Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Wedding Prep, Way-to-soon-to-do-anything Edition

This dress.... why???
So, it occurs to me every time I look down at my left hand and see a diamond and platinum reminder of my fiance's excellent taste, that I have a wedding to plan.

Thankfully, we decided immediately that rushing around and throwing together a wedding in a few months is not for us. I have about a year and a half to plan my nuptials, but every time I get on Pinterest and lose five hours of my life looking at Save The Dates, I feel like I need to be more proactive. The main thing holding me back is the fact that the wedding is going to be in North Carolina, so I can't exactly take an afternoon to visit a couple of venues. So how can I channel my wedding-related energy into something fun and totally unproductive???

Naturally, a movie marathon is in order. Here are a few of my favorite wedding-themed movies:

Father of the Bride
You vant the chipper chicken for your vadding???

If it was in any way possible for Martin Short to plan my wedding, I would be the happiest bride ever. Alas, he's not returning my calls, seems to think it's annoying when I do my best Franck Eggelhoffer impression, and is threatening to get a restraining order.

Also, Steve Martin is brilliant, the wardrobes are hilariously early-90s, and the scene with the too-small tuxedo is one of my favorites ever.

High Society
Oh Grace, why didn't you write a book about wedding planning? Oh right, you were too busy being a princess. 
Grace Kelly, Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby. Enough said.

The Bird Cage
You know he's going to want a say in the reception decor!
Yep, you probably forgot because Nathan Lane steals every scene in the movie, but The Bird Cage is actually about the upcoming wedding of his partner's son. But who cares, because it's hilarious and amazing and Hank Azaria is probably the most professional housekeeper of all time.

The Princess Bride
You want a rustic outdoor wedding? As you wish!
This is one of those movies that I can quote beginning to end. I never get sick of it. While Buttercup didn't have to worry about a wedding budget or how to find the best photographer, she did have to battle R.O.U.S.'s in the fire swamp. So, you know, all brides have their challenges.

PS - I'm TOTALLY making my bridesmaids pose like this.
Any movie that ends with a Wilson-Phillips singalong is a winner, in my opinion. This just happens to also be one of the most hilarious wedding-themed movies that I've ever seen.

Wedding Crashers
Mazel tov!
This one gets bonus points because it's (mostly) set in DC! It also get major points for Bradley Cooper's baby seal impression, which still makes me cringe a little every time I see it.

I'm sure I'm missing some good ones, but these are a few of my faves. What are your favorite wedding-related movies?

Friday, January 4, 2013

Happy 2013!!!!

I can't believe how quickly the holiday season flew by this year! I took nearly two weeks off of work to enjoy the holidays, and now that it's 2013, I'm ready to embrace new resolutions (seriously this year...). I'll get to those later. But first, I wanted to take a minute to reflect on 2012 with some of my favorite pictures from this year!
Beautiful New Orleans in January!
Life-changing beignets at Cafe Du Monde in New Orleans.
Cherry blossoms are kind of a big deal here in DC.
Dumbarton Oaks or Downton Abbey? 
Just your average backyard pond surrounded by sparkles.
Go Nats!

Visiting Santa Monica in May, one of the best trips ever!
Hanging out on Rodeo Drive, no big.
Beach week with my huge extended family is always a highlight of my year.
Kayaking like a pro. Not really, but I managed to avoid tipping over.
I love, love, love this city.
Amazing brunch at Founding Farmers.
September included a trip to NC for an ECU game!
But really, the game was just an excuse to get together with awesome friends who live too far away.
2012 was also the year I discovered Ray's Hell Burger. I ate this entire meal, walked home, and took a four hour nap.
Something I must do again this year: apple-picking in rural Maryland.
2012 was the year I started experimenting with gluten-free baking. These cookies are the best!

My super-creepy White Swan halloween costume. It's ok, because I was perfect.
New York for my birthday!
And my absolute favorite picture from 2012, taken just a few minutes after getting engaged.