“God Bless America.
He liked it so much, he bought one for Pete.
Money, Money, Money…
Saturday was planned for non-wedding activity. In addition to our regular Saturday running around, we had to get the taxes done and were invited to a retirement party. On a high note, the wedding is now PAID FOR by my tax return. Buying a house with the new home buyer’s credit is awesome but when you add on the interest you can deduct for the new house, it’s unbelievable! Woo-hoo – thanks Mr. Obama! We’ll be sending a thank you note later.
Sunday was the wedding planning day. Our agenda was simple:
1) meet with a florist and
2) decide on our honeymoon.
Our meeting with the florist was canceled because her 94 year-old aunt was coming into town. Okay, I can see how that took precedence over a meet-and-greet and it actually worked out because our wedding coordinator at the HVP reminded us of another florist she often works with who has the rentals we might need. We’re thinking of a chuppa (yeah, pronounced “hu-pah”) to define the ‘altar’ site at the hotel but don’t want to get involved with 100 vendors if we can just use 10.
Honeymoon & Honeymoon Registry
Deciding on a honeymoon is easy – deciding on a honeymoon registry site is not. We have everything that we need, so we thought that if someone wanted to contribute to our honeymoon, the registry was a great idea and no one had to worry about bringing anything to the wedding.
Some sites do the travel agency gig, some don’t. Some charge guests to process their gift, some don’t. Jeff and I read reviews on the most popular ones and determined that Unforgettable Honeymoons is probably the one we’re going with. Wanna know something kind of spooky? They are based out of Portland. Yep, Portland, Oregon! Weird…
Anywho, we’re thinking Fiji but more on this after we chat with them.
Okay, I know that the “wedding budget” is the wedding budget and all but… We discussed it and figured that if we’re going to blow the budget we projected (which let’s just face it, was kind of half-assed because it was a guess anyway), we were going to blow it on the photography.
Well, technically we’re blowing the photography budget on the photographer only as we’ve decided to spend lots of American dollars for just the shoots (engagement / wedding / reception). No, that does not include the album… I know, I know. But wait until you see this guy’s work: he is amazing and Jeff and I both love it! His name is Jos and his website is josphotographers.com – yeah, look at it and you’ll see why we are making this decision.
We can identify shots that we want Jos to frame as “must-haves” and one of them will definitely be our rings together – it will be a statement in opposite extremes. Jeff just got his ring in and I don’t want to ruin the surprise but, WOW!
We can also suggest locations that we want for the engagement and day-of shoots and I hope that we can incorporate my favorite bridge in Portland. We have a lot of bridges here, so it’s important that everyone has a favorite. It is gothic and grand; it is something out of another time and yet it is functional and a lot of people don’t give it a second thought. The bridge always makes me smile even though it looks sad, maybe because of its gothic style and its color, a muted green. A “Fun Fact” is that they originally announced the color on St. Patrick’s Day in 1931. That’s pretty cool.
We went for breakfast this morning in St. Johns because I wanted to get a picture of this, my favorite bridge, “St. Johns Bridge.” Then, because I am completely addicted to Picnik.com, I made a collage of the pictures I took – I think it looks kind of cool in black and white. How’s this for anal-retentive: I used three editing programs to remove all the cars in the picture!
Below is a color picture of the bridge (courtesy of Wikipedia) with a view looking up from Cathedral Park – the park area under the bridge. A couple of additional “Fun Facts” about my bridge (also courtesy of Wikipedia):
1) It was built in 21 months and was $1 million under budget.
2) At the time, it had the highest clearance in the nation.
3) It was the first bridge to have aviation clearance lights added to the towers.