Sunday, December 13, 2009

Xmas 2009

Hello to all!

We have been quite busy this past week. We got our Christmas tree, new TV stand and shiny new TV. Friday evening we went to dinner with the Wilcox family and Brian and Roselyn in Allentown. Dinner at the Allentown Brew Works Food and drink were FANTASTIC - highly recommended to parties of 4 and under. We did wait 40 minutes to be seated - very few large tables.

We bought and decorated our Christmas tree! Well, almost... I have decided that we need a new tree topper and we haven't been able to find a tree skirt that we like. We have been to Wal Mart, Target and SKH... nada.

Then my mother-in-law, sister-in-law and I went to the Philly Outlets for some shopping while the boys went go-cart racing in Allentown. Overall, it was a great weekend! Enjoy the pics below!

Enjoy the tree.

And our pretty, shiny, TV!

We also did some decorating...

Close up to tablescape

Dining Tablescape

Close up of Dining tablescape

Mrs. Aldrich

Monday, December 7, 2009

Christmas Prep

Hello All!

It has been 3 weeks and 1 day since our wedding! Hard to believe it flew by so quickly! I just wanted to give everyone a quick update on our lives.

We got some wedding photos back! Here is a lil sneak peak!

I am officially unpacked! After a major closet clean out and some reorganization all of our stuff fits! We are beginning to decorate for Christmas! I'll have some pics up by the end of the week. And we can hopefully get our Christmas tree on Saturday! :-) Have a great Monday!

Mrs. A

Thursday, November 12, 2009

3 days til I'm a Mrs.!

*happy dance*

Today is my last day at work for 17 days! I am SO looking forward to it. A possible dinner in Reading and then tying up some more loose ends. Mani/pedi tomorrow. Rehearsal Saturday and Sunday we get MARRIED! I cannot believe that it is finally here. That fact just boggles my mind.

Happy Thursday!


Wednesday, November 11, 2009

1 day closer.....

...but only 4 days away! The waiting game continues and the anticipation builds as does the anxiety level. How did I ever think that taking ALL of my vacation for the year all at once was a good idea? I have SOOOOOO much to do before I leave. As long as 1 deadline in particular gets pushed back - I'll be good to go. *insert cheesy Taco Bell commercial hand motion here*

We are so excited! The infamous TO DO list is ever shrinking, so we are making great progress!

Happy Hump Day!


Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Seulement Cinq Jours

Hello and Happy Tuesday!

Translation: ONLY 5 DAYS!

Today is day 2 of wedding week and 5 days left in the countdown! We're super excited as the numbers countdown and the BIGDAY gets closer! I stopped by the mall last night on my way home from work and picked up THIS dress at the Limited, our travel papers, and some last minute gifts.

Our cake server and knife set arrived! And I love it! No hearts, or lovey dovey nonsense on it. Totally perfect for us!

I leave you with this:



Monday, November 9, 2009

Wedding Week

Happy Monday and to day 1 of wedding week!

We are at t-minus 6 days and counting! We finished up some last minute details this weekend such as:
1. Buy ribbon for cake
2. Drop off ribbon at bakery
3. Buy enclosure for unity candle (<3 Pottery Barn)
4. Shoe shopping (un-wedding related, but still note worthy - buy 1 get 2 free)
5. Pack my stuff
6. Move half of my room to the apartment
7. Organize wedding day goodies.

Have a great day!


Monday, October 26, 2009

The Verdict...

...the bachelorette party was a success! We had dinner at Reflections, followed by wine and dessert and our apartment.

Then the LIMO came to pick us up for our evening of madness and mayhem.

I had a great time! I believe all the girls did too!

20 days and counting! Woo!


Friday, October 23, 2009


Happy Friday to all!

Guess what we did last night? If you guessed booking our honeymoon - you would be correct!

Vegas Baby! Wooooooooooo! We are so excited! 11.17.09-11.24.09

We will be staying at Mandalay Bay and doing a couple of excursions:

1. Grand Canyon Aerial Tour

2. Bootleg Canyon Zipline

And maybe even......

Have a fabulous weekend!

Monday, October 19, 2009

Weekend Recap

Hello and Happy Monday!

For your viewing pleasure:

We're adorable - we know. lol.

Viking Attack!

"Save me Quiet Riot!"

Oh yes, we went out in public like this to Scare Brothers Haunted Attraction. I think the actors had a harder time not laughing than scaring us. Emily was a good leader...I just clung to her arm for dear life.

The festivities were followed by a tasty breakfast at Micheal's. Then a 5 hour shopping marathon with Emily. We were victorious! She has a dress - and I have new pj pants (the house is cold)and random things for the apartment!



Friday, October 16, 2009

Less than a month!

Happy Friday to all!

Mark and I are super stoked for this weekend - ROCKtoberfest on Saturday! There will be pics, it will be awesome!

And we will be picking up my rings! Sunday will have some shopping and relaxing. Next weekend are the much awaited Bachelor and Bachelorette parties! I'm so excited to spend the evening with the girls!

Just an note to the groomsmen and friends of the groom - please take care of my fiance! Or I will find you. Please and thank you.

Have a great weekend!


Monday, October 12, 2009


Hello and Happy Monday!

We have several busy weekends ahead. With only a little more than a month to go the time crunch is on!

Another busy week ahead!


Saturday, October 10, 2009

Busy Weekend

Happy Weekend!
We have been uber busy this weekend (again):

We are licensed to wed!

We've been to Philly and back to get my wedding band rounded.

We got our second engagement photos back!



Wednesday, October 7, 2009


I'm so into this dress right now.

What do you think?
Bachelorette dinner?
Rehearsal dinner?

Friday, October 2, 2009

Fabulous Friday

I know you have all be waiting for here it is! Our wedding mood board!


6 Fridays Left

Hello and Happy Friday!

This weekend there is much to do. I need to get my passport in order, finish up the invitations, clean the apartment and start reading the book for counseling. Plus we have the Lancaster Heart Walk tomorrow morning and I have family plans in the afternoon.... maybe I'll get some sleep. Maybe.

Saw an ad for these and found them interesting so I made my new last name.

Have a great weekend!


Monday, September 28, 2009

The final 48....

Hello All and Happy Monday!

We had a busy weekend! Mark's birthday celebration was Saturday evening. There were lots of people and lots of food! All turned out well! Especially the Oreo cheesecake and buffalo chicken dip.....mmmmmm.

Our engagement photo session went well last week. Here is a sampling for you!

Another busy week ahead!


Thursday, September 24, 2009

Did you really think....

...that I would post pics of MY dress. I think not. You can in 51 days!



*Thank goodness it's almost Friday!

We had our engagement photo session last night at Lititz Springs Park. It was fun, but it was also hot and buggy. Our photographer should have them up soon! :-)

In other news, my dress fitting is tonight. I'll post some pics later.


Wednesday, September 23, 2009


Hello All!

I was thinking today about the wedding (when am I not). I realized that many of you don't know about Riverdale Manor (ie: the place we'll be getting married). So, I will play tour guide. When you turn at 62 Pitney Road, you will probably be wondering why you are driving down an alley. This is normal. That was my first reaction, and I thought we were lost.

Once you reach the wrought iron gate the scenery morphs from construction site riddled with potholes into a rolling lawn with natural water feature (ie: Conestoga river) and a picturesque farmhouse.

The farm house was built in the 1800's and has been fully restored. The ballroom was build to look like an old barn, but hasn't had it's 10th birthday yet.

The pavilion where the ceremony will take place was completed earlier this year.

Photos are all courtesy of Riverdale Manor and their respective photographers.

PS- Engagement photo session tonight, hopefully, if the rain holds off!


Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Hotel Info

Hello All!

Big news: Today is Mark's 25th birthday! So give him LOTS of birthday wishes! :-)

After a second review of the hotel contract I noticed an important detail I did not divulge earlier:

Cut off Deadline

Reservations must be received by 10/15/2009. After this date reservations will be accepted on a space and rate available basis only.

Please book early! If you have any questions/concerns/comments call me, email me or leave a comment on our blog (aka here).



Tuesday, September 15, 2009

It's the Final Countdown...

I am bouncing off the walls today! It could be the extra large iced coffee from DD or the fact that in 2 months, 5 hours and 16 minutes (but who's counting) I will be Mrs. Aldrich! *insert Happy Dance here*

Good news on the wedding front:
Calligrapher has been confirmed.
Hair salon has been confirmed.
I FINALLY found shoes! <3 DSW

PS- I hope you get the reference. That song is stuck in my head today.



Tuesday, September 8, 2009


Hello to All!

I hope everyone had a great weekend! We were super busy as usual. Friday night we met Kay and Nanners for a late dinner at PF Chang's in Plymouth meeting. Slooooww service, but goooood food! We went rock climbing with Dave and Eric for Dave's 17th b-day! *Happy Birthday Dave!* Followed by dinner at The Works and sleep. We had a lovely Labor Day picnic at John's humble abode followed by a couple of games of volleyball where everyone got to witness my "amazing" athletic skills. *shocking, I know*. Overall, it was a nice long weekend. 2 long weekends in a row...I think I could get used to this. :-) Have a great Monday, er Tuesday!


Thursday, September 3, 2009

T-Minus 73 days!

Happy almost Friday!

Mark and I are having another uber busy week. Yesterday we confirmed the hotel. There are a block of rooms reserved at the Lancaster Courtyard Marriott. If you are planning to stay Saturday or Sunday night(s) please call 717-393-3600 and use group code: BAWS. There will be a shuttle service for hotel guests taking them to Riverdale and back again. You will need to request early check in, seeing that check-in is normally at 3pm and the ceremony begins at 3pm.

Tonight we are going to pick out the tuxes and have our 2nd pre-marital counseling class with Pastor Rene.

*Still looking for red wine suggestions. If you have any, please share!*


Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Long Weekend

Hello All,

I am back to work today after a long, enjoyable weekend. We drove up to Mark's parent's house and then off to the NY Finger Lakes for a day of wine tasting for your enjoyment on the 15th of November (it's coming up so fast)! We still need to purchase red wines though....anyone have suggestions? I'm more of a white wine kind of girl.


Friday, August 28, 2009

Much anticipated updates!

Hello All,

I apologize for the lack of updates, I have been quite busy with things related and non-related to our upcoming nuptials.

Nuptial Related News
For the Lititz folk: Our engagement announcement was in the Lititz Record last Wednesday (8.19.09)
For the Lancaster folk: Our will be in the the Lancaster Sunday News on 9.6.09
For the folks up north: I'm not sure when it will appear in the Montrose paper, but my future mother-in-law has kindly submitted it for us *Thanks Cathy* :-)
For those out of state: once I get my hands on a copy I will scan it and post it on here.

We still do not have a salon that will do our hair. I have requests in at 2 salons...but hopefully they can get a few stylists to agree to work a Sunday morning. Maybe we'll have some more luck next week. :-/

Non-nuptial related news
Mark and I are going up to his parents tonight for a long weekend. And taking a day trip to the Finger Lakes in New York. There will be wine tasting and maybe some touring...if the rain holds out. Maybe there will be some pics of our adventures up North!


Monday, August 3, 2009


Hello and Happpy Monday to all!

My weekend was fantastic! It began with a bridesmaid dress fitting for Kelli's June 2010 wedding and then dinner. Followed by a mani/pedi with my mom Saturday morning. Then "lunch" with Dani and Adrienne....actually my girls threw me a surprise bridal shower at Fiorintino's (restaurant at the airport). It was fabulous! There was wine and Italian appetizers....just thinking about them makes my mouth water...

The girls successfully pulled it off! <3 Thank you ladies! And thank you to everyone who could make it out!

The weekend concluded with a family BBQ and Mark going to Houston. The Houston part wasn't thrilling, but he'll be back in a week and I may have a surprise or two up my sleeve. Until next time... 3 months 12 days!!! :-)

PS- If anyone has pics of my bridal shower, please email them to me: - I would really appreciate it! Thanks!


Thursday, July 23, 2009

3 Months 23 Days

Today is a very special day - it's Dani's 23rd birthday!!! Happy birthday to my best friend and matron of honor!

Yes, you get your very own post.

Joyeux Anniversaire Dani! (no I will not sing it in French)


Friday, July 17, 2009

Happy Friday!

Yet another week has past. This brings us even closer to the big day. We are well on our way! Things to come this week:

1. Submitting our engagement for the paper (better late than never?)
2. First pre-marriage counseling session with Pastor Renee on Thursday
3. Beach!

Have a great weekend!


Thursday, July 16, 2009

Going to dinner with rachelle before she leaves! Missing my lizzy! And looking forward to the weekend! Harry potter here we come!

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Fact of the Day

Fun fact: 6% of weddings take place in November, which ranks ninth in popularity.

We're down to the final 48. Well, 4 months 8 days.

{big smiles}


Thursday, July 2, 2009

Are we there yet?

Today is Friday! Actually, the office is closed tomorrow, so it just feels like a Friday to me. This was our first week in the York office. Not too bad really, just dry air and the occasional alarm going off for no reason. The commute isn't too bad since I'm carpooling with Steph.

My invitations arrived! Loving them! We just need to print out our monogram and we're good to go! I plan on having the girls over for lunch sometime soon and assemble the whole lot.

Busy weekend ahead!


Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Wedding on the brain...

...can you blame me? Time is seriously flying by. First, Brian and Roselyn's wedding last Friday- then Colby and Melissa's wedding on the 4th. Ours will be here in no time. Speaking of our wedding. I was playing with Google Maps - important wedding related locations are listed here.

View Our Big Day 11.15.09 in a larger map

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Tuesday Treats

Hello and happy Tuesday!

I have an announcement: I have stopped procrastinating! Meaning - I finially sent out the save-the-dates. For those of you who don't know, it's Nov. 15, 2009! Exactly 145 days from now or 3,625 hours, but who's counting, right?

Last night I re-updated the registry. I had a few sneaky duplicates on there still. I have also approved the final proof for our invitations! I'm loving the design! But no sneak peak! You must wait until the end of summer.


Monday, June 22, 2009

Busy Weekend!

Hello all and Happy Monday!

We had quite the busy weekend! I took a half day on Friday for Brian and Roselyn's wedding. Everything turned out beautifully! SO much fun! I think I'm still recovering.

Saturday we cleaned up the apartment and Sunday was Haley-Bug's 1st birthday party!!! Cake everywhere! She is growing up so fast!!

Much to do this week wedding-wise. Hopefully I can make some headway this week!


Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Getting Ahead

I have had some progress on the Save-the-date situation. Dani and I addressed bunches of them last night...and then ran out of stamps. So, they will be in the mail next week!

In other news, I love this website {}
...can you tell I'm in event planning mode?

Many errands to run tonight...then sleep.


Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Happy BDay Steph!

Hello to all!

Today is Tuesday. This day marks the 5th official day Mark has been in the new apartment. It's coming along nicely. Just a minor faux pas with some rain this past weekend. Nothing some sunshine and a windy day can't handle.

The rehearsal and luncheon for Brian and Roselyn's wedding was also on Saturday. Beautiful ballroom. It's at the Eden Resort. I'm loving the fountain. After the luncheon the ladies went to Shear Sensations in the LTZ for a time honored tradition- the bachelorette party. The pedicures were amazing. I could really get used to that kind of pampering. The Brother-in-law to-be surprised his future wife with a white stretch limo to drive the gals to Harrisburg for dinner and drinks. I hope the bridesmaids had a grand ole time painting the town red!

Melissa and I headed back to the apartment after our pedicures. Mel, Matt, Mark and me (I know it's supposed to be "I" - I just like the alliteration) went to Iron Hill for dinner :heart: love their nachos.

B & R's wedding on Friday! Wow....only 3 days left to be a single gal! Enjoy it Ros!

And in other news the official countdown in under 5 months! 4 months 29 days to be exact!

The (other) Future Mrs. Aldrich

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Happy Tuesday!

Quick Updates:
1. We moved my stuff into the apartment! (Pics to come later)
2. Mark should be all moved in sometime in the next 2 weeks.
3. Still working on invitations.
4. I'm going to be a bridesmaid! Kelli's June 2010 wedding :-)

Ciao! <3
The Future Mrs. A

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Packing, Etc.

Happy Tuesday! Mark and I have been busy bees these past few weeks. We are in the process of a DIY refinishing project. We bought a bed in need of some tlc, so we stripped it, sanded it and are now putting the final coats of paint on it. Should be done by move-in day!

I spent the majority of last night organizing the mess I created in the spare room in my parents' house. I packed some boxes and completed my packing for that room. One down...2 to go....

Registry update: I think it's all correct now. I think I ironed out all the duplicates and randomness, so it's all good now! :-)

Have a great week! Ciao!


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