Friday, April 29, 2011

I am a Romantic at Heart




I lived in London for a semester in college, but that wasn't where my love (ok, ok, obsession) with the royal family started. I actually have no idea when it started as it seems I've always been fascinated by this family and their history. 


Image by Bauer Griffin via Zimbio


So when William and Kate announced their engagement, I knew I would be watching it live. Even when it turned out that watching it live meant I'd be up for hours in the middle of the night.


Image via the Daily Mirror


I thought Kate's dress was absolutely gorgeous. Classic, elegant and perfectly her. I loved that Will glanced over his shoulder as she walked down the aisle of Westminster Abbey, even though tradition dictated that he wait to look at her until she was standing at his side. But that he just couldn't help himself after Harry whispered "Wait til you see her." That he told her she looked beautiful. And that he joked with her father, saying that they were supposed to have a small, family affair.


Image via The Inquisitor

They both looked nervous, but they both looked so happy. Exactly as two people should look when they get married, even if their wedding did happen to take place in front of approximately two billion people. They spent many years both together and apart before reaching this moment - walking into it with both eyes open and having each other to lean on for support. I hope they have a life of happiness together, starting with their wedding today (and their party with friends tonight! Man I hope details leak about what happened there), and lasting far into the future.


As the Bishop of London said when beginning his sermon, "Be who God meant you to be and you will set the world on fire."

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Weekend in the Woods: A License to Make this Official

Before we could legally wed in the state of Washington we had one thing that we absolutely had to accomplish.


Get our marriage license.


In the state of Washington you must procure said license between 3 and 60 days prior to your wedding.


Guess what we still hadn't done by the week before the wedding? Oh right, get our marriage license that we'd spent the last two months procrastinating on getting.


Really our only excuse was that Mr. EB was busy with classes and we didn't want to deal with going downtown because we assumed it would always be super busy and crowded (of course then on the day that we decided to go, Mrs. Zebra may or may not have freaked me out with tales of long lines when trying to get their marriage license on the Friday before Valentine's Day!).


So. There we are, needing to get our marriage license on the Friday before Valentine's Day (because we had no other time to get it before the 16th). I was now sufficiently scared that it would take hours to accomplish this task, so I decided that the way to solve that problem would be to drive a half hour to an office where surely it wouldn't be crowded.


However, not only was it not crowded, due to budget cuts, that office wasn't even open on Fridays. Sigh. I highly recommend doing a better job of reading the schedule for when offices are open than I did, especially when states have no money.


So we drove to the only other office that was open besides the downtown office. Except that since only one person staffed that office it was closed during her lunch break. Which was right when we showed up.




I amused myself by taking pictures of the picturesque scenery, while Mr. EB amused himself by laughing at me.




Thankfully, even though driving around and waiting for lunch hour to be over had probably taken as long as if we'd just gone downtown in the first place, we were the only people in line so it took approximately 3 minutes to fill out the paperwork, swear that we weren't married to anyone else, sign the papers and be on our way!



We were officially licensed to wed!

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

The Universe Was Listening After All

Remember a few months ago I wrote about an interview I had and how I really, really wanted that job? I never heard back definitively about the new position we discussed creating (I only heard that the original position I had gone in to interview for had been filled). I just assumed that they decided to go in a different direction and I kept looking for other jobs.


Well, turns out the universe was listening. 


And I'm starting that job tomorrow. 


I cannot wait. 

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Weekend in the Woods: What a Weekend!

Before I dive headlong into the details of the weekend, I wanted to let you all experience a little of what I felt like during those couple of days.


What a wonderful weekend! That was the phrase that kept running through my head for weeks after the wedding. Our wedding truly was a weekend event. Yes, the wedding itself was Saturday evening, but because so many people spent the weekend with us at IslandWood, it felt like we had three days of celebrating.




From the Friday night welcome party:





To the Friendship Circle later that night where we ate s'mores, told stories and showed incredibly embarrassing photos of us as kids:



I really liked to dress up when I was little. I clearly had no idea how these pictures would come back to haunt me later in life...

Getting ready on Saturday:


Seeing my soon-to-be husband for the first time:



Walking down the aisle and watching my dad give Mr. EB a giant hug:






And finally, toasting to our new marriage, dancing the night away and goofing off in the photobooth:











What a weekend!! (And there was brunch the next day, too!)

All photos by the incredibly talented Persimmon Images.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Friday Brain Dump

This week has been pretty crazy - a lot of different things have happened and while nothing is set in stone yet, I'm at a place where I'm so excited about the future and what's happening next for me professionally. It's been awhile since I've felt this way, so I can't wait until things are in place and I can really celebrate!

I've been thinking about a lot of different things lately, but nothing big enough to write a whole post on, so you're getting a Friday brain dump instead!

- Anyone watch Survivor? I seriously love this show. I started watching it my last year of college and have been hooked ever since. And I will say that I'm definitely a Boston Rob fan. The guy is arrogant as all hell (more than Russell even!) but he has such a great social game that he can be an arrogant prick to the camera and still have everyone on his tribe eating out of his hand! Love it. Really hoping he does well this season even though it is a little bit ridiculous that the guy has had 6 opportunities to win a million dollars from CBS.

- I need to start writing our wedding recaps. This is something that I feel a lot of pressure to do well though - both from Weddingbee readers and for my own sake. I know that I'll look back on them (and would like to make a book out of them at some point as other bloggers have done). I've written a huge outline of what I want to cover, now I just need to flesh out the individual posts and find the pictures I want to use. And somehow I just can't find the motivation to start. I never thought I'd be that blogger. I almost think that part of it is because I know when I'll be finished my time at Weddingbee will be over and that makes me really sad. At the same time, I know I was always a little sad when a blogger wouldn't recap her wedding, so I really do want to start. I just have to, you know... start!

- A really good friend of mine is running the Boston Marathon for the second time this year. She amazes me with her discipline and dedication to everything she does and I'm SO proud of her! While I wish I could be in Boston cheering her on with her family, I'll be tracking her from home as she makes her way through the race. Go dewittea!!! (love our old college nicknames!)

- A bunch of 'bee friends are in New Orleans this weekend and I'm totally bummed I wasn't able to go this year. However, not having a job has definitely put a crimp in our travel budget. Once we're able to change that I'm really looking forward to getting a chance to go to all of the places that we have on our "Want to travel to" list. At the top of the list for me is New York, Boston, Baltimore, London, Rome, Paris.... I could keep going, but we need to get B a passport before we can leave the country. Also I should probably change my name on mine.

- Speaking of changing my name, I finally did it. Sort of. It's been changed at the Social Security office and the DMV. And we opened a new bank account which has my new name. But everywhere else (student loans, credit card, old bank account that I need to close anyway, car title, etc) still has the old name. I should get on that. But I'm lazy and don't want to deal with it anymore. It'll happen when it happens.

- The SD card in my phone decided it was going to die the other day. Worked fine one day, I went to sleep, tried to turn on the phone the next day and it was all kinds of effed up. I put an old SD card in and that seems to work (the phone also works without an SD card, I just can't take pictures). I'm going to get a card reader to see if I can get anything off the card or if it's totally dead. If it is, that makes me sad because I had some fun pictures on there. Never really thought about needing to back up my phone. Lame.

- My dog has a really loud bark. And it scares the crap out of me every time he barks at something he sees out the front window. We've tried creating a "place" to tell him to go to when he goes batshit crazy barking at people at the front door, and he goes to it when we tell him to, but that doesn't stop the barking in the first place. I like that he alerts us when someone's there, but I would also like for him to not freak out like Cujo on steroids. Our FedEx guy hates us. I have no idea how our letter carrier puts up with us (except that there's a large window and door between Cody and him and he knows Cody can't get to him). Any ideas for correcting this behavior?

Man, apparently I had more to talk about then I thought! I like these brain dumps. Might become a regular thing around here. You know. Maybe. We'll see what happens next week.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Girls Weekend Out

So, I have our wedding photos (and they are AMAZING!!!), but I need to spend a little more time with them before I dive headlong into our recaps. But don't worry, they're coming soon, I promise! In the meantime, I realized I never actually shared the story of the weekend I spent with my girls.




Back in January my girls threw me the best bachelorette weekend I could have asked for. Mainly because it involved some of my favorite people, away from the stresses of the every day and copious amounts of wine. I mean, what else could you ask for?




When my girls asked me what I wanted to do, I told them that I really wanted to spend a couple of days getting away from regular life. I've never been big into clubs, so when MOH S suggested renting a cabin in Leavenworth it sounded like the perfect idea. We had gorgeous weather and there's nothing quite like being in a hot tub outside with snow on the ground. We headed over on Friday night and spent the evening drinking wine, catching up, and enjoying the hot tub.


The cabin was right on the river - absolutely gorgeous!


The big thing that MOH S planned for Saturday was a wine tour. Now first I have to make this disclaimer. See, since getting to know more people in the wine industry, I have come to understand that bachelorette parties can be the bane of many wineries existence. A bunch of drunk girls showing up, drinking wine, being loud and then leaving without buying anything? All while the limo blocks space in the driveway for potential paying customers who can't get into the winery. So, when MOH S told me about this plan I was a little hesitant. I have a big fear of being "that girl" in certain situations - and in this one being "that girl" was going to be the tipsy girl in the tiara and sash annoying the hell out of other patrons.


This was me attempting to be helpful and give directions. Why anyone asked the girl with the tiara and sash for directions I have no idea. I also have no idea where I ended up directing them.

In the giant stretch limo. Yeah, it was pretty awesome.


Luckily, the company that she booked with was absolutely fabulous. First off, we got to ride around in a giant stretch SUV limo. I have never done that in my life and had never expected to do that for anything wedding related. Second, it ended up being a private tour for us because no one else booked that day (seriously, the best news we got was that we had this giant limo all to ourselves. It was so big we started doing somersaults down the center!). But third (and this really is the best part), the owner of the wine tour company has been forging really good relationships with some of the wineries in town. Such that they look forward to him showing up with his groups of people. And each of the wineries we went to was able to set aside a separate area for us so we could be as silly and goofy as we wanted and it was in private. I wasn't that girl! (even though I was wearing said tiara and sash). We also made sure to buy wine at each place we went to. It ended up being a great way to spend some time with friends (and my first ever experience of drinking wine in a moving vehicle! Fun times all around).


Why yes, I did manage to slip on ice at the exact second this picture was taken. Whoops.

After the wine tour we came back to the cabin where we drank some more wine, played a few dirty games (there may or may not have been carving cucumbers, sex position bingo and later cupcakes in the shape of a certain type of anatomy). Yes there are a lot more pictures of this portion of the evening, and no, to protect the not-so-innocent, I'm not going to show you!

It's not a party for us until someone's dancing on the table. Oh, and see those rubber duckies on the table? My sister and other Maid of Honor wasn't able to come up for the party so she sent along a box of goodies, including the princess rubber duckies, lots of treats, and of course, my tiara. 


I had such a fantastic time with all of my girls, and I couldn't have asked for a better weekend. Thanks girls!

Friday, April 1, 2011

They're Here!!!

Our wedding photos are here!!! We're going to see Kat tonight so that she can show us her favorites and then look through the highlights of all of the photos from our wedding weekend. We had such a fantastic time at the wedding and now we get to relive it all through the pictures!!


Which of course means recaps will be starting soon!


Until then, I'll leave you with this image that Kat blogged a few days ago:


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