wedding tune

Sunday, August 23, 2015

will you by my...


though many brides-to-be fret 
over who they should ask 
to be in their weddings,
this was never an issue
for katherine.

~@~

hannah

a true friend is someone 
who is there for you 
when she'd rather be 
anywhere else.
~len wein


katherine chose hannah 
to be her maid of honor. 

~@~

will

~aristotle

katherine chose will 
to be her man of honor.

~@~

amanda

~bernard meltzer

katherine chose amanda 
to be her bridesmaid.

~@~

tiffany

a friend is a gift 
you give yourself. 
~robert louis stevenson

katherine chose tiffany 
to be her bridesmaid.

~@~

true friends 
are friends ...


forever.

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

Saturday, August 15, 2015

class-and-sass...

so, katherine and i 
spent a full week 
last week 
selecting
ceremony 
and
reception music.
it was not all that difficult
choosing numbers
as we like a little bit of everything
and 
WE.LOVE.ALL.THE.SAME.THINGS.
it just took a lot of time
in that
we listened to every piece 
to make sure 
each was appropriate
for 
the occasion,
for
the guests,
and,
you know,
just not 
inappropriately explicit.

in the end
we had planned
a wedding event
set to the tone
of
the epitome of
princess katherine...



class-and-sass!

~@~

the theme

dating back 
to my sophomore,  
honors english class
in which
my beloved teacher,
emily morton, 
taught me the components 
of a theme: 

-the introduction
-the rising action
-the climax
-the falling action
-the conclusion...

i found 
a wedding affair
basically follows 
the same suit.

~@~

the introduction

this is what
i refer to as the time period
beginning with 
the seating of the guests,
grandparents, and parents,
 the procession
of the bridal party
and the bride,
followed by 
the vows,
 the pronunciation of
man and wife,
and, 
finally,
the recession.

befitting c & s,
the pieces we chose 
were 
mostly classical
beginning 
and 
ending with
handel
and including 
a tiny 
(but most important)
touch
of sassical...

the bride could very well
enter to a 
tune 
written by her favorite band.

~@~

the rising action

i will label the interval
between the wedding ceremony
and the beginning
of the reception
as 
the rising action,
also known as,
the cocktail hour.

this is the stretch 
in which the wedding party 
slips away for photos
while the guests
drink and nibble, 
mix and mingle
anxiously awaiting
the return
of the
 bride and groom
and
their entourage
for the celebration
to begin.

for the cocktail hour,
we selected
the tunes 
of 
our favorite 
big band orchestra...

nothing says 
c & s 
like
glenn miller!

~@~

the climax

the high point of the night
is launched
with
the couple 
and wedding party
 making their 
grand entrance
at the reception.
following 
the their introductions
are 
the champagne toasts,
the dinner,
and
the first dances.

with this juncture
being the pinnacle
of the evening, 
we knew 
the choice of music
needed to convey
as much!
choosing these
most important 
songs
turned out to be 
relatively effortless...

as 

katherine and zack
had already decided upon 
the party's entrance anthem
as well as 
their first dance ballad.
all which remained was 
 picking music for 
the father/daughter
and
the mother/son
dances,
and
they let 
their father and mother
respectively
pick.

~@~

the falling action

this span of time 
encompasses
the party:

-cutting the cake
-dancing
-garter removal
-garter toss
-bouquet toss

making a collection 
for this part of the night
was definitely the most fun
and
the most time consuming.

in reality,
i suppose we had 
a little  too much fun
and spent 
a little too much time
on 
the party music...

"At a quick glance, your music list looks to be mostly mainstream music that we already have in our library, but with that said, you have approximately 25 per page & 6 pages which is around 150 songs.  At an average of 4 minutes per song, this song list would equate to 10 hours of music.  We can make sure we have this list on hand & can use this list when picking out the music for the reception side, but just so you are aware that all of these songs will obviously not be able to be played." 
~brandon (the DJ)

with three hours of music needed 
and ten hours of music selected,
one could say 
we left nothing to chance...

from coldplay
to nat king cole
to journey
to pitbull
to garth brooks
to bon jovi 
to justin timberlake
to ellie goulding
to prince...

we had s & c covered-
apparently, we had it ALL covered!
lol!

~@~

the conclusion

drawing from past experience,
we knew everything 
kind of settles down toward
the end of a wedding reception.
hence, we decided
to settle down with
classic rock ballads
from the 80's
all 
leading up
to 
a little sassic
for the last dance.

~@~

with all this said and done,
i suppose 
the only thing we have left to do now,
music wise,
is whittle down six pages of songs 
to 
two pages
or 
so;)

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

Monday, August 3, 2015

he chose verragio...

me: let me see!

katherine slid her hand over 
and into mine, 
leaned into me
and 
began to whisper.

katherine: i know it's too big,
but, do you like it?
me: i LOVE it!

she beamed.

katherine: it's exactly 
what i wanted!
me: i know! it's gorgeous!
zack did VERY well!

i returned her smile.

~@~

although 
katherine was very excited,
she was very disappointed 
as well...
for,
she couldn't wear her ring- 
it was HUGE
on her tiny finger. 
however, 
zack assured her 
they'd go and have it 
resized as soon 
as we returned home 
from the dominican.

~backstory~
katherine has never 
worn much jewelry...
usually,
just a simple necklace 
and 
pearl earrings.
she actually only had 
one ring in her jewelry box. 
it was a pearl-cluster ring 
my aunt had given her 
for Christmas 
several years ago.
it was a size 5. 
because it was too big
for her ring finger,
when she wore it, 
she wore it on 
her middle finger.
this was all the information
by which zack had to go 
without spoiling the surprise.

~@~

upon our return home,  
zack made an appointment, 
and he and katherine took her ring 
back to the jeweler 
to be modified. 
one of the associates 
at the store measured 
her finger 
and determined she measured 
between a 4 and a 4.25 
then explained to her
due to the designer's
name being inscribed 
on the inside of her ring 
it would have to be 
returned to the designer 
for the needed adjustments. 

two weeks later, 
droste's called 
letting katherine know 
her engagement ring was ready. 
excitedly, 
she called zack 
and asked him to pick it up 
on his way home from work.

when he got home 
with the ring, 
katherine immediately 
took it out of the box 
and slid it on her finger.

it.was.still.too.BIG.

~@~

extremely disappointed 
and now 
 aggravated,
they returned to the jewelry store.
this time 
the store's manager 
involved himself.
he assured them 
he would take care 
of the situation
and 
in a timely fashion.

hence, 
just a few days later, 
someone from the store,
once again, 
notified katherine
her ring was ready, 
and, 
once again,
katherine and zack 
returned to droste's,
where she
tried on her ring. 

this time however...  

IT.FIT.


IT FIT QUITE PERFECTLY!

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