It’s Hot, Hot, Hot…

An outdoor wedding in August? Are we crazy? August is the hottest time of year and Kevin has over active sweat glands. Kevin and I knew from the start we wanted an intimate outdoor wedding. As we decided in March’09 that we would have our wedding in 2009 there was no way we were going to be able to have a mild weather spring wedding. I guess we could have decided to have a late fall wedding but my sister / matron of honor will be moving overseas in September.

Now, we are hit with the dilemma “to tent or not to tent, that is the question”. After weighting the pros: protection from the elements and cons: won’t feel like an outdoor space. We have decided to take the risk of no tent to the dismay of a few. I imagined dancing the night away under the stars in my wedding dress and figure that a tent would compromise the beautiful location.

What if it rains? You ask. Well, remember an umbrella…just kidding. Of course under those circumstances, Kevin and I would get a tent for the festivities. I would recommend dressing appropriately for the HOT August weather. We promise to have ice cold drinks to keep you cool.

Where to stay?

The wedding festivities will take place at the following address.

4228 E. Co. Hwy 30A.
Seagrove Beach, FL 32459

There is a condo complex within 300 yards from all the action.    Looks like all the condos are two bedrooms with a sleeper sofa and would sleep 6 adults pretty comfortably. Here is the link for the condo rentals.

http://oneseagroveplace.com/

If you decide to rent a beach house versus staying at One Seagrove Place there are lots of beautiful beach houses nearby.

Please let us know if you need any help with your travel plans or accommodations.

Family Pictures

IMG_2682Kevin’s family and mine minus a sick Mallory.  This is the first time the our families  have gotten together.  We had a great time and ate yummy Italian food at Maggiano’s.

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Here’s Mallory.

Thoughts from the Bride

The Bride here. I’m sure you all can tell from Kevin’s colorful postings that I’m much more into the planning then he is. What can I say but I’m a girl! Now that it’s my turn to be the blushing bride, I guess I might have a few small demands but I am doing my best not to turn into a bridezilla. As a bridezilla is defined as “a difficult, unpleasant, perfectionist bride who leaves aggravates family, friends and bridal vendors in her wake in her quest for the perfect wedding.” This is not how I want to be thought of but I will admit that I have had my bridezilla moments.

Although, I am your classic type A personality I told myself that I would be a happy go lucky bride in order to enjoy this process as stress free as possible. After a few of my own bridezilla moments I got to thinking, “I’m a smart well adjusted person (or at the very least I like to think so) so why is my blood pressure raising because Kevin hasn’t given his input on our china pattern or that he hasn’t completed a single wedding task in over a month!!!”. As much as I want to be an easy going bride I’m starting to think that a “calm and relaxed bride” is a mythical creature.

Becoming a bride is like taking on a second job. As a bride you are the project manager, travel agent, party planner, etc. It’s exhausting. I’m lucky that I have a wonderful fiancé, good friends and supportive family which have the ability to tame a raging bridezilla. Things are moving along smoothly and with the help of everyone around me I’ve kept the carnage to a minimum.

Is my wedding list getting bigger?

Shortly after we became engaged I was presented with a list of things in need of completion.  As of today I have officially completed one of those items.  If you want a hint at what that was, you are reading it.  So you may be asking what’s left.  Good question, I barely know myself which is why I felt it would be best to post here for easy reference:

1. Review guest list

2. Research venues and decide on top 3.

3. Set a date.

4. Find save the date cards.

Looking at the list it doesn’t seem to bad.  Honestly, if I put my mind to it, I could probably have this completed over the course of an afternoon.  The only problem is that I seem to always find something to fill my time with in the afternoon…generally these things are mindless items that allow me to use as little brain power as possible.  However, with some strategic thinking I was able to identify a way to quickly knock out all 4 items in one swoop – elope.  As the days melt away this option seems more and more appealing.  How great would it be, all of the headaches associated with scheduling a wedding vanish.  We then can use our time to schedule a marriage celebration party, complete with family, friends, live band and dairy queen ice cream cake.

Where in the World will our Wedding be?

This seems to be the topic of discussion these days.  The good thing is that we have canceled out all locations within a 300 mile radius of our home.  The bad thing is the world is much bigger then we thought.

We know three things at this point: the location will be on the beach, the hotel will be all inclusive and travel packages will be reasonable priced (some have gone as far to say I am cheap).  Outside of that we have no clue.  Locations thrown out up to this point are St. Johns, Aruba, Costa Rica and the Dominican Republic.  If you have a preference please let us know.  Chances are that we will not consider it when making our decision but do not let that stop you from offering an opinion.

The plan at this point is to make a decision within the next month or two so that we can schedule a vacation to the hotel later this year and scout it out.  Hopefully we choose right the first time because I will not spend any money to visit plan b….we will just cross our fingers and hope.

Are all of these Wedding magazines necessary?

I never really gave it much thought before but maybe weddings are the business idea I have been looking for all these years.  Songkhla seems to be keeping every wedding magazine afloat all by herself.   Their slowly starting to infiltrate our home.  Close to 10 of these things are within my reach as we speak, not to mention the 100’s of others strewed throughout the house.  It would have been 101 but I managed to talk her out of purchasing a magazine devoted to pictures of wedding flower arrangements.

All of this got me wondering, is this how she views my sport watching?  She always complains about how I would watch paint dry if they made a sport out of it.  In the past I would typically act as if I was paying attention and throw in a ‘sure’ or ‘yes’ every now and then but now I am wondering if I am to sports watching what Songkhla is to wedding watching?

I don’t know the answer to any of this.  All I know is that if these wedding magazines keep getting purchased at this rate we will need to copy all other business industries and apply for some government bailout money.