On Wednesday we went to Atlasta Catering and had a really amazing tasting with my mom and Kandi's Aunt Patti. We just tried 5 things from the menu that we liked the most online. Things weren't as good as they sounded - they were better. And, we found out that they do all sorts of other things including table/chair/linen rentals which means if they were doing that too we wouldn't need to pay for a day-of coordinator to make sure the stuff was all set up - they take care of it. It could be a nice savings. As a bonus, they are familiar with both our site and in using 8-person square tables. Of course it doesn't hurt that the woman we worked with was also awesome.
Sunday we scheduled to meet our florist. Yes, it's official now that Michelle from The Crazy Daisies will be our florist. We had that special moment of bonding when we met, and it was destiny. Isn't that the way it's supposed to be? So often brides come to her and say, I want this, this and this, and it has to look like this. I find that to be boring. I liked Michelle's outside the box creativity and I wasn't about to stifle her with all sorts of boring rules about what we wanted. Her only limitation is our budget. We're having to stretch it a bit (my goodness flowers are expensive!) but we know that Michelle will work to keep that number as low as possible. She loved the reception space - and who wouldn't? It definitely inspired her. I think after getting to know us after all this time and then seeing the two spaces she has a really good idea of who we are and what we want. We're totally on the right track there. She wants to take us to a floral wholesaler to see what flowers and hard goods we love so we just need to find some time that we can randomly take off in the middle of the day to make that happen since it's only open from 6am-2pm M-F. Yikes! We'll find a way!
Now, back to the dress. You aren't going to see if of course. Kandi is on a need to know basis and all she needs to know is how to match it. So here's the info. It's white. It has silver accents. Done. Other than that I have a few friends who've seen it, and Aunt Patti will see it so she can go with Kandi to make sure the outfit she chooses will match nicely. And just so you know - I'm not allowed to see that one either. Which somehow, even though I know it is, doesn't seem fair. Then again, it also was really strange for me to make such a big decision about a dress without my best friend there beside me. But of course, she's not allowed to see until the big day.
While I can't share what did make the cut I can certainly share a few of the contenders. Well, they weren't all contenders, but they all had their good points.
|This was our top pic after 2 hours at Azteca. I know how happy I look in this picture but we had to "hide" that we were even taking these pictures as they were NOT allowed. We were such rebels!|
|This one came in second. There was a LOT of skirt on that dress! You can also see some of Aunt Patti's hair and her shoulder in the bottom corner. And you know how she loves pictures...|
|The bottom on this is really cute and has great "movement" when I walked. But even better movement when I swirled around. :) Still a kid at heart.|
Curious to see which dress makes the cut? I'll let you all see it in October. Until then - it's need to know.