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My husband has had the same best friend since he was 4 years old. He grew up next door to Chris and Mike and his twin brother treated Chris like he was their triplet. He and Mike roomed together in college and when Chris moved back here 5 years ago they picked up their friendship as if they hadn't been apart for almost a decade, including starting the band Mike had always dreamed of. Chris brought his girlfriend Tif here to live and we have become good friends as well.
When I first met Tif I remember thinking that she was very sweet but that she was going to be too normal for me to get very close to her. My friends have always been a bit on the eccentric side and because of my own quirks it's important to me to know that other people have their own. Well, I totally misread Tif. Yes, she dresses relatively preppy, is very outdoorsy/athletic, and is a successful Professional Organizer (runs Your Life Organized in the St. Louis area.) All of these are about as opposite of me as you can get but underneath Tif has more than enough quirks to make it interesting. She has been a great inspiration to me in a lot of ways.
This summer Chris finally decided it was time to make it legal, after six years together and everyone close to them so sure that they were meant to be married. They are working with a very conservative budget and paying for much of the wedding themselves. They have downsized their expectations while still finding a water location in the area. There is going to be a lakeside wedding outdoors and the reception will be in the same location indoors. The boys will be playing their music at the reception.
I've been helping as much as I can from the couch since Tif is in the middle of her biggest season of the year at work and she has been struggling to get the planning started. I've enjoyed looking up photographers and narrowing the choices, looking at bridal shops and figuring out what other vendors we need to be booking. Her Mom is an artist and does booth designs so she will be in charge of the decorations but I'm hoping to help get the beach theme in place. Here is the website which she whipped up one afternoon for the wedding.
At the top of the page is the mood board I did for the wedding on Dessy Design a Wedding Styleboard Tool coordinated with the new Pantone Wedding system. I discovered the tool from Thyme2dream's blog. She is currently giving a $20 gift certificate to her Artfire shop to anyone who makes a mood board that uses one of her pieces. I found the hair comb which goes perfectly with Tif's theme and would look lovely in her long dark hair on the big day. As long as she likes it I plan on using the gift certificate to get it for her.
The dress if one that we found online that she really likes from David's Bridal. I found the picture of the cake which I think is so fun. She wants cupcakes which this has along with a small cake in the middle. The seashell decorations are the perfect beachy touch.
It has been really good for me to have something productive to work on during my sick leave. It looks like I'm going to have another week to be a horizontal wedding planner. The surgeon removed my staples on Monday and said things appeared to be healing properly. But they did not recommend that I go back to work next week. They want me to keep it elevated for another week to avoid swelling which could seriously slow down the healing process. I am going to play it by ear as we go forward.