Chrissy and Devin incorporated a lot of their personalities into their wedding. They both are alum of St. Mary's College of Maryland so it is only fitting that their wedding was on the water at the Brome Howard (which is actually where senior gala is held for soon-t0-be St. Mary's graduates). Chrissy's high school friend, Mary, sang "What a Wonderful World" while the bridal party walked down the path to the ceremony site and sang "At Last" after the ceremony ended. For the reception, each of the tables was named after one of the "seven wonders" which are the seven places that St. Mary's seniors visit the night before graduation (with maybe a cocktail or two). Their friend Josh, played the guitar and sang "Wagon Wheel," for their first dance. And the St. Mary's Seahawk showed up for their cake cutting.
She relives cute (and sometimes crazy!) little moments with the preschoolers she teaches. We have been encouraging her to create a blog for months because she was always calling up all of our friends with the most hilarious stories - these aren't your typical preschoolers. I am so glad the blog is finally alive and I can share it with you!
Chrissy is so full of life and ready for anything. We knew we had to find something fun to do for her bachlorette festivities.
Her sister suggested that we get fish pedicures. We went to Yvonne's Salon in Virginia which has locations in Alexandria, Woodbridge and Crystal City. The owner was there and gave us the background of his salon. He is the only one allowed to give fish pedicures in the US. He also invented and patented the seats he has in his salon which have individual massaging seats and fish tubs. Normally, when you get a fish pedicure (in another country) it is one big tub that everyone sticks their feet in.
The facilities were really clean and the staff was super friendly. They got a kick of Chrissy rolling in with her veil and "bride-to-be" sash.
I am very ticklish and the fish really tickled at first. I found that if I didn't watch the fish it didn't tickle as much. The fish eat the dead skin off your feet. My feet felt so much smoother afterwards but they didn't get all of the rough spots of my heel (I only had the 15 minute fish treatment). But don't worry, I got the best spa pedicure after that. My heels have not been this smooth since I was a kid. Even if the fish treatment freaks you out, I would suggest making the trek for the spa pedicure. I know I will definitely go back.
I would definitely suggest doing fish pedicures with a group of girls. It was so much fun!
Dear Ashley and Pat,
Thank you so much for your hospitality Friday night through Saturday morning. Thank you for our lovely "snacks" (more like another meal) Friday night and letting me get all comfy. Thank you for helping me make the bachlorette veil, as well. I also enjoyed our viewing of "Save the Last Dance" along with helping Pat inserting unnecessary commentary into the movie. Thank you for preparing me a wonderful (and healthy) breakfast of low-carb ricotta stuffed crepes. Don't forget to send me the recipe!
If you ever wondered who the "hostess with the mostest" was, she is my friend Ashley. Her side-kick is her wonderful husband Patrick. They are always so welcoming. Pat immediately was at my car helping me carrying in my bag (and supplies) and I was greeted by Ashley in the kitchen who was almost finished whipping us up a "snack" of wrapped asparagus thingers and brie and jam cups. Yum!!! I never feel like an awkward third wheel in their house. (And trust me it is hard for me NOT to be awkward.) Thanks guys!
Oh and if you were wondering who the bachlorette veil was for - it was for the beautiful bride to be Chrissy who is getting married next weekend. Here is a picture for your viewing pleasure:
I bet I could make my veil for under $10 since I don't want to add any "extras." And worst comes to worst, my back-up can be the one I found on Etsy.
I think it might be fun to make my own veil. And from all the tutorials I found online, it really doesn't look that difficult.
What do you think? Am I just being way too stingy?
Should I go ahead and buy the flower and veil? Should I go with fingertip or a little longer? What do you think?