I gotta be honest, I fell off the “Wedding Wednesday” train. But it just so happens that I don’t have any food to share with you today so I’m going to share a cake with you…a grooms cake! And a recommendation. And no, I’m not getting paid or compensated to write this post in any way.
During the wedding planning process (which seems so far away) I knew that I wanted two things to be a surprise for Big Guy: my dress and his grooms cake.
I also knew that I wanted his grooms cake to be amazing. Like, knock your socks off amazing. I knew that I didn’t want it to be an ECU Pirate cake (it’s been done too many times) and a lot of his hobbies are very seasonal (ducks, marlins, Christmas trees). So I went with something he can do any and every season: drink Corona Light and grill.
Sugarland Bakery in Raleigh made my vision a reality.
The cake was AMAZING. People could not believe that the entire cake was edible. Yes, from the bottles of Corona to the cooler, the entire cake was made of edible ingredients.
It was a show-stopper. I have never seen a cake so life-like in my life.
I will say that the cake was a bit on the expensive side, but look at it. It was well worth every penny I spent. I will also say that it wasn’t the most delicious cake I’ve ever tasted – but I didn’t expect it to be. Sugarland makes amazing cupcakes and gelato but I know that a cake of this caliber is more about the look, not the taste. It’s kind of like that dress you wear that makes you look incredible but it’s slightly uncomfortable.
Big Guy loved it and that was all I needed.
Sugarland did deliver the cake – there was NO way in h*** I was carting that piece of art around and there were no glitches whatsoever.
I would highly recommend Sugarland bakery. They amazed me from conception to execution. I will totally be a repeat customer.
Oh y’all! The past few weeks have been a fairy tale. From the week leading up to the wedding – full of family and preparation to the honeymoon – relaxing and reliving the April 27th, life has been bliss. I have so much to share and Wedding Wednesday will continue (perhaps on other days, too) so that I can wrap up all the details I haven’t shared. I cannot wait to see the photographers pictures because I know that I missed so much at the reception. But on Instagram, I used #bellwatson427 so that I could see pics as people posted them. So here are some of my favorite Instagram pictures that other people captured, in no particular order…
“Bell” ladies – somehow, someway.
The guys golfing at BCC.
Groom’s Cake (more details to come)
Last “single” kiss.
much needed the morning of
the original 6
beautiful Rose Hill
me and daddy – one of my favorite moments captured
All the Watson’s
the wedding party
The Bell Gang
precious Baby Haines
After 15 months of planning, we are down to 3 days before the big day! There are so many emotions going on but most of all I’m excited. My family began to arrive in town yesterday and I can’t wait to spend the whole weekend with those that mean to the most to me and Chris.
We’re simply tying up any loose ends this week and hopefully by Thursday afternoon we’ll be confident enough to throw our feet up and relax (wishful thinking?).
My sister arrives this evening and tomorrow her and my Momma will have one last moment of pre-wedding pampering with manicures and pedicures. We went before my sisters wedding (just the three of us) and so it seems only fitting to do this same for me. My Momma and my sister are my rocks and they’ve listened to all my stress, complaints and just complete insanity for the past
15 months 30 years so it’ll be nice to have that time of pampering – just the three of us.
I know that there will be some things that come up that need to be done last minute but I am going to just enjoy every single moment from now until “last call” at the reception. I know that it’s going to be an amazing weekend and I can’t wait to share with you all the memories post-wedding!!!!
Big Guy and I will say “I do.” in 10 days. That means we’re in the single digits tomorrow. Holy cow. It seems like just yesterday I was picking out my wedding dress. And next week my Momma picks up the dress for the last time. What an incredible journey it’s been.
On Monday we got our marriage license paperwork. Now all we need is the pastor’s signature and two witnesses. It’s real, y’all!
There are little things that need to be completed, but for the most part all is said and done.
My To-Do List:
- Wrap wedding party gifts
- Anything Momma Bell tells me to do
Yep, that’s it.
I have written a Wedding Wednesday for over a year now (minus one week) and I can’t believe it’s coming to a close. Don’t worry, post wedding I’ll catch everyone up on the events leading up to the wedding the week of plus all things reception.
April 27th is going to be the best day ever.
There is no rhyme or reason to anything in this edition of Wedding Wednesday.
1. My Momma deserves “Mother of the Year.”
2. I’m praying the “Mother of the Year” doesn’t lose it while tying up the lose ends over the next couple of weeks.
3. We’re currently working on getting the programs printed.
programs in progress
4. Who knew it would be so hard to find a microphone with a portable speaker. I hope the guests can hear the us say “I do.”
5. 202. Final head count. If you didn’t RSVP, don’t show up.
6. Big Guy claimed he was having an “anxiety” attack yesterday.
8. The forecast for my bachelorette weekend looks fantastic!
9. We got an email confirming our stay for the honeymoon and asking for our arrival itinerary. Now THAT made me happy.
10. But in all honesty, no matter what :
There are only 3 weekends between now and April 27th. Three! And one of those is my “hen” party. So that leaves TWO weekends. Oh my.
Well this weekend we have a major task to accomplish. Choosing our first dance song. We’ve talked about it before but it’s crunch time and we must make a decision.
I would love to waltz but I think we’ll be doing the 6th grade sway.
So, Big Guy, grab a cocktail ’cause Saturday night isn’t over until we’ve chosen a song.
Any and all suggestions are welcome…
This post is totally Wedding Wednesday material but I got a lot of confused reactions to us “burying bourbon” yesterday that I thought I better take the time to explain.
I have been a long-time follower of Southern Weddings magazine. I used their website and print magazine for inspiration throughout the wedding planning process.
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A while back, I stumbled across a post on a Southern Wedding tradition of “Burying the Bourbon.” So that’s just what we did yesterday.
Southern folklore says that if you bury a bottle of bourbon at the site where the bride and groom are to be married, then it won’t rain on their wedding day. According to many believers, this must be done exactly one month before the wedding, the bottle must be completely full and it must be buried upside down in order for it to keep the rain away.
And if it does rain, Big Guy and I will be digging up the bottle of bourbon and I shall drink it until I don’t care that it’s raining (wink wink).
One month (31 days) from today Big Guy and I will say “I do.” Can you believe it? Most of the planning is done and now it’s just a matter of tying up loose ends and just enjoying this last month of our engagement. I’m going to be a married lady in a matter of weeks. Craziness.
To Do List:
- Finalize the ceremony programs and have them printed.
- Marriage license!!!
- Final dress fitting.
- Wrap all the gifts for our wedding party.
- Call the guests that didn’t RSVP.
- Confirm honeymoon travel plans.
Now there are obviously a other little things that need to be done but those are the main things. This is real, y’all!!!!
38 days now
I cannot even begin to explain how much fun I had on Saturday. Daphne (my aunt), Maggie (my sister and MOH), Momma Bell and Rachel (my cousin) outdid themselves!
How amazing is that cake that my Momma put together? I swear she’s Superwoman.
Bride and MOH
How awesome are those wine glass markers?
It was such a treat to have so many special ladies in my life under the same roof. We laughed, played games and just enjoyed each others company.
me and Daphne, the gorgeous hostess
the Bell women
I am so lucky to have such a wonderful Momma and sister.
It was such a special day and I’ll never forget it. A HUGE thank you to everyone that drove many miles to be there and who really went out of their way to make it amazing and memorable !
Celebrate we will! This past Saturday night, we were the “guests of honor” at a party in Lumberton. We are so blessed that Chris’ parents friends love them enough to want to host a party to celebrate us. Not only was it great to see people we haven’t seen all year but my parents loved putting faces with names that they’ve heard over the years. To say we had a blast is an understatement. The company was fun, the (live) music was such a great touch and the food was delicious (especially those lamb chops!). Here are some pics from the par-tay…
A HUGE thank you to all the folks that put so much thought into the party.
But the celebrations don’t end there…this weekend is my bridal shower (kitchen themed) and I’m soooooooo excited!!!! Can’t wait to share more on that next week.