October 21, 2011

…And Mrs Waffle Waved, “Farewell.”

Posted in Random at 9:47 am by sewknotwrite

*To the tune of the “Mickey Mouse” Club song.

Now, it’s time to say goodbye…

to all my company.

W-E-D…D -I-N-G…B-E-EEEEE.

Weddingbee, weddingbee…

Forever will I hold your hearts with me.

You came along, sang my song and joined my family.

W-E-D…Delighted to have been here!

D-I-N-G…Gee it’s been swell!

B-E-EEEEEEEE!

I’m trying really hard not to cry all over my keyboard as I say this farewell.  Bees before me have said this is difficult and it is soooooo true!

It has been an honor and a sincere pleasure spending the past 11 months with you amazing ladies!  Everyone has been very supportive, honest and helpful and my hope is that I’ve done the same for you too.  I plan to drop in every now and again, but if you’re missing some Waffle love you can check me out at my new (and almost complete) blog sew.knot.write where I muse about my life as a performer, costumer and artist.  I’m sure the typical DIY projects and sketches of my crazy life will make appearances, too!

Much bee love to you all, wherever you may be!

emily/Waffle

Photo by Nadine Studio

 

September 24, 2011

Waffley Wedded Wife: Hey Ho, Let’s Go!

Posted in ceremony and reception, Random at 10:09 am by sewknotwrite

My friends were doing a super job of keeping me entertained, but I was getting ants in the pants and wanted to get the show on the road!  We were supposed to start the ceremony at 6:30 and it was now 7.

Magic Alie finally came in and let us all know we were ready for go time and roughly described what my new ceremony site looked like.  This did my brain in a bit.  For a year, I knew exactly what the trek down the aisle was going to look like.  Now, I had no clue.  The control freak part of me started to panic a little, but “i just wanna get married” me squashed her down and said, “Screw it!  Let’s bustle this dress and get hitched!”

Not wanting to be a giant bridal sponge, I decided bustling the dress was for the best.  It was a made with a twinge of sadness because the train on the dress was part of what sold me on it.

I also had to take off my stunning “Love” shoes and replace them with my Vivienne Westwood jellies so I could tromp through the mud and water over to the tent.

“I’m ready!  Let’s go!  Let’s go! C’mon guys!”

We made our way to the tent where Alie gave us our final instructions.  It’s funny to me that in this picture the boys are totally the only ones paying attention.  My eyes are closed, SIL Waffle is looking at the trees and you can’t even see Sweet Pea because she’s been swallowed by my dress.

Sweet Pea handed dress carrying duties over to Magic Alie and gave me a big hug.

The crew headed down to the tent door.

The music started.  The crew did not walk.  Dudes!  Walk!  Go!  GO!!!

We were yelling at the bridal party, but between the plastic sheeting and the music noise they couldn’t hear us.  We spied Nadine catching it all on camera.

We let out a slightly embarrassed giggle.

Alie helped me around to the doorway where I was greeted by Grammy Waffle.  I changed from my jellies to my fancy heels and the crowd cheered.

All photos by the amazingly talented Nadine Studio unless otherwise noted!

September 21, 2011

Waffley Wedded Wife: The Rain

Posted in Random at 9:03 am by sewknotwrite

At one point, while I was getting my hair and make-up done, I heard rumbling and hushed conversations about rain and knew that Team Waffle had moved everything from the ceremony site to the tent.  There was a brief sprinkling and the sun went back to shining, so the team moved everything back outside.  It looked something like this.

This was right about the point I had gone outside to take pictures.  Sunny and beautiful.  Unbeknownst to me, 15 minutes after I had come back inside a downpour began.  You see, all the drapes and blinds on my side of the house were closed so I had no idea that our gorgeous secret garden now looked like this…

There was a bit of a buzz and commotion in the house now.  I heard some swearing coming from the hallway followed by a whispered, “Don’t say anything.”

I piped up, “What?!  Is everything OK?”

Magic Alie poked her head around the corner, “It’s fine.  Everything’s fine.  We’ll just be running a little bit behind.”

I shrugged my shoulders and went back to chatting and sipping champagne.  Having worked at several weddings myself, I knew there was a tendency for things to run late so I thought nothing of it.  Silly Waffle.

Meanwhile, the Hummingbird House crew and my wedding crew were hauling everything back into the tent and rolling down the plastic sheeting on the sides.

photo by Steve Twigger

The time for walking down the aisle was closing in and I was confused by the sound of guests in the house.  Why are they in the house?  What’s going on?

Then, I heard the thunder.

I peered through the blinds of my ready room to see sheets of rain and guests scurrying under umbrellas, shawls and jackets.  We had not had rain like this in a loooong time and now!  NOW it rains!  It was round about that moment when Magic Alie popped in to explain the situation.  We were going to postpone for 30 minutes to see if it blew over and I was going to have to get married in the tent.

There was no use crying or getting overly upset because there was nothing I could do about it.  Nature’s going to do what nature’s going to do.  So, I grabbed some more champagne and just had to sit and wait.

*All photos by Nadine Studio unless otherwise noted.

August 31, 2011

Waffley Wedded Wife: Rewriting My Vows

Posted in Random at 9:05 am by sewknotwrite

We had planned the rest of the day before the wedding to be pretty chill and relaxed.  After rehearsal brunch, MOH Sweet Pea and I went to get our nails done and then it was off to the Dog and Duck Pub for some grub and hangin’ with friends and family.  I was enjoying myself, but there was a little voice in the back of my brain that wouldn’t be quiet and said, “You need to finish your vows.”

You see, I had started my vows, but was having trouble finishing.  I was feeling intense pressure for them to be great…REALLY great.  They were dripping with beautiful and flowery metaphors with a witty line or two thrown in for good measure and a laugh, but something wasn’t quite right about them and they needed to be finished.  How is it that I couldn’t find the words?

Mr Waffle and I went back to our apartment and he hurriedly packed his overnight back as midnight was looming.  He’s a very traditional and superstitious guy and technically seeing me on the day was not an option for him.  As he rushed out the door, he gave me a kiss and said, “Don’t forget to turn the AC back on.  You’ll get hot.  Bye!”  Then he was gone.

For a split second, I was honestly a little bit miffed.  We were getting married tomorrow.  I wasn’t going to see or speak to him again until 6:30pm on Sunday and those were his last words to me?  Seriously?  Not “I love you” or “can’t wait to marry you tomorrow”, but…huh?

I started to cry, but I wasn’t crying because his sentiments weren’t what I expected them to be.  I knew what the sentiments behind his words were.  Mr Waffle is a man of few words and isn’t one to offer up many compliments or “I love yous”, but his caring actions say it for him.  I knew the meaning behind his words were I love you and want the best for you.  Everyday he always wants the best for me and I should want the best for him.

Then it clicked.  I wasn’t really writing vows for him.  I was writing vows for our guests like a script to be performed.  I was writing saccharine sweet, drippy, meaningful prose for all the wrong reasons and had been torturing my self for months over it.

Flooded with emotion and clarity about what I truly wanted to say, I flew to my computer and in 5 minutes I did what I couldn’t do in 5 months.

August 8, 2011

Waffley Wedded Wife: And So Our Story Begins…

Posted in Random at 12:04 pm by sewknotwrite

Here we are hive…RECAP TIME!!!

I can’t believe I’ve been married for two months already!  Time has seriously flown by here at the Waffle house as we have had a lot happen since the wedding.  I went on an awesome honeymoon in Maui, changed my name, started a new job and we moved house.  Whew!

It feels good to be back and bloggin’ again.  I missed you so much and am excited to share with you our wacky wedding week!  We had a few days of parties and get-togethers as people slowly trickled in from the four corners of the world before the BIG EVENT.  I’ll share with you the beautiful details, the laughter, the rain and the enormous amounts of joy that embraced us.

Here’s a peek at what’s in store for you…

*All photographs by our dear friend Steve Twigger

June 19, 2011

I Got My MRS Degree Y’all!

Posted in Random at 1:15 pm by sewknotwrite

That’s right folks!

MRS Waffle is back and ready to entertain you with all the thrills, laughter, tears and the freak onslaught of torrential rain that constituted our big day!  Yes, you heard correctly.  The thing that every outdoor bride fears the most happened to us…THE RAIN.  I will always feel a twinge of sadness about what I call “the lost hour” and getting married in what felt like a hot steamy plastic bag, but at the end of the day there is nothing any human being could have done to fix THE RAIN.

However, THE RAIN did not deter the Waffle party.  My awesome team rallied, set and reset our ceremony space 4 times!  4 times!  Despite the disgusting weather, everyone showed up and partied the night away…even the dudes that drove in on motorcycles and spent the entire evening soaking wet.  Mr Waffle and I were so overwhelmed by the amount of love surrounding us in that space!  Waffle wedding guests…YOU ROCK!

So, as we patiently await our juicy pro pics, I will recap you on the Wafflemoon in Maui and leave you with a few pics from our friends and family…

June 5, 2011

It’s the Day of the Show Y’all

Posted in Random at 12:03 am by sewknotwrite

Bonus points if you know what movie that’s from!

Ahhhhhh!  Can you believe it?  I mean, can you actually believe it?  I can’t!  How is this day here already?  Not that I’m complaining.  This is amazing!  The whole week has been amazing…and surreal!  The guests have been trickling in since Tuesday, there’s been a hustle and bustle of activity and I’ve been bouncing around the house á la Paul Revere chanting, “The British are coming!  The British are coming!”

So now, all alone and in the stillness of my home, I am mentally preparing to take on the day and finishing up my vows that I have rewritten a million times now.  Underneath my calm surface, I have huge bundle of emotions and am wondering at what point that dam will finally break…if it breaks.

I would like to say to you ladies of the hive that I am so glad you have let me share this little adventure with you all.  Your encouragement, opinions and honesty have meant the world to me.

And now few words for my mister (because I know he’s an avid reader of my writing)…

Mr Waffle, you are the most honest and genuine person I have ever met.  You have an amazing heart and I am so blessed to be a daily recipient of all the love and caring you so freely give.  I can’t wait to meet you in the garden, under the gazebo and share this beautiful and special day surrounded by those we hold so dear in our hearts.  You are my everything and always.

Now let’s go get hitched!

xoxo…

miss “almost a wifey” waffle

May 31, 2011

Get It DONE!

Posted in Random at 5:30 pm by sewknotwrite

Ladies, I would like to take this moment to let you know how important and liberating it feels to get all of your wedding projects and to-do’s done early.  If I didn’t have the amazing Magical Alie kicking my booty and giving me a deadline, I can safely say that my usual procrastinating self would be knee deep in hot glue, paint, spreadsheets and tears.

Instead, I am sipping a glass of wine and enjoying some final moments of peace before the whirlwind of guests blow in from the 4 corners of the earth.  Our house is clean and no trace of wedding exists…just me and the mister.  With wedding projects out of the way we are able to enjoy our last few days STRESS FREE (except for the forecast of scattered thunderstorms).

So, there it is.  The best advice I can give to all of you lovely brides to be is to “GET IT DONE” by the Sunday before your wedding.  Give yourself a hard deadline and stick to it.  It’s not easy to do.  Trust me.  I kind of had a meltdown in the middle of my apartment one day and was splayed out like a toddler in a tantrum, but it was totally worth it because now I am feeling calm, relaxed and ready to take on this wedding weekend!

May 23, 2011

Waffle Craft Tutorial: Cake Table Sign

Posted in Decor, Random at 6:46 pm by sewknotwrite

I know I promised a tutorial for the Brunchy Invites, and I’m almost through with that post, but I’m gonna do one for this first because I have all the pictures resized and blah, blah, blah already.  Seriously, I promise invites will be next.  Pinky swear.

Items you may need for this project:

  • Blank sign
  • Wood monogram letter
  • Graphite paper or pencil
  • Blue painter tape or masking tape
  • Thick wired ribbon
  • Fake flowers
  • Nails and hammer or screws and drill
  • Acrylic craft paint
  • Brushes
  • Fine point Sharpie
  • Hot glue and gun
  • Scissors
  • Patience

First up, I found a blank stand sign and monogram letter at Michael’s and painted them the desired colors with acrylic craft paint.  Once that was dry, I got out a sheet of graphite paper (also available at craft and art stores) and taped it to the blank sign with blue painter tape.  If you don’t have/can’t find graphite paper, you can also color the back of your text print out with a pencil and transfer that way.

I then printed out the text I wanted on the sign (I used the same fonts we used on our invitations) and positioned it on top of the graphite paper.  Once it was in a place I liked, I also taped it down.

I traced over all the letters with a pencil and carefully peeled off the paper and graphite transfer to reveal the text underneath.

If there are any smudges or imperfections left from the transfer paper, you can always spot paint over them later.  Goodness knows I did!

With a fine tipped brush, I painted a few coats of the lettering on.  The smaller text was actually done with a grey, fine point Sharpie.

After everything was dry, I wrapped the monogram “C” with the thick, wired ribbon as I wanted and taped it down with the painter tape.  Mr Waffle then pitched in to screw the letter onto the sign.  Please excuse his grouchy face.  Apparently, he doesn’t like being photographed while crafting.

Then, get out your glue guns ladies, because it’s time to hot glue flowers and ribbon.  Be careful not to burn yourself.  I totally burned myself big time and cried like a freakin’ baby.  Truthfully, I do this almost every time I use a glue gun and it is the reason I rarely use a glue gun when crafting.

FYI…I used my blue tape to tape down the flowers before I glued them on just to make sure I liked the layout.

After that, you are finished and can take loads of pictures and show them to your friends so that they can see what awesome, crafty divas you are…because you, Hive, are full of boatloads of talent!

Yay!

May 5, 2011

Holy Wedding, Batman! We’re One Month Away!

Posted in Random at 10:00 am by sewknotwrite

How did this get here so quickly?!  It feels like just the other day I was calling my nearest and dearest people and exclaiming, “I’m engaaaaaaaaaaaaaged!  AHHHHHHHHHHH!”

Now we’re a month away?  Really?  REALLY?

There’s a fair amount of items lingering on the to do list, but I thought, instead of being bogged down in all there is left to do, it would be fun to take a glance at all of the things we’ve accomplished so far.

We got engaged atop the Griffith Observatory in LA…

and went on a venue hunt where we discovered the beautiful Hummingbird House.

We picked delicious family style, BBQ catering with Royal Fig…

and, after a sugar induced coma, chose Blue Note Bakery to supply our dessert bar.

Being chosen to be a Bee was another super exciting event!

We made decisions on all the pretty details such as centerpiece decor, a cake topper, escort cards/favors, flowers and even picked out a dress, shoes and a suit.  Save the Dates were mailed around the globe…

…and not long after, invitations were sent too.

Waffle Invitations… Simple and Sweet :  wedding austin invitations stationery 54 5

As happens to every bride at one point, I hit the wall and had a little meltdown…

…but with Mr Waffle and amazing friends by my side, I was able to pick it up and keep on going.

We’ve just got a few small projects to finish, vows to write and music to choose.  I have loved this whole journey so far (even the yucky, crying parts) and think this final month is gonna be a fantastic last leg of the race to the altar!

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