First, you might have noticed before I did, after I redesigned Scribbles, you couldn't comment. Now the comment link is working, but all of your past comments are not appearing on the blog. Again. I'm trying to get help from Disqus to get them back up, but so far, no luck.
Second, from Oct. 2nd - 14th, I've been soaking in the fall weather in my home state of Iowa, assisting my younger sister with her wedding, and too busy to blog! So today's Beauty Find Friday is a list of my favorite wedding moments from last weekend, in chronological order.
1. Evi and I spent a few hours on Thursday baking 119 pumpkin muffins for the wedding reception. I'm glad we had that time to spend together before wedding business took over.
2. My older sister and fellow matron of honor, Elissa, and I ordered dresses from Shabby Apple originally, but the weren't the right color, so we returned them, and Elissa ordered a dress from a company in China. She ordered the wrong color, and they wouldn't let her return it. So we ordered a different dress in the right color. Mine arrived in Arizona a few hours after I left, so I had to wait for Brian to bring it a few days before the wedding. Elissa's arrived about the same time. Neither of our dresses fit, but Elissa's was at least "wearable."
I ran to the mall and tried to scrounge up something else, without much success. When I showed the dresses I found to Elissa, she suggested on a whim that I try on the dress she ordered in the wrong color. Elissa is several sizes smaller, so I didn't have much expectations as I stepped into the dress. But as I began zipping it up, miraculously, it fit! Even though it wasn't the same color as Elissa's dress, the two shades did look great together, so it worked!
3. Getting my nails done. For the first time ever! It was more relaxing and enjoyable than I expected, and I love the way they turned out!
4. Fast forward to the wedding day. After spending the morning decorating, we three girls went to the beauty school to have our hair done. Unfortunately, they didn't do what I wanted, and I ended up taking it all out and re-doing it myself. But, I did enjoy chatting with the photographer while he took pictures of us getting our hair fixed, and I enjoyed getting dressed in Evi's apartment with her and Abbi, the bridal assistant.
5. One of my top three moments from the day was giving Evi a special gift. My sister-in-law gave me a necklace the day before my wedding, which I wear often. I wanted to give Evi a necklace, but I wanted it to have special meaning. I bought two necklaces and gave one to Evi right before we left for pictures. When I handed her the tiny box, I choked out that it was a gift to remind her of the special time we had as kids, when we pretended our dolls could go back in time to medieval England, and spent hours upon hours on adventures with Robin Hood's band of merry men in Sherwood forest.
She opened the box, and the tears started. "That's my favorite childhood memory," she said as we hugged. The necklaces are golden arrows from Apple Latte on Etsy, which if you know the story of Robin Hood, you understand the connection.
6. As we left for pictures, I snapped a few pictures of Evi crossing the street in her wedding gown. Another of my top three favorite moments.
7. As it turned out, I spent most of the wedding day running around, solving problems. But for a stretch after the pictures, we all had to sit tight and wait. The sound guys forgot a few things, and had to run back into town for them. I'm actually glad, because this was almost the only time I had all day to relax, and catch up with my relatives.
8. I almost missed going down the aisle! Because I was running around all day, I HAD to go to the bathroom before the ceremony. The bathroom was in the lodge, and the ceremony was outside, quite a distance from the lodge, with mostly open lawn between. When I emerged from the restroom, I saw that not only had the wedding started, but that the ushers were seating the groom's mother! Mom was next, and then it was my turn! I sprinted across the lawn, and made it just in time to walk down the aisle, breathing a little hard. It wasn't funny at the time, but I've laughed about it a lot since!
9. Just before I walked down the aisle, I turned and looked at the nearby shed that the bride and assistant were hiding behind. Both of their heads were peeking around the corner. It was a picture perfect moment that I'll always remember.
10. After the reception, I tried to sneak out of the lodge to find Evi's purse before they made their grand exit. My Grandma and Grandpa caught me, and Grandma grabbed my hand. She told me that she appreciated my speech, in which I mentioned visiting Evi and Christian in Oregon and observing how perfect they are for each other. My grandparents hadn't met Christian until a few hours earlier that very day. "We grandparents worry about these things you know," she said. "But I told Grandpa, if Emily thinks it's a good match, then that's good enough for us!"
Sorry for the extremely blurry shot. Here's a good picture to make up for it, taken by the professional photographer, of course. Not only is John Allen extremely talented, but also, he's the nicest guy ever, and so great to work with! Even though he lives in Iowa, he's willing to travel, so check him out!