Monday, March 30, 2009

Still a truckin'

So things are still moving along. I know we are still way ahead of the game but I can't help but be anxious to get more done. I am anxious about getting the reception venue booked. I keep telling myself that once that is done, I will be able to relax some but really, who am I kidding?? I have been a lot better than I ever thought I would be though. This is a lot of fun (I know, I know, so FAR) but I have really enjoyed most of this process. But then again, talk to me again in 6 months and see how I feel about it. I do feel excited that we have gotten a few big things out of the way. First, the church then my DRESS..(which my the way is my new favorite thing in the whole wide world). I want to go visit the sample at the store just about every day. Also, we have pretty much decided on a photographer (Emily) and all we lack with that is sending in the contract with the deposit. Hopefully we will have that done this week. We both really liked her and think she will do a fabulous job at our wedding. She reminds me a lot of my sister's photographer who is based out of North Carolina and we really loved her pictures and the way that she captured the day. That is one of the initial things that drew me to her. I am really glad that Mr. Stilts and I actually agreed on SOMETHING on the first try. We walked out of our meeting with Emily and both said, "she is really great". So YAY score for Emily!!!
Some people we have been dealing with are a little off and this really surprises me. I would think that people in this industry would be on top of things but GEEZ. Some people just seem really sort of air-headish (ok, not a word but it makes sense to me). I won't go into specifics but it seems like certain people just can't seem to get things right on paper. We have gone over it a million times verbally and it seems to register there but apparently the time it takes to get from the brain to the paper something malfunctions. I am crossing my fingers and my toes that this gets resolved soon, like today. That's a check mark I am SO ready for. I guess even though I have watched and helped friends and family go through the wedding process I never really realized all the componentsthat go into one. I will say that I have greatly improved on my "wheeling and dealing" skills. Something I have NEVER had before. I rock.
I do have something else done though. I have finally asked all my bridesmaids to be in the wedding. We weren't sure if we were going to stay in town for a while and so I held off asking all of them. I am really happy that they all said yes and want to be a part of Mr. Stilts and I's wedding day. I am so excited about it all and even though I know the time between now and March 20,2010 is going to fly by, I'm ok with it. I know we will get everything done and it will be perfect.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

THE DRESS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :-)

So.......YAY!!!!!!!!!!!! I found a dress!! And not only is it "a" dress, it's "THE" dress. My sister, Linnea, came into town over the weekend and her, my Mom and I went out looking both Saturday and Sunday. We went to three different places on Saturday and one on Sunday. Let me tell you, I have never felt so pretty in my life and I am so excited that I found it so quickly. I found the dress at our first stop of the day, Faccio Bridal in Cool Springs. The woman there are fantastic and they really make you feel wonderful. No wonder they won best bridal shop in Nashville. They deserve it! I had so much fun shopping with Linnea and my Mom. My sister made reservations at Amerigo for lunch and had champagne waiting on us when we got there. It was so fantastic!! I am still trying to get used to the attention. I guess you never realize how much you get until you are "The Bride". It's so much fun though and I so enjoyed spending the time with just the three of us. I think I probably tried on 40 different dresses throughout the two day wedding dress extravaganza. I didn't commit to the dress at first, I was afraid because it was like the third dress I tried on and I didn't want to commit and then find something at one of the other stores. But everything I tried on after that just didn't feel right and I kept going back to that one. It's so hard to explain how I felt when I had it on. It was sort of like I was living in a movie. I could see myself walking down the aisle and I could see Mr. Stilts standing there waiting for me. I didn't feel that way in any thing else so I guess it is true when they say you know when you've found the dress. Plus, all three of us cried when I had it on -which I know to those who know us might not seem like such a big deal (we all cry at Kodak commercials) but not a single dress after that had the same effect. I would like to give a HUGE thanks to Linnea and my Mom for tugging, pulling, and zipping me into so many dresses (even the super ugly one). I know their "zipper fingers" are not a fan of me right now. My Mom and Linnea rock and I will never forget the "slutty nightgown" or the missed opportunity for a young hooker intervention. Good thing we weren't on tv, right Mom??
I am sorry to say though that I will not be posting a picture of the awesomeness that is my dress....this I want to keep under wraps until March 20,2010. Which by the way is ONE YEAR AND THREE DAYS AWAY!!!! Nuts.
OH and PS- we decided to go with Gaylord Springs Golf Links for the reception!!!!!!!!! Two GIGANTIC checks this weekend- WOO HOO!

Friday, March 13, 2009

So.....We bought a church!

YAY!! I'm so excited! Last Friday Mr. Stilts and I, along with his Father, went down to Donelson Heights United Methodist Church and put down the deposit! Mr. Stilts and his Dad hadn't seen the church yet in person but they both seemed impressed. It's so pretty and I think it's going to be perfect for us. Now we just have to decide on the reception venue even though I think we both agree that Gaylord Springs Golf Course is the one we like the best and we absolutely enjoy the coordinator there. Plus, it's pretty close to the church so that is good. We don't want our guests to have to drive far between places. I am really happy with the way things are going and I am having fun doing all this. Mr. Stilts tells me that he is too. We have started interviewing some photographers as well and that is REALLY fun. It's one of my favorite aspects of the whole wedding. I love photography and I want us to get one that will really capture the day. I want to look back 10 years from now and feel like I am re-living the whole thing. This entire process can be really stressful at times but really we are having a blast thinking of ways in which we can make this day ours and put our touch into it. There are so many ideas running through my head and I'm sure through his so there will be more posts coming as we make decisions and rock this wedding. I will post again once we have the reception venue booked and I hope it's soon! Woo hoo!! :-)