation: 28, Field Support EngineerEngagement Date: April 18, 2010Wedding Date: June 2012Venue: Vandiver InnAbout Me: I’m a dancer turned massage therapist who was born and raised in New York. Alas, true love has brought me “south” where I still maintain my penchants for pretty shoes, wine, crossword puzzles, cherry blossoms, and the Mets. I own more sunglasses than a normal person should and don’t eat red meat (though I make up for it by eating my weight in sushi). I tend to be a big planner who likes to get things started early, but generally end up being indecisive and procrastinating when it comes down to it. I have a (not so) secret crush on Chris Carrabba, but my loyalty and love ultimately goes to the future hubs, of course! Together, my Foxy man and I love to discuss (read: debate) politics and current events, have Mario Kart and Scrabble duels, and just laugh. A lot. We’re hoping and planning for a laid back, fun, summery, rustic vibe to our June wedding that will be genuinely “us” – that is, if we finally make some decisions. Huzzah!
I wish I could tell you that we walked down the aisle as husband and wife amid a sea of bubbles, and then show you lots of pictures that you could go pin on Pinterest as “superawesomeOMG bubble recessional at wedding!!”
Mrs. Cannon, Toledo, OHAge and Occupation: 27, Financial AnalystFiance's Age and Occupation: 28, AssemblerEngagement Date: February 28, 2011Wedding Date: September 2011Venue: Epworth UMC & Ward PavilionAbout Me: I'm the curious combination of being a go-with-the-flow, laid back, obsessive planner. I try desperately to stay as busy as possible at all times (and am succeeding big time right now!) My biggest loves in life are Law & Order: SVU, Community (the show, not the concept, although I like that, too), ice cream, white cheddar popcorn, beer, hiking, knitting, decorating, writing, being outside, spending time with friends and family and musical theater. Mr. Cannon is pretty sweet, too. We've had a lot of fun traveling and having adventures all over the country, but have finally moved back near our hometown to settle down. We're planning a low-key, colorful, fun wedding and an awesome-to-the-max reception.
Our pastor requested we get back to the church an hour prior to the ceremony so we could fix up any last minute things and be hidden away so the guests wouldn’t see us. So, girls and I stood around in the room we’d dressed in earlier, biding the time before the ceremony started.
I fixed my hair and added my veil. We double checked our make-up. Everyone joked about how happy they were that I was marrying Mr. Cannon and not one of my ex-boyfriends. We laughed and goofed off. Everyone played with the scepter I had made for Cherry Bomb, in case she pulled off the flower girl thing. (She did not. She ended up spending the ceremony in my MIL’s lap. But, she also made it through without crying, so it was still a win.)
It felt like that hour flew by and took forever at the same time, but finally it was time for the ceremony to start. The way our ceremony was set up, our pastor and the men were already at the front, and us ladies walked up the aisle alone, one by one, with the exception of myself, who was escorted by both my mother and father.
I look kind of weird in that picture—maybe smug or something? (Maybe constipated?) Really I was attempting not to cry, as I was getting pretty emotional over the whole thing. I was thinking about the huge commitment I was about to make and trying to will myself to keep it together. I also look like a giant there. I am taller than my parents, but I swear I’m not really THAT tall. Jeez.