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Oh, wow…has it really been 10 days since the last time I posted?!  Eek!!  My sincerest apologies.  I have been so completely involved in finishing up my last semester that updating you on our magical nuptials has just gotten away from me.

But I promise – no excuse of “nothing has happened” will be coming out of my mouth…eer, fingertips?!…this time.  It’s just simply a lack of keeping up with things on my part.

But, since I’m 500% committed to getting myself into wedding dress shape, I’m off to the gym for now.  I promise promise promise that I will return with all kinds of goodies for you!! 🙂

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What a fitting tradition for the state we’re in with our wedding!!

As you remember, we’ve just recently found ourselves a Minister.  Okay, Wendy found us a Minister, but either way – it’s one thing that has been looking over our heads for eons and it’s now finalized.

Of course, with the Minister comes deciding on our ceremony structure and what things we’d like to involve and say, etc.  Not to mention we have to decide on our vows.  Something that will stay with us forever.  It will be the foundation of our lives and will be what we always have to fall back on in a time of hurt and sorrow as well as joy and excitement.

Our vows.  The one part of our wedding that I was not going to skimp on.  And while Neil decided a long time ago that he “didn’t care” about details of the wedding, I didn’t give him a choice on this one.  So, a few weeks ago, we sat down together and went through every part of the ceremony.  We had been given a lot of different structures to pick from so I read every part and Neil and I decided together what we were going to do.

The Vows… (adopted from  WorldWeddingTraditons.com)

Once at the alter the couple may choose to recite their vows in ancient Gaelic or to recite them in modern English. Following the vows the groom often pins a strip of his clan’s tartan colors to the bride’s wedding dress to signify that she is now a member of his clan.

So yes, we will have vows at our wedding – of course!!  Will they be in ancient Gaelic…probably not, I think we’ll save ourselves the hassle and go with modern English.  Although, perhaps we’ll partake in the pinning of the tartan tradition…maybe?!

Today, Mom, Em, and I indulged ourselves into my very first bridal fair.  Albeit small, it was perfect and provided a great starting grid for what is to come.

Pipers Grand Manor Ballroom hosted their second annual bridal fair this afternoon.  There were several “preferred vendors” on hand…all with great freebies to try out and play with.  As soon as we entered, I filled out my information and received my door prize number.  Lucky number 224!!  We then walked into the ballroom and I was floored.  I’ve never actually been in their ballroom and it was absolutely gorgeous.  It was a place I had in mind when we thought about reception locations, but because of their steep rental fee, I steered clear.  We were looking at $1,000 or less – of which Pipers was not.  Although, I hadn’t really looked into what their rental fee included.  After fiddling with some numbers, BINGO!  It was in our budget – in fact, it saved us about $900!!  Mom likes the sound of that!  So the reason we decided to go to their bridal fair was to simply check out the place and put down our deposit.  Lucky for us – we hit the jackpot!!

We walked around the ballroom and visited with several of the vendors.  Disc Turner’s Mobile DJ‘s gave us some information – and some things to think about.  We hadn’t really considered having a DJ as Paul could do the job just perfectly, but it was still worth looking into.

Next was Distinctive Designs.  They had some beautiful centerpieces put together and again, gave us something to think about.  Centerpieces have been the buzz word lately, in fact Mom and I are headed out tomorrow to check some out.  We’re not sure where to go within this realm, but Distinctive Designs definitely got themselves into our brain!!

Next was  by far the best vendor…CAKES!!  Cakes by Donna is a local establishment with an absolutely gorgeous selection of cakes.  Not to mention the sterling silver cake stand you can rent.  Are you kidding me?!  My jaw dropped.  Then I tried out the cake – french vanilla and chocolate fudge with raspberry filling.  Yum! 🙂  It definitely had me smiling…but then again, I love wedding cake!! 🙂

After visiting those three, we decided to actually do what we were there to do.  Book our reception venue!!  We quickly found Tania and were sat down to discuss the details.  Emily noticed something no one else did…”Book your event with us today and receive either $500 off or a free chocolate fountain!”  Whoa!! 🙂  Freebie #1.  We discussed it – and I knew Neil wanted a fountain anyway so decision made.  Or was it?!  Then we got to decide between one big fountain or three smaller ones.  Jackpot again!!  3 smaller ones – milk, white, and dark.  I am in heaven!  So Mom signed the contract and paid the deposit…oh, and did I mention that this checks off like 15 things from the checklist!!  YESSS!!

After that, table settings were on our mind.  Budget.  Style.  Design.  Everything.  We spoke with Anna and she answered several of our questions.  Then Mom and I decided we’d scope out Hobby Lobby and some other places around Greenwood for some good centerpiece ideas.  Who knew cutting down costs would be so easy?!  Then came Freebie #2.  “Alright, for our next door prize, a gift voucher for The Tan Company.  We’re looking for number 224.”  What?!  YESS!!  Ironic, too, considering I was just telling Neil the other day that I majorly need to start tanning – not to mention I told him this morning that my legs were so pale that if you looked at them, you’d go blind.  So yes, jackpot majorly hit!!  $50 at The Tan Co…who could ask for more?!

So off to other vendors we went.  We stopped by Mary Kay where I was treated to a lip exfoliation…it was quite nice!  We spoke with the lovely representative and it’s definitely an option for my reception makeup – hey, it beats paying $45 to have it done elsewhere.

So what a successful day?!  And because I didn’t think to a) take pictures or b) even bring my camera, here are some that Pipers has graciously provided via their website.

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Oh, and did I mention Invitation Creation 2010 has commenced?!  Yes.  It sure has!!  About 100 envelopes down…300 to go!!  While I’m entirely happy with the invitation suite, I will say that decided to address the envelopes by hand…by myself…may have been a bit overkill.  Get back to me in 3 months – then we’ll decide!!

Today was perfect.  I am so so happy with where we have finally selected and I cannot wait to see how it all comes together.  Neil is slowly beginning to take interest, but I know it will be a slow process – and he may not even get there 100%.  Either way, I was successful in helping to make our wedding happen.  Not to say it won’t – I just really mean happen!!!

Boring, I know, get over it!  I’m the bride…I’m going to do what I want to – and this is what I want to do!! 🙂

Going Down the Aisle… (adopted from WorldWeddingTraditions.com)

The couple are either bag piped down the aisle or traditional Gaelic hymns are played as they walk to the altar. The Highland Wedding is played at virtually all Scottish weddings.

In case you were unfamiliar, The Highland Wedding is a song that is played by the bag piper.  It’s a tune that is very popular when looking for traditions in Scotland, so yes, we’ll likely have it at our wedding, too!!

As far as “the couple” being bag piped down the aisle as they want to the altar, I can tell you that won’t happen!  For the obvious reason…we won’t be walking down the aisle together!!  I hope to have some kind of bag piper introducing my arrival, then the harp and flute playing as I walk down the aisle.  Then, on the way back down the aisle – away from the altar!! – the bagpipe will play.

So it’s a silly tradition, and really not one that is specific, per say, to the Scottish heritage, but nonetheless, it’s what they gave me and I’ll take it!!

Super BIG news coming soon!!!  Just wait about a day or so and I promise, my little pumpkins, you’ll know!!  You’ll be so surprised, your face will get stuck like THIS:

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35 years ago TODAY, my parents were married.

Here’s last year’s post to them…in case you happened to miss it…

Today marks the 34th year of my parents marriage. They are such an inspiration to both Neil and I. They have been through absolutely everything together – and together, they always prevail. They have never let something petty get in between them and they are the epitome of the traditional wedding vows…

“For better or for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, from this day forward, until death do us part.”

Let me give you a little background on my parents.  My dad was a scholarship basketball player at the University of Pittsburgh.  My mother was a chess nerd (but still quite the catch, I hear!). My father tells the story so well, and I’ll try my best to do it justice…

My dad first caught a glimpse of my mom when she was walking to the ice cream shop on campus (she was wearing blue-checked pants…dad will never let me forget that!)  He followed her there but lost her.  Later, he saw her sitting on the bench outside his dorm quietly enjoying her ice cream cone.  My dad first went into the building, then minutes later returned and asked my mother, point-blank: “Are you waiting for me?”  She quickly responded with a, “No!” Ironically, my dad was wearing a Polish Racing Team shirt (my mom is Polish…and you’d think I was there with all these fine details!!)  They ended up spending the rest of the day together and a measly two months later, my mom found a diamond engagement ring in her fries at McDonald’s (why does everything revolve around food?!)  Four months after that, they heard wedding bells.  There was a whopping FIVE people at my parent’s wedding, and he has actually told me once that he had to cut out of his business meeting early just to make it to the ceremony on time!!  Mom made her own dress and they honeymooned at the wonderful Jumer’s Castle Lodge in gorgeous Bettendorf, Iowa.  Ahh, romance!!!

But what can I say?! After 34 years, 2 daughters, 2 son-in-laws, 5 dogs, 2 hamsters, 1 guinea pig, 1 turtle, and a handful of unsuccessful fish, they are still madly in love – just as they were on January 10, 1975.

Mom and Dad…you have been and always will be an inspiration to Neil and I.  I love you more than anything and am so fortunate to have you as my parents.

So yes, a year ago I was impressed and this year, I’m even more impressed!!  My parents are an impeccable example for Neil and I to follow.  And as my dad said, “You’ll be celebrating 35 in 2045…”  Crazy to think, but I can’t wait!! 🙂

I love you, Mom & Dad.  Thank you for everything you have taught Neil and I about love and lasting relationships!!

So young, so in love...