time to relax

i am on a continual high. we finalized our wedding details today, and our ceremony is going to be absolutely gorgeous. we saw the chapel decorated for a wedding, and it is so beautiful. they use lots of flowers and candles in their decorations, which i love.

my bouquet is going to have white roses, orchids and a few blue delphinia tied with a royal blue ribbon, while my bridesmaids will have arm bouquets of white roses and blue delphinia tied with platinum. i’m picturing the flowers with our dresses, and i just think they’ll look amazing. the blue delphinia matches the dresses perfectly.

the mothers will have corsages made of orchids, and the grandmothers will have rose corsages. joe’s boutineire will be made from an orchid and the others will be single white roses with baby’s breath and greenery.

and our cake…i am so excited about our cake! we chose the almond cake and icing. it is a three-tier cake with tall pedestals, and white and blue flowers in between each tier. there also will be flowers around the base, and our bouquets will be put by the cake.

our photographer is *amazing*. i am *so* happy we have him. i’m arriving at noon, and will get about 30-45 minutes alone for bridal portraits and pictures with my mom and sister (matron of honor). the bridesmaids will arrive at 12:45 for pictures before the guys have theirs taken. james is so dedicated to the bride. he wants to focus entirely on me for as long as he can. our coordinator said that he doesn’t want anyone but me there (along with my mom and sis) so there won’t be any distractions. the man is wonderful. he’ll also be shooting my mom and sis helping me get ready. the post-wedding picture plan is unique, yet it makes sense. after the ceremony, we will go and cut the cake and do the toasts. that way, he says the guests can go ahead and begin eating and have cake while we’re doing family and wedding party shots. he says his plan is to get us to the reception as quickly as possible, which is great, and if he needs us during the reception he can pull us away.

before our meeting at the chapel, joe and i met my parents and one of my brothers at the mall. dad and randy had their tux fittings, and mom and i went shopping for her dress. i was amazed at the lack of blue dresses. it was amazing. there were green dresses galore (where were they five months ago when i needed a cute one??), but no blue dresses (none in any cute styles, that is). we finally found one we liked at parisian. it was the only one my mom tried on. it fits her perfectly, and it is so cute and flattering. i think she likes it more now that she got it home and tried it on for my dad.

i am *so* excited. it seems even more real now that i’ve run through it, figured out how everything will be set up and actually seen the decorated chapel. i’m starting to get a little nervous too!

i just hope the next four weeks go by quickly. i can’t *wait* to marry joe!

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