love is the difficult realization that something other than oneself is real

I have been 100% slacking!!! I am very very sorry. Things in the Green house have been CHAOS since the holidays. I can officially that I am a new Aunt to a precious little girl named Caedance and I am so ready to spoil her and be her FAVORITE Aunt 🙂image

 

In other news we FINALLY have a caterer. We went with a place named ART Catering down in Shallotte, NC. Ryan and I just did a tasting there on 2/17/14, and the food was wonderful. We were sold right then and there; my mom was sold the first day she met the caterer! I am very relieved to have found them when we did. It was just by chance that I asked my mom to go with me to a bridal showcase at Silver Coast Winery in Ocean Isle Beach, NC, it’s not far from my parents beach house. It was there that we met so many connections that have been crucial in getting all my ducks in a row.

So let’s start with the catering. ART Catering had a very professional looking booth, and I was skeptical on sitting down with the owner at the showcase. Ryan and I had already had a tasting at another place a week before and were satisfied with the food. Our planner was literally about to pay that caterer the day after the showcase, but I asked her to hold off. So anyway, my mother and I sat down with Terry (the owner of ART), she was very courteous and extremely professional. Her presentation was wonderful and she had my mom hooked, line, and sinker. Her business cannot only provide food, but they also provide linens, tables, chairs, plates. cups, silverware, servers, bartender, basically the whole wedding! I think that is really were my mom was hooked. We made an appointment to meet her the following Friday for a meeting.

My mom, my MOH Brittany, and I went to the meeting (Ryan had to work that night and needed to sleep); I was very pleased with her, her ideas, and she knew what my venue looked like without having to describe it to her. She has recently done a wedding there. We made plans on how and were everything would be laid out. I really enjoyed her input, I felt like she knew what I was wanting and gave me her ideas but left me in complete control of decisions. I also think she will do a wonderful job and everything will turn out perfect. Ryan and I went for a tasting on the 17th of this month and loved every bit of it. Ryan liked Terry just as much as Mom and I did. So 50% of the quote has been paid to her and we now have a caterer, tables, chairs. and linens!

Also at the showcase we talked to a bridal shop that is down in Shallotte, NC. They carry only Allure bridesmaid dresses which was exactly what I was looking for. They had one of the dresses I was looking at in stock. On the same day that my mother, MOH, and I went to the meeting with the caterer we decided to stop by this dress shop too. My MOH tried on a few dresses and we ultimately picked this one.

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I still went with all different colors and I think it is going to look lovely! They are all pastels and the dresses are so sweet. Here is a few of my girls in them. image

 

note that is does not fit perfectly on them… but it will!!! 🙂

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they all look sweet as sugar in them!! I am so excited!

The last person we met at the showcase was a lady who made gourmet popcorn. It gave us the idea to have popcorn as favors instead of candy, and it will be much cheaper, which means more money to put towards the food which is WAYYYYY over budget! This past Saturday (2/22/14) my Mom, Ryan, and I all went to Wilmington, NC to Vic’s Popper… well it used to be, now it’s Always Corny. Anyway, they have awesome popcorn and they even dye popcorn different colors. We went to get prices and to see how far in advance we need to order our popcorn for it to be ready in time and to be fresh as possible. For it to be freshest, we have to order it a week before and we will probably bag it all the night before. So I am taking applications for volunteers!!! 🙂

 

This weekend Ryan and most of his groomsmen and the ring bearers will be getting measured for their suits. Everything is falling into place and I am far beyond ready to walk down that aisle.

 

80 more days until I marry the man of my dreams, and I could not be happier. Goodnight y’all from North Carolina!!