This year for Thanksgiving, Brett and I decided to stay in Champaign. A few friends decided to stay in town as well and we organized an entire day of festitivies. Starting the week before with baking and ending with a lengthy poker game, our Thanksgiving Day was different than every other year and yet, wonderful.
Musing on relationships is something I very much enjoy. Meeting up with old friends is always such an interesting experience. Regardless of the time that has passed in between, I have found that these encounters either illuminate exactly how similar the two of you still are… or exactly how completely opposite you have become. I rarely find anything in between….we are either in exactly the same spot in life (relatively speaking obviously) or we could not be in more different situations 🙂 Thinking about all of this the other day made me think back to our Paris trip. (more posts from our Paris trip here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, and here) 🙂 While in Paris, Brett and I met up with friends of mine during our week long stay. We reconnected with two of my friends a few times over the week and had such a lovely time with them. They invited us to their home in the suburbs of Paris and I couldn’t have been happier with our time spent together (except that I didn’t get a picture of all 4 of us together! I want to get better at that!) Brett and I also met up with a group of my friends at a Paris night club. A picture of the two of us with a favorite couple of mine is below. I was able to reconnect with a few people that night…though many more old friends were present. With a few of them, after 7 years of not seeing one another, we picked up right where we left off. It was so nice to see them and for them to meet Brett. Just makes me want to up and move across the ocean where I get to speak French all day long 🙂
Brett is a huge fan of ice cream cake. 🙂 When we were deciding what kind of cake to have for our wedding cake it just made sense to try and have ice cream! With cupcakes being such a craze now, ice cream cupcakes seemed like they would be so fun to include in our big day 🙂 We ordered our ice cream wedding cupcakes straight from Cold Stone and had them set up just like cupcakes would be. They got a bit melty but I think that people really enjoyed them. One issue with the cupcakes melting quickly though was that they couldn’t sit out all night and wait for people to come and eat them….Brett and I may still have half a dozen of them in our freezer 🙂
Brett and I thought we’d share a little about our awesome groomsmen gifts today for another session of Girly Wednesday focusing on our wedding 🙂
Brett found this great shop on Etsy called Berkley Illustration where the artist has this awesome set of animal busts dressed in suits 🙂 Brett sifted through all of the options and chose one for each of the groomsmen…and one for me 🙂 hehe! Brett’s was the Red Fox and I was given Strelka the Space Dog. Our prints are hanging in our hallway!
What do you think? What kinds of things would you choose for groomsmen gifts? 🙂
Brett and I weren’t blogging as consistently when this website was our wedding website. We mainly used it as a platform to communicate valuable information about our big day 🙂 Well the time has come to slowly fill all who are interested in on some of the behind the scenes facts about our big day 🙂 Did you know, for instance, that my wedding dress was actually my mom’s? 🙂
When Mom wore it…
and when I wore it…
In between I spent a lot of time with my friend Cathy Moe and a wonderful seamstress/dressmaker extraordinaire, Tina. She helped to transform and modernize my mom’s dress so that it was perfect for my occasion too. My mom was really excited that I was going to wear her dress and said that I could restyle it however I wanted 🙂
The original dress was long sleeved (with belled out areas near the wrists) and zipped all the way up the back to the base of the neck. It was decorated with lace and was a beautiful white color. Time turned that beautiful white into a gorgeous ivory. The only thing that I couldn’t wear from my mom’s big day was her veil…which for some reason didn’t change color at all 🙂 Tina removed those long, belled sleeves of the dress first, which really transformed the look. We opened up the back and used the lace from the sleeves to decorate the new neckline of the dress.
The dress was bustled at the same place it always had been though the mechanisms involved were new.
My mom’s rings were also featured in my wedding bouquet. 🙂
To see more pictures from our ceremony, click here! Did you consider wearing your mother’s dress for your wedding? (Or your grandmother’s for that matter?) 🙂