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Monday, April 25 2016
Wedding showers have evolved over the years. What was once gathering to shower the couple with gifts, has now transformed into a fun-filled day for everyone involve. Now wedding showers are filled with food and fun and no shower is complete without games. Here are some of our favorite fun and unique games to try out at your wedding shower.
Toilet Paper Dress: Divide guest into teams to make a funky wedding dress for the bride made completely out of toilet paper. To make things interesting give them a time crunch, so teams are forced to rush to create the best, most creative dress they can come up with. To give this game an extra twist try using the wedding announcement section of the newspaper instead of toilet paper
Memory Lane Mysteries: When you send out the bridal shower invites also add a blank note card along with a request for guests to write down their favorite memory with the bride, or the couple. When guests arrive have them drop the cards in a box. Have the bride, or couple read the cards out loud and try to guess who she shared each memory with.
Read Their Mind: If the fiancé is at the bridal shower, try testing their future spouses’ knowledge of their future spouse. A week or two before the shower ask the fiancé twenty questions about themselves and record their answers. At the shower ask their fiancé the same questions and see if they can “Read Their Mind”. Each time the fiancé gets it wrong give them a ball of bubble gum to chew. This way the more they get wrong, the harder it will be for them to talk!
Oven Mitts n’ Hose: This game might be best if you have a lively group of woman who are up for a hilarious challenge. This odd combination makes for one hilarious game. Give each of your guests a pair of oven mitts and pantyhose. With the bride acting as the referee tell your guests the first one to get the pantyhose on while wearing the oven mitts wins!
Wedding Pictionary: This is a fun take on the traditional game of Pictionary. To start you’ll need a large pad of paper or a dry erase board with markers and slips of paper. Have your guests fill out slips of paper with wedding related terms and sayings, such as “going to the chapel” or “happily ever after”. Divide guest into teams and take turns pulling of piecing of paper and drawing the image while the rest of your guest guess the correct saying. The team who guesses the most correct, wins.
Friday, April 22 2016
1.) Tell a little bit about yourselves! (Where did you first meet? Where was your first Date?)
Vijay and I met when Vijay was interviewing for jobs in the MA area. At the time he was living in DC, but wanted to relocate to the Boston area. He landed a job interview in Worcester, but did not have anywhere to stay. He ended up calling one of his few friends in MA, and asked if he could stay with her the night before the interview. That friend was, conveniently, my roommate at the time! Vijay stayed with us for a couple of nights, and while we didn't have too much time to get to know each other, I was immediately attracted to him, and ended up friending him on FB after he left town.
Long story short, Vijay did not get the job he initially interviewed for, but got another job in MA instead. Vijay and I had stayed in loose contact over FB, because we were both looking for jobs in the ministry field (I was preparing to graduate from grad school at the time). Vijay moved to MA in August, and we saw each other a few times here and there, because of mutual friends. Due to a few major miscommunications and mixed signals (at the time, these felt devastating, now we look back on them and laugh!), it took us a while to realize that we were both interested in one another.
After four months of living in the same state, and seeing each other occasionally, Vijay finally decided enough was enough, and called me at work to ask me out! A funny side bit- Vijay thought he was calling my direct line, and didn't realize he was actually calling the main line, and would be speaking with the receptionist first. He was so nervous that when the secretary said hello, he asked her out instead! By the time he was transferred to me, he was beyond flustered!
I thought Vijay wanted to meet up for professional networking (we were both in the same field), and it wasn't until our mutual friend told me he intended it to be a date that I realized what was happening!
We met up for coffee on December 11th 2013, and talked, and talked, and talked some more. We didn't even realize how much time had gone by until the barista came over and informed us the coffee shop was closing. We had talked for over five hours! We both left that date knowing that something special was happening.
2.) The Proposal Story!
- Describe your feelings waking up the morning of the proposal. Was it like any other day? Or did you start having that "feeling" something was going to happen?! Was your soon to be fiancé acting any differently that day? (Any fun details would be great!)
- Tell us how they proposed!! - Be as detailed as you would like!
Vijay proposed on April 15th 2015. The day was like any other, and I woke up having absolutely no idea that Vijay was going to propose! I had no idea that he had been shopping for a ring, and the ring had been hidden in his apartment for over a month. We had talked about marriage, but I honestly thought he would propose over the summer.
April 15th was not a special day for us in any way. The day was a normal one, and after work I headed over to Vijay's apartment. We decided to go out to dinner, and ended up having the worst dining out experience ever! After our disaster of a dinner, we headed back to his apartment. We were just cuddling on the couch, and I snuggled up to him and said, "I can't wait to marry you!" Vijay said absolutely nothing in response to this.
Little did I know that Vijay took this as a sign that the moment to propose was now. His heart started beating really fast as he internally debated over what to do. I was laying against his chest, and could feel his heart beating rapidly. I even asked him if he was okay, commenting that his heart was out of control. However, I did not have the slightest idea that he was preparing to propose!
Vijay then got up, and went into his room. I thought he was just changing into his PJs or something. I had no idea that he was getting the ring out from its secret hiding space! Vijay then went into the kitchen (I thought he was getting a snack), and asked me to come in and look at something. I had been laying on the couch this whole time, and rather than get up, I just shouted, "What is it?". He told me I had to come in and see for myself, and I begrudgingly got up. When I turned the corner, there was Vijay, on one knee, with the ring box in hand. I went into shock, and the first thing I said was "Wait, is this real?" Vijay then said, "Well,if you say yes, it is!" I don't really remember what happened next, because I was so surprised and everything was a blur. Vijay tells me I said yes nine times (he counted), and then I started crying. He was worried I was going to pass out because I was so overwhelmed with what was happening (overwhelmed with joy, of course!). We then called our parents and family, who were just as surprised as I was with this unexpected Wednesday proposal!
3.) Wedding Day Details!
- What is your wedding date, and have you picked out your colors/theme?
Our wedding is July 2, 2016. Our colors are light pink and navy. We don't have a specific theme, but we are trying to create a look that is soft, romantic, and slightly vintage (pearls, gold accents, burlap, lace).
- Why did you choose the CCB for your upcoming wedding?
We choose CCB for our wedding because we loved that the venue was beautiful, but simple. We felt there were so many possibilities to decorate, and make the venue our own. Some of the other venues we looked at did not have as much flexibility, and we appreciated that CCB was open about pricing and options. We both had a great feeling about CCB based solely on the website. We toured 6 venues in one day, and started with CCB. The other venues paled in comparison!
- What are you most looking forward to on your special day?!
We are most looking forward to having our friends and family all in one place! We are from two different states, and have lived in numerous parts of the country. A lot of Vijay's family also lives abroad, so we have never had the chance to have all of our loved ones meet one another, and be together at the same time. This is probably the only time in our lives that everyone will be together!
*Erin and Vijay - Thank you SO much for sharing your special story with us! We are so honored and cannot wait to be a part of your special day on July 2nd!!
Friday, April 08 2016
Wedding Date: April 1, 2016
Wedding Colors: Black, White, and Red
Mother nature was definitely playing tricks on us here in West Bridgewater, MA on the day of Jessica and Vlad’s wedding. The morning brought misty rains, and the Doppler radar kept showing a dark green (rain, rain and more rain!) for the majority of the day. We knew how much an outdoor gazebo ceremony meant to Jess and Vlad, so we were crossing our fingers and hoping the rain would subside even just for a little while.
Luckily, our prayers were answered, as the gray skies began to lighten and a small of ray sunshine crept through the clouds. Red rose petals and kissing balls lined the aisle, as our first gazebo ceremony of the season began, and on “April Fools Day” of all days! J
Jessica, a vision in white, descended down the aisle to her love—Vlad. What a perfect way to start their special day!
Here are just a few of the special moments we captured from their wonderful reception here at the Canoe Club Ballroom! Congrats Jess & Vlad!
Thursday, April 07 2016
Wedding Date: March 25, 2016
Wedding Colors: Silver and Light Pink
First Dance Song: “Die A Happy Man”
Ever since the first time we met Danielle, we knew hers and Christopher’s special day was going to be perfect. Danielle was our bubbly, super friendly and detail oriented bride. Every detail was carefully crafted and mapped out from the very beginning, so once the day had finally arrived—they were able to fully enjoy it J
One thing we have always told our couples on their wedding day is to try to be present, and enjoy their day! Dancing the night away among their family and friends, Danielle and Christopher did just that.
One of our favorite details from their special day included a personally crafted picture from Danielle’s mother. She had created a picture for guests to apply their thumb prints and sign as their guestbook!
Congrats again to Danielle & Christopher! Here are just a few of the special moments we captured from their big day!
Thursday, April 07 2016
Wedding Date: March 19, 2016
Wedding Colors: Pewter and Light Pink
First Dance Song: “I Can’t Help Falling in Love”
One of our favorite aspects of Mackenzie and Darren’s special day was their hidden details!
For those of you who have a love for anything Harry Potter, you will understand how much we swooned over Mackenzie and Darren’s toast glasses! One glass had the symbol of the “deathly hallows” and the word “Always” , and the second glass had a steer patronous (oh snape, our hearts have melted!) They also had a unicorn piñata as a photobooth prop to display Mackenzie’s love for fun and unicorns!
Mackenzie and Darren were the type of couple that you just wanted to be around. Mackenzie’s smile would light up a room, and Darren was the easy-going guy that would make you laugh.
They were fun, family oriented, and just genuinely sweet people.
We hope that they enjoy these special moments that we captured from their big day, as much as we did! Congrats Mackenzie & Darren!