August 13, 2012

Wedding Bells!

Onto the wedding planning. Keep in mind that the fiance was away at A-school. My mom and I had a lot to do in such a short amount of time. After looking at venues and chatting with bakers and florists, we found what we were looking for in each.

The venue:

The Ashton Depot
Fort Worth, TX

 We completely fell in love with this space the minute we saw it. I knew the fiance would love it too. Everything would be taken care of by the venue but the cake and flowers. We were going to have a formal seated dinner, valet, and ceremony on site!

The cake:

Confections in Cake
Mansfield, TX

Delicious! And so affordable! We were able to get both the wedding cake and the fiance's surprise groom's cake for well under what one fancy Dallas baker wanted just for the wedding cake!

The flowers:

Blooms Forever
Arlington, TX

 I was referred to her by a friend and could not have been happier! I told her my vision for the flowers and decor and then gave her my budget and she did an awesome job of giving me exactly what I pictured for what was in our budget for flowers. She even upgraded us when some of the flowers ordered came in wrong. She was so great at creatively solving the problem without me having to worry at all! We were so thrilled when we walked into the venue the day of the wedding! Hard to see, but she surprised me with those incredible elephant ears in my tall arrangements! And she knew I hated roses, so she brought these delicate daisy petals for my isle!

The photography:

Caroline Joy Photography
Austin, TX

 Caroline was a friend of mine from college, and was sort of starting out when we got married. She did the most incredible job! She has since moved to Austin, but still travels for work. I SERIOUSLY recommend her. She's just amazing at what she does and has such an awesome eye for DETAILS!

August 2, 2012

Katrina's Bridal Shower

I was thrilled to help host my (at the time) future sister-in-law's bridal shower. Mom and I were so excited! We enlisted the help of my aunts and a good friend Haley Adams. And it was a blast!

A Whirlwind Romance

So after that first week, I think it's safe to say we both believed we were dating. We wanted to spend as much time together as possible. Living an hour away from each other and both of us having demanding jobs was difficult, but we made it work, clearly. Over the next 3 months we were together a lot. I would even spend some weekends at his parents' house with him and he would come visit mine on a few weekends. We met each other's friends and family and started to think about our life together.

The boy enlisted in the Navy before I met him. So the date of his departure for bootcamp was looming. We were trying to figure out our relationship and whether it was going to work out. By the time he left, we were already very much in love and planning a future.

He left in early July and would be gone for 2 months at bootcamp near Chicago. His family had already invited me to come along for his bootcamp graduation and a fun weekend in Chicago in early September.

It would be another 2 months before we would see each other again, since he was leaving for A-school in Missouri immediately after graduation.

During his A-school time, he and I had already decided we were getting married. We had no idea when. So being the young enough girl I was, friends started helping me wedding plan even though we weren't engaged yet. Needless to say, I found a dress. The boy and I had a conversation over the phone about when we could get married. We knew he would be home for a short amount of time in November after A-school graduation before he would be posted to Gulfport, MS. And then his first deployment was scheduled for early 2009.

So we set a date. Keep in mind that this was late September when we "got engaged" over the phone. We chose November 21, 2008. A Friday night. Two days after his A-school graduation. A week and a half before he was to report to Gulfport. The next 2 months were intense wedding planning.

We only had 7 weeks to throw together our dream wedding...

 to be continued...