Monday, August 30, 2010

my photographer is the best!

Yes.  My photographer.  He's so awesome, I have laid claim.  Though I did pass kindergarten, so I am willing to share (just not this Sunday!  eep!).  Take a look at these awesome engagement shots he took of Ari and I in Central Park last weekend.

This is just a teaser, Noah was so nice and sent along a few photos sooner rather than later so I'd have something to buzz over to the NY Times (which I may have been too late to have published anyhow, but it's worth a try, I suppose).  I'll post the rest when they come around, but it'll probably be after the wedding and our honeymoon.

Seriously though, Noah has been really great, totally relaxed and unobtrusive.  I can't wait to sing his praises even more after the wedding!  Check him out on his site: Noah Devereaux Wedding Photojournalism.

All images taken by and courtesy of Noah Devereaux.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

The Final Countdown: One Week

Sorry for that little bit of down time earlier this week.  My parents took me on a last hurrah mini-vacation to Block Island.  Suffice (for now) to say that it was divine (minus my sunburn).  I'll have a real post for you once I get a chance to look at the photos I took.


It's pretty astounding (to me at least).  One week.  Seven days from today I'll be getting my hair and make up done, chatting with my family and best friend and generally getting prettified and trying to stay relaxed.  Something will go wrong and I'll try not to fuss.  I'll get in the car and walk around with my face all done up and veil in my hair... and a tshirt and shorts.  I'll hide away in a restaurant manager's office and my mom will zip up my wedding dress.  Right now it seems so surreal...

Fact is, my to do list is still two full pages long.  Heck, my to do list for today has 9 things on it, at least four of which are starting or completing some big projects.  When I have so much tangible work in front of me, it's hard to think about the really huge emotional thing that's happening so soon.  I mean, in a week I'll be a wife!  Now if that's not trippy, I don't know what is.

I'm trying to think what to write next and realizing that this post has no structure at all.  Guess I'm a little rusty... the beach melted my brain in the most pleasant way.  I think maybe I'll throw in a random list of things about... here:

  • I'm excited. 
  • I'm worried about the wedding (and all the stuff I have to do for it!) but not the marriage.
  • I am so excited about the honeymoon, I'd have a pretty hard time explaining it.  Whenever I get stressed, I add a day to the wedding countdown and say to myself "in 8 days I'll be on my honeymoon! honeymoon! honeymoon!"  
  • There's a song that goes with the honeymoon chant.
  • I got a letter from the White House yesterday in response to our wedding invitation.  I'm being a good girl and waiting for Mr. McGee to show on Wednesday.  He said I could open it without him, but it's not every day you get mail from the White House...
  • I still have to get my ceremony readers and chuppah holders together.
  • I'm pretty excited to not know every nook and cranny of my ceremony text.  I know Carie is going to say lovely things, and I loves me some surprises! 
  • I am seriously marrying the best person ever.  (And we're getting married!)
  • Plus, bonus points because he's so hot (we're going to make pretty babies some day)!
  • Bachelor/ette party plans are in full swing and I absolutely cannot wait for mine!  I know any time my sister and best friend put their heads together to plan a party it's going to be beyond insane.
  • On a related note, any tips for dressing up like "a sexy pin up girl?"
  • Holy crap, I'm getting married in a week.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010


After our meeting with the rabbi on Sunday, Ari and I have sussed out what our ceremony is going to look like.  Well, so far as we want to know.  We know all the parts, but some things that the rabbi will say, and our vows to each other are still saved for surprises. 

Initially I had been reading all of these ceremonies (I moderate an online forum of knitter and crocheter brides and we have a dedicated thread for that) and thinking we'd use one or another as readings in our own.  I saved only my very favorites, and read them to Ari on the porch one night, but he just wasn't sold.  I was a little bummed at first (the words, they are so beautiful!), but I understood his reluctance and we decided not to have readings.

And this one wouldn't have worked anyway, not for our wedding at least.  But for a spring wedding, all sunshine and peonies and joy, this would be perfect.

Today by Billy Collins

If ever there were a spring day so perfect,
so uplifted by a warm intermittent breeze

that it made you want to throw
open all the windows in the house

and unlatch the door to the canary's cage,
indeed, rip the little door from its jamb,

a day when the cool brick paths
and the garden bursting with peonies

seemed so etched in sunlight
that you felt like taking

a hammer to the glass paperweight
on the living room end table,

releasing the inhabitants
from their snow-covered cottage

so they could walk out,
holding hands and squinting

into this larger dome of blue and white,
well, today is just that kind of day.

And, in case you were wondering, my favorites were Our Union Could Be Like This by Hafiz, a children's book called I Like You by Sandol Stoddard Warburg and I'll Be There For You by Louise Cuddon.

I found Billy Collins through the ever-awesome East Side Bride, who posted my now favorite video of a three year old kid reciting from memory Collins' beautiful poem Litany.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

putting the knits back into mcgee

Considering my name, there's not much knitting content on this blog.  However, thought I'd throw some in here, just for fun.  I can across this font two days ago, that has all the fabric care symbols.  So, if you knit, crochet, sew or anything else fiber related, this is for you. 

I said tumble dry low!
Go here to download the font "Notice 3" (heads up, the site is in Russian, use google translator for the page if that freaks you out!).  It is the fifth paragraph down, the top link of the two in that group.  Now, I must admit, I have no idea how to install a font on a PC, so if you're not a Mac, you're on your own.  However, if you are using a Mac, once the download is complete, open the zip file ( in your downloads file by double clicking.  Then open the file Notice3Std.otf the same way.  This will open a program called "Font Book."  Just click the "Install Font" button at the bottom right.  Et voila!  Next time you're putting together a cute little tag for those socks you're gifting to Uncle John, you can put the real care symbols on, easy peasy!

Friday, August 20, 2010


Hey all, just popping in to tell you that my good friend Stefie just started a new food blog, Four Tines and a Napkin.  It's full of info, opinions and photos of places that make me hungry just to think about!  She has really good taste, putting the bakery of my wedding cake on her "bucket list" without even knowing!  You should definitely check it out, my girl is a funny one, I predict big things for her!

Stefie and I at our fraternity formal in college!


Between this insane dress and hat combo

via once wed

and this insane floral display

via truly smitten

it's been a good day in blogland.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010


Yesterday was a big steaming heap of amazingly productive exhausting fun.  My mom and I met our friend Ros and her son Alex in the city yesterday.  After a quick powwow on what we were looking for, Alex left to go sort out a upside-down book and we hit the flower district.  Turns out we didn't have to go far.  Pretty quickly we found Kathy at George Rallis, Inc., a flower wholesaler.  We liked what we saw, the flowers were in good shape, pretty and well organized.  After about an hour of questions and pointing and saying "5 bunches!" "50 stems!" and "will that be enough?" we had ordered a whole bunch of flowers and were set to pick them up the Friday before the wedding.  Here's a sample I threw together to give you a taste of what we got. 

After lunch on the go, we headed into Jersey to Ros' wholesale floral supplier (she's the queen of the Maplewood Garden Club and has the hook up!), Suburban Wholesale Florist.  We got all the little goodies we need, plus the tall vases for the bar, aisle and card table.  At first we'd bought a whole bunch of 5" glass cubes for the centerpieces, with the plan to possibly spray paint them gold or silver.  Lo and behold, as I'm walking out, I spot none other than a whole whack of 5" cube vases in silver and gold!  Successed!  So we took a bit more of their time and switched out clear for metallic and were on our way.

Our last stop was Ros' house for powwow part 2.  We went though our list, figured out how we actually wanted things and cut out all the stuff we ordered because we had big eyes and well, flowers are pretty.  After chopping off about a third of what we ordered, we felt pretty damn accomplished and celebrated with some awesome Chinese food. 

I was so exhausted, I went to be at 10:30 (not my usual 3am) and slept 11 hours.  It was a good day.  Now, off to work on the chuppah and ketubah!

Monday, August 16, 2010


The thunder happening right now is in-sane!  So loud and awesome.  And you can even see the lightning, even though it's still daylight.  I love thunderstorms, and ones during the day seem a rare treat.  Plus, it's not even raining so hard, so it's like a show with free tickets.  Happy Monday, indeed.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

the almost elopement

When the wedding insanity starts to set in (starts is perhaps not the right word...), or works itself to a pitch, I often ask myself, or Ari if he's handy, why we didn't elope.  Weddings are exciting and fun and a labor of love, don't get me wrong, but they're not without their share of tears, fights and anxiety.  My fantasy for a good long while was a flight for this weekend (whichever weekend it happened to be), and a trip to San Francisco City Hall (which is beyond amazingly gorgeous).

In the end, we both knew that what we really wanted was a wedding with our friends and family.  But hey, if you can narrow down your nearest and dearest to 30, and would rather trade the big city for sandy beaches, you might be in luck.  Pacific Weddings Magazine is giving away a wedding in Maui.

You give them a photo of you and your fiancé and tell them how you met, fell in love and got engaged in 300 words or less, and they might give you
  • Wedding and reception at Timba in Lahaina, Maui
  • Honeymoon stay at the Hyatt Regency Maui
  • Wedding and ceremony for 30 people
  • Reception including floral décor, dinner and drinks for thirty guests
  • Photography coverage of wedding and reception
  • Oceanview room for bride and groom for three days
  • Sunset sail for two aboard Trilogy Excursions
Sounds pretty damn good to me.  And since the whole thing is paid for, the head count comes with a concrete cutoff and you're already at your honeymoon, I'd say the only thing you have to worry about is what to wear.  Have a pina colada for me.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

photo city

This is the reason that you really need to research a photographer before you hire them.

It's one of many reasons I'm glad we picked our photographer (who is definitely not the perpetrator of the above photograph!), Noah Devereaux.  I'm excited for totally awesome photographs like this instead.

Ari's coming in next weekend and we're doing our engagement session (better late than never, right?).  I'm really looking forward to working with Noah and getting comfortable on the receiving end of the camera lens.  We're thinking maybe the Met and Central Park for a location.  Anyone have any cool places in the the city they like to take photos?

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

home again, home again

jig a dee jig!

This afternoon I'm off home to New York for my sister's birthday, delivery at college and the rest of my mad wedding prep.  Still not done packing so I'll keep it brief.  I may be sad to leave my honey, but I'll sure be glad to see this:

Think on time, non-turbulent thoughts for me!

Friday, August 6, 2010

heart and sole

Ok, lame pun.  Sorry.  Anyhow.

In case you were crushing on these Alexander McQueen heart-shaped peep toes but aren't quite in the market for $800 shoes Frederick's has knock-offs for $20.  Admittedly I couldn't handle their 4.5 inch heel, but the price tag, yeah that works for me.

Alexander McQueen at Saks                                            Frederick's of Hollywood

Thursday, August 5, 2010


Please.  Somebody wear this dress.  This is a dress meant to be rocked.  Duuudes... please.
Tadashi Shoji from Nordy's.  $548.  He-llo.