Wedding Hair Style
Nobody Touches My Hair But JADA
So I'm completely paranoid about my hair. When I was 20 years old, it was almost down to my waist. My friend recommended her stylist and I went to her. The girl wasn't paying attention and lobbed off a chunk of my hair! Then to fix it, she had to cut the rest off. Since then, I'm very very paranoid.
My last stylist was this fantastic wonderful girl but I moved 2 hours away from my old home. So I couldn't go to her anymore. I had to find someone knew and after struggling for a good year with different stylists, I found the mystical, magical Jada.
Jada is kind and talented and she cares about the people she styles. She does a fantastic job and she is respectful of my paranoia and makes me feel comfortable and confident.
She recently opened her own salon called J. Leigh Louisa (www.facebook.com/pages/J-Leigh-Louisa-Beauty-Salon/133952839980400). I can't wait to see what her plan is for my wedding hair.
I'm planning to do a half up and half down hairdo. I can't do bobby pins and lord knows the amount of hairspray it would take to keep my mass of hair up would destroy what is left of our ozone layer.
I've attached pictures of some ideas for my hair on my wedding day.
Wedding Music And Songs
Since I was 5, I've spent every summer of my life in the Adirondacks and a good portion of those years, in Lake George Village. One of the most wonderful and fun places to hang is Christie's On The Lake (www.christiesonthelake.com).
Every Wednesday night through the greater part of the early 2000's a band named Sirsy played there. Mel and Rich have this very awesome and unique sound that I've not heard in many live bands. How many people do you know that sing, play drums and play flute at the same time - Mel does! And Rich can play any and every stringed instrument that exists.
I fell in love with their music in 2003 and I have loved them since. While perusing their website (www.sirsy.com) in 2009, I found out that they did weddings. I had just started dating Shawn and we weren't anywhere near having the marriage discusisons, let along getting engaged; but, I'm a planner, so I reached out to Mel and Rich. They gladly told me they'd love to play my wedding when the time came.
So fast forward to now and what has happened? Well congratulations to Mel and Rich who got signed by a record label!! This is fantastic for them and is every musician's dream. However, I will not know until November/December if they will be able to play my wedding.
They might be on tour, or their label might have upped their price so high that we can't afford them. I hope that isn't the case and I have a backup plan in mind but lets all hope that Shawn and I get our Plan A!
So this part was so hard and I admit that I started searching for a venue about 2 years ago when I moved here. I had always thought that I would get married on beautiful Lake George, NY. Unfortunately the budget gods were not smiling on me and I can't afford any of their venues - not the ones I want anyway. Plus it would be a haul for our families so we've opted against it.
We're getting married at the lovely and wonderful Birch Hill in Schodack, NY (www.birchhillcatering.com) and because our wedding is on a Saturday in June, even though it is well over a year away, we gave them the deposit to hold the date for us. What can I say, I like to plan ahead.
So we've decided on the Pondside Pavilion for the Reception. It has a solid floor and a roof, but no walls. Its next to their pond with a fountain which means it should make for a beautiful evening.
You can see a few pictures of the pavilions in the photos I've attached. We've decided to go with the traditional round tables instead of picnic tables. Our two grandmothers would really like to have chairs with backs on them, not bench seats.
I think the photos with purple accents might have been from a wedding. I'm not sure because lots of groups rent these pavilions out for events. Shawn's company picnic is there in June of 2011.
My Nontraditional Style
So I am not traditional at all. However, I've seen "My Fair Wedding" and I'm also not tacky. I'm not one of those brides who is going to let her bridesmaids go anywhere and buy anything they want for a bridesmaid dress.
However, I'm also not going to force my very different bridesmaids to try to look like clones of each other by stuffing their very different bodies into the same dress.
I've been in weddings before. I've been to weddings before. Do you know how it feels to wear a dress that you are not comfortable in? I've seen brides choose very tight form fitting dresses, and then a heavyset bridesmaid doesn't look her best because her curves weren't made for that style. I've seen both small and large busted women struggle in a strapless bridesmaid dress.
Everybody is different and so I've found a collection of dresses I like and a color I like. My requirement is floor length, moss green, and that they pick the same material. However, they can choose any of the dresses from that group that they want.
I've attached a photo from the website (www.dessy.com) which allowed me to take a sample of 7 very different dresses - like my 7 very different bridesmaids - and as you can see, it still looks really classy that the colors and the lengths all match. Without having to put people into dresses that they will be uncomfortable in.
I'm not one of those brides that feels that in order to look good, her bridesmaids have to look bad. My girls will be gorgeous!
How I Ruined the Proposal 3 Times!!!!
So my poor fiance! I completely ruined 3 different attempts for him to propose to me.
He called me one day from work and told me about this great new Wine Bar that had just opened up. He asked if I'd be interested in going there some time and I said of course.
Little did I know that he was intending to ask me to go to the Wine Bar that night and that he was going to propose there. Little did he know that I had a final exam that night (I'm in night school).
So he arrived at home with the intention of asking me to go out and I was already off taking my exam. So that plan was ruined.
Since I had finished school and was off from work on Christmas Eve, Shawn thought he would catch me at home during lunchtime and surprise me with a proposal. He called me to make sure I'd be home and I informed him that I was out doing some last minute Christmas Shopping and would be home for lunch.
Unfortunately, while out, I stopped at a jeweler to have a link taken out of my watch band. I somehow ended up with a man who was practically blind and had sausages for fingers. No matter how many times I told him to give me the watch back and I'd get it done somewhere else, he insisted he could do it.
So, the guy says to me that he needs to go in the back room to grab a different screwdriver - and ends up STAYING in the back room!! I watched as the time came closer to lunch and I couldn't get this guy's attention (or anyone else who worked there) so that I could get my watch back and leave.
So I had to call Shawn to cancel our lunch plans. His plans to propose were ruined once more.
It is Christmas morning and he hopped out of bed and told me that he was going to make a pot of coffee. He asked me to come down and have coffee with him. So he went downstairs about 5 minutes ahead of me.
Shawn had told me for years this dumb rule that he and his guy friends had heard on Judge Judy: If you propose on a holiday or birthday, the ring is considered a gift and you can't get it back if you break up. So he had adamantly confessed that he would never propose to me on a holiday.
I didn't know that he had gotten down on one knee and had the ring out waiting to surprise me as I came down the stairs. So, when my phone rang, I didn't think twice about answering it to wish my father a Merry Christmas. Shawn would NEVER propose on a holiday, right?
So he hears me on the phone and realizes I've ruined yet another attempt to propose.
He jumps up and runs into the kitchen. I follow him into the kitchen and he's got his back to me at the counter - I assume he's making coffee. When he hears me hang up with my father, he turns around, ring in hand and asks me to marry him.
I was so shocked and stunned and caught off guard that I asked him if he was kidding. When he said no, I of course said yes I would marry him.
I Love Maggie Sottero
Ever since I was in my early twenties and my friend got engaged, I have loved Maggie Sottero. She sent me an email at work one day with a link to Maggie Sottero's website (www.maggiesottero.com) and showed me these gorgeous dresses. I fell in love on the spot!
That was over a decade ago and I still love her designs. I will most definitely be picking a Maggie Sottero for my wedding. I have always loved A-line, with ruched bodice and a sweetheart neckline. Recently I have fallen for stretch satin and since I am no longer in my twenties and gravity now applies, I am considering adding halter straps to a strapless gown.
We shall see. However, I will not be posting any pictures of myself in the dress until my wedding day.