Alright, announcement time! I have two things to tell everyone. Please pass it on to anyone who doesn’t read this as often as you :)

1) Kyle and I are officially registered at Target and Bed, Bath, and Beyond. You can follow the links, which are on the right hand side of this page, towards the bottom.

2) Our second announcement concerns all out of town guests. Our reception will take place at the Red Lion Hotel on Yakima Ave, and they have made a very gracious offer. You can call them, 509 248 5900, mention our event (St. Hilaire-Schouviller wedding party) and they’ll give you a discount rate on rooms. I think the lady said it was $79/night (you can choose one or two queen beds). And then there’s no worries about safety and driving at whatever o’clock in the late evening because you’ll already be there! Huzzah!  The only thing is that reservations are on a first-come, first serve basis.  If guests don’t reserve a room until a few days before, rooms might be filled up — either by other wedding guests or other random hotel guests.  So there you have it.

On the ‘getting stuff done’ side of things, we selected a photographer and signed a contract yesterday. This makes me very happy. I’m really looking forward to working with Joli photography. And then today we looked wedding bands for Kyle. Yay us.

So there you have it. Cheers!

So I started the first day of work last week. I’ve been pulling long hours each day, coming home filthy and tired, but happy from the long hours I put in. It means a bigger paycheck squeezed into the short time I’ve got for work. And I found out today from my first paycheck that I got a raise. Thanks, boss!

We got a reception site booked. Thanks for all the suggestions everyone! My mother and sister found a lovely place, and it got my approval 5 seconds after I saw the place myself. That was mainly because I’ve been there before. All of my old high school contacts might recall the Garden Terrace Room in the REd lion Hotel?

DUDE: pretty, trees and lights, catering package included, big enough to hold my family, decorations, set up and clean up and accents already thrown in. There are several catering options available. They also have a few other sweet sweet deals that will be revealed later. Remind me to let you folks know about these sweet sweet deals :) In short, we’re really looking forward to NOT having to deal with all these things. Whee!

Oh, I should probably tell everyone about the ceremony. If you’re not familiar with Catholic Weddings, they actually take about an hour long. Most other ceremonies take about a half hour, but we Catholics — well. If we’re gonna make such a big deal out of this day, why not stretch it out a bit more, eh? Or something like that.

This Friday, Jill, Mom, and I (And possibly Kyle’s mom) are going dress shopping in the TRi Cities. Previous business with David’s Bridal has left me pleased and satisfied with their service, efficiency, patience, and speedy delivery. They are my first choice for dress shopping, so there we shall go. I’m getting pretty excited!

It’s interesting to hear the variety of comments I get when I tell people the actual date. It ranges from shoulder shrugs (”yeah, we did it in three weeks”) to jaws dropping (”There is no WAY you can do that! We’ve been engaged for 2 years already!”) to perplexed looks (”Are you purposely asking for a nervous breakdown?”) to even raised eyebrows (”What, are you pregnant or something?”). Speaking of which, the answer to that last question is a definite and resounding NO.

Our wedding colors are black and white and red. Simple, Elegant, Classy, Timeless.

PS. If anyone has any old or used bridal magazines to donate, I could really use them! Thank you!

The wedding date has been set!

November 1st!

- All Saint’s Day for all you Catholic cats out there

- Those who know their Celtic culture, it’s also Samhain — the festival to celebrate the harvest (I wonder if we could do a bonfire for the rehearsal dinner?)

- Day after Halloween for anyone else

We were thinking a fall wedding would be just right for us. Neither of us wanted a winter wedding (winter is ugly and plain and grey weatherwise and already riddled with holidays anyhow.)

Spring weddings are nice, but they are very common and it’s hard to book anything at that time.

And we didn’t want anything that would clash too much with the school year or with any other family birthdays or any other major serious holidays, etc. Yes, I realize that Nov 1st is the day after Halloween. I could also mention that it’s very close to Raina’s due date as well, but whatever, that’s cool. Better that than Thanksgiving. That tricky holiday can’t even figure out which day it wants to be on. Nooo, it has to be ambiguous. Feh. We showed it up.

So there you have it, folks. November 1st.


Next stop: Finding a reception hall in the Yakima Valley. Does anyone have any suggestioons? Keep in mind it needs to be big enough to have lots of people, a place/area for a dance floor, and a kitchen for the caterers.

Yeah, I’ll be posting how our parents reacted soon.

PS: Our first meeting with Msgr is on Friday, the 13th. Isn’t that just awesome?