OK, I’m a liar…

Guess what?

I lied. I’m not quitting. I really thought I was – honest – until David talked me into a tag-team. Yeah, BOTH of us are posting (and honestly, he has more time on his hands than I do anyways.) So, it’s not over yet, but we’ve moved – check out @ http://elmering.blogspot.com/ and add us to your google reader. pretty please?

-love, Laura Elmer

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It’s been fun.

I will never forget moments like these. Moments where I am surrounded by the people that I love, doing our own thing, but all singing the same words. Thanks, everyone, for singing along with me in this incredible time of my life (photo by Wingate Downs). It has been a blast. Thanks for reading, for caring, and for complaining about me quitting the blog (ha). One day maybe there will be another, but it’s so long for now.

Rumor has it that after we drove away, there was a free for all moment on the cake. No plates, no forks, people just dove in with their hands and enjoyed all that sugar and flour like girls at a slumber party. I love it. I love that there was enjoyment til there was nothing left. I love it that people were so sweaty, we could see through their clothes.  I love it that it was a night of sheer joy. But honestly, there IS nothing wedding-ish left to write. Now we’re just two happy people who go on bike rides at dusk and can’t seem to get any school work done. So, I bid the blogging world adieu. And don’t forget…

“DON’T STOP BELIEVING, HOLD ON TO THAT FEEEEEEELING!”

(street lights… peeeeoplee woooahhoohhh!!!!)

-Laura Elmer

Prepare yourself.

So, this is it. Prepare yourself for a LOT of dress pictures. Here is the transformation of my wedding dress. The underneath layer was once a WWII parachute, and it was worn three times before me. It has seen a lot of changes, but nothing like the genius of Chris Hudson. Now, that I’ve worn it down the aisle, I can let out all the secrets.

OUT-OF-THE-BOX: trying on mom’s dress

Needless to say, I was hating this. It was looking hopeless, until…

This might work? Take off those sleeves!

Dress Fitting One & Two:

The dress was cut into strips and reformed to fit my body exactly.

Dressing Fitting Three & Four:

It was unbelievable to watch it transform before our very eyes.

 

Why did I love this process so much? Because the day I got married, I put on years of love and devotion. As Mindy Smith would say, “Highs and Lows, that how life goes, with little moments that shine… [Love] only gets better with time.

the after party.

photography by Anne Conover

Well, the party may be officially over, but we’re still celebrating over here at 360 E. Magolia in our little house. However, this is the beginning of the end of the wedding blog. I’ve made it down the aisle, but I have just a few more things to recount before shutting the door on “Don’t Eat The Flowers.” Look forward to picture of every step of the dress since it’s finally been revealed, honeymoon pics, etc.

BUT I thought a link to pictures might be fun. If you couldn’t make it, Wingate and Russ Feltman will both help you relive it.

Pictures are here: Wingate Downs – click on Barron/Elmer Wedding and the password is riverbottom

And then, here is a little memory of the night. Thanks Russ. (Russ Feltman)

No-Rain Dance.

Yesterday, after church, my 86 year old grandmother informed me that we should be doing a “No Rain” Dance for Saturday. While attempting to picture her dancing around, I was once again reminded of a fun wedding movie. I bet Tot and Betty White would be buds. So, if we DID do a no-rain dance, I wonder if it would be anything like this:

Pray, chant, sing, dance, whatever for NO RAIN!

Five. Five more Days. I can’t believe it.

DIY Guest Bags

Well, ironically  following a post about kiddie parties is the goodie bag post! Nothing says “Welcome to Town” at a wedding like goodie bags given to guests when they check in. Mom and I have trusted a lot of professionals during the wedding process (see any post titled ‘Meet’), but this was one of the things we were definitely doing ourselves. If you decide to do this too, here are a few tips from the recent pros:

1) ALWAYS order ribbon wholesale — yeah, we spent an entire day roaming around Athens looking for enough matching ribbon to make these things. We ended up with packaging ribbon which is still cute, but not the polka-dot ribbon we had planned on. However, we probably did meet every craft store cashier in town.

2) ALWAYS make more bags than the hotel tells you because you never know who will reserve a room at the last minute.

3) and ALWAYS buy too much candy so the time spent stuffing the bags is sweet.

So, here they are and our stuffing list too:

stickered and ready for stuffing.

Stuffing…

Our hometown goodie
TA DA!
EASIEST DIY EVER – simply stuff & who needs a professional for that?

SUPPLIES: brown bag, label and tag (from Plain Jane’s), ribbon, raffia, gum, crackers, water, hard candy (chocolate will melt!), mint of some sort, coffee cup, A hometown treat (jittery joe’s coffee), & headache meds