Show Us Your Life ~ Wedding Stuff

Yes, I’m still alive. πŸ™‚
I have some entries that I need to post, mainly about our California trip (yes, I realize I’m a little behind). BUT. . .here is a fun post for you to hold you over! πŸ˜€

I enjoy reading my new friend Randall’s blog often. She introduced me to Kelly’s Korner.

Every Friday Kelly does a “Show Us Your Life” blog trail.

This week: “Wedding Party and Wedding Flowers”.
(I may also incorporate a little of last week’s theme in there: “Your Wedding Dress”, since I discovered the blog a little late. 😦 )

Wedding Party
Ric and I had a pretty large wedding party. The wedding party consisted of:
Ric’s Side:
Timothy ~ Best Man (his brother)
Adam, Peter, Eddie, Katie (yes, he had a girl on his side) and Don ~ Groomspeople
Trisha’s Side:
Leah ~ Maid of Honor (my sister)
Amanda, Emily, Colleen, Tonya and Aimee ~ Bridesmaids
Mikey, Mike, Mike and Jason ~ Ushers
(One of these things is not like the other. haha)

We also had many children in our wedding:
Will ~ Jr. Groomsman
Cheyenne ~ Jr. Bridesmaid
Dakota ~ Ring Bearer
Carly ~ Flower Girl
Joseph ~ Mini-Groom
Madison ~ Mini-Bride
Jacob ~ Vow Keeper

And now for the pictures: Photos by Alisha of Lily Photography (now Alisha Clark Photographer)
All the guys at the Church ~ including Groomsmen, Ushers and kids (minus Joseph).

All the girls at the Church ~ including Bridesmaids and kids.

Ric and I with all the kids at the Church (minus Joseph).

Adult Wedding Party at the Church

Girls in Kiener Plaza. I ❀ this picture! πŸ™‚

Girls at the reception.

A fun picture of [most] of the wedding party.

A fun picture of all the adult wedding party.

Wedding Party at Kiener

Wedding Flowers
We had a ton of wedding flowers! A very good family friend of ours is Jeff of Grimm & Gorley. (How lucky are we?!) He is AWESOME!!!!!!!!! πŸ™‚
There were only a few things that I cared about, and I let him take over on the rest. I DEFINITELY wanted Stargazer Lillies. That is my FAVORITE!! πŸ™‚

Close-up of my bouquet.


Close-up of the Jr. Bridesmaid bouquet.

Flowers around our awesome unity candle.

Some pictures of the centerpieces.



This centerpiece was more about the candles than the flowers.


The wreath in front of the carriage has a special story. The February before we got married, my Grandmother passed away. I was sad that she wasn’t going to be able to be there for my special day. This wreath had real flowers on it, which was at her funeral (also done by Jeff). Afterwards Jeff brought the wreath back to the shop and worked on putting some “fake” flowers on it for the wedding. That way, when we get a house and have somewhere to hang it, it will be an everlasting memory of Nannie as well as our wedding! πŸ™‚

I also had some awesome sugar flowers on my cake, made by Mom, of course. πŸ˜‰


Wedding Dress
It took me a while to find a dress that I absolutely LOVED. I picked my wedding dress out in a magazine, but was not IN LOVE with it when I tried it on, so then tried on 153971 dresses on after that. Then, at one bridal store, one of the ladies helping us was talking about how Maggie Sottero would lengthen a train if you wanted it a little longer. Light bulb went on – “I wonder if my designer would do that.” So one day, I got on the phone with DaVinci to find out if they extended trains at the request of the person buying it. Low and behold they DO!! The End. . .my dream dress was then discovered. It was the dress I had loved from the beginning, just wished it had a longer train. SO, what do I do? Add 3 feet onto my train! πŸ˜€
It’s a DaVinci ~ and I STILL love it!! πŸ™‚
Long train!!

Some detail.


Mom took this picture the day of my Pre-Bridal photos.

And, here are the magazine pictures that “had me at hello”. πŸ˜‰


And just for good measure. . .here is a fun picture of Ric and I! πŸ˜‰

And my all-time favorite wedding picture (that Ric surprised me with a HUGE print of). πŸ˜€


CA Rocks!

We’re home!! Well, we got home yesterday evening, but this is the first time I have had the chance to write! πŸ™‚

Well, it was AWESOME. We had a great time. I met a few AWESOME people. It was an awesome experience. I don’t think there are enough words to describe it. Something that not a lot of people get to experience! πŸ™‚

I’m not allowed to post pictures of anything in regards to Mom’s challenge. Not supposed to talk about it either. You’re going to have to tune into TLC sometime in September (tentatively on Sept. 28th) to watch. But, I’ll tell you this, it is going to be EXCITING!!!!! =D =D =D πŸ˜‰

Here is a little recap of our trip.
6/30: Trish up at 3:30 a.m. to get ready, head to airport (Katie takes me), wait for airplane. Get to GA, wait 4 hours for the nex plane. FINALLY arrive in LA around 4:30 p.m. LONG day in the airport! Get to airport, hang out with Ruth and Eric, who got there a few minutes before me to wait for Mom, Ric picks up our bags, Mom gets in, pick up rental car, check-in at Hilton, out to dinner.

7/1: Chinese Theatre and downtown LA, back to hotel, Steven arrives, load up van, drive to studio, unpack van, back to LA to the observatory, our own celebrity house tour, MJ’s house that he died in, etc., dinner at Mel’s Diner, back to hotel. Stayed up late laughing and having a good ol’ time.

7/2: Ric and Trish go to Disneyland and California Adventure all day – leave at 12:30 a.m. Everyone was asleep when we got back to the hotel.

7/3: Trish and Ric go to Universal Studios and Universal City Walk, dinner at Subway, Ric spills water all down the front of me and some worker sympathizes with him and says to me, “It was just an accident.” (ha) Mom and Team record their show all day. Around 11:00 we get back to hotel, get call from Mom that they need help cleaning and packing up. To studio at midnight to clean and pack up. Stayed up late laughing our booties off.

7/4: 4th of July event at Reagan National Library. I’m not allowed to talk anymore about this. I will write more about it in Sept. πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ (It’s KILLING me not to be able to talk about it.)

7/5: Ruth, Steven and Eric leave early (Ric drives them 45 minutes to and from the airport). Ric comes back to sleep some more. Mom, Ric and I wake up, pack up the van and Mom leaves to return rental car and head to airport. Ric and I head to Venice Beach, hang out there most of the afternoon. Then we start driving home. Stay the night in Flagstaff, AZ.

7/6: Driving, driving, driving. Drive to Roswell, New Mexico to spend the night.

7/7: Tour Roswell, NM and the UFO Museum and Research Center. Driving, driving, driving. Spend the night in Oklahoma City, OK.

7/8: Driving, driving, driving. Arrive in Highland around 4:30 p.m. Unpack van, pick up Ric’s car, drive to Belleville, grab some Jimmy Johns and go home. Phew.

I’ll be back later with some Disneyland, Universal Studios, etc. pictures later! πŸ™‚