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Pineapple infused vodka
June 21, 2012, 12:58 am
Filed under: wedding food and treats

Nom Nom! I made pineapple infused vodka as a shot option for the wedding. Just got a call from the venue saying no hard alcohol so we are going to have to say it’s sangria.

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Ryan’s Bachelor Party
June 11, 2012, 4:32 am
Filed under: our engaged fun life, the bridal party

One of the many reasons I love Ryan is because he is not your average guy. He did not want strippers, Vegas, “last fling before the ring”, or the typical guy bachelor party. In fact he was pretty mellow about even having one. Obar thought it would be nice to just have Ryan’s bridal party and their significant others come to our house in Newport and have a beach day, dinner, and a couple drinks.

The gang started off by grabbing lunch at Big Belly Deli. Then we all headed to the beach. We got to use some of the games we bought for the wedding…you know, break them in. We were concerned bc it was dark and cold all morning. But within a half hour of everyone arriving the sun peaked out and it turned out to be a nice day. Hooray!

Next stop, Nick’s Restorante in Costa Mesa. That’s Ryan and my fave pizza joint. I can’t believe how much tapenade, pizza, and pasta out table put away. And we had leftovers! Which I may or may not have eaten for breakfast ;) I stink and forgot to get a group photo. But I did get Jeff still going after the pizza once we put it in a to go box. ha ha

After we got our carb strength we went to The Boulevard for some shuffle board and drinks. We popped into Goathill Tavern were Scotty finally convinced me to take a shot. As you can see, I’m not a happy camper.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We ended the night with a slumber party at our house with Scotty, Dana, Miko, Caitlyn and of course us. It was a fun day and it was great to get Ry’s bridal party together and introduced.



Ryan’s Bachelor Party
June 11, 2012, 4:09 am
Filed under: our engaged fun life, the bridal party


Bachelorette Party Part 3: Dance Party at Costas at the JW Marriot
June 6, 2012, 4:11 am
Filed under: our engaged fun life

So we jumped on the bus and headed to the JW Marriot. When we got there Suanne used her bamboozling skills to get us without having to wait and I got in for free. Once in, Kathleen bought us all a shot. Then the dancing commenced.

We met a group of 8 married guys in crazy outfits and danced with them most of the night. I spent a good amount of time dancing on a speaker box with Whitney. I was having such a great time that I forgot to get anymore drinks. I didn’t need them and I was happy I didn’t tucker out and I remember the entire night clearly.

On our way out Suanne spotted a limo and got him to take us to our resort. The next day I awarded her with a trophy for best bamboozling skills. It was a great end to a fabulous day with some amazing ladies. I’m bummed it’s over. But we have the main event and more dancing and laughter coming up in a few weeks. whooohoooo!

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NIGHT NIGHT!



Bachelorette party part 2: Our beautiful styled suite
June 5, 2012, 4:02 am
Filed under: our engaged fun life

While the rest of us goofed off at the pool, Miko, Kathleen, Whitney, and Ashley went back to the room to decorate. Miko did an incredible job! She bought cigar boxes and made them into beautiful flower arrangements. She bought vintage posters to cover up the cheesy hotel pictures. She hand made tassels and garland. But the real kicker was the incredible gift boxes she made for all the guests. They were wrapped beautifully but the contents knocked my socks off! She used the same style label for personalized cups for everyone. I was so impressed!!!

We played a short game of FUBAR before heading out to Costas at the JW Marriot.

To be continued…..



A pirate bachelorette party in Palm Desert
June 5, 2012, 3:49 am
Filed under: our engaged fun life

On June 2nd 14 of us heading to the Desert Springs Villas in Palm Desert. My friend Justin let me use his uncle’s employee discount so we got 2 condos, loads of snacks, dinner, breakfast, and more drinks than we could consume for $40 each. We are ladies on a budget. ┬áIt was 104 degrees when we arrived so we kicked off the day with a pirate themed pool party.



The most beautiful bridal shower
June 5, 2012, 2:53 am
Filed under: Uncategorized

 

On April 28, 2012 Kathleen Selke (my amazing soon to be sister-in-law), fabulous Aunt Cheryl, and wonderful Aunt Eileen hosted my bridal shower at the Selke residence in Playa Vista. Mama Stanley, Whitney, and Noelle used their creative skills to help them decorate and make the home stunning. I did not want a bridal shower because I was so worried that it seemed selfish and that my friends would think it was lame and feel obligated to spend more money on a present. I’d never been to one before but had an idea in my head. I am so happy that they convinced me to have one. It was such a fun day full of love and laughs.

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Kathleen did a fantastic job with the decorations. She used our colors of gray and yellow for the DIY decorations. She really captured the vintage rustic feeling we were going for. Aunt Eileen went to the LA flower mart to get the whimsical flowers. They were exactly what I had in mind. Whitney used her photog skills to capture it all.

I couldn’t help but cry when I saw all the hard work that went into making me feel special.

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The food was absolutely incredible. Kathleen had a caterer bring in the delicious finger foods. He brought his 2 cute sons to drop off the food. They were so excited to get a cupcake to go. Aunt Cheryl had the cupcakes made by a friend. They were huge and so nummy.

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The games were a blast!

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I was so thankful for all the generous gifts everybody brought.

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Then Aunt Carol read back everything I said while opening gifts as “things I will say to Ryan the night of our wedding”. I was crying with laughter and had a hard time breathing. So I was a bit embarrassed. ha

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It was an amazing day and so much fun! I was so grateful to have Ryan’s family and my friends in one place and everyone meshed well and I had zero stress. It was so fantastic!

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