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T minus 1,440 hours

Puerto Rico was wonderful; a much-needed step away from the fast pace of daily life in NYC. Now that we are back, and getting married in just shy of two months’ time, Gavin and I have to check off a few more urgent items on our never-ending wedding to-do list:

Invitations: Print, address and send wedding invitations.
Rings: Order Gavin’s ring/ Get mine (from Momma) re-sized.
Cake: Select and book a baker for the cupcakes / mini-wedding cake.
Rehearsal: Organize the night before (I think we’re still waiting on the priest.)
Music: Send lists to both DJ and organist with selections.
Transportation: Review transportation options from my parents and Gavin’s parents and make a decision. Call for reservation.
Hotel: Reserve someplace for me and Gavin to stay nearby in Brooklyn the night of the wedding.
– Wedding Favors: Decide and buy.

While I promised myself that this would not happen to me and Gavin, here we are – less than three months before the wedding – with some major $%!* to get done still. I guess we are officially in “crunch time” now.

My Surprise Bridal Shower: Part II

(Continued from Part I)

The moms wore matching corsages.

Momma and I had corsages, too.

Momma helped me open the presents. Jessica organized them. Amy documented each and every one in a master list entitled,” Yay Presents!!”

Janice made an amazing hat out of all the bows from the presents.

(Second hat of the day.) I have a similar photo from when I was about two years old and sitting in a box with ribbons on my head. Nearly three decades later, apparently not that much has changed.

Almost all of my bridesmaids were there, which made it exceptionally fabulous.

And last but certainly not least… Gavin!! I was really glad that the guys didn’t get kicked out. I think it was fun to have them at the bridal shower.

Here are a couple of “behind the scenes” photos I got a hold of:

The Balloon Storage Room

And the Prep Team

For more behind-the-scenes stuff, check out my mom’s blog: Big Secret’s Out!

The Annual “February Birthdays” Party

Since Mom had just recently put together Momma’s big party last month, I offered to host the February Birthdays party this month. It was my first real foray into a dinner party for more than six people (truth be told- for the one with four people, Gavin cooked; and the one with six people: we ordered Chinese.) This was also a glimpse into what the wedding might be like, minus a large chunk of people and the fact that I will be off cooking duty that day.

We had a meal of chicken piccatta, meatball in marinara sauce (thank you Trader Joe’s), sauteed string beans with buttered bread crumbs and the huge plate of ziti that mom brought along. Let’s not forget the enormous spread of wine and desserts, contributed by our guests.

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Joining in the festivities was Mom & Dad, Momma, Jim & Katie, Kris & Amy, Aunt Joan & Uncle Tom, Mary Jane & Don, Caitlin, Mollie and, of course, Gavin. It was so nice to have everyone over (and to finally have an apartment that fits more than 10 people in one room.) I kind of sequestered myself in the kitchen in the beginning but, after the food was done, I was able to kick back and enjoy the party. I took zero photos because I was so caught up in conversations, as was everyone. Needless to say, a good time was had by all.

After most people left, my mom got to work at putting together some table arrangements. There were some very elaborate table settings to look at. (We used some of the plates I’ve been collecting for context.) Everyone had an opinion, of course, but the one Gavin and I liked the best was the most simple: vintage-inspired milk containers from JoAnn’s (or Michael’s?)

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Huge thanks to Aunt Joan for (unknowingly) providing the flowers we used for this table arrangement exercise. They are actually the same type of flowers (daisies!) I was thinking of having at the reception (and/or bouquets.) Voila!

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Some more “after hours” fun included Jim and Kris playing legos with a new iPhone game they had discovered.

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And Kris and Amy practiced some of the important lessons we taught them from Pre-Cana class.