christmas in florida – part one

December 23, 2010 § Leave a comment

Last weekend Eric and I had the happy opportunity to go to sunny Orlando for our friends’ wedding. Though Amanda and Josh had already tied the knot a year or so ago, they wanted to have an “official” celebration with their friends and family. We took the chance to have a “mini-honeymoon” since we never took one after our celebration in October.

First of all, can I say how awesome it was to be warm in December. It was glorious.

After a treacherous hour+ ride to the airport in “snow emergency level one” conditions (we left 3 hours before the flight and at one point seriously thought we weren’t going to make it) e and I found our seats, sat in de-icing for awhile, and were off. We splurged for this trip and decided to stay in Disney’s Wilderness Lodge. It was so adorable and was probably the only thing that felt “Christmas-y” among the palm trees. We even had bunk beds in our room!

Thursday night was the combined bachelor/bachelorette party. At Epcot. It involved drinking. And going around the world. You get the picture. Which is good, because I have no decent pictures since my camera has recently decided it never wants to take focused pictures. The night ended at a dueling piano bar with renditions of “Don’t Stop Believing” and Eric’s request, “Come Together.” Good times.

Since we were staying on Disney property, we decided that Friday would be spent exploring the other resorts to see all the holiday decorations. Here’s the highlight:

Yes friends, that’s a lifesize gingerbread house at the Grand Floridian. Well to be fair, the top right photo is of some random human-sized birdcage I thought was cool. Everything is food-based. The Mickey on the sugar window is chocolate. The poinsettias are icing. Pretty cool. It takes them over two months to bake and decorate everything.

See! Lifesize!

The next day was the wedding, which sadly, I have few pictures of. It was a rainy, rainy morning. Seriously pouring. Which for a bride planning an outdoor wedding was stressful, I’m sure. The ceremony went off without a hitch and we were off to Epcot for the reception at a banquet room in The Living Seas, the aquarium attraction complete with Nemo and Dory.

Have I mentioned yet that this wedding was “pirate themed?”

I haven’t?

Well, it was. We wore costumes. The reception had pirate-y things like a treasure chest and food with names like “Elisabeth Swann’s Raspberry Coulis.” Fancy.

Fave part? The scuba divers in the aquarium dancing with us.

Again, sorry for the blur. Blame the camera.

Does anyone know where I can find an Ariel tree topper?



date and location: check

January 10, 2010 § Leave a comment

We have decided on a firm date and location! Clear your calendars for October 30, 2010 when E and I will take the plunge here:

That’s right! The art museum! It’s absolutely perfect and so, so elegant. More pics:

Now don’t expect it to look like that! We’ve got some exciting plans to make this space as original as we are!


oh the places we’ll go

December 28, 2009 § Leave a comment

As Christmas is winding down and before we get to the new year celebrations (go bearcats!), we’ve had some time to think about early plans. It appears as if we are definitely going ahead with the late October date, despite worries about it being too short of a time to plan.

Have no fear!

Yesterday morning I spent awhile going through a planning timeline I found in the Real Simple wedding issue (gorgeous design by the way). I converted their time line into a month-by-month goal list for E and I to follow. Though it is a bit daunting (not to mention we need to find a place to live at the same time!) I think it is manageable now that we have a guide. January is a pretty easy month, mostly just finalizing bridal party selections and beginning guest lists and establishing what ind of look and feel you want. Can’t you tell that last part is the designer’s paradise?

There is one important job we have to take care of this month.


That’s the hard one, isn’t it. So many variables. Outside. Inside. Church. Traditional. Casual. Contracted vendors. Costs.

Location, location, location.

At this point, we have two contenders for the ceremony and reception locales in Cincinnati. Both will do both the ceremony and reception (either inside or outside should the weather cooperate) and both are local landmarks. Neither are what one would call traditional, though both are breathtaking and will require little to no extra decorating. After meetings this week and next, hopefully we’ll have a better idea and I won’t feel so overwhelmed by all the decision factors currently running marathons over and over again in my brain.

Of course I’ve started to think about all things design and I’m thinking a cute design theme would be to use initials everywhere, like invitations with “kt + e” really prominent. And some nice floral or vine-y illustrations. Thoughts?


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