Friday, April 30, 2010
This post isn't really wedding related and thought I would take a break for today on the planning side.
This weekend is going to be awesome for numerous reasons: A) the weather is suppose to be in the 80's and gorgeous and B) my mother is flying up from Florida tomorrow for 3 weeks to help my sister out when the baby arrives (The sound of a record scratching). Wait, what? Yes. My sister is about to give birth any day now and I can't be more excited!!!!!
This will be her first child and I couldn't be more excited since it's a complete surprise as far as the sex of the baby AND the name! Plus I'll actually be able to spend time with my future niece or nephew since she lives only an hour away. I have two beautiful nieces already from my older sister but they live in Illinois and I only get to see their smiling faces MAYBE twice a year. =(
So this weekend we are planning on relaxing at the summer home (I will FINALLY take pictures of our home reception site so you guys can check it out yourselves), cooking some delicious burgers and enjoying the weather. Oh and being on call 24/7 in case the baby comes!
What is everyone else doing this weekend?
Thursday, April 29, 2010
My FI and I have had two totally different childhoods growing up. I come from a very close knit family and my parents have been married for almost 42 years. His father left when he was 6 years old and didn't come back into his life until he was about 21 or 22 years old. His mother had to work 3 jobs to support him and his brother and sister so he had to grow up quickly and take care of things around the house while she worked. His father never visited and had to be taken to court numerous times for child support. It wasn't a happy situation.
He reunited with his father who had remarried and had 2 more sons. One named after him since his father never thought he would see my his son again. Anyways, it still hasn't been a happy ending and his father hasn't changed much. He never returns phone calls and they didn't even respond to our engagement party. I had to e-mail his step-mom for a response. Their excuse: they had to go to his bosses surprise party instead. I was finally hurt instead of just my FI. I couldn't justify why it was OK for his own father to not come to his OWN son's party. The final straw for me was when they asked for money from us that my FI owed them from 2002. He offered to pay them back and they refused his money at the time and said he didn't have to pay them. I was just so upset that they would ask us for the money NOW in the middle of planning a wedding. Six years later you now want the money?!
It just hasn't been a good situation and we made a tough decision to not invite them to our wedding. Actually it wasn't tough on my end since I am not really emotionally attached to his father since I rarely see him. I left it up to my FI and he wanted nothing to do with him and realized he was better off without him in his life.
Side note: his mother remarried in the mid-90's to an amazing guy who has been there for John and I can see where he gets his sense of humor from and I'm thankful he was part of his life.
I'm sure we are going to get mixed emotions about the fact that we didn't send an invitation to his father but we sent them to other family members on his side. And that's fine. We've continued to do the 'right thing' for so many years and we get nothing in return and many family members are aware of that and are supportive.
It does upset me that his own father won't be at his wedding but at the same time he doesn't deserve to.
Anyone else having drama situations with family or future in-laws?
Thursday, April 22, 2010
All excited I walked up to the counter and mentioned I need 120 stamps for my wedding invitations and handed him the invite. He smiled and then explained that the envelope is larger and would cost more. I smiled like I was expecting that answer until he said, "it will cost $1.05 each to mail."
I started to do the math and my excitement disappeared. $126 it would cost me to mail all my invitations out. Bummer.
I mean its not a total surprise since I knew they would cost more since I do have a lot crammed into the envelope but I wasn't expecting it to be over a dollar!
So instead of lovely wedding themed stamps I was stuck with these:
So this past weekend I finally had nothing to do and decided to take the day to get everything together so that I could send out this week. First I had to start off the right way with a nice big cup of Joe.
I thought I'd share with you my cool cup of coffee that is appropriate for the occasion. I'm not really a 'Top Banana' since its taken me so long to sit down and complete the task but it's my favorite mug.
My entire invitation suite completed and ready to Go! Before I took this picture I had to put the clear labels Bed Bath & Beyond kindly printed for us on the registry card they gave us. That took me about 30 minutes to put on 120 cards. THEN I realized as I was gathering all that I needed that I didn't go the Post Office to get stamps for the RSVP envelopes. UGH! So I made a trip to the nearest Post Office and picked them up and returned home.
I started to rush because I was getting impatient and look where that got me...crooked stamps! Bummer.
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
I've been lucky enough to follow one of my favorite blogs by A Chocolate Lover's Confession and recently she posted about a fantastic product that will make our feet very happy. Delicate Soles created a rollable flat shoe that is tiny enough to be mistaken for lipstick but comfortable after a long day. This is fantastic since I tend to bring big bulky bags with me each day into the city in order to fit my heels and other every day necessities. Plus I plan on wearing flats on my wedding day and have yet to find a pair!
She is giving away two pairs to two lucky followers so if you haven't already checked it out do so by clicking here.
I finally got my butt in gear this past weekend but first I had to make my own "Accommodation" and "Direction" insert cards since they didn't come with the invitation set. So I went online to one of my favorite paper companies Paper and More and ordered 100 sheets of card stock 80# and it was delivered within 48 hours of my purchase. I absolutely LOVE this company. If you remember I used them for my DIY centerpieces with vellum paper and loved how fast I received my order.
At work we have a template for our shipping labels and it fits 4 per sheet. I thought the size was perfect so I decided to play around in Word and I added a black border which would match our invitation set and voila!
I then decided to see if I could add the design logo to the bottom of the card so that it will look just like the set. Bingo! It wasn't AS clear but it worked just fine and I was happy with the results. Don't ask me why I didn't put it on the direction card because I don't have an answer for you. For some reason I totally forgot and already printed the cards. Oh well not a big deal.
Once I proofed both cards I printed them and cut them at work using the paper cutter and I was on to the next task.....actually putting everything together.
Did you have to add onto your invitation set? If so, were dreading the process as well?
Monday, April 19, 2010
Photo by PhotoPhil
I just love the beading around the top and the dress looks light and flowing. This photographer rocks and I just can't wait for our TTD.
So I marched on and searched high and low through the Internet for discounted wedding gowns on both preownedweddingdresses.com, craigslist, and EBay. I mean I literally haunted those sites for weeks and I just couldn't find anything in my price range nor the style.
Until yesterday when I stumbled upon a seller on EBay who sold sample dresses for cheap. Extremely detailed about the dress and it was exactly what I was looking for and the price was just unbeatable. The starting bid: 99 cents. What? Yes. Unbelievable. The sale was ending in 3 hours so I decided to watch it for a bit. I got home and realized I never checked the dress to see if was sold or not and rushed to turn on my computer. I still had 40 minutes to go and it was up to $52. So I put in my bid and instantly got outbid.
I kept asking myself "What are you thinking?! You sure you want to do this? What if you win?"
It came down the last couple of minutes and bets started going up. I got nervous. Should I bet? Should I walk away? Finally it came down to 30 seconds and I put my maximum bid of $105 in and shut my eyes like the computer was about to blow up! Then I refreshed the page and in big bold green font it said "Winner!"
Oh. My. Gosh.
I didn't know if I should be excited or nervous. It all happened so fast. So I paid the seller and continued to stare at the dress.
I am now the owner of James Clifford gown. I've never even heard of the designer but the more I stared at the dress the more I started to get excited for the arrival. I won't keep you in suspense anymore so here are the pictures provided:
Here is a close up of the beading. I think it looks a tad dirty which is fine because I will get this dry cleaned of course.
Isn't the back stunning??
Since this was a sample dress the seller warned me that there are snags/runs all over the dress that can be easily fixed by my lovely mother. I'm not too concerned about that because I'm not wearing this on my wedding day anyways and it will be going through hell in the jungle regardless.
Stay tuned for picture of me in the dress....hopefully it fits!
Have you bought something for your wedding on impulse? If so, what was it? Were you happy with your choice or regret it?
*all photos are from Ebay
Friday, April 16, 2010
For many years we've all been on a cupcake craze. We've associated cupcakes as cute, happiness-inducing desserts for too long and it's time to latch on to a new confection: the French macaron (not to be confused with macaroons, the dense cookies made of shredded coconut and condensed milk). These pretty, colorful, bite-size treats were first introduced to me this past Christmas and I realized that I've been missing out for many years!
I found an article today that included the recipe from Adour, a french restaurant located at the St. Regis New York. I instantly thought I attempt to recreate them this weekend but I reviewed the recipe and it scares me! I give so much credit to Miss Turtle on Weddingbee for not giving up and perfecting this. I haven't given up on the idea but this recipe would go smoother if I had my Kitchen Aid mixer right now.
I thought I would share the recipe with you:
Raspberry macarons by Adour Alain Ducasse at The St. Regis New York
18 ounces almond flour (500 G)
(always try to buy the finest almond flour 99 or 100 percent)
1.3 pounds of confectioners sugar (600 G)
7 ounces of egg whites (180 G)
7.5 ounces of egg whites (200 G)
1.2 pounds of granulated sugar (500 G)
5 ounces of water (125 G)
Making the batter:
Mix together the almond flour with sugar and 7 ounces of egg whites in a mixer such as a KitchenAid until there are no lumps.
At the same time, beat the remaining egg whites in another bowl on medium speed until a stiff peak forms.
Over a low flame cook the sugar and water at 118 C.
(Make sure you use a baking thermometer — avoid a digital one as they are too sensitive).
Pour the hot sugar syrup in a thin stream into the beaten egg whites. Make sure to pour the syrup in at the edge of the bowl.
Once the cooked egg whites stop producing vapor, fold them into the almond mixture.
Technique is important:
To do this grab the bowl with one had and hold a pastry scraper in the other. Using the scraper blend the mixture from the center of the bowl smearing it up on the side of the bowl all while turning the bowl with the other hand so you mix all the way around. Do this until the mixture is blended to a consistency similar to an almond paste or marzipan.
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Using your scraper put three scoops of batter into a pastry bag. With the tip of your bag pointing straight down, (in Adour, they use size 11 or 12 tips ) pipe the batter into small portions of equal size onto the sheet. The technique Chef Micheli uses is he pushes an inch size amount of batter down, stops for a second and then makes a swirl.
Let the macarons dry for 12 minutes. Bake them for 10 minutes at 320 F. Let them cool down, half an hour or 45 minute before creating your sandwich.
Raspberry Filling Ingredients:
20 ounces raspberry puree (Capfruits)
3.5 gluclose sugar
4 ounces of granulated sugar
.5 ounces pectin
Bring the puree and the glucose syrup to a boil. Add the mixture of pectin and sugar. Boil for two minutes. Chill until needed.
recipe can be found at www.metro.us
Once your macarons and the filling are cool. Pair up your macarons with others of the same size. Press your thumb slightly in the center of each to create an indent. Add the filling. Make sandwich.
I really would LOVE to make a bunch of these and put them in decorative plastic bags for our guests at the home reception. Wouldn't that be cute? That would also be quite stressful before though.
Think you could tackle the recipe?
Thursday, April 8, 2010
I called the FI to tell him since he was still at home and I didn't want to him to think I didn't care. Of course he made fun of me and called me a "bad fiance" but said it happens. I've stared at my ring finger all day and see the faint mark from the ring. I can't wait to get home and put it back on!
Anybody else feel naked without it on?? Feel like your lost? Kind of like when you leave your cell phone at home by accident.
Monday, April 5, 2010
This past weekend we spent Easter at his mothers house as well and I had the responsibility of making deviled eggs. His grandmother gave me a deviled egg holder one year for Christmas and for some reason they designated me "Deviled Egg Lady." So I boiled the eggs on Saturday and brought them up to his mothers to finish the next morning since we were really busy running around Saturday.
I woke up yesterday feeling anxious. I knew I had to finish making deviled eggs and I had to make them in her kitchen. As I peeled the eggs, scooped out the yolk, and added the ingredients I could feel her looking over every so often. Or so I think! I was super paranoid of making a mess or screwing up. I have no clue why!!! She's such an awesome woman but I'm just intimidated to cook in her kitchen and make a mess! She doesn't make me feel bad or give me dirty looks either. So this whole thing is all in my head.
Have you ever felt this way about your FMIL?? I know I'm being silly but anyone else encounter the same situation?
Saturday, April 3, 2010
If I had to choose out of those top 10 choices I would go with the rollercoaster wedding.
Friday, April 2, 2010
When I first moved back to NY my mother gave me a bunch of blazers (does anybody use that word anymore??) that she used to wear for work but now that she lives in FL she doesn't need them. I'm one of those people that won't say "no" to most freebies and I knew I probably would never wear what she gives me. And I was right....
I just had to try on the yellow jacket to show you just how big the shoulder pads are. Talk about looking HOT! Ha ha! Just kidding!
I feel refreshed and can check this off the list of to-do's that actually isn't wedding related. Two big garbage bags full of clothes off to the clothing box by our dry cleaners. I just love how much room I have now in my dresser drawers that I don't have to push down hard in order for it to clothes. C'mon you know what I'm talking about ladies?!
I hope everyone has a fantastic holiday weekend and enjoys this gorgeous weather!!
Thursday, April 1, 2010
I wanted to pass along this quote I saw on my friends Facebook page. I'm not sure who said it but I like it and wanted to share :)
I thought I would post some fun random pictures of our favorite couple.
I love his best man and his especially his awesome girlfriend. This was taken at our engagement party. Can you tell that his best man brings out the best in my FI?! LOL
The boys at a UCONN footall game last September.
I can't help but bust out laughing every time I see this picture! This is why he is our best man because of his random funny moments!
The problem though is that they look so plain! I tried adding circular dots, initials, our names, the date but it just didn't look right. I couldn't find the right font. Then I questioned if I even wanted circular stickers since our envelopes are square. Back to the drawing board and stalking google search for someone who can do this for me in square stickers instead. To no avail but a company called Online Labels has the 1 1/2 x 1 1/2 square labels I'm looking for. The only downside is that 150 labels would cost $52! That's just whack!
So I sucked it up and decided to stick with the ones I created on Zazzle for $37.
This is one of those details I'm going to have to compromise and let the FI take credit for. I may not be entirely sold on this idea BUT I'm OK with it and not dead set against it.
Have you had to compromise and let you FI take the reigns for a bit on the wedding planning? Were you thrilled with his ideas or did you just nod and smile?
*all photos are from personal camera