A little over a year ago, Mr. B-Cat and I got engaged. It was special in its own way, but I’d be lying if I said it was an organic, surprising event. My small office was at the time only about 12 people in size. Two of those people were married, one person was single, and everyone else was in a relationship. Then almost at once—five of us got engaged.
The last four of those engagements all happened within the span of about three months.
The domino effect was incredible—all of the people in the office just started showing up to work with solitaire diamonds on their fingers. Like a mass commitment hysteria. I’m not saying this to be cynical, any of my office mates would tell you: it was really, really weird.
In college, I took a course with a professor named Nicholas Christakis. He’s a doctor and a sociologist, and part of the curriculum discussed his research on how social networks affect the spread of all kinds of phenomena—from happiness to obesity. His research showed that if your friend’s friend gained weight then, bizarrely, you would gain weight too. In essence, something like the engagement “contagion” could absolutely be explained by science, or even human biology.
On Saturday Mr. Narwhal and I got married, and the day can only be described as magical. I woke up on our wedding day knowing that it was going to be the best day of my life, and really, I couldn’t have imagined what that would have meant.
Our hearts have been so full, and there were numerous times yesterday that we broke down in tears reminiscing on how wonderful the day was. We were blown away by the love and support we received from our friends and family. Love and magic was in the air, and everyone felt it.
It ended up raining all day, and as I walked up to meet Mr. Narwhal for our first look, the clouds parted and not a drop of rain came down after that.
So really, without this post turning into a total sap fest I will share with you a few of our sneak peaks from our photographer, and some guest photos.
This is a little bit random, but I wanted to share some ideas for a bachelorette party scavenger hunt. I have found myself looking on Pinterest many times for different friends’ bachelorette scavenger hunts, and it would be nice if they were all in one place. So, here are some ideas. And a free printable!
Mr. Sugar Cube and I have an approximate hour and a half gap between our ceremony and reception.
You see, the earliest Blue Agave can open for our reception is 2:00 PM. As currently planned out, our ceremony will be completed by 12:30 PM, assuming we start 15 minutes late. We could have started our ceremony slightly later, yes, but Mr. Sugar Cube and I wanted to make sure we had time for pictures.
Thus, an hour and a half time gap between the ceremony and reception. With no cocktail hour. Which doesn’t bode well for keeping guests happy. No one wants unhappy guests. We had to do something to keep them entertained.
From the very beginning of this wedding adventure, invitations have confused the ever-loving heck out of me.
I’m a marketing writer by profession, and I’ve sat in countless meetings where the production folks discuss printing logistics. A7 and A2 envelopes. Full bleed or no bleed. Gloss, semi-gloss, or matte…. For years I had plenty of opportunities to learn the ins and outs of print buying, but generally I used those meetings to catch up on valuable blank-staring time.
GIF via Gifsoup / The remainder of the photos are personal.
When it came to thinking about the invitations, I smacked myself for not paying better attention. And then I did the only sane thing any marketing writer would do: I ran to the nearest graphic designer and pleaded for help.
We’re not doing too many things the traditional way for a wedding, but then again, we don’t do many things traditionally in many aspects of our lives. I have probably known I would have three maids of honor since I was about eight years old. All three are my sisters (two by blood, and one by best friendship for almost 20 years—and she’s the sister of my fiance!). I wanted to ask them to be my maids of honor in a creative way, and I thought a message in a bottle for my maids of honor was the perfect way to ask them and tie in the beach wedding theme!
Asking my maids of honor to stand by my side: message in a bottle.
You can get as simple or complex as you want. I was just going to make the message in a bottle for them, but then I saw these sand pails at Michaels and thought it might be cute to put a whole little pail together.