Archive for February, 2008


A Christmas Story…er…I Mean “Engagement Story”

February 28, 2008

Well, it has been long enough, let me get back to the “engagement story” – which kind of reminds me of A Christmas Story (only because it takes place at Christmastime and instead of my wanting the Red Ryder BB gun which will shoot my eye out….I want a big, pretty diamond ring!)

So, after putting up with several days of my sweetie teasing me with the ring box in his pocket and dangling the box in front of me, Christmas morning rolled around. Christmas Eve afternoon we left his parents’ home and headed to my parents’ house – a 3 hour drive, which ended up being a bit more due to traffic and weather.

What had me a little worried about when I would actually get the ring were some ground rules I had set years ago; that and the fact that Jon wanted to ask both my father and my papa for permission to marry me. Those ground rules happened to be (way before I knew I was even getting a ring) that under no circumstance should Jon ever propose to me on the following days:

1) My birthday
2) Valentine’s Day
3) Our anniversary
4) Christmas
5) Thanksgiving
6) New Years

Through my work, I found that the above occasions are the most popular and common days for people to become engaged…so I didn’t want it. (I mean, I would take it, of course and did….but I think I was caught up in the notion of my sweetie doing something really fabulous – or maybe I was just being too demanding, either could be true.)

So, now that I knew there was a ring in Jon’s pocket AND it was Christmas Eve, I thought I was really in trouble!!! (My sweetie was also cruel enough to keep telling me that the ring was not mine until he chose to give it to me! What a meanie…)

Anyway, as we all know, it ended up working out.

More to come.



Wedding Registry Update – Williams Sonoma

February 23, 2008

Hi everyone! As I mentioned, as I update things regarding the registry, I will post about it.  Slowly but surely we are getting it done.  There will be one more store we register with, but I am not sure if it will end up being Pottery Barn or Bed Bath and Beyond.  Jon might choose something entirely different.  Who knows.

We updated the Williams Sonoma registry.  It is not really complete since Jon and I were torn on some things to add.  Just like with the Crate and Barrel registry, it will probably undergo some modifications over the next few weeks and months.

These are there for your reference, your enjoyment, your gift-giving fun (which is not required, but we will never refuse a gift – ha ha), your “what are they thinking asking for that?!?!” moments, and whatever else you want to use them for.

Enjoy your weekend, everyone.

M & J


Funny Thought About the Other Bridesmaids – Melissa & Alicia

February 23, 2008

I was just looking at the last two posts, “Happy Birthday to the Nana of the Bride” and “Happy Birthday to the Bridesmaid Emily” and thought to myself, it’s a damn shame that Melissa and Alicia are not celebrating their birthdays this week; I could give them ALL a shout out and introduction in a row.  (If you didn’t pick up on it, Melissa and Alicia are my other two bridesmaids besides Maid of Honor, Jennifer, and Emily…)

Funnily enough, both Melissa and Alicia were born in November — days apart, in fact.  But that will be after the wedding, so here’s a belated happy birthday from 2007 or a super early happy birthday for 2008.  See — I’m the first to wish you a happy birthday this year (don’t forget it, especially when I forget to call on the “big” day later this year.)

Oh, and you guys will get your own special “announcement and introduction” posts in a little while.




Happy Birthday to the Bridesmaid Emily!

February 22, 2008

Happy Birthday to Bridesmaid Emily!

As it so happens, one of my oldest friends in the whole wide world is having a birthday today (a day right after my Nana!) and she also happens to be one of my very special bridesmaids. I have known Emily since the first day of freshman year of high school, which was a very long time ago…when you actually do the math and figure out just HOW OLD Emily turned today!

Ha ha ha. I had to do it. Happy Birthday! ¡Feliz Cumpleaños!

Em & M 1996

Anyway, Emily and I met the first day of high school and we were not what you call “fast friends”. In fact, we were at lunch and she spilled a Coke all over my pants and I simply did not respond well to that. We eventually became friends later that year, probably over a mutual hate of Spanish class; and it’s a good thing too, because for the next three years of high school we were destined to have almost every class together.

We went through high school, I taught Emily to drive (and with her record it’s pretty obvious that I did), countless concerts and shows, several [hundred] nights with the parents out of town and high school drinking escapades (that’s a whole other blog…), nervous breakdowns, emotional whirlwinds, Amnesty concerts and car washes, driving across open fields off of I-95 in Jupiter, car accidents, My So-Called Life (it was OUR life), college escapades, boyfriends and girlfriends, brothers and sisters, parents, engagements, weddings, losses, and everything else in between. I can honestly say that Em is not only one of my oldest friends, but probably the best one there is.

Emily also happens to be Mommy to Meya (my surrogate niece – I am Auntie to her) and wife to Jeremy (who has grown to be part of my extended family as well) but she will always just be Emily to me.

We hope you have a very happy birthday, Emily! We love you lots!

M, J, and S

P.S. Oh, there WILL be a picture up here…I just wanted to get this up before your birthday ended!


Happy Birthday to the Nana of the Bride!

February 21, 2008

Happy Birthday to the Nana of the Bride!

My sweetie, our cat, and I wanted to let everyone know that today is actually a very special day. Today, my Nana, Connie, is turning 81 years old! You would never know it though, since she acts like she is 81 going on 18. Nana is very active, very opinionated, very smart, always right (or so she says), can diagnose any medical ailment within minutes, very hip, and also a very chic lady. (We went on a cruise last year with Nana and Papa, and let me tell you, Nana had a different outfit planned with all the accessories for daytime, lunch, and dinner! She was always dressed to the nines!)

Here’s a recent picture of our very cool Nana, it’s from Christmas 2007…if she doesn’t like it, we’ll put a different one up.

Super Chic Nana


We wanted to thank you, Nana, for hosting the Parents Meet and Greet with Papa two weeks ago. It was an overall success, I think! (And now you can relax since you were finally able to check out Jon’s family.)

Have a very, very happy birthday, Nana! Enjoy your day.

M, J, and S


You Can Subscribe to Wedding Whirlwind Blog Now!

February 20, 2008

Hi everyone!

So I had wanted to put this nifty little tool that allows our readers to subscribe to the blog and get email updates every time I put up a new post or update. As many of you already are very much aware, I am no computer guru, except on my super lucky days. However, when Melissa (of Melissa and Patrick fame) emailed me this morning and asked if I could do it, I decided to research it all again.

If you would like to keep up with our daily happenings and our story from this point on (and there will be plenty to read as we get closer and closer to the wedding and I get closer and closer to freaking out, I promise) just take a gander over to the right of the blog, in the sidebar.

You’ll see the title “Subscribe” and underneath that “Subscribe to Wedding Whirlwind by Email” — if you would like to get emails automatically so you stay up to the very last minute with how everything is going, click that link. Then fill in your email address and follow the instructions to confirm your subscription.

After that, just watch your email for the confirmation email and follow the directions. Then, voila! You should be subscribed.

Emily, my dear, this should help you out a lot. Call me if you need help.

I took the liberty of signing Melissa up for the subscription. She’s our first real fan!


M, J, and S


Wedding Registry Update – Crate and Barrel

February 20, 2008

Well, instead of the next installment of our “engagement story” I am going to talk a little bit about the wedding registry, which I’ve gotten some questions about. We had been putting it off and putting it off, mainly because we I wanted to hit the store and use the infamous, handy dandy registration gun.

So we finally did, this past weekend, at the first place. We selected Crate and Barrel, simply because I am a Crate and Barrel addict in many senses. I have never enjoyed a home goods store as much as I do that one – maybe it is because I really really really like the one in SoHo. Or maybe I just like kitchen equipment like I like tools. (I’m not especially good at using either.)

We got up early Sunday morning – we were out of bed and out of the house by 10:00 AM – which, as many of you know, is quite a feat to get my sweetie up and out of bed, especially on a weekend, much earlier than 11:00. (It’s always – just another 15 minutes…another half hour.) We hit the store and were there for about an hour.

It was quite ironic that the one day I get him up and out of bed and into the city is the one day that every place we try to go is closed…will open in 30 minutes, will open in one hour. I was in complete awe that we were out and about so early and completely frustrated that there was nowhere to go!

So, I took him to Le Pain Quotidien, a great little place my friend Melissa introduced me to. In fact, I had walked by it several times (both locations) and never even noticed them. But it’s absolutely divine, so if you are ever in the New York City area (or any of their other locations) be sure to check it out. And guess what, my sweetie actually enjoyed it – we split a GIANT hot chocolate and croissants while we killed time and toiled over our wedding guest list. (We’re having issues with the amount of people we can invite – the venue is not large – but that’s another blog post.)

After our morning snack, we hit Crate and Barrel, got the gun, and started shooting and scanning right away! It was so much fun! I had a blast! So we went through and added some things we’d like, and now I can safely respond to the much asked question, “Have you even started your registry yet?”

Yes, we have. And we’re not done – we’ll be getting our lists up at probably Pottery Barn, Williams Sonoma, and/or Bed Bath and Beyond. We’re not 100% sure, so we’re playing around with the ideas.

The first mostly complete registry list is at Crate and Barrel. Check it out if you want…

Oh, and if you’re wondering…Karla – it really is called a “reamer.”

M, J, and S