Sunday, November 30, 2008

Rehearsal Dinner

Last Tuesday, the FMIL drove down with us to Gettysburg to scope out a place for the rehearsal dinner. Our first stop was the Fairfield Inn. We each ordered a different plate to taste everything! Prices were decent and the amount food given was definitely not stingy! We were all stuffed by the end of the meals. The owner stopped by and gave us information on the Inn. There is a self-guided tour of the Civil War building. They just celebrated their 250th year celebration. 1757-2007! There are a couple different rooms for dining. The pictures below is the courtyard room which I hope we will be able to have it's nice size and decor...very warm feeling! Original fireplaces too!

In this the brick area..guests would place coins inbetween the brick for good luck...just like the "wishing well." The Inn had so much character..and history... Upstairs, in the self guided tour..they showed where the slaves would hide out...and try to escape. Also, President Eisenhower stayed here and had many dinners... infact they named a room after him in the Inn. The picture below is the Eisenhower room. Yet, it is very beautiful and afraid of attempting 30 + people in here! Every room has its own distinct characteristics!

photo credit, The Fairfield Inn

After our visit here..and seeing the expression on the FMILs face..I pretty much figured the dinner will be here... We did go see the Gettysburg Hotel..but they were just conference room..nothing special...plain..and I don't want to decorate the whole room! Both of our families are very into history...and this just feels right!

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Back in PA...for a little!

I must apologize for my absence lately...but I really have some good reasons!! First, I was at the PennState vs Michigan State game! PSU is going to the Rose Bowl!!! 2nd, I am currently in PA visiting family and missing my lap top like crazy... I have a lot to share though... we headed down to the venue on Tuesday and located a possible place for the rehearsal dinner! I have some pictures that I can share in a later post. The food was excellent and there is a lot of history going back to the Civil War to share with all...

Today is Thanksgiving...and I definitely have a lot to be thankful for! My Family...Friends....the list goes on and on...The best part of the evening was sitting aside of my Mother and watching a little bit of Charlie Brown... I bet it was only for 15 minutes...but it made me feel like a 10 year old again! This week has flown by...Before you know it we will be back in Philly boarding the plane back to Los Angeles.. Soo..I leave you with a clip of one of my favorite memories...of my Thanksgiving evening!

Isn't it just a cute pic!!??

Coming up soon... "Rehearsal Dinner"

Monday, November 17, 2008

Bridesmaid Jewerly

Ever since I started my blog...I have come across many beautiful and creative pieces from Etsy! Sometimes I feel there are too many choices...The other day I came across Natalia Raya Designs from Etsy and fell in love. Here are a couple of my favorites!

These earrings are soo cute!
Do you watch Lipstick Jungle? Well, the character Victory always wears large flower rings...and so of course when I saw this...I gravitated..

Natalia Raya Designs

Yes, this necklace is so modern and simple.

Natalia Raya Designs

My BMs will be wearing black dresses...I want the jewerly to be simple...So, as of right now I am leaning towards pearls. I have been looking everywhere! My other favorite place to shop for jewerly is from Silpada Jewerly. Want to have a nice evening with the ladies and shop jewerly?! Find a sales rep in your area and book a party! Mix up those martinis and have a good time! My friend just had another one the other week and I ordered some beautiful stuff!!! There is jewerly for all ages...and they even have some items for the boys! Take a peak! Here are some pics of my recent purchases..

I have had this necklace for a while now and I wear it a lot!

photo credit: Silpada Jewerly

My brand new ring!! I LOVE this ring!! It's great for going out at night!!

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Good News!

I am so excited to say that I was the chosen winner from the WeddingBee contest! Penny People Designs were giving away mailing labels, notecards, and correspondence cards! Let me just say...I never win anything!! Especially something this nice and special :) Let me show off some of my beautiful stationary.

When you have a chance..take a peak at Penny People Design's site and blog!

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

200 Days!

I was online and glanced at our "countdown" and OMG we have 200 days left! Where does time go? Here is a picture of us at my BM's wedding on 7/7/07!!

photo credit: Friend :)

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Reception Attire..For the Bride!

I always thought a two dress bride was crazy...I changed my mind instantly....I found a dress from BCBG! After putting on my traditional wedding dress I realized I think I would like a shorter white dress that is easy to dance in yet lets everyone know that I am the bride!! Plus, it gives me more opportunity for photos!!! I was coming up empty handed and kinda just put it on the back burner. About 2 weeks later I went window shopping and came across BCBG Maxazria and couldn't resist checking out their new season of dresses. It was then I had a quick flash back to a General Hospital episode.

Are you a General Hospital fan? I am! Since Middle School days!! Anyways, I saw a wedding dress in one episode. Character Kate was trying on a dress and her ladies were adjusting it and adding jewerly to her..etc...and I thought to myself.."Oh my! That dress is sooo pretty!" I thought it was so modern yet had a soft touch. Well my fellow Kate was wearing a BCBG dress. The manager came over and I told her about my General Hospital dress..... "Oh, this is the dress that Kate wore!" I'm like are you serious?!!? So, I quickly made a dash for the dressing room! It fit me like a glove and it made me feel so beautiful. It actually makes me look very tall! I get to wear black heels with it too!!! I immediately called my Mother and told her all about it! I went online and pulled up the dress ...and sent her the link. I was very dissapointed with what I saw. These pictures do not show how truely beautiful it is.


When I flew home back in September I took the dress with me. When I put it on to show my parents my Mom even said how it looks 10 times better in person then online. This also goes to show...TRY ON EVERYTHING at those bridal stores...everything looks different on!

Did you have 2 dresses? How did it work out? I must say, I am in love with both!

Monday, November 3, 2008

Guest Book

I have never been a fan of the traditional guest book. It feels like you are "signing in" at a conference. Seriously...what do you do with it after the wedding? I was actually going to forget the whole tradition until I came across the Blurb Book. It is very close to the Kodak picture books that I have made in the past for family but the Blurb gives more options for a low price. We all love a low price!!

It only took me a couple of hours to do and finish. I used our engagement shots that our fab photographer took out in Manhattan Beach Ca. It was nice to be able to use these beautiful shots again in a different way. So, I used different layouts and kept specific pages blank with lines on it for our guest to leave a message. This makes it a lot more personal and I can just see it laying out on our living room coffee table for all to enjoy.

Blurb Book

Has anyone else used the blurb book? Were you happy with the results? Recommend anything?

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Happy Halloween!

Just wanted to take a quick minute to say...HAPPY HALLOWEEN! We spent our spooky night downtown Hollywood along with thousands of others and having a fab time at Les Deux. I must say this is one of the best Halloweens I have ever had! The best part was my whistle!!