Tuesday, November 16, 2004

Contestant #2 at the Bridal Beauty Pageant, BJ Taylor.  Posted by Hello

Contestant #1 at the Bridal Beauty Pageant, Katie Egan. Posted by Hello
The big day continues to get closer and closer...31 days. My friends, Carolyn Slocum and Robin Harp, and my sister hosted a shower for me last Saturday at Carolyn's new home. It was all very nice. Some local friends and relatives came. We had a lot of fun playing games and there were some emotional moments where they all had nice things to say about Kevin and me. There was a bridal beauty pageant (we're still not sure who won, there may have been a forfeiting technicality). It was all a lot of fun though. Kevin and I received some very nice gifts that we're really excited about. This week I have talked with the place where I am renting some things. They're gonna let me pick their stuff up a day earlier so we can get the church ready on Thursday. I have received the flower girl's basket in the mail. Mom and I picked up more decoration stuff this weekend in Wetumpka at Cafco. I'm still sending out thank you notes. I mailed out invitations to the rehearsal and dinner today. Tonight I'm working on invitations for the bridesmaids' luncheon. I'm really excited about them. I think they are so cute! We're getting response cards in daily. There will be more out of town guests than we originally expected. We're really excited about that. I have to order napkins. Kevin and I have to get plastic-ware for the reception still. We need a really good wassail recipe. We need to work on our list for the DJ at the reception. Add a response for any good songs you and your true love would like to hear at the reception. We want everyone to have a good time. We are both so excited!

Wednesday, November 10, 2004


I can just hear the money falling...right out of my pocket book that is. The wedding planning is pretty much over...yes I said it...OVER! Now all we have to do is pay for the thing. I'm proud to say that Kevin and I have been paying for it as we go, so there won't be any wedding bills on our first anniversary, thank the good Lord! I think it will be beautiful, but even if it isn't we'll still be husband and wife. We have tried very hard to make our wedding uniquely ours. With a mere thirty-seven days left we have finished planning the ceremony this week and paying for the flowers, all except the poinsettias that we pick up next month. We have reserved all the rental stuff, chosen the music and musicians and DJ, settled the reception menu and begun to receive response cards. I have to finish the programs, send out rehearsal invitations, make a list of what goes where for clean-up purposes after the wedding when we're gone, select music for the reception and pay for a few other things. Kevin has to arrange for the alcohol, get fitted for his tuxedo, get his ring sized, pick up plastic-ware for the reception, and pay for the same few other things that I have to pay for. We still have to get our marriage license. Can't wait to check those things off our list.

Sunday, November 07, 2004

Bridal Portraits

I had my bridal portraits taken today. My mom and sister went with me. David Hagood took them at the Lodge of Robert Trent Jones's Capitol Hill in Prattville. I can't wait to see how they turn out. I am so looking forward to the wedding, but I was not in a picture taking mood today. I did smile though. I'll feel much better in my dress when Kevin is standing in front of me in his tuxedo. He was excited for me today. Mom and Amanda were too. I'll have to have the dress spot cleaned before the wedding. The photos were taken outside and there is some dirt on it in the back where the train is. I couldn't have had better weather if I had ordered it myself. The temperature was perfect, not too hot or cold, sunny. It was just perfect. My mother and Kevin's mother have both found their dresses for the wedding. Dad thinks Mom is beautiful in hers. I haven't seen it yet, but I can't wait. I have a bridal shower in Prattville next weekend, for local friends of mine outside of school. Then it will be Thanksgiving Holidays on the following weekend. Kevin and I are going to Tupelo and Memphis. We'll be with my family on Christmas this year.

Saturday, November 06, 2004

42 Days

Fridays are always nice, but yesterday was especially nice. My daily life is just so much fuller than it once was. Kevin and I are so happy together. He is absolutely my very best friend. When I got in from school yesterday, he was sitting in the backyard playing with Biscuit and Birdie enjoying a beer, having just finished cutting the grass (Yes, grass still gets cut in November in Alabama). We just sat and talked about our day for almost an hour. These are the special times, the quiet moments. We had date plans to go see a movie, the new Ray Charles one; but changed them. We decided to just go to dinner and visit a friend instead. We visited Kevin's friend, Dan Self and his wife Mary Kay in their way cool garage. It was freezing, but fun. Kevin and I are both social bugs by nature. Dan is so funny and witty, one of Kevin's favorite people I think. Then we went to dinner at Bone Fish Grill, one our favorite places to frequent. I was surprised to run into a parent of a little girl I taught last year who had moved to Illinois. Her mom was visiting some friends. We had a wonderful dinner. Kevin had the filet mignon, and I had the mahi mahi. I can't tell you how excited Kevin was to learn that red cabbage was the seasonal vegetable, AFTER it was already on his plate of course. Our radient server was "Sunny." Anyway, it was all so nice. I think I would have enjoyed dinner as much at McDonalds, as long as KJ was there.

Today we are going to the Alabama-Mississippi State game. I'm an Alabama fan, and Kevin went to Mississippi State, you know. We're excited about going. I've been to college games before, but I'm most excited about going to this one, it's my first Alabama game. Kevin and I even have a friendly little wager. The Morrises are going too. Can't wait to get the day started! Gotta run!

Wednesday, November 03, 2004

45 Days

Another busy week in the wedding planning department...

First of all, Kevin and I helped the Egans and Morrises cater a Halloween party for one of their friend's office at Buena Vista. Proceeds go toward the Miller-Riley rehearsal dinner. Kevin served food, while I served alcohol. What kind of alcohol did I serve you might ask? Well, I'll tell ya...sodas, beer, wine, and yep, you guessed it...Sex on the Beach. I was so embarrassed to have old ladies ask me what I was serving and have to tell them that. Well, whether they drank or not they of course had to have some. I should have changed the name of it. When things slowed down, Kevin and I were able to enjoy the party a little ourselves. We ate and danced and had a pretty good time. I was tired by the end of the night. I actually got into the truck and waited for Kevin five minutes before he was able to leave.

Secondly, we went to Tupelo for our first wedding shower. I was so nervous about going. My parents also came to Tupelo so my mother could attend the shower with me. It was hosted by several of Kevin's mother's closest friends (Gail Boland, Rita Suchanick, Kay Riddell, Betty Harder, & Julie Bataille). Everyone was so nice! It's a little awkward to open so many gifts from people you've never even met before. There was a really good turn-out. Kevin and I received some really nice gifts. We're both so excited. We absolutely loved everything, but are most excited about getting some of our china. I mailed thank-you notes out today. I'm glad to be caught up on all of that.

I have been expecting a package of stuff I ordered for the wedding since I ordered it on October 12. When I called to check on it today, they said that it had been shipped on October 18 and delivered by Airborne Express on November 1. We didn't get it. After calling around and waiting on hold for a while, I finally found out that the driver didn't know where the house was so he just took the package back saying that there was no such address. The good news is that Kevin has volunteered to go get it on Friday. Another check off the list.

My mother helped me finish sealing and stamping the invitations last night. I was so excited to be taking them to the post office today (in the rain) only to find out that there was not enough postage. So, I bought 200 ten-cent stamps and 200 two-cent stamps and went home to add them to the envelopes. Good thing I did, because I discovered several invitations (almost 20) that didn't even have a 37-cent stamp on them. At long last, they're finished! I'm mailing them tomorrow.

The next bad thing that happened today (besides being rained on for seven hours at an outdoor field trip) is that I received a Fed Ex package from the shower I had on Sunday. It was a dinner plate I had been excited about, only it was the wrong pattern, very similar, but not mine. Kevin and I chose Noritake Silver Palace, and this was Lenox Opal innocence. So, I have to find out how to exchange it. The correct pattern was requested, but shipped wrong. Not a big deal, just another thing that happened to me today.

Also, I found out that the directions on the invitations for the November 13 bridal shower are incorrect. They say to turn right onto Northington Road, but it should be turn left.

The bridal portrait has been rescheduled for Sunday, because the ground will be so wet tomorrow from all the rain we got today. I did pick my dress up for it today, though.

Kevin and I added 3 1/2 ushers to the wedding party today. His three oldest nephews (Sean, Matt, and Ben) are going to wear tuxedos and seat people. Drew is going to greet people at the door and hand out programs. He was citizen of the year last year, ya know.

Guess that's about it for now.