Saturday, March 21, 2009

Dresses Galore!

It's been a big week. I tried-on and officially took ownership of my wedding gown on Tuesday. It's still at the store (Yvonne's Bridal Gallery). I figured their storage was safe and convenient. It fits pretty well. It will need to be hemmed slightly. The tummy is a little tight but I can keep working at losing a few more pounds. I still have 6 months to go so I'm not worried yet. The bust area will need some alterations or added padding.

The bridesmaids dresses also arrived yesterday! What a pleasant surprise - 6 weeks early! Neatly packaged in a cardboard box came 6 periwinkle dresses with sunset orange sashes from Aria Bridesmaid. They are the perfect color. The periwinkle is more blue than purple, which is what I wanted. Soon I will gather the girls to distribute the dresses. Exciting!

Friday, March 13, 2009

Back From Vaca - Wedding Planning Commence!

Michael and I had a great mini vacation. We visited Albuquerque, Taos, and Santa Fe. We even stopped at 4 New Mexico breweries. We returned late Tuesday night and now it's Friday already. One of our favorite attractions was the Albuquerque Zoo. Here is a photo of us in front of the flamingos:While we were in Taos, I made sure we stopped by Artwares Contemporary Jewelry. I knew they carried K. Brunini Jewelry and I wanted to see if they had anything in her "Twig" Collection (see blog post from 12/26/08). They did not. But they did have another ring I was fond of. The designer is Roberto Coin. Here is what it looked like: As far as wedding planning goes, there has been progress on the floral front. I met with Floral Designer, Douglas Koch. I first met him at a wedding show in Catskill in 2008. A few weekends ago, we met for several hours at his home office in Athens, NY. I loved his ideas, his breadth of knowledge, and obvious experience. Since then we have been negotiating and tweaking a proposed contract. I will keep you posted. The highlights of the wedding and reception floral design are: hydrangeas, roses, grape vine, and burlap!

Monday, March 2, 2009

Time For A Break

Wedding planning is progressing nicely. However... it's time for a break. Plus, winter is lasting way too long (like it always does). Mike and I are going on a 5-day mini-vacation this Thursday to New Mexico! I've never been to the Southwest before. We're flying from Albany, NY to Albuquerque, NM. We will be renting a car and driving around Albuquerque, and then Taos and Santa Fe as well. Although Albuquerque will be much warmer, the other two cities won't be much better since they have higher elevations. I plan on keeping my eyes open for jewelry stores and galleries that might contain the perfect wedding bands for me and/or Michael. But that's the extent of any wedding anything. Yesterday I went to a bridal show in Saratoga called the 'Star and Moon Bridal Show'. I went with my good friend who is also engaged. It was a bit overwhelming, but fun nonetheless. I was mostly in search of entertainment, probably a DJ. There were many at the show and I made an effort to meet and talk to each one. Whew! I also OD'ed on cake.