Friday, October 30, 2009

The Wedding Part 2

The Ceremony
(you can click on the pics to see them better)


The ride to the ceremony was surreal. I wasn't nervous, but I wasn't calm. It just didn't seem real. I kept telling my bridesmaids, I know someone is getting married today, but it just doesn't feel like me.


Here's me and my father (not a great picture of him clearly)



Toasting the trip with champagne. My flowers are the all red ones. I was in love with my flowers.


Right before we stepped out of the limo...


It was drizzling upon arrival, so I was escorted in under a huge umbrella and we hid in the back until the ceremony started (approximately 2.5 seconds after we arrived). Thankfully, I had no time to panic.

The whole way down the aisle I kept thinking, look at John, look at John. I really wanted to see his reaction and it was priceless. The walk down the aisle was a blur and a lot of the ceremony was too.



A random picture of our gorgeous church...



I spent most of my time up there begging God not to let me faint (I didn't want to end up on America's Funniest Home Videos) and the rest of it smiling goofy at John.

I do remember a fist bump (between the two of us) at some point during our vows. I cannot wait to see the video so that I can relive that moment and to remember the details.



Stay tuned for more!

Thursday, October 29, 2009

The Wedding Part 1

It's the Mrs. reporting in. =]

Cheesy, right?

Anyway, I don't have ANY professional pictures yet-- not even a teaser photo-- so my recaps won't be as beautiful as they could be, but I know inquiring minds want to know all about our wedding day.

I can't blame you, it was amazing.

Unforunately, our wedding day was a freakishly cold, rainy day in Washington, D.C. We planned our October wedding for the mild weather and the outdoor pictures and we got neither. Other than that, it was an absolute dream.

I don't know how I did it, but I remained calm, cool and pretty collected throughout most of the wedding process-- especially over the last few days. The terrible weather didn't even make me sweat. I find this odd, since i'm a complete control freak, but I went with it. It felt good to be calm.

Here's a pic of the girls and I getting ready! I am sipping my coffee.


The morning of the wedding, the girls and I had a early wake-up call for hair and make-up. We hung out, drank coffee, and jammed out to Miley Cyrus (a little tragic, I know). I loved the way that my hair and make-up turned out, but it all felt a little weird. I've never worn foundation or a lot of make up in my life, so I barely recognized myself.

Here's the hairstylist working her magic!


...and the make-up artist


The finished look (not a great pic of me)


and here's the girls helping me get dressed. We have my bridesmaids Mari, Noelle and my maid of honor and sister putting the garter on me.


Stay tuned for part 2! The ceremony =]

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Mrs. is Back!


Expect a legitimate post, about the BEST day of my life, very soon!

Friday, October 16, 2009

It's Time

And we're off.

I'll catch you on the flip side as a Mrs.

xoxoxo

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Can't Wait.

I just took a little trip through the archives.

Damn.

I bet you guys can't wait till I get married so that I'll shut up about it.



I'm looking forward to it too.

If I never hear another person ask me if I'm excited to get married and/or if I'm ready for the wedding it will be too soon.

I smile, I nod and in my mind I think,
no, I'm not excited. I hate my fiance and don't want to marry him. This is the worst time of my life. Presents? gag me. Attention? I hate it. Wearing a pretty dress? gross.

Also for the several that ask if I'm ready everyday?
1. Probably, because I'm type A.
2. If I'm not, I don't want you to remind me of it and send me into a pit of despair.

Haute-tober

Do you know why I'm getting married in October?

The smell of the crisp, cool air.

The changing leaves.

An outdoor freakin' cocktail hour where you aren't sweating your butt off due to D.C. humidity.




When I picked my date I wasn't envisioning 48 and raining.

Crisp = 60
Frigid = below 50



I hate the weatherman (or woman). Yesterday they were calling for 70 and sunny.

Can you believe that when I was in kindergarten I wanted to be a "weather girl?" If I saw my kindergarten self now, I'd kick my own ass.



4 DAYS!!!!!!!

Wish me sunny skies and 65 degree weather.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Poor John

Once upon a time a bride had a brother that broke up with his live in girlfriend.

The ex live in girlfriend took all of brother's stuff.

Future bride thought-- we'll, I'll be a good sister and give brother ALL of my old kitchen stuff including her silverware, (anticipating that she would be getting some new things soon).

Future bride had a bridal shower and got more than she could have imagined (seriously, above and beyond)- except for silverware.

Future husband wonders why we have no silverware, like ever.

How was future bride supposed to know that silverware is an undesirable registry item?

Can you believe that we've been eating off plastic since June?

Ha. Whatever-- it was worth it to keep brother smiling.

I know where our wedding money is going!

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Kids are Disgusting

Normally, I love kids.
 
I love kids so much, that I chose to work with them day in and day out.  Who needs adult conversation everyday anyways?
 
Not me.
 
 
 
Times that I do not like kids--
 
Right now- 9 days before my wedding when they are spitting, drooling, snotting, sneezing, and being all out disgusting in front of me.   I just had to give an IQ test to a kindergartener that had a tissue shoved so far up her nose that I thought I noticed it coming out of her left ear.
 
The only time she removed the tissue--  when she wanted to blow her nose and then touch all of my testing kit accessories. 
 
So help me god kid, I don't care that we're both named Ashley and that it's like "SO TOTALLY AWESOME (her words)"--- you better not get me sick.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

La Di Da

It's my last Wednesday at work until October 28th. 
 
Alleluiah.
 
I'm going to hate coming back on the 28th, I'm going to have work coming out of my ears (apparently kids still have learning disabilities while I'm gone, despite my wedding/honeymoon), but I'm SO looking forward to the break.  
 
Yesterday, the special education team threw me a little shower-which is super nice of them considering the fact that they've only known me for one month.  We had ice cream cake and they gave me some cash to spend on my honeymoon.  I feel so welcomed there!
 
I can't believe that we're so close!  I can't believe that we're so close and that I still have time to sleep, relax, watch T.V..  It kinda makes me want to remarry John every year.  Who doesn't love a party? 
 
Cross your fingers for me that I stay healthy and sane for the next 10 days!  I think I'm going to stop for a flu shot on the way home today.  I've had a slightly stuffy nose and a slightly sore throat for 3 weeks now.  Despite the fact that I don't usually have allergies, I think it must be allergies (please, please, please just be allergies). 

Monday, October 5, 2009

I want it!

A wedding gift that I wish that I could put on my registry?



I love it.
I want it.
I have the perfect place for it.

Unfortunately, photographer- I am not.

I'm dreaming about a 10.17.09 photo collage. Unfortunately, the price tag is quite high.

sigh.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Check, Check and Check

I think (gasp), that we're almost ready to get married in two weeks (from yesterday). The fiance and have managed to check several major tasks off of our lists over the last few days.

Dare I say that we even had a relaxing weekend only 13 days before we wed?!?!

We kinda did.

On Friday we ordered pizza, watched a movie and brainlessly cut out and attached 150 monogram stickers on 150 cellophane bags for our caramel apple favors.

On Saturday we shopped a lot, went to a fall festival and finished up the programs before 4pm. After a nap, we were off to John's 10 yr high school reunion, followed by a local haunted house (it's our thing, we love them).

Today, I went to the gym, got my tan on, finished all of our table assignments and printed out 150 escort cards.

Of course I still have some things left on my list-- ordering the apples, getting highlights and my final fitting-- but all of the big things have been accomplished.

Amazingly, I feel as cool and calm as a cucumber. I am crossing my fingers that I stay this way. I'm terrified about freaking out at the last minute.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

OCTOBER

They don't call it Rock-tober for nothing!

Oh, no one calls it that?

Well I do.

PUMPKIN Pictures, Images and Photos

Rocktober is my favorite month of the year!

Why?

Football
County Fairs
Haunted houses
Pumpkins
Changing leaves
Crisp Air
Halloween decorating
Cuddling under a blanket
Macintosh Apples
Hayrides
Apple Pie
Pumpkin candles
Red, Orange, Aubergine

It's gorgeous and it's my favorite-which is why I had to ensure that my anniversary would fall in Rock-tober. Spending my anniversary at a secluded bed and breakfast in October for the next 75 years. YES, PLEASE!