Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Bridesmaid Bonding Weekend ** Photo Heavy Post***

A few weeks ago, all of my closest girlfriends, my sister, my nieces and my mom, traveled to Houston for an extended weekend of dress shopping, good food, cocktails & just good old fashioned girl time. We planned this so that my friends could get reacquainted with one another and get excited and prepared for the wedding next year and it was a really wonderful time.  My nieces were on Fall Break and were so excited about coming to Houston and searching for the wedding dresses, especially mine.

Mr. Mixogolist was such a trooper despite being inundated by a bunch of women for.four.whole.days ! LOL  He got lots of time to hang at the Cigar Lounge while we were in the streets, but when we were here, he was basically at my beck and call. He cooked unlimited amounts of his world famous creamy grits, grilled steaks and of course mixed his famous libations on request !

Thursday night, I had dinner ready when they arrived &  afterwards we decided to hit the streets and take my mom to a Jazz Club Phil & Dereks to see Houston's own Kyle Turner a wonderful saxophonist, you guys already know I am a big fan so I turned my mom on to his music a while ago. My mom had a complete blast, was acting like a complete groupie,  got to meet all the musicians after the show , took pictures with Kyle & just totally enjoyed herself. It was so much fun experiencing this with her.

Me and my dear friend and Bridesmaid

Me & my mom after the Jazz set 
My Mama the Groupie ! LOL

On Friday, we spent the day focusing on my dress. We started the day with a bit of a challenge as the first Bridal Salon,  Ventura's would not let my nieces, who are 10 & 11 come to the area, where I would be trying on dresses. The rule is no children under 12 in the Brides area. They had to sit outside in another area & couldn't see what I was trying on. I was not aware of this when I made the appointment. Savannah started first with a complete melt down, tears were flowing & then Olivia chimed in & I was heartbroken. They both are very tall & either of them could have passed for 12 and had I known honestly, I would have just lied about their ages. LOL But after the first dress, the lady who was helping us relented and since there were not a lot of customers at the time, she let them come to the back to sit & they were so excited ! I actually found a dress here that is in my top 3 that was very reasonably priced. 

Post "Water Works" 

So, I won't bore you with a bunch of pics of me in multiple dresses in this blog post,  plus I actually do want to save some elements of surprise until the wedding next year but I did have a great experience with my friends and my family at both Impressions Bridal and Weddings by Debbie. Although, I was off my crutches by then, I was still hobbling around with that boot on my ankle and the Bridal Consultants were so very helpful and patient with me. I narrowed it down to my top 3 and will make the final decision on my own to "say yes to the dress", probably by January. It was just a fun experience & I enjoyed it way more than I expected to. I will share one aspect here though. I had already fallen in love with the idea of wearing a " Birdcage Veil " based on all the photos I had already found on Pint.erest and trying them on just sealed the deal for me. 
Take a look.....

Going for a Vintage Look.......

Friday night we chilled at the house, and Mr. Mixologist worked his grill magic & we just caught up with each other, shared laughs & talked wedding stuff. Everyone in the wedding is very excited about a New Orleans wedding next year and of course everyone is trying to lose weight including me ! LOL 

Saturday we focused on the Bridesmaids dresses and the dresses for my nieces and my God daughter. Luckily we only had to go to two stores as we had great luck quickly finding dresses that everyone liked, that were flattering on everyone and did not break the bank ! #winning.  I was so relieved to get so many things marked off of my wedding planning checklist.  We cut the day short  & headed home to get ready to go out to dinner Saturday night at Brio Tuscan Grille in City Centre. As you will recall, I had been on crutches the week before so there were a few things that I did not get to do that I planned to do, but I was still able to put some baskets together for all the girls and my mom, to thank them for standing for me in my wedding. I got them some tote bags with their names embroidered on them with some scented lotion, and body scrub. I wrote each one of them a letter telling them why I love them and thanking them for their friendship & presented it to them at the dinner. It was a pretty emotional night in a good way. I am so completely blessed to have so much love around me. It was fun to take my Mom to see this area called City Centre since it's where we had our Engagement Party earlier this year. She really had a good time being out and about in Houston.  After dinner we walked around in the area, got cupcakes from Sweet and then walked around some more to walk off some calories. ! LOL

My best friend & God daughter 

My sister, niece & Mom

Two of my Bridesmaids 

Lifelong friends ! 

Ready for Dinner 

Sunday was the day my people had to leave but before they could go, we had a nice little Jazz Brunch at the home of my Bridesmaid that lives in Houston. This really wasn't a pre-wedding event, so to speak,  I just wanted an excuse to throw a little Soiree and invite a bunch of my friends from here to hang out with my friends and family from home & you know I love to party !!! We had quite the spread & Mr. Mixologist even got up very early to fry chicken for Chicken n' Waffles. We also had Quiche, Ham, Bacon, Hash Browns, Croissants, Seafood Pasta, Dirty Rice, Gooey Butter Coffee Cake, Monkey Bread, Fresh Fruit, Mimosa's, a secret concoction called "Brunch Punch" and Mr. Mixologist was shaking up his "Purple Haze" libation on demand, LOL. 

My dear friend, Soror and Bridesmaid 

Lets do Brunch ! 

My nieces and God daughter 

Mr Mixologist in action 

Hmmmm too many choices !

Great friends ! 

Me and my favorite girls
They love him almost as much as I do  !
My friends and family left several hours AFTER they had planned to because we had such a great time at the Brunch. LOL  Luckily my sister, who was the driver had the good sense to take off work Monday to recuperate cause it was a late night of driving for her. I won't lie, I definitely shed tears when they had to go. It was such a great time of bonding, reminiscing, and just enjoying each others company, these are my closest friends some that I have known since I was 13 years old & we have been through so much together. It was just a wonderful time of coming together and my heart is still so full, when I look through these photos and the wonderful memories we made.

Thoughts ? Comments ? Questions ?   

Beautifully Complex


Kurlylicious said...

I got tears eye just reading this! So much Love! I'm so happy for you and look forward to reading more as you prepare for your journey to the final destination with Mr. Mixologist!

Beautifully Complex said...
This comment has been removed by the author.
Beautifully Complex said...

Thank you so much ! By the way I forgot to mention in the blog that I got that Quiche recipe from your blog & just tweaked it a little bit. I used the crust for mine. I made one with turkey sausage & then made another one with just veggies (spinach & mushrooms) It was a big hit. Thanks Soror :)

K. Rock said...

Fun times! Looks like you guys had a great time. Someone told me that they did not let people take pictures of dresses in bridal shops. But now that I know you did...I wanna see them! Lol.

Beautifully Complex said...

I know we were very surprised too, I think that used to be a standing policy. but things have really changed. I was encouraged by all of the consultants to go home & look at myself in the pictures to help me with making a final decision.

Nae said...

Looks like good times! Glad you were able to find dresses you were happy with so quickly :)

Beautifully Complex said...

Yes! On to the next thing.

Anonymous said...

You look you had such a great time. True girlfriends are such a blessing. It's great that you were able to get all of your dresses in such a short time. Congrats

Mr. Mixologist seems like such a sweetheart. Reminds me of the Hubster.

Reggie said...

It's hard to read a post like this and not smile.

Beautifully Complex said...

He really is a sweet guy.

Awww thank for the lovely comment !

Jacquie said...

Good times! At YES to the birdcage veil; you'll make a beautiful bride!