Friday, April 25, 2008

Charlotte - Things to See and Do

    Top 7 Sights to See Excerpted from Charlotte City Search
  1. Bank of America Stadium

    S Graham St, Charlotte, NC
    Spend an autumn afternoon with the rest of Charlotte and root for the 2003 NFC Championship Carolina Panthers.

  2. Price's Chicken Coop

    1614 Camden Rd, Charlotte, NC
    Pick up a box of the best fried chicken in the Carolinas and head to Latta Park for a picnic lunch.

  3. Double Door Inn

    218 E Independence Blvd, Charlotte, NC
    Catch a first-rate blues act at this famous Charlotte haunt, winner of the W.C. Handy Award for best blues club.

  4. Lowe's Motor Speedway

    5555 Concord Pkwy S, Concord, NC
    Forget the luxury box: Snag a pit pass and watch your favorite racing team work its NASCAR magic.

  5. Discovery Place

    301 North Tryon Street, Charlotte, NC
    Walk through a giant replica of a human eyeball and watch fascinating electricity demonstrations at one of the best hands-on science museums in the nation.

  6. Metrolina Expo

    7100 Statesville Rd, Charlotte, NC
    Hunt for treasure at the biannual Antiques Extravaganza, the biggest antique show in the South.

  7. Ranch House Steak House Of Charlotte

    5614 Wilkinson Blvd, Charlotte, NC
    Feast on fiery shrimp "cocktale" and a juicy steak while basking in this Charlotte institution's old-school ambiance.

Our Compilation of Things to Do

If you are willing to take a bit of a drive, here are some other great North Carolina attractions:

Additional Suggestions from our Wedding Planner at Head over Heels

There are several vineyards in Albemarle if you wanted an all day activity
Lake Norman Comedy Club:
Queen's Landing (boat ride around Lake Norman):
You can also check out the other museums downtown. The art and design museum has a free event with live jazz music every Thursday night.
Birkdale Village (has free outdoor concerts in the summer):
Dan Nicholas Park:

You can also check out Visit Charlotte for more ideas about our Queen City.

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Wedding Event Timeline

We are still finalizing some of the details, but here is the latest as far as the agenda of events for the wedding (since Matt couldn't find it in the novel below).

Wednesday August 6th

1:30 PM - Mike's Bachelor Party at the US National White Water Center. Michele (Mike's sister and best man) has sent out an eVite for those who are invited to attend.

7:30 PM- Bridal dinner for Pam's family who will be arriving that day. Hosted by the bride. Location TBD.

Thursday August 7th

1 PM - Rehearsal for wedding party at DSBG
4 PM - Rehearsal Cookout at our house for everyone!!

Friday August 8th

6 PM to 11 PM - Wedding Ceremony, Reception immediately follows

Monday, April 21, 2008

Bamboo Fans

We just purchased these bamboo fans for the wedding ceremony from Bliss Wedding Market. Here is a Photoshopped version of the program design that we are aiming to do.

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Favor Frenzy on eBay is Evil

I purchased a tiara on eBay at a store called Favor Frenzy, and I never received my tiara.

3/23 - I purchased and paid for my item
4/4 - I inquired about the status of the item
4/8 - I inquired about the status again
4/14 - I inquired again
4/17 - I have not received any response to my inquiries and have not received my product

Left negative feedback on eBay, and the seller had the nerve to leave ME negative feedback then request for a mutual withdrawal of the feedback. How absurd!

Don't buy stuff from Favor Frenzy on eBay, ladies.

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Wedding Officiant

I didn't even know what the guy who performed the ceremony was called until all this wedding planning started! However, JR Carrel (and his wife Bonnie) are coming all the way up from Clearwater, Florida to perform our ceremony. I feel really blessed that they will be able to make it.

JR was the pastor at NE Christian church which was a non-denominational church I attended when I lived in St. Petersburg, Florida. He and his wife were there for me when Sean and I broke up and hurricanes Frances and Jeanne flooded my house. I was going through a very tough time, and they were literally a God-send. Bonnie calls me her adopted daughter, and we spent some quality time together going to lunch, painting pottery, and going to a Christmas tree expo. I am looking forward to seeing them again because I only had the chance to visit them once since I moved to Charlotte three years ago.

Having JR perform the ceremony is also special to me because he was the one who baptized me. I made a special request to get baptized at St. Pete beach instead of inside the church, so they invited the whole church to my baptism in the ocean. It was very moving to have a church family care so much about me.

In fact, that wasn't the first church family I ever had. Pastor Patrick and his wife Linda are also making the trip from Gainesville to attend our wedding. Pastor Patrick is a deacon at the family church who first prayed with me when I became a Christian, and Linda is a Christian counselor who mentored me as well.

I might not seem as "religious" as some people, but God is a very important part of my life. He has always brought people into my life at the exact time I really needed them. Although I have had many struggles over the years, somehow God has kept his promise not to give me more than I can bear by bringing loving people into my life to help me through. Amen!

Dance Lessons

So Mike and I are taking dance lessons at Arthur Murray Studios so we can know how to dance at our wedding. We are trying to learn a rumba dance to Ingrid Michaelson's song The Way I Am. We are still in the early stages, but at least we are having fun doing it.

Our instructor is this young Welch fellow named Stirling. He is probably 6'3'' and has hair that stands up another 3 inches. He is very fun to work with. Mike and I feel old, but sometimes we are just like, "aww, he is such a cute kid."

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Engagement Portraits

James and Cherie Mendez from James Mendez Photography did a great job on our engagement portraits. I am really glad we booked them as our photographers for the wedding. They are very easy to work with and got some really great shots. At first, we were both really nervous, but they did a wonderful job guiding us as far as what we should be doing. They took their time and made the session all about what we wanted. They come highly recommended!!

We received over 3 GBs of digital images from the engagement session. Click the picture below to look at a slide show of some of the untouched pictures.

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Gift Registries Revisited

We broke down and decided to get a mainstream wedding registry with Target along with our other gift registries with and Lowes Home Improvement. So, here are links to each of the gift registries:

Savannah Bird Girl

Although she will not exactly be part of our wedding, the Savannah Bird Girl is one of our stories . . . Mike and I recently purchased a Savannah Bird Girl statue from Savannah Statues which is a retailer of one of the authentic replications of the statue. She will sit in our newly landscaped yard for our rehearsal guests to see when they come over to our house for the cookout. She is a special reminder of our trip to Savannah with both of our moms, where we got engaged.

Reception Napkins

We are done with most of the big planning items, and we are working on all the little details. Here is one of them - we have ordered dark brown and ivory napkins that are imprinted with our names and the day of our wedding.

We ordered these from The Party Block.

Sand Ceremony

Mike was raised Catholic so it would be traditional if we did a unity candle lighting during our ceremony. However, since we will be getting married outdoors and because trusting us with fire is probably risky, we have opted instead to do a unity sand ceremony. It is nice because the sand ceremony will also serve as a great keepsake from our ceremony. The sand comes in two different colors and is mingled together to represent our wedding union.

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Wedding Planner

We met with Laura Massie from Head over Heels wedding planning today and decided to hire her services to coordinate the day of the wedding. She seems fun and easy to work with.

She is going to help us coordinate the vendors and take care of the little details of the wedding. Mike knows how organized I am so he was worried that I would be all stressed out the day of the wedding. He feels better knowing someone else (other than me) will be ironing out the kinks on our special day. :-)