Sunday, March 30, 2008

Weekend Off

Mike and I took the weekend off from wedding stuff with the exception of 3-4 on Saturday. After a fun-filled morning of beer tasting at our beer brewing class it was off to Macy's Bridal Salon. My experience at Macy's was slightly different from some of the bridal boutiques I've been to. At Macy's I had saw no other brides to be, had my own fitting room and my own dress wench...just kidding! I explained to the sales associate what I was looking for and she brought the dresses to me. There was no searching through racks or displays of gowns which was nice but after about 12 dresses I realized I was not going to find it at Macy's. Funny thing is I keep going back to the first dress I tried on! Maybe next weekend!

Friday, March 28, 2008

Vintage vs. Vintage Inspired

I have always been drawn to vintage designs and the history behind these things. So, I decided to search for vintage wedding gowns during some "downtime" at work today. I have to say I found some pretty crazy dresses and I learned I am more of a vintage inspired type of gal, at least when it comes to dresses.

Thursday, March 27, 2008

He had me at dendrobium orchids....

Thanks for all the comments! I'm so glad everyone is checking out the blog!

So, the last couple weeks have been a whirlwind. First deciding what time of year we wanted our wedding to take place during and then.. the actual year! I am learning why people take a year plus to plan their wedding but it can be done in a shorter time frame and things are looking good. Last weekend we were able to secure a lot of our vendors which has allowed for much more chill time this week!

So far we have our venue, cake baker, dj, photographer and florist! O, and mom's favorite the linen vendor :)
The highlight of this past weekend, for me, was working with the Damien from Milan Flower Gardens. I brought some of my ideas with me and he definetely saw my vision! Here are some pictures of flowers I like and a little sampling of what Damien the florist put together for me. Most of the flowers will be white, but there will be some accents of green and purple. My favorite is the center piece of all dendrobium orchids.

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

August 2, 2008 - The date!

After searching the Quad Cities high and low we found the perfect place for both our ceremony and reception. We were even able to book a Saturday this year which ended up being a real challenge! AUGUST 2, 2008!!!!

Above is a link to the Abbey Hotel where our ceremony will take place. We are crossing our fingers that the weather will be beautiful so we can have an outdoor ceremony in the gardens at the hotel. If there is rain, as our florist has predicted based on the Farmer's Almanac, there is a beautiful chapel in the hotel. On the site you will also find the link to the Abbey Station, a beautiful, historic train depot where the reception will be!

We are both so excited and will be posting updates on here regularly. In the next few weeks we will have hotel options posted for those who will be traveling. The Abbey Hotel is about a ten minute drive from the Station so we are not recommending you stay there. We have a certain hotel with a certain lounge singer in mind... hopefully we can get a block of rooms!