Tuesday, August 25, 2009


This might not come as a shock to many of you, but weddings actually involve quite a bit of preparation. Details that seem simple become complicated, and tasks that you thought would take 15 minutes turn into 5 hours.

Like the seating chart. Who knew?

Uncle Ed has to be near the bathroom. Marge can't sit with Sally because they had the same boyfriend in high school and are still fighting over him. Cousin Molly can't sit near Aunt Eunice because she is offended by open mouthed chewing. Grandma Leona has to be kept far away from the bar. Get my drift? (names and details have been changed to protect the innocent)

Anyway, I got to see firsthand just how complicated wedding planning can be in the week before John & Jessie's big day.

Hmmmm, I know some of you are wondering how I didn't manage to figure that out when I got married myself. Well I'll tell you: I had nothing to do with it. My mom essentially planned the whole thing while I was across the state in school. I just wasn't into it. I even wore my sister's wedding dress so that I could avoid shopping for one.

I'm weird, I know.

ps- Mom would you mind moving Corie's wedding picture a little farther away from mine in your kitchen? Someone might notice that we're wearing the same dress.

Oh wait, I just told everyone.
Never mind.

Anyway, the day of and the day before the wedding were mostly dedicated to the beautification of the bride and her entourage. Including my little princess.

Now you may have heard that Michigan is in a time of economic distress. The state has probably been the hardest hit by the recession, with all of the automotive industry there.
Don't believe it.
There is no way that there can be hard times in Michigan and I can prove it.

Do you know where Alex is in this picture?

She's in a nail salon.
My 4-year-old daughter is getting a mani/pedi.
Proof that frivolous spending is alive and well in Michigan.

Can you believe that? I'm 30 and I've never had a manicure. My first pedicure didn't come until my mid-20's. And no, I did not have my nails done for my own wedding.

Oh, but she got into it. Look at that face as she enjoys the vibrating chair.

And the polka dot toes take the cake. She loved it.

Do you know where we found ourselves on wedding day?

Yup, the hair salon. Yet another place I did not visit on my wedding day.

She told me to call her Cinderella as we were leaving the salon.

Here are all the beautiful ladies.

Weddings are a lot of work!

Thanks mom!


Jen McD said...


I am so happy that Alex has been introduced to the wonderful world of mani/pedis. This is my sole reason for wanting a girl!

She is beyond cute and I will forever call her Cinderella.

Heather and Scott said...

You could totally tell that Alex was just eating it up! I don't think she'll follow in her momma's steps and not do all those things on her big day! She looked precious :)

Jennifer said...

Ok, I'm a bit appalled that you haven't had a manicure! Definitely make Phoenix one of your cross country stops and we'll ditch the kiddos to go and get mani/pedis!

NF - C&T said...

Erin, you aint fooling anyone! I, for one know that you tanned before your wedding which is the equivalent to getting your nails done. Now, the fact that you were tanning between nursing classes in the back of your truck is irrelevant ;-) Love the pics & posts as always!