Monday, July 20, 2009

The Wedding

My son got married this weekend and everything was nearly perfect. The rehearsal dinner was supposed to have been in the patio dining area of Hamptons Restaurant in Sumter, SC, but it poured rain an hour before our reservation so they moved us indoors. No matter, it was a perfect evening of families meeting and sharing good conversation with plenty of good food. The wedding was an outdoor event and the weather could not have been more cooperative nor could the bride and groom be any happier.

The service had just ended.

Me and my new daughter-in-law, Danny.

The reception tent.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Too Many Trips to the Mall

We are just a week away from the wedding. Thank goodness I am only working on one wedding event as I couldn't have managed much more. I finished the menu cards and place cards and after doing some price comparisons we ended up ordering the bride and groom strawberries from Costco instead of trying to make them. We polished up some trays and gathered champagne glasses for the reception so I think we are ready. In fact this afternoon I stacked my clothes for the weekend so I'm nearly packed as well.

On Saturday we had to make one last trip to the mall to find something for my husband to wear to the rehearsal dinner and while walking through the mall I noticed the most intriguing thing. Have any of you had your brows done using the threading technique? My camera was in my purse and I wanted to pull it out to take pictures but frankly, taking pictures of someone getting their brows done just seemed too personal. I just didn't have it in me to ask if I could photograph the process but how amazing. (the photo posted is from eHow). A friend of the woman being threaded had just gotten her brows done and they were perfect. I watched for quite some time but I still can't figure out how to do the threading. Can you?

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Hampton's, Flowers and More . . So Much Going On!

I am so behind with posting and reading some of my favorite blogs but I have a good excuse. Almost two weeks ago my oldest son sent me an email saying he was getting married on July 18th. That's right - in just two weeks! My son and his fiance are in the military and his fiance is being sent to Germany on a four-year assignment. Needless to say we have been working on wedding preparations. Last weekend the mother of the bride flew in for the weekend. She, along with the bride to be, came to stay with us in Atlanta to do some wedding shopping - the dress, shoes, accessories, etc. The wedding is taking place in a small South Carolina town, Sumter, and my job is to organize the rehearsal dinner (renamed the "family dinner" by my son so not to make him nervous). His request was to find something nice that would be casual. That's a problem in Sumter. I spent hours searching the web and finally found a place - one that I think will be perfect. It's a new restaurant called Hampton's and they have al fresco dining in an area called the Alley Way. Their website is hard to find but the food sounds wonderful and the place looks to be exactly what I was hoping for. Have you ever planned a location event sight unseen? I'm a little nervous.

Meanwhile - what to wear? I'm a big fan of online shopping and I found a lovely dress for an outdoor wedding. It arrived on Thursday but it didn't fit well so Thursday night I spent hours going through websites looking for a dress. I finally found a beautiful dress at Nordstrom's on sale! The dress shipped over the weekend so if I don't like it - there is still time to find something else!

This weekend I've been busy stuffing candy boxes with black and white m&ms and making white tissue paper flowers for the centerpieces. Next weekend I'll be trying to perfect the bride & groom strawberries.

Here are pictures of the tissue paper flowers. Do they look better with the edges curled or with no curl? I appreciate you thoughts!

or Curled?

If you have other easy wedding tips or suggestions for the mother of the groom, please feel free to share. I would love to hear from you.