Friday, November 13, 2009

And...They're Off!

Today is a good day.

I finally completed the last of the immigration applications yesterday (well...for the time being, anyway) and FedEx'ed them to Dan with a planned arrival of Monday.

I cannot even begin to explain the weight that was lifted knowing that those are all completed and ready to go. Because, you see, it is never simply the application. Oh no - it is the application and then 20,000 pieces of "supporting documentation" proving that you are not lying about anything on the application. It's taken us a month and a half to get it all together and I cannot be happier that it is all ready to go.

In addition to that, we had been waiting for an official letter from the Oregon State Police stating that, while Dan was living here in Portland, he never was arrested or anything of the like. That letter came today too. So - once Dan receives the applications he will sign them and send them off to the US Embassy in London, which is one of the final steps we have to take for him to get the visa and come on over across the pond.

Like I said - today is a good day.

Having all of these little bits and bobs (as the English say) sorted out has left me with a little bit of extra space in my over-filled mind to focus again on the wedding. I will admit, as excited as I am for our wedding day, the immigration situation has been totally taking over my every thought so it is nice to get back to the wedding excitement.

This picture is basically the inspiration for our entire design plan and has been the basis of many of the choices we have made. I have ALWAYS been a fan of Toile patterns and so when I saw the linens in this picture I had what Oprah calls an "Ah Ha" moment. Toile linens! Per-fect-a-mundo!

We are copying a lot of what is in the picture, complete with the pink napkins and the black chairs. There will be pops of pink throughout the room, but not too much. I don't want it looking like a bubble-gum, pop-tart, tween birthday - but I just love the black, white and bright pink combo. The venue itself is very urban and almost industrial looking, so I think that it will be a nice contrast.

Here are the exact linens that we are using and I am SO excited about them. They could not be more perfect. I know, I know - we could be using the white linens provided by the venue - but as soon as I saw these, I knew there was no turning back.

Now, I am off to search the internets for flower girl dresses that are equal parts cute, classy and spring-time wedding appropriate. Yay!

It feels so good to feel so good.


  1. Congrats on finishing the application process - I can only imagine the relief you feel!

    Have a wonderful weekend! xxoo

  2. Oh Jocelyn! I just adore toile too! Especially the blue and white! Your inspiration pic is so lovely. Have fun planning and blessings on all that jazz! (Oh and supper yay for the immigration papers on their way out).

  3. Black, white and pink will be amazing! Can't wait to see final pics of it:-) How exciting to have your papers in the mail.

  4. So pretty! I love toile! And I've never seen them used at a wedding. Looks just lovely.

    Glad that the stress of the application has lifted and you can concentrate on more exciting things!

  5. woooooohooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

  6. I LOVE toile! I used to cover every non moving surface with it... then I calmed down a bit and used it a little more sparingly. lol

    So glad your forms are done!

  7. Congrats on the paperwork! Love those linens... :) Hope you had a wonderful weekend!

  8. OMG, your wedding is going to be just gorgeous. Your color choices are just beautiful. Toile+pink=perfection! Congrats on getting the immigrations stuff out of the way. : )


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