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The last few days

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It has been a busy and exciting last few days.

Saturday I got my hair cut and colored. Then Anthony, Courtney, Ian and I went to the flower farm to look at what will be used for filler flowers. I love going there, mostly because there are always kittens! This time there were three who were so cute! I will have to keep going back after the wedding to visit.We had lunch at Fat Boys Crab Shack, which is super delicious. Afterwards, we drove around Annapolis to check out the free parking situation for everyone coming to the wedding and went to Toys R Us for Rhett’s birthday presents. It is amazing how many toys there are.  Then we all went over to Crofton to hang out with Rhett and have dinner together.

Sunday, Anthony and I went to the Nordstrom’s Anniversary Sale. I did serious serious damage there and could have kept going. I bought two pairs of boots, a suit, work pants, work blouses, a skirt, jeans, and a couple sweaters. I spent the afternoon wrapping more gifts, and finishing packing. For dinner, Anthony and I took Ian to Bistro Bohem. It is the only Czech restaurant in DC and Ian talked to the waitress in Czech. I didn’t understand a word (except dekuji!), but the food was delicious.

Monday, I had physical therapy and everything is getting a lot better. I bought a foam roller for my IT band and it is helping a lot. I took Ian to one of his meetings at Big Bear Cafe. Anthony and I went to pick up his wedding suit from the tailor! Ian, Anthony and I then went out to Crofton to swim and eat by the pool for Rhett’s birthday, and have cake and presents at the house. All of his toys are so cool! Being 5 is awesome.

Today I am working from home because my wedding necklace is arriving in the mail from Alex! I preordered lunch for me and the bridesmaids Saturday, and confirmed with a few more vendors. My list has now shrunk to just three items which includes picking up my wedding dress on Thursday.

Brittany arrives tonight with her family! I cannot wait to see little Chloe who turns 1 years old today!!!

Czech Food!

Czech Food!

 

One Week!

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In just one week from today, Anthony and I will be in Annapolis getting ready for our rehearsal dinner. I still can’t quite believe it is happening, even after 14 months of being engaged. Ian is already in town, which makes everything seem more real. I am very excited, more excited than nervous at this point. People have been asking if I am nervous for months now and I’m really not. I don’t know if that is because I am (overly) prepared, or that I’m just thrilled to finally get married to my best friend. I’ve been trying to not talk about the wedding to friends and family too much. I constantly read about how brides should think about others and be sure to ask how things are going in others lives before you launch into a boring talk on trying to figure out the perfect math for the number of slices of cake. But with one week left I plan to soak it up and talk it out! Because in just a week and a day I won’t have that option anymore.

Being a “hurry up and wait” kind of a person, I have already packed, wrapped gifts and contacted all the vendors for a final check in. All I have left to do is pick up the dress and drive to the hotel…which unfortunately I can’t do yet. Or I could….sitting in a hotel for a week does sound nice.

With Ian in town we have gone to Nando’s Peri Peri, in the pouring rain on Tuesday, BBQ’d in my backyard on Wednesday, and went to District of Pi last night. Tonight we are going to the Nats game where I plan to introduce him to either Shake Shack or the delicious Hard Times chili nachos! The rest of my family arrives next Thursday and will be here for a week!

I am hoping that I can soak everything up, take everything in, relax, have a great time and not have that “it all passed by in a blur” type of wedding day. I know once it comes it will go quicker than I want to, but I’m going to try my best to hold it all in for as long as possible.

That being said, I made a “Wedding Document” which is 16 pages long. It encompasses everything from my Google Docs I’ve been creating. It has the timeline, the photographers timeline, contact sheet for vendors and wedding party to name a few. It also has the seating chart, bus list and basically everything you could need. I printed off five copies and put them in to notebooks, I sent one to my day of planner and then to my mom and aunt. My aunt’s response was, “I love love love this, I am highlighting my parts” and my mom’s response was “OMG”. (Guess who I am more like?). On my daily phone call with my mom that night when I asked her what she thought of my document she said. I just want to you breathe, relax and know that if not everything goes exactly according to your document it will be okay. Things will work out, you’ve done all you can. And with her saying that, I am truly starting to believe it. I’ve made all the decisions I made, and I have to trust that they are all the right decisions and they will work out just fine.

I’ll let you know if they do in a couple weeks.

 

More Engagement Photos

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Anthony and I met with our new photographers last week to take more engagement photos! Even though we told them we already had the best photos ever, they insisted that this will help us get to know each other before the wedding. And more importantly, get to know how they work as photographers  and see what poses we like/don’t like  so we are prepped for the wedding day.

It was so muggy out, my hair was sticking to me all over the place. We rushed there after Anthony was held at work late. But it all turned out amazing. They are incredible ladies and so great to work with, I know the wedding day will be a breeze! All photos are on their blog here.

Here are a few of my favorites.

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Bachlorette!

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I had the most amazing bachelorette party ever.

I had a great group of friends travel to Philadelphia for a jam packed weekend. Two traveled from the Bay Area, one from LA, two from NY and the rest from DC. The weekend was amazingly planned by my sister/Maid of honor as well as Kevin, the most amazing person ever. To sum up the weekend it was full of eating sandwiches, drinking, history and art. These are a few of my favorite things…

To get into detail…

We all arrived to the Union League Friday late afternoon. Kevin made a special trip to the best hoagie shop I know and we all chowed down in my suite on sandwiches and pasta salads. Then we headed out to Frankford Hall, a biergarten for huge steins of beer, pretzels and sausages. It was perfect weather for sitting outdoors. Afterwards we went to a 90’s dance party at Barbary. So ridiculously fun dancing to NSYNC, Britney, TLC, Hanson, Blink and all the 90’s greats. We tore ourselves away from the bar to head back to the hotel to get some rest because Saturday we were on a schedule!

Saturday

  1. We woke up super early to have breakfast at Reading Terminal. This included the most delicious donut on earth (for 90 cents) and a breakfast sandwich that brought me back to life.
  2. Docent lead tour of the Barnes Foundation. My masters in art history and museum studies mind was on overdrive. Everyone should watch The Art of the Steal on play instant netflix immediately.
  3. Battle of the Cheese steaks at Pat’s and Geno’s. Some say Geno’s is better for the bread, some say they like the way Pat’s cuts their meats. It is a battle that may never end.
  4. Historic Philadelphia. We went from a tour of Christ Church cemetery, threw a penny on Franklin’s Grave, took a picture at the cat fountain outside of Betsy Ross’s house, walked down Elfreth’s Alley, sat for a Historic Bench reenactment, toured Christ Church inside, took a tour of Independence Hall, saw the Liberty Bell….all the history.
  5. We were allowed a break to go back to the hotel to rest, shower and change for dinner!
  6. Delicious cocktails at XIX-Nineteen and a view of the city and setting sun

Saturday night dinner gets it’s own paragraph. We went to The Farm and Fisherman. Set up by Kevin. It is BYOB – all wine perfectly picked by Kevin. We had the tasting menu and shared all the appetizers and first courses and ordered our own main course. Anthony was amazing and called ahead to have all the desserts delivered to us at the end of the meal. The most amazing part was each friend saying a few words or sharing a story about me. We cried, we laughed, we toasted our glasses together and had the best meal of my life.

Post dinner we continued the party in the hotel suite. I couldn’t ask for a better day.

Sunday

We went to brunch at Sabrina’s Cafe. Another BYOB spot. Everyone’s food was giant and delicious. The stuffed french toast is worthy of an epic poem. From there we toured the Eastern State Penitentiary, which sounds weird but is the East Coast version of Alcatraz. It was actually very cool to see. Then we went to the Philadelphia Museum of Art on a whirlwind tour of all their most famous paintings. They have so much it was hard to not stop in every room! We went back to the hotel to sadly part ways. The cars driving back to DC stopped off at Tony Luke’s for one last cheese steak….can you blame us?

We did everything we could do, and ate everything we could eat.

Best. Weekend. Ever.

The Group

The Group

May, oh May

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May was a pretty rough month. Anthony’s grandmother passed away after having an amazing visit during the shower. She had just turned 96. We attended her funeral in New York, and got to see a lot of the family. What was amazing about this whole experience was the outpouring of love that Anthony received. He was touched by every card sent to him. A small but meaningful gesture. She really was a great lady and I will miss having her at the wedding this summer, though I know she will attend in spirit.

I also dislocated my knee cap and broke my wrist while playing soccer on May 17. Less than a week later I was having wrist surgery. From visiting Eleanore in the hospital to spending time there myself, I can say without a doubt that hospitals are the worst! I now have a metal plate on my wrist and spent the rest of the month in a cast. Being an adult in a cast is a weird thing….makes me feel six years old, and not in a good way. I’ve received a lot of help and care from Anthony and all our friends and family. I particularly liked all the flowers and cupcakes I received, including a delivery from Georgetown Cupcakes from Steph! Nothing makes you happier than an assortment of cupcakes.

So I guess there is a silver lining to the month of May, knowing what a big support system we have out there when things don’t always go our way.

Post surgery cupcakes!

Post surgery cupcakes!

Knife Skills

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Last night, Anthony and I took a Knife Skills class at a local kitchen store – Hill’s Kitchen.

The class is described as…”Learning basic knife skills can change cooking from a chore to a real pleasure! This class will teach you the basic cuts and give you the chance to practice them in a fun and relaxed environment. Hill’s Kitchen will provide excellent quality Mac knives to practice with–so just bring yourself! Covering everything from knife selection to knife use to knife storage, this class will make you feel more comfortable in the kitchen and help you keep your fingers safe.”

It was an awesome class, and I learned how to properly hold a knife and cut! We learned how to cut an onion (amazing) and a bell pepper (even more amazing). We learned how to mince garlic and then turn it into garlic paste. We learned how to cut a carrot and julienne it – which was my favorite. We learned how to cube a potato and cut an orange without the membrane – which tasted way more delicious.

I’m happy we got to try out different knife styles and figure out what we liked to use best. We also learned how to hone knives and sharpen them. With all this knowledge we updated our registry immediately. While I may not be the best cook, I am going to be a great sous chef for Anthony!

Bridal Shower Photos

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Here are just some of the photos taken by my most amazing bridesmaid/wedding social media manager, Steph!

Dessert Table

Dessert Table

Prizes! (thank you!)

Prizes! (thank you!)

Me and the MOH/Chief of Staff/Hostess!

Me and the MOH/Chief of Staff/Hostess!

Candy

Candy

Desserts

Desserts

Soon to be...

Soon to be…

Mimosa Bar

Mimosa Bar

Options!

Options!

Mapquest

Mapquest

Lots to travel to!

Lots to travel to!

So delicious

So delicious

Steph's cookie jar

Steph’s cookie jar

Glass basket, given to my Nana's mother for her wedding

Glass basket, given to my Nana’s mother for her wedding

Anthony's Grandma and my Nana

Anthony’s Grandma and my Nana

So much love

So much love

Beautiful Girls

Beautiful Girls

Antoinette explaining the pasta bowls

Antoinette explaining the pasta bowls

Showing off the ice cream storage tub.

Showing off the ice cream storage tub.

Amanda's gift!

Amanda’s gift!

A personalized horseshoe to bring us Love and Luck

A personalized horseshoe to bring us Love and Luck

Horseshoe

Horseshoe

Bride to Be!

Bride to Be!

I love Crate and Barrel

I love Crate and Barrel

Most exciting chip and dip ever...for all the queso!!

Most exciting chip and dip ever…for all the queso!!

Toasting glasses

Toasting glasses

Erica's amazing ring bearer pillow

Erica’s amazing ring bearer pillow

All that detail is so incredible!

All that detail is so incredible!

Antoinette's parent's forks - engraved with our logo and wedding date

Antoinette’s parent’s forks – engraved with our logo and wedding date

If this is a W...I know what this other one is!

If this is a W…I know what this other one is!

Possibly the only shot with my whole outfit!

Possibly the only shot with my whole outfit!

My ribbon bouquet for the rehearsal

My ribbon bouquet for the rehearsal

Me and Eleanore

Me and Eleanore

My favorite cupcakes

My favorite cupcakes

My beautiful friends

My beautiful friends

The family!

The family!

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