Archives for October 2010

Wedding Memories: The Flowers

Thursday will be our four-year wedding anniversary! As we remember our fabulous day, I thought I would share some of our wedding memories with you. This is part two of my wedding memories.

One of the first things I remember choosing for our wedding was my bouquet. Again, I really didn’t know what I wanted and felt overwhelmed when we first went to the florist. We sat down in the back with a couple huge books of different flower arrangements they could make. I knew the bouquet I wanted the second I saw it. I thought it was so unique and beautiful.

BouquetMe with Ash

Again I was lucky to have Mom’s help to coordinate with the florist to make everything look beautiful, yet simple.

IsleUnity candlesChurchKissing

The church and the reception were decorated perfectly with lots of flowers. The space was filled with lots of color and everything looked beautiful. Picking my bouquet first made the rest of the color choices easier because everything was picked to go along with the color scheme of the bouquet.

OutsideReception roomReception fullDance floor

Wedding Memories: The Dress

Thursday will be our four-year wedding anniversary! As we remember our fabulous day, I thought I would share some of our wedding memories with you.  This is part one of my wedding memories.


I really wasn’t someone who always thought about how my wedding would be.  Honestly, I really had no idea where to start.  We are so lucky that we had my mom and dad to do the planning with us.  All of the special details came out great because of all planning they did to make it all work out for us.

The first and most exciting thing on my mind was finding a dress.  The Saturday after we got engaged Mom and I went to start looking at dresses.  Other than a white dress, I really didn’t know what kind of dress I was looking for.  The lady at the dress shop starting pulling a variety to get an idea of what I liked.  I remember her saying that I should try a dress with rouching because it was very flattering on many people.  It really didn’t appeal to me and I didn’t think we should even bother trying it.

TyingDressedBack of dress

That dress happened to be the first one I tried on, and I LOVED it!  It fit me so perfectly and I just knew that was the dress I wanted to get married in.  I wanted to try on some more dresses just to be sure.  After trying some others, we left with the first dress.  We had no idea we would find one that day and I can’t believe it was the first one I tried.  No other clothes shopping trip has ever been that easy.

MeMe close

Before we left, we also bought a tiara for my hair and a veil with sparkly stones sewn into it.  I later found some comfy shoes… I was not wearing heals when my dress touched the floor.


And I love how my hair turned out.  I had it done at a salon with a practice session a week or so before the wedding.  Whenever I look back at our wedding pictures, I’m still so happy with how everything came together.

Me with Mom and DadMe with Ashley and AndrewMe with my bridesmaids

Food Allergy Conclusions

As you know, I have been on the caveman diet to cut out foods that I tested allergic to.  I eliminated any and all forms of eggs, milk, corn, soy, and wheat.  Then I added them back in one at a time to learn how I reacted to each food.  I had absolutely no problems with eggs and milk.  Corn gave me slight discomfort, mostly a feeling of puffiness in my cheeks.  I wasn’t too bad until I ate corn twice in one day.  Then I had a lot of itchiness and got a little rashy across my chest and neck.Soy The worst was soy.  I had a small, small amount of soy milk and got an instant and intense headache.  The soy also made me dizzy and the headache lasted all night.  I had a little bit more soy milk the next night to make sure I had the same reactions, which I did.  The wheat is definitely what has been causing my nausea and stomach pains.  After just a small amount of cream of wheat I had to lie still for a while until my stomach recovered.  I can’t believe how strong the reactions were and that I was never able to put two and two together before.  It’s just so hard to tell when so many meals have multiples of these ingredients mixed in.

It might not sound so bad to find that corn, soy, and wheat bother me, but it’s hard to realize how many things include those three ingredients.  Almost everything contains corn syrup!  And I never realized how many things have soy.  When I was told to cut out soy I thought it would be no problem.  However, soy is an ingredient in things like hard candies, pasta, ice cream, lunch meats, and soups.  Then there are the non-food items such as candles, soap, printing ink, creams, and cosmetics.  You just can’t stay away from the stuff.  We now spend forever in the grocery store reading all the labels.

Today is the last day of the caveman diet and challenge foods.  Tomorrow I can go back to normal, keeping in mind that eating these ingredients will cause the reactions I learned. I think we will keep a lot of our new recipes in place though.  Being forced to cut out so much has helped me learn to be a more creative and better cook.  Not to mention that we both feel so much better eating fresh foods.

I also did some more reading about food allergies on the allergy doctor’s website.  I read that as long as you spread out the foods you react to, your body can handle it okay.  It seems backwards to me.  Like the more you have of something, the more you would get used to it.  But the website suggested that you need to separate these foods by four days.  I hope that adding these foods back in doesn’t get me back to the way I was feeling all the time before… but I sure am ready for some spaghetti!