26 – You can drive stick
27 – You like Hoops and YoYo, but hate going into Hallmark.
28 – You love when I say things in my Minnesota accent (even though I’ve never been to Minnesota, sometimes I talk like I have)
29 – You’re great with numbers
30 – You use your greatness with numbers to research all the venues for us.
In the mist of my planning I cannot help but feel guilty/upset/sad that I can marry the love of my life, but same-sex couples can’t. I found this video on my friend Miss. Shortcake’s blog Our Little Haus, she apparently found it on Two Chicks Nest (Mrs. Gingerbread), I agree w/ Shortie this makes it crystal clear…
Months before FH and were engaged I posted about venues we were considering. Now, that we are engaged and we’ve started the official venue search I thought I share the ones that have been crossed off the list.
1 – Park Ave, Stanton, CA – Still our favorite restaurant in the whole world and would actually be our venue if there outdoor space was larger. Now that we’ve been able to compile a guest list, we know we’re looking for a space for roughly 170 people. Park Ave could accomodate us but that would involve our guest in separate rooms durning the reception and we’re just now down with that, so bye-bye Googie Goodness.
2 – Napa, Ca; Solvang, CA; Camarillo or Palm Springs, CA – FH and I decided it would be MUCH easier on us to have a wedding that was local… you’ll see in posts to come that local for us can still be an hour away.
3 – The Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, CA – Unfortunately the city of Newport Beach no longer allows them to have weddings. Stupid city of Newport Beach, you crushed my wedding dreams!
4 – The Sherman Library and Gardens, Corona Del Mar, CA – I decided that no, I did not want a fountain in the middle of my ceremony.
Even if I didn’t have my ceremony and reception in the same place, they wouldn’t be able to fit all the guests in one space. Some guests would be outside while some were inside, but to be fair I didn’t asked them about that I just figured it out from their website, so if you’re interested in The Sherman Library I’d ask them first.
Where we left off FH and I were on our way to the car wash, you see going to the Harbor has is cons as well – birds. Now I love birds and probably more than the next girl, but not when they use your windshield as a potty. (I didn’t take a picture – you’re welcome).
There is a little car wash on PCH in Dana Point on our way back to my house (to get my jacket for later), so we stopped there. When FH was putting everything in his backseat in his trunk I caught him checking the pocket of his jacket for the ring. He looked at me right after he did it, but I manage to look like I didn’t notice 🙂
After we got my jacket we headed over to the mail to waste time, not much happened here – FH got his watch band replaced and he showed me a watch he thought I’d like, it was Burberry so of course I liked it, I can’t afford it, story of my life.
When it was finally time for dinner we headed over to our favorite restaurant, Park Ave, in Stanton, CA. (You may remember this is one our front runners as a wedding venue). We entered the restaurant right behind another couple, who stopped in the front to talk to some friends, they overheard FH say, “Oh look there are 3 spots at the bar, lets move.” and jumped in front of us to grab 2 of them. He was angry, but I could tell he didn’t want to cause a scene or ruin our evening, so he refrained from dirty looks. It wasn’t so bad, our plan was to eat in the bar and they were only waiting for their table there.
After some yummy dirty martinis and THE BEST BURGER, we headed to the Montage and our bench.
Walking to our bench I was so nervous, most likley not as nervous as FH, but my heart was pounding. We sat on a our bench for a while when FH made an excuse to stand up – he tried tickling my feet and went I jerked my very ticklish feet out of the way he stood up to chase them, then he stood there for awhile and because I wan nervous I asked him why he was standing…stupid, stupid, stupid so he sat back down, but don’t worry a few minutes later he made another excuse to stand up and this time he got down on his knee and proposed and OF COURSE I said, “YES!”
Well actually I’m going to start this story the day before… Friday night, for dinner, we went to a BBQ place near my house and after we couldn’t quite figure out what to do, so I suggested we go to The Montage. “Going to the Montage” for us means going to the public beach behind the Montage, where the resort landscaped up to the cliff and put out benches for people to sit on and enjoy the view. We used to go here all the time when we first started dating.
But FH said he thought we could go there tomorrow night (Saturday). I was on to him at this point, but I didn’t want him to know, or jinx it, so I just said, “yeah, I don’t have a jacket anyway, that sounds like a good idea.” So, we ended up renting movies and going back to my house.
Saturday Morning I woke-up pretty early, because my blood sugar was low (I’m diabetic), I had breakfast, got ready (you know – really got ready – like toe nail polish and everything) and went to Tall Mouse for crafty supplies. (I’m making an upholstered “M” for my friends baby shower, they are naming their daughter Madison). I called Jason on the way to Tall Mouse and I found out later this was when he took to opportunity to call my dad, no chance on me answering the phone if I’m not home.
After Tall Mouse Jason came and took me to breakfast, I’ve been telling him I need to take him to Dana Point Harbor to get bagels. The bagel shop there has the best bagels, and for a guy who didn’t eat bagels a few months ago, he went all in and got a Harbor Special with Lox. (A Harbor Special is a toasted bagel with tomatoes, red onions and lemon pepper – SO GOOD). This was such a momentous occasion I had to take a picture.
After the Harbor we got FH a car wash and then decided to waste sometime before dinner at the mall.
Up next… a bird attacks the car, tacky people in bar and more!
We’re Engaged! Full story on Monday 🙂
I CANNOT stop posting tea length wedding dresses!
Here is another beautiful dress by Melissa Sweet…
Don’t you just LOVE it? I want, I need, I HAVE to HAVE 🙂
Oh Look, another Lea Length dress! I’m so happy to see that more designers have shorter dresses in their 2009 collections. I know Melissa Sweet has had tea length dresses before, but I love this one and want to share it…
It is from the Reverie line from Melissa Sweet. I really like the fabric and the full skirt 🙂