We Have a Date!

Finally!!!

Yesterday, Adam called to ask me how I felt about a certain date in April.  I told him it was a weird number, and he said that’s when we’re getting married!  He had just booked the date with our reception venue.  Mine was probably not the response he was expecting. 🙂

I am SO thankful that my responsible, thoughtful Bun chose the date.  I’m too indecisive to choose something so important (monumental!  eternal!!  oh, the pressure…), but I did help by making sure our date checked out with some important considerations.  For example:

  1. Sports:  Our date is long after the 2010 Winter Olympics and Super Bowl.  Thank goodness!
  2. Memorability: We have to be able to remember the date, right?
  3. Holidays and Birthdays:  Easter and my daddy’s birthday fall on the same weekend, which is also the weekend closest to April Fool’s Day.  That’s just asking for trouble!
  4. Weather:  Our date is usually in the 60s during the day and 30s at night.
  5. Other Weddings:  Wouldn’t it be delightful to be the only Spring 2010 wedding?  Alas, other friends and family will be sharing our season, so we worked around their dates.
  6. The Date Number:  Most numbers bother me, unless they’re multiples of 5 or I can make an equation out of the digits that equals a multiple of 5.  Is anyone else like this?
  7. Sales:  We can hit up the After-Christmas, -VDay, and -Easter sales for lights and decorations!

You can find resources online for choosing a date based on astrology, feng shui, flower availability, and a million other ways.  I am so excited!  Our date is dreamy, and the number is not so weird anymore, because we came up with the perfect equation for it. 😛 How did you pick your wedding date?

August 31, 2009. Schedules. 1 comment.

Sunday Bunday!

We spotted someone on our patio a few times this week.  A fluffy little guy with tall ears and tiny paws.  Looks like we have a new neighbor!

Good morning, bun bun!

Hidey ho, neighbor!

I see you, Mr. Rabbit!

Mystery bun--too cute!

August 30, 2009. Bunnies. Leave a comment.

The Dog Days, Continued S’more

This idea is so perfect for Adam and his dog:

A groom and his best bud

A groom getting ready with his best bud

Adam’s pup has been by his side for the past 12 years.  12 years!!  They have pictures from way back when they were just a wide-eyed kid and crazy-hyper puppy.  In the picture above, I love how we can see the relationship through the doggie’s eyes and the calm of being with an old friend on a life-changing day.  There is a Serbian tradition taking place at Adam’s house on the morning of our wedding day, so we could easily get some pictures of the inseparable duo.  And as for me and my pup?  I would love to take my spritely Luxi out on the dance floor, like this next couple!

Tails wagging on the dance floor

Tails wagging on the dance floor

First picture from One Love Photo
Second picture from Carla Teneyck Photography

August 28, 2009. Our puppies. Leave a comment.

The Dog Days, Continued

Adam and I have some serious love for our pets—his shih-tzu and my beagle-spaniel mix.  Wouldn’t a display of these cupcakes be a sweet way to include them in our wedding?  I think they already look like Adam’s puppy!

Pupcakes!

Pupcakes!

 I’ve seen some adorable wedding clothes for dogs, but I’ve never seen a puppy work it like the one below:

Ready for the walk down the aisle

Ready for the walk down the aisle

Top picture from Hello Cupcake Book
Bottom picture from The Knot

August 27, 2009. Our puppies. Leave a comment.

The Dog Days of Summer

Adam and I want to include our entire families in our wedding.  However, we each have a little sibling who cannot attend!  Mine is named Luxi, but she also responds to Luxe, Bebe, and Bebe Seester. 🙂

Sisters: Luxi luxe and me with our arms around each other.  She brought me a dolphin toy and comforted me after a stressful night.

Sisters: Luxi luxe and me with our arms around each other. She brought me a dolphin toy and comforted me after a stressful night.

About four years ago, my parents came home one night to find a teeny tiny puppy in their house—compliments of my brother.  My dad could hold her in the palm of his hand!  Like our first and only other dog, she was rescued and had nowhere else to go.  She’s a beagle/spaniel mix, which (I would passionately state) is the most beautiful mix ever!

Like all cute creatures, Luxi has a very unique personality.  She’s a happy dog, and she finds joy in running, playing ball, and cuddling!  Adam says that she’s also the most sensitive and emotional dog he’s met.  For example, if my mom goes out of town, Luxi refuses to eat,  play, or walk until she returns.  She’ll sigh and make sad eyes at us.  If the hunger strike is too long to bear, Luxe will wait till everyone else goes to bed, and then secretly (so she thinks) eat her food.  When our mom returns, Luxi always gives her the most ecstatic greeting, which includes bringing Mom every toy she can find, running excited circles around the house, and nuzzling into her the rest of the evening.

Luxi hears a suspicious noise outside.

Luxi hears a suspicious noise outside.

Adam also has a doggie sibling—an adorable shih-tzu who is 12 years old!  We plan to include them in our wedding, but we haven’t figured out how yet.  We’ve thought of displaying their framed photos on a table, using their pictures on our table number cards, and sneaking them into the ceremony or reception hall!  How have you seen beloved pets incorporated into weddings?

August 26, 2009. Our puppies. Leave a comment.

The Dolphin Days of Summer

If dogs get to have their own days of summer, shouldn’t dolphins have a few days to call their own, too?

Hello, Dolphin!

Helloooooo, dolphin!

Oooh

That's quite a hoop you jumped through, Dolpheenie!

My mini dolphin is special to me for two reasons:  First, Luxi has one, too, so we have twinnie toys.  And second, a boy who’s like my younger brother won them for Luxi and me at his school carnival!  Double sweet!

Almost a year ago, a Weddingbee Pro blogger wrote an entry entitled “How to Take Amazing Engagement and Wedding Ring Photos.”  Soon after, there was a slew of girls posting ring pictures and referencing Anne Ruthmann’s post as their inspiration!  I didn’t follow all of her advice (like not using flash…my room is too dark!), but I will follow her advice from Step Number 9:  “Share it with the World!”

August 24, 2009. Jewelry, My ring. Leave a comment.

Sunday Bunday!

Bunny jewelry?  Oh, how I wish I could wear you!

I have very little jewelry, mostly because I’m allergic to a lot of materials.  Certain fabrics, lotions, and metals make my sensitive skin go crazy!  My list of “No-Touchies” includes weird things like athletic pants, hot water, zippers, and metal utensils.

I don’t seem to be allergic to gold, unless I wear it for too long.  However, my engagement ring has been perfectly fine—that must be a sign! 😀  This being the case, I’m too nervous about a possible allergic reaction to purchase the following jewelry, but I’ll happily admire them from afar:

Bunny necklace

Bunny necklace

From a distance

From a distance

 I love how tiny and delicate the necklace above looks!  It’s also very affordable…and sweet…and perfect.  Sigh, I wish I could wear it.

Bunny necklace

Bunny necklace

The necklace above comes on a 14k gold fill chain! I’m not sure that’s enough to protect me from an allergic reaction, but I dig the effort. 🙂 I wonder if I could have something like this made in solid gold.  Heehee, that sounded very emperor-like—“Nice flowers.  Bring them to me in solid gold!  Bunnies?  I want them in gold!”  Ahem.  I wonder how to start a project like that.  Any ideas or advice on the custom-made jewelry process?

August 23, 2009. Bunnies, Jewelry. Leave a comment.

D.E.A.R. Day, Part Two

A conversation between Adam and me:

Me:  I’m a reading person.  I understand it better when I read it.
Adam:  I’m a radar person.  I only understand things through radars, so if you wrote me a note, I wouldn’t understand it.  You’d have to send pictures of your day in a radar.

This is just a tiny peek at the teasing I must endure on a daily basis!  Lucky for Adam, he’s awfully cute and, thus, awfully forgivable. 😛  But it’s true what I said, and since I understand (and like) things better when I can see the words, here are some more words that I read and liked!  As stated in the last post, I hope to incorporate our favorite passages and poems in the wedding.

You, you only, exist
We pass away, till at last,
our passing is so immense
that you arise: beautiful moment,
in all your suddenness,
arising in love, or enchanted
in the contraction of work.

To you I belong, however time may
wear me away. From you to you
I go commanded. In between
the garland is hanging in chance; but if you
take it up and up and up: look:
all becomes festival!

-Rainer Maria Rilke

Had I the heavens’ embroidered cloths,
Enwrought with golden and silver light,
The blue and the dim and the dark cloths
Of night and light and the half-light,
I would spread the cloths under your feet:
But I, being poor, have only my dreams;
I have spread my dreams under your feet;
Tread softly, because you tread on my dreams.

-William Butler Yeats

I love you. I am who I am because of you. You are every reason, every hope, and every dream I’ve ever had, and no matter what happens to us in the future, everyday we are together is the greatest day of my life. I will always be yours.

-Nicholas Sparks, The Notebook

How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
I love thee to the depth and breadth and height
My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight
For the ends of Being and ideal Grace.
I love thee to the level of everyday’s
Most quiet need, by sun and candlelight.
I love thee freely, as men strive for Right;
I love thee purely, as they turn from Praise.
I love thee with the passion put to use
In my old griefs, and with my childhood’s faith.
I love thee with a love I seemed to lose
With my lost saints, – I love thee with the breath,
Smiles, tears, of all my life! – and, if God choose,
I shall but love thee better after death.

-Elizabeth Barrett Browning

I know this last one is commonly recited, but its popularity doesn’t make it any less thrilling.  All of the passages above have a sweetness and excitement that I adore.  They make me want to marry Adam tomorrow, instead of waiting moons and months!  More to come, as I find them!

August 21, 2009. Reading. Leave a comment.

D.E.A.R. Day

Remember D.E.A.R. day in school?  Drop Everything And Read?  That was one of my favorite days of the school year!   I always had a book in my desk, and I’d rush through every worksheet and test so I could get back to my book.  On D.E.A.R. day, we weren’t required to do anything during the allotted D.E.A.R. time but read!

Since Adam and I started planning our wedding, I’ve been drawn to words about love.  One of the joys of literature is finding passages so unique, beautiful, thought-provoking, and true that you can’t help but be moved.  Of course, if you’re like me, you’ve got unorganized stacks of books on all three levels of the house with none of these beautiful passages marked…and it’ll take a ton of time to rediscover them!  In the meantime, I’ll share a few lovely passages that I’m considering for our ceremony, reception signs, or wedding album.

ROMEO
Ah, Juliet, if the measure of thy joy
Be heap’d like mine and that thy skill be more
To blazon it, then sweeten with thy breath
This neighbour air, and let rich music’s tongue
Unfold the imagined happiness that both
Receive in either by this dear encounter.

JULIET
Conceit, more rich in matter than in words,
Brags of his substance, not of ornament:
They are but beggars that can count their worth;
But my true love is grown to such excess
I cannot sum up sum of half my wealth.

-William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet
[The words spoken just before their wedding!  He only asks her to sing, but he asks in the most loving, poetic, and gentle way.  They’re so captivated by one another.]

I want to tell you, again, I love you. Our love has been the thread through the labyrinth, the net under the high-wire walker, the only real thing in this strange life of mine that I could ever trust. Tonight I feel that my love for you has more density in this world than I do, myself: as though it could linger on after me and surround you, keep you, hold you.

-Audrey Niffenegger, The Time Traveler’s Wife
[*Sniffle*…so sad but so beautiful.  I melt whenever Henry describes Clare and his love for her.]

Now from his breast into his eyes the ache
Of longing mounted, and he wept at last,
His dear wife, clear and faithful, in his arms,
Longed for
As the sunwarmed earth is longed for by a swimmer
Spent in rough water where his ship went down
Under Poseidon’s blows, gale winds and tons of sea.
Few men can keep alive through a big surf
To crawl, clotted with brine, on kindly beaches
In joy, in joy, knowing the abyss behind:
and so she too rejoiced, her gaze upon her husband,
her white arms round him pressed as though forever.

-Homer, The Odyssey
[Try reading this without crying!  The overwhelming joy and relief they felt…made more powerful “knowing the abyss behind” and by Penelope’s fierce loyalty to her husband.]

Sigh, maybe these passages are too tear-inducing for our wedding.  I love every line of Romeo and Juliet, but their story is so sad.  And all the struggles and longing that Odysseus and Penelope survived…and the fate of Henry and Clare…oh, these would have me crying through the whole day.  My new task should be finding more jubilant passages!  Any recommendations?

August 19, 2009. Reading. Leave a comment.

Sunday Bunday

Adam and I have been two very busy bunnies this weekend!  We had fun in the sun at Warren Dunes, shopped till we dropped at the mall, and danced our booties off at a salsa dance club one night and a trendy Chicago club another night.  It’s officially time to close our eyes and drift off into some sweet dreams…

Thank you for another amazing weekend, my love!

Bunny kiss

Bunny kiss

 Picture Source: CuteOverload

August 17, 2009. Bunnies. Leave a comment.

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