Thursday, March 28, 2013

“My soul is full of longing for the secret of the sea, and the heart of the great ocean sends a thrilling pulse through me.”

Okay, so Keith put a ring on it and made me his Beyonce. Woo-hoo! It looks like we're throwing together a big ol' wedding shindig in seven months. Am I crazy? Maybe. I'm neck deep in wedding planning. In less than a week, we did all this: Date narrowed down to a specific month! Venue acquired!* Caterer chosen!** Guest list made! My mother is the conductor of this wedding train, and I'm so grateful for her help. She's been Mother of the Bride before, and she knows the ropes. We wouldn't be this far without her. Thanks, Mom! And thanks to Erin, for getting hitched first!

But right now wedding planning isn't nearly as interesting as these gorgeous dishes. Oh my goodness, would you look at these?! It's like a nautical cabinet of curiosities came to life and walked into the middle of your dinner table while singing "Under the Sea." They remind me of everything I like about vintage botanical prints and biology illustrations. And they really make me crave shrimp cocktail!

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Wait for it...
IT'S A COCKTAIL SHAKER!
This is the part I can't believe: They're from Pottery Barn! I never liked PB very much, but now I'm going to have to keep an eye on their tableware. This sea-themed stuff is too weird and fun to ignore! Can you imagine your table crowded with all these pretties?

*My father is charging me a nickel to get married at his place. It's a pretty flexible venue as far as dates go, since no other couples are lining up to use it. :D
** It was an easy choice: Almost two years ago, Keith tasted food from this place and said, "When we get married, we're having them cater!"

14 comments:

  1. OH OH where are you getting your catering from? I would love to get married in my parents place but I think only 10 people could fit in their back yard. That is New York for you.

    I know a really good wedding photographer if you are looking ;)

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    1. Chef's Market did my sister's rehearsal dinner almost 2 years ago, and we still talk about how good the food was. They said they're available for any date we choose in October. I can't wait to go do a tasting!

      I think Keith wants a college buddy to shoot the wedding, but she's based in Atlanta and probably not available for an engagement session... hmm... :)

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  2. OH MY GOD! Those oyster bowls are amazeballs! I want them to eat everything out of...even like Ramen noodles. Also, I have told my family for years I want to get married in the back yard! SO MUCH EASIER! I have seen friends and family get married and fight with venue regulations and pick dates they weren't thrilled with just to get a certain venue. I mean I have been to weddings where they were basically packing stuff up while people were still dancing.

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    1. BACKYARD WEDDINGS FOR THE WIN! Heck yeah. When we looked closely into venues and their contracts, we found some crazy hidden fees that would've jacked the price up so high, it would've been like OOPS NO HONEYMOON. Not cool!

      I want people to dance all night. And go on boat rides! :D

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  3. Think you're getting a good deal for a nickel. And I LOVE being the conductor! Thank you for letting me be part of it.

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    1. I need to get you a conductor hat!

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  4. October is a beautiful time to get married! The dishes make me laugh, and I'd be taking pictures of them during the reception.

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    1. Haha, we should register for these and if we get them, use them at the reception! I love them so much. I really like pretty things with a sense of humor.

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  5. oh i love that cocktail shaker! how pretty!

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    1. It would allow you to call all your cocktails "precious ambergris." :D

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  6. 1: CONGRATULATIONS on your engagement! How lovely!
    2. Thank you for your kind well-wishes on my blog. Yes, my leg is feeling ever so much better.
    3. I particularly like the one with the octopus serving plate. But may be because I have a friend called Peter Kraker whom I renamed Peter Kraken. Release the Kraken!

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    1. Thank you! Yes, Mr. Kraken definitely needs the octopus platter. :)

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  7. Oh wow that whale cocktail shaker is from the Pottery Barn? That is seriously the coolest thing I have ever seen! Congratulations on your engagement!!

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    1. Thanks! I know, right? Who knew Pottery Barn could be so interesting? I guess it's time to stop ignoring them?

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