Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Wedding Wednesday {firsts and lasts}

Happy leap year! Being a February baby I am always very aware of these few and far between years when we add an extra day to the calendar! Yesterday was bittersweet as I celebrated my last birthday as a Watson(although my parents often argue that we will always be Watsons!). Wow, my friends and family know how to make a girl feel special- phone calls, texts, cakes, hugs and kisses all day long! John spoiled me with a mani/ pedi from my favorite nail spa in town, a massage and a delicious dinner for the two of us at Saludas! He must have sensed that I am in a great need of some rest and relaxation!!

We celebrated my birthday tonight at my parents house complete with Pasta Fresca and (green) mint chocolate chip icecream cake- my favorite!! Tomorrow, my friends and I are celebrating at another favorite- Rosso! I have always loved birthdays and believe everyone deserves a nice long week or at least few days of celebrations! Thanks to to my wonderful family and friends for making it do special!!

On a random but important wedding note, I never thought choosing a first/last daddy daughter dance could be so difficult! I think about this often- I've always been extremely close to my dad and this dance means the world to me! For those of you that know me, know I'm a crier. I've had a couple in mind that Ive had to nix from the get-go bc I fear I will be that bride ugly crying through the whole dance. Not to mention he will be wearing a dinner jacket and I'd hate to ruin his outfit at the start of the reception. I think I've found the perfect song- meaningful but upbeat and fun but I thought I'd share a song one of my good friends sent me a few months ago. The words are so fitting but I have (ugly)cried often listening to it- there'd be no hope for me! I suggest having a tissue, or two or 3 on hand!:)

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Wedding Wednesday …

a day late. 

We are trucking along in the planning department and living at home has put me at a huge advantage.  My poor mom is oh so patient. 

Today we had our 2nd (of 3) meeting with Monsignor Harris.  Have I mentioned this wedding is getting real? Tomorrow marks 9 weeks. Single digits- how?? There is something about sitting in a room with the priest that is going to marry you in 9 weeks talking about logistics of the big day that puts thing into perspective… real fast.  I could not be more excited. 

In other news, John survived his bachelor party this past weekend and made it home in one piece.  From what I’ve heard, the boys had a blast and even behaved.  We were also on a need to know basis and I do not need to know any different!

We are heading to Aiken Saturday for Breigh and Grahams nuptials!!  Breigh is a good friend from college and I could not be happier for us to be able to celebrate such a big day in their lives!!

Speaking of happy… this picture makes me just that.  We got a few teasers from our photographer {we are both using the wonderful Zil photography} from Boo’s wedding. 

Do you blame the goofiness in the middle?  He does have TWO daughters to give away 3 months apart!! 

boo wedding

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Love is sweet

With Valentine’s right around the corner and a little over 2 months until the wedding, my sisters hosted a kitchen shower in my honor!  Everything was perfect and above and beyond anything I could have imagined!

lemon water and pink lemonade paired with milk jars and straws2.12-001Strawberry champagne cocktailsIMG_0827heart cupcakes, strawberry fudge, heart petit fors, Kahlua truffle and heart sugar cookiesIMG_0824IMG_0835Meredith, Scottie, Ali and Mrs. RayfieldIMG_0837My sweet Grandma, me and Aunt FrankieIMG_0838Boo and SarahIMG_0840Emory would tell you this was an “all girls party- no boys allowed” but we made an exception for this cute face!IMG_0841they had a fun game of gift bingo for everyone to play while I opened giftsDSC_0363DSC_0366DSC_0372To avoid overloading this post with 800 pictures of opening presents, I’ll just share this one… the countdown is (still) on!DSC_0375I can’t begin to say how blessed I feel.  We have so many special people in our lives and are so lucky to have them share in this exciting time with us!

Amy, Boo and Jo- thank you SO very much for hosting such a fun and sweet shower today!  I am so lucky to have you as my sisters and can’t wait to have you stand next to me in just a few months!  I love you!

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Wedding Wednesday

I am fully aware that I have abandoned my blog lately but specifically my Wedding Wednesday posts.  My intent from the beginning was to document each week of our engagement and where we were in the process.  I am here to admit, I got in way to far over my head.  Mainly because I never could really think of anything to talk about that I felt was that important to sit down and write.  Now that we are 10 1/2 weeks (WHAT?!?!) out, I am going to make a conscious effort to post every week.  However, just as most have been, this post and probably most to come will be totally random and all over the place.

I am pleased, ecstatic, over the moon, whatever other happy and relieved words you can think of  to say that I am DONE with the list.  D.O.N.E.!  I have literally been working on it for 10 months now and it feels as though a huge weight has been lifted.  Our invitations also came in today so it is a matter of a few weeks before we will be sending them out!

Last week my mom and I met with my florist, Fern Studio, and wow- I did not think I would ever be this excited about flowers.  If you are in the market for a florist I totally recommend her! 

Guess who leaves for his Bachelor Party tomorrow?!?!?  That’s right, it is already that time for John to celebrate his last weekend single with the guys in New Orleans.  There are also 2 other guys having their bachelor parties in N.O. this weekend too that John knows.  I am planning to keep myself busy this weekend and just pray that he comes back all in one piece!! 

I’d being lying if I said the past few weeks/ months haven't been some of the most stressful ever.  I have never really used this blog to vent about negative things (maybe sometimes!)so I wont do it now.  I am just so happy that I can see an end in sight and can not to finally be married to John.  I have a new found obsession with Essie nail polish- weird, I know.  Tonight I was in Target and I couldn’t help but splurge on a few new bottles because the names caught my eye.photo1Bachelorette Bash, ChinChilly, e-nuf is e-nuf

That’s it for tonight!

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Stock the Bar Party

This past weekend we had a wonderful stock the bar party thrown for us by my best friends and bridesmaids.  My childhood/ high school best friend was sweet enough to host at her house and the girls did such a great job with all the food and decorations!123IMG_450745768101114photoIMG_4515IMG_4518We are so lucky to have such wonderful friends and family who have made this time in our lives so special.  This weekend was no exception- the party and company was wonderful, John got iced and our bar is fully stocked.  Thank you girls- we love you!