Saturday, March 20, 2010

Put A Ring On It

Since my engagement ring has a curved band under the diamond and has pave diamonds on the sides of the band, I decided I didn't want a wedding band that I would wear everyday with my engagement ring. Instead, I wanted a simple engraved wedding band that I could wear if I thought my engagement ring was too much or if I was traveling. I knew I wanted something with a design on the band but that also had millgrain around the edge. I could not find any ring I liked, I even looked at antique rings. Finally, one day when I was shopping in Alexandria with my mom, we decided to go into Gold Works. We meet with the owner, David, and he showed us a few rings. I found one I really liked that had a flowerish design. It was in yellow gold, but David said he could make me the ring in white gold. I told him I would bring Will back to show it to him.

About a month later, Will and I went one day after church. When we walked in, David told us he had actually gone ahead and made the ring in white gold the day before. It hadn't been sized or buffed yet but we were able to see what it would look like. We decided that was the ring for me (!) and paid the deposit. That was back in October. David was having surgery in November and we decided to wait till after his surgery to go back but we didn't make it back until this past weekend. Luckily, my ring was there and was finished! I really liked the way it turned out.

David suggested that Will get a wedding band that had the same design as mine in the middle and then a section of yellow gold on the outside of my design. Will liked the idea of incorporating my ring into his, but he hasn't made up his mind yet.

Friday, March 12, 2010

The Wedding Site!!!

We have decided on a wedding site! Its a family friend's farm complete with an orchard. We are getting married in one corner of the property where three trees form a triangle that open to great mountain views!

You can even see the mountain where my family lives.

The reception will take place a few feet away under the apple trees. Tables will be placed under these trees.

And the food and drinks will be under these trees.

There is an open area right next to the trees where the band and dance floor will go. I am really excited about having found this spot. Its free (!!!) and we can setup ahead of time. This site has a lot of improvements over our old site. Since there are two houses that are not being used right now, we can store things for the wedding there and we won't have to rent bathrooms! We won't have to figure out how to transport everyone from the ceremony location to the reception location, we will have electricity and lots of shade.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

I Love Pork!

While we were in North Carolina, we stopped for lunch at Big Mountain Barbeque in Waynesville, NC, which is someone we are considering for catering. The food was reallly good, we all had pulled pork sandwiches, but tried to vary the sides. Their pork is served with no sauce and they have 5 different sauces to choose from: spicy, Eastern NC style, Western NC style, Honey bbq, and South Carolina style. I tried both the Eastern and the honey and loved both! We also loved loved their hushpuppies and Will and my mom loved the baked beans. We will also have chicken and a salad as well as other sides, so I hope everyone can find something they like. We meet with the manager to discuss catering and were really excited by their reasonable prices. They don't charge a travel fee to Franklin and they provide all the table cloths we need, plates, silverware and glasses. I'm just waiting for them to send me the menu with the various packages and then we will book them! Our trip was so productive!