Wednesday, July 29, 2015

I am so excited to be so excited.

Way back when, like in December, I booked my first bride with Best Day Ever Events. I was so incredibly excited.

Fast forward to late Winter, early Spring when I had basically done nothing wedding planning related because the bride only booked me for 30 days out, I started to get a little discouraged. Was this really what I wanted to do? What if I really suck at it? What if I ruin someone's wedding day? Am I going to be able to figure out how to manage demanding brides?

All of those questions came into my mind on the regular and every single time I answered it with "I don't think I really want to do this" or "I just don't think I'm cut out to deal with brides". 

Then last week came around and I started working with bride #1 for her wedding next month. I started working on her timeline, which to many people, sounds extremely boring. To me, it was exciting. I found myself wanting to work on it and perfect it constantly. I found myself excited to email the bride to find out what time she wanted to eat breakfast or what time she wanted to cut the cake. All such simple things, but I got such great joy out of putting her big day together for her.

Yesterday, I pretty much finalized her timeline and I thought to myself "I think I can do this. I think I could really enjoy this.". Now that doesn't mean that come the night of August 27th, that I'm going to be able to sleep a wink. No, that means I will spend that entire night thinking about the weekend ahead and all the work I'm going to have to do. And no, I'm not going to be thinking about it because it's going to hard or exhausting (it will be). I'm going to be thinking about it because I am so darn excited to see this plan put into motion, to realize that I really can do this and I might actually enjoy it. 

Nonetheless, I'm simply so excited to be so excited. This always seemed like such a fun thing to be able to do for someone and I was so discouraged when I found myself thinking otherwise. 

I know the day won't go perfectly, no wedding day does, but I'm hoping that my hard work preparing and perfecting it all will mean that as little will go wrong as possible (and anything that does it completely out of my control).

And if/when that does happen, I hope that I can begin a path to booking even more brides in the future. I don't foresee this ever being my full-time job. The thought of never having a free weekend to hang out with my husband doesn't sound as exciting, but maybe as a part-time gig, 10 weddings a year or something.

Who knows what will end up happening, but I am so happy to finally be able to say that I'm not dreading the end of August to come around. I'm going to be the best dang wedding planner Mount Ida Farm has ever seen ;)


Monday, July 20, 2015

In 5 years.

I've had this one in my drafts for a while, but for some reason never knew where to start. I guess now that I'm 30 I'm extremely wise and know it all (not) here it goes. 

In 5 years, I hope that JC and I are even more happily married and celebrating our 6 year wedding anniversary. 

In 5 years, I hope we are settled into a house we purchased 3 years prior and are not already feeling like we've grown out of it. It will have multiple full bathrooms, a fenced in yard, and an open floor plan.

In 5 years, I hope we have at least one kid, if not two. As an only child, I don't think 1 child is ideal, but if that's all we have, then I know I turned out ok and so will our child. 

In 5 years, I hope Hudson has a playmate. But I hope we're still suffering from puppy PTSD and we get it when it's at least a year old. 

In 5 years, I hope I am still happy working at my current place of employment (or have found something even better with less of a commute) and have a position at least one level above my current one.

In 5 years, I hope we've checked off a couple more items on our travel wish list. But I also hope our travel plans every year now include a trip to OBX with our friends and family. 

In 5 years, I hope my parents have moved north to live closer to us and have been for some time. I also hope both of them are fully retired and able to enjoy all the hard work they've put in over the last 30+ years. 

In 5 years, I hope we're working towards saving for some sort of vacation home - whether it's the lake or the beach, I'm not picky.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

Friday, July 17, 2015


This week. One of those weeks where every day I think it's the next day. I'm very thankful that today is actually Friday, although work is pretty slow this week, so I'm just begging for 3:00 to come quickly.


My random musings for this fine Friday morning.

1. No news is good news. Why is that a saying? I mean I get it, but why? Why is it that we're all so eager to complain about something, but when things go right, we don't say a thing? For instance, when someone screws up at work, you tell them (or their boss). But when they go above and beyond, what do you do? Do you take time out of your day to pat them on the back for a job well done? How would you feel if someone did that to you? Probably fantastic. Next time, do it for someone else. I'm sure you'll make their day and make them feel appreciated for their hard work. 

This also applies at restaurants. It's easy to complain about bad service, but what about when you get that special server who really cares about their job and the customers their serving? Make a point to find a manager and tell them how great their employee is! 

2. This world. Can it be a bit more accepting? I'm not one to go on political or social rants, but I have a question. Why is everyone so dang worried about what everyone else is doing? If it's not hurting you, what is the problem? Gay people can get married now, so what? They aren't hurting you by doing so and they are happier because of this new ruling. Any harm in that?

A guy decides he wants to be a girl. Is he/she hurting you? Nope. They sure aren't. Let them live their life and be happy. Isn't that all you want out of life? Why take that happiness away from them?

3. The lottery. Can I win it sometime soon? I mean, I never play (except the odd scratch off here and there), but maybe someone can just magically slip me the winning ticket one day? That would be fantastic.

4. Babies. There is seriously something in the water lately. 4 out of my 6 bridesmaids are currently pregnant, along with a handful of other people I know too. Stay. Away. Hudson is more than enough baby for me right now.

5. Vacation. I need one. Stat.

6. Hudson. I created a Instagram account for him - hudsontheyellowlab. Go give him a follow and make him feel loved, please :) Yes, I'm that dog mom. #ohwell Also, this has made me want another dog even more. So many adorable dogs out there and the pictures of them playing together are probably my faves. #hudsonneedsafriend (new petition)

7. Neighbors. Their house is on the market now and it's for sale for much higher than I ever anticipated. After seeing pictures, their basement and master bath is a bit better than ours. However, we have a brick front (they have siding) and we have a better kitchen. So hopefully those two even out. It's definitely made me realize that I want to get a realtor in our house asap, so someone with unbiased eyes can tell us what we need to do to our house to get it in tip top shape for selling it at top dollar next year. Never too soon for that, right?

8. Happiness. Let's all enjoy a little (or a lot) of it this weekend, alright?

Got any thoughts on my thoughts? What are your thoughts on any other thoughts? Thoughts on that? ;) B-Y-E

Thursday, July 16, 2015

PSA for ecollars.

Now that we have a trained pup, I'm coming to find more and more people give you the stink eye when they see you have an e-collar on your dog or you mention it when they ask you what the remote you're using is for (someone recently pointed to it and said "are you waiting for the kids to call?" bc he thought we were in 1993 and it was a walkie talkie). 

I can't necessarily blame them because I think most people see these types of collars and immediately assume that it's a shock collar and it hurts the dog. However, once you've used one, I think you would most definitely disagree with that notion.

So here is my PSA, along with tips for using an ecollar.

Hudson has his collar on at all times, unless we are sleeping or not home. Even for the 30 minutes or so that he's out in the am before I go to work, he's got it on. And I can promise you that he's never in pain and he doesn't mind the collar one bit. For reference, when I used to get his harness out, he would try to back away from me when putting it on him. I have no idea why, the harness didn't hurt him, but he hated it that much. He doesn't do that with the collar. Sure he moves around because I'm usually putting it on him after he's been asleep for 10 hours and he's a puppy, but it's not because he's trying to keep me from getting it on him, he's just excited to be free!

When we first got him back from training, we had to be extremely diligent, probably overly diligent, with using the collar. He needed to know that even though he was back home and in his territory, that didn't mean he wasn't going to be corrected and asked to follow the rules like he was made to do when he was away. When he came back home after being neutered, we were being a bit lax on it (especially because of the hot spot on his neck) and he was fully aware he was sans collar. No collar + no way to expell energy = nightmare. Needless to say, it's back on him full time, I'm just extra cautious of where I put it on him, so it's away from any hot spot (which are basically cleared up now!).

Anyways...back to the PSA.

Hudson gets 2 chances for every level. That doesn't mean we turn it up one level at a time. The first time he's told to do something, he's told twice with no correction via the collar. Most of the time he listens, but if he doesn't, we just turn the knob slightly (usually lands somewhere between 1-7) and tell him again twice (in quick succession - ex. "sit, sit" in the same breathe practically) while clicking the stimulation button twice at the same time we say the command. 

The only time I've ever heard Hudson yelp when I've used the collar is when I've had to quickly turn it up high (it goes up to 100) because he's running away or he's trying to drag me to the gate of the dog park. You might think that's harsh, but it's also dangerous to let him do those things. If he runs away, he could get hit by a car. If I let him drag me into the dog park, he thinks he drag me everywhere and could actually hurt me or worse, him. Neither are ok, so they need strong corrections. And getting hit by a car is much worse than a quick correction via his collar.

Now that's not saying I get out of the car at the dog park and turn the remote up super high immediately because I want him to yelp. That's most definitely not the case. I'd prefer that it not get to that and most of the time it doesn't. 

For situations where he needs to listen immediately (like heeling), the commands do not start on 0. They start between 10-15. Again, he's not hurting. Occasionally he flinches a bit and it gets his attention (similar to when someone comes up behind you and you aren't expecting it), reminds him of what he should be doing instead. It only ever gets up high if he continues not to listen to our commands. 

As I mentioned, that's rare. There was a day when I took him for a walk and nothing I did was working. He had absolutely no interest in listening to me whatsoever. I just continued to say commands, turn the remote up and eventually I looked down and saw that it was in the 90s. He couldn't have cared one bit and yes, it was on - I could see him flinch with each correction. So that goes to show me that when he does yelp, it's more of a "whoa, wait a second, why did you do that? maybe she'll think she hurt me if I yelp." instead of a "ouch, that hurt" similar to when he tries to scratch his neck instead of listen to me, like I'm bothering him on level 2. Sorry bud, I'm not stupid. He's just testing us to see if he can get away with not listening. Again, he's a puppy. It's annoying/frustrating, but it happens.

With all that being said, there are definitely some things I've learned after using his collar for 3+ weeks that I think would be very helpful if someone here reading has an unruly dog and they are thinking of trying out an ecollar on their own. Let me preface this by saying, I'm not an expert. We spent 2 hours with Hudson's trainer learning everything and have been using his collar for a little over 2 weeks now. I would highly recommend getting a trainer and having them introduce your dog to the collar, rather than on your own. But it's your call!

First, test it on yourself. It's good to know what you're dog is about to be feeling. Now I'm not saying wrap it around your neck and turn it on high. Just put your fingers on the sensors and test it on a low setting. You likely won't feel anything on the lower levels (at least we didn't with ours). I found that I didn't feel anything until level 12, which is where I stopped. I have a hard time describing what it felt like, but it most definitely wasn't a shock. JC went up to level 18 and he jumped a little, but it wasn't anything he couldn't handle and Hudson is clearly stronger than both of us (per the experiences I explained above). 

The collar needs to be TIGHT. I'm extremely thankful someone else had put the collar on first to show us how tight it actually needs to be. I would have thought he was choking if I put it on him that tight. But he's not and there are reasons it needs to be that tight. The most important reason? So the sensors do not irritate his skin. If they are loose, they aren't getting in direct contact with the skin and therefore, will likely rub the skin instead. The next most important reason is, if the sensors aren't in contact with his skin, they correction isn't getting through to him as well as if he had direct contact with the collar. If you have a furry dog, you can likely see how the sensors could be correcting the fur before it even gets to your dog. 

The collar should only be placed on the sides or under the chin. This was per our trainer, but I recently read on the site that the ideal location is on the side of the neck, just below the ear. If it's on the front, it could get in contact with their wind pipe. Thankfully, we've never put it on the front, and I'm guessing if the trainer said the front was ok, it is, just maybe not ideal. Never put the collar on the back of his neck. Your spine is connected there - that would probably be a bit painful. 

As I mentioned above, be diligent with your usage in the beginning. Don't slack off, not even a little. If your pup sees that you are slacking off with the collar, they will likely start trying to test how far they can get. Eventually, you'll have wasted all of your previous effort and have to start back over from scratch. No one wants to do that. 

If it's raining all day and you can't get outside, practice inside. Even if you're just asking your pup to heel from the living room to the kitchen, it's better than nothing. You want to keep their minds fresh with the commands, so they don't forget! I can tell you that if your dog has been fully trained and you slack off a couple days like we did recently, a couple quick corrections via the collar and he's back in action. It definitely didn't take much to remind Hudson that he still is not boss, even when he's a bit a handicapped.

Take the collar off before bedtime for the night or when you leave the house. Even if you're only going to be gone for 10 minutes, take it off. I'm not sure what could possibly happen if it's on and you're away, but that's what they told us and I don't want to take any risks!

Understand that your dog is likely going to enjoy making you happy and we all know how happy we are when our dogs listen to us. Therefore, he's likely not going to mind the collar all that much, like Hudson. Simply putting it on will eventually be enough of a reminder that he needs to listen. And one day, you probably won't even have to do that (Hudson initially listened perfectly without the collar, but he eventually got to a point where he thought maybe the collar had been lost...). So just remember, be mindful of your training now and when he's all grown up and has a couple years of training under his belt, he will just be a good pup in general all the live long day :)


I hope this has helped anyone who was cautious of ecollars understand that people who use them are not doing so to hurt their dogs. It's likely the exact opposite. We are grateful for Hudson's collar because it makes him a happier pup because his parents are happier and we can control him in all situations, especially in harmful ones!

Tuesday, July 14, 2015


Reading. I actually don't remember the last time I sat down and read a book. Oh wait, yes I do. It was The Andy Cohen Diaries and I was less than impressed. Don't get me wrong, I love Andy and his stories, but I wanted more gossip or at least more gossip with names of the people he was gossiping about. It's not fun when they are anonymous. I have been in the mood to read a book lately though. Any recommendations!?

Drinking. Hopefully more of this delicious Red Wine we sampled at Olive Garden a month or so ago. I'm not a red wine drinker, but this one is sweet and it's served chilled. It tastes like straight up fruit juice. I'm obsessed. 

Counting down. Gosh, there isn't a lot to countdown to these days. With JC having a newer job, we aren't taking any vacations any time soon. I guess I'm excited for a family day at the lake in a couple weeks and a full weekend with my extended family in August. Other than that, I'm just trying not to wish away Summer. Although I'm looking forward to Fall more than ever this year - the heat this Summer has really gotten to me!

Oh! Duh! I'm counting down to Thursday when Hudson is officially released from his no-activity requirement after his neuter. A 6 month old pup that isn't allowed to be active - OUCH. We will all be a little happier after the dog park Thursday evening. I'm sure of it!

Thankful. I've been extremely thankful for my parents lately. Not that I'm not always thankful for them, but they just continue to prove how amazing they are. As I mentioned, Hudson got neutered last Monday and we had it done at my parent's old vet because it was almost $500 cheaper than ours. They took all their dogs and my grandpa still takes his dog there, so I was comfortable with choosing a cheaper option and not getting the "you get what you pay for" service. 

They watched Hudson for a couple days while he was initially recovering, brought him home to us and then went back to check on him a few days later because we were concerned with a spot on his neck and thought it was something that happened at the vet.

Turns out, thanks to my mom's knowledge/research, he's got hot spots. Apparently super common in dogs and there's no real known cause for them. They seem to be clearing up and I'm hoping they don't ever come back. I also really wish I knew what caused it, but alas, I think it will remain a mystery.

Happy. To see that our neighbors are about to put their house on the market. Not that I don't like them. I don't have any real feelings towards them, except for the fact that they have 3 cars for 2 people and take up the visitor's spot because it. I'm excited to see how much it sells for. We will put our house on the market this time next year and their house is practically a mirror image of ours, from what I can tell online so far, so it'll be telling for our potential sale. Fingers crossed they get A LOT of money. 

Glued. To my couch. I have had no motivation to do much of anything lately! I really need to clean our house. I really need to exercise. I really need to do anything other than sitting there watching trash TV, rotting my brain and gaining all my pre-wedding diet weight back! 

Listening. Over to the weekend to a very bossy 2 year old. Apparently the old standard was bossiness around the age of 5, but these days most of them seem to be getting that a little bit earlier. I won't lie, it was kind of cute to hear Charlotte tell me exactly what to do every second of the time I was visiting her and her mom and it made my life much easier - I didn't have to think about my next move. But I'm sure that would get old quite quickly. #notreadyforkids

Excited. For a girl's day the Saturday after next. It's been awhile since I've just had a day to myself to hang out with a bunch of gals at a winery, so I'm extra excited to spend the day doing just that on the 25th. I'm also happy I have a preggo cousin who will be my DD and a husband who will spend the day with our pup ;)

Dreaming. Of a vacation. As I mentioned, we don't have one in the books any time soon. However, JC mentioned last week booking a trip to Destin, Florida because he saw how beautiful the beaches are down there. He wants to do it over my birthday next year. Who am I to argue? March, I'm looking at you!

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

He comes home today!

Remember that time I told you all that we were dropping off our sweet Hudson for boarding school for 2 weeks. Well, I'm happy to report that we survived without him. Well, we're almost there at least. 

I am more than ready for that little guy to come home. While I've definitely enjoyed not having much of any responsibility, being able to come and go as I please and heading to the beach with no guilt - I'm very much looking forward to cuddles, dog park visits and walks!

I'm also happy to report Hudson has been doing so fantastic at "summer camp" as my mom lovingly refers to it. We've gotten a handful of videos and what kind of "blogger" would I be if I didn't share those with you all?

The first evening, after we dropped him off, we got a cute picture of him letting us know he arrived safely in Hampton Roads.

I was loving how much his tail was obviously wagging in said picture. He is such a happy guy!

Then, the dreaded wait for the next update. I kept saying, because I'm so Type A, if someone just told me "you won't hear from us for 3 days", I would have been ok. However, I had zero clue how soon/often we would get updates, so I was very impatient.

On Thursday evening, we got a quick update that he was doing great and very exhausted each evening, but had found a friend. 


Then, on Friday, we got our first training update. #proudmom


Side note: I had multiple friends comment on this video asking "he couldn't do that before?". Hudson could sit, if he wanted to, but staying was a challenge. Also, this is more than just sitting/staying. If you notice, the trainer said "place" and Hudson went to where she pointed and then stayed. By the time he comes home tomorrow, we'll be able to point to any spot (even so much as a 3" wide trailer hitch), say place and he'll go to it and sit down. 

The next update came on Monday afternoon mere seconds after I texted JC from Chicago saying "ok, I'm ready for a Hudson update ASAP". 

The picture is of him "placing" and then going down. 

The video is of him walking (look how close he is and how much slack is still on the leash!!) and then sitting until she said "break" which means he can go. I never thought I'd see the day Hudson was a good walker.


Thank goodness I was traveling in Chicago for work last week because it helped so much when it came to waiting for updates. I wouldn't have time to think about it until our day was over and we were driving back into the city for the night. But by Thursday, I was anxious again. 

Thursday afternoon, we were sitting on the tarmac 45 minutes late for departure and I decided to take my phone off airplane mode since we weren't moving. I'm so happy I did! I got a video update not long after and it was the best one yet! I'm completely obsessed with how happy he clearly is with learning. 


You can't really tell in the video, but his trainer made sure to point out that he's walking without a leash now (!!!). Also, we're disregarding the fact that she had to say "down" 3x. I'm 100% confident we'll only need to say it once, after he's completely done with training ;)

After I replied, commenting on how proud we were of him, his trainer said he'd have him placing/down 100 yards away by the next day! #insane

I didn't expect to get another video for a few days, but much to my surprise we got another update on Friday afternoon. This time, Hudson had learned "touch". 


We haven't received another update since then. I texted the trainer Sunday afternoon because JC wanted to see if he could get a t-shirt and I hoped my text would prompt a new update. No such luck. But that's ok because HE COMES HOME TODAY. 

I cannot wait to see all he's learned, learn how to maintain his training ourselves and then cuddle him on Wednesday. Because duh, I took the day off. 

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

#bestdayever0927: reception.

Look guys, I kept my promise and I'm back this week to share more about our reception. Thank you SO much to all you kind souls who complimented our wedding last week! I truly put my whole heart into every last detail, so I greatly appreciate your kind words.

Anyways, so where were we? Oh yes, JC & I got some alone time in the reception space before the guests were allowed in. Our venue had these awesome curtains that divided up the indoor cocktail hour space and the main reception space. I said from the very beginning that I didn't want those curtains opened so much as an inch until it was time for the reception to begin. I had a process in my mind of how people were going to see each phase of the wedding and thankfully it worked out exactly as planned.

But let me back track. I think I've mentioned a couple times in the pre-wedding posts how unhappy I was with our caterer and if this is repetitive for some of you, just skip right over it!

We left our first tasting with them very unhappy. While the food was delicious, it couldn't have been farther from what we asked for. They gave us acorn squash and filet (along with other stuff), when we said we were hoping to try a more southern style menu - fried chicken, BBQ, etc. Not to mention, the coordinator for our caterer said "I don't eat fried chicken because it's so bad for you" mere seconds after we told her that was a must have for our menu. She just rubbed me the wrong way and the entire time it seemed more like she cared about making a sale than anything else.

We left there with absolutely zero intentions of using The Local as our caterer. I was so annoyed, I think you could have told me the food would have been free and I wouldn't have caved. We tried another caterer and while I loved them and wished we could have worked with them, I didn't like their food one bit. And when you're planning a wedding that's 2+ hours from home, you get tired of making that long/boring drive to/from only to be disappointed. So we ended up back at The Local, only after they agreed to allow us a second tasting of the food that would be on our menu.

Fast forward to the month before our wedding, at our final walk-through and first, the catering coordinator is like 45 minutes late (you guys know how much I hate this) and when she does finally arrive, she is SO unprepared. We'd ask her a question about a decision we'd made 8 months prior and she would say "Oh, I'm not sure, I don't have your files, I'll have to get back to you". Ummm why are you even here?

So needless to say, I didn't go into the wedding too optimistic about her abilities, but I knew my wedding planner would make sure they were on their game and at the very least, I knew the food would amazing.

Fast forward again to 6:05 on 9/27/14 and I'm talking to my wedding planner, asking her why we haven't started letting the guests into the reception space. She tried to beat around the bush for a second, but then finally came clean - the caterer didn't put the white wine on ice ahead of time, so all the white wine I wanted preset at the tables wasn't ready to come out yet. Me, being the prompt person that I am, told her it wasn't a big deal at this point, I'd rather get things started! So that we did. But of course, I was once again annoyed with this freaking lady!

We then had the introductions of the parents/bridal party/us. JC was dead set on the Chicago Bulls theme song and JC wasn't dead set on much for the wedding, so I obliged (I'm such a good wife ;)).

This only really makes sense, if you know the guy in the picture is a cop. He's pretending she's handcuffed.

My MOH kicked off the evening with a sweet speech, followed by JC's dad and then a family friend did the blessing.


Although I didn't love our caterer too much, I will say, I loved that they offered to make our plates and bring them to us. This allowed JC and I speak with the majority of our guests prior to eating, so we only had few hellos/thank you for comings once we were done. 

Once we sat down to eat, our disappointment arose once again. Ever since the very first tasting, JC and I raved about the macaroni & cheese. It was hands down the best macaroni & cheese I've ever eaten and I've eaten a lot of it. Not to mention, I had been eating clean on/off for 9 months. I was more than ready for a big heaping pile of delicious carbs! Well, come wedding day, and it was totally not the same. It had very little flavor, very little cheese and was basically just a pile of elbow noodles. I don't recall if we discussed it during our meal, but it was definitely a topic of conversation in the days following. The green beans were also awful, after 2 different tastings and me stressing "southern, like with bacon or ham hocks". Instead they tasted like they were soaked in a vat of vinegar for 3 weeks and I HATE vinegar. But the chicken, potatoes and brisket were good, so at least they got something right? Also, no one else seemed to notice the macaroni issue because no one else was expecting anything (win?).

Once we finished eating, we were able to get the rest of our hellos/thank yous out of the way, so we had the rest of the night to truly enjoy ourselves and not worry about anyone feeling like we weren't happy/appreciate that they came.

Once dinner was over, it was time for our first dance which meant that as soon as the music started, JC was no where to be found. A couple minutes later he came strolling out of the bathroom with no care in the world. Helloooooo.

So we "I don't dance" by Lee Brice. Fun fact: JC said for the first 3.5 years of our relationship that he would NEVER get married. He also only dances when he's really in the mood aka a couple beers/drinks down the hatch. His best man texted me when I was in NYC last year, saying this song should definitely be our song. I listened to it and it couldn't have been more perfect. I say the first verse is all about JC and the second is all about me. We were both sold from that moment on.

My dad and I danced to "My Wish" by Rascal Flatts. I told him from the get go that he could pick the song (although I would need to have final approval) and on our way home from that same NYC trip, we started listening to songs in the car and my dad teared up during this one and said "that's it". I was tearing up too, so I had no complaints. Another fun fact: my dad was also no where to be found when the father/daughter song started. What was with these guys?!

JC & his mom's dance wasn't so easy. She kept saying he could pick it and he kept saying she could pick it. Finally, I emailed her and told her she needed to take the reigns because JC wasn't going to. She sent back suggestions and of course JC knocked every single one of them, so I told him he had to come up with alternatives. He couldn't just go back to her with a big fat no. They finally settled on "The dance" by Garth Brooks and I thought it was perfect and his mom was ready and waiting when their song started. Leave it to the women....

The rest of the night was basically a huge blur. We danced, we drank, JC and I snuck out for some nighttime pictures and we seriously had the best night of our lives.

We did the traditional things like garter/bouquet tosses and cake cutting.

JC's grandpa kept us laughing all night long.

When they announced our cake cutting, we walked back to the dessert table and eventually someone said "why isn't anyone over here?" and I said "I never see anyone cut their cake at weddings, so I can't complain". So we went to it and for some reason JC gave me more control over the knife than he had, so I cut the tiniest piece of cake ever. JC even commented on it in the midst of cutting. Oops?

There is only one thing I'd change about that night and it's that it lasted 5 hours longer. I remember at one point, I looked at my MOH's husband and asked him what time it was and he said "I don't want to tell you, you'll be sad" and then he told me it was like 9:45 or something. Whatever time he told me, I remember saying, "oh! that's it?! we've got plenty more time!".


Sign made by JC's extremely creative Aunt!
And was over.

Thankfully, the majority of the bridal party was staying at the house on site, so we all got to go back and hang out some more. I'm not entirely sure what time we went to sleep finally, but I'm pretty sure it was well into the wee hours of the morning considering the wedding wasn't even over until 11.

We woke up the next morning early, as we had to head to the airport for our honeymoon, and one of the first things JC said to me when we woke up was "I hope yesterday was everything you ever dreamed it would be.". It absolutely was and then some. And I have so many people to thank for that, but most importantly, my AH-mazing parents.

There is no doubt in mind that we wouldn't have been able to even consider a wedding like we had, without them. Heck, we probably would have had to elope or go to the courthouse without their help. I'm forever grateful that I'm an only child ;)

Ummm, I just blogged about the end of the wedding. I can't be done blogging about the wedding, can I?! Did I miss anything? Anything you're just dying to know about my planning process or our big day? Any ideas on how I can continue blogging about our wedding for the rest of my life? HELP!

*all pictures courtesy of Ward Photography