- No "sheet-cake wedding": elegant and unique
- Venue: small and intimate: a wedding chapel, a winery, or a Bed and Breakfast; no southwest decor--Victorian?
- Guests: Close family and close friends, the wedding party (~50 people total)
- Date: She was thinking fall 2010, but they have finally settled on April 24, 2010
- Time of day: Evening
- Attire: Black tie required
- Food: Hors d'ouvres, Sparkling waters and fruit juices, cake and a Champaigne Toast (no bar), perhaps a midnight breakfast, no southwestern food, perhaps Italian?
- Groom's jobs: list of close family, friends, his witnesses, he gets the officiant, plans the honeymoon
- Mother of Bride (MOB): plans with bride (CGP), Groom does not sweat details
- Brides parents set budget and bride abides by it (we like this one!)
- Invitations: elegant and formal, sent out in Engineering Geek and MOB's name
- Dress: she's thinking of using her friend's Italian silk dress, and would add a lace jacket but not worried about this yet
- Colors: ivory/candlelight and gold for the women, black tuxes with gold accents and ivory shirts for the men (MOB's requirement: I get to choose my own complimentary color)
Yesterday, the Engineering Geek took me to Butterfield's Jewelry to get me some birthday gold and garnets (on Monday I will celebrate another trip around the sun!) and while we were there, I picked up a free Albuquerque/Santa Fe wedding guide. After perusing it, and consulting the CGP, I signed us up for The Wedding Gallery bridal show to take place two weeks from tomorrow at Hotel Albuquerque, which is advertised to be:
"New Mexico's first luxury wedding showcase, featuring the southwest's finest products, services, and wedding professionals for couples with discerning tastes."
The Chem Geek Princess and her Knight Errant
This sounds like the CGP--after all, her last initial stands for Princess--and her Knight Errant. And the KE himself had suggested it on New Year's day.
I have 16 months.
The fun begins!
And I mean that sincerely. I have been looking forward to this since I cradled the newborn CGP in my arms.