Friday, January 21, 2011

Tasting Date at the WPRC

Before our tasting at the Winter Park Racquet Club Eric and I had to send in some ideas to their chef so he could formulate a menu for us. Since it is so hard to think of foods that would work well together, we just sent in a list of our favorite foods, which is hilarious if you know our palettes. For example: Eric listed mini-pizzas, I chose salmon. Eric wants chips and queso, I like pita and hummus. You can imagine the rest of the list! I was anxious to see what the chef would come up with from our list. Everything we ate at the tasting was DELISH! Including the wine (we drank that though)! I told Eric that this counted as a date for him since he scheduled the meeting and the experience was fab. We dined on some tasty apps, salad, something from the surf and something from the turf (I’m intentionally being vague so people don’t know every single detail of our wedding, sorry Eric).
My vagueness probably doesn’t matter because Eric will most likely post photos of the evening! Just know the food will be good! This is another reason why we love our venue!

Eric: I had to add one story to this blog entry. I would like to publicly call out my fiance for not helping me out. As everyone knows I eat like a 12 year old. As they brought out the first course it was a salad I will never like. That is not a complaint about chef I merely don't like this type of salad. With that said I go on to taste different parts of this salad so it appears that I tasted it to our friends from the WPRC. After a few bites it still looked untouched. I kindly asked PB to help me out a little so it looks like I tried the salad. She had one olive and that was it. She even told me to "move it around a bit" She didn't help me at all and when Alexis came back I had to come out about my 12 year old food palette. I am kidding of course, this night was great. We were all by ourselves in the back of the bar, they were finishing up some new year remodeling. It was quiet, and awesome. The pool and lake looked great. We talked forever about how much fun this night is going to be. See ya soon March 12th.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Time for my 2nd blog ever- Invitations

I had an idea in my head for what I wanted our invitations to look like. Eric and I had chatted about designing them ourselves and taking that design to a printer. This would save us money and we could have complete control over what they would look like. I found the design on this awesome site: They have tons of fun ideas and free designs to download!

After many consultations with Elizabeth Sloan (bridesmaid) and driving Eric crazy with font size and repositioning words and letters, the invitation design was complete! Jessica Meyer (matron of honor) suggested we contact Dave Oslin to print the invitations. Eric and I met with him and he was so great. Not only does he have extensive printing experience he is a great man. We had the opportunity to chat it up with him and share a little bit about our lives. He is our friend! We chose the paper to print the invites on (I love the paper). Dave printed the invitations amazingly fast and for a fabulous deal! Eric and I were so pleased.

Next came the addressing. For some strange reason I was really excited to address the invitations. I spent a Saturday addressing invites and eating doughnuts (no lie I ate 5 doughnuts that day). Eric came over to give me a break and we went to play tennis. I didn’t want to run while we were playing, probably because my stomach was full of powdered sugar and other evil/goodness. My mom was fabulous and stuffed/sealed all the envelopes!

Three days later the stamps arrived! I found these online and I L-O-V-E them

Isn’t it funny the things you can get excited about? Isabel Ibanez, (maid of honor) my mother and I stamped away, now the invitations are out in the mail and we are anxious for people to receive them!

Less than 2 months

Our wedding is less than 2 months away, and we are ready for it to be here. I know it has been awhile since we have posted on the blog so I wanted to spend some time today talking about what we have been up to. But first please enjoy a picture from New Years at the Brinkmans. Ok, back to the topic at hand...

A. We have finalized the groomsmen’s attire. I have been in so many weddings where the groomsmen were required to spend mucho dinero for a rental tux that we didn’t even keep. I wanted to keep it simple and cost efficient for my guys. I realized very quickly how tough that would be. I have literally visited every store in the Altamonte, Fashion, Millennia, and Florida malls, plus both Outlets here in Orlando, not to mention all the time I have spent online! I am happy to say everything has been selected and the boys will look sexy!

B. The Rehearsal Dinner was another tough thing to figure out. We wanted 4Rivers but the wedding venue or hotel won’t allow outside food venders. Then we started brainstorming houses we could do it at. That list was very short and was not going to work. Next, we decided to start looking at other Winter Park Restaurants. We decided on Buca di Beppo. Although, after contacting Buca we realized they were pricey and did not have the perfect room that would fit our group. (It won't be the smallest rehearsal dinner thanks to our legions of bridesmaids and groomsmen). We finally settled on an idea that I had months ago. My parents will be hosting the rehearsal dinner on the brick patio in my back yard with some good ole Texas barbecue from 4Rivers. We are so excited! It might be more work for my family but it provides us with so much freedom, and it will be much more memorable than taking over a mess hall at a local restaurant. Invitations for the rehearsal dinner will be going out shortly.

C. We have booked our DJ and at least 2 live musicians for the ceremony. I can’t say too much here because Patricia already gets on to me for putting too much info on the blog. I think her words are, “You will put so much up there no one will need to come to the wedding because they saw everything already."

Be on the lookout later this week for another blog about the Invitations and our food tasting date at the Winter Park Racquet Club.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Wedding Registry Done

Patricia and I have finally finished our wedding registry. We had so much fun with the scanner gun at stores and even more fun fine tuning our list online. If I could give anyone some advice I would say go to the stores to register for things you need to touch such as: bedding, silverware, glasses, etc. Everything else register for online, it is so much easier!

Pottery Barn:

Registry #: 2652480

We had so much fun registering at PB. Here we registered for dishes, glasses, bedding and other decorative items.

Bed Bath & Beyond:

Registry #: 11968594

On our B3 registry you can find items for the kitchen, bathroom, bedroom and other misellaneous items.

Sandals Honeymoon:

Here you can purchase adventures for us to enjoy on our honeymoon in St Lucia. You can also contribute to the overall cost of our honeymoon.