Thursday, December 16, 2010

Belle Turned Bride: Emily & Spencer at a Glance

As the next few blog entries will be about our wedding and the planning process, I figured some readers may need an introduction to Spencer and I, and what the past 3+ years of our "courtship" has been like. The timeline below should help bring you up to speed...

September 20, 2007 –Spencer approaches Emily at local watering hole.

3 hours (and a few Shipyard Pumpkinheads) later - First kiss.

September 21-22, 2007 – An unseasonably warm fall weekend, Spencer shows Emily his hometown and they go to the beach.

September 22, 2007 – Spencer introduces Emily to his roommates as his “new girlfriend.” Emily is baffled; she doesn’t remember this conversation but decides to go with it.

September 24, 2007 – Spencer takes Emily out on a proper first date in the North End of Boston. Spencer learns Emily has an unhealthy addiction to Italian food.

October 2007 – Emily surprises Spencer with a weekend trip to Providence for his birthday (ironically 2 years later becomes location of their first apartment together).

October 31, 2007 – Spencer tells Emily he loves her. He is dressed as an injured soldier covered in artificial blood and a sling on Halloween. Romantic…

November, 2007 – Spencer moves to Dallas for 8 weeks to train new team for work. Emily misses her new boyfriend.

November, 2007 – Spencer meets the Griffins on a weekend trip home. They approve. Mrs. Griffin tells Emily she thinks he is “cute, cute, cute, cute, CUTE!” (“oh and nice too”).

December 2007 – Spencer brings Emily to San Antonio, TX to celebrate her birthday. Takes her on a surprise segway ride around the Alamo, helmets included. Locals point and stare.

December 24, 2007 – Spencer’s mom introduces Emily to 30+ relatives on Christmas Eve as “Molly”. Emily is embarrassed.

December 25, 2007 – Emily tells Spencer she loves him (with a framed photo from San Antonio trip and her favorite poem, an attempt to one up his “romantic” Halloween confession).

January 2008 – Spencer returns to Boston and finds a new job before his team gets permanently transferred to Dallas.

June 2008 - Spencer starts a new job in RI.

Summer 2008 – Emily introduces Spencer to country music. Achieves success when she finds Spencer has programmed 2 local country stations to his pre-sets.

October 2008 – First real vacation together to Acapulco, MX with Spencer’s twin brother and girlfriend. Only twin brother forgets he can’t drink the water. Montezuma = 1 Trevor = 0.

Winter 2008 – Spencer teaches Emily to ski. Emily falls and cries on slopes. A lot.

April 2009 – Spencer and Emily visit in Memphis, TN. Emily experiences real BBQ for the first time. Both gain new appreciation for “the king” while visiting “Graceland”.

October 2009 – Spencer and Emily move into a new apartment together in Providence, RI!

November 2009 – Spencer and Emily take a vacation to Playa del Carmen, MX alone this year. Spencer learns to drive a scooter for first time with Emily on the back. Emily is scared. They have many romantic dinners and see scenic beaches and Mayan ruins. Emily thinks this could be the perfect place for a proposal.

December 2009 – Spencer brings Emily to NYC for her birthday. They browse in Tiffany’s. She sees Statue of Liberty for first time. Emily decides she loves New York at Christmas time. They walk to the tree in Rockefeller Center and Emily thinks this could be the perfect place for a proposal.

February 2010 - Emily can ski down black diamonds now (without falling…or crying). She purchases fancy new skis and is thankful Spencer taught her so well.

July 2010 – Spencer decides to ask Mr. Griffin permission to marry his daughter during an overnight golf tournament. With only two restaurant options in the small rural town, Spencer may be forced to ask at a Hooters (but luckily chooses the other venue).

Summer 2010 – Spencer and Emily plan a trip to travel around Italy in fall.

October 3, 2010 – Spencer pops the question on the island of Capri in Italy. Emily is thrilled and shocked; Spencer has been so tricky. Spencer and Emily “Skype” their parents and families rejoice across the pond.

October 2010 – Emily makes a second call to Leslie Barbini to fill her in on the news. Leslie has a hard time keeping the secret until Emily and Spencer’s return to the states.

October 2010 – Spencer and Emily pick a date and sign for venue. Their lives go into full fledged wedding mode.

November, 2010 – Emily wakes up late Sunday morning to find Spencer drinking his morning coffee in living room watching “Say Yes to the Dress” and she knows she’s found a keeper.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

And the winner of the giveaway is....

Congratulations to Terri! You have won the Ring Bearer Bowl from wedzu seller Paloma's Nest!

So Terri.. tell us, what are you going to use the Ring Bearer Bowl for?

Monday, December 13, 2010

Design Space Makeover Part 2

Leslie's office gets the royal treatment in this installment of the design space makeover!


No trim on the doors? No problem!

What could be going in that box you ask? Keep scrolling...

Now, UPS brown has it's place, but the Wedding Belle Design space isn't it...

This is more like it...

And a touch of gold for elegance..

So polished with the flooring!

Looking into the entrance...

Leslie found the perfect nook for our slogan..

These will be full of appointments, wedding dates and meetings in no time!

We can't wait for you to come visit!

Monday, December 6, 2010


Ever since we heard about the fabulous new site where it appears as though Etsy and weddings had a baby - we have been all over it getting inspiration and finding great ways for our couples to add DIY touches to their weddings without the trouble of the do-it-yourself part.

What better way to share our love of this new website than a giveaway! Leslie has chosen this absolutely adorable Ring Bearer Bowl from wedzu seller Paloma's Nest to give to one lucky reader of our blog.

Okay, so how do you win? In the comments, tell us what the most memorable moment was from any wedding you've been to. It can be a horrible moment, an inspiring moment or that you had the best cake of your life! One winner will be chosen at random on December 13th. Happy commenting!

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Design Space Before & Afters

Since all of you have been so patient, we thought it was about time to give you a little sneak peek at the new office space. These images are all of the spare office/storage room. Now, it is still a work in progress (molding, baseboards, furniture, etc.)…to see the finished product you will just have to come to the open house in January!!! However, until then, as more work gets completed, we will tease you with some images of the other rooms! A HUGE Thank You to everyone that has helped the Belles move into their new home!

Before…pretty ordinary, but Leslie can see tons of potential!

Some paint! Leslie LOVES color!!!

Other corner with a lighter accent color to keep everyone relaxed and cheerful!

Look at that flooring!!!!!

It looks great with both paint colors! Leslie might know what she is doing!!!

AND a DOOR!! Really, it is all about the small things in life!

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