Anyway, I know what you're thinking, how are you so busy now that your wedding is over?? Well, something no one tells you about the wedding process, is that afterward, you have a house full of gifts (which is AWESOME, by the way, thank you to all of our generous friends and family) that need organizing. So, I have been busy getting our condo in order with all the beautiful new items we have, and trying to clear out our den that one week ago you literally couldn't walk into because of the wall of gifts.
The best part about post wedding is not only not planning anymore like I mentioned previously, but using all the fun stuff you received and redecorating and organizing. Check out these hurricanes from Crate and Barrel with candles and pebbles to match (Thanks to Kerstin and Matt for this gift!)
Also, I love cooking with the new pots and pans (thanks Ben's aunts and uncles!), eating off new dishes (thanks Mom and Dad!), and using new kitchen gadgets (thanks to pretty much everyone!)
There are also quite a few other loose ends to take care of post wedding:
- Ordering and getting out Thank You cards
- Preserving your dress: will I bag it or box it?? And who knew it was this expensive??
- Changing my last name. This been a lot of work--my friend Molly was right, always have your marriage license with you for the first year of marriage, you never know when you'll need it. It has also been randomly emotional, actual conversation from yesterday:
Me: Great, let me grab that from you (get badge, stare at it for what seemed like forever)
Receptionist: OK, I just need your old one
Me: What?... Why?
Receptionist: Because you have your new one, with your correct name
Me: So... you're just going to take it? (voice starting to shake, eyes welling up) you're going to just take my maiden name one?
Receptionist: That's what we usually do
Me: Oh, well, OK... (tears starting roll down my face)
Receptionist: Why don't you just keep it, (starting to talk faster as I look more vulnerable) we don't really need it
Me: OK (proceed to me running to bathroom before anyone else sees me)
Yes, so one minute I can send in everything to the government to change my name and feel fine, but the next minute, I look at my new last name and loose it-- I don't get it?!?!
Anyway, I wanted to share one more wedding picture with all of you, of all of them we have seen from both our professional photographer (the lovely Jan Kentala) and from friends and family at the wedding, this is the favorite, I'm sure you'll see why. =)