The devil is in the details… – attributed to various sources
What a difference a week makes! My last post mentioned our anxiety about many decisions yet to be made. Since then, we’ve made HUGE progress!
Rehearsal dinner details? Check. Frankie Mandola is awesome. We will enjoy good food, good service, good times. It is such a pleasure to work with good people whom you can trust.
This week has been a whirlwind of follow up appointments with the florist, cake baker, reception venue manager and clergy in turn, one per day. There was a point when we all got so tired of making decisions, but we soldiered on, and today, after the final one, we are feeling like there is finally a light at the end of this wedding tunnel!
How interesting it was to go to the wholesale flower market with Lisa, our florist, on Monday; it was (and continues to be) a blazing hot day, but the heat felt really good after walking through the flower coolers to select the particular blossoms that we’ll incorporate into the bouquets and arrangements! I was absolutely quaking in the chill, but of course, I am a human popsicle, so it was to be expected.
Susie Edwards is our cake “artist”, and she is so much fun! Previously, we’d worked out the wedding cake details, but this week’s visit centered on the groom’s cake design. Shannon and Kat drew her a picture, and she will make it happen! Of course, she once again offered us samples of her flavors, which, of course, we sampled. SO good!
Reception menu? All good. Beverages, good. Details? The only surprise in the process was that the Cohen House will charge us to rent the pretty chairs that I thought were just a standard fixture there. Oh well, in spite of that, the estimate came in right at what I had projected. Other than that, we are pleased in every way. Every little thing we could think of, they will make it happen.
It is amazing to me that the long ago budget estimates we made were spot on. How did that happen, given that we’ve never done a party on this scale before? What a blessing! I am so thankful that both Kat and Shannon are not frivolous by nature.
Random MOB notes:
- We’ve created a calendar of who is arriving when, who will pick them up and where they will stay. There will be a revolving door as various people sleep upstairs throughout the week before. Guess I’d better get some extra towels in!
- Joel discovered that one of the toilet handles upstairs was broken; I am so glad that he can fix it before everyone arrives! I think if it had happened next week, I’d probably have a meltdown.
- I learned that you can’t just waltz into Bering’s and purchase a guest book with removable pages; they must be “special ordered” and take up to 6 weeks. We opted for the kind with a fixed binding; folks will just have to stand in line. Oh well! In the big scheme of things, that is but a blip. My dear Carrie, the calligrapher inscribed the front page for us.
- There were some bridal tears this week when Shannon was faced with an ultimatum of deciding about the ceremony music prior to our meeting with the church peeps on Thursday. After having everybody bugging her all week to decide on other things, she was just so tired. But she sucked it up, and they decided, so that’s done!
We are so spoiled by the fabulous music ministry at our church. Believe me, the musical selections Shannon and Kat decided on are absolutely gorgeous, and I am so looking forward to hearing them, much like in a concert setting. Particularly the bride’s procession is an arrangement of a particular piece by Camille Saint Saëns that is very meaningful to us. We are so grateful to Rob Landes for his generous indulgence of our vision…
In addition to Rob’s outstanding contributions, we’ll also enjoy some special pieces performed by the musicians of Mercury Baroque; it will be a most memorable musical occasion! Thanks also to Antoine Plante, artistic director of MB, who will direct and perform along with his stellar ensemble.
I remember way back when we were discussing their vision of what Shannon and Kat wanted this wedding to be, great music was Shannon’s premiere focus. This will come to pass on June 25, and I hope that all who are present will enjoy this very special ceremony.
So, moving forward, we only have tweaky little things yet to do. The list is written down, so it is out of my brain, which means I don’t fret anymore. Kat’s parents arrive this weekend, and then we will begin celebrating!
Pewperson will return on July 1. Next week, she will be too busy. Look for a post wedding report upon her return!
Oh! p.s. The squirrel has left the building. Thank goodness!