They're here! The invitations arrived today and they are so much better than what I had hoped. I ordered them off of the internet, without a sample in hand (kinda scary) and they are so perfect! But you can't see them yet, you'll just have to wait.
So today when I got home, there was a suspicious package in my mailbox; upon inspection (and I mean, Wiser opened it because I thought it was maybe a leftover from the Unibomber) it was a prize!! It's "Positively Ageless Lifting and Firming Night Cream" (full size, not some dinky trial size). Oh, happy day! I'll be bee-yoo-tiful (and Positively Ageless) for my wedding :)
My Grandma Sally (mom's mom) lives in Houston so we have not been able to visit her in person since our big news :(
However, she is the greatest penpal I know (snail mail and e-mail) and she has already sent several special keepsakes to Oklahoma to be included with what we are compiling to use in the wedding. She sent us our very first engagement card:
G-ma knows how much I love to look through all of her pictures, so she was really quick to send her wedding pictures up here, too. She also sent the pin that my grandfather gave her on their wedding day (you can see it on her suit in their wedding pictures). Our family still has the cake topper from their wedding (first picture in post) and it has been used in 5 weddings since then (soon to be 6)!
Early on in the planning process, Mom and I went out to the Bass Family Farm in Cashion, OK to collect and create some special memories with my Nana (my dad's mom). She got out her gorgeous wedding dress for me to try on, she shared her precious wedding pictures with us and even let me choose a handkerchief from her wedding keepsakes to carry on my wedding day. It was such a sweet time and I will always treasure that memory.
(Sorry kids, no frontal shots,
that dress wasn't even close to being buttoned.)
Several things to note: Her mother was a buyer for John A. Brown's department store so Nana was able to get her dress shipped directly from NYC (so haute couture). And can I just point out: my propensity for shopping must truly be an inherited gift, traceable all the way back to my great-grandmother.
We are incredibly blessed that we have so many people that have played meaningful parts in our lives and who we want to include in this significant time, but coming up with a manageable invite list is the dickens. Seriously, weeks of revising and re-counting. And it's still growing. So if you're one of the 900+ on our final list, just know how special you really are.
The List just might claim my sanity.
Oh, Dad, don't have a heart attack yet...900+ is a slight exaggeration.
Finally!! We found the invites, got them ordered and approved the proofs this afternoon. They are currently in production. I'm kind of surprised that this was the most difficult part of the process so far. I don't know if I'm too picky or too cheap, but invitations sure seem like an outrageous expense. It grieved my little green heart to order so much paper, knowing that all those pretty little invites will eventually make their way to a lot a wastebaskets. (Please please please promise me that you'll recycle them!)
It's too hard to pick from all of the pictures from last night (and I still want copies of everyone else's!!) but I've posted a few so you can see what a wonderful night it was. It was the best way to kick off the next few months of wedding celebration...
My oldest friends, Sara and Mindy Not-So-Baby Brother Adam and Emily