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!

our commercial idea

while we were visiting joe’s grandmother in south carolina a few weeks ago, we got into a discussion about the internet over lunch. we (as in me, joe, rachel and dave) were teasing joe’s dad about still having dial-up internet at home. nana, who can’t even turn on a computer, got a surprised look on her face and said, “you’re still on DIAL-UP??”

wouldn’t that be a fantastic commercial for a computer company? a 79-year-old woman saying, “your still on DIAL-UP??”

finally . . .

our engagement announcement finally ran today. i didn’t think it would this week because i didn’t get it in nine days ahead of time. maybe i just pissed her off enough. 🙂

Van Dolson – Schulman

Mr. and Mrs. Randall Van Dolson of McDonald, Tenn., announce the engagement of their daughter, Miss Cadence Alicea Van Dolson, to Joseph Aaron Schulman, son of Mr. and Mrs. Alan Schulman of Douglasville, Ga.
The wedding is planned for Sunday, Sept. 3, at the James County Courthouse.
The future bride is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Leo Van Dolson of McDonald, Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Douglass of Lincoln, Calif., and Vivienne Douglass of Rocklin, Calif.
Miss Van Dolson received a bachelor’s degree in English from Southern Adventist University. She is employed as a broadcast news anchor/ reporter and is a member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Cartersville, Ga.
The future bridegroom is the grandson of Marjorie Cooper of St. Matthews, S.C.; the late Herschel Cooper, the late Murray Schulman and the late Rose Schulman of Atlanta.
Mr. Schulman received a bachelor’s degree in journalism from George Southern University, where he was a member of Omicron Delta Kappa honor society. He is director of communications with Greenfield Hebrew Academy in Atlanta and is a member of Temple Kol Emeth in Marietta, Ga.

Contributed Photo Cadence Van Dolson Joseph Schulman

those gremlins . . .

last night our cable and internet went out four minutes (yes, four freakin minutes) before big brother started. i was not a happy camper. i’m a big brother and windfall fan (do not laugh), and i missed both my shows. luckily big brother is online after every episode, and my parents taped windfall, which we’ll pick up sunday.

joe just called to tell me the gremlins attacked again. yes, people, our cable and internet are out AGAIN. sigh. joe called, and the representatives at our lovely cable company said they don’t have any reports of outages yet. they said there isn’t a widespread outage they’ll send repairmen out to fix our services on wednesday.

wednesday? are they smoking crack? they seriously think i can go without tv or internet for five days? i’m not *that* addicted to them, but i think anyone would agree that five days is an abnormally long time. i think this is unacceptable. i think we should tell them we’re not going to pay for however many days we are without those services. don’t you agree?

so, cross your fingers *and* your toes for us. here’s hoping every other residence in cartersville is cableless as well.

the engagement announcement

i have come to the realization that i am just not creative when it comes to post titles. oh well.

it turns out there was a perfectly good reason why our engagement announcement hasn’t run in the newspaper yet. they didn’t receive it. that makes sense. but whenever i called or emailed and left message after message inquiring when it would run and if they had received it, i got no response. not one. so i went over the head of the bridal editor to the lifestyles editor. it’s a good thing i used to work there. it’s nice to have connections. 🙂

what did that result in? i very rude and unhappy woman finally returning one of my numerous messages to let me know she hadn’t received it.

“did you get a confirmation email?” she asked.

well, no, i didn’t. but, please, show me where on the form it says that i will receive a confirmation email. i read and reread the announcement form forwards and backwards, and it just wasn’t there.

so i resubmitted our announcement. once again, no confirmation email. once again, i had to call several times before i got a hold of her. this time, though, she said she received it.

let’s just hope it runs.

ring issues

i ordered joe’s ring yesterday. they didn’t have it in stock in white gold, and the saleslady told me it wouldn’t be in until at least august 8. since i want to get it engraved, i figured i’d kill two birds with one stone and order it. that way it would be ready to go when i pick it up. apparantly, that’s not how the jewelry business works. the ring has to be shipped to the store, and then it will be shipped back for the engraving, which will take at least 7-10 more days. and, she said that’s no guarantee. the process makes absolutely no sense to me. why make it more of a hassle, both for the store *and* the customer. i better have it engraved and in my possession before the wedding. they don’t want to deal with me as an angry, stressed out bride. 🙂