Monday, February 13, 2012

A Running and Wedding Planning Weekend!

I had an absolutely amazing weekend; it was so productive (in a way that might actually be enjoyable to recap and read)!

My mom came in town on Friday, and after school we headed down to St. Petersburg to go to the Rock N Roll expo for packet pickup. It was pretty awesome, because it was inside Tropicana Field (our baseball field is a dome).
I'll talk more about the expo when I do my recap post tomorrow, but to spoil the surprise I beat that time in the picture above where I'm making my most beautiful face.

On Saturday morning we got into full wedding mode and headed out for everything possible wedding related. Oh you just wait...

We started at Brides by Demetrios, where I did pick a bridesmaids dress. I love it, and the best part was that the lady that helped me totally put one of the dresses on and stood next to me in the other dress. Although we at first thought she was just offering out of consideration, a few other girls in the store said she only works on Saturday and loves wearing the dresses. One of them even said, "it isn't a Saturday unless she's in a dress!" So funny!

I won't ruin the surprise (I know you're waiting with baited breath), but it's a Bill Levkov in Plum...and it looks similar to (but better than) these two:


But that girl on the right is creeping me out...so focus not on her.

We then quickly headed to the museum to show my mom where we're getting married and having the reception. She loved it...just like we did...and how could you not?


from the museum's website

We headed to a florist...whom we loved and are definitely booking. His eye was flawless, his shop was small but filled to the brim, and there was literally not one thing in everything that I saw that I wouldn't be thrilled to have on my wedding day. I'll talk more about wedding flowers once we meet with him again.

Afterwards we went to a cake tasting...and had an terrible experience. We're fairly certain we aren't going to go with him. Aside from not really dealing with us until 45 minutes after our appointment to seeing him finishing up a cake 30 minutes after someone had come to pick it up, there were so many reasons we were disappointed. We didn't finish there until an hour and a half after we had walked in, and we were only with him for maybe 15 minutes. It was terrible.

It was such a long day and I had a cold and a half marathon to run the next morning that I didn't end up going to a birthday party we were supposed to attend. Tim went, but mom and I just ate dinner and laid around...I went to bed early for a 4:45 am alarm.

And with that 4:45 alarm came the biting reality of a 38* morning in Tampa. I didn't know it was possible, and I'm sure not thankful that it also happened to be the day I chose to run a race at 7:30 in the morning in St. Petersburg (45 minutes away).

But it's alright. It was all worth it. I'm going to write a whole recap and post it tomorrow, but for now I'll just tell you it was absolutely the cap to a great weekend! I PR'ed by 9 minutes or so, and I broke 2 hours. 

I ran my third half marathon in 1:57:44!


I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! Did I miss anything this week? Will you fill me in?

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12 comments:

meghan said...

Awesome job, lady!!! I love all of the pictures. Boo for the bad cake man, but I'm certain you'll find someone super spectacular!

Happy Monday!

Lauren @ A modern day wife's journey said...

Congrats on the race and yay for finding your BM dresses & making progress with other wedding details :-)

Al said...

Congrats, doll! Just stopping by from Neely's - good luck with all of the wedding planning!!

Jen said...

Wow! Talk about a busy weekend!

Meghan said...

Congrats, Meg! That is such an amazing time! And I love the bridesmaids dresses - well, I love the "similar" version, ha! Sounds like an amazing weekend!

Sarah @ 90 Percent Blonde... said...

The dress my one BM picked out was Bill Levkov... he has beautiful dresses!

Sounds like it was a super busy weekend!

Kari said...

Congratulations on the race! It sounds like you had quite a wonderful weekend. I love your wedding choices, especially the reception space. I met a really terrible baker here too, I wonder if it was the same one you met with...? Sounds like the same antics I saw.

Cait said...

ahh i love your wedding weekend! i have a similar one coming up where i have to pick out linens and go over the 'final menu' for the guests this saturday- busy busy ha. i'm sad about the wedding cake tasting for you :( hopefully you find someone better who will APPRECIATE your service!

Jennifer B said...

Wait, wait, where are you getting married? Did you announce it and I just missed it? Is it the Tampa History museum in Channelside? Looks like it-that's on my to-check-out list!

Congrats on the race time! That's so awesome! xoxo

Emily w/Amazing Grapes said...

That's soooo awesome you PRed!! Way to go. I hope you're feeling better NOW and that you're able to find a better baker for your cake. Sounds like horrible business. :(

But so excited to see which dress you chose cause I love the one on the left the best and yay for finding a florist!! Sooo excited things are coming together for you. :)
Emily at Amazing Grapes

Sarah Burton said...

Congratulations that's so awesome!
And I love those dresses! I've always liked the long dresses and that color is gorgeous.

Katie said...

I love your venue!! It's so gorgeous. And you were smart to avoid that bakery-- not finishing a cake until AFTER someone comes to pick it up?? Um, no. I wouldn't be taking that kind of risk with my wedding.