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What a weekend!

Like a whirlwind, but with some awesome memories, and of course, lots of good fun.

Mom and I headed to Washington DC last Thursday, and spent two days walking MILES!!!  Luckily, we hit the  Cherry Blossom Festival,, which was unbelievable.  It was so pretty, words can’t even describe.  We were so blessed to have beautiful weather, not too hot and not too cold, and no rain.  The blossoms were amazing, and we were there two days after the “peak” day.  We also found some really great restaurants and bars in our travels, Guapo’s,, which was right near our hotel was phenomenal Mexican food, Fado Irish Bar,, right in the middle of DC’s Chinatown,,_D.C.)!!  We spent almost a whole day shopping (:D) and found some pretty spectacular deals, and a nice variety we don’t typically get in our shops in Florida.  Chevy’s., was lunch, and yet another Irish bar for dinner,, although this bar had brown bread (just like in Ireland!!) and amazing smashed carrot, parsnip and turnip medley… just like Mama makes!  Our waitress was so cool, and gave us extra brown bread… talk about a yummy brekkie!  Lunch before the flight home was at Busboys and Poets,, great turkey and cheese sambo!

Dawn’s wedding was on Saturday, 13 July, and we had a great time.  Mom and I played around with the camera after getting dressed up, and got some really great shots!  Dawn looked like an absolute princess, and Scott cleans up pretty nice, I am so happy for them, and excited we were able to participate in their special day!

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Alex’s birthday celebration was last night at Kobe’s (where it is every year…) and again, it was full of friends, family and fun!


What an amazing wedding, Alli made a beautiful bride, and Andrew was such a sweet groom!



And Alex choreographed an awesome dance for the groomsmen, hilariously funny!  Wishing many happy years to the sweet couple!


And… Our awesome wedding photographer posted about us on his blog!

Check it out…

Wedding pictures!!

Posted: June 15, 2010 in House, Wedding
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And house hunting, still.

Wedding photos are absolutely fantastic, and I am thrilled with what Reid did. I know they would be fantastic- Just couldn’t wait to see the final outcome!

Check it out.

So far.. we may have found three possibilities on houses.. which is exciting. Still hoping for the perfect house.

Keep praying for us please. I am so sick of living in an apartment, and I would love to have a place to decorate for Christmas!!

The wedding was great, as far as I am concerned, and let’s be real… As long as I was happy, that really is all that matters… Right? 🙂

I know that Mom was a little stressed out running around all over the place to set up and take care of things for me… But, she did an awesome job and I LOVE the way that everything turned out, I was thrilled that what I pictured is what happened.

Richard and I were talking that night.. in the few minutes we had alone to talk… and we were both shocked and thrilled for the number of people that came out to celebrate with us.. It was awesome to see all of our families there, and mingling, and enjoying being together.. I always knew I was surrounded by awesome people, this was just proof!

Earlier that day was probably the most relaxing ever! I hear a lot of brides saying that they have been awake since before dawn, setting up, preparing the reception area, trying to last minute organize about forty different things, and having tons of people around giving their opinion. I can’t believe anyone would put themselves through that! I hung out on the beach with Wendy, Heather and Becky and we soaked up the sun for a couple of hours. We went up to the pool after a while and the rest of the English side of the family arrived, SO great to see them… I haven’t seen Kelsey in 13 years… since she was about 10 weeks old! Richard arrived shortly after and we had lunch at the Sloppy Joe’s at the hotel, delicious.

After hanging out for a little while, we were able to rehearse the ceremony twice.. super easy.. Kelsey stepped up and acted as our organizer… making sure everyone walked out at the appropriate tine, great job and mucho thanks to her.

We all headed up to the rooms to start getting ready.. My hair was courtesy of my lovely cousin Eve, who did an amazing job. I was so thrilled to see the final result, as it was certainly hard to sit through all the curls!! I couldn’t believe that they started to fall out so quickly into the night, but let me be honest, my hair doesn’t EVER hold a curl… so to get pictures, I was thrilled!

Wendy, my matron of honor, is big into the MaryKay stuff.. She did my makeup. Super amazing job there.. I was thrilled, completely natural, and it looked great!

After Mom and the girls helped me into the dress, with most of my aunts watching.. I was able to put all the jewelery on and finishing looking at myself in the mirror, I could not believe how much NOT like myself I looked.

Richard came into the room after and we got some fantastic photos, because Reid, our photographer, wanted to make sure that he could get some great photos. His website,, is an amazing description of his work… I am excitedly counting down the days to see the final photos!

There were tons of photos taken, I wish that we had been able to take more photos with the bridal party and maybe some of the extended family because we really had a lot more light than anyone thought we would have.. But, anyhow, I am sure the pictures will be fabulous!!

I think that the worst part of the whole evening was right before I walked down the aisle with my dad. I have never felt so sick, I could not believe I felt like I was going to throw up… But, there is just no other way to describe it. The feeling passed soon enough and I was able to get through the night just fine.

After a long night of dancing, mingling, drinking, and everything else combined.. I would chalk it up to a fantastic night. I can’t believe how well everything seemed to go and the feedback from everyone is that a great time was had. I am so happy to hear it. I didn’t eat much that night.. I think I was too excited and nervous at the same time, but I heard the food was pretty good. Kudos to the chef!

I am sure that I will remember some details later, and have to update as I think about it.. but, for now, not a bad recollection of the night, if I do say so myself!

And trying to catch up on everything that has happened in the last week…
Seems like the last three months have just flown by!

I can’t believe how quickly everything happened and now it all seems like a distant memory. I had 111 days from engagement to wedding day and somehow, I managed it fit in:
-finishing up Tampa season
-starting set up for Bar Harbor season
-making arrangements while out of the office for a week
-two bridal showers
-bachlorette party
-night-before-the-wedding party

holy cow. and now, I have been home four days and accomplished:
-continuing to pack up apartment
-watching ALL the TV shows I missed while away
-catching up on emails and voicemails
-getting the nails redone
-returns (of unused wedding material)
-purchases of super good on sale items (courtesy of Mom) and my laptop bag!
-opening ALL the gifts
-writing about half the Thank You cards

-I travel to Ft. Lauderdale for work this weekend
-hopefully meeting a potential new (on the side) employer
-Bar Harbor for three days (May 19-21)

I am already exhausted. This summer is going to be super busy going back and forth to Bar Harbor, but, I am thrilled that I will be able to come home… I really spent a lot of time on the couch last year… And that certainly doesn’t need to happen again. I am definitely going to take advantage of the time I do have up there, tons of visitors already!

I know that I need to blog about the wedding and the honeymoon, and post pics, hopefully I will get around to that in the next couple of days…

I am thrilled with how everything turned out. So far, tons of responses that the location was great, the weather was perfect (minus a little wind, Thank God!), and the reception was super relaxed. Hoping that is the general consensus anyway.. But, does it matter? Nope, it was OUR day… And we LOVED it!!

More blogging to follow… and a change in the blog name too… Suggestions?

Busy week this last week has been… attempting to finish up work (still have some more on that plate..), last minute items for the wedding, tying up loose ends with all the vendors, Mel and Jude arriving into Tampa, Richard’s birthday dinner, dancing and the beach, my bachlorette party, shopping… I am exhausted!

The piles of boxes are growing rapidly, I have so much for the charity bag it isn’t even funny… Where did I get all this stuff??? Wish I could sell it… Will have to re-investigate CraigsList, and I am still trying to figure out how to use FreeCycle.. They will not “approve” me to use their website… ARGH.

Loads to do but really looking forward to the honeymoon… a week without phone or email… Hallelujah! Won’t know what to do with myself when I return…

Plans for this week… Need to pick up a little something for Nate, pedicure (and my eyebrows… scary!), finish packing for the honeymoon…

I started to write this a night or two ago… Since then, I have come down with what I think is a sore throat.. and my “to-do” list keeps growing!

Headed off to the doctor now, hoping he can overkill with meds to make me feel better…