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Old 04-20-2012, 08:02 AM   #151
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The book is such a great gift, and so thoughtful! I hope that I can come up with gifts like that for my girls. As for the letters... I know it's going to be extremely difficult, but I am sure they will understand completely. And you've got your friends on here to help you through too!
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Old 04-22-2012, 12:06 PM   #152
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I'm sooooooo sorry to hear about your job situations! I can imagine how devastating it must be, and to have to limit your guest count?! I can't even imagine! But. I like to think there's a silver lining to every situation and limiting your guest count gives you greater sense of peace by knowing it's now less of a financial burden AND the added plus of knowing those who care most about you will be the only ones in attendence.
You are so right! Lemonade from lemons! I've been thinking about this over the last couple days, and being able to spend more time with the people that mean the most to be will be a gift, and perhaps the silver lining in all of this!

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I'm so sorry about what happened at your work. Oddly enough, Colin and I work for the same company and even in the same department and we had a layoff 3 weeks ago, probably right around the time of your PS. We made it through thankfully but it's very scary especially when you both work for the same company. I hope you guys are ok.

On a brighter note, I knew it!! I knew you would love the rockin roller coaster once you rode it!! That's awesome. Your PS seemed like it went well and your planner is God sent. It's so great to hear that they care about you and try to help you out. I'm so glad it all worked out for you. Your Mom seems like a blast just like you, same humor gift.

On your regret letter, you couldn't have said it better. I know that's tough to send out but I'm sure your guests will understand. This economy is not promising for anyone these days!!

Sorry again that I have been absent! I hope you forgive me.
Oh Girl! I'm so sorry to hear about your layoffs too! I do know how scary that can be! Right now we are ok. You're so sweet, thanks!
The PS was a blast! I'm really sorry I put my planner through all that 4 days before our 180 day mark, but you're right, she was absolutely amazing! We got our BEO on friday too! It was tough to write the regret letter, even tougher to make the cuts, but we did and they should be going out next week. What's done is done, we've made the decision, and we're moving on!

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The book is a great idea. Without wishing to sound trite, it is the thought that counts, and I can't imagine a more thoughtful, loving gift than what you've chosen. I join the chorus of voices that wish you well in this difficult time, and I'm certain your wonderful attitudes will pull you through to brighter times.
Thanks! I appreciate your kind words. There is a silver lining to everything, my friend, all we have to do now is go find it!

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The book is such a great gift, and so thoughtful! I hope that I can come up with gifts like that for my girls. As for the letters... I know it's going to be extremely difficult, but I am sure they will understand completely. And you've got your friends on here to help you through too!
Thanks, hon! I hope she likes it as much as y'al seem to. Everyone I've talked to so far, seems to think everyone will understand. But, then they all made the cut. I haven't talked to anyone that we cut yet. Here's hoping! But you're right, I think people understand this struggling economy, and they will be sympathetic. My grandma even said, some of them may rejoice! Now they don't have to find a way to come!

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Lots of things have happened in the last week.
First and foremost, the first round of layoffs came on Friday. We are both safe. I feel like I'm on a reality TV show. You know, like American Idol, where people are either asked to leave or are safe.
You are........ safe. PHEW! (for now)
In other news, our lovely letters will be going out next week. As I mentioned, the decision is made, no going back, and we are moving on!
We got to work on accumulating stuff for our gift baskets. So far we have:
Water bottle labels



dove chocolates (wrapped in a deep blue wrapper! perfect for our colors)
snack packs (cookies)
the buckets and the labels that will go on the outside.



(I've tried like 9 times to make this picture NOT crooked and it will not cooperate. I'm sorry for the neck crinks y'all will get looking at this.. I tried.)

the ribbon for the bows
and the Draw string back packs (which are at the post office and I can't pick them up until tomorrow!!) I'll post pics when I have them though.

I also go some t-shirts made for the flower girls and the ring bearer. Here is one of them:



......and we got our initial BEO! Chrissy is just awesome!

I'm working through reading the whole thing! Its so detailed! Anyway, those are the recent updates..
Oh, we also booked our rooms, and our HONEYMOON!
We're staying at the Saratoga Springs 2 bedrooms villa (me, mom, dad and grandma) leading up to the wedding, then the Grand Floridian after the wedding. The honeymoon is a Royal Caribbean cruise, 7 nights in a grand suite! Apparently this was all planned and reserved before the bankruptcy and Charles didn't have the heart to cancel any of it!
Little more than 5 months. My sister is planning a shower in July, my 1st dress fitting is the end of May... OMG things are happening!
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Old 04-22-2012, 01:18 PM   #153
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It rather is like a tv show. Because I was about to type 'yay for making it through round one!'

I love the picture on the labels! It really shows off you guys' personalities.

Ooh, I'm so jealous of where you're staying. And a cruise! Where are you cruising to? You'll take lots of pics to share, right? (Read: Let me live vicariously through you! )
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Old 04-22-2012, 01:58 PM   #154
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I'm caught up now! I love the pictures from your PS trip! It looks like you all had so much fun!!

I'm sorry to hear that about the company you all work for , but I'm glad your jobs are still safe. Everything will work out in the end, don't worry.

The gift basket you all put together looks great! I think your sister would love that book!

I also have very fair skin and love my paleness, too. A lot of people expect me to get a spray tan before my wedding, but I've decided I'm going as-is. I'd rather look like myself than a streaky, orange version of me.
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Old 04-22-2012, 02:37 PM   #155
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Lots of things have happened in the last week.
First and foremost, the first round of layoffs came on Friday. We are both safe. I feel like I'm on a reality TV show. You know, like American Idol, where people are either asked to leave or are safe.
You are........ safe. PHEW! (for now)
Fingers crossed that it stays that way for a while! Is there any chance that you may survive the cuts?

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......and we got our initial BEO! Chrissy is just awesome!
You're still alive so the BEO must not have been too bad!!

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Oh, we also booked our rooms, and our HONEYMOON!
We're staying at the Saratoga Springs 2 bedrooms villa (me, mom, dad and grandma) leading up to the wedding, then the Grand Floridian after the wedding. The honeymoon is a Royal Caribbean cruise, 7 nights in a grand suite! Apparently this was all planned and reserved before the bankruptcy and Charles didn't have the heart to cancel any of it!
Little more than 5 months. My sister is planning a shower in July, my 1st dress fitting is the end of May... OMG things are happening!
We stayed in a studio at SSR for ours and it was awesome. I loved the fact that it was in what we called 'the boonies' since it was away from all the madness and quiet!! The cruise sounds amazing -- can't wait to hear how it turns out! And well done to Mr. Charles, he definitely has priorities

So excited for your fitting! I missed out on that since my dress was chosen for me, I just had a few fittings to have the corset put in, so I will have to live vicariously through you!
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Old 04-23-2012, 12:03 PM   #156
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Hi! So, I'm offically all caught up! I loveloveloved your TR! So fun You are way too funny. I'm so glad your PS went so well and you are so happy with your planner. I'm really sorry to hear about the bankruptcy but you seem to have a fabulous attitude and to have movedon quickly. I hope to have your poise if/when I come across big issues! Loving ALL of your plans so far!
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Old 05-04-2012, 07:11 AM   #157
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Kate!! Just checking in to see how things are going. Hope all is well!
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Old 05-24-2012, 05:56 PM   #158
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Hi girls!
I know it's been forever since I posted something. Have you missed me?! I missed y'all! I have SO much catching up to do with all your updates!
We've been having somewhat of a family emergency. My uncle (my mom's brother) has been in the ICU for the last 28 days. We are praying for him and his family, and obviously the wedding needed to be put on the back burner for a couple weeks while we focused on taking care of them. Good news though: Yesterday was his first good day, and the doctors are hopeful for the first time in a month! Our attention is stil mostly there, but we can breathe again and the biggest scare (we hope and pray) is over. Phew another crisis averted!
Some updates on the wedding front:
A couple days ago we got our invitations!!!



What do y'all think?!
My cousin was SOOO awesome to print all of these for us at cost. Only one small problem... the printer shorted us 25!!
I called today but because of the holiday weekend, we probably wont get them until Tuesday. Well, we already gave the calligrapher the envelops we had before we counted them! (Stupid me!! I really should have counted them before we handed them over! DOH!! )
Anyway, we have an awesome calligrapher and she is just going to do what we have and then the rest when we get the rest of the envelopes. She rocks! The only people that wont get their invites with the other are immediate family who will understand.. PHEW another crisis averted.
Please stop the crisis-es!

So I assembled what I had to get them ready:



All assembled and ready to go!!
And then I got goofy and made RSVP boxes.



We have 4 months left and things are shaping up!
For my uncle, he could use some prayers and positive energy sent to him. He's not out of the woods yet and we are all on pins and needles for him. We're taking it day by day and hoping for the best.
Sorry, its a short update, but I missed y'all! I'm going now to read up on y'alls PJs!
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Old 05-24-2012, 06:11 PM   #159
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Sorry to hear about your uncle. Hope he keeps up with the good days and is feeling better.

Love the RSVP boxes, although I guess it all depends on your way of thinking. I'd be happy for people saying no to save $$ LOL.
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I've been thinking about you, Kate! Glad to see you posted!

Sorry to hear about your uncle! Prayers will definitely be said for him. And I really like the invitations! They came out really well.

Looking forward to more updates, and hopefully catching up with you soon!!
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Aww, I'm sorry to hear about your uncle! Definitely keeping you and your family in my thoughts.

I've missed you and your updates! The invites look so pretty! And your RSVP boxes had me giggling.
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Old 06-03-2012, 01:58 PM   #162
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Thank you all for your kind words about my uncle. He is doing much better so thank you for your thoughts.
Things just seem to be getting worse and worse in other aspects of our lives however. It's not important to relay them. No one wants to hear a negative Nancy... sooooooo...
This update is to say... Invites are in the mail!!!

Here are them all stuffed and ready..




We even sent one to Mickey! I thought the calligrapher would put Mickey and Minne, but Disney will figure it out. We sent one to the president too.




Anyway, guys, I don't have any jokes or anything funny to say. I might just stop this PJ altogether as I really don't have anything good to relate.

Love y'all and congrats to everyone on their weddings. I'll keep following along with your plans.
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Old 07-03-2012, 04:30 PM   #163
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Hi! I just started reading along today...and I love your plans so far...and we work for the same company! I was totally guessing mainline when you said you lived in ATL, but now I know I was wrong. You'll probably see my name if you change seats because I am in the training dept.

Hope to see another wedding update soon!
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Old 09-20-2012, 05:38 PM   #164
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Hello All!!

Long time no posting, I know. I don't know if any of you out there are still interested in reading my horribly neglected PJ, but I've been recently encouraged to at least post some last minute details and gear up for my upcoming TR.

It has been some of the MOST difficult 5 months of my life. Truly, I have been sad, frustrated, hurt, angry, appalled, shocked, flabbergasted, flummoxed, bamboozled, and so many other emotions for which they don't make emoticons! Since no one wants to read about a Debbie Downer, I decided it was best to just not say anything at all.

Seeing as how we only have 16 days left, everything is paid for, my vacation has officially started (as of today), and we have chosen NOT to let the in-laws manipulate us anymore, I'm in a MUCH better place.

Let's get on with it! I'll give you the last 5 months in a quick picture summary. Pictures are always better!

Bachlorette
Wicked fun! Tapas bar followed by an Irish Bar.



Then I had a dress fitting that actually went WELL! I was so surprised and soo relieved! Hence the HUGE smile.



Did some DIY's. I took on WAY more projects than I could handle. Darn you Pinterest!

Bridesmaids, MOB, MOG, Grandma, and Flower Girl Robes:



Tears of Joy packets:



My Cake Topper. I bought it at Party City and used Martha Stewarts fine glitter to cover it. I think it turned our mighty fine, if I do say so myself! :-)



Then I flew through a hurricane a couple times:



When I got back, I made some flower girl baskets:



Had a bridal shower that was AWESOME! I have the best family ever!!



Then I worked on the seating chart:



Went here:



To view our center piece mock ups:



And worked on our favors which are filled with Peppermint Patty Pieces, (which are blue and white)



We also came up with, what I think, is a clever solution to indicate who ordered what...color coded crystal Mickeys!



So that sums up the good parts of the last 5 months! Looks like I had nothing but an awesome time, and we'll leave it at that... it was all awesome!

There is so much more to do, but we've made all our final payments, so we really can relax now and enjoy these last couple of weeks!
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