Archive for June, 2005

Welcome Lillian!

Wednesday, June 29th, 2005

I just found out that our friends Dave and Amanda had a little girl over the weekend:

Lillian “Lilly” Jane
Born 6/25/05 at 1:18AM
7lbs 8.7oz – 19 1/2″ long

Welcome to the world Lillian! Your parents are super cool people!!

A very cool almost bride

Wednesday, June 29th, 2005

Bride calls off wedding, throws party for the homeless

Quit impressive, IMO.

Willa + Michael: 06.25.05

Monday, June 27th, 2005

Willa and Michael are high school sweethearts and have the kind of love and friendship that comes from knowing one another for over 7 years – through some very important years. They are a very sweet couple.

The outdoor wedding ceremony was lovely. Now, if you aren’t in Cleveland, I will just say that it was over 90 on Saturday afternoon with at least 7000% humidity and there were thunderstorms predicted. Luckily for us, the ceremony was 75% in the shade and the storms never materialized. Some things are just meant to be.

The reception was fabulous! I left to the sounds of Willa’s girlfriends serenading her with “Time of My Life.” I am pretty sure that summed it up for the happy couple as well.

Pictures coming soon!

Andy + Chris: 06.17.05

Monday, June 20th, 2005

My baby cousin, Andrew, is married. Okay, so he is 24 and in the Army but he will always be my baby cousin!

Anyway, we flew into Raleigh on Thursday and went straight to the hotel where we met up with my parents. The 4 of us went out to dinner but not before Molly and Damon stopped by to say hello. (reminder: M&D are in the army and deployed in Baghdad. They were able to take leave to coincide with her brother’s wedding) Both of them are doing great – better than I would after 6 months in Iraq.

Molly and Damon were still on a different timezone so when they came down to ‘crash the party’ at 7:15 on Friday morning, we forgave them. Molly and I went to the salon for a mani/pedi and to get our hair straightened – a bit of a tradition, we have gone to the spa/salon before each wedding in the family. The rest of the day the family just hung out and enjoyed each other’s company.

The wedding began at 6 pm and Andrew looked very handsome, Chris looked beautiful. It was a small wedding – about 40 people or so. Everything was lovely. Some pictures – no normal pictures of Randy and I, they just did not turn out well!

The lovely bride and groom – welcome to the family, Chris!

Molly and Damon

Jenny, Molly and I – or as Andy calls us, “The Sisters” – we are stairsteps. Jenny is the oldest, then a year later I was born and then the next year was Molly. Some people guess that Molly and I are sisters because in person we actually look more alike than Molly and Jenny do, but in reality, I am the cousin.

Mehndi Party Pics!

Monday, June 13th, 2005

Thursday night was the mendhi party to celebrate Rakhee and Alex’s wedding. Mehndi is a 5000 year old Indian art that is all done freehand by specially trained artists. Completely phenomenal to watch and just beautiful. The mehndi paste actually reminded me of puffy paint. It is applied and takes about 2 hours to dry and stain the skin. Once it is dry, it is washed/flaked off and the henna stain remains. Depending on the skin tone, it comes out between red and orange. It generally last 1 to 2 weeks.

The bride’s hands and feet:

The detail was just amazing and so pretty. It turned out beautifully for the wedding, hopefully there will be more pictures of the mehndi when the pics come back!

A very cool experience – something I really enjoyed!

Rakhee + Alex: 06.11.05

Monday, June 13th, 2005

It was a lovely weekend although I could have done without the humidity and lovely sunburn that I am now sporting.

The Mendhi party on Thursday was amazing, I have pictures to share. The designs that the women were doing free hand were incredible – such artistry. I still have some of the henna design on my hands and people keep asking me what it is, so I have been explaining it quite a bit.

The Hindu and Jewish ceremonies were beautiful! This was my first experience with a Hindu ceremony and it was really interesting – lots of things to watch. Really beautiful, even if the fire made me a touch nervous. 🙂 As a bonus, the rain actually held off the entire day even though they were calling for 50% chance of thunderstorms.

The reception had a few hiccups but we got those figured out and I think everyone had a wonderful time. Great food, company and music!

I hope to have pictures to share soon – this wedding was an absolute feast for the eyes in shades of mango and red.

Off to find some aloe for this sunburn of mine!!

Pink limos

Thursday, June 9th, 2005

Why does it not surprise me that this started in Texas? I love this idea for bachelorette and showers but I don’t know how it would do in Cleveland:

Pink Car at your Service

How did you get here?

Wednesday, June 8th, 2005

Recently, I have been getting comments from people who didn’t find me because I found them first (like Rachel and JoAnna). Add to that the fact that my web stats have gone up quite a bit since I started this blog and I got to wondering how people found me. What brought them here in the first place? Where are they coming from?

Now, one of my posts on a certain celeb wedding and celeb wedding planner is the 5th result on google, that explains some of the traffic but not all.

so, tell me who you found me! If you would rather not comment, there is a contact for in the upper right hand corner of the page or feel free to email me! I am really just very curious.

Alicia's Story

Wednesday, June 8th, 2005

Alicia is a 23 year old who has been diagnosed with breast, lung and hip cancer – the hip cancer is so rare that it accounts for only 1 out of every 50 million cases of cancer. She works for the San Fran Chronicle and has been writing about her experiences for the paper. Eye makeup warning, it is very moving and very powerful – if you cry at Hallmark commercials, grab the tissues.
Alicia’s Story

My Molly is coming home!

Tuesday, June 7th, 2005

My dear, amazing, fabulous, phenomenal friend Molly – who also happens to be my cousin – is coming home in time for her brother’s wedding! Molly and her wonderful hubby, Damon, have been serving in the army in Iraq since February. The leave is only a couple of weeks but the whole family will get to see them at Andy’s wedding and then they get a little time to relax before they have to go back.

While I want nothing more than for them to be back for good, I will settle for the couple of days we get together for now – I am so excited to see them!