Heat Stroke

Posted On June 29, 2009

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This past weekend Mr Frenchie and I flew up to Northern California to visit his family and attend the wedding of my dear friends Alisa and Joe.

Girl Friends and their bling 🙂

We had a blast and the wedding was beautiful! The details came together perfectly and really represented the couple’s “preppy” style.

The wedding was held at a Country Club where Joe, used to be a golf instructor. Check out that Cake and the Ring Bearer!

The only hitch in an otherwise perfect weekend was the heat.

For an area that is normally in the high 70s this time of year, the 100 degree heat was a shocker. As sweat was dripping down my legs durning cocktail hour I started to worry – What if it was this hot for our wedding? Although black, my dress for Alisa and Joe’s wedding was really light weight. My beautiful Paigely? Notsomuch. I mean, it’s not crazy heavy or anything, but it is still a full length lace wedding dress.
According to weather.com the average high in August is 89. I can live with 89, but I cannot live with the record high of 109! The website also says that July is the hottest month in Rancho Bernado, so I’m hoping this bodes well for our late August wedding.
As much as I would like to admit weather.com calmed my nerves, I am still worried it may be unbearably hot at our outdoor wedding. I’m thinking I should buy a back up reception dress just in case. If I don’t end up needing it, I can just return it or sell it. One of the bridesmaid’s at Alisa’s wedding said she bought a back-up reception dress on sale at Neiman Marcus. Luckily she thought ahead, because at her wedding two weeks earlier, a heat wave hit in the normally cool town of Half Moon Bay, CA.
I would love to find the exact dress I wore this weekend in white, but unfortunately I bought that dress on sale at White House/Black Market and they never carried it in white. So, I checked out all the great suggestions everyone gave Miss Mary Jane and found a dress I really like.


Are you worried about the weather for you wedding? Have you bought a back-up dress?


Five for Friday

Posted On June 26, 2009

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Previous Fridays

176 – You found awesome chairs for our new apartment that are made in the USA and you’re letting me pick my favorite.
sachachair177 – You tell me I’m cute all the time
178 – You call me Sweetpea
179 – You give me kisses on my nose
180 – You remind me to get oil changes

But, My Toesies Neeeed Them

Posted On June 25, 2009

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When I went for my dress alterations appointment with Mathab I noticed something while I was standing there admiring my dress. My feet HURT! I brought two pairs of shoes with me. One was a light yellow pair of Calvin Klein pumps I’ve worn several times before and the other was my new pair of dancing shoes.

I’ve danced in these shoes for a couple weeks now. I think I finally “broke them in” this week, but they still hurt just standing there in Mahtab’s studio. I’m going to be doing a lot of “just standing there” during our ceremony and I really don’t want to be worrying about my toesies while I’m saying my vows. So, while I was standing there I daydreamed about a pretty pair of Cole Haan Nike Air shoes I’d seen months ago.


They’re pretty huh? But, the price, notsomuch. I could justify them saying that my toesies would be really comfy all day and I could dye them after the wedding and wear them again and again. Although Cole Haan doesn’t offer dyeing, they say the fabric is fully dyeable and they even include two fabric swatch to test on.

The question still remains though, do I really neeeeed $428.00 shoes? My head says no, but my toesies say YES! What would you do?

Paigely and Miss Frenchie

Posted On June 24, 2009

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Yesterday, was quite a busy day… After work I met my trainer at the gym, went home rinsed off, grabbed Paigely and Mama Frenchie, went to visit Mahtab, came home, made dinner, ate dinner, and then went to dance lessons with Papa Frenchie. At the end of the day I was exhausted, but it wasn’t in vain, because now I FINALLY have pictures of me in my dress to share. YAY!

** Again, Mr Frenchie, Love of my Life, if for some reason you’ve decided to check out Weddingbee today, this post is not intended for your eyes…NO LOOKIE**

First off, let me just say that Mahtab is the sweetest lady I’ve ever met and she definitely knows what she is doing. She taught Mama Frenchie how to properly lace up my dress so that is made a lovely “V” in the back. Unlike the girl at the salon who, when I picked up the dress, laced me up so tight I looked like a sausage coming out of it’s casing. She then took in the sides of the top a little so the sweatheart neckline laid nicely and covered my girls. Once she was done with the hem, we were finished with the front.Next, she worked on my bustle. Since everything was happening behind me I no idea what she was doing, but I trusted her. From the sound of it she started doing one bustle, but didn’t like the way it looked so she changed it to another. The bustle she switched to had all that the pick-up folds on the outside of the dress. I asked her if she could do a bustle where the pick-ups where under the folds, aka french bustle. Although, she didn’t think it looked as nice, she re-did the bustle and I was much happier.

I loved trying my dress on again, but was relieved to leave her at someone else’s house. Paigely was taking up WAY too much room in my little closet.

What bustle did you decide? Was it what the tailer recommended?

I’m Just Not That Fancy

Posted On June 24, 2009

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To say I don’t change up my jewelry very often would be a gross understatement. I wear the same earrings, bracelet and watch everyday. I will occasionally wear a different necklace, but most days it’s the Elsa Peretti Open Heart Pendant from Tiffany & Co.


All thought I’ve worn them everyday since my Junior Winter Formal, for our wedding I’m planning on wearing the diamond earrings shown above. Papa Frenchie gave them to Mama Frenchie in the beginning of their marriage and Mama Frenchie gave them to me almost 12 years ago.
However, I do think I should wear a different necklace, so I’ve been trolling everyone’s favorite go to shopping place, Etsy. I’ve found several different options and I need your help. What should I wear?

Option A – Eternity Pearl Ring Necklace by heatherberry
Option B – Single Sterling Branch Necklace by cj

Option C – Divine Lariat by lizix26
Option D – Rustic Little Nest (sterling silver) by lizix26

Option E – Multi Strand Swarovski White Pearl Bridal Wedding Necklace by shacara

Option F – Oh So Fancy – Fresh Water Pearl on Silver by LaraLeighDesigns

As you can see I have a Pearl theme. Mr Frenchie has expressed interest in me wearing pearls and I think a delicate pearl necklace would compliment my dress.

What do you think?
Option A – Eternity Pearl Ring
Option B – Sterling Branch
Option C – Divine Lariat
Option D – Rustic Little Nest
Option E – Multi Strand
Option F – Fresh Water Pearl
Option G – I found something even better

Tie One On

Posted On June 22, 2009

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A little over a month ago a learned about a great online shop to purchase ties called Tie Bar. After hearing from so many brides who had to drive to several different Macy’s to find enough of a certain tie, I thought, “Score! All the ties in one place AND I don’t have to leave my computer monitor.” (What? I have withdrawals).

This guy gets it

I found our ties the easy way by selecting ties that matched grey suits, easy schmeasy right?

“View All” and Ta-Da – the perfect tie!

This tie even comes in extra length, which was a pleasant surprise when I realized that was something our 6’7″ groomsman would probably need.

But wait, there’s more! They also carry pocket squares, so I was able to order three aqua (“Tiffany Blue) pocket squares for our the guys to wear instead of boutonnieres.
Baring any complications in their delivery, this was probably our easiest wedding purchase. What was your easiest wedding purchase?

How did they meet?

Posted On June 19, 2009

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This fantastic wedding invititaion has been floating around the bridal blogs the past couple weeks and I just can’t get enough of it.

Designed by Matt Dorfman, it tells the story of how he met his, now wife, Jill. I think this is by far the most creative invitation I’ve ever seen. Check out Matt’s blog to view the entire invitation suite.

What is the most creative wedding invitaion you’ve seen?

So you need more stuff on your registry?

Posted On June 19, 2009

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Looking over her registry the other day, a friend of mine asked me for suggestions on things she could add. I came up with a list of things some people don’t think to add and a couple things Mr Frenchie and I love to use.

1 – Tools – Right now, any tool I want is at my disposal in my parents garage. My dad is a contractor, so I pretty much have my pick of screw drivers, drill bits, hammers and pliers. Target sell this great 133 piece Home Project set by Black and Decker. I’m really excited at the possibilty of having my very own power drill!2 – Step Ladder – Another item I use frequently at my parents house, that won’t be so accessable when I move in with Mr Frenchie. I’m 5’2″ and he’s 6’2″, but I he wont be there to reach stuff for me all the time and I’d like to avoid hurting my chairs as much as possible. This 3-step ladder by Wagner Steel can also be found at Target.
3 – Compost Pail – My Frenchie and I are big Foodies and just signed a lease on an apartment with a large paio. We can’t wait to start growing our own herbs and some veggies. I found this compost pail at Crate and Barrel. The design is nice enough to leave out near the sink so I’ll remember to use it.

4 –Charcoal Grill – Growing up Mr Frenchie used to help his Dad out on their Weber Grill. About a year ago his father gave him that grill and ever since I’ve been a DIE hard charcoal fan. Trust me, nothing beats a burger off a charcoal grill. Target carries this Weber 22.5” one.

5 – Raclette Grill – We discovered this item while wondering around Sur La Table one afternoon and it has made for some great entertaining. Basically it is a griddle top that is raised up so you can metal cheese in spatulas underneath. We chose this, Swissmar Raclette Grill, because it opened options for breakfast. The griddle flips over with a circle to make crepes and you can use the spatulas to make your own mini omelettes.
What are some less than common items on your registry you would recommend to a friend?

Five for Friday

Posted On June 19, 2009

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Previous Fridays

171 – You feel strongly about buying American made products.
172 – Even though you were very nervous, you started dance lessons with me and now you really like it.
173 – You like to go to TGIFriday’s happy hour to split appetizers… and you let me have the best looking slider.
174 – When we first started dating you would keep maraschino cherries in your bar to make me girlie drinks.
175 – You send me pictures of daisies, because they are my favorite.

Napkin, Napkin, Napkin

Posted On June 18, 2009

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Based in the title, you’re probably thinking this post is going to be about my linens, but it’s about calligraphy. As you learned in my fruity shower post, BM F and I met in college and that is when I learned, she would sit and practice her handwriting when she needed something to do with her hands. I can’t tell you how many times we’d be sitting in the cafeteria and I’d look down to see “Napkin” scrolled across her napkin (natch) a bazillion times in the most beautiful handwriting you’ve ever seen.

My handwriting isn’t bad, it worked great for our Engagement Party invites and STDIs, but it is more casual. So, naturally, I asked BM F if she would do the calligraphy for our Wedding Invitations.
Here are the sample she gave me today…
Option A:
Option B:
Option C:
Option D:
Option E:
Option F:
Options A & C are a little too fancy for my taste. Personally, I like the whimsy of the others more and it they will go better with our invitations.

Sneak Peak of our Proof

So Hive, what do you think?

Thanks for your help!

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