Silver Wings Carried Us Over the Sea

The wedding went well…or so I think!  lol  I’m married, that’s what matters most, eh?  We had a great day–and hope that all our guests did as well!

Ireland was amazing….I have lots to write, and tons of pictures to share–literally.  In fact I’m downloading the first of my 2 4GB memory cards as I type–this first one has over 1,000 photos on it!  Of course, I don’t think all of them will be worth saving–I know I blurred some shots.  Kinda hard not to when shooting from a touring coach!

I will be sharing all kinds of photos and stories soon.  Right now we’re focusing on recovering from jet lag.  (My body is still on Ireland time–which is five hours ahead of us now, and we were up for 24 hours traveling yesterday.  Crazy!!!)  Tomorrow we take Hannah Rose on our familymoon–which means, you guessed it, more photos!!!

For those curious souls–I am writing this from Michigan, and not Ireland!!!  I did NOT want to leave–but my husband made some good arguments for me coming home.  That and I did not have the funds to stay!  (Even though Irish immigration stamped my passport and said I could stay for 30 days!!!)

All this to say, we’re home now–for the moment; and lots more to come soon!

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We Can Has Wedding

It’s official–we can now get married. I picked up our marriage license today.

The chapel’s paid for.

Everything else is garnish at this point.

Of course, I like garnish so it’s all good!

Final vendor payments go out soon.

I have my dress. Hannah Rose has her dress. Erin has her dress. And we all have shoes and accessories. A girl’s got to have accessories, right?

Menu’s figured out. Simple Irish country fayre. We’re NOT doing Corned beef (although I do enjoy corned beef). Corned beef is an American-Irish thing. We’ll be serving Celtic Spiced Beef, an older more traditional Irish dish (that’s similar to corned beef, but some say better!) I’ve managed to get the bar to serve some select Irish spirits. (Open bar of course!)

Favours are done. Have most everything I need for decorating for the reception.

Chris and I have been taking Irish step dancing lessons, in our spare time. lmao! I know–what spare time? Debbie Freeman, my seamstress, also teaches Irish step dancing and she’s awesome! Hannah Rose has started Irish step dancing lessons as well on Fridays after school. It’s a lot of fun–but a lot of work, too!

I’ve got more things crossed off my to do list than not at this point. Now if I only I could stop adding to the list, I think I’d really be making progress!

My bestest friend, Erin, (who is also my matron of honour) will be singing at the wedding. It’s a song I heard oh so many years ago but find it absolutely amazing even to this day, and the sentiment is exactly what we want: I Will Be Here by Steven Curtis Chapman. It’s a song he wrote for his wife. Erin is an amazing singer, although she does still get a wee bit nervous. Her voice is heavenly–and I have loved listening to her sing for over 21 years now! I count myself lucky that she’s agreed to sing at the wedding. If I were the crying kind–just thinking about it would make me tear up!

We’ve decided last minute (for a number of reasons) to hire a videographer. I got a ton of recommendations from a lot of wonderful knotties on the Detroit board. Course, less than 30 days out–most places were booked for our date. Seems it’s a popular date. We were able to find a videographer that came highly recommended and whom we could afford (budgets–gotta hate ’em!). Ready for the Irony (yes, capital lettter is right!)? Shamrock Video Productions. We were lucky to get him, too. He had had a wedding booked for our date but it was postponed so he had an opening.

We got a package from the tour company the other day for our honeymoon. Carry-on bags, luggage tags, rain protection, map, guide book, itinerary, and TICKETS!!! Woohoo!!! Good thing we were able to book early on–the cost of the air fare alone (for both of us) is now twice the cost of the entire trip for the both of us. Eeek!!!

And the kicker–Yes, Chris is Irish, too! Well, part Irish. Aunt Karen’s been doing some family research and there’s Irish on Chris’s mom’s side of the family. Hannah Rose is very happy about this! Seems all her toys and possessions are now part Irish as well. Why? How? She declared them so!

As you can imagine, we’ve been busy. And busier is still to come!

Let Them Eat Cake!

I know I’ve been MIA lately–it’s all the wedding planning, I tell you!!!

With Hannah Rose being allergic to milk and egg–she can’t eat any of our wedding cake.  (Our ring-bearer is also allergic to egg).  So I was on the hunt for something they could have that would be yummy–I just haven’t the time to whip up some cupcakes from scratch for them.

Enter Divvies.

They make cupcakes, cookies, popcorn, and candies–all Peanut-Free, Tree Nut Free, Egg Free, and Dairy Free.  They’re out of NY–but ship all over the country.  So we thought we’d give them a try.

We ordered chocolate cupcakes with pink frosting.  (You do know that Hannah Rose is a girlie-girl, yes??)  They arrived in 3 days.  They were well packaged.  They sell their cupcakes a dozen at a time, and they came with a generous sized tub of frosting and sprinkles.

The taste?  Like mine–which is to say they were good.  They’re a bit more crumbly than your normal cupcake, but I noticed the same thing when I started making egg-free cupcakes.

The price?  It’s a bit on the high side for cupcakes–but for some occasions it will definitely be money well spent–like our wedding.  And yeah–we’ll be getting chocolate cupcakes with pink frosting.  Figured why not?  There’s the bride’s cake, the groom’s cake–why can’t we have flower girl (daughter of the groom) cupcakes???

If you don’t want to go the ordering route, and would rather some a few bucks and make the cupcakes yourself–there’s a great cookbook I’d recommend: Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World.

And Kristine, thanks for the link to Divvies!  You’re a life-saver!!

Marriage

“Marriage: When two people are under the influence of the most violent, most insane, most delusive, and most transient of passions, they are required to swear that they will remain in that excited, abnormal, and exhausting condition continuously until death do them part.”

~George Bernard Shaw, 1856-1950 (Irish Dramatist)


In Better News

This afternoon Chris got a call from the Twisted Shamrock.  Our wedding rings had arrived from Ireland.  (And a few weeks ahead of when we were expecting them.)   Because of my dentist appointment, we couldn’t pick them up until this evening.  My appointment ran longer than we expected–and it looked as if we wouldn’t be able to arrive at the Twisted Shamrock until closing–or a few minutes before. 

We called them up and told them the situation and before we could even ask if they’d be willing to wait a few extra minutes for us–they offered.  Which was awesome.  We got there a few minutes after 7 pm.  We didn’t even have to pay for parking–there was still time on the meter! 

The rings are absolutely gorgeous.  I don’t have pics of them but when I get them taken, I’ll post them–although I doubt pics will do them justice.  We had to try to them on to make sure they fit–and both are a perfect fit. 

Chris’s ring is simply elegant.  Platinum suits him.  ~smiles~  The combo of my wedding ring and engagement ring is just stunning. 

I have to say that I love the folks at the Twisted Shamrock.  They’re the nicest bunch of people you can find anywhere.  Yes, I know I’m a bit biased cause they specialize in all Irish merchandise–but not all Irish stores are the same.  I’ve been to several now including the Twisted Shamrock–and it doesn’t get better than the Twisted Shamrock.

So that’s another thing off the wedding to-do list–we’ve our rings.  We’ve also gotten the best man’s gift, I’ve gotten a wax seal for the invitations, and we’ve got our champagne flutes for the reception (they’re made by Galway crystal and have trinity knots on them….Galway crystal just started a new line with the trinity knots on them!). 

Special Delivery, etc.

WooHoo!!!  Our invitations arrived via UPS today–and they look pretty!!! 

I  also got my horseshoe pin today.  It’s gorgeous!  Whatcha think???

In other new, I survived my periodontist appointment today.  He cleaned the upper right and lower right quadrants of my mouth.  Only took klonopin, gas, and lots of numbing medication.  Those needles hurt!!!!  My teeth hurt still.  Most of the numbness is gone, though.  (My appt. was a 3 pm…)  It didn’t take as long as I thought it would.  I go back next Tuesday to get the left side of my mouth done.  I am NOT looking forward to it.  In fact, I’d like to get out of it all together.  Did I ever mention I was NOT a fan of dentists?  For the record–I’m not!  (Truth be told I was terrified and the dentist wasn’t sure he was going to be able to do the procedure on me–until he turned on the gas.)  I was thinking I’d probably have to have prescription mouthwash–but I don’t.  Instead I have to use Listerine.  Ick!  I’ve been using Crest’s alcohol free flavour cause I don’t like the burn.  But what can I do?  Doctor’s orders…

Oh, and as we were leaving the dentist’s office….there was an old couple sitting in a bench by the front doors.  (The office was in a building with several suites)  He said, “They must be leaving that special dentist’s office.  They’re walking like they’re dead.” 

Something Old, New, Borrowed, and Blue…

Every bride must have something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue.  But for an Irish bride, there’s more to tradition than old, new, borrowed, and blue.  I need a five-pence for my shoe.  I need a “magic” hanky–it’s the traditional bridal hanky that converts to a christening bonnet for baby and back to a hanky when that baby girl grows up to be married.  I need a horseshoe for good luck. 

I’ve got the new–my dress.

I’ve got the blue–I have blue in my newest tat. (I have it on good authority that that counts–and if I have to, I can paint my toenails blue.  Heck, I may do that anyway just cause.  I think my toenails look rather cute when painted up blue.)

I’ve got the old covered–and with it the horseshoe.  I’ve bought a vintage horseshoe pin (that has a shamrock on it, too).  It’s being shipped as I type and I should have it soon. 

I’ve got my five-pence for my shoe (a REAL Irish five-pence, thank you.  NO British six-pence for me, or some EU coin).  I’ve also got my “magic” hanky.

I don’t have the borrowed covered–at least not yet.  And there’s a caveat to it–it must come from a happily married woman, so that I will become a happily married woman.  I’m thinking of talking to Chris’s mom for help in solving this one–she’s a happily married woman (and has been so for years)…and can probably impart to me as much wisdom as she could luck!

Now that I’m thinking about all this–I realize I have the five-pence for my shoe, but I have no shoes yet.  I’m going to have to rectify that.  I’ll probably make comfort my #1 priority in the shoe buying.  Style will play a part, of course!!!  But I don’t think I’ll be going for some crazy heels!  I once heard advice to a bride about shoes–she was counseled to get something akin to ballet flats, that way her feet would not be killing her by the end of the day.  I might just capitalize on that advice.  We’ll see…

There’s more to do–lots more.  But I’ve still got a couple of days!!!  ~smiles~

Wedding Website

We have a wedding website…I’ll still do updates here, but it’s a place where you’ll be able to go to get the whole scoop on the wedding in one place!

Here’s the addy:  www.mywedding.com/chrisandbrenda

Have to run for now.  (Oh, and I’m still building the site–so don’t despair!)

Ireland Bound!!!!

 

I have been dreaming and dreaming of going to Ireland for sooo long.  In six months, it will be a reality!!!  I will be setting foot on Irish soil, and staying there for 10 days!  (At least–I’ve been saying for as long as I’ve been wanting to go to Ireland that should I ever get there I may never leave!!!)

Excited?  Me?  No.  Beyond excited.  How often do dreams really come true?  Look at me–dreams coming true.  I’m marrying the man of my dreams–that alone is more than enough for me.  I’m getting a dream wedding.  And now a dream honeymoon.  A real honeymoon–and in Ireland!!!

This trip is a gift to Chris and I–our first wedding gift, at that!  It’s from his parents, John and Kay.  I am so grateful.  They are such kind, wonderful, and obviously generous people.  I am blessed to be able to join their family.  I owe them so much–it is their son after all who I am head over heels in love with and will be with for the rest of my days.  They could give me no greater gift than him.  This trip to Ireland, though, it ranks up there!!!! 

I have now gone past the giddy excited stage and am in stunned amazement.  The tears on my face now are tears of joy.  Could this really be my life???  It is and I am truly the luckiest woman in the world. 

John and Kay–thank you.  Thank you so much for this gift, but more thank you so much for your most wonderful son!!!  I love you both! 

We Have Cake

Or we will have cake, to be precise.  We met with our baker, Shiela, saturday.  Her website is Sweet Little Shiela’s. We got to sample some very yummy cakes today. 

We decided to go with two cakes.  The traditional cake (or bride’s cake) is going to be white cake with lemon filling and buttercream frosting.  It’s sumptuous!  It’ll have 3 layers.  The frosting will be white and on the bottom layer will be shamrocks.  The second layer will have celtic knotwork.  The third layer will have trinity knots! 

We’re also have a groom’s cake–we couldn’t resist.  It’s a chocolate cake with bavarian cream filling.  It’s going to look like a can of Guinness.  In fact, I have a pic of what it’s going to look like since she’s already made one before! 

As you can see from her website, her work is beautiful and I can attest to how tasty things are!!!  She definitely has a reccomendation from me!!

So that’s one thing more crossed off our list.  Only 50 million to go in just over six months!  We’re hoping to book the reception site this weekend.  (Still no idea where that will be.)  And we’re planning on shopping for/ordering our wedding bands this weekend as well.  It’ll be a busy weekend for us. 

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