I had a dream

April 13, 2010

A really scary dream that my wedding was awful.  I was there and it was awkward, the lighting was all wrong, I forgot to change into my second dress (sneak peak, there might be a second dress), and the music came from an ipod that wasn’t organized correctly.  Sigh.  It is a sign that I should get my act in order.  It’s pretty much set that come hell or high water, I must have a wedding in October if it has to be in a barn.

So H2b and I have pretty much set our decision on his army post (not base, base is a navy term apparently).  Post sounds weird though.  That decision is one based on the best venue for both a reception AND the much neglected ceremony, price, and the fact that I can probably still reserve space there.  It’s also the most beautiful space I’ve seen and the perfect one for 150.  You can see our visit here.

As opposed to Dallas, where it’s 2-3x the cost for everything.  Also my friend who is having her wedding in November has everything set already.  My chances of getting in will be slim at best.

Now I must fight to keep that dream from becoming reality.

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The Arboretum Wedding

April 3, 2010

My first wedding experience was excellent and makes me aspire to plan an equally enchanting experience for my guests!  First off, the location was gorgeous.  This is my first time at the Dallas Arboretum and I am very surprised how perfect it is for a wedding.  This was their ceremony site.  Breathtaking isn’t it?

The weather was perfect too.  A week prior was a day of reckoning with 4″ of snow in TEXAS in MARCH.  I was worried for the end of the world and I can’t imagine how the poor bride felt.  Lucky for everyone it was sunny and warm and all around gorgeous.

The blushing bride walking down the aisle with her father.

I couldn’t get any pictures of the actual ceremony itself because my arms weren’t long enough and H2B’s camera is old.  But here is the beautiful couple posing afterwards.

Cindy’s dress was also bought from China, except she actually went there and tried it on.  It’s gorgeous and suits her perfectly.  Props for savvy budget friendly brides!

I couldn’t get a good picture of the interior since my wimpy flash only goes so far.  Here you can see pink uplighting on the walls and chivari chairs.

The table centerpiece is a bowl of fresh flowers and a picture frame with the table number in arabic and chinese, how creative!  The red symbol in the center is the Chinese character for double happiness, a traditional sign at weddings.

My buffet plate.  The food was delicious and I confess everything you see here was eaten.  The little package with a red bow is their party favor.  2 frosted glass coasters with the Chinese character for love.

First dance, so romantic.  Inferior camera apologizes for itself.

My awesome date.  It truly is a sign of great friendship when one reluctantly ditches an “awesome party” to attend a wedding.  It will be an even greater sign of friendship if one will come to my wedding even if it happens to take place in the wilderness of Oklahoma.

A photobooth is always a hit.  (The blank spot is now in their scrapbook)

Especially if there is a table full of stickers for adhering the photo to the album… and not to yourself.

I’d like to conclude with a picture of my nails.  See?  The strategy works!  Practically perfectly manicured.