Archive for the ‘Engagement’ Category

Two weekends ago, I went home to throw my cousin and bridesmaid, Melissa, a wedding shower for her May 9th affair. She and her fiancee both met while studying in a math Ph.d. program. Of course, as we considered what sort of shower we should throw for our dear Melissa, our mind immediately jumped to the most logical equation: a math themed shower.

We searched and searched– it’s hard to come up with math-themed anything! Here’s what we came up with… img_5294

We had pencils personalized; what better favor! Notice they’re tied with measuring tape.


My cousins Alison (a bridesmaid) and Abby made these yummy number cookies– check out the hearts in the frosting!



We strung together math flashcards for garklands, which we strung all around the house…


My sister Rachel and I spent hours cutting those numbers out of foam and painting them purple– it gives a pretty cute “Alice in Wonderland” feel, if you ask me.


The candy bar was one of my favorite features of the day! Those adorable boutiquey cupcakes were made by yours truly. For a closeup!


Of course, the bride was ecstatic! The shower wasn’t a surprise, but she was certainly shocked by the Math theme. She especially loved the themed menu– we served “Square Root Steak”, “Symmetry Salmon”, “Calculating Crabcakes”, and “X-, Y-, and Z-iti Axis”. Of course, she and I posed for pictures at the event… (I’m the blond one)



What a lovely lovely lovely weekend! It was so much fun to plan a party without having to be the center of attention– like the upcoming August soiree! Congratulations to the Lovely Bride!


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I think it’s about time I more thoroughly explain the name of my blog.

My future husband and I are considering the option of mutually hyphenating our names. In our mind, a marraige is the union of two whole persons, two selves, into one cohesive unit. With the fusion of individuality comes an assumption of one another’s lives, families, traditions, values and spirituality. Thus said, I decided to hyphenate my name. I am not giving up my family, and thus myself, but rather I am assuming an additional family and reforming my sense of self and identity. My fiancee, then, feels it only right that his name by hyphenated as well, to further reflect our mutual commitment to each other.

Really, engagement is a hyphen sort of time. We’re stuck in between two worlds, no longer single, but not yet married. We do not live together, but spend the majority of our time thinking and planning for such a collission of worlds. I’m trying to learn how to appreciate that dash as a symbol of metamorphosis; soon, something new and beautiful and whole will emerge. This isn’t a time that I want to move too quickly through, as some essential development takes place now. I don’t want to be so focused on our future that I forget our present.

This blog catalogs my attempt to live in the dash, so to speak. To maintain an edge of social critique while managing not to get too bogged down in satin and lace, lovely as they are. Yes, I can search for invitations for hours with my mother online, and yes, I am an intelligent and capable leader at the same time. I can squeal at a beautiful calla lilly centerpiece, but I still care more about getting out of Iraq. I can enjoy my bridesmaids dresses and accessories, but I much more love the women that wear them and their current friendship. One needn’t be compromised for the other. I want to love the best of both worlds not through mere toleration of this phase of life, but through exuberant fusion.

Here’s to life in the dash, the hyphen.

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Well, I must say, my absolute favorite vendor thus far is my photographer, Kamila Harris. Here’s a few of my favorite engagement shots from our photo session this fall!

Why, yes, in fact. My shirt is from Anthropologie. Glad you asked! My mother bought me the necklace I’m wearing as an engagement gift– a mother of pearl, leaf shaped pendant. It’s beautiful, perfect for fall, and totally me. Ironically, I think that the shirt Brandon’s wearing also came from my mom– a Christmas gift from last year, perhaps?lb_1066


I love the coloring in this one, and how close we’re holding each other.



This one reminds me of the Beatles’ Abbey Road… I feel like a rock star. A rock star getting married.

This one is pretty artsy. I love it.



Classic shot. With a white picket fence!



And to end with two favorites:

Walking off into the sunset


And, lastly, the one. This reminds me of a Monet, water lillies (leaves) and all. This was taken not far from my home in New Jersey, and is absolutely breathtaking. My sister, who drives over this bridge on a daily basis, was shocked shocked shocked! when she found out where this photo was taken. It’s going to be framed. Hands down.



One of the things I love most about Kamila, in addition to being so fun and easy to work with, is that Brandon and I have full rights to our photos. Because I love them so so SO much, I embarked on my very first DIY project for our wedding. Using Blurb, I made our guestbook with images from our wedding! It’s huge, coffee table sized, and has a few pictures and LOTS of empty space on each page, for guests to sign, leave notes, draw pictures, etc. I love it because it will be more functional than a traditional guest book; we can display it in our house, rather than a satin, ribbon-clad guest book of yore. Also, what a great way to show off our beautiful engagement pictures!

I can’t wait to see the book. It was shipped to my home in New Jersey, not to my school address. So, sadly, I’ve got a while to wait. Until then, my digital proofs will keep me company.

Au revoir!

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