It was early in the planning process when I found out that I’d have to set priorities when it came to spending. In order to stay in budget, I would not be able to splurge on every detail. I’d have to find savings here and there and be willing to compromise.
The first thing I did when I started the planning process was to decide on a color scheme and a theme.I immediately knew that I wanted an evening wedding full of romance and candle light. I’m also a fan of all things modern and classic. My venue fit my personality and my vision perfectly. Next to a beach, my wedding will be full of ocean views, sunsets and romance…a few of my favorite things.
When deciding on a color scheme, I had a bit of a trickier time. [Read more…]
Leonard definitely has what one would call swag. He wears a uniform to work daily but cleans up very well. He attributes his style to his Houston upbringing. Whether in jeans, a Polo, and a fresh pair of tennis shoes or a suit and tie, Leonard takes great pride in his appearance and can make any ensemble look good. I’ve never doubted his taste. My female friends often talk about having to give their men direction when it comes to picking out gifts for them, especially shoes or clothes. On several occasions Leonard has picked out shoes for me as a gift and I’ve always be happy with his choices. Despite having to deal with his cockiness, I’m happy to have a guy with such great style. [Read more…]
The last few weeks not much wedding planning has been happening. Invitations were sent and now I’m just waiting on RSVPs to trickle in. All of my vendors have been selected. The menu is set. Flowers have been chosen. Photographer, DJ, musicians, hair & make-up are all on lock. Rentals and timelines have been completed. Leonard ordered his tuxedo and the bridal party has their attire picked out. My dress is being altered. So now I find myself with little to do planning wise. I learned from working in a hospital that we never say “it’s slow” as things will quickly turn around. So with that in mind I won’t say I’m finished planning, what I will say in that I’m enjoying the calm before the storm. A much needed calm as my work life has definitely been busy. [Read more…]
Las Vegas is one of my favorite playgrounds! I’ve been several times with multiple groups of friends, and during every visit I’ve had a blast. I would like to think the common denominator was me. So when the crew said they needed a girl’s trip before my wedding, a bachelorette party in Vegas only made sense. Naturally the planning commenced. Dates were set, invitations sent and bikini body workouts began. I was excited and ready to go. [Read more…]
Growing up, I went to church every Sunday with my grandparents. My pastor would always speak of the love God had for the church, and how a man should have that same kind of love for his wife. I learned that marriage is ordained by God and is a sacred and holy. So when Leonard and I got engaged the first thing on my agenda was to start pre-marital counseling. [Read more…]
Leonard was out of town for six weeks (He’s in the Air Force, remember?) and I counted the days until he got home. I tried to keep myself busy with wedding planning and work, but I missed him very much. So I was elated when he finally came home this week. I had my BFF back and all was good in the world again. [Read more…]
Shortly after I started planning our wedding I discovered the website Etsy and now I’m a full blown addict. The app is on both my iPad and iPhone and I visit the site several times a day. I’ve already ordered a cake topper, guest book and numerous wedding favors. I also have lots of items in my shopping cart just waiting on me to pull the trigger. I love Etsy. [Read more…]
Cake tasting has definitely been a highlight of the wedding planning process. Yes, I had committed to losing 10-15 pounds prior to my wedding in four short months, but this was something that had to be done. For the greater good, I sampled 13 delicious flavors of cake and frosting and did it guilt-free. With Leonard out of town, I enlisted the help of my grandmother and MOH, Heather. They too, were happy to indulge. [Read more…]
A year ago, Leonard and I packed up and moved to Los Angeles. With no friends or family in town we spent most of our time together and became best friends. So when we got engaged, my initial thought was this day should be about us and us alone…no wedding party (yes, my narcissism flared up). With my wedding being small and intimate, it was already the case that everyone there was special to us. All of my friends would be traveling to LA and I didn’t want to burden them with the additional cost associated with being a bridesmaid. It was Leonard who convinced me otherwise. He had already decided that he wanted to have his lifelong friends at his side. They’d all been best friends since grade school and shared all of their life experiences together. To him, this was no exception. [Read more…]
Once I was engaged, the thing I looked forward to the most was finding my wedding dress. All ten of the wedding apps I’d downloaded to my iPad said I needed to do this 7-9 months prior to the date. I was already behind schedule. Having watched every single episode of every single wedding show on TLC, I knew exactly what I wanted. Only problem was I was in Los Angeles…alone. Initially I thought I’d go into a bridal salon and pick out a dress solo so that everyone would be surprised when I walked down the aisle. But the more I thought about it, the more I knew I needed some assistance and support. I needed my girls. [Read more…]
Being an only child, I’d never not gotten what I wanted. And being an attorney, I’d become very good at negotiating. So when my fiancé and I sat down to discuss our wedding and, most importantly, our wedding budget, I had very few worries. My vision was full of lavishness while his involved us going to the courthouse. In the end, we settled on a number that would allow me the wedding of my dreams, albeit with a much smaller guest list. His reasoning for not wanting to go overboard with the spending made absolute sense, and while I understood his point, admittedly I looked at the budget number as a suggestion — kind of the same way I look at speeding limits. [Read more…]
Well folks, the deed was done. On Saturday, October 19, 2013, I jumped the broom with my best friend in front of roughly 115 loved ones. (We actually wed a month prior in a much smaller ceremony — I promise to elaborate more on that later.) In a word, last weekend was bliss.
Mr. TK and I are still sleepwalking and aren’t scheduled to return to our normal (whatever that means) schedules until next week. Still, I wanted to give you all a glimpse into our nuptials to hold you over until the official Tie the Knot Tuesday feature next month. Below is hand’s down one of my favorite moments from the big day: [Read more…]
The great news: I made it to Charlotte! Hello, Bojangles and hearing folks say “reckon” regularly. I’m about as Southern as a New York gal can be so it isn’t too much of a surprise to most of my friends that I wanted to jump the broom in North Carolina. Time is flying by. Here’s what I have on the itinerary for today:
Today’s gonna be a doozy! I’ve been up since 5ish this morning sending emails and making lists. There’s still more lists to write, too. (Mr. TK thinks I make too many lists but my mother has warned him I inherited that from my dad. “She got it honest,” she told him. They now have lots of conversations about me in front of me; they’re too funny.) Here’s what is on my list for today: [Read more…]
Yesterday was productive. While I didn’t complete all the tasks on my to-do list, I finished most of them and even did a few important things that weren’t on the list. (Ahem, my wedding band was finally selected and purchased — WOO HOO!) I realized that not only was my friend Lisa’s advice to post this wedding countdown important for the Triple B audience but it will also hold me accountable. (By the way if you’re ever in NYC and need a mani or pedi, check Lisa out at The Nail Suite by Lisa Logan. Yes that was definitely a shameless plug.) Here’s what I hope to accomplish today and tomorrow: [Read more…]
Happy Friday! Guess what? I’m scheduled to jump the broom a week from tomorrow. That’s right! One. Week. From. Tomorrow. Although I’ve been blogging on Triple B for Road to Mrs. periodically, I have managed to remain sorta tight-lipped about the details of my wedding. (When it is all said and done there will actually be two weddings but more on that later.) My good friend Lisa pointed out my covertness the other night over calamari and catfish tenders. Our convo went something like this:
Lisa: Bridge, people will relate to you more on BBB if you shared the details of your day-to-day.
Me: Yeah, but you know I’m kinda private and so is Mr. TK. Plus, I have been blogging about it in Road to Mrs.
Lisa: (rolling her eyes) That’s not enough. You launched a bridal blog and you’re getting married. You’ve shared so many details about other brides yet you’re keeping all the good stuff about yourself to yourself. That could turn people off.
Lisa: How about a countdown! That’s fun and exciting and you can be honest about all the ish you still have to do. Be vulnerable like you were when you first announced you were engaged. People will relate to that.
And so here it is, folks. The first day of my 1 week wedding day countdown. I even plan to blog tomorrow. (Not Sunday though. The buck has to stop somewhere.) Below is my to-do list for today. Let’s see how much of this I can actually get accomplished. [Read more…]
One of the highlights in my wedding planning process which is quickly coming to a close was my bridal shower and bachelorette weekend. After posting about them on numerous occasions as a resource for other brides, I was a little nervous about what type of fete I would have myself. Contrary to what many predicted, I opted not to do the Miami or Vegas jaunt but definitely still had a ball! Here’s why: [Read more…]
I am a huge stationery fan. It all began when my father purchased personalized stationery for me when I was about 7 or 8 years old. I even worked a part-time job at a very high-end British stationery and small leather goods boutique as an adult. Oh and guess what else? I dabble in calligraphy (another hobby I owe to my father). So much so that one of my girlfriends paid me to address her wedding invitations. Add to all of this that I’m a bridal blogger and let’s just say that the pressure to have “THE BOMB” invitation suite was a bit daunting. Okay, it was very daunting. [Read more…]