I am not a die-hard Giant’s fan, I’m actually a die-hard Redskins fan (don’t laugh). But when I saw this engagement session I had to share it with the Garden! Plus it’s a timely post, since the Giant’s are playing in the Super Bowl this weekend. Whether you a football lover or not, this e-session is sexy, romantic, and oh-so-sweet! I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!
Where are you, or did you, have your e-session photos? Was it themed around a hobby you both enjoy? Share them with us!
Photographer: Vanessa Joy Photography
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Ask any of my friends, it is NO secret that I can’t wait to be a “Mrs.” My obsession continues to things that openly declare this change of status. Check out the latest Mrs. items I have been gawking over…
Too bad this is only $575 (eek!!!!!)
I know I’ve been terrible about blogging recently! Ah- so sorry!! Between wedding planning, 50 hours at least a week at work, a puppy, and grad school….my brain is about to explode! Ok, back to normal. Sorry for the rant.
We are beginning to talk about what in the world Apricot Dude and his men will wear on our big day! My thoughts are that black is just a bit too dark for the wedding we are thinking. My thought was tan like this:
or maybe grey like this:
MG Bear and I keep getting asked wherever we go “Have you thought about where you want to go on your honeymoon yet?” and it makes me want to scream! Our parents ask us everytime we see them and casual conversations with friends end up with questions about the honeymoon. I decided to finally buckle down and start my research and it has had it’s ups and downs.
Our original plan was to travel somewhere lavish (think Bora Bora or the Maldives) but…. the prices to fly out there were enough to scare us off! Next we thought of going somewhere no one would ever think of going, Brazil. The way we saw it was “who knows when we will have the money to go somewhere unique again, so why not for our honeymoon” well…. flights were STILL expensive and most resorts were about the same price as Bora Bora. We know we are on our own since our parents are paying for the wedding, so we had to start over, again. The Caribbean is closer and more affordable, so that was a starting point. I don’t like doing things that everyone else does and that meant that anywhere in Mexico, Bahamas, Jamaica and St. Lucia are out of the question. I don’t want to go to a mass resort (think Sandals) so I looked into cruises. Then it hit me… Hurricane Season.
I’m one of those people who secretly gets excited about Valentine’s Day. I think it’s the decorations and the endless red and pink inspiration that proceeds this day of love.
Are you celebrating Valentine’s Day this year? What are your plans? Do you have any unique ideas for telling your fiance or husband, “I Love You?”
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About 2 weeks after we got engaged, my mother and I sat down to write the guest list for our engagement party. We soon discovered that this task was a little more difficult than what we originally anticipated. Of course there were the definites, family and close friends, who we put on the list right away. Then, it got more difficult.
My parents both work at the same place, a car dealership, and they have worked there for the last 30 years. This means that I essentially grew up roaming the halls and thus I know most of the people that work there, some of them have literally known me all my life. We ran into a problem with this as we were making the list for the engagement party (and we subsequently decided to make the wedding list as well.) If you invite one of my parents coworkers, you have to invite them all. This leads to a bit of a problem, because the dealership is by no means small, and it would mean adding about 30-40 people to our guest list to invite them. When our guest list is already at 166 on just HIS side, that means inviting at least 250 total…way more than our original estimation of 150.
It seemed like it was a snowball effect. Even if we just chose to invite a few of them, we knew that other people would be hurt by not getting an invite. So, if you invite one, you have to invite someone else, and then someone else, and then someone else…until you’ve got way too many people you’re inviting.
I feel like the person at the end...run over by a GIANT snowball.
When I was in high school (5 years ago) I had a group of girlfriends that I swore up and down I would be best friends with forever. We were inseperable. Now, 5 years later it’s definitely changed. Between going off to college, jobs, and changes in lifestyles, I’m only still close friends with one of those girls. Now, I’m not the social butterfly of the world, by any means, but I’m also not unfriendly. The college that I went to was a commuter college, and I was a commuter myself, which made it difficult to make and keep friends.
Fast forward to today…when I’m trying to plan my wedding and I only have two female friends that I consider close enough to be bridesmaids. All of my other friends are either boys or I’m just not close enough to them to feel comfortable asking them to be in my wedding. Now, I would be completely fine having only two bridesmaids, except for the fact that Violet dude has about 5 guys in mind for groomsmen. This creates a bit of a number problem.
We officially booked our photographer for the wedding! He was actually referred to me from a friend and when I looked at his website I was WOW’ed by his work.
In one of my previous posts, I had mentioned doing offsite pictures at a park/beach up the street because of the lack of landscape for creativity at our actual venue. Well, in talking to Mr. Photographer he actually recently did a wedding at our venue and did the same thing. He said it took away from time at the reception and that there was actually not that much more to work with at the park. He really gave us faith in his work and told us there was so much more to work with then what we think! I’m really glad we decided not to go offsite for the pictures mostly because I don’t want to drag my wedding party away for too long, especially since it will be hard to keep the attention of 6 groomsmen to take pictures!
Now, the next issue is engagement pictures. Booking Mr. Photographer came with a free 2 hour engagement session. Well, the problem with that is we already did one engagement session with a friend that does some photography and we are planning to do another with another friend in the spring. So, my question is, how can we utilize another set of pictures? I know it seems like a little much but our two friends offered to do these pictures for free and we figured we would help them build up their business.
Mr. Photographer suggested a “day after” shoot, since MG Bear would still have his tuxedo, but that entails sunrise shots and…. the reason why my fiance is called Morning Glory Bear and not Dude is because… he is just that! Waking him up period is like trying to get a bear out of hibernation, especially after our wedding and lots of adult beverages! So, a “day after” shoot is out of the question. I am also not feeling it because I would have to do my hair and make-up again and I know I will probably not be looking my prettiest as I would on the big day.
Everything from deciding on a wedding party to what they would wear to Lilac Dude finally asking his best man was a bit stressful. Please note that our friends do not stress us out, we just had some interesting choices to make.
My bridesmaids were originally to be: my sister, my sister-in-law, my good friend from high school and my good friend/roommate from college.
That didn’t happen…. more accurately most of it happened.
I went to a bridal show on Sunday, my first since becoming engaged. There are usually a lot of bridal shows in January and February because of the number of people who get engaged over the holidays and because the vendors aren’t usually at weddings during those months. I took my mother and one of my best friends with me to the show to help me gather as much information as I possibly could. It was pretty overwhelming, but what was more overwhelming was having to sort through all the information after the show was over.
Once I got home and I had sorted the business cards and pamphlets into piles, I decided that I wanted to start looking at photographers. Some of them were in our price range, and some of them were very far out of our price range. But, I ran into something very disappointing as I was going through websites. The photographers’ websites had expired and they hadn’t renewed their domain. I suppose this advice is for the vendors who read this blog, but if you don’t renew your domain then potential customers can’t view your website. In my own opinion that is very poor business practice, especially considering most domains aren’t all that expensive to maintain. Communication with potential clients is so important, and what is sad is that those vendors will never even have a chance with many brides because their websites weren’t up and running.