May 2008


Yes, I now have two wedding dresses.

As I’ve already mentioned, I really dislike my wedding dress. I didn’t feel like it was “The” dress. Even after the alterations, I didn’t feel pretty.

Today, I was in the mall with D. looking for a reception dress. I wanted something that I could change into after the ceremony that was more “me”. Well, after trying on many unsuccessful dresses, on a whim, I walked in into Blossom’s Formal at the Valley Fair Mall. I spoke with a very understanding saleswoman, Melissa, and she pulled several evening gowns. Unfortunately, they really didn’t work. They were either too much like nightgowns or pageant dresses. I wandered into their bridal section, and I tried on a light gold, almost a light peach, wedding gown. IT WAS SO WONDERFUL. For some reason, the dress reminded me of Lorraine’s dress from the Enchantment Under the Sea Dance from Back to the Future. Don’t ask me why. It just does, and that makes me happy.

**EDIT: I found the website for the bridal designer of my dress, Raylia Designs, and here’s my dress! It looks much better in person, I swear.

What about my other dress you ask? It’s going up on Craigslist.

Since D. saw the new dress while I was trying it on in the store, I’ll post pictures as soon as I take them.

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The first wedding presents have arrived:

Our friend Allez and The Smit got us these pretties from Crate and Barrel:

Bamboo Salt Keeper
Oxo Mixing Bowls: Large and Medium

Our friend RavenRose sent us a set of Riedel O Sauvignon Blanc/Riesling Wine Tumblers.

We really wanted practical kitchen items for gifts, and you wouldn’t believe how nice those bowls are. I know they don’t sound exciting, but they are.

Thank you, guys!

Last weekend, D. and I went to Hakone Gardens, our ceremony and reception location, for their annual Matsuri festival. The gardens were far more lush than they were when we first visited Hakone in December.


Moon bridge where the ceremony will be held. This picture was taken from the covered seating area across the koi pond.


Covered seating area. This photo was taken from the turtle island side of the moon bridge.


Processional stairs.


Waterfall.


Wisteria path.

Overlooking the moon bridge and turtle island from the mountain path.

Eek. I didn’t expect everything to come together, but it is.

I touched base with the baker, Cero at Cake Expressions, and he is looking forward to creating our cakes. I need to send the final payment out today. We’ve paid the final payment for the florist and worked out the details for centerpieces and the bouquet. I need to make the final payment to the caterer, but she was out of town on Friday.

Instead of a DJ, D. and I decided to take advantage of our vast music collection and create MP3 playlists. I’ve been trying to find a decent sound setup for us. I was considering renting speakers, a sound board, and a microphone, but rentals don’t provide the flexibility as bringing your own setup does. We’re going to play music at the ceremony and the reception, so we need to be able to move the gear.

While I was flying back from a business trip earlier this week, I found this portable iPod PA system in the SkyMall catalog. Amazon.com also sells this product and the reviews are very positive. We ordered it last night, so hopefully, it will be here in time.

At this point, it’s all about tying up loose ends.

I had a makeup trial at my local MAC store scheduled for Monday, but I missed the appointment. (I’ve been crazy busy lately.) I originally wanted to have a makeup artist do up my face on the day of the wedding, but my friend Allez said that I should I do my own makeup since I am capable of makeup awesomeness (which is true). What she doesn’t know is to achieve makeup awesomeness, I need at least an hour and a half to execute. I think I’ll have enough time to pull it off, but I can’t have any dramatic distractions. I may banish my family to the downstairs while Allez and I do makeup with the aid of nerve-numbing Scotch upstairs. We’ll see. (D. says makeup and scotch is a bad combination. He does have a point.)

I went to Sephora today to talk with my favorite salesperson/makeup artist, Gary. He worked with me last December to come up with a twist on a 1940s retro glam look which was awesome. I monopolized his time, and we came up with a bronzey-brown eye, plum cheeks, and a light coral gloss lip. It doesn’t sound like that would go together, but it does. We were able to incorporate products I already own, which is great because I know how they look, and I saved money too.

To start, he said to use eye cream and moisturizer. I already had the Fresh Lotus Eye Gel and Boscia’s Oil-Free Daily Hydration lotion. Then apply the foundation. We picked out the Make Up For Ever Mat Velvet+ Matifying Foundation in shade No. 40 – Natural Beige. For eyes, Lorac Starry-Eyed Baked Eye Shadow Trio – in Superstar (golden beige/golden tan/deep bronze) for the lid, crease, and brow highlight, and Stila Smudge Pot gel eye liner in Bronze to line the upper lid. Gary lined my lower lid with a deep matte brown shadow from the Stila Smoky Eye Palette, but I didn’t want to buy the whole palette just for one shadow. Plus, I have the Espresso eye shadow, which according to MAC, is a “muted golden brown” matte shadow. I also picked up a tube of the Diorshow Waterproof Mascara in black and an angle eye liner brush. We paired this bronzey eye with the Lorac Plum Eye Shadow and the Lorac Tropical Dream Mocktail Lip Gloss (sheer peach champagne). You wouldn’t think the plum blush would work with my eye and lip color, but it does. I have the Lorac Mocktail limited edition sampler, so I can play with a few other colors to make sure there isn’t something better. Gary suggested I also pick up the Urban Decay De-Slick Mattifying Powder compact. I have to say, the De-Slick powder is very impressive. I feel pretty confident that I’ll be able reproduce the look for the wedding. If I can’t, well, I’m not going to think about that right now.

No, I’m not going to post pictures from today. I’ll keep the look a surprise until the big day.

Today was my hair trial at Grasshopper Salon. I love my new hairdresser, Robbie. She’s very exacting, and she has a great personality. I’m so hair-retarded. She knows what looks right, and I trust her.

Don’t worry. My hair won’t be this messy and uneven at the wedding. We were experimenting, but by the end, we figured out the general shape and how much hair we want up. I like the volume and balance between traditional up-do and loose ringlets. Plus, there’s something about the way the hair is built up into those mounds that reminds me of Amy Winehouse’s beehive, and I secretly like it. (The hairdresser calls the hair mounds ‘pads’, but there’s no padding inside; it’s all my hair.)

Last night, D. and I met with Nicole from Events of Excellence to finalize the last few details. We picked out linens, china, and flatware.

This linen is called Tatsu Dragon Celadon. The caterer showed us the reverse of this fabric as the right side, and we liked it. The background will be celadon, and the dragon and swirl details will be in gold. All of our guest tables will be covered with this linen. We’re pairing ivory cloth napkins with these linens. The food tables will be covered in a solid celadon linens with either ivory or gold accents.

This linen is for our cake table. We figured with the blue “Such Great Heights” themed cake we should have a blue, whimsical tablecloth to match.

We decided on the square plates instead of standard rounds. For some reason, the square plates work better with the asian fusion theme. Plus, they were only 5 cents more per plate.

We decided on the Torino flatware because the squared handles pair well with the square plates and remind us of chopsticks.

But the best news of all? Nicole will most likely be there at the setup and the beginning of the reception to supervise. Yay! She’s great.