Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Crazy Little Thing Called Love . . .

Once Upon a Time ...

. . . there were two kidz named Paul and Jen. They met in college, dated, fell in love, got engaged and got married! And as it turns out, their wedding plans were a little bit Wacky!

Never mind that they set the big date for Friday the 13th. Happily, there was no bad luck involved. In fact, Friday was sandwiched between a day that was uncomfortably hot and one that was 24 hours of a damp, cold drizzle.

Hurray! The day of the wedding turned out to be almost perfect! 

No disco balls at the Reception! This effect was caused by the tiny crystals on Jen's dress.

So what was a bit Wacky and a whole lotta fun about the much anticipated nuptials?

Baseball!   They both love baseball - particularily their home team, the St. Louis Cardinals!

Reception Guest table

One of the things these kidz have in common turned into the theme of their wedding. I was relieved that they didn't go over-the-top with baseball shaped invitations or feel driven to have a Cardinal-shaped cake, complete with red frosting.  But they definitely had fun with it!

Take a look at their day:

Pregame ...

Bridesmaid and Mom helping out Paul with some dressing details
Jen and bridesmaids had hair & makeup done in-home

Top of the First . . .

Pre-Wedding photographs taken of the Bridal Party at Kiener Plaza - Nobody got wet!

Bottom of the 3rd . . .

 Busch Stadium, home of the St. Louis Cardinal baseball team - I can only wonder what the fee was for this!!!

Paul remains good friends with a pal from college who is a Chicago Cubs Fan.
She was one of his Groomsmen ... Wacky!?!

Ah ... Young Love in the Special-Seating Section :D

Cardinal Jerseys - Notice the numbers #5 & #13 for May 13th
~ Guests signed these jerseys at the Reception instead of a traditional Guest Book ~

7th Inning Stretch . . .

Pre-Ceremony Family photo taken outside of The Jewel Box

Pre-Ceremony photo taken inside The Jewel Box

Bottom of the 9th . . .

Parents of the Groom at Ceremony - Could I LOOK any happier???

The Kiss

Newlyweds immediately after vows

Extra Innings . . .

The Reception took place in downtown St. Louis at this Historical Site

Best Man makes a heartfelt Roast ... errr, I mean TOAST!!!

 I loved this cake! It gave the illusion of the upper layer floating atop the flowers.

The newlyweds honeymooned in Florida - Indian Shores on the Gulf .
Lucky ducks have a friend with a father who owns a beach front condo!

And so, Paul & Jen ... may you live happily ever after,
forever enjoying that Crazy Little Thing Called Love!

A production of 'Too Cool Shoes'

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Your Son Is Getting Married WHEN???

Oh well, it's only a number!

I'm pretty excited! My son, Paul, is getting married in just over a week, and that will be here before I know it!!! I adore his fiance, Jen. She's a gal after my own heart ... ducks all in a row, the model of efficiency complete with a bit of an over-the-top love of organization and lists. And you all know how I love organization and lists!

The only thing I can't quite figure out is how she and Paul picked the date. I mean Friday is getting to be a more popular day to get hitched, as the competition for the coolest venues becomes more and more fierce. In order to avoid a waiting list of a couple of years or so at the Jewel Box, they gave the thumbs up to a Friday evening wedding.

Engagement photos at Faust Park

But here's the rub ... I know it's only a number, but that number is thirteen . . . 

As in Friday the 13th.  Yes folks, I know it's hard to believe, but Friday - May13th is the day of the wedding.  The day my only child marries a young woman my husband and I are just crazy about. You heard me right - defying convention, and possibly all common sense, they signed up to tie the knot on what is considered the unluckiest day of the year!!!

That being said, gaining your sympathy isn't why I'm writing this post!

I can admit, that although I don't truly believe Friday the 13th is a scourge upon us, it makes me a little nervous. I sort of think of it as the one day of the year Murphy's Law is in full force . . . "Anything that can go wrong will go wrong"!

As Mother of the Groom, we all know I'm suppose to look fantastic. And we also know that I'm in direct competition with the Mother of the Bride ... a distict disadvantage for me due to the fact that the bride is way more important than the groom! Therefore, the M-of-the-B is in an elevated position right from the get-go.


So let's get down to it, people! I'm going to post a photo of what the M-of-the-B is wearing and another of what I've chosen, and you won't know which is which. They are completely different - like day and night, hot and cold, boys and girls.  I'm convinced that the direction I decided to go is the one that's right for me, my own personal style . . . . . . .  well, almost convinced!

Please take a sec and vote for the outfit you think is right for me. You'll have to look past the young, tall skinny models and think of a not so young, 5'4" semi-slender woman. But I know you can do it!

And what if the vote doesn't go my way? Well, I've still got a week to re-evalute and SHOP!

Which Style for Jill?

~ Style A ~

~ Style B ~

Thank you! I'll let you know the results very soon :D

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