weekend of productivity

…until about 9:00 Sunday night, when it came to a grinding halt. but, we’ll start with the beginning!

On Friday night BM E came over and we went to see Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. O. M. G. Love me some Harry Potter. Everything about the books (and movies) is just so transportive and whimsical. It’s such a complete break from reality for a few hours into this believable, wonderful magical world. Yes, I agree that there were aspects of the book that should definitely have been more at the forefront of the movie… and some of the snogging could have been on the cutting room floor. But overall I was enchanted. It probably helps that I haven’t read the book since it was released in… 2005? So my memory on the details is not so keen. And I still believe that Alan Rickman as Snape is one of the most brilliant casting choices in modern cinematic history, up there with DDL as Daniel Plainview (I! DRINK! YOUR! MILKSHAAAKE!)

Anyway. On with my weekend. On Saturday morning we met two of the other BMs, K and A, at the bridal salon to pick up the bridesmaids dresses! Yes, they are in! And the not-so-helpful folks at the salon didn’t bother letting us know until I called to inquire about their whereabouts. But, neither here nor there. We have the dresses! Unfortunately, my sister/MOH was unable to make the trip up, so I picked up her dress. Therefore, we sadly do no have a photograph of her in her dress. But not to fear – she will be in town NEXT weekend for my FIRST SHOWER! And I will force her to do a fashion show at that time.

The dresses are absolutely gorgeous – the color is exactly what I wanted, and all of the ladies look fabulous in it and love their dress choices. A few minor alterations are needed for each, but thankfully nothing drastic. (BMs K and A need to have their dresses cut from floor length to tea length) Without futher ado, I present… the lovely bridesmaids:

BM K, lucky enough to have me take both front and rear photos, because she has an oh-so-lovely bow on the back of her dress!

BM E, it’s unfortunate you can’t see her face because she was SO happy about her dress. (She’s actually going to be wearing it again, for another wedding!)

And lastly, completing my trio of v-necked bridesmaids, BM A

I think this post has gotten long enough… you’ll just have to wait for the next one to find out what ELSE I did on my oh-so productive weekend… and the bummer ending!

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the lovely ladies

All of my wonderful bridesmaids have picked out their dresses. In what might be record time, no less. We had an appointment at a bridal shop that carried After Six dresses at 10:00 a.m. a few Saturdays ago, and we were out of the shop, with all of the dresses ordered, by 11:15. Tell me that’s not amazing.

When we got there and had a chance to look at the color swatches in person, it turned out that the moss was a much deeper green than we’d been expecting. However, the kiwi color was almost exactly what we’d thought the moss would look like! So we ended up ordering the dresses in kiwi. We are doing tea-length dresses, two girls (MOH and BM E) picked dresses that are already the right length. BM K and BM A both selected long dresses, but the lines are really simple and they will be able to get them hemmed easily. I am thinking about using some of the extra fabric then to make a pocket square for my bridesman, so he’ll “go” with my side of the party a little better! My sister (MOH) picked a strapless, sweetheart neckline, which will go great with my sweetheart neckline that I’m having put in my dress. She’ll also stand out from the other three, as they all picked v-neck dresses. The four look fantastic together.

And here they are!

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bridesmaids (and their dresses!)

Now that I’ve finished asking all of my wonderful bridesmaids to be in the wedding (and they all said yes!) I figured an introductory post was in order. First, there’s my maid of honor. This was never a position that was in doubt, the obvious choice was my fabulous younger sister, A. A is easily one of my most favorite people in the world. She is funny, sweet, gorgeous, and not to mention, she’s one sharp cookie – she’s in her first year of law school AND being my MOH! 😉

Next we have BM K, who I went to college with. We pledged our sorority together and have been pretty much inseparable since then, miles apart be damned! K is smart, practical and gets my zany sense of humor. She’s also in the middle of planning her own wedding right now! Then there’s BM E. The only people I’m still in touch with that have known me longer than BM E are my family. We went to kindergarten together, and we’re just as close as ever almost 22 years later! She is super stylish, creative, outgoing and one of the most supportive people I know. She’s a graphic designer and will be designing our invitations! J’s sister, BM A, rounds out the lovely ladies. We actually went to college together, but didn’t realize it until J and I started dating. BM A is outgoing, fun and always up for an adventure – whether it’s going to Costa Rica for two years with the Peace Corps or checking out disco night at the local skating rink!

Last, but most certainly not least, I will be having a BridesMAN, as well, my dear friend K. J and I are actually sharing BMan K between our parties. He’ll be doing the pre-wedding fun with the guys (so, bachelor party, not bachelorette party) and then standing on my side the day of the wedding. BMan K and I met in college and hit it off right away. He’s wicked smart, creative, hilarious, and quite the mastermind in the kitchen! (BMan K and BM A are planning to have a cupcake bake-off!) Even though he now lives several states away, we are still in very close touch and he and J have become good friends as well.

We’re planning to go dress shopping for the ladies the second weekend in March, when MOH A will be home from law school on spring break. Thankfully, the rest of the girls are local! (Obviously, we’re not dragging BMan K dress shopping!) I’m planning on picking a designer, color, and length and then letting the girls pick their own dresses. They all have very different body types and styles, so I want them to select something they’ll be comfortable in. Right now, I’m leaning heavily towards Dessy’s After Six line, tea length, in moss green. The color is exactly what I’m looking for, and the collection is expansive enough that I think each of the ladies will be able to easily find something she likes. My plan is to look up bridal stores in the area that carry the After Six line, and make appointments at several of them, and we can keep our eyes open for any other designers that pique our interest while we’re shopping. I also like the European celadon color by Bill Levkoff, but he has a smaller, pricier selection.

Just to give you an idea, here are a few of the many dresses that they could select from the After Six collection…

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