wedding tune

Saturday, July 25, 2015

man of honor...


"welcome to 2015, 
the year where it's finally 
so not weird 
to have your best guy friend, 
brother or business partner
 stand by your side
 on your big day."
(brides.com)

~@~

even if it still were 
considered 
"weird" 
to have a
man of honor 
standing next to her 
on her wedding day, 
it would be 
even weirder
for william  not 
to be katherine's 
stand up guy.

~@~

prepared for a road-trip,
will arrived on the lane
last saturday morning.

will: so, what are we doing?

where are we going?
katherine: we are going to murray 
to meet up with amanda.
then we are going 
to go to a couple 
of boutiques 
to look at dresses 
for my engagement pictures.

looking a little unconvinced

about how fun 
our road-trip was sounding
thus far, 
will looked over at zack 
then at me.

i giggled.

me: we won't be long;

we just want to see 
what they have.
will: uh, okay...?...
me:  you and zack 
don't even have to 
go into the shops.
y'all can drop us off
and go do whatever, 
then come back and get us.
katherine: yeah, trick! 
then we are going 
to find a hotel, 
hang out by the pool, 
and later
go to pagliai's for pizza.
will: oh, uh, okay...

will gave me a nod 
and the 
now-we're-talkin'
look.

katherine: are we 
ready to rock and roll?
me: almost, don't 
you need to do something 
first?

katherine gave me 
the puzzled look.

i mouthed, 
"will's tee shirt...
his chucks?"
katherine responded, 
"oh, yeah!" 

katherine excused herself 
then quickly returned
with the things 
she needed 
to formally ask
(she had already 
informally 
done so) 
will to be her 
man of honor:

~a sign requesting, 
"will you be my...",
~a tee shirt bearing 
the title,
"man of honor",
and 
~tiffany blue
chuck taylors,
which matched 
the ones katherine 
had chosen for herself.

katherine: here, will, 
put this on,
we've got to go 
take pictures!
will: uh, okay.

will held up 
in front of him 
the tee katherine 
handed him.

will: is this silver?
(will's a little colorblind;)
me: yes, silver matte.
will smiled.
will: cool, i like it!!!

and, 
he really did.

~@~

he put on his new shirt,
grabbed his chucks,
and katherine grabbed
her sign.

katherine: let's go out 
in the backyard.

will and i 
followed her.
after posing the two, 
i captured 
the official picture... 
then a couple more 
shots just for fun.

afterwards, 
we loaded the jeep 
and headed 
south...
not long into 
our journey,
i heard katherine 
ask william...

katherine: will, are you my bffl?
will: yeah, i'm your bffl!
katherine: you know, 
i was thinking, 
no matter how long 
we are apart,
we just always pick back up 
right where we left off...
will: yeah, i was thinking 
about that the other night...
it's cool!

love and God's blessings,
the mother of the bride xxx

Friday, July 17, 2015

the i-do-shoe...


so, while i was dreaming of 
and pinning  
the most beautifully detailed
 bridal pumps 
to my pinterest 
board,
princess katherine 
had pedi-accessory 
ideas of her own...

chuck.taylors.

#truth

~@~

the day katherine said, "yes!" 
to the dress,
she also committed to 
her i-will-heel
her i-do-shoe.

the owner at ella park 
came into the the fitting room
to measure katherine
for her dress.

owner: okay, now do you 
have the shoes with you 
you are planning to wear 
with your dress?

katherine looked over at me 
and gave me a quirky smile.

owner: what?  did you forget
to bring them with you.

me: are you going to tell her?

the owner looked at katherine 
and smiled awaiting her answer. 
katherine's eyes danced, 
and 
her quirky grin 
turned into a full-blown 
smile.

me: well, she says she's wearing 
chucks...
converse tennis shoes.

that really did just come 
out of my mouth... 
katherine elizabeth
is going 
to wear chucks
with this beautiful, 
australian-inspired gown!
oh my word!

the owner never missed 
a beat.

owner: great! do you have them 
with you?
katherine: uh...
me: no, we haven't ordered
them yet. however, we do 
have a plethora
of them at home.

(katherine's worn chucks 
since before she walked.)

me: if need be, 
we could come back tomorrow 
and bring them.
owner:  that won't be necessary. 
i'll be right back.

she left the room,
was gone for a few minutes,
and then returned 
with her cell phone in her hand. 

owner: it says here 
that chuck taylors are 
an inch and a half in height.

she looked at katherine 
and smiled.

owner: so, we'll just add 
an inch and a half 
to the length.

katherine looked over at me 
and gave me the quirky grin 
again... 
 i rolled my eyes.

we both giggled.

~@~

upon leaving the boutique, 
i looked over at katherine...

me: so, you're wearing 
chuck taylors;
you're really wearing
chucks 
under that gorgeous gown?!!?! 
katherine: yep!
me: katherineelizabeth!??!?!

i cocked my head to the side 
and 
arched my right eyebrow 
at her.

she laughed.

me: well, you know 
you are going to have 
to have a pair of heels 
for pictures.
katherine: huh?

i cut my 
don't-you-huh?-me-eyes 
at the princess.

katherine: o...kay.

~@~

let me just say,
i didn't have to twist 
the bride-to-be's arm 
to get her to look for 
"picture" heels...

she found three pairs 
she loved,
she couldn't choose among, 
she had to have...

so, 
of course, 

we.bought.all.three.pairs.



love and God's blessings,
the mother of the bride xxx

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

macarthur park...

it was a conclusion 
we didn't need to come to 
in haste. 
we needed to 

weigh out and discuss
the pros and cons 

of each,  
 sleep on it, 
and then 
and only then 
make a decision... 

~@~

honestly, 
i didn't have to "sleep on it"
... 
personally, i was already well aware 
of at least 
three downsides
of a kentucky, rooftop wedding 
in june...

for, 
as we had stood atop 
the suite tower 
on the rooftop
my back had begun to sweat
profusely 
(it was hot up there),
courtney mentioned, 
in the past,
 they'd had to use heavy plate chargers 
on the tables 
to keep things from blowing away
(it could be very windy up there),
and, 
from what i gathered, 
the backup plan 
for rain 
was a little sketchy
(there wasn't a concrete backup plan).

in my opinion,
at best, 
the rooftop was going to be 

crap-shoot!

i was all like...
macarthur park...

yet,
i knew,
without a doubt,
the rooftop
 was katherine's choice.

okay, truth?

she needed to sleep on it.

~@~

when she awoke 
the next morning, 
katherine got in bed with me. 

me: have you made 
a decision yet?
katherine: yes, the rooftop!

me: no!!! not the rooftop!!!

me: are you sure? 
and, did you get 
what the backup plan for rain 
was exactly? 
katherine: what do you mean? 
didn't she say the indoor 
rooftop terrace was the backup?
me: i don't think she did say, 
but i don't know how you 
would be able to have your 
wedding 
and
reception 
in that space, 
do you?

me: miserably crowded...

katherine: i don't know, 
but she said it wouldn't 
be a problem.
i mean we could use 
the covered outdoor 
area as well.

me: back sweat...

me: well, what if it's not 
just rain?
what if it's storming 
and
the wind is blowing? 
katherine: mom, 
do you just not want me 
to do the rooftop?

me: macarthur park...

katherine was getting 
quite irritated... 

it was time for me to get real.

~@~

me: okay, i've been trying to use 
reverse psychology on you. 
now, i'm just going to be frank.
the only way 
the rooftop is going to be 
what your are imagining 
is...
if,
on saturday, 
june fourth, two thousand and sixteen
 at half past six o'clock in the evening, 
it is
 78 degrees,
sunny,
low humidity,
and 
with a light breeze 
out of the southwest.
katherine,
june
in kentucky 
on the ohio river...
just isn't that predictable!
katherine: well, i like both, 
but the rooftop isn't as expensive 
as the penthouse is.
me: seriously, by the time
we decorate the rooftop 
for a garden wedding 
the expense 
will be about the same. 
so, don't worry about that!
if you choose the penthouse,
you won't have to worry 
about anything!

katherine pondered for a bit.

katherine: i guess you are right. 

me: YESSSSSSS!

me: so, you want me to tell courtney 
we want the waterford room?
katherine: yes.

me: YESSSSSSS!

i was all like...
no rain...
no melting cake in the dark!

a penthouse wedding 
it will be!

love and God's blessings,
the mother of the bride xxx