Sep 18, 2010

  • Last updated on February 9, 2010 at 6:50 am
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I have the BEST bridesmaids in the world.  Originally, they were all going to choose a style in either espresso or wine from David' Bridal that they like.  Fast forward to MLK Day when one of my bridesmaids and I went to NY Bride in Syracuse and found this dress.  She saw it first, the colors were perfect for what I was looking for for my fall wedding.  After searching everywhere to find the right sizes for my girls to try on, we settled on a shopping trip to the Alfred Angelo store in Greece within the next couple of weeks.  Three girls were able to go.  Even though I was in love with this dress, I wanted to make sure my girls looked good in it and felt comfortable with the way it fell across the chest.  I was so afraid one of them was going to walk out of the dressing room with this dress on and it would look awful on them.  But, as luck would have it.....they all looked GREAT in it and best of all they all loved the dress as much as I did.  It doesn't get any easier than that.  Now, they will all be wearing this dress in these colors and will match perfectly.

Here's me in my dress with my ladies:

My Girls photo 1


Here's just the ladies:

My Girls photo 2

FSIL Sarah, BM Kim, BM Deb (and my moms in the background)

I think I like these dresses more than my own, lol!!

  • Last updated on November 12, 2009 at 8:35 am
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Colors photo 1Colors photo 2Colors photo 3Colors photo 4

  • Last updated on September 1, 2009 at 10:16 am
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Da Bling photo 1

He mentioned that I 'might' want to get my finger sized if I didn't want to have my ring sized.  Ha....ok, so we are getting closer I thought.  I went to the jewelry store and had it sized.  Of course I took a look at what they had for rings and am soooo glad I did.  I found some I hated on my finger but loved in pictures and on display.  I came home and told him my size and that I didn't care for solitaires (he had thought that anyway).  He took that conversation and ended up buying a solitaire with an enhancer.  I LOVE LOVE LOVE it.  Just this passed weekend, someone commented that my ring was gorgeous.....aw, thank you honey!!!  Anyway, I fall more and more in love with it every day AND he gets the props quite frequently with how well he did picking it out!!

  • Last updated on September 1, 2009 at 9:09 am
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Dress Possibility photo 1

I went to a bridal show in late July.  They had a Maggie Sottero trunk sho going on in one of the rooms of the hotel where the show was.  I wandered up for kicks.....my wedding is Sept, 2010 so I wasn't in any rush to find a dress.  However, they happened to have an Alfred Angelo in my size with the trim color of espresso (um...one of my colors).  Well, fate being fate......I just HAD to try it on.  It fit like a glove and I LOVE it!!  Buuuuut, I don't want the first dress I try on to be THE ONE.  So, I will continue to look at dresses but this may very well be the one.  So exciting!!!!


UPDATE:  2/9/10

During my dress shopping excursions (I visited David's Bridal twice, two bridal shoppes and finally an Alfred Angelo store), the above dress was the runner up.  I was so close to going with the the very first dress I tried on (above) that it was ridiculous!!!  Buuuuttt, after my wonderful bridesmaids and their thought provoking queries of what I liked and didn't like between this one and the ONE, I went with this one.  Mine will be Ivory with espresso trim.  this was white with black trim.


Dress Possibility photo 2

Front View


Dress Possibility photo 3

Back View-what is supposed to be a little bow will be tucked into the back of my dress.  I am so not a bow person, lol.


  • Last updated on August 27, 2009 at 10:22 am
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This was taken from his version on our wedding website.  The last sentence always makes me cry. Here you go:

This was certainly a challenge for me (and I am not talking about writing this little piece either)! As Jodie said, it was no secret that we would get engaged at some point and I was hearing about it from all angles.  The problem was, that I wanted to not be obvious about it, and if I did something out of the norm, she would see right through me.  Well, I am a sneak :-)!

I had been looking at rings all this year, and I knew what I thought she would like.  Eventually, I needed her size and an idea of whether I was in the ball park with her thoughts about what she wanted.  There was not a chance that I was going take her to show me things, as she probably would have ended up with something that she showed me, and I was not about to do that.  I wanted the ring to be as special as she is and I am pretty sure I hit the nail on the head with my choice!

Now the hard part, suprising her!  My mind was working overtime for weeks while I had that sparkling thing in my possesion.  Outside, or inside?  Public, or private?  How and when?  I had it with me on a few occasions in case the perfect moment came up, but it never did.  I can honestly say that I was frustrated.  Finally, after I had thought that she was feeling better (sorry about that one darling), I figured out a quirky, and perfect way to get her.  It was something that I would do, not something contrived from other's ideas.

As I wandered around the yard collecting the perfect flowers, I was nervous.  It is not that I ever had a worry about the answer, but I wanted her to like it. I carefully hung up my suprise and of course, had that empty box there.  I could not resist having her think that I was playing a joke on her after all the ribbing coming from each and every direction (and yes, Carrie, I did secretly like it)!

When she came in, the look on her face was priceless!  I succeeded in my suprise!  Even better, was the smoke coming out of her ears, when she saw the empty box with a "Gotcha" note.  I could not let that last, of course, so I got up off the couch and pulled the ring from my pocket.  She was saying yes before I hit one knee, and I guess it threw me off slightly.  I honestly do not know exactly what I said, but neither does Jodie so it does not matter :-)!  What matters is that I have the woman I love, the best gal for me, and a partner for life. Who could ask for anything more!!!

My Version:

Ben asked me to get my finger sized in early March.  We had been talking about getting engaged and married for so long, I knew it was impending.  I do have to say Ben has the best sense of humor of anyone I know.  For months, my matron of honor Carrie, hounded him relentlessly and humorously through facebook about proposing to me.  My mother and I certainly weren't much of a relief to him either.

He & I both knew if he did anything elaborate, I would quickly figure things out.  He knew he needed to catch me off guard.  And that he did!

On one of the hottest days of the year, I worked at Lucas Vineyards on Sunday, April 26th.  I pulled into the driveway a little after 7pm to find the door closed and wondered why he would have it closed on such a hot night.  I got out of my car and walked into the house to find him sitting on the couch with a serious look on his face.  I then noticed a piece of string hanging from the light fixture inside the door.

On the string, was a yellow piece of paper that read, Suprised?  Looking down further, there was a small box tied to the string.  And even further down was a bunch of freshly picked daffodils (from our yard).  I looked at him in surprise and said, "What's this?"

Of course I snatched up the box and opened it to find a little note in it that said, "gotcha."  Then, I looked at him as he sat on the couch and said (with a smile), "Oh, you're a jerk.....you are a jerk!"

He then got up and took the ring out of his pocket as he walked towards me.  He got down on one knee and before he got any words out of his mouth, I said "Yes".  He mumbled something about wanting to spend the rest of his life with me blah, blah, blah.  Really....I don't remember what he said!  :-)

Now we are planning for our special day!

  • Last updated on August 27, 2009 at 9:08 am
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The Venue photo 1


Our venue is the Lakewatch Inn, Ithaca, NY. It is a renovated barn overlooking Cayuga Lake in the Finger Lakes Region.  The view of the lake is a stretch because of the distance to the water but it is there.  :-)  Notice the A/C on the right side of the building, lol?  Barns can be very hot but this has a loft upstairs with blowers in all four corners.  We were just there for a work function a couple of weeks ago and purposely went upstairs to see how comfortable it was.  I walked the whole loft and it was comfortable all the way through.


The Venue photo 2

Inside of our venue.  The doors straight ahead are where everybody enters.  The middle is the dance floor and this view is from behind the head table.  Our colors will be different....chocolate brown, orange and burgundy.  The loft upstairs goes the full lenght so no matter where anybody is seated up there, they will all be able to see what is happening below.  This was very important to me as I have been to weddings where people have been seated in various rooms and the head table wasn't in view.  More than likely people will only be up there for dinner and then down below for dancing the rest of the night away!!  :-)