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Don’t let anyone rain on your parade

August 25, 2008

I found the most delightful book the other day. There’s a new one coming out for Valentine’s Day on six-word love stories as well as this one – which is six-word memoirs…watch the video below and see what you think. LOVE the music….and the memoirs. When the Valentine’s Day book comes out we’ll post it here too, but in the meantime, wouldn’t this make a lovely wedding gift? Why doesn’t anyone consider books for wedding gifts? Enjoy!

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Wedding surprise…

August 18, 2008

Jennifer didn’t know she was getting married until she showed up at the church that morning. Although she and her husband of five years had been legally married in a courthouse by a Justice of the Peace she had always wanted a church wedding. Now she had it.

Once the women of the church found out that Jennifer and Raymond had wanted a church wedding, but couldn’t afford one, the preperations began….without Jennifer’s knowledge of course. Both Jennifer and Raymond were in wheelchairs – her’s from a lifelong medical condition, his from an accident at work.

Together they motored around town in their wheelchairs, known to most of Danville, VA. Both volunteered at the local hospital, both were active in their church.  But Jennifer’s dream had always been being married in a house of God…and now she was about to be.

Children giggled and cameras flashed as Raymond and Jennifer rolled down the aisle together. The service was moving and the kiss Raymond planted on his “new” bride had the church laughing and clapping. After the service everyone moved downstairs to the reception- ice cream, cake, lunch…a perfect ending to the morning.

I photographed this lovely wedding. And I was impressed by a couple of things – one being how quickly the plans all came together and how they managed to keep the plans a secret…and two, the fact that the women of the church created everything – from the decorations and flower arrangements to the bouquet of flowers. Is there someone you know who’s dreaming of a picture perfect wedding and can’t afford it? Then step in and help.

You’ll always be glad you did!

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Planning your wedding and forgetting your friends

August 16, 2008

If you read my last post you know my best friend from high school, the one who “pinky finger swore” to have me as her maid of honor, got married without even inviting me. I’m not a happy camper. So, first on my list for anyone getting married is to invite your best friends from high school. Next, order the Do-It-Yourself wedding book we have a link to on the right. Best thing I’ve seen yet if you’re doing your own wedding.

Now. Over the next few days I’m going to be talking about lists…lists of lists. Top five lists. Top five things brides forget to do and all that. Fascinating stuff…maybe I’ll add, “Forget to invite their best friends to their weddings,” on it.

Anyway, come back tomorrow…find out what you need to remember when making your lists!

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It was inevitable…

August 16, 2008

It was inevitable. Gloria’s wedding I mean. We’d known each other since high school and swore to each other over crossed pinkies and everything that we’d be each other’s maid of honor. Now she’s gone and gotten married and never even invited me. Sure, we lost track of each other over the years, but my gosh, she could have tried to track me down.

I had to hear the news over the melons and citrus in the grocery. Ruined a perfectly good shopping trip. I feel kind of sad. I was looking forward to it. Of course I laid awake all night wondering what he looked like and what he did for a living. Then Mark called to tell me he found out the fellow is independently wealthy. Well, there goes my plan of getting her to my blog so I can brag about how much money she could have saved. Well bother, as Pooh would say.

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Guest posters….

August 13, 2008

Fall wedding season is coming up and with it – weddings to photograph! I’ll be gone from time to time in the next few weeks but I’ve invited guest bloggers to appear. Boston, great friend, mascot and stand-up kind of dog that he is, has agreed to blog for a few days. Betty Jo, a friend of mine from Tennessee…rural Tennessee, has also agreed to blog. She has a truly ….unique view of weddings, pre-nuptual agreements and the roles of men and women in planning weddings. I think you’ll like her!

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But what shall I wear?

August 13, 2008

A friend told me a funny wedding story last weekend. It seems that a young bride-to-be had invited both her new step-mother and father, as well as her mother to her wedding. The girl’s mother had picked out a beautiful dress to wear and was looking forward to the event. However, her daughter found out her father’s new wife had bought the same dress. Horrified she asked her step-mother to exchange the dress but the younger woman refused. The girl’s mother however took the high road, agreeing to find another dress for the wedding. It took some doing, but she finally found and purchased something she liked equally as well. Still, her daughter apologized for the hassle and her mother having to return the dress.

“Oh I’m not returning it,” her mother said. Her daughter was surprised.

“I know there’s not anywhere else you could really wear something like that,” she said. “Where will you wear it?”

“To the rehearsal dinner,” her mother said, smiling.

I love it! Wouldn’t you do the same?

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Stop me! Stop me!

August 10, 2008

Okay…I found the wedding cow cakes (below) but then kept on surfing…the internet is evil you know. Once you get on it you can’t get off…so I thought, “I need some toppers for this fine cake…” (see the cow wedding cake below) and look what I found! Clever eh?! I thought so. Go to craftjuice.com to find this gem. Craftjuice is a social network for crafty people who like to make and share crafts – a MUST have for all you Do-It-Yourself types. If they have cow toppers for wedding cakes – then what else will you find? Who knows! Check it out!

The perfect cowcake topper. See cowcake below!!

The perfect cowcake topper. See cowcake below!!