Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Announcing Molly Ever After

I'm taking a break from my regular wedding-related programming to announce that I've begun a new blog!
I will still finish up recaps and discussion of my wedding over here, but this new blog will be about my life after "I do." From recipes to running and a whole lot more, hop on over to Molly Ever After and check it out!

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Get with the Program

By now, you all know that I love me some paper, so it should come as no surprise that I dedicated a lot of time to our ceremony programs.

I wanted our programs to be a little different than the folded piece of paper you typically see at weddings. To accomplish this, I decided to go with a different shape: a square.
The cover of the program was printed on cardstock and featured the same calligraphy as our save-the-dates and invitations. The other font (Copperplate Light) and the Chicago star also carry over from the save-the-dates and invitations.

We wrote a note to our family and friends, thanking them for coming.
On the next 2 pages, we listed everyone involved in the wedding. We are fortunate to have amazing family members and friends who were able to help out in every aspect of our wedding. My uncle is a priest. He baptized me, and he married us. Our friends served as musicians, Eucharistic ministers, ushers, and program hander-outers, and family members served as readers and gift bearers.
On the next page, the Mass details began. Because the chapel we got married in isn't a parish, there are no hymnals for people to use during Mass. Therefore, I wanted to include all the music and readings in our programs.

Getting all the music was the hardest part of making our programs. Fortunately, my parents and a couple of our friends are church musicians, so we had easy access to the sheet music we needed. All it took was compiling the music, scanning it into the computer, and using a little Photoshop magic to size it all up.

On the last page, we included a remembrance for my grandfather and information on the reception. Because we had 3 hours between the end of the ceremony and beginning of the reception, we included information on our website about what to do in downtown Chicago. In our programs, we included our website information and a QR code so people could pull it up on their phones instantly.
Getting all of these bad boys printed was a frustrating journey. There's a reason everyone has the same folded 8.5 x 11 programs; they're much simpler to print! With the size and the need to print full bleed, this project presented a major challenge. Thankfully, the people at my neighborhood FedEx Office were amazingly helpful and went above and beyond to make it happen. They turned out great and helped our guests turn our ceremony into a beautiful celebration.

Monday, October 29, 2012

On Feeling Married

Today is our one-month anniversary. In some ways, I can't believe it's already been a month. In others, I can't believe it's only been a month.

One thing I know for sure is that I don't feel different.

I can honestly say that our relationship isn't any different now that we're married. We're the same people we were before September 29th, just with bands of metal on our left ring fingers and a marriage certificate in our fireproof safe. It's changed my health insurance and even my name (well, not legally quite yet), but not who I am.

I wish I felt different. Marriage is supposed to be a transformative experience, something that changes everything about you. That just hasn't been my experience. From day one of our relationship, Adam and I have been very committed to one another. I have never once felt that we would break up and neither of us has ever threatened to walk away. Maybe this level of security in our relationship is why marriage hasn't changed anything. Maybe our marriage is too new for things to feel different just yet. Maybe things never will feel different. As long as we're as happy as we are today, I'm OK with that.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Pack It In

Unless you're getting ready for the wedding at your house and returning to your house that night, you're going to need to pack for your wedding. In our case, we got ready at hotels downtown, spent our wedding night at a hotel downtown, and then immediately left for our honeymoon on Sunday afternoon. In preparation for the massive amount of stuff we would need, I turned to the internet for every packing list I could find. Here's my contribution to the internet groupthink on this topic.
  • Molly's wedding attire (dress, bolero, veil, belt, shoes (heels and flats), earrings, hair comb, brooch, Spanx, necklace)
  • Adam's wedding attire (tuxedo, shirt, bow tie, undershirt, studs, cuff links, belt, shoes, socks, boxers)
  • Rehearsal dinner attire
  • Rehearsal bouquet
  • Toiletries (bridesmaid kit, comb, teasing comb, teasing brush, hairspray, makeup bag, fake eyelashes, eyelash glue, makeup sponges, razor, shaving cream, bobby pins, hair ties, moisturizer, toothbrush, blotting tissues)
  • Robe for getting ready
  • Marriage license
  • Rings
  • Ring box
  • Invitation suite for photos
  • Vendor tips/checkbook
  • Cell phone charger
  • iPod stereo
  • Flip cams
  • Champagne and orange juice
  • Paper plates and plastic knives for bagels
  • Bouquet-making supplies (floral tape, floral wire, ribbon, pins)
  • Pretty hanger for dress photos
  • Honeymoon luggage
Here are some things I forgot that I wish I would've brought:
  • Flip flops for getting ready in the morning. Thankfully, one of my friends let me wear hers.
  • A rockin' iTunes playlist for getting ready. I made an amazing playlist on Spotify, but the signal was terrible in the high-rise hotel, so we couldn't listen to it. My pride parade playlist had to suffice. (It was oddly similar to my wedding playlist.)
  • Even more bobby pins. I had one little piece of hair that kept poking out, but I ran out of pins to control it.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Newlyweds in New England: Strike a Pose

I haven't been completely honest in my honeymoon recaps. When I wrote about our day in Chatham, I left out a major part of our day. That afternoon, Adam and I met up with Lauren Methia for a honeymoon photo shoot on the beach!

After looking at gorgeous weddings one day on Style Me Pretty Massachusetts, I got the idea to do a New England-themed honeymoon shoot. It would be fun to get pictures in a different setting than our engagement or wedding photos. Plus, I figured that we wouldn't have too many pictures of the two of us together on our honeymoon. Lauren thought it was a great idea, and we're thrilled to have these gorgeous images to help us remember our honeymoon.

Let's get to the good stuff, shall we?
It was so cold!
I was inspired by Mrs. Wizard for this shot.
We found this giant piece of driftwood on the beach. Lucky us!
 This is one of my favorite photos. It's a Christmas card shot for sure. Let's check it out in black and white, too, just for fun.
 We each got a couple of individual glamor shots.
I am SO glad that we did this. It was so relaxing and fun, and the photos turned out beautifully. Boston readers, if you need a photographer for anything, Lauren Methia is your girl!

This post concludes my honeymoon recaps. Did you miss anything?
We fly to Boston and visit some local establishments.
We explore Boston and I get some big news!
We head to the Cape and eat the best fish and chips ever.
We spend the day (and way too much money) in Chatham.
We fall in love with Nantucket.
We make friends with the whales.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Newlyweds in New England: Thar She Blows

We woke up on Thursday to another foggy day. I hoped it wouldn't impact our day too much because we had tickets to go on a whale-watching trip, and I really wanted to see some whales. We departed for Provincetown.
We arrived in Ptown and went out to the pier to board our boat.
Provincetown Harbor
Once we boarded the boat, the staff distributed pamphlets describing the different types of whales we might see, as well as the history of the marine wildlife refuge we traveled to.
Studying up
We began the long trip out to see. At first, there were a few pretty things to look at. Does this lighthouse look familiar?
How about now?
Yep, that's the lighthouse on the stamps we used for our save-the-dates and RSVP cards! Pretty cool!

After watching Cape Cod disappear in the distance, we waited for whales to appear.
We saw a few small minke whales, but they were far away, and I don't have any pictures of them.
Waiting is tiring. We needed location-appropriate snacks to refuel.
Wait, there's one!
 There's two of them!
We watched these two humpback whales (William and Manhattan) for about half-an-hour. The would surface, blow, and then go back down. It was pretty cool because they were really close to our boat, but other than that, they didn't really do anything exciting...until Manhattan decided to show off and slap his tail on the water for a while.
Sadly, our time was coming to an end, and we had to get back to shore. Bye, Manhattan! Hope you find your dad!
Super excited after seeing whales
By the time we got back to shore, we were starving. We stopped for lunch at the closest restaurant to the pier, Ptown's famous Lobster Pot.
Adam had his first and only lobster roll of the trip.
I opted for the fish and chips. I know. You're shocked.

Then we hit Commercial Street for some shopping. The scene at this store best-describes our entire honeymoon experience: us and the blue hairs.
The fog lifted just enough for us to see the top of the Pilgrim Monument.
I was a little disappointed in Commercial Street. From what I'd heard, I thought the shopping would be great, but I thought Chatham's Main Street was much better.
We called it quits on Ptown and headed back down to Harwich. We stopped in Orleans to play a round of mini-golf.
They had a koi pond, which was pretty cool.
I staged an epic comeback on the second 9 holes, but fell short by one stroke. Sigh.
After I lost to my new husband, we got back in the car and drove back to our B&B to get ready for our last dinner on the Cape. We got dressed up (I channeled my inner Kennedy and went full-on nautical-inspired) and went to Ocean House in Dennisport.
It was fantastic. If it hadn't been pitch black by the time we arrived for our 7:30 dinner, we would've had panoramic ocean views. I recommend going for lunch or going to dinner before sundown to really get the full ambiance. We had the tuna tartare ice cream cones to start, which were just as fun as they sound. For dinner, I had the scallops and Adam had the lobster ravioli. It was the perfect end to our Cape Cod honeymoon.