Monday, April 30, 2007
Friday, April 27, 2007
This picture has been saved for a long time in my "inspiration" folder on my computer. So fresh, so alive. I, however, probably wouldn't put dirt on the plates for my guests' food. I think that's a little weird.
Love the two tone greens. We'd probably do blues, but you get the picture. I just found out that those chairs cost an arm and a leg to rent, so we'd probably just have normal white chairs.
The idea for the centerpiece is really cool, and so pretty I think. Just grow wheat grass and then on the big day stick tulips down in. Genius! (isn't that a crazy amount of stemware on one table?)
Last, but not least, Jordan's friend Rachel set her table this Easter in the exact colors we're thinking of using for our wedding. Love the milky blue plates and the dark brown cloth as an accent. Plus, I'm a huge fan of the planter boxes and little mint bowls.
Thursday, April 26, 2007
- MATLAB is hard, but awesome when you figure it out.
- I don't have to get straight A's in everything. This is a lesson that I'm SO glad I learned. I don't think I would have learned it any other way.
- Some things are more important than others. I've learned to prioritize these things a lot better.
- I've realized that school/work/"success" doesn't really drive me like it used to. People and my interactions with them tend to by my main motivation.
- I'm so lucky to be blessed with a mind that understands things, because I have not been blessed with the patience to persistently work to understand.
- When sitting in an otherwise boring class it is important to keep my mind wide open to the different interpretations of what the teacher is talking about. One lecture on bacterial growth in space helped me reaffirm my faith in God. Beat that!
- Having an advanced degree means that someone worked very hard in one particular area. It does not give them carte blanche in all areas.
- Teaching is awesome, grading papers is not.
- In the future I will remember to treat those less experienced than myself with respect.
Well, that's all I can think of at the moment. I'm so excited to graduate!
Wednesday, April 25, 2007
For the reception, the venue was REALLY important to me. I've been to so many weddings where the couple didn't start with a good venue. It you don't start with something you really like, you're sort of sunk in the water.
I had a few qualities that I really wanted in a venue.
1-Good Dance floor, not some small little square tucked back in a corner. I want people to dance and my reception, so this needed to be front and center.
2-Big enough to hold everyone, and small enough so that everyone feels included.
3-Character. We went to a bunch of places that were trying to be elegant. New places where people tried to add things to make it seem romantic. They just seemed to be trying too hard. I wanted somewhere that I really felt like it was true to itself...if that makes any sense.
4-In our budget, of course.
5- Really felt like Colorado. Both of our families will be traveling from out of state to come out our wedding. I wanted to make sure that everyone got a chance to see the beauty of Colorado.
So, after spending 3 weeks frantically driving all over the Denver Metro area, we decided on this beauty:
The Boettcher Mansion. It was built in 1917 and is located on top of Lookout Mountain, overlooking the city lights of Denver. This place is SO awesome. For the past 3 months it has been undergoing $3.1 million of remodeling. Here is the main room where we'll have our reception:
It's called the fireside room because it has a huge open fireplace on the right hand side of the photo. The overhead lighting will be spectacular! I even kind of want to get an old Model T to drive us around so that I can capture the feel of the house. Since we're having a swing band play at the reception I think the feel of this house will go perfectly!
Monday, April 23, 2007
Friday, April 20, 2007
All I can say is...WOW. This woman has amazing talent. She is my favorite photographer I've seen in a long, long time. Amazingly adept at capturing the perfect moments of the big day. Her photos look like paintings...each one really captures emotion and beauty. I cannot say enough about her work. I looked through every single photo on her website and then went over to her blog and was astounded. Plus, she does great volunteer work in the community. This is a person that I would not only love to hire, but want to be best friends with.
I mean, really. Wouldn't you want to be friends with the person who took this photo?
Its a real shame that her services are a little outside of our budget (which I am determined to stick to).
This is me with a really, really sad face.....
Wednesday, April 18, 2007
I love how perfectly it captures my cousin! The framing, the line...just perfect. Finding a great photographer is sooooo important to me. I want someone who is almost a photojournalist. I want them to capture really tender and moments. I want something really special to remember my day, like this photo.
Tuesday, April 17, 2007
Because of the rain a bunch of worms thought it was safe for them to come out of the ground and float around through the water. They didn't think anything was out of the ordinary when they decided to leave the safety of their holes. They thought it was any old average night.
They floated around, probably thinking about the family they left behind down in the dirt. They were probably enjoying their new-found freedom. They were learning more, seeing the world, and really experiencing life.
Then, the rain stopped and they were stranded on sidewalks and roads.
As I walked across campus this morning I noticed that the majority of the squished worms were small, skinny worms. The ones who had probably just left the dirt for their first time. The squashed potential made me really sad. How would they have ever known that today was going to be the day they were run over by some bike tread? They could never have predicted that their new found independence was going to end up in their unexpected meeting with the bottom of someones Merrel shoe.
The really moving thing is that some of the worms were able to brush themselves off and wriggle their ways back to the dirt. Back to their lives, back to something they know. That they will go on digging holes and rebuilding after today gives me hope.
Wednesday, April 11, 2007
I really really like this invite. I think I'd change the yellow to green or blue (still working on colors), but I really like the style.
I don't really like the peach ink on this one, but I really like the pattern and layout. Plus the paper is so thick that the letterpress looks AMAZING!
Monday, April 09, 2007
You may be asking yourself, "how does she know, how can she be so sure?"
Well, I'll tell you how.
Yesterday I roasted an entire turkey all by myself, and it turned out perfectly. Golden brown on top, juicy in even the most top piece of breast meat. Even the microwaved leftovers are moist and delicious for lunch today.
The dress I found cost $4600! Who in their right mind would pay that much for a dress? Anyway, I sunk down into a pit of despair after I took a look at the price tag. Ugh. I was annoyed all day.
We went to some other shops and tried similar cuts and styles. The thing is, you can really tell the difference between at $500 and a $5000 dollar dress.
We decided that my mom is going to make me the dress of my dreams. She's an amazing seamstress, at the dress really isn't complicated so I'm pretty sure it will turn out beautiful! Plus, I think it is a really awesome way to have my mom involved in everything with her being so far away (she lives in Washington State).
My aunt and grandma think we are crazy to try to do this.
I'm going to love proving them all wrong.
Friday, April 06, 2007
He gave me a hug, told me I was his very best friend, got down on one knee and asked me to spend my life with him while offering me the most shiny, beautiful ring the world has ever seen. In one swift movement, I stuck my right pointer finger through the ring (I didn't want to loose it, but I didn't want to take the time to wait for him to slide it onto the correct finger) and fell into his arms.
After a minute we separated and he told me that the stone was the same one that his grandma wore for 52 years of the most love filled marriage. She called him up 3 weeks ago and offered it to him. After telling me that I was a complete wreck. I started crying so hard! I've never felt so honored or welcomed into someone's heart and family. That his grandma would offer to give me something so prized left me absolutely speechless. Thinking about it still gives me goosebumps and brings tears to my eyes.
Turns out, that he had been planning to ask me here, in Colorado on the Monday before we planed to leave. My little Carpe Diem moment totally messed up his plan and sent him into a 24 hour tailspin trying to figure out a new way to ask me. Good thing he's so great thinking on his feet!
We danced to no music on the top of the building.
It was perfect.
Thursday, April 05, 2007
Anyway, there are some very good reasons why I haven't posted. My little sister had her baby! Little Charlotte was 8 lb 8 oz 21 inches long and perfect. She has dark brown hair and pretty blue eyes. She is adorable and I can already tell she is really really smart. Plus she has great fashion sense because her auntie Katie has basically supplied her entire wardrobe. My sister is pretty much amazing. After being a mom for only 4 days she had it down. A total expert already!
The other big news is that the ear doctor asked me to be his wife and I GLADLY accepted! Hooray! We are engaged! I love this man more than life itself. He is the perfect match for me and I can't wait to be his wife.
We're planning on getting married at the end of June, so the planning will be frenzied! However, I think it's better to just get it done fast so that the planning doesn't stretch out forever. I promise that I would be just as frenzied in a year long engagement as I will be in the next 3 months so at least I'm decreasing the span of the insanity.
Anyway, if anyone has any great suggestions for a wedding reception in the Denver area, let me know!