Officiant confirmed!

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Rich’s and my friend, Chris Powell, has confirmed that he will be our official officiant for the ceremony. 🙂 Chris is very good friends with Rich’s Best Man, Ben Hall, and his wife Marlena, and we met him through them. Until very recently, CP was the general manager for Lone Star Comics in Arlington. Just a few months ago, he was hired as the executive director of Diamond Comic Distributers in Maryland, but he has graciously agreed to fly back down to Dallas for us, and for another couple who have a wedding the following weekend. What could be more perfect for us than a comic book geek who performs weddings in his spare time?

Cake!

On Saturday, Rich and I met with Melissa, sales manager at Frosted Art Bakery. I gave her a couple ideas, and she was able to quickly translate them into a pencil sketch which perfectly captured my vision. I am so excited to see what they can do, and I have full confidence that it will be amazing. Then we talked about a groom’s cake for Rich, and came up with some crazy awesome ideas for that, incorporating his various hobbies and interests. I think the guests will be really impressed! The flavors for my 4 tier cake (unless I change my mind) will be pumpkin spice latte, mojito, vice (bourbon, espresso, caramel and chocolate), and orange. His will be chocolate / peanut butter, I think.

Engagement portraits are done!

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On Sunday, Rich and I met with Shawna in Deep Ellum and had a series of engagement portraits taken. I wore a swingy black-and-ivory polka dot Ralph Lauren dress with a strand of pearls. Rich wore a vintage-style black and ivory button-down with an ivory straw trilby. We started pics at around 6:45pm and walked around and shot through the evening, until it got dark. Shawna emailed last night to let us know that the pics are ready for viewing – Rich and I will meet with her next week to go through the images and select the best ones. Hopefully we’ll have a link available next week to an online gallery so you all can see.

We’re currently in communication with James from i-entertainment about a DJ contract, so hopefully we’ll have that figured out soon.

Saturday is cake tasting at Frosted Art; I’m pretty excited about that. 🙂

The last few weeks…

I just realized it’s been a while since I’ve posted an update. We haven’t done too much lately, but I did sign a floral contract with Bride Associates (there will be roses, tulips, daisies, and a few orchids involved). And we met a nice DJ that we’ll probably end up signing with.

I’ve also gotten started on my wedding favors. 🙂 Not going to spoil the surprise here, but I think they’ll go over well. There’s a bit of DIY involved, but I enjoy doing crafty stuff.

I’ve sent a fabric sample (of the indigo organza from the bridesmaid dresses) to Rachel at Jim Lee Events so she can color-match the linens. I’m thinking white tablecloths and blue napkins, but will see what she thinks when she sees the swatch.

This Sunday is a big day for us – Shawna the photographer is going to meet with us for our engagement shoot in Deep Ellum. I’m pretty excited about that, but a little anxious about what I’m going to wear. Am contemplating doing a mid-shoot costume change. 😉 Once she has the photos, she says it’s a very quick turn-around to get me some prints to use as save-the-dates. So expect to see those in a couple weeks.

April 7 we’re meeting with the awesomely talented Frosted Arts Bakery people to talk about cake. I’m looking forward to that meeting – I already know how talented the bakery is; I just have to see if they’re affordable with our budget.

To do:
1. Sign a contract with a DJ.
2. Find someone to do the up-lighting.
3. Order invites – we have a pattern that I think we’re both in agreement on – I just need to place the order.
4. Find hair/makeup artist. I found a nice one that works in Deep Ellum that I may go with.
5. Buy veil, jewelry, shoes, and accessories.
6. Write vows, select readings for ceremony.
7. Confirm officiant.
8. Legal stuff – marriage license, name change, etc.

Bed Bath and Beyond

Last night Rich and I went into the “beyond” part of the store to take part in their Rock Your Registry event, where we spent a couple hours adding things to our registry. It was an interesting experience – there were about 60 or so couples, each of which were assigned their own personal store consultant to guide them around and help them select things. We didn’t necessarily need the help – we were mostly there for the goody bag, free food, and door prizes (we didn’t win anything). We did choose a nice china pattern, though.

Texas Discovery Gardens Grand Hall

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Yesterday, Rich and I attended TDG’s Open House, where they showed off the new terrazzo tile floor. Pictures weren’t allowed inside, but I snapped this shot from the gardens out front. If you look closely, you can see a sample lighted logo on the back wall. We’re planning on doing something like that with our lighting, and we’ll have similar uplighting (though not the multi-color seen here). We enjoyed getting to see the space from the inside and trying to visualize our table arrangements, and got to spend some valuable time chatting with both our planner, Courtney, and our caterer, Rachel, who were among the hosts.

Marriage License

According to the Dallas County Clerk’s website,

Effective March 1, 2011, Dallas County Clerk’s Office along with the JP-Courts Office will only waive the $60 state portion of the marriage license fee for couples who complete an approved premarital training course and present the Twogether in Texas Certificate of Completion to the county clerk. Local County fee of $11 will be charged for the purchase of the marriage license with the Twogether in Texas Certificate of Completion. (Local County fees will not be waived).

For more information please click on the following link to search for marriage Education services in your area. www.twogetherintexas.com

*sigh* We gotta either spend eight hours in a class learing how to be married, or spend an extra $60.  Oh, and there’s a booklet for recommended reading, “When You Get Married.”  I wasn’t expecting there to be homework involved…

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Let’s see… the biggest announcement of the week is that I picked out my dress! 🙂 Yay! It’s on order, and it should arrive at the shop and be ready for my first fitting in June or July. We’ve also selected and ordered the bridesmaids’ dresses; they’re wearing this in indigo with indigo trim.

On Sunday, we met with Kristen, the floral designer at Bride Associates. She’s going to get back to us soon with some more information. We talked about orange and yellow flowers, table centerpieces, ceremony arrangements, bouquets and corsages. Calla lilies, tulips, daisies, orchids, etc. I’ll have a better idea of what she has to offer when she gets us the quote.

I touched base again with Rachel at Jim Lee Events (catering) and let her know that we’d officially chosen our colors. I’m debating between blue (indigo) tablecloths and orange napkins, or a more subdued white tablecloth with indigo napkins. I’ll let Kristen give me some input on what would look better with her flowers.

I’ve mailed in the contract for Serenata Strings. Rich and I have decided to have them perform the following:
Seating of Grandmother and Mothers: Bach’s Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring
Entrance of Bridal Party: Bach’s Air
Entrance of Bride: Pachelbel’s Canon in D
Recessional: Beethoven’s Ode to Joy

Still undecided on the prelude; perhaps one of Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos. And the cocktail hour will be full of fun standards.

We’re going to meet a potential DJ candidate on 3-10.

Still need to contact bakers about a cake.

This Saturday is reserved for fun time. We’re either going to Irish Fest or to the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge party. Sunday evening is the Texas Discovery Gardens open house to show off the newly renovated Grand Hall (where we’re having our reception). If anyone wants to come and see, it’s 5:30pm to 7:30pm.

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Good morning all!

We haven’t had a lot of activity this week, but we needed a break, because the coming weeks are going to be packed!

We did spend a couple hours on Sunday playing with the registry scanner gun at Macy’s. We’re debating on whether we need to register for super-fancy china and glassware, or if we should focus on a more casual set. We did add a few things, though, and will be working on it more in the coming months.

We’re working on finding a time to meet with a DJ, but that’ll probably be a couple weeks out.

One question for all: I have yet to schedule a time for our wedding rehearsal, but have just been in contact with the TDG people in regards to this. Our wedding date/time is Sunday, 9-16 at 6:00 pm. My proposal would be to have the rehearsal on Saturday, 9-15 in the late morning or early afternoon (maybe 11 or 12?). We’d need to clear out before 4:00 because there’s another wedding that day. So, basically, we’d have a rehearsal brunch/lunch following instead of a rehearsal dinner. Alternately, we could have the rehearsal Thursday evening, but I don’t think that’d work for our out-of-town guests.

Other than that, not much going on right now… We’re scheduled to look at dresses this Saturday at noon, and are meeting a florist on Sunday.