**Wedding Wednesday is a feature on my blog documenting our wedding planning process – thoughts, reflections, ideas, milestones. Follow along as we plan a wedding in our home city of Cincinnati while we live in Denver.
Last week, I spent a few days in Cincinnati to meet with and take care of some wedding things. While we’re able to research and secure some wedding things online, it’s also important to have the face-to-face appointment time. Living in Denver makes this a bit challenging so I made the most of my trip and I crammed more into a 4 day period than I ever thought possible.
First of all, I need to share my newest, favorite airport meal at the Denver Airport. I fly (pretty much only) Frontier, in the A terminal at DIA. Food options are okay – not a wide variety of healthy food. But on Wednesday afternoon, I found this website that details all of the restaurants and bars by terminal! Genius!
I stopped by the Mesa Verde Restaurant in the upper level of terminal A – I’d never been before but have had good success with finding paleo friendly food at Mexican restaurants. Mesa Verde was a winner! For $8, I built my own burrito bowl full of yummy goodness:
Lettuce, black beans (not paleo but still healthy so I eat them), shredded chicken, tomato salsa, hot salsa, jalapenos, cilantro, guacamole.
For all of my future flights out of the A terminal that require lunch or dinner, I’m hittin’ up Mesa Verde.
Then, my flight was delayed an hour so this happened:
On Thursday, I dropped my engagement ring off to be sized and took a peek at wedding bands through the same jeweler Alex used to design my ring. We think it’d be really cool to have all of our rings come from the same jeweler. They weren’t able to turn the ring around in before I left so I should be receiving it by certified mail sometime today. Since Thursday, I have mini moments of panic that I’ve misplaced or lost my ring since it’s not on my finger.
I also met with our reception venue, The Redmoor. Neither Alex or I had ever been in The Redmoor when we signed the contract so it was really neat to walk through and see the space we have to work with. The owner (and our coordinator) Mandie was so thorough in her tour and answered the many questions I had for her (food, drink, seating, decorations).
Later, I met with my friend Natalie who will be doing bridal party hair and makeup. Natlie has been a hair stylist for years and just recently launched her own event hair and makeup company, Rollers and Rouge. I’m so excited to have Natalie do my and our hair and makeup – she’s supremely talented, super fun and easy to work with. I know she’ll make us look beautiful and natural.
On Saturday, I met with and booked our photographer, Jonathan Gibson. He’s shot my cousin’s wedding (and post-wedding bridal shoot!) and takes BEAUTIFUL photos. A few of his recent weddings were at The Redmoor, too. Like this one:
I want a photo like that!
Jonathan came highly recommended and I’m so excited that he’ll be shooting our wedding. Within the first minutes of meeting him, I knew he was our guy – professional, laid-back, easy to work with, finding out what Alex and I are like a couple and what we’re looking for in our photography. I put down the deposit before we left our meeting – photographer booked!
The last task on my wedding agenda was to wedding dress shop. And shop we did! Dress shopping will get its own post later today.
And to cap off my whirlwind trip in Cincinnati, my family got together to celebrate birthdays – my brother turned 25 on 2/21 and I’ll turn 26 on 3/7. Yes, we are the same age for 2 weeks each year. Irish twins!
Or so I thought was the last big event of my trip… Alex was sick on Sunday when he picked me up from the airport. Sick enough to warrant a trip to the ER on Sunday night. He was throwing up, hot, weak – we went to the ER when he passed out onto the bed after a shower and didn’t feel like he had the strength to move or get into the car. Coming from the guy who hates hospitals and rarely complains about sickness, I was scared.
We went to Rose Hospital’s ER and were immediately seen. Alex was treated for severe dehydration and a flu virus. Once they started the saline IV, he started to get his color and personality back – it was amazing to see the transformation!
He was discharged with no further diagnosis – just to rest, keep drinking fluids and take care of himself. He’s done just that – stayed home from work on Monday and Tuesday and is feeling back to himself today.
Whew! I’m finally feeling settled again, after last week’s whirlwind trip. I’m happy to be home and looking forward to visitors and birthday fun next week!