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Well, things are coming along smoothly with the wedding planning, despite the fact that it’s my busiest time of year at work, and I’ve been in 7 states in the past 5 days.  Really all the major wedding decisions have been made and we just have a few BIG things left, the biggest of which is getting out all of the lovely invitations.  Finding addresses, buying stamps and getting them out the door before postage increases on May 11 is the goal.

Now we’re also planning the rehearsal dinner and other surrounding events, which is a little like planning a couple of smaller, additional, ancillary parties around the one big party.  Also, the dress is still to be altered and Keith’s tux is still to be purchased.  The meeting with the Minister of Music at church to finalize the music is in a couple of weeks.  We’re going to start compiling a list of things to do and see in Atlanta for all of the out-of-town guests, hopefully to appear on this site soon.

Although Keith thinks everything is almost finished, my checklist on “The Knot” says that I have 105 “to do’s” still there, but 71 are already completed.  I think (and hope) most of those 105 are things that will fall in place easily.

Obviously our housing situation is a big focus now.  Keith’s house is on the market, and now that my busiest travel weeks are over, my goal is to get working on de-cluttering my house and get it on the market in a few weeks.

As Keith mentioned on the home page, our counseling session with the therapist is this Saturday.  So, we’ll get the results of our personality tests and find out if we’re compatible or not.  I don’t think there will be any big surprises.  Keith likes things traditional (“There’s no bride and groom on the top of the cake?!?”  “You’re not coming down the aisle to ‘Here Comes the Bride’?); me a little less so (I still get regular questions about the lack of a solitaire for an engagement ring and the big question of whether or not I’ll change my name).

I think no matter what the compatibility tests says, Keith and I already know the answers, and I’m looking forward to a lifetime of learning more.

Originally entered March 1, 2009

Last Saturday was a very productive day in the wedding planning process.  All 3 of my bridesmaids – my sister Amy, my friend Rita from Macon (friend from Auburn)  and my friend Deidre who lives here (friend since first grade) were all in town, and we picked out the bridesmaids’ dresses.  They were all measured and ordered their dresses.  As a result of that, I have apparently picked “the colors” of my wedding.

People are always asking, “what are your colors for your wedding?”, and I didn’t have an answer.  I figured whatever looked good on my bridesmaids would be the color.  Well, periwinkle looked great on everyone, so that’s what we’re going with.  There will probably be accents of pink and white.  So, those are the much-asked-after “colors.”

Also this weekend, Keith and I finally decided on a honeymoon destination and booked the trip.  We’re going to St. Lucia, but the resort is so fantastic I’m not going to tell everyone the name so you can’t all run join us there.  I’ll tell you at the wedding when it’s too late for you to book your rooms.  (Hopefully Keith hasn’t given away the secret somewhere else on this site.)  Needless to say, we’re very excited.

My sister Amy stayed in town Saturday night and we went with Keith to pick out the tuxes.  He picked out the tuxes and the vests and ties that he’d like all the guys to wear.  It was a lot of fun.  I didn’t realize how interesting picking out patterns and colors for the men’s vests and ties would be, but I told Keith it was completely up to him, and it was.  But, they look great.

Also on Saturday night we went to a fundraiser at the Galleria to hear a band we’re considering for the wedding.  The band was very fun, and everyone was dancing, but the band vs. DJ debate still rages.

In addition, I've decided to use my dear friend Stacy’s dress.  Stacy and I have been friends since I first moved to Atlanta back in 1990; we met at the first church I attended here.  We’ve been through a lot together over those 19!! years.  I played the piano at Stacy’s wedding just over 2 years ago - New Year’s Eve 2006.  Stacy doesn’t remember, but when she walked out of the changing room in her dress, I said “Can I borrow that dress when I get married?”  When Keith proposed, I asked Stacy, and she graciously agreed.  In addition, it fits (almost) perfectly (Stacy’s taller than me), and I LOVE it.  Some things were just meant to be.

And that’s the way it all should be.

     --Sumarie

ORIGINALLY ENTERED April 6, 2009

Hello!  Today is Monday, April 6, and I am long overdue for an update to the wedding website.  I promise from here on out, for the remaining 12 – yes, TWELVE – weeks before the wedding, I’ll be better at updating my page on our website.

The weekend before last found Keith and me having a nice pre-wedding vacation to visit his parents in Murphys, Calaveras County, California.  It was WONDERFUL, and I certainly see why they chose that area of the country for their retirement.  Besides spending a day just wandering around the cute little town of Murphys and checking out the shops, restaurants and wine tasting rooms, we went to Yosemite (where we saw El Capitan, Half Dome, and appropriately enough, Bridal Veil Falls), Big Trees State Park (where we saw amazing giant redwoods), and we spent one day snowmobiling with Keith’s cousin Brian.

We had some wonderful dinners with family and friends and I had the huge pleasure of watching several nights of slides of the Forrester family and my betrothed as an adorable red-headed smiling little boy.

Since returning, things are coming along very nicely.  Decisions have been made about the caterer, the cake and the flowers.  The registry is complete.  My mother came up last weekend to start shopping for a dress for her (no luck, yet).  My shoes were ordered online today, and the invitations arrived in the mail, just waiting to be addressed.

There’s still LOTS to do – rehearsal dinner, veil, dress alterations, brunch plans for the wedding weekend, deciding on music for the ceremony, finalizing the photographer, gathering all the addresses for the invitations and deciding on a band or DJ, plus lots of other stuff that I’m sure I haven’t even thought of, yet.

But, it’s all coming along, and I’m looking forward to the day when Keith and I will stop being the couple planning the wedding and start being the “newlyweds”.

Originally entered May 10, 2009

Well, I’m sitting here in Seagrove Beach looking out at the dunes.  Keith and I brought my mother and grandmother down for Mother’s Day.  There’s beautiful weather this weekend and we’re having a very nice time.  While here, we’ve put the first set of invitations in the mail, so if yours is postmarked “Panama City Beach”, you’ll know why.

I had my first Bridal Shower two weekends ago, hosted by my college friends Beth Keys and Kay Nastopoulos.  It was lovely with fantastic food by Kay and beautiful flowers by Beth.  Friends attended from Huntsville (Beth), Macon, West Point and Clayton in North Georgia.  I received lots of lovely gifts and a wedding dress made out of toilet tissue.

After we get back from the beach, the wedding events will be going strong.  Keith leaves for his Bachelor Party trip in Vegas on Friday.  That same night, I have a Bachelorette party with all the girls from work.  There will be about 20 of us girls going to Agatha’s Mystery Dinner Theater.  It should be a lot of fun.  Then, another shower on Saturday hosted by my friend Victoria.  It’s very flattering to be the center of so much attention, or maybe just an excuse for parties!

Since the last update, Keith and I met with the psychologist to review our personality profiles, and we had our second counseling session with the minister.  They seem to think that we’re doing fine and that we’re ready to take the big step.

I think we are too, and we’re just counting down the days.

Originally entered May 10, 2009

Our wedding plans are moving along very well!  Today Keith and I had our tasting at the caterer’s, and although we did accidentally exclude my mother (she said, “I wanted to come to THAT!”) it was wonderful, and we’re very excited.  The wedding seems more real every minute.  It’s amazing that there are people out there WORKING on OUR WEDDING right now!

This past weekend, while Keith was having his Bachelor party in Vegas (I’m not asking any questions), I had a bachelorette night with the girls from work at Agatha’s Murder Mystery Theater – I played the role of Lunch Lady Lil – and it was all a lot of fun. 

I also had my second bridal shower, hosted by my dear friend Victoria and her beautiful daughter Lucinda, who was the star of the show.  I was glad that all eyes weren’t on me this time.  Lucinda enjoyed helping to open the presents, or at least playing with the wrapping paper.  The shower was wonderful, and my mother and grandmother were able to make it up for the day, which was really nice.

Keith and I had our first dance lesson this week, and I thought it was a lot of fun, but, I’m not sure I’ve actually ever seen Keith look so scared.  He doesn’t have anything to worry about; I have pretty hard feet.

At this very moment, I’m supposed to be working on getting my house in order to put on the market, but it’s just very hard to sustain the momentum for long.  Especially when there are so many other more fun things to work on and do, like updating my page on the website!

As Keith mentioned on the home page, there are new sections on the website for Things to Do in Atlanta, including area attractions and places to eat around town.

Keith also mentioned that there are reservations for 7:00 p.m. for the Friday night before the wedding at an Atlanta tradition that we both really like – Mary Mac’s Tearoom on Ponce de Leon Avenue. Any out–of-town guests are encouraged to meet there.  The food is very good, and it’s a nice, big place for a lot of people.

At our tasting today, Keith gave me the last raspberry from the watermelon-raspberry-vidalia onion salad (yum), and our representative said, “I can tell you’re going to have a long and happy marriage.”  I can tell, too.

Originally entered May 30, 2009
The wedding is one month from today!!  Just 4 short weeks away! My mother came up yesterday just to work on wedding stuff. We've hired Sylvia - a DOC (Day Of Coordinator) for the reception - and Sylvia, Mama and I went to Mason Murer gallery to work on the site plan.

I had forgotten how HUGE the space is.  It's going to be really beautiful and a lot of fun.  Sylvia is going to be a big help making sure that everything is set up on the wedding day when I can't be there.

I'm getting very excited and told Keith that I'm not going to talk about ANYTHING except the wedding for the next 4 weeks. 

Just a reminder that there are new sections on the website for Things to Do in Atlanta, including area attractions and places to eat around town.
 
Also, there are reservations for 7:00 p.m. for the Friday night before the wedding at an Atlanta tradition that we both really like – Mary Mac’s Tearoom on Ponce de Leon Avenue. Any out–of-town guests are encouraged to meet there.  The food is very good, and it’s a nice, big place for a lot of people.

Amidst everything else, I'm still working on getting my house ready to go on the market, and keeping my fingers crossed that it will sell quickly.
 
My bachelorette party is coming up next weekend. Several of us will go to dinner on Friday in Atlanta, then to a spa north of town Saturday afternoon and spend Saturday night at my friend Troy's lake house. It should be a really good time to hang out and visit.
 
Four weeks from today at 5pm, Keith and I will be husband and wife. And I can't wait.


 
   
   
   
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