I hope everyone else had a wonderful weekend! From the looks of my social feeds, most of my friends were in weddings or running marathons… I think a few did both!
Although I did do a lot of running, some of which was done in heels, I was only in a wedding this weekend.
Brad and I took a half day off on Friday and headed across the state to help prepare for mom’s wedding and rehearse. We got the church and reception hall decked out and ran through the wedding before enjoying a relaxed dinner with the rest of the wedding party.
On Saturday morning, my sister and I left our hotel and me our mom at the hair salon for coffee/tea and hairstyles. When finishing up at the reception desk of the salon, I set the hanger I was holding on the counter and didn’t realize there were tealights on the counter and I caught the hanger on fire! It was more funny than dangerous, I quickly put out the hanger and we all had a good laugh about it, but boy was I glad that the reception candles were LED!
Before heading back to our hotel to pick up our men, my sister and I took a little trip down memory lane. Since we used to live in the town where my mom was married, we stopped by a couple of places that held a lot of memories for us, including driving by our old house. It brought back memories of our shared pink bedroom with Disney’s Beauty and the Beast border on the walls and the swing set that my dad built in the backyard.
I love this photo of my mom that I captured in the bridal room.
My busy weekend started on Friday with a trip to Mount Union’s beautiful rain-soaked campus to chat with an Advanced Public Relations class. I love talking with students and sharing with them some of the things that I learned the hard way or that I wish someone had told me when I was sitting in their desks.
After my presentation, I braved the rain again to stop at Green Farms market, a wonderful little store that smells like fresh fruit, to pick up a few things. Including some farm-fresh goodness that Brad has been unable to find since we moved “up north.”
Saturday we made the trip south again (3rd time in one week for me) to see my brother-in-law and his girlfriend off to her senior prom, have a double date with my in-laws and crash at their place for Sunday’s wedding.
We sent the swanky looking couple off to the dance in our car after playing paparazzi. Brad’s an excellent photographer and I’m pretty good at identifying shots and posing people, so we made a good team. (And practiced a little for Sunday’s wedding.)
Last summer, I worked with a great group of bridesmaids to throw a pretty large-scale garden tea bridal shower for my good friend Natalie. I loved how the theme of the shower carried through everything, so when my mom said that she’d like to have a small, Pampered Chef bridal shower, my sister and I cooked up an intimate cooking-themed shower for her.
It’s weird to plan a bridal shower for your mother. Let me just put that out there. But a lot of the stuff I’ve encountered related to my mom getting married has been a bit unusual so the only option is to just roll with it.
Since the guest list was manageable, I volunteered my home for it. I printed the invitations at home and included a card with parking instructions and notice that my home is a shoes-free environment, inviting guests to bring slippers or fun fun socks. Asking people to remove their shoes in my home is a frequently misunderstood policy and occasionally upsets some, the best way of preventing problems with this is to give advanced notice of the policy, by inviting people to bring slippers or fun socks, they could plan accordingly.
One of my mom’s friends thought that the invitations were professionally made! Major compliment appreciated!
Because it was a Pampered Chef shower, most of the hard work was done by the Pampered Chef lady, who is my mom’s friend. She put together a board with my mom’s wishlist and brought items from it for us to look at and learn about. Continue reading →
In case anyone was really missing a Friday Five post last week, here’s my excuse for missing AND a wrap up of my weekend in five neat bullet points.
1. On Friday morning I took my bespectacled and slightly nervous husband to the Lasik Vision Centers of Cleveland. He walked in with 20/800 vision and walked out with his glasses in my purse. I’ll write more about his experience (and mine) later, but on Friday Brad had eye surgery that has already changed his life. And, on Friday I watched Brad have eye surgery!
The last picture with glasses
2. On Friday evening after Brad’s long nap and a long-ish day working from home, my aunt and cousin were in the area so they dropped by and we introduced them to B Spot. Continue reading →