June 2011


Yup- we did it. 😀

The wedding was so much fun, and we had a few people tell us it was the best wedding they’d ever been to (not that it’s a competition, right? :))

It was also a lot of work- not only for us, but for our loved ones who totally stepped up to the plate and helped us pull it off. We’re pretty much oozing gratitude right now. And of course, I wouldn’t be able to show all of my “blog friends” how awesome it was if it weren’t for our completely awesome photographer, Terra Cooper of Magnifique Photography. I loved her work from the minute I saw it. We don’t have all of our pictures yet, but you can check out a preview on her blog:

Magnifique Photography: Amanda + Stan {wedding}

When I get the rest, I’ll put up some more of our faves, but in the meantime feel free to let me know what you think so far!

We’re so happy, and also very happy that we have the rest of the summer to NOT plan a wedding. 😀

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Flowers! Food! Friends and family from out of town! Friends and family from in town! Catering! Drinks! Rehearsal dinner!

I’ve been overwhelmed, during these days leading up to tomorrow, by all of the love and generosity of my loved ones. I’m tired, so I’ll just show you a few pictures (if for no other reason than to get that closeup picture of my lip off of the top of my blog).

Here we are making flowers. I spent around $115 on all the flowers, including my bouquet, nine boutonnieres, seven corsages, and four teeny bouquets for the little girls.

Fortunately I had lots of help!

Does that scene look familiar?

Ain’t these boutonnieres cute?

Since most of the votes about pinning bouts directly onto shirts were “Yes” and many of the comments said “As long as they’re not too heavy”, we made these cute little guys. We even used a few sprigs from some of the plants in the front yard.

Here’s the fridge starting to fill up with flowers!

Tonight was the rehearsal dinner, and it was lovely. It was at a city park equipped with a pavilion, a long sidewalk for rehearsing, and a playground (a lifesaver for eight little kids). The decorations and food were completely awesome- thank you future MIL!

Stan’s talented artist brother made us a sign (no, that’s not printed- it’s done by hand!) and a cute little sandwich board with our names.

This is a picture of a picture. Neither of my friends had their camera cords, and my Mac doesn’t take memory cards, so I had to take a picture of Johanna’s camera with my camera. That’s how I roll.

But anyway, we’re cute.

I’m probably not going to have a chance to post anything until after we get back from our honeymoon (oh, glorious honeymoon! here we come!) so I hope these pictures hold you over.

But get excited, because I fully plan on recapping the event on the blog. 🙂

PS- To any thieves: We have a house sitter so don’t even think about any funny business while we’re in Mexico.

See you all on the flip side! Thank you for following along. 🙂

My boss warned me against riding my bike to work. He said that (is it Murphy’s Law?) since I’m getting married soon, I will inevitably get in a crash and have a big ol’ scar for the wedding day.

“I should just stay my bed and hibernate until then,” I thought.

Fast forward to this morning. Jesse the cat comes to say good morning and lays on my chest. Unfortunately, right then Blanche decided to “nudge” me awake by pummeling me with her front paws. Cats tend to scamper when dogs come at them, and somehow in the commotion Jesse’s claws landed on my face.

Please ignore the fact that I have pores.

Yep, we’re looking at a nice big lipper and a couple of cheekers.

Lovely. Think it will heal in a week?

Stan is slowly starting to get his stuff moved into my (almost our) house. Not that he has a ton of stuff… the man is practically a snail. (Get it? Because he could carry his home on his back. That metaphor was totally sub-par.)

But still, a stack of books here, a bike  there, it’s nice to get a head-start. Especially since his lease is up two days after our wedding, at which time we’ll be sunning ourselves in Mexico. And no, he can’t move in beforehand. 😀

We found a little nook for his bookshelf and filled it with our most interesting books, since it’s out in the living room and we want people to be impressed by our unique and though-provoking reading selection.

You’ll also notice that Stan swapped out the prints in those frames for some instant DIY pressed flower art with flowers from our yard (snow in summer). They haven’t molded yet, and they’re a nice change for spring.

Anecdote: See that ceramic pot? That appeared on my porch one day, out of nowhere. Inside was a paper booklet of the Gospel of John. It’s definitely a hand-thrown pot. Any ideas? Is there a Christian group out there that gives away handmade pots with various Gospels inside? It’s a cool pot and a handy way to take some Biblical reading on the go, so I’m not complaining- just curious.

In another corner, I sold the cute little desk that was here.

(See what it looked like here.)

I loved that desk, but all it did was acquire crap and was never used as an actual desk. It went to a little girl who will hopefully do lots of homework and art projects on it. What we really need is something we can put Stan’s sweet 70’s stereo and speaker on. He’s not convinced this is the best spot for a stereo, but I am. 🙂 Maybe a credenza? A sideboard? Another piece of furniture that no one besides house bloggers knows about?

It’s exciting to see my house start to fill up with his stuff, and to know I don’t need to return anything to his house (Staaaan that cookbook has been sitting here waiting for you to take it home for weeks!). Plus now I can really start to hold him accountable for not putting stuff away.

I have some more stuff to say about how excited I am to marry this man and start the next chapter of our lives together, and how I’m excited to get to do his laundry (NOT! lol) but my brain is drained. But for serious, I love this guy. He makes the stress of the wedding worth it.

You guys. I did it AGAIN. I keep posting Wedding Wednesday posts on Thursdays! Do I have Wedding brain or what??

I work four ten-hour days and have Fridays off. This morning, I was going through things I did yesterday… and I got to thinking about my Wedding Wednesday post. I suddenly had a freak-out moment and thought, “Am I supposed to be at work??? If I posted Wedding Wedneday yesterday, then today is Thursday and I’m supposed to be at work!!” But then I realized that no, today IS Friday- I just mixed up Wednesday and Thursday. AGAIN.

In more exciting news, I read a book and below is my review. Be my friend on Goodreads!

Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mt. Everest Disaster

Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mt. Everest Disaster by Jon Krakauer
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I don’t know what it is about Jon Krakauer’s writing. It sucks me in, even though it’s not very sensational or attention-grabbing in a flashy way. When I started Into the Wild years ago, it was for a class and I expected it to be a boring survival book. I was so wrong. That book changed my life and way of thinking, and I think that credit must go not just to Alexander Supertramp, but also to the way Krakauer wrote about him.

Even though I loved Into the Wild, I still went into Into Thin Air again thinking it would be a “boring survival book”. I was totally wrong again. He gives such an emotionally distant, almost dry account of the 1996 events on Everest- yet it really is thrilling to read. And every once in a while he’ll throw in a curveball sentence, like “Such and such decision will probably haunt me for the rest of my life.”- and you believe him when he says it because he chooses sentences like that carefully.

There are a lot of characters that can be hard to keep track of, but I liked the book so much that I’ve already found myself going back through putting together who is who, and heck- I’ll probably just end up reading the whole thing again. I’ve also had Everest-mania since finishing the book and have been looking up all kinds of stuff online about it. (This reminds me of how I was after Into the Wild, too…)

My point is, even if you aren’t that thrilled by adventure, mountain climbing, survival, etc books, this is a good one.

View all my reviews

Our wedding is pretty casual. I’d like to think it’s nestled cozily somewhere between this:

and this:

You know- the kind of event where things like camo and tennis shoes aren’t exactly encouraged, but they’re not outright banned either.

Stan will not be wearing a tuxedo, nor will he be wearing Carhartt coveralls; he’ll be in his simple but charming gray suit that makes my heart go pitter patter.

I will not be rocking a 20-foot train OR a camo veil; just a sweet (dare I say stunning?) dress that’s totally “me”.

I think you get the picture.

Anyhoo, our groomsmen’s outfits consist of these components:

FINALLY I get to the question: Can you just pin a boutonniere onto a shirt? With no jacket?

I don’t know if I’ve ever seen it done! But maybe it’s one of those things that’s done all the time and I just never noticed it… like how I just recently noticed that people take their dogs into Home Depot (apparently that’s okay?).

What say ye? If it’s “acceptable”, I would like to do the boutonnieres because I think the solid hued outfits could use a little somethin-somethin. Let me know!