Tuesday, November 25, 2008

A Future Engagement

Let me begin by saying that this is wedding-related and it is quite long. But, it's worth it, trust me.

Now, allow me to set the stage: one of my most bestest friends, bridesmaid, sorority housemate and fellow Hello Kitty fan club member is a sassy gal named Candy. If she were a candy she would be Strawberry Laffy Taffy—a bit sweet, a bit tangy and fun for all ages, anytime of the day. Candy is a die-hard football fanatic and is true blue to our beloved alma mater, Southern Methodist University. Candy has a rad football lovin’, Star Wars watchin’, roller coaster ridin’ boyfriend named Tom. They were MADE for each other.

Tom calls me up one day and leaves a cryptic message asking me to call him back and that he would be playing tennis for the next hour or so and would be out of pocket. Oh, and by the way, “don’t tell Candy.” Well, a man should know better than to leave a message like that without giving a girl a hint! Throw me a bone, I say! So, I keep calling and calling and calling him back all the while thinking, “how long can a guy play tennis on a school night?” He finally calls back and tells me that he is going to pony up (I know—I’m hilarious) and propose to Candy during the SMU homecoming game. Needless to say, I squeal like…no, not that thank you very much...a little girl who just met Cinderella (more on that later). Anyhoo, he asks me if I would help him get the grand proposal on the Jumbo Tron-thingy (that’s a technical term) during half-time. Now, I ask you: how could I refuse this super-romantical request?

Sooooo, I call one of my other bestest friends and sorority sisters, “Kandi with a K” to let her in on the scheme. Since Kandi is in Dallas, I thought she may be able to go to the athletic office and see what they can do for us. As it turns out, Kandi recently arranged to have her kids’ Christmas portraits taken on the SMU football field (hubby was a cheerleader) and made a great contact, Monica, who works in the marketing department of SMU athletics. Kandi calls on Monica, the amazing get-it-done-girl who “shows up” big time to make Candy’s dream come true.

On Homecoming Day, we met Candy and Tom for the parade on campus in the morning. Throughout the afternoon, Kandi with a K and I insisted that we all take advantage of every photo op we can find around campus. (Candy is a big scrapper and I knew she’d want mementos of the day.) I must say that Tom was not the only one freaking out a little—ok, a lot—all day. I would have taken a Valium that morning had I known the butterflies in my stomach were going to have a carnival from dawn ‘til dusk. So, all goes as planned and during half-time, the announcer asks everyone to turn their attention to said Jumbotron-thingy and row number 1 section 111. Tom gets down on one knee and pops the question. Candy says “yes” amongst the cheering and crying of fellow SMU Mustang fans. Seriously, women sitting around us that we didn’t know were boo-hooing! After the game, we all had a cupcake and champagne toast to Candy and Tom and their fabulous adventures to come. Here are a few photos from the awesome event. Congratulations, Candy and Tom! We love you!!!!

On another note, Candy and I have entered the Wilton Cookie Decorating contest this year. The grand prize is a trip for 4 to Disney World! We have a pact that if one of us wins the trip, we all go together. So, please click on the photo of Candy’s cookie, “Letters to Santa”, below and vote for her every day this week. When you go to the page, you must find her cookie, click on the “Choose Me” button, then click on the button on the left under the cookie picture that says “Submit Your Vote”. If you forget to click on that button, your vote won’t be counted. Remember, a vote for Candy is a vote for me and I'm dying to meet Cinderella! (My cookie will be up for voting next week.)

Monday, November 24, 2008

Bridesmaids are Always Prepared!

My sister gave each of her bridesmaids a beautiful brown tote bag embroidered with each of our names to put our wedding day essentials in. She included the Premier Designs jewelry pieces that she wanted us to wear at the wedding, a bottle of nail polish that matched our gowns (we all painted our toe nails with it), pretty wine glasses that she embellished with glass beads and a cute reversible cup wrap from The Cozy Corset Cuff. Love it!

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Musical Interlude

Hello, chickadees! The music you are listening to this month is from the CD that the hubster put together for my sister to give to her rehearsal dinner guests. Enjoy!

Monday, November 17, 2008

Smart Bride, Dum Dum Bridesmaids

These are the bouquets my sister made for her bridesmaids to carry during the wedding rehearsal. Aren't they yummy? She used a Styrofoam ball and trimmed it so it had a flat bottom and glued it on a round piece of cardboard. Then, she trimmed the lollipop sticks and inserted them into the ball. She used a ribbon in her wedding color to wrap around the base and make a pretty bow accent. You could also glue a plastic bouquet handle on the back if you’d like. Another idea would be to use only lollipops that match your wedding colors and save the rest for yourself! Although, I really do like the multi-colored look, plus there was a flavor for every taste! The lollies were perfect to keep the little bridal party attendants happy (and the groomsmen, too!) So, so cute and very clever! She takes after her big sis! **wink, wink**

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Wedding Wrap-up

My sister got married on November 1st. It was a gorgeous day and she looked fabulous. In honor of the event that has been our family's single focus for the past few months, I dedicate the month of November to all things wedding.

The wedding ceremony and reception were held at Chateau Polonez, a beautiful event venue in Northwest Houston. The ceremony was held outside at the gazebo and the reception was held inside the mansion. The interior was gorgeous and even matched the wedding's fall colors! This is a short video that Leti's photographer, Edward Charles Photography put together for her: