My wedding dress was altered last week and I had the train removed. Given that the ceremony is on the beach and the reception is on a yacht, I really didn't want to have a long train. And I've never liked the option of bustling the train - attaching a large amount of fabric to my butt, not my idea of flattering. So, off it went and I was given the extra fabric to do with what I pleased.
My dress is strapless with a beaded sweetheart neckline. The weather in Florida should be ideal, but I'm always a bit skeptical since I tend to bring record cold temperatures with me whenever I visit. I like to be prepared so I've been looking for a nice shawl or pashmina that I could bring on the yacht in case I get cold. I haven't found anything that I really like so I decided to do a bit of alterations of my own.
I learned to sew at an early age and having an advanced degree in theater, I also spent uncountable hours in costume shops making/fixing/draping/altering costumes. I've taken the leftover fabric from the train of my dress and have made it into a stole that I can drape over my shoulders if I get cold! Hooray for innovation!
While reading my favorite knitting blog, I learned about the Vote Earth initiative that is happening this evening at 8:30pm local time. In an effort to take a stand against global warming people are turning off their lights for 1 hour tonight. A candle-lit evening with the man I love, and perhaps a soak in the hot tub if the weather holds out... sounds like a plan to me.
It's exactly one week before I marry Jeff and I'm so excited. I can't wait to officially start our new life together and begin this new chapter of my life with the most loving, caring man I know. But there's a part of me that is sad when I look back over the last few years. I lost my mom to cancer two years ago today. Not having her with me at my wedding is heartbreaking, but I know I'll be surrounded by many others who love and support me. Even though this date marks the passing of my mom, it already has some good memories as well. This time last year, my family was in Seattle for my niece Nina's baptism. A baby was never more loved by so many people! And this year, our wedding. Mom would be so happy and proud. I think it's fitting (and a good sign) that Jeff and I will be exchanging our vows on what would have been my parents' 45th wedding anniversary. I still miss my mom terribly, but I know she's watching over me and that she'll be there with us in spirit.
I keep up on Tyler's blog, especially the pictures he's been taking since he's going to photograph our wedding. Gotta say thumbs up on this one. I like pics in black/white and sepia. Keep that in mind for some at the wedding!
Here it is, 12 days away from the wedding and like any self-respecting control freak, I've already begun packing for both the wedding weekend and the honeymoon. We're going to this wonderful exotic locale for our honeymoon and I want to dress the part, with all the cute floral sundresses, strappy sandals, etc. And that takes planning, precise and calculated planning! So, my quest for the perfect wedding/honeymoon wardrobe continues. I still have 1 week to put the final touches on everything.
Now, to figure out what knitting projects to bring on the planes. A week may not be enough time to figure out that quandry.
Poor blog. You've probably thought I forgot all about you. Here you sit... just waiting to capture my innermost thoughts... and nothing. Lucky for me, you are a grown up blog otherwise I'd have child-blog services knocking on my door for blog negligence. I promise to pay more attention to you in the future.
Yesterday was the 5 week mark to our wedding. Just a mere 34 days away. I wish it were here already, but I know that time is going to FLY by. I've been doing lots of wedding-type things lately. I got the invitations out a few weeks ago, had my bridal shower last weekend, had one of my bachelorette parties last night and went dress shopping with my MOH today. I'm happy that we found her a nice little black dress. I also found a nice sundress to wear for the rehearsal dinner.
The biggest anxiety for me lately was that my dress still hadn't arrived yet. I ordered it in October and it was suppose to be in the 2nd week of January. Here it is March 1, and I still don't have it. I finally received a call on Friday saying that it was going through customs (it was made in Europe) and should be to the designer's studio by Tuesday and to my bridal shop by Thursday. My alterations should be minimal, so everything should work out fine. Jeff ordered his wedding day attire online this week. He received his shirt but it was too big so he'll need to exchange it. He's still waiting on the white linen pants to arrive (from a place in Maui), so hopefully those will fit.
I also found 2 musicians last week (a violinist and cellist) for the ceremony. They are sending me a CD of their music which I'm looking forward to hearing.
I guess that just leaves working out the dinner details with the caterer which shouldn't be a problem.
All this planning -- I need a vacation!! Hawaii is only 36 days away.