Though as Catherine in Proof would say, "It's dead. Hair is dead tissue you can't make it healthy". Either way 'tis gone. I'll have to take some pictures at dinner tomorrow.
Saturday leading up to the wedding was crazy busy. Alex's family was in town as well as his best man James and his girlfriend Talieh. Alex decided we should have everyone over for breakfast. Not the best idea in my opinion but hey he wanted to do it. It was pouring outside and we had to decided what to do to show his family around. Because of the weather we decided the Aquarium. Yeah, no. Crazy Saturday crowds and even crazier parking angst caused us to just walk around Cannery Row for a few hours. Alex had stayed behind so he could finish some wedding stuff so I showed his family around. His sisters and the one brother in law who was able to make it were awesome. I'm really glad to be a part of their family and my mother is even more thrilled.
After that we headed to Gianni's for pizza with everyone. That was some more craziness. I thought this one couple was going to shank me for trying to organize a seating area for everyone next to them. Luckily we were situated about 45 minutes later. Other than Bethia throwing assinine teenage angst towards her dad the night was great. So many wonderful people were there. Many of my out of town friends got to meet each other.
Two of my lovelies stayed with me at the hotel (OMG loved the Hotel Pacific!). Mel, Cath and I had a blast even with getting kicked out of the hot tub at 10pm. Who locks a dang hot tub? Spending time with them bonding over champagne and relationship talk was seriously a highlight. I miss both of them alot. Mel in particular was a wedding rockstar with all the help she gave me the next morning. Maybe I should call her Mel Stewert since she totally doctored my chandelier candles after I broke one.She was also right there with the coffee and food trying to get me to eat.
As I was getting beautified at the salon more of my favorite people showed up to hang out and sip oh so fancy champagne in a can. LOL I felt bad for my hair stylist. I changed things on her and then made her take it out half way through and restart. The resulting hair was a-fucking-amazing though so both she and I were happy with the change. I also threw a color change on the makeup artist but that too turned out better than my trial. Even Alex kept saying (to random people) my makeup was beautiful and that was rare for someone who usually hates me in makeup.
Other people who were rock stars our wedding day were our officiant and our photographer. Our officiant, Fr. Robert was out there on a ladder hanging lanterns. He put my veil on and he tried to help me hitch my dress up when my corset kept sticking out. I know that sounds weird but believe me it was just kick ass. Shannon, my photographer, was awesome because she was game for anything we wanted to do (yeah artsy shots) and I am dying to see my pro pics. She even took some boudoir type shots before I put my dress on. I was so stoked for that because I wanted to get some done anyway.
What was also awesome was our friends who stayed to help us tear everything down. That meant more to Alex and I than anybody could realize.It was a stressful bitch and I hated having to do it rather than party and hang out with my friends but what can you do?
Most things turned out pretty well. My bouquet kicked so much ass I too it to Santa Barbara with me. My dress was the most gorgeous thing ever and I'm so depressed at the thought of not wearing (or sleeping it it) again. Of course some things were totally jacked like the damn wind that ruined everything including my hair, the centerpieces, and guestbook table. I was super upset when I didn't have music to walk down the aisle to. (I felt so bad for Tim because it wasn't his fault). I almost cried but just sucked it up and walked anyway. It sucked that it was so amazingly cold and that lots of people left early. But what can you do. You can't control the weather and I just had to let stuff go. I think people still had a good time regardless.
Alex always used to say why get married. it's just a piece of paper. The best thing about the day was Alex's look on his face after we were married and him saying to me, "This feels so different, it feels so much better". That kicks ass.
The following are some pics taken by my brother in law Dwayne. I'm still waiting on my pro pics and pics from any other kind person who wants to send some my way. *hint, hint, Amber, Alicia, and Heather* I have a couple hundred right now so obviously I'm only posting a tiny fraction.
Alex and Fr. Robert
Pretty maids in a row
Painting the daruma doll. We both were painting it but I'm not in the pic. It's a great picture of Bethia.
This my, "Yay they're married, now where are my grandbabies?" picture of my lovely mom.
I love his face in this picture. Awww.
Well, I'll try to post some reception pictures tomorrow. I'm pooped.
So then there was bachelorette #2. Lovely ladies, Alicia and Jenn took me out to dinner and then out for a night of drinking and playing "That Guy". I was kicking myself for not bringing it on the cruise so we had to play it out on Alvarado.
We had a blast and had many Irish Car Bombs...ok Alicia and I did ;)
Such a cute pic, wish it wasn't blurry.
A sign of things to come perhaps?
Blurry action pic of Cameron as "Perfect Guy".
Jen Sercia and "Grind Guy"
Jen looks hot, I look silly.
The next day they both took me to lunch and for a massage at the Monterey Plaza Hotel. I really needed that. Thank you so much for everything ladies! It was another great weekend.
Our wedding day has come and gone and what a day, and time leading up to it, it was.
Wedding festivities started with Ms. evil Ambolina trying to sneaky and taking me on a surprise bachelorette cruise to Mexico. The paranoid over planner I am I had it figured out down to the ship we were on but kudos to her for keeping it from me and enlisting others to do the same.
We had a great time but man it was crazy. Some random cruise thoughts...
- Carnival Cruises are filled with drunk crazies.
- Amber and I are cursed. Loud idots will follow us wherever we are in order to wake us up at some god awful hour.
- Mountain biking in Mexico with no shade, not a good idea.
- "That girl" is freakin' hilarious. That girl face planted in the middle of the bar would have been funnier.
- Cruise ship shows are sooooo bad. Why must they stick the bigger girl in a horrible, skimpy flapper outfit and make the guys carry her around over their heads?
- People would rather drown than listen to lifeboat instructions.
- Where's my $500 piece of art?
- Destino was kick ass.
- Mexico, or at least Ensinada was extremely depressing. The poverty was heartbreaking. I couldn't believe the amount of liquor ads on all the buildings.
- That drunk chick in the stairwell, she "rides John Deeres". Yep "she has a boyfriend named John and she riiiiides him". LOL
- Carnival Cruises are no place for children.
- Comedians are likely to cause a riot or at least some bitches pulling hair.
- Leopard bar = hotness.
Yeah good times! The amount of food they threw at you on the ship was crazy. It's like they wanted you to walk off the boat drunk and 50lbs heavier. It was certainly an adventure and I'm so grateful to Amber for doing all that for me. I have very few pics because Amber took them and hasn't sent them yet
*stares at Amber until she send me some pics*
Lifejackets are cool.
Gaze at the superfro! This was a white woman people!!!
So cool casino slots I NEVER got to play. People were always on it :( I don't blame them though. How could you not play something that cute and bright, not to mentioned named Lucky Lemmings?!
Sporty Ambo she's like a spicegirl, only better.
I love people who don't read. I photoshopped the pic a bit so you can read and revel in the great parenting. I count four kids in the pic but there were actually five in there.