Hey there, hive. It’s certainly been a while since I dropped in. In fact, it’s been so long that I wouldn’t be surprised if there wasn’t a single reader who actually remembered me or my wedding.
Why is that? Because believe it or not, over the weekend, Mr. Corn and I celebrated our five-year anniversary. Yup…way back in 2007, before photo booths, cupcake towers, and heavily customized themes were even a trend; back when there’d only been five generations of bees; before the WB boards were ever in existence (!)…I planned my DIY heavy, Coastal New England wedding on the water at a historic fort complete with winery rehearsal party, Revolutionary War reenactors, gale-force wind, an authentic Revere Cannon salute, and a traditional clambake reception with LOBSTAH!!
Since our 09-08-07 wedding, we welcomed our little “kernel,” Garrison, on 07-08-09…
Hi hive! Well. It certainly has been a while, huh. As in, I’m pretty sure most, if not all, of you have no idea my wedding ever existed. But I do! And even though it was over four years ago, and even though I have since had two (TWO!!) children, I still count my wedding day as the happiest day of my life. Never before nor since nor in the future will there ever be a gathering of all of the people that we love the most, who love US the most all in the same place at the same time. It was a day filled with absolute and complete and utter joy. So, when the opportunity came to trot down memory lane via. the Weddingbee Randomizer series, I decided to devote a bit of my very-minimal free time to reflecting on our awesome day.
So here we go…
Our wedding was held on the north lawn of Fort Adams State Park in Newport, Rhode Island and we had a traditional clam bake as our reception with lobsters, steamers, corn on the cob, chorizo sausage, chicken and red potatoes. One of the many fun aspects of being the bride was getting to be first in line for the buffet. When I got back to my seat I found my personalized cotton bib that the clam-bake company had provided for us as a surprise; I was totally stoked!:
At the end of the evening, my new husband and I took a moment to ourselves to stand in the breeze by the water and reflect on the day:
Hey there, hive. My favorite post from a writing standpoint has always been the one I wrote about my physical struggle to squeeze myself into the sausage casing of a pair of Spanx in the smallest dressing room known to mankind while sweating. To this day, I still laugh over the commotion I caused in that dressing room.
But the most valuable post I have written has to do with something quite sentimental. Specifically, a post I wrote about how my father was able to participate in our wedding as he and I had always imagined, even though he was disabled.
My father, a man I loved deeply, passed away last December. We were incredibly fortunate to have the opportunity for him to meet our son, to reminisce about the joy in our lives and to say goodbye. As I look back on the wedding we held so very long ago…I mean seriously…back when photo booths were up-and-coming…I find myself eternally grateful to have been able to give my father an experience he always dreamed of instead of holding both of ourselves back with his disability.
This installment of my ‘Looking Back’ series* focuses on one of the details about my big day that I am very, very grateful for: I was able to work out a way for my dad to participate.
My father is a wonderful, amazing man. I am so incredibly fortunate to be loved by someone with such a big heart. As ridiculously sentimental as this sounds, two of the things I was most looking forward to the day of our wedding were 1) walking down the aisle with my dad and 2) dancing with him at the reception.
As many of you know, my father is handicapped; he walks with a walker and can handle a cane, but only for short bouts and definitely only if the ground is flat.
Hey there hive… just wanted to give a quick update to let you know that our son, Garrison Reid, was born into this world naturally on July 8, 2009 at 4:50am weighing 10lbs 5oz and measuring 21.5 inches.
We have been home a bit over a week and it has been an amazing time of bonding and getting to know the little guy.
And just to keep this post wedding related, for those of you who remember, Mr Corn and I were married on 09-08-07 and as you can see, Garrison showed up on 07-08-09. Needless to say we are tickled over the coincidence… of course that means there is a bit more pressure on child #2.
Love to you all,
As you may or may not know, I worked for Walt Disney World in Orlando, FL for four years right after I graduated from college, in the entertainment department.
A friend of mine, David, was a performer at the Beauty and the Beast show and had met a beautiful girl named Heidi, who was a dancer at the show, and had been dating her for quite some time when he decided to propose.
David worked for weeks to pull off an amazing proposal to Heidi. He was not a trained dancer, but he was able to arrange with the stage manager of the show to learn the Equity level choreography for the grand finale and surprised Heidi as she was dancing on stage. In the finale number, her dance partner danced off the stage and was replaced by David, much to Heidi’s complete surprise.
It has been ten years since they were married, and for their anniversary, David has posted, for the first time for all to see, the video taken that day.
Well, here’s a secret: that wasn’t really my secret.
You see, I have been holding on to the BIGGEST SECRET OF MY LIFE for the past three months and now at the moment when I am about to completely burst my seams it is finally appropriate to tell…
Let’s see if you can guess:
Way, way WAY back before I had even FOUND Weddingbee, not to mention had applied and then become Mrs. Corn… I headed to David’s Bridal in Harrisburg, PA on the Friday after Thanksgiving 2006 to try on wedding dresses with my mom and my sister.
It was an extremely overwhelming experience (as you will see from the expression on my face in most of these pictures). We had a wonderful sales girl who was very helpful, but stretched a little thin. You see… I had the mistaken impression that on ‘Black Friday’ everyone would be too busy checking out the holiday sales to go to a wedding dress store.
Big mistake. HUGE! Turns out Thanksgiving weekend is the. weekend. to drag your entire bridal party plus all the women in your family including Old Aunt Agnes and her bridge buddies to a bridal store…
Why? Because everyone is in town.
As we head towards Turkey day this month, please keep that in mind so you don’t freak out like I did…
So WHY exactly is this my ’secret’ post? Because no one, not even my mom or sister or, heaven forbid, Mr. Corn has ever. seen. these. photos… until now. I don’t think there is a single smile from me in any of the photos and it ISN’T because of bad photography moments… I really was miserable for most of the day.
So now, without further ado, I present to you the never-before-seen photos of all the dresses I tried on before I found ‘the one’.
I know this is the information you have been waiting on bated breath for, so I won’t make you wait any further.Last year, we indulged in the most incredible chocolate bourbon wedding cake with white butter-cream frosting from Sin Desserts in Providence, RI. It was hands down, the best wedding cake on the planet. Believe me, I know there is a lot of potential that I am biased because it was at our wedding… but we received more comments on how good the cake was than I can count.
It was so good, that when it came time to freeze the top for next year, I just couldn’t bear to freeze the whole thing, so I cut it into pieces, saved two for our anniversary and then brought the rest along on our honeymoon to snack on.
Today is our one year wedding anniversary. As is expected, I can hardly believe it has already been a year while at the same time, I feel like we have been married forever!
It was a bit difficult to get away this week, so we took a trip to Boothbay, Maine just before Labor day to celebrate our anniversary.
Hey there hive. Mr Corn and I are a month out from our one-year anniversary. As cliche as it sounds, it feels like the wedding was ages ago…yet I can’t believe it has almost been a year since the big day. I still have some posts in me that I think will be beneficial to the hive, so strap on your favorite summer sandals and join me for my How to Honeymoon series.*
Mr Corn and I started our Italian Honeymoon on the Island of Capri off the Amalfi Coast. We chose this destination because after the hard work of planning and executing our wedding, I knew I wanted to go to a place where I could get some R&R before becoming a full blown tourist.
This FINAL installment of my ‘Looking Back’ series* focuses on one of the details about our wedding that we are both very glad about: we had a day off before leaving for our honeymoon.Mr Corn and I were both super excited about our two week honeymoon in Italy; especially after a year of planning; a week of last minute details; and the most fun, yet incredibly intense, day of our lives.
Thankfully, we booked our honeymoon to leave on Monday which gave us a day to get back from Newport, RI to our home in Boston; pack for the trip; open all of our gifts; and work with US Airways on correcting my ticket as Mr Corn forgot to check that my ticket for our honeymoon flights had arrived as well as his when they were sent to us months before the wedding.
That extra day was well. worth. it. and I highly, highly suggest giving yourselves that extra time to veg out!
It doesn’t surprise me that many people think that the whole ‘who gives this woman to this man’ part of the ceremony is antiquated and chauvinistic. But there are other alternatives.
Below is the wording from our ceremony supplemented by the choreography we worked out. Hopefully it will help someone out there…
*Processional (everyone walked down the aisle, the last of which was me escorted by my dad who remained standing with us at the ‘altar’)
*Statement of the Gift of Marriage
*Prayer (the ‘congregation’ sat at this point)
Declarations of Intent
Davis, understanding that God has created, ordered and blessed the covenant of marriage,
do you affirm your desire and intention to enter this covenant. I do.
…the June 2008 edition of the Angie’s List, Boston Magazine.
Sorry to have gone missing for a bit there. I suffered from a complete hard drive failure, had to have a new one sent and have all of my files extracted by the fantastically smart, technology geeks I have as friends…which brings me to my #1 detail about wedding planning that I recommend (aside from relaxing and remembering what the real purpose of the whole thing is): Back. Up. Everything!!!
This installment of my ‘Looking Back’ series* focuses on one of the details about our big day that I wish we had done a little differently: I should have gone with my gut and not tossed the flowers.
This installment of my ‘Looking Back’ series* focuses on one of the details about our big day that I am very grateful for: we went a little overboard.
As many of you know, Mr Corn and I were married at Fort Adams State Park in Newport, RI. After the ceremony, we hosted an authentic New England clam bake. Considering how close we were to the water, and the food we were serving, it only made sense that every detail at our wedding was based on our New England Coastal theme.
Everything, that is, except for these guys: