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Well, it is my second day of blogging. I am not going to pretend that I am a veteran at this whole blogging thing. I literally just started yesterday. That was my very first time blogging EVER! One of my best friends and bridesmaids, Jen McKen, is a photographer and gave me the idea to blog about my wedding planning process. Obviously, she is all about capturing the precious moments and is very good at it, might I add. So please bear with me through this process. I am learning how to use everything and I promise the posts will get better and more entertaining as I go along.

So, now that I am officially engaged, I can talk freely about my wedding planning rather than trying to be sly about it and sneaking peeks at wedding websites when Joe isn’t looking. He knows I have the wedding pretty much planned in my head. I told him that it was planned about 2 minutes after the ring was firmly planted on my finger. What is my vision you ask? Well, I am just so thrilled you asked! I would be happy to oblige! But I am warning you, this could be a long post!

I was never a person who wanted a church wedding. I did not grow up going to church. I have always pictured an outdoor ceremony with a beautiful archway covered in white flowers and vines with garden chairs and flower petals strewn across the aisle. This, I found out, was not the vision of my fiance. He is catholic and could never imagine not being married in a church. Now, could I have fought for what I wanted? Yes. Could I have won? Maybe. But that would mean that I would probably not be the right person for Joey. This is the one thing that really means a lot to him. Will I be just as happy marrying him in a church as I would outdoors? Absolutely. *Cheesy Alert* I just want to marry him. I could care less where. (Told you it was going to be cheesy!) Now, it is just a matter of finding a church with which we are both happy! The bridesmaids will wear the much loved Little Black Dress, knee-length and totally appropriate for use after the wedding. The accent color will be Tiffany blue, which could be potentially added to the dresses in the form of a sash around the waist or ribbon around the bouquets.

Now, since I am willing to compromise on the ceremony, he knows full well that I get whatever I want for the reception. Thankfully for him, I am not an over-the-top kind of gal. Of course if I had the means to be over-the-top, that might be another story. But we, like many other young couples in Pittsburgh, have a limit on the spending associated with our wedding. My goal is to create the elegant and trendy wedding of my dreams, but not break the bank.

Since the outdoor ceremony is out, the outdoor, tented reception is a good way to get my fix. Our wedding guest list is already pushing 230 and that is not counting anyone who we may have forgotten. We will want to rent a dance floor since we will be boogie-ing through the night to the DJ’s sick beats (I try to throw in some hip lingo whenever I can).

I prefer simpler centerpieces. Orchids are one of my favorites, so about 7-10 stems in a simple clear glass block vase would be perfect. Then, just a few candles surrounding the vase to add a little romantic ambience. Another favorite of mine are calla lillies, which I will be using in my bouquet and the bridesmaids bouquets. Again, simple is best for me. So just a few calla lillies in the bridesmaids bouquets, like 5 or 6. Colors for the flowers depend on how I am feeling the day I order them since Tiffany blue is not a typical flower color. I might feel like orange calla lillies to really pop against the dresses and green orchids to make a statement at the tables. We’ll see when the time comes.

As for my gown, I would like… Sorry Joey (yes, he is reading this), you’ll have to wait until the day of to find out what that looks like.


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