Saturday was dark and rainy and perfect. We spent most of the morning and early afternoon cuddled on the couch watching Breaking Bad. We got ready and then ventured out to my friend’s family’s Vietnamese restaurant in northwest DC for some big bowls of Hue Spicy Beef Noodle Soup (Bun Bo Hue), Crispy Spring Rolls, Shrimp Toast, Bo Dun Skewers, and Banana Flambé with Ice Cream for dessert. It was incredible. One of the best meals I’ve ever had. The kind of meal that I’m already planning to have again before I’ve finished the last bite.
On our way home we stopped at a shoe store in Pentagon City so I could use my coupon and get some wedding shoes. Andrés helped me find some strappy dark purple heels that should work well. My wedding dress and faux fur wrap are very warm, almost TOO warm, so these heels should let some heat escape from my body. For the reception, I splurged on a pair of matte black Tieks that I’m currently breaking in. I’ve never spent that much on shoes, but I’ve wanted of pair of nice flats for a while, and by going with black instead of the more expensive diamond white Tieks, I’ll likely wear them again. (I can’t handle white shoes.) (I also can’t handle heels all night.) (I can handle slippers and yoga pants REALLY well, though.)
With the wedding 47 days away, here’s what my updated To Do List looks like.
Cake flowers ordered
Cake topper ordered
Guest list finalized
Engagement photos taken
Save the Dates printed & mailed
Spanish Announcements printed
Bridesmaids dresses ordered
Jars / lanterns / candles acquired
Andrés’ gift purchased
Sign contract on venues (meeting 8/18)
- Finalize menu:
food / alcohol (8/18)
Sign contract with photographer
Book DJ (meeting 7/29)
Get marriage license ( 8/20)
Meet with minister 1 (7/28) / 2 (8/18)
Schedule events for ceremony / reception
Lace & twine jars crafted
- White lights + drapery
- Burlap table runners (Mom is making)
- Peony paper flowers
Sparklers / bubbles / matchboxes / galvanized pails
Chalkboard silver trays + stands
- Children’s chalkboards (after 9/22)
in bags & cigar (Andrés getting) wedding favors
- Guestbook tree (A is making) +
ink + pens + wipes
- Escort cards (after 9/22)
- Bathroom baskets (A is gathering)
- Bride: dress fittings: 1, 2 / veil +
hair flowers / shoes (ceremony + reception) / jewelry / faux fur wrap
faux fur wraps / shoes / gifts
tux / shoes / rings / gifts
- Groomsmen: tuxes
Flowers (meeting 8/18)
Bride / Bridesmaids bouquets (1 + 3)
Groom / Groomsmen boutonnieres (4)
Mother / Grandmother corsages (5)
Baby’s breath decor bundles (20 for isles)
Reserve cabin for wedding night
The biggest things I need to take care of are the paper peonies, getting my dress fitting done (& finalizing my jewelry choices), and picking out alcohol for the reception.
After all the RSVPs are in, I’m going to make the escort cards and double check places/times/prices/details with all the vendors.
Andrés & I spent this past weekend in the mountains again, meeting with the pastor, the florist, and the wedding coordinator to finalize some wedding details. Since my parents completed their vacation home in the mountains, I’ve wanted to explore the abandoned building we drive by each time we make the trip. We think it was part of a nearby hospital in the ’60s and ’70s. I can’t find any information online attaching this building to the hospital, but what we found inside convinced me. There was an entire room (the one photographed twice with the lacy curtains) covered in old files, linen orders, and memorandums. It was quite fascinating. These were all taken with and edited on my iPhone, by me.
This week I’m grateful for:
- Mr. AFV
- T – 2 months
- Lots of sweet plums
- Sometime Around Midnight
- Bacardi Limón + Pineapple Coconut sparkling water
- Ordering my garters, Andrés’ wedding bands & my reception shoes!
- Baths in the huge tub
- New tank tops & yoga pants (my uniform)
- Submitting our application for our fence building
- The RES extension
- This GIF
- Ikea’s STRANDMON chair (coming this winter!)
- A weekend away in the mountains
- Coffee from a French press
- Lots of dogs!
- Walking Ruby off leash
- Exploring the abandoned hospital
- Picking up our marriage license!
We’re getting married here in 56 days. Oh, man.