let the planning begin

January 29, 2010

So… I’m engaged!

Eeeeeeeeee I know, right?

The first night was a lot of happy tears, laughing, a LOT of text messages, a delicious dinner at Skates on the Bay, then hanging out with friends and telling the story.

Then… pretty much the next morning, planning mode kicked in.
Because boy-fiance is dental school bound (Fall 2010), we wanted to get married early enough that we’ll have time to honeymoon, move (potentially across the country/state/bay) and for him to start doing research this summer. Crazy, right? We then factored in the wedding dates of about five other friends in June, July, and August and consulted Ingrid (of Jerry Yoon photography fame) for their availability and that left us with a few dates to choose from.

April 24, May 22, and May 29… which are 83, 112, and 119 days away from today, respectively. And instead of talking about how crazy this is, I’m just going to start planning! I’ve been doing SoCal venue research since August or September and have a fabulous Google Doc with my list of possible venues. We’re going to down to SoCal the first two weekends of February to hopefully take care of 1) venue/date 2) parents-meeting-parents (x2 since my parents are divorced & remarried) and 3) my dress!

Stay tuned!

nice to meet you

October 7, 2009

Plain and simple: I love weddings.
I love attending weddings- taking pictures, perusing registries for the perfect gift, shedding happy tears, sharing moments of joy. I also found out that I love planning and coordinating weddings- creating checklists, remembering that thing everyone forgets, calming nerves, exchanging smiles and hugs.
As I wait on pins and needles for oh-so-special ring that makes everything official (long story, more later), I thought a blog would be the perfect way to keep track of decisions, share inspiration, chew on ideas, and maybe even make a friend or two.
Why “five almonds”?
Someone, somewhere, at some time I can’t quite recall, mentioned to me off-hand that Jordan almonds were symbolic, traditional wedding flavors. It took a quick Google search to find out a little more, and I loved the symbolism behind the five almonds.
According to the Knot (the authority on all things wedding):
At traditional Italian weddings, five almonds signify five wishes for the bride and groom: health, wealth, happiness, fertility, and longevity.
Cool, huh?
In one of my interviews for the Gap Retail Management Program, they had us create a new brand to add to it’s portfolio. Given my love and obsession with weddings, I chose to do a wedding line and named it “five almonds”. For better or worse things didn’t work out with Gap, but now I can bring back the brand and give it new life here, online.

Plain and simple: I love weddings.

I love attending weddings- taking pictures, perusing registries for the perfect gift, shedding happy tears, sharing moments of joy. I also found out that I love planning and coordinating weddings- creating checklists, remembering that thing everyone forgets, calming nerves, exchanging smiles and hugs.

As I wait on pins and needles for oh-so-special ring that makes everything official (long story, more later), I thought a blog would be the perfect way to keep track of decisions, share inspiration, chew on ideas, and maybe even make a friend or two.

why “five almonds”?

Someone, somewhere, at some time I can’t quite recall, mentioned to me off-hand that Jordan almonds were symbolic, traditional wedding flavors. It took a quick Google search to find out a little more, and I loved the symbolism behind the five almonds.

According to the Knot (the authority on all things wedding):

At traditional Italian weddings, five almonds signify five wishes for the bride and groom: health, wealth, happiness, fertility, and longevity.

Cool, huh?

I got a little more attached to the “five almonds” idea when I had to do a project for one of my interviews for the Gap Retail Management Program. They asked us to create a new brand and given my love and obsession with weddings, I chose to do a wedding line and named it “five almonds”. For better or worse things didn’t work out with Gap, but now I can bring back the brand and give it new life here, online.

Health, wealth, happiness, fertility, and longevity. Sounds good to me.