Sunday, July 27, 2008

Flowergirl: an 8,000lb "big sister"

"It's not uncommon for a groom to include his sister in his wedding party. The story becomes significantly more unique when you find out his "sister" is an elephant.

Joshua Schacht, 22, and Ashley Glass, 18, were married last night at Mendon's Southwick Zoo in a wildly entertaining ceremony. Dondi, a female Asian elephant, served as the flower girl in the couple's wedding.

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Read the whole article here.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Dresses... sigh

So many pretty dresses at Nordstrom... (click to go to dress page)

I might end up ordering a bunch of dresses and then returning the ones I don't like.  It sucks, but none of the ones I like online are in the store.  I still love this dress the most, but I don't know how it will look on me.

I know I was talking about getting a custom dress, but I think if I could find one without having to go down that road, that would be best and easiest.

Monday, July 21, 2008

Potential Invitations..!!!

This is a long shot... BUT.

Today I just had an interview to be a studio assistant for a woman who makes items with cute little illustrations on them - items like pillows, sketchbooks, bags, ceramic things like cups and pendants.  The interview went really well, so hopefully I will get the job.

Anyway, she has a background in letterpress and actually has a 102 year old letterpress in her studio.  She said she would show me how to use it and I could play around with it!  She said she would be happy for someone to use it, since she almost never gets a chance to use it anymore.  At the end of the interview, she joked about making things for my wedding - LIKE INVITATIONS - and giving me an employee discount. (I'm telling you, the interview went really well!)

So I'm thinking, if she shows me how to do the letterpress then maybe I could even make the invitations myself, or at least design them exactly how I want and have her make them!

I really want the job... they kept talking about what I "will" be doing, rather than what I "would" be doing, which I take as a good sign.  Plus there was a lot of laughter and it was really laid back.  And she loves robots!

Here's hoping!

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Wedding Review!

Last Thursday night we went to JewishGuy's friend's wedding in Toronto.  It was really great and especially interesting for me, because I've never really been to a traditional Jewish wedding.  (Well, I think I went to one when I was younger but I don't remember)

So here's the summary of what happened:

It was at a synagogue - most of the interior was decorated such that you would not know you were in a synagogue (aside from the posters for events and whatnot that managed to peek through).  There were hors d'oeuvres all along the hall, with multi-colored martinis and interesting things on plates circulating.  Everything was delicious but unfortunately I didn't see all of the food, because I missed some little meat things people were talking about before that were apparently hidden somewhere.  Everything was pretty fancy.  JewishGuy went up this huge staircase to the room where the groom and his men were.

This is from JewishGuy's retelling:  In the groom's room, he was giving a little sermon about the week's Torah portion (for non-Jewish readers: Jews read a selection of the Torah every week, it's standardized so all Jews are reading the same selection of Torah at the same time, and we get through the whole thing in a year).  He barely could get out a sentence or two before the rabbi would interrupt him by breaking out into song.  This is apparently standard, for the men to heckle the groom before the wedding.  Also, there was drinking.

Then the groom was escorted out of the room with dancing and a clarinet player, down the huge staircase into a small chapel where his bride waited, and everyone else was allowed to enter to watch.  The dancing was pretty hilarious.  The bride sat in this huge white chair while the men sat at a table and signed marriage contracts, including the civil marriage (she signed them as well but she was on her own separate chair).  Then the groom put the veil over his bride and we all left to get some more food and then take a seat in the main sanctuary.

The main reason why I'm not a huge fan of weddings in synagogues is because it's hard to hide the fact that you're in a synagogue.  Mostly, this wedding was able to accomplish this, except the main sanctuary still pretty much looked like a sanctuary.  But what are you going to do.  The chuppah was beautiful, it was basically a simple frame with white cloth draped around it and a chandelier hanging from the middle.  There were little tree branches on the four posts with candles and beaded details on the cloth.  Very nice.

The procession, the circling the groom 7 times, the blessings, etc.  The cantor was very ornate with his singing.  The cup they broke was a kiddish cup that the groom had gotten for his bar mitzvah, which was cute.

Then they walked out for their time alone together, we went back out for more food and drinking before going into the hall.  The hall was really well decorated, I think you wouldn't have known this was in a synagogue if we hadn't just been in the sanctuary.  The centerpieces were tall so that you could see everyone at the table, like they were on little glass pillars.  My only complaint about the hall was that the band was a little too loud (also we were positioned right next to them), so it was very hard to have conversations and JewishGuy's voice became hoarse by the end of the night.  However, everything was beautiful, from the silver chairs to the white drapery on the windows.  This was actually the same color theme as our friend's wedding in Houston, which was basically purple, green and white.  The kippot at this wedding actually matched the dress I was wearing!

The bride and groom entered the dance hall under arches held up by the wedding party with flowers on them, and then we did some circle dancing and lifted them up on chairs.  They even did the thing where the bride and groom hold a piece of cloth between them as they're lifted up on the chairs, like the very religious people do (because they aren't allowed to touch in public).  It was funny.  There was separated dancing for this part, but it was spontaneous I think, as the men were all dancing around the groom and the women were dancing around the bride.  The rest of the time it was mixed dancing.

Also at one point the bride was up on a chair again holding an umbrella with multi-colored strings hanging off of it and people were holding the strings and dancing around her.  I thought that was cute.  I don't know if I would do it at ours but it was definitely funny and cute.

The bride and groom were glowing!  They were really eating up the attention and you could tell they were having fun.  That was the best part.  They were going around and we actually got to talk to them for a couple of seconds as they made their rounds (there were over 300 people there so you know they must have been busy).  JewishGuy and his friends from university took some reunion shots, which was funny, although some random guests decided to jump in for some reason.  I met a lot of JewishGuy's friend's significant otherseses, usually because the guys were taking pictures or drinking together and we were at the table ABANDONED. (hahaha)

All in all it was a very fun evening.  I wish my dress hadn't been so tight at the top, I was somewhat uncomfortable for about two hours during the evening, but I got used to it.  I felt like a victorian lady.  Now I realize for my wedding dress that I'm going to have to sit down and really push out my stomach as big as I can and see if I feel comfortable like that.  I was fine until I ate, and after I ate (when my stomach was a little bigger) I was uncomfortable, but after a while it was fine again.  SO.  Lesson learned.

I'm not sure when I'll be going to my next wedding!  We have been invited to two weddings (one in August and one in October), but I don't think we will be able to make either of them because they are on Shabbat and they are far away.  We'll see...

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Wedding Tonight!

Tonight is JewishGuy's friend's wedding :)  I am excited because I think it will be really fun, I am going to get super dressed up (I bought a really nice dress just for the occasion) and JewishGuy is going to get drunk and I'm going to go to my first Jewish wedding.

Well, that's not entirely true, I have been to two other Jewish weddings.  However, one was a second marriage, so it was small, and also I was pretty young so I don't remember most of it.  The second one was not a traditional wedding (from what I can remember, I was also pretty young) so it wasn't much different than a secular wedding.

From my understanding, this one will be fairly traditional, but we'll see.

The only part of the evening I'm somewhat worried about is the kabbalat panim, when the bride and groom welcome guests separately - ie: boys and girls are in different rooms.  This wouldn't be an issue except I only know JewishGuy's friends and all of them are male, which means they will all be in the other room.  It only lasts an hour and JewishGuy said he would introduce me to some ladies before disappearing for drinks and heckling, so it should be fine.

After that we'll be together for the rest of the evening, or at least most of it (I assume he'll be doing a lot of drinking and merrymaking with his friends, as it's basically a university reunion).  I am, of course, the designated driver.  I'm always the designated driver because I very, very rarely drink to get drunk.  We also have a long drive back to Chicago tomorrow morning so I will be taking the early shift so he can be hung over a little.

Will report back later!

Monday, July 7, 2008

Engagement Party! (not mine!) & Status

This weekend we went to my friends' engagement party in Chicago!  We joked about my blogging the party so here I am, blogging it.

I am really glad that we got to go to the party.  It was really nice, everyone was so friendly and warm.  It was great to see my friend again and meet his fiance :)   They're not actually living in Chicago so it was funny that we happened to be here exactly in time to go to their party.

One day I will post again about wedding plans, but we just moved across the country and we're about to go to a wedding this week so everything is crazy.  However, soon I will update everyone with the Shabbat menu for our wedding weekend!  Yes, the menu is already planned, how exciting.  (That is the menu for the weekend, not for the wedding itself.)

So this post was more like a, where-have-I-been-for-the-last-week-or-two, so there you have it...