Monday, September 22, 2008

Happily Ever After


Emily has invited me to contribute to help ease the withdrawal pains. I won't make any promises but I'll do my best as a substitute.

I just wanted to share a few photos of the big day!

Everything was wonderful. The bride was lovely, the groom sentimental. I had a great time and was honored to be a part of their special day.

-Shopgirl

PS. I'm new to all of this so I'll let you know when I figure out how to link more pics!




Thursday, September 18, 2008

To Do: Get Married!

As Rob said yesterday: it's the beginning of the beginning!

In just a few hours, our wedding and vacation officially start. Guests are coming into town from all over the country. We're getting well wishes from co-workers, friends and readers. People are offering to help left and right. And I appreciate it all!

It's been amazing sharing the wedding planning process with you. From the first happy announcement to the stressful search for a venue to the last little details, you've helped me to celebrate and plan each step of the way. Now all that hard work is going to pay off big time.

I promise to share all sorts of details from the wedding and the "Tour of the Great American West" when I'm back in four weeks with my new last name. Jordan will probably post a few details from the big day next week and my friend may guest blog here occasionally.

Until then: a million thanks for everything and happy trails to you!

To Do: Tame the Curls

I have that sort of fine, curly hair that is difficult to control. It simultaneously needs to be encouraged to curl and discouraged to frizz. It gets mixed signals.

My plan for Saturday requires letting it air dry into the most perfect natural curls before heading over to the salon for the low bun treatment.

My old salon has a great product for this called "Set." You comb in massive quantities of this stuff, sit very still and voila, perfect soft curls that manage to behave for more than a few hours even in the humid wind of San Francisco.

To Do: Greet Family

Our first out-of-towners arrived yesterday! My sister and her boyfriend landed from North Carolina in the afternoon.

In a stroke of bad luck, she was in a pretty major car accident yesterday morning before their flight. Luckily, she wasn't at fault and her car took all the damage. She and the dog escaped with only some scratches and bruises. Her left arm and ribs are the most hurt, but she doesn't think she needs x-rays. A little creative make-up and no-one should know that she's a bruised bridesmaid!

While the guys went to practice music, we hit the neighborhood for a restorative glass of rosé and a cheese plate. And I whipped her up a stylish sling out of a silk scarf before going out to ethiopian for dinner. Poor Jean! I'm glad she's here.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Inspired: Illustration

Last night, Rob and I gave an impromptu performance of our song for the wedding. We try to play it for groups of friends whenever we can to overcome stage fright for the big show.

Everyone clapped at the end, so it couldn't have been too bad (an absence of disastrous failure is our only goal as non-musicians!)

Today, Susan from the LAC sent over this illustration that reminded her of us in our yellow and green living room.

I showed it to Rob and loved his response: "cute picture, we should try to be so cool." Time to cut my hair, get some cats and take up knitting!

Inspired: NY Courthouse Wedding

Looking for some inspiration on Flickr and found this sweet, simple courthouse wedding in New York. Aren't they adorable?

From Juli's photostream.

To Do: Share on Flickr

Sara over at 2000 Dollar Wedding had all sorts of fun and affordable plans for her big day. I'm planning to use her idea about creating a flickr group for your guests to submit photos after the wedding.

Personally, I feel that there's a wee bit too much photography at some weddings. The guests are excited and want photos of their own, but it can turn into paparazzi mania.

Rob and I considered asking our guests to refrain during the ceremony. It made us come across as huge bores for something that didn't really matter, so we ditched the idea. At least with the flickr pool, we can turn all those flashes into a fun album!

Ladies Activity Club: Spherification

The Ladies Activity Club was hosted last night by Yvonne and her sister at my apartment. For our activity this month, we decorated bowls and glasses first and then experimented with molecular gastronomy.

Food
Our hosts prepared a feast of cupcakes with fondant flowers, meatballs, colorful sushi, button cookies and buffalo wing bites.

Drinks
Orangina, soda and champagne (that I got to saber!)

Dish Activity
To start, we decorated bowls or martini glasses. Our hostesses brought paint pens, ice pens, glitter and this fancy almost-like-contact-paper stuff called Color Decor from Germany. All you have to do is decorate and then bake to set the design. Everyone's ideas were so creative!

Spherification Activity
Our experiment with molecular gastronomy involved "spherification." Basically, making a liquid into a ball with the use of chemistry. For this, we mixed two different kinds of soda and champagne with algin. After it cools, you drop it in a bath of a calcium chloride and water. Here's demo on YouTube. We made small "caviar" out of the soda and embedded raspberries in the champagne mixture. Pretty cool!

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

To Do: Pack for Honeymoon

Packing for the honeymoon started last weekend. We're visiting so many climates over 29 days, it's hard to figure out what not to take!

My friend Margaret pulled this article out of an old Domino magazine as inspiration for me. Love the striped shirt, flat boots and aviator glasses. Here's what else is on my packing list:
  • Lots of French lingerie I've been stockpiling
  • A new sun dress
  • A couple new summer tops I've also been saving up
  • A few pairs of jeans
  • T-shirts
  • Three button up "camp" shirts
  • Lots of sweaters of varying weight
  • Hiking boots
  • Flip flops
  • Comfy, cute flats
  • Climbing shoes and harness
  • One nice dress and shoes
  • Long underwear
  • Red puffy vest
  • Black puffy jacket
  • New beanie from Sports basement
  • Wide sun hat and baseball cap
  • Bikinis
  • Aviators
Should I take a pair of cowboy boots too? I have a red pair and a black pair...but I don't want to look like a total poseur. What else do I need to take for our "Tour of the Great American West?"

To Do: Spend Money

A caution to other brides-to-be. As well as you plan and as strictly you budget, the last few weeks of wedding countdown are going to be expensive. Consider it "closing costs" on your marriage!

With more guests than expected, our catering agreement is up by a grand. Costco doesn't carry polariod film anymore so we're buying it from a fancy camera shop. There's an extra fee for delivering the rentals on a busy day. Babysitter. Cheesecakes were expensive to ship from New York. The costs keep adding up despite my best efforts.

Luckily, we started out under budget. So I'll just keep calm and "charge" on. Only five more days!

What to Wear: The Definitive Guide for Wedding Guests

Over the past few years, I've received so may questions about what to wear to weddings. And over the past few weeks, I've had even more from our wedding guests. So let's do this thing! Here's my opinion on what to wear to every sort of wedding:

Brunch wedding - This includes lunch weddings too. A light cotton dress or a skirt and sweater would be perfect for this. Aim for something you might wear to church on Easter. Men should wear slacks and a collared shirt or light colored sweater.

Garden wedding - Also backyard or other outdoor wedding. The keys here are sunblock, layers and flats. Go with a pretty dress in a bright color and pair it with a pair of flats or wedges. And don't forget a sweater in case it gets cold.

Late afternoon wedding - Again, a dress isn't going to do you wrong. Skip white, black, red (unless it is a Chinese wedding) or gray. Something like this silk dress from DVF would carry you easily from the ceremony to late night dancing. Men should wear a collared shirt, slacks and either a tie or a blazer.

Evening wedding - In general, I don't recommend J.Crew dresses for wedding guests because there is a change you'll look like a rogue bridesmaid. But something like this lovely silk sheath in peacock with classic black pumps would be perfect for a basic evening wedding. Men should wear a suit.

Winter wedding - Go with a dress that has a bit of a darker color and pair it with tights and a light colored good coat.

Urban wedding - In a loft, public park or rooftop. This is the only time I would give someone the seal of approval to wear black. Even then, it's sort of a cop-out. Go for a modern design in steel satin to stand out from the crowd. Men should wear a modern tailored suit.

Formal wedding - This is always a stumper because we don't really have a lot of formal weddings in California. Even celebs here tend to get married in the afternoon outdoors. Unless you know that the event is going to be very formal, you probably don't need a floor length gown. I think a rule of thumb is if your S.O. has to rent a tux, you might want to go with a long gown. Otherwise, pick a glam short cocktail dress in an age appropriate cut for most occasions.

In general, you should always try to wear a pretty color to a wedding. It will look great on you and in the photos. A dress is always the right choice. Go from more coverage to less coverage as a wedding gets later in the evening. Done and done!

Monday, September 15, 2008

To Do: Escort Cards

The escort cards came out well! The little envelopes from PaperSource are pretty darling.

Although, if you're planning to use them you should know that they don't lay flat when stuffed with the business card sized paper and left unsealed. You'll either have to seal them (tricky to get them open again) or get stickers. I used some extra printed Gocco paper, cut into strips and glue-sticked on as DIY stickers.

They're sort of like mini thank you notes with the personal messages written on the back of the table numbers. Which is apt for me, the queen of thank you notes these past few months.

Weekend Round-Up: Preparation

What a weekend! For a few days that I had planned to devote to the last wedding chores, we certainly managed to pack in some excitement.

On Friday night, we rode our bike home from work, ate dinner and took the car over to Twin Peaks to see our friend perform with the San Francisco Lesbian/Gay Freedom Band. The guest conductor came from the Golden Gate Park Band and they did a suite of eight pieces. It was really great! Back at home, the wedding freak-out finally hit Rob and he spent the rest of the night packing for the honeymoon.

Major laziness on Saturday morning. Breakfast of coffee, oatmeal, turkey bacon and nectarines. I made the seating chart and the parking sign for the wedding while watching the political news shows. Jordan dropped by at 12:30 with the programs. We finally dressed and walked down the post office in the Castro to pick up a package (by then the office was already closed), to the bookstore to buy a journal and to the hair salon to make an appointment for Rob.

Margaret came over at 4:00, we did a test of my wedding make-up and then grabbed some pizza before Rob's N.E.R.T. drill. We watched them set up a command center and then volunteered to bring in "incidents" (people trapped at Safeway, train derailment, collapsed building, etc) for them to investigate and report. Brr...I'm glad it wasn't a real catastrophe and that we could leave at 8:30 for tea and warm brownies at home.











Our plan was to stay up to watch the start of SNL that evening. But we were all feeling a bit drowsy...when all the sudden Rob calmly announced "EMERGENCY" and we looked over to see blood dripping on the floor. He had cut his finger pretty badly while sharpening his pocketknife. After a few minutes of watching it bleed, we decided to head to the emergency room. It's just up the block and Margaret dropped us off.

Midnight on Saturday at the emergency room. Luckily, we had two very nice nurses and a great doctor keeping an eye on us in the crowd. Rob ended up with four stitches (his first ever!). The doctor gave us the tools to remove them ourselves next week as a "wedding present;" he jokingly apologized for them being stainless instead of sterling. We walked home at 1:30 and crashed into bed.









Up at 9:00 the next morning to do more cleaning and prep. Breakfast of egg tacos and coffee. Rob had his hair appointment at Every 6 Weeks at noon. We quickly took the car out to pick up some wedding stuff from the office and returned home. Most of the apartment is clean and ready for the LAC party on Tuesday, but the bedroom is getting a little nuts. It now holds six cases of wine, three cases of limonata, two wedding dresses, three misc. boxes of supplies, two feather fans (being well modeled by Rob in front of our laundry and unmade bed) and four boxes of gear for the honeymoon.











In the afternoon, I launched into the escort card project and we did four loads at the laundromat. It hardly took anytime at all to write a short note to each guest on the back of the cards. We have so many people to thank for so many reasons! Margaret came over at 7:00 to join us for an Indian dinner at Rotee on Haight (mmm...tandoori chicken). Back at home, we ran through the wedding binder details. To bed at 11:00.

I woke up this morning feeling so excited for the week ahead. Like a combination of Christmas, prom, vacation and graduation all in one!

Friday, September 12, 2008

Good Weather on the Way

It has been overcast and foggy all week. Which I actually love; it translates to boots, tights, scarves and wool sweaters. But it isn't the best wedding weather.

Luckily, the weather report for next weekend predicts Saturday in Sausalito as the one bright, sunny and warm day. Knocking on wood as I type this...

Inspired: Clematis

When going through my floral order for next week, I went on a bit of a Clematis tangent. These vine flowers are going to be a party of my bouquet along with garden roses and jasmine. They're so gorgeous and so very "bridal."

Martha has a bouquet design that's all clematis and would be perfect with a minimalist wedding dress.

Registry: Pewter Basket

Another one of my favorite registry items arrived last night. This 9" pewter basket is from Match (browse around their site for a bit, they have some great photos.) It's a lovely, simple thing that I can see using for decades to come.

The gift was from "anonymous," which I think will turn out to be my co-workers. But in the meantime, it's driving me a little nuts that I can't send a thank you note.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Grateful: Free Hairpiece

One more great gift from the blogosphere. Last week, Sherri emailed me with the fun offer of a free hairpiece:

"I happen to have a vintage, 1950s style (I don't know the actual period-- ebay!) hairpiece that you might want for your second dress. It is a velvet teal headband approx. 2" wide, that cuffs across from ear to ear, with matching feathers on one side. It might even have a little birdcage veil attached-- I don't recall.

I bought it for my own wedding two years ago and then learned I was allergic to feathers! It's been sitting in the box it came in in my closet ever since. If you are interested, please let me know and I'll drop it in the mail to you (postage on me-- I'd be glad to see it go to good home).

The hairpiece should arrive next week! So, there you have it: the internet is the best.

PS: This photo is from an amazing wedding via i speak film's flickr portfolio.

Grateful: Special Photo

Another very special gift from the internet came from Chelsea, one of my all-time favorite bloggers. In June, she was sorting through the past and sent me an email:
"I am going through old family photos for a couple of projects and I came across this one of my great-aunt and her then fiance. It's sort of blurry but it reminded me a little of your engagement photos so I wanted to pass it along to you for a bit of good wedding luck. They were so cute and in love their entire lives."
So adorable. I printed out the photo and have it displayed on the bulletin board next to my desk. I think she's referencing this photo and this one from our engagement shoot.

Grateful: Limonata

During the course of wedding planning, I've been the recipient of several random acts of internet kindness. I've held off on blogging about them for silly reasons. It seems more special to keep such nice things to myself for a while. It's time to spill the beans!

A few months ago, Susan, emailed me out of the blue and offered to buy the Limonata for the wedding:

"In reading all your planning for your wedding, I really, really wanted to do something nice for you...as a gift. I know that sounds CRAZY since I'm a complete stranger, but really, I can't tell you how reading about your adventures and your anecdotes about style and life and all the fun you have around the city has inspired me to really explore, take in, and indulge in SF."

Another great thing wedding planning has taught me: say "yes" when people offer help. Since then, Susan has joined the LAC (and been very well received by the members).

Rob and I picked up the four cases of perfect little bottles from her apartment last night. I ♥ the internet!

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

To Do: Pre-Wedding Dinner

Since my sister in North Carolina wasn't able to come to the bachelorette party or SF shower, we thought it would be fun to have a girl's night out when she's here next Thursday.

My bridesmaid Margaret is coordinating it and came up with a fantastic idea: Kill Bill Sushi Party. I'll be "The Bride" and there will be eye patches involved. Isn't that the greatest?!

To Do: Escort Cards

Another great idea co-opted from Shauna & Jeff's wedding. These escort cards looks so tidy all lined up on the entrance table. Here's a wider photo of the entrance.

I bought a set of mini ivory cards and matching mini ivory envelopes from Paper Source. The guest name will go on the outside and their table number (maybe with a small note?) on the inside.

To Do: Google Docs

Definitely one of the better tools that helped me organize the wedding! I keep my wedding RSVP list, thank you card list, timeline for the day, timeline for the show, list of helper duties, vendor contracts, photo dossier and other assorted lists I've made while stressed in Google Documents.

It's great because you can access the files anywhere and can share them with collaborators.

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

To Do: Napkins











There are so, so many lovely details from Shauna & Jeff's Marin wedding. I'm cribbing as many as I can for our own event.

In particular, I'm a fan of the way the napkins are folded into a long strip and tucked under the plates. That, combined with the plated salads and champagne, should make for a delightful table as our guests sit down.

To Do: Wedding Floorplan

More wedding ephemera. After sending out the invitations, Rob and I were delighted to receive so many RSVP's back in the mail.

We were expecting about 75 people to confirm. The "accepts with pleasure" cards kept coming and now we're at 94 (98 when you count the kids who are eating pizza instead of dinner and 104 if you count babes in arms). We must be well loved!

So it's been a bit of a mad dash with the caterer to get more rentals, more food and more staff for this new larger group. Luckily, our venue is big enough for 150 with a dance floor. There should be plenty of room.

To Do: Polaroids

So, the next 11 days are basically going to be Wedding Wednesday all the time if that's okay with you...there are just so many little details to wrap up. It's hard to think about anything but the wedding and honeymoon right now.

Yesterday, we decided to switch for a digital camera to a Polaroid for our DIY photo station. B&H seems to have the best price on the film.

I'm happy about the decision, it fits well with our whole "authentic" theme at the wedding. Pretty much everything we're doing is handmade or old-fashioned in some way; from the letterpressed invitations to the antique dress to the vintage postcards. Pretty strange for a girl who loves the internet and technology so much!

Monday, September 08, 2008

Inspired: Antique Lace

There are so many things I'm excited about for the wedding! One of the best is my grandmother's antique lace dress. My mom did some research today and identified it as probably being Alençon lace. Sometimes called the "queen of lace" it is handmade with needles.

I can't even imagine how hard it would have been to make the single tapered piece of lace that goes from the empire waist to the short train. This detail photo is similar to the pattern on my dress.

Weekend Round-Up: Tahoe

I'm feeling a little "delicate" today after coming back to the city from Tahoe at 1:30 am last night. Other than this late night dash across California, this was a fun little weekend.

We drove up to Tahoe on Saturday morning for our friend's wedding weekend. Rob and I made it to Kings Beach and the rented cabin around noon. There were a ton of old friends from Rob's college days in town; great for catching up. After chatting for a while, we went to the Char-pit for a light lunch and waded around in the water at the beach.

Feeling out of shape, we came up with the bright idea of buying a ball and playing catch on the sand. The only one we could find was this rock-hard glow ball. After the first two broken nails, it added an element of danger to the game....after the busted lip, I started to re-think the plan.

Back at the cabin, I sat on the deck with an 800-page Vogue and a bowl of jalapeño stuffed olives for an hour or so, watching the sunset. Lovely!











Once it got cool, Rob and I spent the evening in and out of the hot tub. Up late with all our friends. Finally turning in to the walk-in closet that was our room for the night around 1:30.

Lazy breakfast on the deck the next morning. Everyone showered and dressed for the wedding and took off for Homewood around 12:30. Our outdoorsy friends arranged for their wedding ceremony to take place on the top of the ski run at this resort. Providing for an entertaining ride via ski lift and a gorgeous view of the lake. Adorably, the bridesmaids and bride "processed" to the ceremony on the ski lift too.









After the ceremony, we took the lift back down and drove back to Kings Beach for the reception. The hall they chose was right on the beach with another great view. They decorated with red lanterns and fire and ice roses. The groom's brother - a music major - composed a wonderful classical piece and made a slide show to accompany it for the pre-dinner entertainment. The father's toast was such a tear jerker...I don't think there was a dry eye in the house.









After dancing the final rounds of "shout" and "hot, hot, hot" we grabbed our bags at 9:30 and drove back to San Francisco. Very tired. But feeling inspired about our own wedding in just 12 days.

Friday, September 05, 2008

Urban Girl Almanac: Scorcher

It is hot in the city. We've been in a two week gradual heat wave building up to 90 degree temps. There's no air conditioning anywhere; just lots of open windows and iced tea. Despite the heat, this has been a productive week:
  • Hooray for a 3 day weekend! I needed that day off to work on the wedding.
  • Getting a marriage license is strange.
  • We rode our tandem bike to City Hall for the license...which is pretty adorable.
  • Our waiting room was occupied by two exuberant 4 year olds running in circles and a big family taking photos of a happy gay couple. The process was so formal; and then followed by receiving a 40 page booklet about prenatal vitamins and chlamydia. Not so adorable.
  • Volunteering rocks.
  • Our caterer for the wedding is also great. She's low key and hardworking.
  • I made table number cards for the reception tables out of extra "curtain" letterpress sheets and numbers cut out of extra RSVP envelopes. They're very cute.
  • One downside of wedding planning is waking up at 4:30 am with general anxiety about doing a "bad job." I've been pretty relaxed about the wedding, but it bubbles up once in a while.
  • Cindy McCain scares me a little bit. Did you read about her $300,000 outfit?
  • Do our young neighbors across the back think we're cool because of our weeknight jam sessions? They can definitely see us playing and I think they can hear us too.
  • The $5 bow ties for boys arrived and are perfect.
  • Only 15 days until the wedding!
  • Dick Cheney.
  • This week's San Francisco art is by LauraMarieW via Etsy.
Have a great weekend! We leave tomorrow for Tahoe and a friend's wedding on Sunday that will involve travel by ski lift. It should be a good one!

To Do: Smile for the Camera

I've discovered a trick so good that I just have to share it. The best ever way to get someone to give a really genuine smile for the camera is to utter this magical two word phrase...."Dick Cheney."

I bet just reading that made you smile! I don't know why it works; but it works every single time for every single person. I used this like a charm at a very stuffy portrait session for work. And I think it will come in handy at the wedding, too.

Thursday, September 04, 2008

Inspired: Woodland Vacation

In about 42 hours, I'll be in this Tahoe cabin with a hot tub, a pool table and a group of friends. I can't wait!

Things I Love Today: Eagle vs. Shark

Rob and I loved this quirky New Zealand film! Eagle vs. Shark starts on the bizarre side; very Napoleon Dynamite.

But towards the end it turns absolutely lovely. A great message about the perfection of loving someone who isn't perfect. Watch the trailer here.

Flight of the Conchord fans will recognize Jemaine as the main character. Also fantastic: the adorable little girl, the animated scenes and the New Zealand accent (We couldn't stop saying "tent" - pronounced tint - all night).

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Shoes!

No, those aren't my second wedding shoes...but they're very close! I found an adorable pair of te casan pumps at Loehmann's on Sunday.

My pair is in this same teal suede, but with a much lower heel and an ankle strap. On sale for $89, down from $255. They're perfect for the vintage theme of the variety show and should be pretty comfortable.

I also bought a gorgeous peacock blue pashmina across the street to go with it and some gold and blue earrings off Etsy. I'll have a white flower in my hair too. I'm wearing a special family necklace (a tiny gold basket with seed pearl and diamond flowers) and I'll use my fancy classic trench as a coat if I need it for the exit.

Bow Ties for Boys

Dapper young gentlemen, look no further! There are no stores in all of San Francisco that carry ties or bow ties for boys but the internet has come to the rescue!

Rainbow Connection has bow ties in 16 colors for $4.95 each.

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Accessory Contest Winners!

Sorry about this post being late. I spent the afternoon at the office feeling stressed and generally like a prick. I had a volunteer event after work that I had forgotten about and was dreading. It completely lifted my spirits! I've said it a million times before, but helping others absolutely is the best way to help yourself.

Anywho, I was so impressed by everyone's entries for this contest. You really took the "blank" canvas and went wild. Picking the top three was so tough. Here are the winners:

1. Alicia's Elegant Blue Outfit - I love the simplicity and elegance of this combination. And that gorgeous blue coat is a real find. Congratulations Alicia! You win the $50 Anthropologie gift card and a mix CD.
















2. Jenny M's Vintage Bon Voyage Outfit - Jenny really worked the creativity with her vintage travel themed outfit. All the little details are awesome! Jenny wins a mix CD and other select kick-ass goodies from me.

















3. Meghan's Cheery Yellow and Green Outfit - This outfit has a fun, relaxed sensibility. It seems like something you could have a lot of fun wearing! Meghan also wins the CD and goodies.


















Thank you for your inspiring entries! Alicia, Jenny and Meghan, please email me your addresses for the prizes.

Weekend Round-up: Busy Bees

Big, big weekend! I highly recommend having a three day weekend two weeks before your wedding. We checked so many things off the to-do list.

On Friday, I had my hair test at the salon. I think my loose curl, low bun look is going to come out really well. Back at home, Margaret came over for dinner (tilapia, rice and a big salad). We watched a cute movie and then turned it pretty early.

Up at 8:00 the next morning to get dressed, eat breakfast and dash out. We picked up Matt and Amber in Russian Hill and made it to Sausalito at 10:30 for kayaking. It was a perfect sunny day for a little paddling.

Back in the city at 12:00 to drop off Margaret so she could get to work in Burlingame. Matt, Amber, Rob and I went to brunch at Axis Cafe. The food is great here, but the service can lag on the weekends. To Sports Basement after brunch for some shopping. We dropped our friends off at their apartment around 2:00 and drove straight over to pick up Nicole.

My wine-industry-expert bridesmaid was a fantastic help at BevMo. We took big advantage of the five cent sale, buying 16 bottles of champagne, two magnums and three types of red wine to test out. We dropped Nicole off and came home to zonk out for a few hours.

At 7:30, we walked down Market Street to join Matt and Amber for dinner at Sushi Zone. This tiny restaurant (two tables for 4 and a bar for 8) had a long wait but was so worth it. Delicious rolls! Dinner ended around 10 and we walked up to see our friend's band - Scissors for Lefty - at the Rickshaw. We met up with five more friends at the show and rocked out (a little too much...poor ears!).

The show ended at 1:00 and we all went to It's-Tops for dessert. Between the five of us, we ordered a root beer float, banana split, chocolate cake and a hot fudge sundae. Heaven!

Rob and I slept in until 10:45(!) the next morning. A much needed bit of rest. When Nicole called at 12:00, we had barely gotten through breakfast. I quickly dressed and took the train downtown to meet her for a marathon shopping trip. We found shoes for my second wedding dress, a pashmina to match, a silver frame and loads of make-up. My list was pretty much checked off when Rob came down to meet us for dinner at Zazil. Back home on the train, exhausted! (we couldn't get tickets to the Beck show, bummer)

Another nice sleep in on Monday morning. I very much needed this long weekend to prep and relax before the wedding! We had breakfast and watched some Cosby reruns before heading back downtown for the last bit of wedding shopping. We found shoes, ties and a shirt for Rob. Lunch was a nice picnic from Posh Bagel in Union Square.

Back at home, we tasted our three wedding wine options. This was our favorite. Lots of cleanup and finishing up more wedding tasks. We're almost there!

Marriage License

Rob and I are at City Hall this morning picking up our marriage license. I've never been inside this landmark and I'm so excited!

City Hall has been the site of countless happy marriages, from simple courthouse ceremonies to grand affairs. Check out a few on Flickr.

Monday, September 01, 2008

All the Accessory Contest Entries

Here's a complete list of all the contest entries I received. Fantastic job everyone! Your ideas helped me when I was shopping this weekend. Please note that many of these came with great descriptions and more options:

1. Josie
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Jacket, shoes, necklace

2. Jill -
"I also wore this dress for my wedding in Nevis and I used a Spanish silk shawl with it and just draped it loosely around my arms. I also cut a flower outside from one of the many flowering trees and stuck it behind my ear for the wedding (I had no veil or other hair adornments so this was perfect).

3. Karren -
Gold shoes and blue flower Polyvore outfit

4. Diana -
Wrap, earrings, shoes, clutch

5. Cowen -
Blue coat and gold shoes Polyvore outfit

6. Anne -
Sash, flower, brooch, hat, parasol

7. Amanda -
Earrings, shoes

8. Becca -
Floral scarf and taupe shoes polyvore outfit

9. Katie -
Tailoring the dress and headband outfit

10. Meghan -
Shoes, hair piece, shrug, clutch

11. Emily -
Shoes, sash, jacket

12. Alicia -
Blue coat and silver shoes Polyvore outfit
Yellow and white Polyvore outfit

13. Ariana -
Necklace, shoes, purse

14. Jenny -
The bon voyage Polyvore outfit

15. LSK -
Purse, earrings, necklace, shoes, hair

I'll announce the winners on Monday! Which is your favorite?