The 10 Most Memorable Maid of Honor Moments

So when Hannah first sent me a picture of her engagement ring along with a message saying “ENGAGED!” I think my first thought was something along the lines of “OH MY GOD, WHAT?!?!”  Followed immediately by “OH MY GOD, I’M GONNA BE MAID OF HONOR!” Or at least I hoped I would 🙂    You know those people who have a ton of girlfriends and are always in or going to a wedding?  Yeah, that’s not me, so being asked to be Maid of Honor was a big deal and like the title says, a real honor.  One year later, I have so many good memories of being Hannah’s right hand man woman through this whole engagement thing and seeing as the big day is this Saturday, I thought it would be fun to relive the most memorable moments!

#1 Hannah pops the question.

Those bridesmaid proposal things that are all over Pinterest are super cute, but Hannah just flat out asked me the day after getting engaged and I’m SO glad she did.  I don’t think either of us could wait long enough for any crafts to be made 🙂

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#2 Venue shopping in a hard hat

We did a little venue shopping excursion early on in the process and one of the sites wasn’t finished yet so we had to wear hard hats if we wanted to go check out the work in progress.  Hannah sent me out as her inspector in a pink hard hat.  Why did we not get a picture of that?!

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#3 Dress shopping

Turns out this is just as fun as it looks on Say Yes to the Dress!  I wasn’t sure what to expect on our first try but it turned out that Hannah looked stunning in every single dress she put on and ended up buying “the dress” that night.  It really was the one and I’m so blown away every time I see her in it.

Yeah, I won’t be posting a picture for this one 🙂

#4 More dress shopping

For the bridal party this time!  I think this was the first time all of us girls were together and it made the excitement increase 10 fold.  Because we got to bombard Hannah with wedding detail questions and because we all happened to look good in the same dress.  That makes things easier.

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#5 The first bridal shower

Things start getting real when you watch your best friend open wedding china and address a card to the “Future Mrs. King.”  Also, it turns out that not all bridal showers have to have stupid games and they’re plenty of fun without any.

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#6 The bachelorette party!

For some reason, I didn’t expect Hannah and Josh to want to do a joint bachelor/bachelorette party — I think it was probably Josh’s reaction to the idea of a “joint shower” — but I’m so glad they did because it was a blast.  Seriously, I had so much fun.

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#7 I threw a bridal shower

I was only slightly panicky when I realized it was my job to throw a shower.  I honestly had no idea what I was doing.  But I figured I’d just wing it and it turned out amazingly.  I was pretty proud of Tracey and myself.  Plus the planning was really fun!

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#8 Hannah’s final fitting

This just happened last week actually!  I met Hannah at the shop where she bought her dress for her last fitting after the alterations had been done and whoa, she looks perfect.  And the bustle was less intimidating that I thought it would be 🙂  I seriously can’t wait to see the look on Josh’s face when he sees her come down the aisle.  I’ll probably lose it and it won’t even be the first time I’ve seen her in the dress.

#9 and #10 The rehearsal and the big day

Okay, I know these haven’t happened yet, but I haven’t been able to properly focus on anything this whole week just thinking about all the fun that’s to come at these two big events.  I’m actually about to head out for some mani/pedi girl time and then we’ll all head to the rehearsal.  I’m kind of freaking out with excitement!

And let’s not forget all the smaller moments.  The many wedding detail conversations (um sorry to anyone who wasn’t engaged and had to be near us during those), getting my Save the Date and invitation in the mail, checking out engagement pictures, playing the role of Josh at Hannah’s dress appointments and like a bajillion “I can’t believe how soon you’re getting married!” texts.  In all seriousness, Hannah is the best bride.  She’s been so cool, calm, collected and organized about the whole thing so my job has been a real breeze.  So cheers, bestie!  You’re getting married!

 

Weekend Things

Oh hey.

Doesn’t it feel like I just wrote one of these posts? Oh right, I haven’t written since last week’s “Weekend Things.” Oopsie. Life was busy happening instead. And I totally wish I could blame it on Hannah — the wedding is THIS SATURDAY!!!!! — but that girl is cool as a cucumber and has everything under control. Maybe we get along so well because we’re polar opposites in that regard. Since there were no last minute wedding duties to attend to, this weekend was totally free.

IMG_3022We kicked things off on Thursday by picking up our wedding invitations! We didn’t expect them to be ready until after the 4th, so it was a pleasant surprise when I got the call from our stationary shop. Yes, those are pink bubbles. Joey might like pink as much as I do.

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We declared Friday “Date Night” and lucked out weather-wise — the rain stopped and the sun came out minutes before we decided to walk to dinner — so we were able to grab a patio seat at Central Bistro. I’d been dying to go and the fact that we were within walking distance made me insanely happy.

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I let our waitress talk me into the soft shell crab and I think I made it through three bites before I decided I couldn’t do it. I’ve had soft shell crab before (more than once!) and I love seafood but, for some reason, this dish really turned me off. I think it was that squid ink drizzle that most definitely wasn’t in the menu description. Joey was happy to trade me, so I ended up with his steak. It was delicious. I don’t know why he puts up with me but I’m grateful.

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Oh and on the walk home, we passed an ice cream sandwich food truck that Joey couldn’t resist. It was super entertaining to watch him try to eat the thing while we walked. It was so messy! But I had a couple bites and yeah, totally delicious. He may or may not have washed his hands off in a sprinkler a few blocks after finishing the sandwich.

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So Boulder isn’t the shortest drive from our house, but my heart was longing for at least one trip to the Farmers’ Market, so I decided Saturday would be the one time I’d drag us there. Turns out they expanded the food tent area and man, that thing is so much more spacious and comfortable than it used to be. I got a thai iced coffee and a cheesy breakfast crepe, bought garlic scapes and cherries and was generally in my happy place. I need to fall in love with a Denver FM ASAP.

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Many failed errands later (more on that in a minute), we made our way back to D-town, with a pit stop at Cheesman. We were hoping to crash a wedding (only sort of kidding about that…), but we got the next best thing. A pavilion that was all set up with chairs, but no sign of any wedding attendees, so we were free to walk about and get a closer look at how they had things set up. I’m thinking we’ll do something pretty similar to this.

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So about those failed errands. We’re DIY-ing a bunch of stationary and signage stuff at our wedding (ahem someone went over budget on fancy pink bubble invitations…), so we’ve been on the hunt for some nice paper to use. We struck out at Staples, Michael’s, a scrapbooking store that turned out to be closed when we got there and a bunch of cyberstores (is that a real word?), but finally found exactly what we wanted online and everything should be here this week or next. I’m so excited!

Oh and dinner was gooood. Afterwards, we set up an invitation assembly line and got a big chunk of them put together. We have to adhere the actual invitation card to our folios ourselves and we ran out of double stick tape three quarters of the way through. Wah wah. We love how everything turned out though!

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I was up early(ish) on Sunday morning to fit in a quick run — have I mentioned that I’ve been loving morning runs lately?! The sun is up, the air feels cool, it frees up my evening schedule and it makes me feel so happy — then came home to breakfast! Joey made us omelettes and toast. I swear, I could just marry that guy. So good! And it was the perfect post-run/pre-shopping day fuel.

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Mom and I spent a majority of the day in Cherry Creek looking for wedding day shoes for me. I need some shorty heels — they need to be just high enough that I don’t need any expensive hemming done on my dress — and it turns out those are hard to come by. We seriously had the worst time finding anything that worked. I think we went to every shoe store in the mall (plus DSW) and I tried on one pair. ONE. And I didn’t even love them. I guess this is going to be harder than I thought. Shopping was a bust, but lunch was good at least. We grabbed some bar seats at True Food Kitchen and quenched our thirst while we waited for our food. It was definitely the highlight of our excursion.

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And then because Joey made me breakfast, I thought I’d repay the favor and make him dinner. Threw this pizza together with stuff we happened to have in the fridge — spinach, kalamata olives, artichoke hearts, sundried tomatoes, cherry tomatoes and some mozzarella. For something I just kind of tossed together, it turned out delicious! The night concluded with Big Brother (it’s back!!), Food Network Star and some reading. I’m a little over halfway through “Under the Wide and Starry Sky,” and I wish I could say I’m loving it, but it’s just kind of meh. I’m really tired of reading about how sick Robert Louis Stevenson was ALL.THE.TIME.

Aaaand, I just realized that 99% of those pictures were of food. What can I say? In other non-food-related weekend news, we spent a good chunk of time researching hotels and train tickets for our honeymoon and I think we’re about to do some actual booking. SO EXCITED!

Happy Monday!