Monday, April 30, 2012

Monday–5 days until I get to marry Doug

In 5 short days, I will be Mrs. Brown. (That is weird to type!)

In honor of the five days left, I will share 5 hints of things to look for at the wedding…

1. 5 different types of cake to taste.

2. Draft details.

3. A green design high on a wall. 

4. Going non traditional at the ceremony. (In more ways than one…)

5. An piece of art being created.

We are excited to see you all! Family starts arriving Wednesday night. This week is going to be amazing.

Love and Hugs, Lizzie

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Sunday – 6 days until I get to marry Doug

Six days is not very many! I have a few things left to do like confirming vendors and asking last minute questions. All of “stuff” is packed and in my living room. I am done with all of the “big” projects..I think!!

My “to do” list has come down from 3 pages to half a page. I feel pretty excited and relived most of the work is done. Ashley keeps telling me that even if we stopped planning/working on things right now, the wedding would still be awesome. She has been a HUGE help.

Over the past week, Janessa, Sarah and Ashley have been over at my house EVERY NIGHT! I could not have done it without them. Mom has also worked her little fingers to the bone. Her work is AMAZING! I am very lucky to be surrounded by people who clearly love me this much. Thank you ladies!

The next step is moving all the “stuff”. It seriously looks like I am about to move out. The poor JW has no idea what is about to hit them on Thursday…:) The best part about all of this is that I get to marry Doug!

I hope you all have a great week! I know I will :)

Love and Hugs, Lizzie

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Saturday–7 Days until I get to marry Doug!

Honestly, 8 days left is blowing my mind. In honor of the the 8 days left, I will share 8 pictures of DB and I from 2007 (the year we met.)

Janessa’s wedding:

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The restaurant where Doug surprised be in Boston!!!!

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SO CLOSE! Lets get hitched!

Love and Hugs, Lizzie

Friday, April 27, 2012

Friday–8 days until I get to marry Doug!

For 8 days left before the wedding, I want to share a bit of my bridal shower and brag about my 8 awesome bridesmaids!

These ladies threw the best bridal shower EVER! The food was fantastic, the d├ęcor was pink(!!) and the company was the best ever.

Here are 7 of the 8 amazing ladies in my life:

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Check out what they did:

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They did such a great job with all the details. I absolutely loved it. I can not imagine having better friends or family surrounding me. I am a very lucky lady.

Thank you ladies for making me feel so loved and special.

I love you all!

Love and Hugs, Lizzie

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Thursday– 9 days until I get to marry Doug!

Things are wrapping up nicely for the wedding. I think I just MIGHT make my goal for being done on Friday/Saturday.

In honor of the 9 days, will tell you the people who turned in their RSVP cards the fastest.

1. Courtney and Kenny. Hand delivered. (DB Team)

2. Gay and David. Hand delivered by Courts :) (LP Team)

3. Ashley and Andrew. Hand delivered (DB Team)

4. Sarah and Donnie. Hand delivered. (DB Team)

5. Dale and Patti. Hand delivered. (DB Team)

6. Chris and Stacey. Hand delivered. (LP Team)

7. Bruce and Betsy. Hand delivered. (DB Team)

8. Leon Hand delivered. (DB Team)

9. Scott (Fed Ex OVERNIGHTED!) (DB Team)

I only had 2 of the first 9!
Doug’s team really started hot. He was the hare and I am the tortoise. I hope. :) GO TEAM LIZZIE!

Love and Hugs, Lizzie

Wednesday–10 days until I get to marry Doug!

In honor of 10 days left, I will tell you my 10 favorite memories with Doug:

10.  Starting the New Orleans Restaurant Club together – our restaurant club. We have a pretty serious following (and I can’t wait to get it started up again after the wedding!)
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9. DB bought a house on the day we had our first real dress up date. After seeing a play we bought champagne and toasted on his new front porch.

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8. Running/exercising with Doug almost daily. We are always trying to get more steps than the other. :)

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7. When Doug got “Nipples” drunk at the LSU vs. Ole Miss game. His altered state he thought he heard someone yell, “Nipples” and so he thought he should also…and he did….very loudly. :)

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6. My 30th birthday over Mardi Gras! Doug and Ashley made a HUGE celebration on St. Charles. It was the best birthday of my life!

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5. When DB and I took a two week road trip to Pennsylvania and back. We visited DC, Hershey Park, met Dave Ramsey AND finished it off with Jenni’s wedding!

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4. When Doug, Ashley and I traveled all over Ireland and visited London. Doug drove and I am pretty sure we thought we were going to die. Ashley and I say it was terrifying, while Doug said it was fun.

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3. When Doug surprised me with a trip to NYC for our 2 year anniversary. We saw Rock of Ages on Broadway and hung around NYC.

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2. When Doug flew to Boston from the UK to surprise me for New Years Eve in 2007/8! (He and Ashley have been partners-in-crime ever since.)

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1. When Doug proposed on April Fools at Arnaud’s Restaurant in 2011.

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It has been an awesome, fun ride with the DB. I can’t wait to see what is in store for the future.

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Love and Hugs, Lizzie

Tuesday = 11 Days until I get to marry Doug!

11 days! That is just insane (especially since I am writing this when there are actually 9 days..ha)

Doug had his bachelor party last weekend. A group of awesome guys met in Jackson, Mississippi, to do a adventure race. They had a blast and I will see if Doug will write the blog about the actual trip, but in the mean time I will show you what Doug personally made for each guy:

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Doug actually hand drew luchador mask to correlate with the masks given to groomsmen/ushers (and he designed one for Jeff).

Here is a photo of each mask:
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I am so glad my house does not smell like Sharpie and impressed by his work. I think the guys really liked them.

They all wore their shirts to race in, run through the mud, and jump over fire. None of these shirts actually look like this today, but we can enjoy the before pictures.

Well done DB!

Love and Hugs, Lizzie

Blogger is mean

So I wrote blogs to count down each day until the wedding, but even though I uploaded them, they all got erased.

My plan is to rewrite them, but they will not necessarily be posted on the correct date as planned.

I am sure you won’t mind too much, right?

Love and Hugs, Lizzie

Monday, April 23, 2012

Monday–12 Days until I get to marry Doug!

We have officially hit the under two weeks mark. I can remember hitting 6 months and thinking it was so close! I can’t believe I get to marry DB in 12 days!

Things are INSANE here. Mom came and worked on my wedding dress this weekend. She sewed a special surprise into it. See if you can see it at the wedding!

Ashley has been steaming chair covers like beast. She started with 125 to steam and is now down to 56. She is rocking. Her and Janessa are the “steam team”.

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Last week, Jenni (db’s sister) input all the data from the response cards!

My house looks like a cleaner/FedEx warehouse. My goal is to be done with everything by Saturday. That give me one full week to try to relax.

Thursday will be a workshop night if people want to come by and help. Honestly, any night is a workshop night if you want to help out for a few hours. :)

The updates will be skimpy for the next two week. I will catch you up on details after the wedding.

Love and Hugs, Lizzie

Friday, April 20, 2012

Tasting at the JW!

The Saturday before my SURPRISE bridal shower, we had a tasting at the JW to pick our menu for the wedding reception!

Here are a few things we tasted…

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Then we got to hang with Callie – THE pastry chef at the JW! She was such a sweetie!IMG_6336IMG_6339IMG_6340

We have officially chosen the menu. The tasting was awesome – very yummy! Yay Carlos!

Can you see my duck lips? ha!

Love and Hugs, Lizzie

Thursday, April 19, 2012

SURPRISE! a bridal shower story

The chicken has landed.

Janessa arrived in Nola last Thursday, was picked up by Ashley and brought to my house. Ashley came in and told me she had a “heavy box” she needed help with in her car.

I walked out and Janessa popped out from behind Ashley’s car. IMG_6314

First I thought, “Woah, that is Janessa. She does not live here…”. Then, “Where is her car?”. Finally, “Do I still need to get the box?” Odd, confused thoughts, right?

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I thought the surprise was just Janessa (which is AWESOME) until she said my shower was this weekend. In my head I knew she was wrong. It was the following weekend.

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Or was it?!?! They got me! Ashley, Doug, and all my bridesmaids (and all the attendees!) GOT ME! yay!!

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I love being surprised! They did such a great job! I love my girls.

Love and Hugs, Lizzie

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Easter Sunday = The Easter Bunny

For the past 7 years I have been friends with the Easter Bunny at Arnaud’s on Easter Sunday. Here is the bunny in action:

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Doug and Ashley visit the Easter Bunny!

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The Easter Bunny Helper! His nametag actually said “Bunny Bouncer”! ha.
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Silly Rabbit!

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The Easter Bunny also had a surprise visitor! Ms. Norma!!

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Ms. Norma and her daughter were so cute! I hope I will be friends with the Easter Bunny next year also!

Love and Hugs, Lizzie