Category: Mother-of-the-Bride Blog (aka The MOB Blog)

The Wedding Weekend – The Final MOB Blog

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It’s been a long time coming, but here is the final MOB Blog. First, let me say that the wedding weekend was spectacular. We couldn’t have asked for more when it came to fun with family and friends or better weather.

REHEARSAL DINNER

Friday night we kicked off with a “non” rehearsal (no practice, just fun, food and cocktails) at Craft Restaurant  kindly hosted by FOG and MOG, Roger and Jane Borchin.

We had about 40 guests, wedding party and early arrivals staying at friends at the Hilton Garden Inn .

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WEDDING PREP

Saturday morning Dennis and Joe put up the Chuppah and Claudia oversaw the draping of the Chuppah cloth.

The name Borchin was embroidered on one side and Lobenfeld on the other side of the canopy.

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Beautiful!

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The bridal party was up early as well. Hair appointments started at 8am and the girls were staggered throughout the morning finishing up at around noon.

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Then off to the Club, where we had a light lunch awaiting.

High Tea 

Roast Tenderloin of Beef with Horseradish Cream on Miniature Onion Roll
Smoked Turkey with Brie and Lingonberry on Seven Grain Bread
Chicken Salad with Apple and Endive on Seven Grain Bread
Thinly Sliced Cucumber on Buttered White Bread
Assorted Miniature Scones, French Pastries and Fruit Tarts
served with Strawberry Preserves and Devonshire Crème Fraiche
Assorted Fancy Cookies and Chocolate Mints
Coffee and International Tea Service 

Makeup applications accompanied by champagne and multiple photos followed.

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Meanwhile, the groom and party were at the hotel getting ready.

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Final touches.

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Flowers were delivered to the Club.

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The entire immediate family, groom and party arrived at the hotel by 3pm for photos; however, the ladies were running late and they had to entertain themselves. Cards and champagne helped pass the time.

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Claire and I helped Margot dress.
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Isn’t she lovely?

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Finally, the reveal to a proud and emotional Dad.

A private reveal of the bride and her dress to the groom! Very touching and sweet.

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Group photo sessions followed. Every permutation of the bride and groom, and everyone else either alone, with someone or in groups – long and tedious, but necessary. We are enjoying these pictures as great keepsakes of a very memorable day.

The Lobenfeld Clan

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The Borchin Clan

This photo shows you the fun side of my new son!

THE WEDDING CEREMONY

Thanks to Audrey, from Audrey Pierot Events, we started on time.

The wedding party.

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Wedding Program

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It was an eclectic ceremony, bringing in elements and traditions from both families.

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The wedding party proceeded down the steps of the clubhouse and across the lawn to the Chuppah.

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My adorable son-in-law, Andy! We’re so pleased and proud to have him as a member or our family.

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My good friend Bobby walked me down the aisle.

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Here comes the bride!

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The ceremony was short and sweet. The pastor, Scott, is a friend of my son-in-law, Andy, and it makes such a difference when there is a personal connection between the bride and groom and the officiant. There was humor and laughter ending with a lovely kiss and a very happily married couple!

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Watch the ceremony here:

Video by Bryan McKay.
THE PARTY

We then moved on to the celebration – greeting our guests during the cocktail hour

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The wedding party moved to the clubhouse for dancing and dinner.

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The traditional father-daughter dance.

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And the mother-son dance.

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Thoughtful and memorable speeches by the maid-of-honor, Claire.MOB Blog

Andy and Margot’s reaction.

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Best man, Jason.

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Andy and Margot enjoying the commentary!

And, of course, Vicky and Ashley added their two cents!

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Did they smush cake on each other’s face? You needn’t ask, it was a given.

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Of course, the evening would not be complete with the shy and retiring Eric singing – and sing he did!

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Eric and Andy also entertained us; these two were BFFs before the wedding!

Lots more dancing….

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Guests picked up a coffee mug and locally roasted coffee beans as a parting gift.

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We returned home around midnight and slept well, because Sunday  80 or so guests came for a pizza and ice cream pool party at 11am. Lots of coffee for the early arrivals, although I must say everyone looked pretty good considering a big night of partying.

POOL PARTY

Skinny Pines arrived with its wood-burning pizza oven truck and cranked out innumerable pizzas. So many varieties of pizza, thin crust, slightly charred from the oven using all local ingredients from the area’s farmers markets.

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Meanwhile, every kid headed for the pool the minute they arrived and didn’t get out unless they had to eat or, well you know, until they were dragged out by their parents. Grownups had fun, too .

My son-in-law, the genius he is, ordered and inexpensive guitar from Amazon and used it as a guest book. So clever!

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Later we had the Wilton College Creamery ice cream truck serving what you would call “Good Humor” type treats. Ice cream on a stick, King Kones, etc. My daughter, Claire, was thrilled to get a Hello Kitty Pop, something she loved as a kid. Over 100 treats were ordered – so everyone was pleased.

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This was a lovely, relaxing way to wind down the wedding weekend. By 4:30ish, everyone was gone, except our friends Dennis, Claudia and James. We ordered Chinese and continued chilling by the pool savoring the last of a spectacular wedding weekend.

Thanks for reading our story. It’s been lots of fun to write and to keep the memories fresh for us over the coming years.

Final Days Before the Wedding

Final Days Before the Wedding

It’s the final days before the wedding and we’re all at the “let’s party” moment and forget about planning! The wedding is two days away and we’re exhausted. The last-minute details are weighing on us all.

Margot had her final dress fitting on Saturday and we celebrated with lunch at Dos Caminos. Eric is picking up the dress today and bringing it home!

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We dropped as much of the wedding paraphernalia as we could on Tuesday at the Club.

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Dropping off goodie bags at the Hilton Garden Inn Norwalk for our guests.

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Filled with water bottles, snacks, fruit and a hangover remedy kit with Advil, Pepto and Tic Tacs.

The program is done and we have these adorable bubbles to blow when the bride and groom walk down the aisle.

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Tomorrow is the rehearsal dinner hosted by Roger and Jane Borchin at Craft 14 Restaurant + Bar. It’s a large party of 45, and a great way to kick start the weekend.

Final Days Before the Wedding

Saturday, the bridal party is off early to the hairdresser and then on to the Club for a light tea lunch and makeup.

The entire wedding party and family will arrive before 3pm and we’ll have the reveal, Margot presented to Andy in her dress and veil. Then tons of wedding pictures.

The wedding is at 5:30pm and Claire’s boyfriend Bryan is videotaping the ceremony on his phone so we can post it on YouTube for Grandma and Gramps. My parents are unable to attend, but we have cousins in Rochester who are spending the evening with them to watch the video and share a celebratory dinner. Thank you Bryan and Begys!!!

We’ll wrap up the weekend with a pool party brunch for our out-of-town guests, about 90, with wood-oven pizza, salad and dessert from Skinny Pines and later College Creamery, an ice cream truck, arrives for more sweets. We also have the makings for s’mores in the fire pit.

It’s an exciting weekend coming up!

The final MOB blog is all about the wedding weekend – stay tuned.

The Personal Touch

The personal touch

Those Borchin/Crosbie girls are so talented. Jane, mother-of-the-groom and Susan, her sister, have added a wonderful personal touch to our upcoming wedding!

We’ve already experienced Susan’s delicious cookies on our wedding dress shopping trip. If you haven’t seen them, click here!

They made more cookies for the shower, in the signature lips and mustache theme the kids are using for their invitation. And the beautiful towel cake! Check those out here!

Crafty Wedding Touches

For the wedding, these two put their heads together once again and come up with more of that personal touch! They found a birdcage, decorated it and it will be used for the gift cards at the wedding. Beautiful and practical.

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Aunt Susan lined a white basket and added purple bows for Aubree’s rose petals.

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And, she made these gorgeous ring pillows for our two ring bearers, Rowan and Scarlett.

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Jane and Susan have also volunteered to make toiletry baskets for both the Men’s and Ladies’ rooms. Our guests are sure to have everything they could possibly need at their fingertips!

We’re very lucky to be marrying into such a talented and thoughtful family. Thank you Jane and Susan!

The Wedding Shower

I sat in my hotel room waiting for Claire – we were on our way to Margot’s Wedding Shower! I hadn’t given much thought to the event because Claire kindly handle everything, from LA, freeing up more time for me to devote to the wedding planning. In those quiet few minutes, I realized what a milestone this day was.

I had a sneak preview the day before of the details Claire created and was excited to see her vision come to fruition. She had so many thoughtful and beautiful details worked out. And Bryan, Claire’s boyfriend, executed her ideas creating beautiful graphics on all her “props.” I was excited to participate in such an important day for Margot. Frankly, I was beaming with pride for both of my girls, and the anticipation of the day was thrilling.

Claire and I got to the venue an hour before the shower to set up. The event was held at Talaula’s Garden in Washington Square, Philadelphia. It was a hot and very humid day, so the event was inside. A pity because they have such a lovely outdoor garden. However, the restaurant is adorable and the AC was much appreciated.

From the minute we walked into the venue, we were warmly greeted and told to make ourselves at home. The florist was putting the finishing touches on the tables.

Claire went around and put the table names, menu card at each setting.

Including a clever ad libs she created especially for Margot “Marg Libs,” that everyone got to help her write her vows to Andy!

I put up the sign “Margot is getting married.”

Lined up the Prosecco splits with the adorable straw attached with a flag that read “Sip Sip Hurray!”

Jane (Andy’s Mom) and Susan (Jane’s sister) contributed their own homemade touch to the décor. These two are amazing. They made a beautiful towel cake, which I had never heard of!

They also made dozens and dozens of mustache and lip cookies! This is the theme of their save-the-date card and wedding invitation.

While we were working, I watched a women assemble a beautiful cheese spread. It was as artistic in design as it was in taste.

Our first guest was very special. Across the street from their childhood home, were twins – Erica and Kristina. They felt like my own children. They’ve moved away to their respective jobs and we don’t get to see them often, so having Erica there was wonderful. We spent lots of time just hugging, trying to make up for lost time.

More friends and family poured through the door and the party was on. Margot showed att 11:15 – the shower wansn’t a surprise, but the location was.

A very happy, excited girl!

Hors d’oeuvres

Spanakopita with yogurt
Hummus on crisp chickpea canapés (VEGAN)
Saffron arancini with lemon aioli

Specialty Cocktail

A gin-St. Germain-cucumber drink that is fizzy (either with soda water or sparkling wine) and Bloody Marys.

Wine 

Walnut Block “Collectables” Sauvignon Blanc 2016 Marlborough, NZ
Domaine du Chapitre Côtes du Rhône 2015 L’Ardeche, FR
Rosé

Claire also arranged for “Pop Up Polaroids” to come and take photos during cocktails, including some fun props. Everyone got into the spirit and we have loads of great group photos in addition to the ones I took.

Luncheon Menu

Then it was present time. No wilting flower, Margot enthusiastically and emotionally opened so many wonderful and thoughtful gifts. While Margot loves receiving gifts, you should know that the smallest present is as much appreciated as something monumental. She realizes that a gift is a reflection of affection and she is so appreciative of every little detail.

It was fun to watch her facial expressions, tears of joy and her innate silliness. This particular picture shows just what a nut she is – they got a pet hair vacuum and she’s hugging it!

It was a perfect day filled with so much love and laughter and there is nothing better than being surrounded by your closed family and friends.

Both MOB (me) and MOG (Jane) were delighted with the outcome!

Tasting Dinner

Tasting Dinner

We had our tasting dinner and Andy’s parents, Jane and Roger, joined us for the event. They got a tour of the facility and saw the lawn where, weather permitting, the outdoor ceremony takes place. We then moved into the dining room to have a feast!

Tasting Dinner

Tasting Dinner Hors d’oeuvres

We were served the following seven hors d’oeuvres and they chose six:

BLT Bites
Adorable round, one-bit BLTs that just hit the spot. I’m sure these will be a favorite!

Carpaccio of Beef Tenderloin on Rye Crisp

Smoked Chicken and Apple Chutney in Seasame Cone
So tiny, and the smoked chicken was just right.

Vegan Springs
These had a delicious, slightly spicy sauce for dipping

White Truffle Risotto Spheres
Truffles are one of Margot’s favorites and she wanted one thing on the menu to feature it.

Shrimp Dumplings
Served in an individual spoon with soy sauce

Pork Shoulder Croquettes
I think these were Andy’s favorite!

Tasting Dinner Entrées

The Clubs specialty is a duo of meat and fish or meat and chicken with assorted sides. We shared from the various entrées we were served so everyone got a chance to taste everything. Andy and Margot made the final decision on which two proteins and the sides – they’re fabulous!

Here’s what we sampled:

Filet Mignon & Swordfish
Beef Jus, Mustard Cream, Creamed Baby Kale
Yukon Gold Mashed Potatoes

Filet Mignon & Chicken Francaise
Horseradish Sour Cream Shallot Risotto Cake
Grilled Jumbo Asparagus

Braised Short Rib & Grilled Jumbo Shrimp
Mushroom Risotto Cake, Haricots Verts
Baby Carrots

Filet Mignon & Salmon
Beef Jus & Bernaise, Mushroom Risotto Cake
Brussels Sprouts

Vegan Options

Many of their friends are either vegan or vegetarian and Andy was very adamant they be served a special dinner and not just sides. They had a choice between a Red Thai Curry or Vegetarian Paella.

Dessert

They will have a small, six-inch cake for the cake cutting ceremony and dessert for all is Key Lime Tart!

Dinner Wines

The house Prosecco and wines were perfect accompaniments for everything we tasted.

As I’m sure you can imagine, and see from the top photo, we were quite full and very content at the end of the meal. Everyone left in a great mood and we’re looking forward to having the meal again. The one nice thing about the tasting is that Margot and Andy really got to enjoy the food. It’s highly unlikely they’ll have the time or presence of mind on their wedding day to do so.

Final menu in the final MOB blog!

Change of Venue

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The last thing you want when planning a wedding is a last minute change of venue! It sounds like a recipe for disaster.

We had quite the shock when we got the tent estimate. The cost represented three-quarters of our wedding budget, which I can assure you is quite generous. I sent the proposal to the kids and Andy’s response was a simple “I just died.” I felt his pain. Margot, to her credit, was weepy and agitated when she called, but she held it together. I told her to let Daddy and I talk and I would get back to her.

With what I had no idea. Yes, we could always add money to the budget, but that didn’t solve the problem of spending so much money on tents for a few hours. I went online to search for wedding venues in our area and started sending requests for availability on September 16, 2017. I sent about a dozen emails.

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The Country Club of Darien

Unbelievably, about an hour later, the wonderful, amazing Erika Catering Director from a country club in Fairfield County, called and said she might be able to help; she said “sit tight and I’ll get back to you.” At 3pm she called, said it was a go and could we come and look at the site. My husband and I arrived at the club by 4pm.

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The venue is beautiful! There is a gorgeous lawn overlooking the golf course for an outdoor ceremony, weather permitting.

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Garden along the lawn.

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Rooms for both the bride and groom and their attendants to prepare.

We were treated to a cocktail and a nosh before leaving, delicious! Erika was so accommodating and helpful.

We got home and called the kids and told them about our tour and I sent them the photos I took with my iPhone and scanned the menus and other info Erica had provided. They agreed to come up the following Saturday for a lunch and tour.

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Thankfully they were as delighted with the venue as we were. The setting and clubhouse are charming. We were treated to a lunch, again delicious food. I had an amazing saffron mussel soup, chock full or mussels.

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After working out the details, we signed the contract the next Saturday. Our change of venue is confirmed. Do I need to tell you how relieved I was!!!!

Everyone is telling me how much easier it will be with the change of venue; I think they may be right!

 

The Tent

The Tent

We finally had the tent meeting. What an eye opener. Here’s the result of my discussion with Audrey, our wedding planner, and Jane from Stamford Tent.

Spinnaker Tent

Margot chose a spinnaker tent made from sailcloth. She loves the fact that it has only center poles and the top slopes gently from the peak to the edges. We’ll use up-lighting to create a beautiful visual on the ceiling.

Stamford Tent

Worst case scenario – rainy or bad weather

The wedding ceremony and cocktail hour would take place in a smaller tent adjacent to the larger one for dinner and dancing. This allows the staff to make the transition of chairs to the dinning room efficiently. Also, the spot lighting on the tables will been set, if they get moved for the ceremony and then put back, the lighting is askew.

The tents need a canopy between them so no one gets wet, including flaps if necessary.

The Tent

Two men are attendance throughout the evening to make sure there are no problems. If it should rain, then become pleasant, the sides can be removed to enjoy the improved weather.

Another canopy will be put up from the main tent to the garage for the caterer and to protect guests as they enter, leave and visit the restroom.

The Tent

Best-case scenario –  beautiful weather.

The ceremony will be in the center yard of the circle driveway. We need a mic and DJ set up, a small table for the ceremony and candle lighting and decor for the hoopah.

The reception moves down to the pool. We’ll have a few high-top tables strategically placed with two full bars and four bartenders for the reception area and dinner.

Dinner and dancing in the tent, open to the fresh air. Keep your fingers crossed for the best case scenario!

Stamford Tent

Next decisions to make: tables, chairs, dance floor, decor!

Aunt Susan’s Cookies

Aunt Susan's Cookies

 

Aunt Susan is Andy’s (our future son-in-law) mother’s sister. As I mentioned last week, both Jane and Susan joined us at Kleinfeld for wedding dress shopping. Aunt Susan made these fabulous and delicious wedding dress cookies.

Aunt Susan’s Story

I love to bake but my early tries were not that great until my Mom got a cookbook by Madia Heatter.  Her recipes always turn out great.

Aunt Susan's Cookies

Madia talks about the importance of exact measurements, for example, the eggs should be at least 1/4 cup. Her recipes and advice made a big difference in my baking and it became less of an experiment and more enjoyment.

For Margot’s cookies, I bought the biggest cookie cutter I could find and then went at it with my pliers bending it into just the shape I wanted. I made a pattern to follow. I thought the shape I made would look best as a dress with straps as well as strapless.

Aunt Susan's Cookies

A word of advice, don’t bend the cookie cutter at the seam as it may pop open, and be sure to scrape off any loose paint; I couldn’t find a big unpainted cookie cutter.

My biggest problem was that the cookie dough spread, distorting the form. I thought my egg was too big so in the next batch I used a smaller egg. The cookies still spread. Finally, I cried out to my friends on Facebook looking for a remedy and received a recipe that was exactly like mine except it called for three cups of flour instead of two. Working in that third cup of flour was the perfect solution.Aunt Susan's Cookies

Another trick I learned from Madia was to use two different types of vanilla in a recipe! I used McCormick, an old stand-by of my Mom, and a Madagascar type. I think that makes the flavor better.

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Thank You Aunt Susan!

Well I agree on the flavor – and I certainly appreciate Susan’s diligence in finding a solution to her recipe. The cookies contributed a lovely touch to a very special day – I wish I had more than one! And Margot was very appreciative.

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Aunt Susan and Margot

Weather Update

Aunt Susan's Cookies
– the snow is gone! Last week’s rain melted the last piles and the sunshine over the weekend is helping bring forth the yellow forsythias, crocuses and daffodils;

Aunt Susan's Cookies

all the signs of spring. Now if the rain holds off on May 2nd, we may finally get the tent people here!

Aunt Susan's Cookies

 

The Wedding Dress

Wedding Dress Shopping

 

This is the first dress Margot tried on. It had glitter, came in blush  and was a true ball gown,
but it wasn’t what she expected once she tried it on.

Part II of the bridal shopping weekend, the wedding dress, didn’t go as smoothly as Part I! The day was planned down to the last detail.  We drove in (three cars) and dropped everyone off at Kleinfeld.

Wedding Dress Shopping

There is a parking garage right next to Kleinfeld, but we had a surprise for Margot after dress shopping that required us to park close to that venue.  I was the one, however, who got the surprise!!!!

Wedding Dress Shopping

Margot worked at Blue Smoke a few years ago and loved the job and the people. I made a reservation for the 11 of us to go for lunch.  I reserved cars to pick us up after the appointment and take us there with Margot blindfolded.

Oops – Our Second Snafu!

When I got to the garage, I got a phone call. The appointment for Kleinfeld was for 11am NEXT WEEK!. I pulled out my confirmation sheet and it was true, I had made a mistake. It’s very atypical of me not to double check things, but I’ve been in a tizzy since the wedding date was decided.

Fortunately, Kleinfeld was able to take us at 1:30pm, however, it was only 11am! What do we do now?

Brunch

Claire and I walked to the corner to see what was around. She used to work in the area and suggested Markt Restaurant, a cute little French Bistro. While I canceled Blue Smoke, Claire called Markt and got us a table for 11!  Lucky for us it was still early, because the restaurant was packed shortly after we arrived.

Wedding Dress Shopping

 

Wedding Dress Shopping

 

Wedding Dress Shopping

Aunt Susan, her future mother-in-law’s sister, made beautiful wedding dress cookies as a surprise for everyone. Each gown was decorated in white icing with different details on each cookie. They were beautiful and it was a lovely and heartfelt contribution to the day. They were also delicious!

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Aunt Susan and Margot

Future mother- and daughter-in-law

We had a lovely brunch and were back to Kleinfeld by 1pm.

 

The Wedding Dress

Ironically, my niece Jessica knew our sales lady! She’s the mother of one of Jess’s friends. Small world and even smaller dressing room. All 11 of us piled into a dressing room made for four at best, then add two more with the saleslady and her assistant. Getting those voluminous dresses into the room was challenging!

Wedding Dress Shopping

Wedding Dress Shopping

Margot started with her “dream ball gown.” It was a beautiful dress, but she’s tiny and it swallowed her up. She kept trying on ball gowns and while all were beautiful, she wasn’t getting her “aha” moment.

Wedding Dress Shopping

Sister/Maid of Honor Claire has a heart-to-heart with Margot, helping her through her frustration.

I finally suggested she try a different fabric and perhaps an aline dress. We went through a few of those and by what had to be the 12th dress, we hit gold. She found her dream dress with a beautiful matching veil.

Wedding Dress Shopping

The “AHA” moment!

I can’t tell you more; you’ll have to wait for the last MOB blog – The Wedding Day!

All in all, we had a successful, very hectic weekend and lots of fun. Everyone was exhausted when we got home and late takeout was all we were in the mood for.

Everyone except Margot was gone by Monday morning. Just before leaving to take her to the train station, she started crying. We did so much in one weekend and she also felt she didn’t get to spend enough time with everyone. The weekend zoomed by and she was left with tons of feelings – all good, but overwhelming.

Bridal Party Dress Shopping

 The Bridal Party (left to right) Ashley, Vicky, Margot, Simone, Claire and Jessica.

A couple of weekends ago, we went bridal party dress shopping. Four of Margot’s five bridesmaids and her maid of honor, sister Claire, came in from out of state. We had a houseful, including my sister-in-law, Frann, (her daughter Jessica is a bridesmaid), and Jessica’s daughter Dylan. It was a noisy, messy, crazy weekend!

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The buzz in the house reminded me of the “old” days when Margot and her friends came home at 3am after a show and oftentimes brought one of the bands along as well. I was frequently feeding hungry kids in the wee hours of the morning.

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Saturday we met at David’s Bridal in Norwalk to outfit the bridal party. I have photos for you, but I’m not telling you which dress or dresses were chosen or the colors. That surprise comes with the last MOB blog – The Wedding Day!

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The entire appointment from signing in to paying took 1 hour and 45 minutes. I was impressed with how easy everyone was with the process and the decision making went smoothly. Each bridesmaid seemed happy, and more importantly, looked comfortable in their choice.

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After shopping, we had a delicious and fun lunch at Craft 14.

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Me, Margot, Aunt Frannie, Dylan, Claire (left to right)

Next week wedding dress shopping!

Stay tuned…..

Snow Update

BTW, the snow is melting and it’s raining today, which may get rid of the rest of it. Audrey wisely suggested postponing the meeting with Stamford Tent to May 2nd.

Save-the-Date Card – Oops, First Snafu

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We had our first snafu with the save-the-date card. The cards were shipped to me because I volunteered to type the labels, stuff, seal and stamp. The card was clearly  printed twice with slight overlapping. Margot and Andy were bummed, concerned about the company.

I told them to contact the company and sent them a pdf of the card. The company representative from Minted.com was very professional and apologetic. They reprinted and shipped express at no charge.

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The new card is perfect! We got them out a few days later than expected, but certainly with enough time to get on everyone’s calendar.

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Ironically, Andy’s brother Matthew is also getting married this year and their save-the-date card arrived on the same day. Margot thought it was funny, Andy was disappointed and Mrs. B (Andy’s mom) thought it was wonderful. She got responses about what an exciting time it must be for the family!

The card is adorable and suits them to a tee. Margot went to makeup school (MUD) and lipstick is her thing and Andy has a mustache and beard!

Even the back is cute!

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Update on Tent Appointment

The snow is melting slowly. The appointment for the tent company to come out is next Monday. I think we’ll have to postpone again. No way that snow is going away in a week!

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Entrance to the front yard where the tent will be (after the storm).

 

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Entrance to the front yard where the tent will be (7 days later).

 

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Entrance to the front yard where the tent will be (7 days later).

 

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Middle yard where the ceremony is to take place (after the storm)

 

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Middle yard where the ceremony is to take place (7 days later)

 

Mother-of-the-Bride

 

Welcome to my new blog series Mother-of-the-Bride, aka “The MOB Blog”. Our daughter Margot and her beau Andy got engaged on February 7, 2017. We couldn’t be more thrilled; Andy is already like a son to us! The big surprise is that they want to get married here at home AND the date is September 16, 2017, yes only six months away. (I’ve either lost my mind or am about to!)

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“The Ring!”

The Mother-of-the-Bride Journey

Great progress has been made to date. We’ve secured the caterer, Fabulous Feasts, who we’ve used for a couple of years now, and they truly are fabulous feasts. I also secured a 10-toilet portable restroom trailer from Royal Restrooms; our septic tank could never handle this large a crowd. The guest list is a little over 200 — they have lots of friends!!

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Andy and Margot

I moved on to get as much info for the budgeting process as I could by either calling companies or using the net to get pricing for tents (flaps, fans and heaters, just in case of inclement weather) linens, tableware, flatware, tables, chairs, huppah and shuttle buses, etc. I must admit in less than three weeks, I was a little proud of myself for being so efficient. Then I made a phone call….

Do We Really Know What We’re Doing????

We have a neighbor from our previous home who is a wedding planner and mother to my older daughter Claire’s best friends – twins – Eric and Kristina. I called Audrey to pick her brain. Then I called Margot and told her what I learned. We quickly realized that our lack of experience in putting together such an event was a road to disaster and we hired Audrey from Audrey Pierot Events! Immediately, the stress level went down and my daughter and I know we’ll have a magnificent event with expert assistance.

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Andy (our new son-in-law), Margot, Eric,
Trish and Roxie Rae, Jane, Roger (Margot’s new parents-in-laws and our new family!)
(left to right)

Audrey was supposed to come up today with Stamford Tent & Event Services to look over the grounds, measure for the tent(s) and meet the caterer. We had a few inches of snow last week and had to postpone. The tent people need to have full access and visibility of the property. We rescheduled for 3/28.

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Middle yard where the ceremony takes place.

 

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Side yard for the tent, dinner and dancing.

Now, it looks like we may have to postpone again. We’re expecting a BIG storm tonight and the prediction is 12- to 18-inches!!! It always happens in March that one last storm. However, the weather predictions following the storm are for continued cold weather, not good for melting the snow and with the higher elevation where we live, the temps stay colder here than the surrounding areas.

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Pool house for reception.

 

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Pool area for reception

So, this planning portion is on hold pending better weather…. In the meantime, as Mother-0f-the-Bride, I’ll be posting a new entry in our wedding planning adventure every Monday. Still to come, a save-the-date card mishap and bride and bridal party dress shopping!