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Well, I’m an interesting sight right now.

I’m sitting at my friendly neighborhood Borders, perhaps my favorite thing to do on any given afternoon. Sitting in front of me is “The Complete Works of Emily Dickinson”, edited by Thomas Johnson, as well as my laptop. I’m currently writing a paper on Dickinson’s perspectives of God as the Angel of Death. Also in front of me is the April edition of Real Simple, a new mag addiction. Next to Real Simple is Colin Cowie’s “Wedding Chic,” a must-read, as well as Mindy Weis’s “The Wedding Book.” And what’s sitting on the very tip-top of the stack? US News and World Report’s Ultimate Law School Guide, an LSAT prep book, and this month’s issue of “The Economist.” My Google Reader is one-third wedding, one-third living, and one-third domestic and international news. On any given day, you might find me engrossed in Martha Stewart Living, or Hillary Rodham Clinton’s autobiography.

I don’t like to segment my life; I really don’t. But I’m finding more and more that this blog, and the wedding blogging world, provides a creative outlet that I don’t necessarily find in my final semester of classes or my professional grooming.  And it’s nice. I’m rather beginning to enjoy it.

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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

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

 

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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.

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Classic shot. With a white picket fence!

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And to end with two favorites:

Walking off into the sunset

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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.

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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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At midnight, my fiancee and I rung in the New Year with an excited kiss. “We get married this year!” we said. After nearly five years of dating, and 10 years of friendship, we’re excited to tie the knot.

We got engaged in July, and since then, the planning has swept me off my feet! Within days, I’d bought my dress, booked the reception, church, photographer, limousines, band, guest list and bridesmaids dresses. Years of pouring over Martha Stewart Weddings and Elegant Bride had taught me a thing or two. It wasn’t until I read an article about how-to and how-not-to host a wedding blog that I considered it an option.

So, here I am, writing the first post on the first day of the new year. This year will have lots of memorable moments: I’ll finish undergrad, I’ll begin my first graduate degree, I’ll share in the joy of friends weddings and celebrations; first Thanksgivings, first Christmases, and, of course, the big day itself. I certainly wouldn’t want it all to slip by without enjoying and processing every last bit! And so, blog I shall.

Happy New Year!

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