Friday, April 17, 2009


Me right now.

Invited Ma Mere over for dinner. It was lovely. For appetizers we had stuffed crab. The main course: Baked oysters, baked potatoes, and steamed asparagus.

Then we started browsing websites for wedding details: Photographers, honeymoons, etc.

The loveliness ended there.

"go to this site, go to that site, click on this, look at cruises ( I ABSOLUTELY DO NOT WANT TO TAKE A CRUISE BY THE WAY) look at these pictures, you browse too fast, make the pictures bigger, make the print bigger, blah, blah, blah"

Aggravating. Then when I wanted to show her things I wanted her to see it was like talking to a small child with ADD.... and do you think she had anything positive to say about my visions?


I show her pictures of rose bouquets...

"Well you know how I feel about roses....."

Doesn't matter mom...they're MY favorite flowers.

Tell her I think I want to accent my bubblegum pink with another shade of pink instead of a minty green (which I think would come across too preppy for my tastes)

"You're never going to find a pink that matches that bubblegum pink"

I don't want it to match mom I want it to you think green MATCHES pink?


It would be different (at least I keep telling myself it would be) if she was contributing monetarily to the wedding- but she's not...she's just soliciting advice and making it painfully clear that I'm going to have to find (LOTS) of errands to send her to do on our wedding day - or I just might strangle her.

I just might.

Le sigh.

I think my biggest problem is my mother and I are just alike.

I am going to bed. MOD this weekend.

I just love spending sunny spring weekends at work - LOVE it.


Miss Amber Lane

Tonight I'm Feeling: Tired, Grumpy, Overwhelmed

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Photographers and DJs

I'm in the not so fun part of the wedding planning process.

The part where we interview photographers and djs. They all wax poetic about what they do and how they're better and why one photo album costs $1,000 and why they charge $25 per uplight when another company includes 20 uplights for no additional charge, and they coo that I will love them because they will get to know me on a personal basis and will take all the stress out of my wedding.

Really? ALL the stress? So... they're going to start pooping money and giving it to me?


So yeah- my Blackberry has been blowing up all day to set up appointments. Looks like Monday is going to be dj showdown day at Starbucks Tri-County. Should be interesting. Do you think it would be possible to pit them against each other and have them argue into a bidding war that would unltimately end in me getting everything I want for like, no money?

I'm going to work on that.

To add to my "vendor vindiction" Bennyboo absolutely does not understand how much these things cost and almost fell off the couch when I told him the price of a particular photog;

Moi: $1500 gets you blah blah blah blah but they're only offering 4 hours of picture time at one location so we'll probably have to keep looking.
Boo: $1500?!?!
Moi: That's really a cheap one!
Boo: What do we need 4 hours for? The ceremony is only 1/2 hour and then we'll take pictures together and send them on they're way!
Moi: What!?!?!? What about the reception?!
Boo: I have never seen professional pictures of a reception!
Moi: Really? What about our first dance, the garter toss, bouquet toss, the dance with your mom, our cake cutting, our get-a-way --- not to mention the time before the wedding when we're getting ready- I want all of that
Boo: (thinking he's cute) Just hand out disposible cameras or have people take pictures on their phones
Moi: I'm going to bed.

He just doesn't get it. I'll pay for the photography myself if I have to. No way in hell am I not having a photographer all day. No way in hell.

Anyway. My lunch break is up. Gotta run.

Much Love!

Miss Amber Lane

Today I'm Feeling: Overwhelmed, Broke, Tired

Monday, April 13, 2009

The Girl Has A Gown

EDIT: Hello to anyone who stumbles over from Kelly's Korner's Show Us Your Life! I made this post when I first found my dress back in May - the wedding is still 11 months away so I haven't had any fittings or anything and my gorgeous dress is just hanging out in my guest bedroom dreaming of our wedding day. But enjoy these pics from the day I found my dress and come back next June when we say, "I Do!"

I have finally collected all of the photos from my wedding gown shopping spree. It's been almost a month now so....

Without further adieu: my dress!

Disclaimer: Boo doesn't read my blog unless its over my shoulder when he knows I'm blogging about him so no, I'm not worried he will see it. Also, I'm not too worried anyhow - I'm not very superstitious.

Ma Mere and Ma (oldest) Soeur Denise (Niesie) pushing through the maze of wedding gowns at Bridal & Formal.

And here I am: I don't even think I liked that dress I was just trying to demonstrate what it is we were doing.

No photography allowed in the dressing room ... the next set of photos were taken after I picked my dress.

Getting all prettied up in the "dress up" room - seriously my sales rep. Sally was fab. she even did my hair similarly to how I (think) I want it for our wedding day so that I could really see how it will all come together.

Waiting for Sally to bring me some baubles.

This hat was sitting on the vanity and I thought it was adorable. Wouldn't go with my dress but if I went old school and picked a "going away" outfit- I would totally choose something that would go with this hat! (Yes you can see the undergarment- the dress isn't fitted to me yet!)

Still waiting for Sally to come bling me up. From this angle with the dress not fitted to my chest, my boobs look mammoth!

Me super cheesing - I was super excited to have that veil on (its the only time I sprang a tear- when I saw myself with the veil)

Disclaimer #2 I HATE the face I'm making in this pic- and the fact that no one is holding the dress in the right place around my waist so it looks non existent in this picture- but its one of the only one that shows the accessories in detail.

None of the jewelery that I'm wearing in these photos are the actual jewelry that I will be wearing and neither is the veil. Ma Mere is making my veil but it will be very similar to what is pictured.

This sparkly hair clip was gorgeous (the photo does it no justice) but it cost something like $250 so me thinks that I will be looking for a way to recreate for much less paper or go with what I've been saying for years and pin one amazing rose in my hair- pretty, inexpensive, and fragrant.

And now what we've all been waiting for:

Not very good coloring here but THIS IS MY DRESS!!!!! I LOVE IT!!!!

Another angle (note to self; will be working my arms out prior to the wedding)

The train - yes it's electrical clamped closed- that's how bridal boutiques roll prior to the gown being fitted to your body. Currently the back zips with faux buttons for decoration- When I have my alterations done I'm having a corset put in.

And there my friends, you have it. The dress that I will be wearing when at long last I marry my Bennyboo. We still have such a long time to go but I can't hardly wait for the day that I'm finally dressed in that gown! Just 14 months to go.

(Ugh! It IS a long time)

Just to note: Easter was nice. Church with the fam followed by lunch then a nap on the couch.
There are no children in my family at present so I found myself really missing the magic of Easter and daydreaming for the time not too terribly far from now when I'll be a momma filling Easter baskets and hiding eggs.

So many exciting things to come! So long to wait. All in good time.

For now,

Miss Amber Lane

Tonight I'm Feeling: Anxious, Sick (from candy), Relaxed