Highway to Happiness: A Moment of Calm

Friday morning arrived with gray-tinged clouds overhead, but there was nothing we could do but hope whatever it was moved on quickly.

And speaking of getting a move on, I had a cake to frost and then some pampering to get to!

This was one of those times I thought it would be a bit of a downer to have skipped having bridesmaids. I had opened the door to having others join me for my mani/pedi appointment, but everyone was either already occupied or already had their own appointments made. Turned out that the alone time was a blessing, not a curse, and that I enjoyed not feeling like I had to constantly answer questions about the wedding or anything else aside from what color I wanted on my fingers and toes, and what I wanted to drink.

I decided to keep things simple and just went for a soft pink polish. | All pictures by Pink Shutterbug Photography (but cropped by me)

I decided to keep things simple and just went for a soft pink polish. | All pictures by Pink Shutterbug Photography (but cropped by me)

I had opted for gel-polish nails for the wedding and, on the recommendation of Mrs. Bicycle, went to one of her favorite local salons: Royal Nails. They’ve got quite a nice setup, and the gel polish really does look nice once it’s finished. I’d done a trial run two weeks before, and I’m so glad I did as it had the added benefit of keeping my nails from breaking right before the wedding.

Before heading home it was time to pick up our delectable cupcakes from Lucy & Leo’s. I think ours was the only order not decorated in FSU’s garnet & gold, and every flat surface in the shop was covered in pre-orders for folks celebrating the big FSU vs. Miami game on Saturday; I was never so happy to be getting out of town on a game weekend as I was that day!

Roadie's keepsake box, finished in the nick of time!

Roadie’s keepsake box, finished in the nick of time!

And what was Roadie doing while I was enjoying a bit of peace and quiet? Finishing his project list by putting together the box for the handfasting cord!

He’d run into a couple of snags (and a lot of delays—mostly in the form of late hours at work—but also finding out that the stain + polyurethane products do not make life easier), so this project came right down to the wire. Roadie’s also a bit of a perfectionist and has said more than once he can see the flaws in it and wants to remake it, but I think it’s fabulous (but, then, I’m obviously biased, and was just thrilled it gone done in time). He also realized he didn’t own a brown belt and thought he’d need one (spoiler: He didn’t, but he has one now!), so he ran out for that last errand while I played a bit of Trunk Tetris to get as much of the decorations and supplies loaded up. Everything but the aisle decorations and dessert stands fit into my car, so mission accomplished!

The goal was for our little convoy of two to leave no later than 2:00 PM, putting us at the venue at 3:00 PM—an hour should be enough to unload the supplies and settle into our room before the rehearsal at four o’clock, right?


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    melizabe 108 posts, Blushing bee @ 12:57 pm

    Somehow I have a feeling that an hour won’t be enough! 😉

  2. msbicycle Member
    msbicycle 718 posts, Busy bee @ 1:03 pm

    Yay, Royal Nails! I went there alone a few days before my wedding and it was nice to have some alone time. I also went there last night :)

  3. pyramid Member
    Mrs. Pyramid 104 posts, Blushing bee @ 1:08 pm

    I never thought about getting a gel mani 2 weeks before and then redone the day before the wedding – but now that’s definitely in my plans! A nice relaxing morning with cupcakes sounds like a good idea!

  4. wellies Member
    wellies 1425 posts, Bumble bee @ 1:09 pm

    I love the shade of your nail polish! :)

  5. mspalmtree Member
    Mrs. Palm Tree 1122 posts, Bumble bee @ 2:13 pm

    I had my nails done by myself, too, and it was nice to just relax. I had also envisioned a big group of us going but then I realized I didn’t feel like coordinating it. 😉 Two of my BMs even asked if I wanted them to join or if I wanted to make it A Thing and I was just like, “well, I’m going this day. . .” Haha.

    I love the shade you chose! It’s very pretty and ‘bridal’, but also could be worn on a regular day.

  6. parisian Member
    Miss Parisian 588 posts, Busy bee @ 2:20 pm

    That box is gorgeous! I’m also a perfectionist, so I get that he thinks there are flaws, but it looks great!

  7. msfilly Member
    Mrs. Filly 68 posts, Worker bee @ 3:12 pm

    I’m getting gel polish too – did it last the full two weeks for you? I love the color you chose. It’s so pretty and bridal!

  8. bighornsheep Member
    bighornsheep 115 posts, Blushing bee @ 5:30 pm

    Reading this post gives me war-time flashbacks of playing Trunk Tetris (and Backseat Tetris) three days before our wedding. Spoiler alert: we didn’t fit everything in two cars. Luckily, we had two more (biiiiiig family).

    As for last-minute projects, Mr Big finished his projects four days before the wedding. He also had long-work hours leading up to the final week and we found out that he and balsa wood do not share a good relationship.

    Also, I totally chose a light neutral pink for my wedding nails. Mine have a bit of sparkle to them though. :)

  9. phonebooth Member
    Mrs. Phone Booth 57 posts, Worker bee @ 8:17 pm

    I may now sneak some me time into the days before the wedding now :)

  10. rucksack Member
    rucksack 518 posts, Busy bee @ 6:08 am

    The downtime I had by myself before the bridesmaids showed up was the most relaxing time of the day – I cherished it. So happy you got to relax a bit and enjoy yourself before all of the hustle and bustle.

  11. jetsetter Member
    jetsetter 535 posts, Busy bee @ 6:22 am

    That keepsake box is beautiful!! :)

  12. campfire Member
    campfire 1045 posts, Bumble bee @ 8:41 am

    That soft pink is gorgeous!

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    cosmo_gmr 488 posts, Helper bee @ 12:13 pm

    Alone time is awesome! Good thing you got to have some 😀

  14. gondola Member
    gondola 1046 posts, Bumble bee @ 2:22 am

    I also enjoyed the quiet time alone on the day of the wedding.

    I love your bracelet. Seriously, mail it to Japan for me! Haha.

  15. roadtrip Member
    roadtrip 803 posts, Busy bee @ 3:58 pm

    @melizabe: Haha, you caught that, huh?

    @Mrs. Bicycle: I love their set-up–thanks for the recommendation!

    @Miss Pyramid: I wanted to make sure I liked the process rather than just jump in last minute :)

    @Miss Wellies: Thanks!

    @Mrs. Palm Tree: Peace and quiet is so helpful!

    @Miss Parisian: I’ll be sure to pass the compliments onto Roadie!

    @Miss Filly: The first try lasted about a week and a half before the first chip appeared, but the bridal polish didn’t last a full week–it was pretty until then, though!

  16. roadtrip Member
    roadtrip 803 posts, Busy bee @ 4:04 pm

    @Mrs. Bighorn Sheep: What a coincidence: my polish also had some shimmer to it–might have been the same one (small world and all that).

    @Miss Phone Booth: I highly recommend it!

    @Mrs. Rucksack: @cosmo_gmr: Yay for a bit of quiet, right?

    @Mrs. Jet Setter: @Mrs. Campfire: Thank you!

    @Mrs. Gondola: Thanks–it was a last-minute find at Belk!

  17. mswaterfall Member
    Mrs. Waterfall 1403 posts, Bumble bee @ 10:09 am

    I love the keepsake box, and I can’t see why Roadie would want to remake it, I think it’s perfect just the way it is!

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