Next Tuesday is a BIG day! It's not only Election Day (woohoo!), it's also the day we're taking our engagement photos. Sadly, according to Weather.com, it's also likely to be a rain day in Cambridge, Massachusetts:
But I can still wear flowers in my hair, right?
What do you guys and gals think? Which says to you: "Sexy, but demure." "A ballerina by day, but disco queen by night." "Cashmere sweater on the outside, silk lingerie on the inside -- Rawwww." Ok, forget those. Which goes with this:
Wedding planning, let's face it, is 40% fun and 60% a big pain in the buttocks. If I could, I'd offer you a xanax and a Mindy-Weiss-bot. I can't, so I offer you the next best thing: puppies and Polaroids.
2) Drag & drop your photos
3) Wait . . . wait . . . wait again . . . or shake the picture.
4) Then look at or print your Poladroid picture!
Tip 1: Wear something comfortable and that reflects your style. Leigh says: "My goal, no matter who I'm shooting, is to capture who that person is. So if your attire is far from who you are and you aren't comfortable, well that just stinks." Speaking of comfort, how adorable is the couple above on the couch? They're like Mr. HC and me, only cute. (Because let's face it, if it were Mr. HC and me on the couch, we'd probably be in our jammies, watching "Harold and Kumar" for the thousandth time, and guffawing at jokes intended for 16-year-old stoners. It's not an attractive vignette.)
So, long story short, in just a few weeks, Leigh will be joining Mr. HC and me in Boston to take our engagement photos. And I couldn't be more excited to meet her and to frolic in front of her lenses. As for Mr. HC? He doesn't do frolicking, but I think he'll grin and bear it. ;-) Leigh, we hope your photoshop skills are well-honed, because we are going to need some serious fixin'!
Occasionally in life there are those moments of unutterable fulfillment which cannot be completely explained by those symbols called words. Their meaning can only be articulated by the inaudible language of the heart.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.
Let me start off this post by thanking the makers of Kiss Me mascara. Without this miracle invention, I would have spent much of Sunday afternoon looking like a reject from a Lifetime movie casting. My dear friends Lauren and Michael got married Sunday afternoon on a dock in the middle of Piedmont Park in Atlanta. And their vows, which they wrote together, were so beautiful and articulate that even a jaded wedding guest like me (theirs was like the twentieth wedding I've been to in the last two years) was reduced to a puddle.
I vow to remain earnest in my desire to be socially conscious;I get chills just retyping their vows.
to allow my heart to be pressed by the ills of the world,
and to respond accordingly.
I promise to remain steadfast in the face of adversity,
to challenge and allow myself to be challenged,
to speak out and, in turn, be spoken to.
I promise to always support you in your dedication to do the same,
to push you when called for and comfort you when needed.
I promise to always hold you in my heart,
ever mindful that we will help to raise the next generation
and that we are dedicated to leave them a legacy of kindness and justice.
We share a common humanity . . . . Simple principles of decency dictate that we extend to the plaintiffs, and to their new status, full acceptance, tolerance, and respect. We should do so because it is the right thing to do. The union of two people "is a coming together for better or for worse, hopefully enduring, and intimate to the degree of being sacred. It is an association that promotes a way of life, not causes; a harmony in living, not political faiths; a bilateral loyalty, not commercial or social projects. Yet it is an association for as noble a purpose as any involved in our prior decisions."
Confession: I've missed more than one deadline in recent weeks. So I guess I shouldn't be surprised that I had a nightmare last night, in which Mr. HC and I forget to get our marriage license -- indeed, didn't even know we had to get a marriage license -- and thus couldn't be legally married on our wedding day. [Gulp.]
- You do not need to be a California resident to marry in California.
- To marry in California, the two parties may not be already married to each other or other individuals.
- Marriage by proxy is NOT allowed in California. Family Code, Section 420(a) requires the two parties, marriage officiant and witness if applicable, be physically present together in the same location for the marriage to be performed.
- Blood tests are NOT required to obtain a marriage license in California.
- Both parties must appear in person and bring valid picture identification to the County Clerk’s Office to apply for a marriage license in California.
- If you have been married before, you will need to know the specific date your last marriage ended, and how it ended (Death, Dissolution, Divorce or Nullity).
- Marriage licenses are valid for 90 days from the date of issuance. If you do not get married within 90 days, the license will no longer be valid. You must purchase a new license.
- California Family Code, Section 400 states the persons authorized to solemnize marriage ceremonies in California are as follows: A priest, minister, or rabbi of any religious denomination; a judge or retired judge, commissioner of civil marriages or retired commissioner of civil marriages, commissioner or retired commissioner, or assistant commissioner of a court of record in this state; a judge or magistrate who has resigned from office; any of the following judges or magistrates of the United States: a justice or retired justice of the United States Supreme Court, a judge or retired judge of a court of appeals, a district court, or a court created by an act of Congress the judges of which are entitled to hold office during good behavior, a judge or retired judge of a bankruptcy court or a tax court; a United States magistrate or retired magistrate; a legislator or constitutional officer of this state or a member of Congress who represents a district within this state, while that person holds office.
- All fees and hours of issuance for a marriage license may vary by county.
- The person solemnizing the marriage must return the original marriage license to the County Clerk or County Recorder as applicable within 10 days of the date of the ceremony.
Did you catch Project Runway last night?!! The designers' final challenge was to design a wedding dress and a bridesmaid dress. Holy Heidi hauteness! Don't worry, Tivoers; I won't reveal who got auf'd. But how could I resist reviewing the designs?
Let's go in the order of fug to fabulous:
Love it? Get your faux florals at Save on Crafts.
Which dress was your favorite?