May 18, 2008
The dresses are by Alfred Angelo. They will be victorian lilac with a champagne bow. I was going to have my MOHs and BMs choose different dresses, but they all like this one and it looks good on all of them.
My fiance came up with the main design (with some input from me) and made all of them himself! What a great guy! And we have gotten so many compliments on them.
How to DIY:
We went to Kelly Paper Supply for the paper & envelopes. We didn't need a whole ream of cardstock & vellum. We started talking to an employee and he explained that they offer to give you a few (I believe 15) sheets of any paper as a sample. That was perfect for us.
Envelopes~$17 for a box of 250 (We used these for shower thank you's and other DIY cards)
Brads~$1.00 for 50 (we bought 5 boxes--from Joann Fabrics)
FI printed the info on the vellum then cut it by hand with a fancy scissor usually used for scrapbooking. Then he cut each sheet of cardstock into 1/4, made slits in the papers then assembled.
If you have ay questions, PM me.
This is what my cake will be based on. Instead of the green, it will be victorian lilac and will have a vine of flowers throughout the purple part.
Actual cake (photo by April Smith Photography):
Cake by Jaqki's Cake Creations (see review here on PW).
We went a little lighter on the purple because I didn't want it to dye everyone's mouth. :)
On Monday, September 17, Robert called me at work with 15 minutes left to ask if I wanted to go out to dinner. To rewind for a moment, I was completely exhausted on Monday because the entire weekend we had been out partying it up. So, when Robert asked me if I wanted to go to dinner, I was a little surprised, because I didn't think Robert would want to do anything that night. But of course, I couldn't say no because it was such a treat. When I asked where we were going Robert told me to pick and tell him when I got home. That really confused me, especially when he said somewhere nice. I had my hopes on Roy's, but figured that would be cost too much, so decided on Red Lobster or Wood Ranch. Robert said somewhere nicer, so I said Roy's and he said ok. They went upstairs to change, and Robert said he needed something from the dryer and asked me to go get it. When I came back up the stairs, Robert came over and put his forehead against mine and said "You know I love you, right?" I said, "Yeah." Then he said, "And I want to spend the rest of my life with you." I said "Uh huh." Then Robert backed up, got down on one knee. This is when I started to go numb and as Robert puts it, got the "deer in headlights" look. He then pulled out the ring box, opened it and asked, "Will you marry me?" I didn't respond right away because I was in such shock, then realizing I hadn't said anything said, "Yes, of course." He pulled the ring out of the box and put it on my finger, stood up and gave me a kiss. And can I tell you, the ring fit perfectly! Robert told me to get dressed nicer because we had reservations at Geoffrey's in Malibu. It was one of the greatest nights of our lives. They seated us at a table right against the glass overlooking the water. It was so romantic.
We both graduated from high school in 1996 and went to a local community college. Immediately Robert started working in the theater department. In 1998 my cousin (and MOH) performed in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Robert was the Stage Manager. She introduced me to all of her new friends from the theater department including Robert. It took some convincing that they were good people because Theater people can be a little crazy, but eventually I became great friends with all of them.
In January of 2001, Robert and I both found ourselves single. The weekend of my MOH's birthday, I arranged for her brother to come up from San Diego for the weekend. Robert hung out the entire weekend with the clan. A few days after that weekend, we officially started dating, and as they say, the rest is history.