Update: After compiling the results of both polls, the winning date for our holiday post-a-thon is Monday, November 24th. That’s
three days away right now! See you guys on the boards on Monday evening at 7:00 PM EST. Thanks for voting!
Hi bees! The hostesses and I have been brainstorming some really fun holiday topics to discuss in our holiday post-a-thon this year. We’re so excited to host another post-a-thon on the boards in the coming weeks!
For the first time ever (that I know of, at least) we’re letting the hive decide when we have our post-a-thon. But wait…what is a post-a-thon, you might ask? Basically it’s just an excuse for as many of us to get together on the boards at the same time…and start lots of threads about wedding-related and non-wedding-related things. This next one’s going to be holiday themed, so many of our threads will be about all the various aspects of getting ready for and celebrating the holidays. And this post-a-thon is calling for some delish holiday beverages, like a hot cup of spiced tea or some yummy hot chocolate.
So, without further ado…
Note: The post-a-thon will begin at 7:00 PM EST on the chosen date.
Note #2: I have also posted a poll on the boards, and we’ll compile the results of both polls to decide the winning date!
When I awoke on Saturday morning, I was first conscious of two things: my throat felt scratchy and there was rain tapping on the window of the hotel room.
Oh well, no turning back now, right?
View from the bedroom window / Photo by Eau Claire Photographics
Dino and Taco both spent the night in the suite with me, but I woke up on my own and had some quiet time. First a shower, then I sat down to write a quick post for you guys, my dad brought me a yummy coffee which helped to soothe my throat, and finally I put together my letter for Sphinx. In the end, I liked leaving it to last minute, because my emotions were more sincere and sappy that way. As I was finishing up the letter, the activity level in the room started to pick up.
Well hive, I can hardly believe it…it’s been 723 days since Billie and I got engaged, 245 days since my first post went up here on the ‘Bee, and 142 days since I said “I do”! I have shared all my DIYs, my wedding hopes and dreams, and a little drama too! We have relived (what I considered to be) a magical day in countless recaps, and really there is not much more left for me to tell. It’s time for this goat to say goodbye and move on from my wedding-related planning into the next phase of my life. (It’s ma birthday month! Hello 30s—may you be even more awesome than the 20s were.)
I’ve never been good at expressing my feelings or leaving with heartfelt hugs and well wishes. (I’m more of a cry behind my sunglasses on the way to the airport kinda gal—tears? What tears? There’s something in my eye!) But for you, hive, I’ll give it my best shot…
Alas, we were a little despondent after the loss of what we thought was our dream venue. Having a wonderful team behind us, everyone put their heads together in an effort to find a new venue.
Like I mentioned in my last post, my heart was set on getting married in our hometown. But our options were so slim, and I gave our families the go-ahead to broaden their search.
One day, my FMIL approached me with an idea: she remembered an inn along the Mckenzie River that Grandma Alma used to love. That in and of itself was enough sentimentality for us to at least consider the place, so Mr. Orca, FMIL, FFIL, and I took off to check it out the next weekend.
Mind you, this venue was about an hour and a half away from home…not exactly a destination wedding, but not the hometown vibe I originally had in mind.
We arrived in the tiny town of Vida, Oregon and began hunting for the inn. Tragically, it had burned down some years ago. (Why didn’t we research beforehand? I wish I could tell you…) Since we were already in Vida, we decided to do a little detective work and, with the help of our spotty internet connection, we found this driveway.
*all pictures personal unless otherwise noted*
Image via GoogleMaps
When I read fellow bloggers (Miss Border Collie and Mrs. Barn’s) questionnaires—it looked like so much fun—I decided to hop on the bandwagon on the side of the already married bees. Hope y’all don’t mind some final musings on my wedding…
1. What was your biggest priority about (or for?) the event (e.g., catering, photography)?
My biggest priority was making sure that we were able to invite everyone and not leave anyone out. That meant we had to cut the budget from other areas like flowers and decor, but for us it was more about having everyone we loved present.
2. What was your biggest concern for the day (e.g., rain, nobody dancing, guests being bored)?
My biggest concern was that everyone would arrive and no one would miss the wedding. We had so many people flying and traveling, and there was an air traffic controller strike the week before. I kind of turned into a bridezilla…I made all the bridesmaids who had to fly carry on their dresses instead of using checked luggage. Happy to report almost everyone made it in time (except my uncle who got a speeding ticket and missed the ceremony, and my step-brother-in-law who got lost and didn’t have money to pay tolls, and they all showed up in time for dinner!).
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In early September I recieved a call from the bridal shop where the bridesmaids are getting their dresses. It was just a friendly reminder that there were still a couple of girls that needed to come in get measurements taken and to leave their deposits so that all the dresses could be ordered.
During my phone conversation with the owner, she was telling me about a bridal pamper party that they have for bridal parties of six or more that they host every month. On Saturday afternoons they close down the shop and have food, games, and WINE and encouraged me to come in for the opportunity to win some prizes.
Prizes and Wine? Yes, please.
The day of the pamper party I was just excited that, for the second time, I was going to be able to have all the ladies together. Not really knowing what was in store for this whole thing, we walked in and grabbed some seats and the last couple of girls got their measurements taken. We socialized for a bit before the real fun started.
I believe there were about six or seven bridal parties in the entire shop, and they told us from the beginning we were going to be playing a total of four games and they would let us know what the prizes were after each one. I really wasn’t expecting too much, so I wasn’t really in too much of a competitive spirit. I was just really feeling the spirits they were serving us. *Boop*
Personal Image / All the ladies at the bridal store
- Semi-DIY: My Bandeau Veil Unveiled by Miss Squid
- Spouting Out a Big “Hello!” by Miss Orca
- Monumental Love: Ready to Rock ‘n’ Bowl by Mrs. Pyramid
- How My Veil Ended Up in the Garbage by Miss Squid
- Wedding Bales: Rehearsing It All by Mrs. Barn
- Walrus Beauty Hacks: Nails 101 by Miss Walrus
- How Sweet It Is by Miss Angelfish
- All That Hard Work for Nothing by Miss Walrus
- Swoon: The Proposal by Miss Orca
- Crab Save the Date Reveal: The Outsides by Miss Crab
Don’t report me to the corny police for the title.
While I focused my priorities on researching photographers, ceremony rituals, lighting, and table decor, Mr. Angelfish was knee deep in research about food, alcohol, and music. In other words, Mr. A just wants to have an amazing party. Of course I am also interested in making sure our guests enjoy themselves from our hospitality, but Mr. A seemed to hit his wedding-planning groove with the food and entertainment, so I let him have at it!
We were both born and raised in the DC/Maryland area, and we wanted water featured in the wedding, so of course that translated to us as seafood. We have read multiple glowing reviews on Patuxent Greens and their signature fresh seafood, so we are looking forward to trying it out. I chose bacon wrapped scallops for an appetizer, and Mr. A negotiated a “surf ‘n’ turf” option of filet mignon and Maryland crab cakes for the main course.
Mr. A sent this inspiration photo to the sales manager within the first week of our contract negotiations. / Image via Legal Seafood