checking off the list

we booked our wedding location today! we’re getting married at the historic james county courthouse. i’m excited for several reasons. not only is it a very pretty location, but we’re getting *everything* there. they own a local florist (whom i’ve bought flowers from before, so i know the quality), they do their own catering and they have their own photographer. we’ve seen his shots and they’re great. what a load off my mind. i think it’s so much simpler to deal with one place for everything. here are some pics of the courthouse. it’ll look a lot prettier when the trees are blooming and the grass is green. 🙂

this is the front (obvious, i know)

and this is the back. the ceremony will be in the back, and we’ll have reception tables outside in the back as well as inside.

dried seaweed, anyone?

we had such a busy, yet fun sunday. we were *supposed* to have our engagement pictures taken, but it was snowing, so our photographer wanted to postpone it. that afternoon, we met rachel in gwinnett county, about an hour from here, to shop for her bridesmaid dress for the wedding. for the next week the dresses are marked down from $110 to $79.99, plus a $20 bridesmaid discount on top of that. none of my friends are wanting to let that deal slip by! hehe.

after ordering rachel’s dress, the three of us went to lunch at ledo’s pizza. this was definitely my choice. ledo’s is a maryland chain that has started to expand. it is *the best* pizza in the world. it’s made in the shape of a rectangle, so all the pieces are square, and it has the lightest, flakiest crust ever. it’s not oily, so it doesn’t weigh you down as much as pizza from places like pizza hut and dominoes. joe has never had ledo’s, so i was excited to share it with him. he *loved* it. and it was fun just hanging out with my future sister-in-law.

after lunch, we headed to the super h mart, which is basically an asian walmart. it was really cool. i saw things i’ve never seen at a grocery store before, like dried seaweed, rice pops and containers of blood. they also had neat things like chinese and japanese cookies. i wanted to get a box of japanese cookies for my grandpa, since he and my grandma lived in japan when my dad and uncle were young, but i couldn’t tell which was which! hehe. it was a really neat experience though.

and then we came home and collapsed. ah, the weekend. 🙂

i got my dress!

i tried on two dresses, and that was it. i had found the one. (no worries…joe knows not to look, and he doesn’t want to.) i was at david’s bridal for an hour and tried on a total of six dresses (three styles and various sizes) plus the bridesmaid’s dress so i could tell everyone how it fits. that also included trying on the veil and picture taking. sigh. what a fabulous day.

then we headed to the courthouse and loved what we saw. i think we’re going to book it. joe and my brother got there half an hour early, so they went on in.

“we’re here about the joe and cady wedding,” joe said. “i’m joe.”

the lady at the courthouse looked at joe, then looked at my brother and then back at joe. “we can’t do those in tennessee,” she said.

lol. classic story.

lazy afternoons

all three cats and one fiance are sleeping. i am bored. and so i blog.

tomorrow we are hosting a superbowl party. somehow we always get stuck hosting, although that means i don’t have to go to someone else’s house, so there is a bright side. tomorrow also is the day i am going wedding dress shopping and we are going to scout out our wedding location, so it will probably be a rushed trip (*sigh*) as joe’s friends are always early. i will be coming home to a testosterone-filled house. maybe i will curl up in the bedroom with some girly movies.

on a happy note, I’M GOING WEDDING DRESS SHOPPING! hehe. i’m excited. my mom and grandma are going with me, so it should be fun. hopefully i won’t feel too fat. i have several picked out that i’m going to look for. hopefully i’ll find the one i have in mind.

last night as we were leaving after service’s at joe’s temple, his future brother-in-law hugged me and said, “bye sis.” then he said, “wow. i’m going to have a sister. i’ve never had one before. this is so cool!” i thought that was neat. i told him sisters are way better than brothers. and of course, i’m right. i always am. i’m marrying into a fun family. i can’t wait. 🙂

i want a chip and dip server. i found one i liked at mikasa, but i can’t find it online. that means i have to go back up to the store. *sigh* which leads me to my next question: why are only selected items put online? for instance, i was looking for dinnerware we liked in a lighter color, but i couldn’t find that online either. blah.

i want to write a book. i’ve always dreamed of being a published author, but no matter how i try i can never come up with a decent plot.

i’m addicted to joe’s poker game for the xbox. i feel like i’m getting good. now i have the urge to go to vegas. i love vegas. i love the fact that you can go down to the casino in the middle of the night and play. it’s fabulous. and the free drinks aren’t bad either.

i wish i could design webpages. i want a new one for for after we get married, but i pretty much suck at designing.

i came up with *very cool* favors for our wedding. i’m making them myself. i can’t wait to see how they turn out. they’re totally “us,” which makes it even better.

it *really* annoys me when people park in the handicapped spaces here. granted, i don’t think there are any handicapped people live here, but it’s the principle. you don’t park in handicapped spaces. i feel like calling the sheriff’s office and having the cars ticketed. are they really so lazy that they can’t park a few more spaces away?

the fun part of being engaged :)

we’ve started doing our wedding registries! it’s so much fun. we went to target last saturday night, and joe had *way* too much fun with the scanning gun. he’d hold it with both hands and shout, “duck! duck!” and then pull the trigger. it was hilarious. he’s really enjoying the registering though, which is nice. one of his friends is getting married in march and his fiancee has gone to register alone. that would *not* make me a happy camper!

today we were at the outlet mall in calhoun and decided to register at mikasa. i *love* mikasa. we mainly went for our formal and casual dinner sets, which i really hope we get.

this is what we picked for our formal china. it’s called cameo platinum, and we love the simplicity.

and this is what we chose for casual diningwear. i loved the style of the mugs and bowls, which is what sold it to me. hehe.

couldn’t have a better day

today was a fabulous day. joe and i went to my parents’ house for lunch, and then we went with them to look at the courthouse where we plan to have our wedding. on our way back to cartersville we met up with john and stacey to talk for a little bit and picked up a wedding planner, journal and wedding scrapbook.

when we got back to cartersville, we went straight to target to do our wedding registry. of course, we couldn’t leave without buying *something*, being three candlesticks and candles for our mantel, sex and the city season 5 and an 80s compilation cd. after target we hit up applebees for dinner.

but the best part of the day? when we got home i popped one of the 80s cds in the cd player to hear “eternal flame” by the bangles (absolutely love that song!). joe came into the living room, turned off the light, restarted the song and pulled me up off the couch to dance with him. “this is our first dance as an engaged couple,” he said. “is it bad that i don’t want this to end?” i started to cry (yes, yes, you can call me a dork!). i didn’t want it to end either.