Monday, October 24, 2011

Showered with Love

Our friends have graciously opened their homes and hearts over the last few weeks, showering me (Tiffani) with love and blessings. In late September, one of my bridesmaids, Jessica Roberts, hosted a shower up in Los Angeles. It was a beautiful time - we convened in a park near our neighborhood, and had just delectable treats, from cupcakes and cake balls to cheese and fruit to delicious salad and more. It was beautifully laid out and Jessica even made these adorable, frosted shortbread cookies shaped like tiered wedding cakes. I loved having some of my closest LA friends get together, share stories and laugh. What a perfect afternoon, it was a really great time.

 The next weekend a group of gals got together up in Hollywood for a Bachelorette party for me. I had been wanting to do this live murder-mystery-scavenger-hunt-type-deal called "Accomplice: Hollywood" for the last two years, and so when Emily Cox, who graciously offered to put the event together (and who is also serving as the wedding coordinator), asked what kind of things I'd like to do - this was the top of my list! We tromped around Hollywood, seeking clues to find a missing starlet, and interacting with different "characters" along the way. It was a really fun time that ended with dinner and drinks at the Hard Rock Cafe. Super fun.

The third weekend in this series, Curby and my friends Wendy Ayers and Nina Dawson, co-hosted a shower in Orange County, for those friends of ours who are a part of FWC (and/or lived in Orange County). We met at Nina's house and had a lovely mid-day tea, complete with mini-cucumber sandwiches and scones - out on the patio. We ate on Nina's china service and it was a really sweet way to spend some time with these women who I am just getting to know better. Afterwards, we had a few fun activities and then the women each gave me a piece of marital advice as I opened their presents. That part was particularly sweet.

What a terrific few weeks of pre-marriage blessing. Curby and I have been so overwhelmed with the love and support of our friends over these last few months. It is hard to believe that we are now only 2 weeks away from getting married. I can hardly believe it - and yet, these two weeks can't come fast enough.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Marriage License Day!

Today, Curby and I went to the LA County Courthouse (the "Airport Courthouse" to be specific) and picked up our Marriage License! We have been excitedly awaiting this day for a couple months. Officially, your marriage license is good for 90 days once it is issued, so we knew that we could apply for it as early as August 5th - but we didn't want any temptation to just go out and get married before our 'official big day' - so we waited...

Last week, we completed our premarital counseling and discussed the actual wedding ceremony with Adam, our pastor who will perform the wedding rites. After those two meetings, we both really felt commissioned to be married. Adam, and his wife, Wendy, performed our counseling and each week we talked about what Curby and I were feeling and experiencing during this pre-marriage process; what to expect at the wedding, reception, and as we get married; and some tips for success in marriage. They were so encouraging and helpful as we approached the wedding; it was a total amazing blessing to us.

So anyway, we felt commissioned to be married and the time was perfect to go ahead and get that license! We are now officially allowed to get legally married in California - but don't worry friends, we aren't planning to get hitched any earlier than 11-5-11 - we can't WAIT for you to join us!