Archive for April, 2008

My reception
April 7, 2008

Photos by Nhan Photography

Here are the reception pictures.  Enjoy.

After reading my first blog entry about my wedding I got a call from my grandmother.  She pointed out I forgot to thank my mother for her hours and hours of hard work and God for the beautiful weather.  She’s right, my mother and grandmother spent 12 hours a day putting my wedding together for 7 days!  If I had paid someone to do all the work they did, I would have to sell my car!  So if you’re looking for someone to spray paint rusted iron furniture, wash hundreds of pieces of glassware, clean, provide food for the family every meal and run endless errands for you…call my mother Carol and grandmother Meme.  They are now skilled at wedding program making, with 150 of them under her belt, she’s clearly “eager” for my sister to get married.  She’s also beefed up her post party skills.  She and my grandmother re-washed and put up hundreds of pieces of now dirty glassware.  She dealt with audio problems at the wedding, took care of getting everything finished at the ceremony, brought decorations for the rehearsal dinner and remembered them when I forgot them!  I’m sure there are other tasks they completed that I’m forgetting but you get the gist…They were busy and I owe them many, many, many thank yous! 

The weather, oh the weather, it was the most perfect day I have ever seen.  Since the day we decided we were going to get married outside at The Houstonian, I had faith the weather would be perfect.  I thanked God for the perfect day weeks before the wedding because I just knew it was going to be just right!  It was 78, no humidity and zero wind.  You couldn’t find a cloud in the sky, that’s why my grandmother reminded me I forgot to thank God.  I guess the beautiful day was His wedding gift to Forrest and me!  We had so much faith it was going to be perfect outside we didn’t have a back up plan, never saw a need for one!  Yes, the lack of a back up plan worried my mom and grandmother.   

My Dad and my husband moved all of the furniture out of the downstairs and into the garage.  They then moved it all back in right after the wedding that night.  My dad put up party lights outside and was in charge of manning the dogs.  My family has a pack/herd/plethora of dogs and we don’t trust anyone but family to watch them.  My little guy Marley was part of the bevy of dogs camped out at my parent’s hotel. 

So Forrest and I are publicly thanking my mom, grandmother, dad and God for the fabulous wedding!  And no, my mom and grandmother aren’t available for hire. 

 

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Wedding Slide Show
April 3, 2008

Slide show photos by Nhan Photography  

Wedding Details
April 2, 2008

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All pictures by Nhan Photography 

http://www.nhanphotography.com/

Here they are!  So many of you have emailed or stopped me in the grocery store wanting more wedding pictures and details, I apologize for the delay.

My husband, Dr. Forrest Roth and I wed on March 22, 2008 at The Houstonian, the reception followed at our home.  Our colors were GOLD AND SILVER and we had a very small wedding party with only one attendant each.  

I was never a little girl who dreamed of a big wedding or a prince charming.  I grew up wanting to be the next Katie Couric or Diane Sawyer.  When it came time to get married I had no direction, my first reaction was NO WEDDING.  A quick trip to the Justice of the Peace sounded fine/easy/appropriate to me.  However, I could tell Forrest wanted a wedding and after some discussions I agreed.  For us it wasn’t about having an over the top event or a fancy soiree, we wanted a public affirmation of our love and commitment and that’s exactly what we created.

We decided 6 weeks before the wedding we were just going to plan it quickly and just do it.  So despite jaw dropping reactions and warnings from everyone that we could never pull it off, we moved ahead with our plans.  Was it tough to get everything together that quickly?  Yes, but we worked hard and worked together to create this wonderful event.  Forrest and I did everything ourselves without a wedding planner.  We enjoyed every minute of it and it gave a real sense of accomplishment as he began our wedding, that we can do anything together. 

My favorite details of the wedding?  By far the dress, the flowers, the photographer and the ceremony. lf1387.jpglf0899.jpg

All photos by Nhan Photography 

http://www.nhanphotography.com/

The Dress:  It turned out beautifully but wasn’t finished until the day before the wedding!  My seamstress Azam and her workers made my dress from a picture I saw on the internet.  The dress is pretty tight so I had to give up donuts for a couple of weeks before the big day but it was worth it!  

The flowers:  The flowers were just MAGNIFICENT!  My friend and florist Nino (Flowers by Nino) created a dream garden at our ceremony and reception.  Words could never do his art justice so just look at the pictures.  Since I was a little girl I have adored flowers, pretty much any kind.  Diamonds are a girl’s best friend but Nino is mine for right now.  My bouquet was full of freshia, lilies, gardenias and mums…all of which are my favorite.  He’s an artist with flowers and me made the reception spectacular!  (I’ll make a slideshow with the reception pictures in the next couple days.)   

The ceremony:  Our dear friend and the Director of the Women’s Ministry at Lakewood, Jackie Garner conducted our service.  It was so meaningful to have her there and she knows us both so well.  My cousin Andrew read The Apostle’s Creed and his sister Jess read scriptures during the service.

The Photographer:  Nhan took our bridal portraits and our wedding pictures.  He’s fast, efficient and AMAZING!  Being in news I’ve worked with still photographers all over the place and he’s the best.  Our wedding portrait that’s hanging on our stairs right now and I squealed like Little Miss Sunshine when I saw it!  He took all the pictures in the slide show, I apologize that the quality isn’t better.  The program I used to create the slide-show reduces the resolution dramatically because of space issues so it’s hard to get the full feel of the photos.

There are always problems right?  The cake tasted amazing…well the parts that were done anyway.  We couldn’t figure out why it was so crooked, when we cut into it there were parts that weren’t done so it wasn’t supporting the rest of the cake properly.  We served what we could and no one was any the wiser. The audio during the ceremony was a little crazy!  The guy forgot to turn the minister’s mic off during communion.  Having a bride in the tv business probably makes audio guys a little nervous!  The cater was supposed to arrive at 9am to our house to begin setting up the food containers.  They didn’t get to the reception until 4:30 with the food!  I was a nervous wreck because of this, as I was leaving to go the wedding they were just arriving!  They got everything set up and what they served tasted wonderful. Thankfully, the owners of the company are now remedying the situation.

Everyone said everything was just perfect and flawless, no one noticed the mistakes but me!  It’s so disheartening because you spend so much time planning and so much money so you expect people to do their jobs. Forrest is very laid back and a “big picture” guy so he is excellent at helping me keep little problems in perspective. I am very detail oriented and want everything perfect…being a perfectionist at a wedding is virtually impossible I found!  I had to let go and just enjoy.  Everyone tells you there will be problems just to remain happy and calm through them.  The stress about 4 hours before the wedding was at a fever pitch level so Forrest took my cell phone from me and handled everything.  I was on the verge of screaming/crying/drinking/throwing things so he was such a dear to take over the last couple of hours.  We forgot the bouquets and got about half way to The Houstonian and had to go back home.  We went to the wedding in a Maserati so luckily that thing got us around pretty quickly!  No, it’s not ours but it sure was nice to have for those couple of hours!

Tradition: Forrest and I aren’t big on tradition so he saw me in my wedding dress before the ceremony.  He went to 90% of the fittings with me and helped me pick out all the beads and silk for the dress, there’s no one else I had rather have there.  We also had our bridal portraits taken the week before the wedding.  We went to the wedding together and we got ready for the wedding together.  We decided it’s about being together so we should enjoy every single minute and experience together.  In the end everything was beautiful and we had a blast.  I promise to have reception pictures up soon and then honeymoon pictures after that. We went to The Amalfi Coast in Italy, Monte Carlo and then to Paris.  It was magical and the pictures are fantastic so stay tuned!  One more thing, I have gotten several emails about when I will start using my new married last name on the air.  I have to admit I was shocked by this but I do think it would make a really interesting blog discussion.  I have been so busy lately with the wedding I haven’t been a good blogger.  Now that it’s over, I’ll have more time and typing is a nice break from writing thank you notes from the wedding!