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…
Hive, today is extra special. I am writing my official introductory post to you on our SIXTH anniversary! It feels totally surreal. One year ago last night, Mr. Orca and I walked hand in hand down the sandy Oregon Coast. One year ago at sunset, Mr. Orca got down on bended knee and asked me to be his wife. We celebrated, made the big phone calls, and called each other fiancé(e) every chance we got. Mr. Orca bought me wedding magazines, and I excitedly flipped through them, my mind filling with grand ideas for a wedding that so far had exactly zero details planned.
Well, here we are 365 days later, and we are in full-blown planning mode! The wedding that, one year ago today, was just a dream now vividly dances around in my head. I am so thrilled that I now get to share this crazy, fun journey with you, hive!
We’re gearing up for the holidays and celebrating by introducing our newest bee! Woo hoo! Join me in welcoming Miss Orca to the hive!
Miss Orca, Vida, Oregon Age and Occupation: 21, Pediatric Receptionist Fiance’s Age and Occupation: 23, Delivery Driver Engagement Date: November 16, 2013 Wedding Date: June 2015 Venue: McKenzie River Inn, Vida, Oregon About Me: Mr. Orca and I are true Central Oregon peeps who like to think of ourselves as the perfect dichotomy of old soul and young-and-wild-and-free. I’ve held every kiddo-centered job you can think of (nanny, daycare assistant, preschool teacher, French tutor, and currently pediatric reception!), while Mr. Orca is a hands-on dude who is happy with any job that keeps him moving, but is passionate about carpentry. Together with my dashing right hand man, I’m navigating a world of wedding planning, eight-to-fives, pursuing entrepreneurship, daydreaming about having children and owning a home, and proving to our peeps that I can still throw down in a game of beer pong. I get way too excited about baking, making pennants for every holiday, and hosting themed parties. My go-to Pandora station is either Summer Hits of the ’90s or The Game and Kendrick Lamar (and I can rap along with the best of them!). I’m overly sentimental and am known to send mushy-gushy novels as texts (to the utter dismay of my techy friends). Our wedding will be a sorta-destination wedding in a beautiful rural part of Oregon that runs right along the McKenzie River. We’ve rented an entire inn for three whole days and are so excited for our marriage to begin surrounded by everyone we love on a mini-vacay. We hope that people will remember our wedding for the super personal touches, twinkly lights everywhere, fancy craft microbrews, and the fact that they got to spend three days basking in an environment of love, incredible natural beauty, and super silly, fun moments that only our hilarious team of people could have.
This feels SO crazy! After months of reading about the weddings of so many fabulous blogger bees, I’m here to share our wedding too! It’s un-BEE-lievable! (I mean, it wouldn’t really be an intro post without a bee joke, right?)
I stumbled upon the ‘Bee just before Christmas last year as I was approaching the one-year-until-the-wedding mark. I was absolutely captivated and started reading through archived posts from wonderful Philadelphia bride bloggers like Mrs. Turkey and Mrs. Lyre. It was like binge-watching TV seasons on Netflix (one of my favorite pastimes) being able to read from the beginning of the posts to the end of the recaps all at once! Of course, now I read the blog on a daily basis.
Crab is my favorite food, ever. I’m pretty sure it’s entirely inappropriate to shout out to our newest bee and talk about her deliciousness…
Err, um, regardless…please join me in welcoming our tastiest newest bee to the hive!
Miss Crab, Philadelphia, PA Age and Occupation: 32, Post-doctoral Researcher Fiance’s Age and Occupation: 32, Public Relations Account Supervisor Engagement Date: December 22, 2012 Wedding Date: January 2015 Venue: Atrium at the Curtis Center About Me: Having recently finished my Ph.D., I moved back east for a post-doctoral fellowship in criminal justice research. When I’m not at work I love cooking and crafting while binge watching Netflix. Mr. Crab is a baseball fanatic, coffee connoisseur, and news junkie who works as an account supervisor for a public relations firm. We are a Match.com couple who originally met in South Jersey before I whisked him away to California and back again. We will have been together eight years by the time we marry in January 2015. Together we love fancy dinners, being silly, entertaining friends, live brass, Philadelphia sports, and Monday movie nights. For our wedding we’re returning to Philly for a winter extravaganza that is over-the-top in almost every way.
Let me start off by saying the most cliche thing you can say on your first entry as a bee: I cannot BEE-LIEVE that I am here!
I am BEYOND excited and incredibly honored to be blogging about my special day with Mr. Walrus here with so many fabulous/unique soon-to-be and current brides! It was by accident that I stumbled across Weddingbee in January 2013 when my cousin became engaged. I had become slightly obsessed with EVERYTHING about being a bridesmaid. I loved reading all the posts from people on all different spectrums of the whole wedding-planning process. Never in a million years did I think I would be here blogging about MY wedding!
Just like many others who received their emails from Mrs. Mouse, I was having a pretty blah day UNTIL I read that first line! I immediately told MOH Lil B (we work together and she’s my first cousin/sister, basically), and it instantly perked up my day!! (I think Mouse & Pengy can sense these things.)
Personal image / Me, MOH Lil B, and Mr. W at Lil B’s college graduation this summer
Two new bees in one week? It’s an absolute swarm! We’re thrilled to welcome our newest midwestern bee; join me in giving a warm welcome to Miss Walrus!
Miss Walrus, Detroit, MI Age and Occupation: 28, Auditor Fiance’s Age and Occupation: 29, Police Officer Engagement Date: December 31, 2013 Wedding Date: April 2015 Venue: Christian Gospel Center/Shriners Silver Gardens About Me: By day, I am an auditor/domestic relations specialist for one of the largest courts in Michigan, and by night I work part time in retail & I teach competitive dance (tap, jazz, ballet, lyrical). I love spending time with my friends, family, and especially with my new fiancé! Baking, cooking, shopping, having an adult beverage or two (or three) while watching University Michigan football or basketball are some of the things Mr. W and I enjoy doing together! When I have a free moment alone you can catch me lying in bed watching old Sex and the City episodes. I’m pretty sure I have seen EVERY episode at least five times. I’m looking forward to marrying this crazy man that I met 15 years ago, my high school sweetheart, and the love of my life in front of 350 of our closest (LOL) friends and family members in April! Stay tuned to hear about our purple and pewter wedding; I can’t wait to share it with all of you!