Thursday, July 1, 2010

16 Days and Counting

What goes through the mind of a bride nearly two weeks before the big day? Lists, lists, and lists! The kegs to order, the dress to clean, the wine to purchase, the bills to pay (yikes!) and for this bride the crafty down home details that will make the day something special. At this point, I'm happy to report that the yard is DONE! All the lights are hung (just need to add the lanterns the day of); the gravel and beauty bark spread; the planters filled.

As you can see in the photo, we've even been blessed with enough good weather to ripen a few strawberries (one of the planters). Tomorrow I meet with the caterer to turn in our final numbers for food (and pay her - $30 a head is a good deal round these parts, and at 80 guests, our most significant expense). That to me really signifies how far we've come, the first "outsider" will see all the work we've put in.

This will likely be the last post before the big day - I look forward to more posts in the future to document for myself (and any interested parties) all the steps it took to make our wedding come to fruition!

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Wait, only 41 days till the wedding? How did that happen? At this point, wedding invites have been sent out (phew! pictures to come later), most of the RSVP's are in, the lawn is in bloom and flourishing, and all the fun stuff lays ahead: picking what pies to serve, decorations, and flowers. One of these fun activies has been tasting different microbrews as to find the perfect two for the wedding (plus one cider). As you can see, we had quite a sampling event of our local brews:

We settled on Alaskan Amber (not pictured)and our college town favorite Boundary Bay Scotch (Trey's favorite). We also found a very nice cider (our champagne alternative). I really enjoy Crispin's Honey Crisp cider, however it was unavailbe in keg form for the wedding. The original cider is very nice though, not too sweet and very refreshing. On a budget, hard cider fit both our personalities and our pocketbooks as the perfect toasting beverage.

And where did we find all these lovely spirits? At a great little (or big, depending on your definintion of small) store in Federal Way called 99 Bottles. They have over 1200 brews to choose from for a keg, and tons of great seasonal ales in bottles (I highly recommed the seasona from Alaskan, a Blackberry Ale).

We are looking forward to a great wedding full of good spirits (of both the liquid and less tangible varieties). Now to find the perfect white and red wine and our beverage menu will be set!