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Meet the Bridesmaids
Okay, it seems like everyone is doing it so I guess it's about time for me to introduce my girls.
1st Pic - My Maid of Honor, Austin Bridesmaid. Our moms were friends while they were both pregnant and remained friends since. We have been friends since we can remember.
2nd Pic - My sister-in-law, Blonde Bridesmaid. We went to church together for several years, became friends and she ended up marrying my oldest brother.
The next two aren't definite bridesmaids. I'll explain that later.
3rd Pic - My cousin, Houston Bridesmaid.
4th Pic - My cousin, Texas City Bridesmaid.
5th-7th Pics - My baby shower
8th Pic - Blonde Bridesmaids wedding
I also need to ask his sister, but she kind of intimidates me.
The reason the other 2 are not definite is, they accepted being a bridesmaid but every time I talk to them about their dresses Houston doesn't respond and Texas City says she's going to try.
I know I'm about to sound like a b!#&* but, since we're planning our wedding within a few months instead of a year or two, I have enough things to stress about. I want all of them to be bridesmaids but there has been certain drama following all execept for 1 and I don't need the stress. I am a pretty laid back bride, but I guess that's where the bridezilla in me comes out. If they show up on the day of with their dresses, then they'll be my bridesmaid. I know, talk about b!#&*y!
I will be talking to them about everything, in a loving way of course, I just need to figure out if they're going to be part of the big day or not.
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Bridesmaid Dress & Bouquet Colors
Originally the bridesmaid dresses were going to be canary yellow.
I am thinking about changing that now since my wedding colors are now forest green, electric/peacock blue, red and touches of gold.
1st Picture - aisle runner will be red
2nd Picture - bridal bouquet
3rd Picture - we will have clear vases filled with blue water and floating candles along aisle. There will not be red lighting.
4th Picture - my dress
5th Picture - not my shoes (picture of those is in my blog) but my shoes are red
6th Picture - Bridesmaid Dress in Apple Red
7th Picture - Bridesmaid Dress in Canary Yellow
8th Picture - Bridesdmaid Dress in Cornflower Blue
9th Picture - Bridesmaid Dress in Horizon Blue
Also, any suggestions on flowers? I will have red roses.
I don't really want dyed flowers but I want our bouquets to stand apart.
I am thinking of having my ribbon an electric/peacock blue ribbon that I fell in love with at Michaels.
The New Board... Modified
Okay, so I am thinking about this color scheme now.
It's still using colors that were in the first board, but I took out yellow and orange.
Now... forest green, "electric" blue (peacock blue?) and red with touches of gold.
I want/need honest opinions.
Desired Wedding Reception "Charm"
I love the "charm" in these pictures. Outdoor wedding yet still elegant. Casual yet beautiful at the same time. There is a word I am missing that is on the tip of my tongue. I want to say formal, but it's not formal.
I love it though!!!
Which, has me kind of reconsidering my color options.
Maybe green, teal and red?
I would love to have champagne as our main color instead of white. Who knows, white might look better.
Anyway, I'm gone for the weekend now.
Engagement Photo Inspiration
I can't wait until I can quit putting the word, "inspiration" behind each title and actually show you guys the real thing.
There are quite a few places to have engagement photos done around Austin and surrounding areas. One of the most common is the Zilker Botanical Gardens. As pretty as flowers are and as gorgeous as the garden is, it's a little too "pretty" for our taste.
I have seen pictures done downtown and I loved the artsy/modern yet still classic look of it, which is a lot closer to our personality than a garden.
I stumbled upon this picture and it suddenly brought my mind back to the second time we met (story below). It would be perfect to have our pictures down downtown because it not only would reflect our personal style but "where it all began" as well.
We could have a few taken at the corner where he jumped out infront of me, a few at the bar where we had our first drink and then the rest randomly downtown. I love it!
Now, the trick is finding time to take the pictures.
Would it be too much to have a black & white engagement picture framed at each table next to the potted mint plants?
Wedding Hair Style
A few more posts before I leave for the weekend...
This is the hairstyle that I love. He wants curly and down, but no ringlets so we both kind of decided on this.
Now, if my hairstylist would move back to Texas before October, that would be perfect!
So Far Behind!!!
So, looking at the countdown there are 98 days to go and we have TONS left to accomplish! Needless to say, we're falling WAY behind. The one thing that's holding most everything up is officially booking the reception site. My mom is in charge of it and is waiting for the best time to talk to a friend of hers about a venue she owns.
Once that is booked, we will know more about the catering, etc.
** Our To-Do List **
- Start interviewing caterers
- Book reception site
- Choose your groomsmen and ask them to be in the wedding party - something Mr. Kennedy needs to finish. He started it but has a few friends left.
- Book a baker
- Reserve Photographer
- Start premarital counseling
- Start planning rehearsal dinner
- Finalize flowers
- Grooms: decide on formalwear (we will be doing this today when he gets off work)
- Reserve tables, chairs & linens (we may only need chairs & table cloths)
- Book rehearsal-dinner site
- Choose groomsmen attire
- Book honeymoon flight (Mr.Kennedy is in charge of the honeymoon)
- Decide on ceremony decorations (already chose aisle decorations, just need altar decorations)
- Engagement photos
- Create invitations
- Talk to people you want to do special performances or readings as part of the ceremony
- Provide guest list to bridesmaids for the bridal shower
- Begin working on vows
- Begin writing ceremony program
- Order liquor, wine and champagne
- Create guestbook (this I can start doing now, I just need to find the time)
- Hairstyle appointment (my hairstylist is currently living in North Carolina and won't be back until October)
- Buy gifts for wedding party
- Take dress in to get bustled
- Trial run of makeup
- Discuss music with ceremony musicians
- Bridal portrait
- Work out wedding day timing and details and make a schedule
- Finalize something old, something new, something borrowed & something blue
After that lists, I guess the question is... what have I actually accomplished?
Finding our officiant, photographer, DJ, ceremony site, purchased my dress, decided on the bridesmaid dresses, set the date, chosen the invitations... there's a few more that don't come to mind right now.
Anyway, the big thing is what we haven't done and need to get started on.
This weekend I will be out of town with Mr.Kennedy and our kids but Monday I will come back and hopefully get a few things accomplished!
I guess tonight I am trying to post as much as I can about the wedding because taking care of my 1 year old son, my 6 year old stepdaughter and the house, I never know when I have time to blog so I am trying to get some done tonight!
Here are my shoes! I found a picture of them while I was browsing through a few old wedding folders on my computer and clearing out memory space. Anyway, here they are.
Yes, I still need to work on improving my subject lines.
Anyway, instead of having one huge cake, and trust me, if I were to only have one cake it would be huge, we're going to have many smaller cakes. About 2-3 tiers each. Blame this on how completely indecisive I am or on the fact that it's a new "trend". To be honest, I didn't know it was a new "trend" until after I made the decision. I was thinking about having alternate layers of different flavors but I saw a picture of several different cakes and gave it consideration. Since there's many flavors I love, and one we chose together, this works great. Not to mention, Mr.Kennedy is allergic to chocolate and my favorite cake (other than my moms spice banana cake) is white chocolate raspberry.
So, the many flavors...
1. White Cake with Mint Buttercream Frosting
2. Chocolate Cake with Mint Buttercream Frosting
3. Orange Cream Cake
4. Spice Banana Cake
5. White Chocolate Raspberry
I swear there's another flavor but I can't think of it!
#1 will be slightly bigger than the others, it will be the one that we cut into since we both chose on this flavor.
All of the cakes will have simple decorations so that it's not overkill.
I posted a few ideas, the top 3 are definite. The upper right is Mr. Kennedy's favorite, the middle one will be the white chocolate raspberry and the upper left is my favorite. Only, it will have a "K" instead of a "P".
Porsha by Maggie Sottero
I purchased this dress a few years ago (when we first started planning on getting married). I am so glad I did though, because it has retired now. When I was looking I was having the hardest time finding "the one". I wanted a corset back, strapless, ballgown, beading... you know, the stereotypical wedding dress. Yet, even with all of those typical details, I wanted it to be unique.
I had gone to just about every bridal shop in Austin and browsed the web endless hours looking for "the one". I even made several sketches of "the one" but each time something was missing. Funny thing is, I had seen it several times on Maggie Sottero's website, I just never clicked on the thumbnail picture.
Why? Well, in the thumbnail it was hot pink. Not exactly what I had in mind. I then looked in her "real brides" section and found this dress that I loved EVERY detail but didn't see it in the dresses section until I realized it was the pink dress and it came in white.
Actually, bridal sites like Brides had a picture of this dress but it was the back of the dress so you couldn't see the front.
When I finally found a store that carried this dress, I made an appointment. I arrived with my Maid of Honor and her little sister. We walked into the room where all of the bridal dresses were and I asked her where Porsha by Maggie Sottero was. She told me she didn't think that they had it but would go check. The second she stepped aside, I found it.She was standing infront of it. Hung up and lost in the sea of dresses, it shocked me how I spotted it instantly. The downer was that it was in the champagne color, not white. I tried it on, along with a few other dresses. I liked it, knew I could love it, but the color was throwing me off. The other sales lady then told me that a bride came in a few days ago and returned a white Porsha. I asked her if she could bring it to me. I tried it on and got teary eyed. It fit perfectly and everything. The only alteration it needed (and still needs) is a bustle. Other than that, it's perfect! The other awesome thing is... since it was returned, it was $300 off the original price!
I have pictures of myself in the dress, I just need to find them. They're lost somewhere on this computer.