Monday, April 7, 2014

Wedding Photos: Last Dance

So, I'm just gonna wrap up the official wedding posts like I haven't been taking week-long breaks from this blog.  Sorry, blog.  I'm really, terribly boring at the moment.  SO boring.

One of the very sweetest things I stumbled upon during wedding planning as the new (to me) idea about having a "last dance" after the guests left the reception.  I loved the idea of recapping a super-fun, exhausting, exhilarating, and amazing day in a special way - just the two of us.

Of course, things didn't go exactly as planned.  We were supposed to have about 4 minutes while the sparkler exit was prepared, but of course someone (cough a man cough) decided to take matters into his own hands and light the sparklers and basically start our "get out" timer early.

So we did a little getaway, drove around the block to wait while our guests filtered out... and then drove back to our reception and had the last dance.  I think that's how it happened.  I'm not even sure I remember perfectly!


Anyway, the lights were on so the pictures are a lot clearer of our faces than the first dance pictures.

Oh, the mysterious scratch on my back.  Where in the heck did it come from?!

This is probably one of my favorite pics of the whole day.  Love the chandelier.  Not sure it's really even that flattering of us, I just like it, ok?

I can feel how exhausted I am in this pic.  Cameo of my giant arm bruise.  UGH!

Whispering sweet nothings.  Probably telling me to chill out for the thousandth time.

And that is officially IT for the professional wedding photos.  Although..... there are a few by family members that might have to be shown.  We shall see.

Sorry in advance.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Happy 6th Birthday / 1000 Posts!

On Saturday, my little old blog turned SIX years old.  I can distinctly remember the day during my junior day of college that I thought maybe, just maybe, I could start a blog.  After all, I did have a lot to say. 

Maybe.  Lots of worrying and hemming and hawing later, this blog was born.  I hadn't yet settled on "Classy & Fabulous" yet - it was too snobby. 

Fortunately, I was wearing the Classy & Fabulous t-shirt that would eventually lead to this blog's title.  Can't say that I'm a genius, but I figured it out eventually.

In grand fashion, I will also hit my 1,000th post this week.  I cannot believe I've had 1,000 things to say.  I was going to say "1,000 unique things" to say... but we ALL know I haven't had that many original thoughts - at least on this blog.

I was hoping to do some sort of grand giveaway for this momentous milestone, but nothing really comes to mind.  Well, probably a Target gift card, but I accidentally on purpose spent all the Target money myself, OOPS.

At the time, I had been reading several "big" blogs and was really just content to read along with other people's adventures.... but I craved a little more interaction.  Which is funny, because I didn't receive my first blog comment until nearly a month later (April 26th).  Back in those days, I know Pinterest didn't exist and Twitter was just 2 years old and I had never heard of it! 

I've had lots of highs and lows with this blog over the years and even after neglect and so many bad posts, I'm always excited to bring life back into it and come back to my old friend.

Any chance you'll do me a favor and tell me when you stumbled upon my slice of the internet?

Happy Monday!


Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Wedding Wednesday: What I Learned

Once upon a time, Wedding Wednesday was where I want to beg for your advice about.... earrings, wedding color schemes, my signature color, STDs, invitations... and on and on and on.

But I'm full-up on all your advice, and I've got some of my own to dispense.

Put your big-girl panties on, I've got some real talk here.

Despite my control-freak tenancies - some things just did not go as planned on our wedding day.  Luckily, I don't think I freaked out - like at all.  I feel like my bridesmaids were prepared for me to melt down, and I maybe only melted down a tiny bit.  Haha, I just remembered another snag in the middle of a this sentence. Oops!

So - while planning, I looked for cobalt shoes.  I found several pairs, and I even bought one pair - but they were SO tall.   No go.

So I ordered a custom pair.  And sent a swatch of my bridesmaids dress, which was an almost-iridescent blue.  And the color of the shoes I got?  Was the more muted, non-cobalt color.  WHOMP.

Sixty bucks to send them back to the shoe-maker and have them re-dyed... to a color that I just guessed would be right through my computer screen.  Talk about anxiety!!

Beautiful shoes.  Pain in the ass.

Another problem of the day?  Turned out to be my makeup.  I had a beautiful experience with a mall-makeup artist for engagement photos.  I have a good relationship with the lady, and I buy makeup from her often.

So when I arranged for her to do my makeup for the wedding, I didn't anticipate one thing - her NOT BEING AT WORK on my wedding day.

When we walked up to her counter and she wasn't there... that may have been my meltdown point.  We were running on-time and creeping into late territory when my MOH swooped in and got me an appointment at a spa across town.  I don't have a picture to illustrate this moment because I was SO RELIEVED.  

MOH for the win.

And then we have the candy bar.  The long-awaited candy bar.  I'd been stockpiling candy for months in anticipation of a bountiful candy bar.  I'd acquired jars and vases and all kinds of fun stuff.... only to have the reception location volunteer their own jars and vases.

 And in seeing the pictures.... I totally should have stuck to the stuff I acquired.  Not only did the bar look mighty wimpy - but they didn't even open half of my candy.  Not that I complained all through October while I snarfed blue licorice at work.... but still - I bought the candy and can't return it.  Open all the bags!

I don't think it was horrible, and I know my guests chowed down on what was put our - but it was just so ridiculous.  Use the candy, yo!

This next one is relatively minor, but in my mind... everything minor is major.  I really should have had a cake stand.  I had planned to borrow one - and it wouldn't have even been expensive to rent or buy one.  But I thought it wasn't worth stressing over... and I was only 50% wrong.

And last but not least, this is why we don't trust men with anything wedding-related:

Mr. RH's little brothers were in charge of putting our car at the end of the drive for our big sparkler exit.  The thing is - when the sparklers are lit, there's really no chance at a do-over.  So as the sparklers were already lit, I was informed that we had to exit.... NOW.  And as soon as I walked out the door, I ran into our car, NOT a giant mass of well-wishers holding glowing sparklers.

We awkwardly walked around the car where my friends (SMART GIRLS!) were stationed because they knew what was SUPPOSED to be happening - and they knew what was happening (ie our car blocking our exit) was not right.  Smart girls, love them!

So the Big Sparkler Exit was... just fine.  And of course I have wonderful, imperfect memories of it because it was ours.

But damn straight if someone asks me to help with their sparkler exit someday.... I will take this as a giant learning opportunity. 

The whole wedding, actually, was a learning opportunity.  You win some, you lose some.

Luckily, I saved one last pictures post to end on a high note.  We can't end on mistakes only, it's too depressing.

Friday, March 21, 2014

#SBwed: Month 6

As I started to write this post, I was struck with a lot of anxiety.  How is it possible that we have survived half a year of marriage?

Honestly, I have no clue. The past six months have absolutely flown. 

  • Introduced my husband to Orange Leaf.  I think I've been there 2-3 times in a year.... and I have a feeling that we're going to become regulars now.  (Don't worry, I signed us up for the rewards program.)  
  • We've suddenly reached this groove where we can tell when the other person needs a little more attention and can ward off major fights before they happen.  
  • In almost every monthly post, I've mentioned epic fighting.  This month has been MUCH better.  Now sure if we've just run out of things to argue about or if we've just learned to agree to disagree.  
  • Filed our first married taxes.  Felt really old and grown up.
  • Planned some vacations with family for this summer... now I've got my eye on some sort of anniversary trip this fall.
  • Almost all my wedding pics posted to the blog!!  I had a post ready to go on Wednesday - aaand I was maybe too lazy to get it finished.  This week kicked my tush!

  • $1k in car repairs. 
  •  Never-ending winter.  Contributing to the above car repairs.  Stupid stupid winter, motherf#$%cker.
  • Not enough date nights.  We've been all over the place this month and haven't made much time to date each other.  Luckily, I'm really excited to see Divergent next week, so I can overlook it for now.  
  • "Newlywedded bliss" is going too quickly!!  Only six more months of being newlyweds... :(

Monday, March 17, 2014

Wedding Photos: The Details

The thing about a wonderful, busy wedding day is that the whole thing is a blur.

A beautiful, sparkly, perfect blur.

I'm extremely thankful that all the "detail" shots our photographers took came out perfectly and are even more beautiful than I remember in my mind's eye.

The dress - so perfectly fitted and lacy - is the Enzoani "Gwyneth" style.   I still can't believe I borrowed my wedding dress.  Talk about a budget saver!

I feel like it looks much smaller in this pic than it did for the dancing.  I felt like a cloud all night.  A big, sweaty cloud.

Ohh the shoes.  Custom-made shoes were worth every penny, and I'm 99% sure they're the most expensive shoes I will ever own unless my whole life changes for some reason.  And I become famous.  And rich.

And no, I wouldn't have had any custom made if I had found a similar color for anywhere close to the price I paid.  I didn't!

Ohh, those sweet flower girl dresses.  I'm SO glad our original dresses didn't pan out and we had to rush order these at the last minute.  Those bows were just perfection.  Flower Girl Dress For Less.  Do NOT order a $200 dress through a bridal shop, do not do it!!  (And they didn't pay me to say that, it's just common sense.)

My most prized possessions, pre-wedding.  Engagement and college ring.

I love these bouquets so much I would marry them if I could.  Red, red roses.  Boring but classic.

My toss bouquet had dahlias from my florist's (beautiful!) garden. I kinda wish she had mixed them into the bridesmaids bouquets, but either way - stunning. Also, I kinda wish I had more pics of this bouquet.

The mantle at our reception hall. Probably one of my favorite features in the place - hence why we sat right in front of it at the reception.

Somewhere around 48-hours pre-wedding I determined that any guest book ideas I had were out.  After a lot of pinterest-ing.... bam, Jenga guest book.  Don't ask me what I was thinking.... I was tired.  And Mr. RH and I have never (pre or post-wedding) played Jenga together.  

The centerpieces were a total DIY job (which included, but was not limited to, drinking 50+ bottles of wine).. and of course, the "expensive" centerpieces with more flowers, the ones I paid more for - I do not have a single pic of any of those. And I can't recall seeing them, so I hope they actually made an appearance at the wedding or I wasted a few hundred bucks for sure. Haha.

 I also don't have a pic of our signature cocktails.... "red and blue drink" as I affectionately called them.  So - picture that in your mind.


Looks almost as good as it tasted.   HOWEVER, I'm pretty sure I never got to taste the lemon-raspberry layer, which was the thing we were looking forward to the most. I forgot that I was even pissed about that!  (I have the memory of a goldfish!)

More rings.

When we started shopping for Mr. RH's wedding ring, we didn't really have a vision in mind.  (With my engagement ring... we*cough*me had a vision.)  I had some ideas, but when I spotted this ring online - I was sold.

You see, it had the gold inlay - that, beyond looking beautiful, reminds me of the gold in the other ring I wear every day.  It was fate!

I'm sure my photographer thought I was crazy for requesting so many three-ring photos.  No, not polygamists, just really obsessed with my class ring.

Roses and rings... does it get any better?  No.

Folks.... the end of wedding pics is within sight!

As in - I think we'll be wrapped up by Friday!  And then I will probably be a little bit sad.  And have to figure out what it means to blog again.  GULP.

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