I’m so sorry it’s been so long since I last posted – been kind of busy with the whole wedding and honeymoon thing. 🙂  But I’m back now, and very happily married to an amazing man. 🙂

I’ll have stories and I’ll post more pictures soon, including honeymoon pics.  In the meantime, enjoy the pictures from our photographer Joe from Photography By Media Concepts. 🙂



Me with my amazing husband!

Me and my sister Cordie, also my maid of honor



I haven’t done one of these in a while but they’re fun to do every so often – thinking of fun things puts me in a good mood.  I used to do these all the time on my MySpace blog (“Mom, what’s a MySpace?” will be the new “What’s an album?” question) … So here’s a list for 2010!

Faves of the moment (in no particular order):

I love Boston in the springtime! 🙂

• The fact that I’m writing this post on a BlackBerry…while riding on a train!
• My wedding is in 53 days!
• Free pastry day yesterday at Starbucks
• Glee is coming back next month
• I have the most awesomest bridesmaids ever
• Hearing a song come up on my iPod and then imagining everyone dancing to it at the wedding
• 90s Fridays in me and Meg’s office!
• 5ive’s “All Around” (still one of my all time fave feel-good songs)
• Wearing flip flops for the first time again
• New season of Saving Grace this summer
• Checking things off the bridal checklist
• Max and Dylan’s in downtown Boston
• My coworkers when we’re all beyond stressed and get into that end of day silly mode. It’s good to laugh with the people you spend most of your time with 🙂
• So many friends who got engaged and had babies so far this year
• Hearing Teddy Geiger while sitting at a bar, drinking a glass of Prosecco and sitting next to a window opened onto a bright spring day.  It’s like I’m 25 all over again.
• When the summer concert venues finally release their summer schedules!
• Getting RSVP postcards in the mail
• Afternoon snack of oranges and a handful of mixed nuts
• The new Saturday hip hop abs class at the gym. I miss my girl Marissa but you can’t beat a high intensity aerobics workout that includes “Humpty Dance” and “Plane to PR” in the same set.
• Sliced salami
• Ecco in East Boston
• Catching up with old friends on the phone (especially those who allow you to keep them on speakerphone so you can keep cutting out rehearsal dinner invites, lol)
• I am getting to marry my best friend and soulmate in front of our closest friends and family in less than 3 months
• When the episode of Glenn Beck is over so we can go back to everything else on the DVR, lol
• Finding an old favorite album I only have on cassette in the used CD sale bin at Newbury Comics
• Getting a pedicure
• The new Liberty of London line at Target
• Two and a Half Men
• My blue wedding shoes. I cannot wait til after the wedding so I can wear them out of the house, haha!
• Long text message conversations with Kate
• Sunshine!!
• Ricky Martin’s “Drop It On Me” (featuring Daddy Yankee)

What are some things making YOU smile this week?


Mark and I have been busy, busy with work and friends but we’ve managed to get a lot accomplished for the wedding, too!  (Psst – have you seen our blog?  http://markandmem.wordpress.com – check it out!)

Here are just a few updates since my last one – as of today, we’ve got 6 and a half months to go:

  • We booked the JP this weekend!  Deb Hoch (www.aneverlastingmemory.com) is super cool and romantic and so easy to get along with.  She performed the ceremony at our friends Jo and Darrell’s wedding last May and they had nothing but great things to say about her.  So we met with her this weekend and booked the date.  She’ll be sending us potential vows and we can copy and paste them to fit our own preferences – I love the customizing option!   Also, she insisted on having music on when we met with her because she apparently always has music on.  I die! 🙂
  • The bridesmaids dresses are all set – the girls are going to look gorgeous!
  • Rumor has it that the shower(s), bachelorette party and bachelor party plans are already underway.
  • We booked the honeymoon!  We are going to the Sandals Resort at Grande Ocho Rios in Jamaica.  All inclusive.  We are super pumped!
  • The Save the Dates have been ordered and are en route to be delivered to us – so we’ll hopefully be sending them out soon.  They’re soooo cute – and we’ll most likely be ordering matching invites from the same company soon, too.  I’m finalizing the last addresses we need so we can send them out once they arrive.
Could these be my something blue?

Could these be my "something blue"?

So we’ve made a lot more progress – although I keep getting waylaid because I’m on the hunt for an affordable pair of Christian Louboutins for the big day.  Ebay has become my new homepage and I gotta tell you, it’s not easy.

I’m headed to Vegas next week for a few days to attend the AAPEX/SEMA conference on behalf of one of our clients – so it’ll be tough to start making any big plans until I get back and get all caught up.  I’m still struggling with a lot of the song choices (first dance, bridal party entrance to the reception, etc.).  But I’m probably just putting too much pressure on it and we’ll figure it out soon enough. 🙂

Keep you posted as things develop!

PS – Happy Halloween!  What’s your costume this year?  Check out one of my old posts for some fun Halloween facts.

Oh, my dearest apologies for not writing sooner! It’s been a busy few weeks.

Here are some wedding updates:

credit: whitneyandbrycewedding.wordpress.com
  • We booked the venue! On Saturday, we submitted our deposit and contract for our May 15, 2010 wedding location. It is [drumroll please] the Holiday Inn in Mansfield, MA. We’ll be having the ceremony and reception all in one place; plus, the convenience of a hotel locale will be oh-so-handy for our many out of town guests. [If you go to the web site, please note that they’ve since renovated and haven’t been able to update the photos yet.]
  • We’ve started putting together the MOST important part of the event: the music playlist! Haha. We’ve started looking at DJ’s as booking the entertainment is the next priority on the list.
  • We’ve chosen the color scheme! I guess you would call it plum wine and chartreuse (aka lilac/purple and pale green). We’re still playing around with the many shades of the colors but now we can really start to get other elements together…
  • …like the stationery and icon themes. Man, it is SO hard to come up with the overall scheme. I want modern, but now vintage is looking like a lot of fun, too. And picking an icon is so hard.

Slowly but surely we are tackling some of the other elements, bit by bit … Mom and I are going dress shopping soon, so if you have any suggested bridal shops in the Boston area (north or south shore), please let me know!

On a side note, it is very difficult to plan a cheery, warm spring wedding when it is snowing out – again! [Sigh] My only hope is that the endless snow this year will pave the way for a very nice summer.

And don’t forget – only 16 days until St. Patrick’s Day! Start getting your green in order.

Since it’s the first day of March, it’s fun to look at the month ahead to all the great things coming up. I’m excited about getting the DJ for the wedding, warmer weather, No Doubt tickets on sale this Saturday, more sunshine each day, and the many birthdays of this month that will be a blast to celebrate. What are YOU most looking forward to this month?

dscn1402On Saturday, November 22, Mark insisted we have a date night in Boston.  I loved the idea and suggested one of our favorite cozy spots, Match, on Mass Ave. near Newbury Street in Back Bay.  We had a lovely dinner, enjoying a cozy meal near the fire, drinking wine and just basically enjoying each other’s company.

Towards the end of dinner, he mentioned that the tree at Faneuil Hall had just been lit earlier that day, and suggested going to check it out.  Even though it was a lovely 25 degrees out, we were bundled up and I agreed, thinking if we stopped by the tree we could then go to the many nice bars & lounges in the area afterwards to warm up.  We took the Green Line downtown and walked up to the tree.

The crowd had just dispersed and there were maybe one or two people still around, plus two workers who were clearing the metal barriers away from the base of the tree.  I stood there, looking up at the immense tree and enjoying the sparkling ornaments.

Mark was standing between me and the tree and I realized he was starting to yank one of his gloves off.  As I tried to figure out what he was doing, before I knew it, he had dropped down to one knee.  I started shaking and gasping and getting all teary eyed.  The rest of the moment is a little blurry, but I *think* he said, “My soulmate, will you marry me?”dscn1404

I pressed my gloved hands to my face in utter shock.  Tears flowed down my face.  I heard the one of two guys moving the barriers say “Dude, check it out,” and I suppose they stopped to watch.  I couldn’t speak; I simply shoved my left hand in his face with my ring finger extended to say, “Yes!”  It took a moment for him to understand, of course.  I think he took my glove off; or maybe I did.  I just remember the ring sparkling in the box and glistening in the chilly evening, and being completely wowed. 

He placed the ring on my finger and stood up and kissed me and hugged me and kissed me again.  Then he asked, “So is that a yes?”  “Of course, yes!” I said.  I think some of the people around us might have clapped, I can’t remember.  All I remember is just being so completely overjoyed.

After finding out about all that went into the proposal (more about that later), we decided to go warm up and make our phone calls & send out the necessary text messages.  We walked to the nearby Red Sky Lounge, which happened to be one of the places we went to on our first date two and a half years ago.  We ordered a round of champagne, toasted our happy moment, and began sending out the messages.

So it turns out Mark had worked with our friend Rob to get us a gorgeous executive suite at the Seaport Hotel, overlooking the water.  We walked back to our car at the Common and drove over to the hotel, still glowing and totally ecstatic.  We checked in and went up to our amazing room on the 11th floor with the fantastic view of the skyline and the water.  There was a bottle of champagne waiting with two glasses.  We spent the night celebrating, making more calls, and just enjoying being with each other.  I’m such a nerd – since there was free internet in the room, I hopped on the computer when he was out of the room for a second and updated my Facebook profile and did the quick post below.  It was a great way to share the news with a lot of people (but you can imagine – I had over 60 emails when I got home the next day!).

dscn1397So here’s some of the back story: Apparently, when I was in Las Vegas, Mark met up with my Mom to have dinner and ask her permission.  (She was, of course, ecstatic.)  Then, last weekend when I thought he was “having a guys night with the boys up at our friends’ place in Ayer,” he actually drove down to New York to ask my Dad’s permission in person.  I spent the weekend at my Mom’s, thinking Mark was putting down cold ones and watching the game with the guys.  Little did I know he was asking for my hand in marriage over dinner with my Dad and Karen.  He even stayed overnight and drove back the next day (his original supposed reason for the overnight: “they would be drinking and he didn’t want to risk a drive”).  And for someone who has trouble keeping anything from me, I am shocked he hid all traces that he had been in NY and kept it from me!

Then, since he knew we were staying overnight in town, he packed me a bag of clothes that he figured I would not notice missing from my closet, and went out and bought extras of the toiletries that I would notice was missing in the bathroom.  The fact that he had the ring on him for so long, told both my parents, planned this whole evening, and did not leak a word is amazing.  And the fact that he went through all that … well, it’s beyond words.

The next morning we woke up to a gorgeous sunny day, still giddy and glowing.  I peeked out the window and realized we were overlooking the parking lot where we had ended our first date those many years ago.  “Look how far we’ve come,” I mentioned.  “Yeah, wow, like 500 feet,” he retorted.  Haha, thanks.

We had already planned a brunch with our friends Melyssa, Jeff, Colleen & Todd at the Fireplace in Brookline, dscn1400_zoom-in1way before the proposal happened, so it was perfect timing.  Mark also invited our friends Steve & Cristina, and we enjoyed a yummy brunch and lots of advice from all the newlyweds (all have been married within the past 2 years or so).  Then we drove home and spent the rest of the day answering our many emails and voicemails.

No, we haven’t picked a date yet.  We’ve started talking about it, but right now we’re basking in the glow of being engaged.  We’ll probably pick a date by New Year’s and will of course keep everyone posted when we know.

I’m so ecstatic.  For someone who loves planning parties and events, this is the ultimate party.  And to think that we will be planning a wedding for us and spending the rest of our lives together … well, I’m just completely overwhelmed and overjoyed.  Here’s to true love!


This Thanksgiving, I am thankful for the basic, wonderful things in life.  I am thankful for:

  • My family
  • My friends
  • My fiance, Mark
  • My health

These are the things that make my life complete and I feel so lucky to have.

What are your plans for this Thanksgiving?  What are you thankful for?


(By the way, two random things to note:

  • The ring is based on my paternal great-grandmother’s engagement ring, aw!
  • As my colleague Kyle pointed out, we met on Match.com, and we started the night of our engagement at Match.  Weird!)

I write this from our gorgeous room in the Seaport Hotel in Boston … tonight, Mark and I went for a nice romantic dinner at Match in Boston, and afterwards went to check out the tree in Faneuil Hall, where he dropped down to one knee and PROPOSED! =)  So happy. =)  More details and ring images to follow..

Oy, it’s been a while since I’ve written.  But I’ve been busy.  Here’s a quick recap of where I was for some time this month:

We started off May in Newport, RI, to watch Jo and Darrell tie the knot on the water.  It was cold out, but once we all got dancing inside, it was anything but!

Then it’s off to Florida one week later.  Tim and Jennie became Mr. and Mrs. Harris on the Carnival Victory cruise in port in Miami.  Then we were off into the Caribbean!

Tim and Jennie cut the cake in the fastest ceremony in history!

We arrived in San Juan first:

Mark and me in front of the ship in Puerto Rico

Not a huge fan of the area, but I did get some of my favorite shots while we were there:




Group shot! Brenda, Ben, Tim, Jennie, Mark and me get cozy in a courtyard restaurant

Then we were St. Thomas bound.  They drive on the left side of the road there, but the steering wheels are on the right side.  Go figure, mon.

This made us not miss the dirty water that us Bostonites love so much

Then we were whisked off to St. Maarten, where we took a bumpy cab ride from the Dutch side over to the beaches of the French side.  Mark and I went for a ride on a jet ski (!), and then it was time for lunch on the beach with the rest of the group.

The colors were fantastic! Note – this is only a few feet from the nude beach…

Back at port, we were up against a larger Royal Caribbean ship to see who would leave first.  They won, but I scored with this awesome pic:

Back into the bluest water you’ve ever seen!

Then we headed back to Miami.  Along the way there was a lot of karaoke, some hot sun, a few rocky hours, multiple slices of 3 AM pizza, 2 sets of live music in the casino which both included “Sexbomb,” way too much live calypso, a surprise bouquet of roses delivered to me by Mark (awww), 6 soft serve cones, 2 monkey cocount drinks that convert into banks, a dash of Gloria Estefan shimmying, and too many rolls to count delivered by Bagus and Jose.

We got dressed up one night – man, we clean up good!

Looking down from Deck 7 (our floor) onto the bar on the 3rd deck…where’s Mrs. Mac?!

So there’s the trip in a nutshell.  I think we knew the moment we were on vacation was when Mark and I were paying for lunch on St. Thomas with a traveler’s check.  We had to put the date on the check, and he looked at me and said, “Um, do you know what today’s date is?”  And I went to answer . . . but I couldn’t even remember which day of the week it was.  So that was a nice moment.

A special wedding congratulations to Jo and Darrell on their May 3rd nuptials!  And congrats to Jennie and Tim for their happy moment on May 11th.  A thanks to the crew of the Victory ship, especially Jose, Bagus, our room stewardess, Malcolm Barnes (whoohoo!), and my masseuse, for keeping us all sane so far from dry land.  And a VERY special thanks to the 26 people in our Carnival group who made the trip so awesome, especially Jennie, Tim, Ben, Brenda, Tim B, Stacy, Chris ([ahem!] Goat), and Kelly. 

Which photo is your favorite?