Mar 06, 2010
Ok, I wasn't really sure where to post this, but I had to tell someone.
I have been on a diet to lose weight and thus far have lost 30lbs. I normally wear I size 5.5 to 6 ring but the weight gain brought me up to a 7. To make long story short, I often did not wear my engagement ring because it was falling off my finger. Tuesday, my fiance offered to take my ring to the jeweler for sizing since I would be out of town on business. I didn't plan on wearing it anyway because of the size issue and you don't really notice the little things while on a business trip running through the airport to your connecting flight.
Now getting to the whole purpose of this post. My return flight out of Atlanta was delayed so I called my fiance to tell him. He said I really need you to get home, because I want you to try your ring on. Of course I was thinking, I just want to get home to get in my bed (I'd been up since 3 am). I also figured he had probably gotten them ring re-dipped because I had done extensive damage to the back of it from gym machines I guess.
Well I FINALLY made it home and he had dinner ready for me. I was not really thrown off by that because he often cooks. After I finish complaining about what he cooked (as I so often do), I began to eat. At some point, he got on one knee and re-asked me to marry him (I'll have to post the original proposal story, but its not very romantic). I almost started to cry. I love the new ring. I loved the old one too, but this one trumps the old one. I did the best I could to take a photo of it, but I couldn't get a good one. I'll keep trying and post it soon.
My original ring was very similiar to this, but had 3 round side stones.
I can't believe he did it. Anyway, sorry for the long post. I couldn't really tell anyone else because I didn't know how they would take it.
I debated what we would serve at the reception over and over in my mind. My FI is so involved in the food and drinks that he almost drove me crazy. Everyone seemed to think because we are in the South, I'm suppose to serve soul food. I was also told its a tradition not to have plated meals.
I was never much of a soul food eater. I do eat; you can see that from my pictures, but just not that kind of food.
Anyway, I decided to do something ethnic so I'm slightly compromising. I also gave in to the buffet style meal.
Our menu is Cajun. Our caterers specialty is Cajun food so that's I wanted them to be in their element. Here's our menu
Appetizers for cocktail hour:
Sweet Potato Fries
Sweet and Spicy Ham (Note: I wanted a whole cooked pig, but FI said NO!!)
Green Bean Almondine
Spicy New Potatoes
White cake with Vanilla custard (Wedding Cake)
White chocolate blondie with blondie sauce (Grooms Cake-I will post pictures under cake inspiration of what this will look like)
Pecan Praline Pumpkin Pie or Pecan Pie
I borrowed this inspiration board, but I fell in love with the colors.
Since my wedding month moved from December 2009 to March 2010, burgundy is being replaced with magenta.
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This is my favorite cake!
A walk on the wild side
I love this topper.
Now for cake stands. This one is my favorite from Martha Stewart
I would loved the burgundy cake on top of this mountain of flowers!
We are going to the baker in a couple of weeks. I'll post my decision once I return.
Dress shopping for my friend's wedding was always a pain for me. I always knew they had already picked out a dress that probably wasn't suitable for me, but pretended my opinion mattered to them.
I decided to do the exact opposite. I decided that I would choose the designer, length, fabric, and color. I left everything else up to them (Of course,it still required my approval) . I think everyone made good choices for their body.
I did have one renegade who was determined that she was going to get a tea length dress in taffeta (not the chosen fabric). I guess she proved that saying..."Give people an inch they try to take a mile."
Designer: Alfred Angelo
None of these show the true color of the dress because the color was changed. Here is what the color really looks like.
Originally, my wedding date was March 27, 2010. After giving it some thought, we decided to change the date to December 12, 2009. We were planning a beach or outdoor wedding with an inside reception. My original wedding colors were aqua and yellow, but are now teal and burgundy with peacock feather accents.
Since its now in December, that all had to change. You never know the weather in AL in December. The temperature could range from moderate to cold. Rather than take any chances, we started to look for a beach house to have our event.
I think we came pretty close. We are getting married at Daphne Bayfront Park. I love our venue. I love the fact that it is a blank canvas the most. We rented the entire building so we can have our wedding reception and cocktail hour inside. If the weather permits, we can still have our wedding outside at the gazebo. The venue does not have a beach, but we have a view of the Mobile bay and we have a pier that will be great for photos. You can also see the Mobile skyline across the bay.
Our event starts late, so the lights will be low. I am not fond of all the artificial trees you can see in the pictures with the lights on, but all of them are equipped with lights so they are really pretty with the twinkling lights. I purchased tablecloths and chair covers so I expect the entire room to look completely different after being fully decorated. I have not seen any pictures of other weddings here, but I think I have a clear vision. I'm open to suggestions.
Outside the building The bay in the distance The pier. Wedding areaThe reception area The main room bar. Cocktail hour room and barOther side of the cocktail hour room
I'm so glad that both rooms have bars. My bartender will be able to walk through the kitchen to the other bar without having to carry things. He will just load his cart and push it through the kitchen. This way, people won't have to walk back into the cocktail room to obtain an alcoholic beverage.
I have a ton of diy projects to make this spectacular. I'll be sure to post pics as I create things.