So Friday was my birthday. Turned 87 years old (Oil of Olay - endorsement opportunity hellooooo).... had the best birthday weekend since I was eight and got a Janet Jackson album from my aunt (played it til it broke). Something I've realized in my old age: great friends are even better than Janet Jackson albums. No, really, I know Design Of A Decade was good, but check out what was waiting for me first thing Friday morning from my friend Shannon....
haaaaaaaaa sexy, no?
THEN I got to see Jeffrey Ross's comedy show at the Kirby with my friends Nicole & Jenis Friday night, and SAMMY HAGAR on Saturday!! Yeah, we were front row - I'm not ashamed to say I totally lost my mind!!!!! Check this view....
ROCK CANDY BABY!!!
Jenis, Desiree, and Me :) goofballs. LOVE these chickas. What a perfect birthday weekend!! Now on to NYC marathon (Sunday). New year = new reasons to smile!
Thanks to the Kirby Center for an amazing Alice Cooper show the other night, and for letting me hang out with my idol backstage for a bit. He met me two other times, and even remembered me! Wowsa. AND remembered when we interviewed him on my rock radio show last year. Blew my mind!!!
Forget no more mister nice guy! He is the NICEST celebrity I've ever met!
Hi all! I promised to get some photos up as fast as possible, so forgive the fact that these are not in order at all! John and I had the most amazing wedding day and want to thank so many of you for reaching out, spreading the love, and sending well wishes. We couldn't have had a better wedding day, weekend, and honeymoon. I'll blog the honeymoon later this week!
John Mackey Design really created an incredible reception space for us a Bushkill Inn. He and his team really outdid themselves and made our wedding a magical space. I coulnd't have asked for anything more - it blew my mind and exceeded anything I pictured! Bushkill Inn went above and beyond to make our wedding weekend so special. We hosted everything from the rehearsal and rehearsal dinner to the ceremony, reception, after party, lodging, and farewell breakfast there.
Cathy at Truly Scrumptious is the talent behind the 2 cakes you will see in these photos. The groom's cake (a beer pong table) was a suprise for John and our wedding cake was just amazing. It tasted even better than it looked .. wait until you see it! She's incredible. (It was canolli, white chocolate, and cookies and cream mousse filling!)
Jeff was our DJ and needless to say, got the party going immediately. We had the BEST time!
So many people have asked, so I HAVE to mention - our guest book canvas, the stationary, and the wood signs at the ceremony were ALL made by my mother, Paula, with help from her boyfriend Jim. (We making the round wood signs into benches!)
Thank you again for all of the love and support over the past few months as we planned our big day. It was really the perfect day and before you see the highlight video later this week . . . I'll just admit . . . I could HARDLY get through my vows I was such a CRYING mess! AND, John cried too. It was the BEST day EVER! XOXO
Remember these little guys? These are the puppies that were found by a jogger after being left to die on the side of the road in Sweet Valley earlier this month. I finally got to see them up close yesterday.
They are now full of life and doing quite well at BLUE CHIP ANIMAL REFUGE in Dallas. Marge & the volunteers at this no-kill shelter bottle feed the pups every 3 hours.
Soon they will be available for adoption. And I'm sure they will have no problem finding a forever home.
Here's a few more of the AMAZING animals looking for homes at Blue Chip.
How can you say no to these little faces???
Volunteers & donations are ALWAYS welcome.
Any help is greatly appreciated!!!
BLUE CHIP FARMS ANIMAL REFUGE
934 Lockville Rd.
Dallas, PA 18612
After months of planning, I can finally say . . . we are getting married THIS WEEK!
Everyone keeps asking me how I'm so calm and composed this week and how i'm not running around like crazy doing last minute things and the truth is, I've been super organized throughout the planning and we are prepared. Mentally, I'm ready to start this next chapter of my life with my best friend. Wedding wise - we have everything ready to roll. I feel completely at peace and I'm so excited for this weekend to be here so we can promise forever to each other and celebrate with all of our favorite people in the same place! I'm not gonna lie, I definitely need the next few days to tie up some loose ends, pick up dry cleaning, and get a spray tan ... but for the most part we are ready to do this and I'm ready to be John's wife!
I absolutely can not wait to see what John Mackey Design comes up with for our reception space. Just chatting with him puts me at east because I know he's going to create a beautiful reception space! Cathy at Truly Scrumptious has been hard at work creating our cake and I can't wait to share a little surprise that she's working on with you! ;)
This will be the last post until I come back from our honeymoon. I am taking a couple days off before the wedding to spend at the resort and then John and I are taking off to Aruba for a relaxing honeymoon for a week. When I return, I will share lots of pictures and hopefully some video! We hired Al Monelli - Monelli Films to do video on our wedding day - we will post the highlight video asap! :)
Ooooh one more thing I forgot to mention before! Our flower girls are both 2 years old and have just enough hair to wear pig tails! My friend Michele started her own bow business, named after her daughter Bella, and was nice enough to make bows for both of our flower girls to wear in their pig tails! How cute are they?! She does all kinds of ADORABLE bows, hats, and tutus that are just DARLING on little ones! I can't wait to see these in Dakota and Allyssa's hair on the day of our wedding! If you have little ones that love wear bows - check out Bella's Baubles and Bows! Thanks Michele!
So . . . this is my last post as a single lady! The next time you hear from me on the Bridal Blog i'll be a Mrs. and recapping our special day! :) XOXO Thanks for all of the love over the past year of our engagement!
Thank you EVERYBODY who made it to Bras Across The Bridge last night!! Raised a few thousand dollars for breast cancer (we'll have the final tally Monday) and enjoyed a wonderfully heartwarming evening of fellowship in our "pink" community! I'm sorry in advance there are so many pics, but I didn't wanna leave anybody out! This group = SO amazing :)
I think we did some good here, folks! Smile to yourself knowing you made a difference!!
I’m totally sick over the story tonight on WNEP. 5 newborn puppies were left to die on Callender Road near Sweet Valley. They were found in a trash bag by a jogger Monday night.
I can’t even imagine what kind of person is responsible for such a horrific act. The pups were abandoned, taken from their mother with their umbilical cords still attached.
Right now they are being cared for at Blue Chip Farms, a no-kill shelter in the Back Mountain.
The shelter says that their best chance of survival is being reunited with their mother.
If you know where the pups mother can be found, please contact Blue Chip at (570) 333-5265.
I can’t think of a better time than NOW to donate to Blue Chip. Any size contribution would be greatly appreciated AND is tax deductible.
As you probably know, Sue & I adopted our dogs from Blue Chip. We can't say enough good things about Marge & the other volunteers at Blue Chip and what they do to save animals lives. These are truly special people.
CLICK HERE for more info on Blue Chip and how you can help.
This morning was HUGE! I had an appointment with Dr. Lawrence and he removed the Invisalign "buttons" that were on my top row! I'm pretty much DONE with my treatment and have a straighter smile just in time for our wedding day!!! (Which is only 11 days away by the way!)
This was the most important pre-wedding treatment I did and I couldn't be happier with the results. It was painless and so easy. Dr. Lawrence was great and his whole staff was so friendly! I still can't believe how much my teeth changed over the past 7 months, just by wearing these invisalign trays! If it's something you've been thinking about, go for a consultation! (570-288-5588) It's so worth it and flies by!
Eeeeee! I'm going to smile extra big on my wedding day knowing my teeth are back where they belong, perfectly straight! :)