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After class today, I stopped by Melinda’s to make a deposit on our engagement session.  It was so nice to be able to sit and talk with her for a moment.  We went over some of my thoughts and discussed some things I thought Neil would enjoy.  We are definitely doing the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and while it may present a bit of a challenge (to Melinda and us), we’re ready to make the best of it.  She gave me some very interesting ideas specific to Neil and I, as well as giving me the opportunity to browse some other engagement session that aren’t featured on her website.  I love her work and we know she will do a beautiful job.  We absolutely cannot wait until July 18th, so stay posted for our proofs to see how they came out!!!

There have been slight changes to our wedding since we last spoke.  Our contact at the Old Course Hotel has seen a slight shift in our vision for the wedding and has suggested several ideas to combat these changes.  As previously mentioned, we have several more people planning to join us than originally thought, so we have already had to move our dinner to the Conservatory, which is perfectly okay with us!!  Unfortunately, since the Conservatory is used for Tea during the day, the sound in that room is only capable of soft background music, meaning dancing will not be an option.  When we originally were planning this day, we were going to have dinner, cut the cake, and be done, but after giving it more thought, Neil and I realized that it might be more fun to incorporate the traditional dances into our special day (not to mention Mom said she always dreamed one of her daughters would dance with her Daddy on their wedding day).  We made Wendy aware of the changes, and Phyllis suggested we have dinner in the Conservatory then move to another room for dancing.  Mom took it one step further and suggested having the speeches and cake cutting in the second room.  So as we stand, we have two rooms, one for dinner and one for dancing.  The dancing room (also known as the Tom Kidd room) will have informal seating and cocktail tables.  Phyllis also suggested incorporating a bar into the room for refreshments and evening hors d’oeuvres.  We think they’re all wonderful ideas, and we know that once all the kinks get worked out, everything will turn out beautifully and we’ll be satisfied.  Until then, stay posted because we can’t promise you we won’t change again!!


I really have nothing exciting to say, but thought I would update you all anyway on the minimal progress (or lack thereof) we have made.

As previously mentioned, my sister had seven Grande Dame of Honour dresses to choose from, so the past couple of weeks have been full of her visiting shops in Florida to try to narrow it down and Neil and I running around to shops in Indiana making color comparisons.  Well, we have been able to narrow the field down to three!!  Most of the issues with the other dresses were in regards to the colors against my dress…except for one that Neil just flat out didn’t like!!  Now before you panic, don’t worry…Neil did not see my dress – I made him leave before I looked at the colors against my actual  dress, but I still had him look at the bridesmaid dresses we had chosen and he made his opinions clear.  The three dresses my wonderful sister has chosen are all absolutely beautiful, so I will be happy with any decision she makes.  And of course, I won’t be adverse to her selecting more dresses as she finds them.  I know she will be stunning in whatever she chooses, I just want her to be comfortable, too!!

And while I thought all the issues with the reception at Old Course Hotel had been straightened out, I have received more information today and things may be changing again.  But it’s still in the tentative phase and will require Mom and Dad’s approval, so no worries…it’ll all work out in the end!!

On a non-wedding note…our house is getting closer!!  We got insulation yesterday and our roof was being finished up as I was taking pictures!!!  It’s so exciting, we can hardly wait!!!

Our House!!!

Our House!!!

So I mentioned a week ago about how rushed I was feeling now that we’re at the less than one year mark, but then on top of that I had also mentioned how we were running out of room for our reception because so many people are planning to join us.  Well – crisis averted!!!  Wonderful Wendy was able to talk with our contact at the Old Course Hotel and we are able to switch rooms…and while I know I said we were going to wait to switch until we knew for sure how many people were coming, we’ve since changed our mind and went ahead and switched!!  We are now in the Conservatory.  It is absolutely stunning and I’m really not sure why we didn’t choose it to begin with!!!  I cannot wait to get to Scotland to check it out – it looks so amazing!!!

The Conservatory at The Old Course Hotel

The Conservatory at The Old Course Hotel

How amazing is that?!  Yeah, that’s exactly what I was thinking!!!

On a related note, our musicians have been lined up!  As previously mentioned, we’ve hired the talent of Keith from Premier Pipers, but to complement his bagpipes, we have also hired the expertise of Sue and Ian from Silverstrings.  They will be playing a Clarsach and Flute duo and the samples online are absolutely amazing.  It gives me chills everytime I listen to them!!  So they are booked, and I think we’re good on our ceremony music!!!

I know it may not have been as exciting as you were hoping for, but it’s news nonetheless – and I’m absolutely ecstatic about it!!!  And on an even better note – our house has windows and it’s in the process of getting shingles!!!  Not to mention, we saved about $400 on our appliances by getting them at HHGregg!!!  Hooray for today!!!

Hello, my little journal followers!!  We have some wonderful, wonderful news, but unfortunately, you will have to wait!!  But I promise not to leave you hanging – there is good news, so just be patient!!!

On a non-wedding note…TWO GRADUATE CLASSES DOWN, only FIFTEEN more to go!!!!

A weird thing happened this week.  As you know, Neil and I celebrated our -1 Year Anniversary with a romantic TV-lit dinner of Subway and a frolic in the park…that is Center Grove Lassie League park.  Anyway, on June 11th it hit me.  We have less than a year to plan this thing!!!  I know, I know – you think we’re crazy because you’ve been reading along and yes, we’ve got quite a bit of it planned – but I don’t think you get it.  Less than a year.  That is “<365 days”, for all your math geeks out there…(love you, Amy!!)  I feel rushed.  I feel like we don’t have enough time.  I feel like all this pressure is coming down on me and I don’t know what to do!!!  The the unimaginable happened…

…while sitting in traffic (and coming about 4 inches from witnessing a major wreck), something dawned on me that we never thought would be an issue…and before I tell you, let me give you some background.  My sister and Paul had 17 people at their wedding in Rome three years ago.  When my dad and I were talking about mine and Neil’s wedding, he mentioned to me that a) Grandma and Grandpa probably weren’t going to be able to make it to Scotland, which they have since confirmed that they would not be joining us, b) Colin and Kayleigh were getting married right around the same time we were, which means Aunt Chris will be busy enough with their wedding c) Uncle Mike was paying for 2 girls to go to college, and we know how not cheap that is, and d) we were having a local officiant for our wedding.  There are six people, count them s-i-x people that went to my sisters wedding that for one reason or another, probably weren’t going to be at ours.  With a total of 17 people, that takes the number down to 11.  So we thought about it logically and figured Neil and I would be lucky to have 15 people at our wedding…and that was stretching it!!  Which we were okay with, but guess what?  We have TWENTY-FOUR people planning to attend our wedding in Scotland.  It absolutely, positively had not occurred to me that our reception room only holds 16 people for dinner.  Sixteen.  And because we don’t want to draw straws to see who gets to eat dinner while the unlucky eight dine on cheeseburgers at the bar, we’re going to have to do some adjusting.  I discussed things with my groom this evening and he has agreed that if need be, he would be alright with sacrificing the ceiling to floor windows for a larger space that we can all comfortably fit in.  There are several rooms at The Old Course Hotel to choose from, and I’ve let Wendy know our situation so she can see what will need to be done if changes must be made.  Of course, we aren’t going to make any changes until we have confirmed that everyone has their air booked and we really are over the 16-person limit, but  seriously, this is an issue that Neil and I never thought we would have to concern ourselves with.  It’s absolutely astonishing!!!  And we’re not upset about it at all…well, aside from my mini-panic attack before my mom was able to calm me down.  But really, now that we’re less than a year away, I feel like we can’t have these bumps in the road anymore – I’ll break down!!  But we’re absolutely ecstatic about this.  Never in a million years did we think we would have more than twenty people at our wedding – and now we’re pushing 25!!!  What a wonderful problem to have!!! 🙂

On a more relaxed note, engagement photo discussions have begun again.  Neil  has decided that maybe he would like something a little more fancy than just casual shots at Melinda‘s studio.  Now he is thinking he wants to go to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway – after all, he was going to propose to me there!!  Anyway, I’ve discussed things with Melinda and a tentative date has been set, we just have to make our deposit and we’ll be able to go from there!!!  Which also means Neil and I will be famous, too, in just a short while!!

And for a quick update…our house is finally starting to look like, well, a house!!!


A Scottish Blessing

A thousand welcomes to you with your marriage. May you be healthy all your days. May you be blessed with long life and peace, may you grow old with goodness, and with riches.