Saturday, June 28, 2008
He was going to throw away this wooden container!
Couldn't you just picture it filled with flowers and setting on a lovely country patio??
And these pillars!Ok, you may think I'm a little nuts for wanting to keep them, but I think they would make a really cute entrance for a garden or even used inside the house.
After I *confronted* hubs about these items, he sheepishly admitted that he thought I wouldn't let him throw them away, but in his neat-freak-ness, he just wanted to get rid of stuff! The nerve!
Needless to say, all of these items are once again back in the garage.
Oh, and I just had to show you a yard sale find from earlier this year. It was a $5 coffee table that was stained dark green and I painted it black and distressed it.
My old Target coffee table was, in my sister's words, looking pretty ugly (it survived quite a number of years and was pretty beat-up...and my sister is not afraid to be totally and brutally honest with me...typical sister), so I'm really glad I found this one at such a great bargain!
Monday, June 23, 2008
I've been posting a lot recently about weddings and I'm sorry if you are sick of hearing about them! But, I thought it might be interesting for you to get a peek into what my job entails as a wedding coordinator.
Of course, my job varies a great deal from wedding to wedding, but I'll give you a glimpse into the wedding of Danielle & Chris from this past Saturday...
3 Months Ago:
I get a phone call from Danielle who is completely stressed out and wants to make sure their wedding goes according to her carefully laid-out plans. She is hoping that I can help give her a stress-free day.
My calendar was free for her wedding date, so we decide to meet and discuss her needs. A few weeks later we meet at the Brownstone Cafe for dinner. Since she has most of the wedding details already planned, she mostly needs my help to coordinate their rehearsal and the day of their wedding.
We meet again a few weeks before the wedding, along with the photographer, to take a look at the church and reception site. We discuss the ceremony and reception in detail and make timelines that we will follow.
On the Friday evening before the wedding, the pastor and I coordinate the rehearsal at the church and make sure everyone in the wedding party feels comfortable with what they'll be doing.
I arrive at the church at 11am to meet the florist. I help make sure the flowers are in the correct places (they were beautiful!). I also set up a memory table to honor the bride & groom's deceased grandparents.
I have some extra time before the 3pm ceremony, so I head over to the reception site to make sure everything is going according to plan.
The bride decided to have a candy bar set up at the reception for guests to have as wedding favors. It was such a cute idea! So I worked on setting up the display for her. I also set up her name cards and a photo of the couple that guests would be signing instead of using a guest book.
2pm: I arrive back at the church. With only 1 hr. to go, I make sure the ushers know how they will be seating people, answer last minute questions from the families, and attend to the last minute details.
The bride & bridesmaids arrive at the church 5 minutes before the wedding is to start (AHH!), so I make sure they are at their places.
I cue the musicians, cue the ministers and groom/groomsmen, and help the bridesmaids and bride & father down the aisle.
And I always, always get a little choked up at this part! Even though I don't know the couple personally, it's an emotional experience to be a part of their most special day!
The groom is a captain in the military who flies apache helicopters (yeah, this guy has serious bragging rights!), so they had a saber arch with military personnel after the ceremony, which was really cool to see.
After the ceremony, I head straight over to the Historic Strasburg Inn, the site of the reception. It's a beautiful site with old buildings and it overlooks farmland.
At the reception site, I handle last minute details before the guests arrive.
6pm: The wedding party arrives at the reception site and I help get them in their correct order as the DJ introduces everyone.
We have a delicious dinner of filet mignon and crabcakes (one of the perks of this business!) and throughout the dinner I make sure everything goes according to plan.
The couple cuts their cake with a saber sword...
Throughout the evening, my job is to make sure everything flows according to the timeline. After the formal dances and traditions like the bouquet and garter toss are done, it's time for me to leave!
This wedding went so smoothly and beautifully! Before I left, the bride said that she didn't feel any stress at all during her wedding day, and that means the world to me!
I hope you enjoyed the little glimpse inside my world!
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
Monday, June 16, 2008
I'm due in the beginning of January and almost 3 months into the pregnancy. I can't even describe how excited I am to meet this precious little baby!!
It seems unreal that this is my 4th pregnancy (I've had 2 miscarriages) and, although I've gone through fits of panic and fear, God has given me peace and security. No matter what happens with this pregnancy, I know that He will give us the grace we will need to get through it.
I've been clinging to this...
So, yeah, like I said, I've been SICK and TIRED, but a few weeks ago I started wearing these
Phil. 4:6-7 (Message Bible)
Don't fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises
shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know
it, a sense of God's wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come
and settle you down. It's wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at
the center of your life.
and they have worked like magic for me! They aren't exactly chic and I'm still dealing with nausea, but it's not nearly as severe as it had been. Thank goodness!
I'm hoping that in the next several weeks, I will start feeling more like myself again.
And, oh, yeah, the baby bump has definitely already POPPED out. Oh well, it goes with the territory!!
Sunday, June 15, 2008
Last night I coordinated a vow-renewal ceremony for a couple who was celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary. It was a very special time and the love that the couple still had for one another was very evident! I coordinated their daughter's wedding 3 years ago which is how I got to know them. They have such a sweet family.
It was held at a beautiful location - Riverdale Manor in Lancaster.
They had a replica of the car they owned when they got married...
It's the perfect size - I can even fit! If you have small kids, I highly recommend this pool! Another plus about the pool, besides keeping the kiddo very happy, is that it hides most of our hideous patio! :)
Sunday, June 8, 2008
It was a HOT day!! Probably one of the hottest of the year (upper 90's). Despite the heat, it was set in a beautiful location (a farm) and it didn't rain!
The bride & groom attached photos of themselves to a fence - I thought it was a clever idea...
The bride & groom and wedding party making their entrance into the reception...
The first dance...
They are a beautiful couple!