Random Thoughts

School is back in session, so our wedding planning is not as active as it was. I have been very busy with the start of the school year, but (yet) have had the time to think of these very random thoughts...

1. My license is up for renewal on 11/08/09. By that time, I will be Emily Beal, not Emily Daoust. Weird.

2. The students I have this year will be the last students to know me completely as Ms. Daoust. (However, since most of my students just call their teachers "Miss" or "Mister," I guess it doesn't really matter!)

3. This will be my last birthday, Thanksgiving & Christmas as Emily Daoust.

4. Will it be confusing, in the future, for people at school when my stuff is labeled with Daoust?

5. Beal is a great name to adopt. Much easier to spell and pronounce than Daoust. (However, Daoust is still a kick-ass name!)

6. I am getting married! (With all of the school activity, I actually forgot that we will be having a wedding! I even forgot about my dress! Gasp!)

OK...that is all for now! Hope all of you are doing well!


Mission Accomplished!

I accomplished my mission on Thursday: I said "YES" to a dress!

The whole experience was wonderful, but was both mentally & physically exhausting! I had no idea that it would be such a difficult decision to make. We started our mission at 12:30pm and didn't make our final decision until nearly 7pm!

I printed out a few ideas to take with me, but I was definitely willing to try on anything. While my consultant went to pull a few of the ones I found online, I browsed a rack that was right near my dressing room. That is when I came across the dress that eventually became "the one." It is a few sizes too big and is being discontinued, so it was the only one of its kind. It was the first one I tried on and I just loved it. However, I knew that I needed to try on others as well. (Pictures of some that I tried on are at the bottom of this post.)

Between 12:30pm and about 3:15pm, I tried on less than 10 dresses. I narrowed it down to three. I simply could not decide and my mom & sister were torn as well. I needed back up...and more time. I called my dad and best friend, Heather. I asked them both to meet me at David's at 5:15pm. Mom, Lizzie and I took a much needed break to get something to eat. We returned at 5:15pm and worked on making our decision. I ruled one out immediately once I saw the extra back fat that I had going on. (Hell to the no.) Now we were down to two and they were both very similar. I switched back and forth between the two and we finally decided!

I am so tempted to post a picture, but I don't want Randy to see it. It is beautiful and elegant and has beautiful detailing. It is ivory and is described as "strapless organza a-line" on the tag. I am shocked that I ended up with a strapless dress because I was determined to find a dress with sleeves. (I hate my arms.) When I put on "the one," my consultant brought over the sleeves that could be attached. My sister was NOT impressed and said that it made the dress look cheap. Looking at myself in the mirror again, I had to admit that I agreed with her. She told me that my arms didn't look as bad as I thought and that it wouldn't be difficult to tone them up for the wedding. Having them more tan will help, too. In addition, I completely forgot about them once my consultant put on the veil...and, wait for it....the tiara. I did not expect to want a tiara, but it, coupled with the veil, just completed the whole look.

Now, my next mission is this: find a veil and a tiara that will NOT cost $200 each. If anyone has any suggestions, let me hear them!

I have already "visited" my dress on my camera about 20 times since I got home that night. I uploaded the pictures to my computer and they look even better on a big screen. I haven't yet went to my parents' house to see it...but I just might soon! (We got to leave with it because it is being discontinued. We'll take it back early next summer to begin the alterations.)

Thank you to Lizzie, Mom, Papa and Heather (& Connor) for helping me decide. Another thank you to Mom for buying! And, to my sister who hates shopping, thank you from the bottom of my heart for going and being so great!

I can't wait for everyone to see it....especially Randy!

This was one of the finalists.

Too plain...which is originally what I thought I wanted!

One of the final three.

I tried this one on for my mom only. Yikes.

I liked this one from the very beginning, but it looked terrible on my short stature.

This one just didn't hold a candle to any of them.


Is it 10/10/09 yet?

We are continuing to get ready for the big day...and I wish it was here sooner! :-)

Last week, we booked the photographer. We are going with Fred Fox Photography. Many, many, many people suggested that we use them, so we made it easy on ourselves and checked them out! We met with one of their photographers and I learned that there is so much more to the world of wedding photography than I imagined! Who knew that we could have up to 1000 pictures to choose from or that the process of choosing how your album will be laid out is so detailed? Without much hesitation, we were able to choose the kind of album that we wanted and even decided on who would be our photographer that day. We really liked the guy who filled us in on everything, so we asked him to be our guy...he accepted! I think he will do a wonderful job!

I am going dress shopping with my mom & sister on Thursday. At this point, it seems almost surreal to me that I am going to be trying on wedding dresses! Hopefully all goes well with the day! I don't want to put pressure on myself, but I really would like to find a dress that day. I suppose we will see...

I can't think of too much else to share right now...and I thought it might be nice to post a shorter blog this time! :-)