Bridal Shower: Countdown to “I Do!”- 2 Months


Only two months to go until the big day!  TWO MONTHS!  That’s insane.

Today, rather than talk about what is done or what is left to do, I thought I’d talk a little bit about the bridal shower that was thrown for me (well, US, but Erik was only able to attend via Skype for a bit of it).

A special shout out to those who hosted this awesome party: My Aunt Norene (mom’s sister), my Aunt Julie (dad’s sister-in-law) and Eileen (Aunt Norene’s best friend for as long as I can remember, and basically my non-blood related aunt).  Shout out to my sisters for their help as well (and everyone else, as I know many were involved).



The shower was held at Trinity, which was appropriate since that place is my second home anyway.  I walked in to Fellowship Hall covered in purple (and the prettiest lighting setup on the stage).  There were tons of tiny details that didn’t go unnoticed.  White gift sachems filled with purple M&Ms, customized napkins, personalized pencils, and more.  Everything fit together perfectly.  Both of my aunts even wore purple.


(from left to right: Deanna (my youngest sister (21), Me!, Kristina (my MOH and other sister (24), and Kristin (Erik’s sister and my almost sister-in-law (21))   )

Kristina crowned me with a “Bride to Be” rhinestone tiara and the pink BRIDE sash (originally meant just for the bachelorette party) before the guests arrived.  During this time we were also trying to get Eileen’s nifty hot spot internet contraption to give my laptop internet so we could get Erik in on the party, but the cement hole we were in was making it impossible.


There was a nice spread of lunchtime foods, including sandwiches, a veggie tray, and various pasta salads and jello creations.  Delightful!



Kristina and Deanna worked hard the day before to make and decorate these lovely sugar cookies for the dessert tables.



The dessert options were wonderful!  First, there was a beautiful cake from the bakery we have gotten special cakes from my entire life, Jarosch’s, which is to be expected at a Voss family function. If it wasn’t for our cake coming with the reception package, odds are the wedding cake would be from there as well.  Then the cute cookies that my sisters slaved over the oven for were available, and on a separate table was a chocolate fountain!  You could tell the people that planned this have known me my entire life.  The array of sweet treats was just incredible, delicious, and SO not on plan.  As you might have guessed, I wasn’t to worried about counting Points Plus last weekend 😉


(Marilyn (Grandpa’s Girlfriend) and Aunt Julie (in purple)

While eating was happening there were a few games being played.  A Mad-lib was going around entitled “Write Brianna’s Wedding Vows.”  While none of them were read at the shower, Tina (aka Kristina, but I’m the only one “allowed” (read: tolerated because I won’t change) to call her that) made sure I had the papers for those and the “Give Brianna Marriage Advice” activities so Erik and I could read them when I got home.  The mad libs were definitely good for more than a few laughs. 🙂

Another game that was played was “How Well Do You Know the Bride?”  Everyone got a form with questions like:

  • When is the bride’s birthday?
  • Favorite Food?
  • Eye Color?
  • Actress?
  • When is the wedding? (which everyone should have gotten by looking at their napkin or pencil)
  • etc

I also had to answer those questions, and I’m such an indecisive person that even I couldn’t come up with a single answer for some of them.  When it came time to reveal my answers, I made the guests tell me their guesses first, and my friend Megan sacrificed herself to read her answers aloud to get the ball rolling.  It was a good time and a lot of laughs.  Then we had Erik on his mom’s phone via Skype (iPhone 5S win) and I had to play “How well do you know the groom?” with him watching.  He submitted answers to Kristina earlier in the week.  Again, a fun thing, especially when the answers matched up, or caused me to give amusing answers while searching for the right one.



Then it was time to conquer the mound of presents that people so generously brought.  All 3 sisters were on duty making sure everything kept flowing.  Dee was making my ribbon bouquet, Kristin was swapping out the gifts I’d opened for ones I hadn’t, and Kristina was recording who gave what and was around for hand strength purposes when I couldn’t get things opened.  We got the ball rolling with the gift from my parents and sisters: boxes with a bunch of littler things individually wrapped and taped into oblivion, just to make it really difficult for me to open.  My family likes to torture me like that.  Erik was watching (we had the iPhone propped up on the table) and said he felt so bad he wasn’t there to help me.  Present unwrapping struggles and other silly struggles like that are the stories of my life.  Everyone in the room knew why and was amused :-p



Erik and I got some wonderful things that has helped upgrade our kitchen a bit (and new towels for the bathroom, but we are waiting until we shower in the same bathroom to use them).  I even got a few sexy nighttime things from my Aunt Norene and Eileen that were opened in front of the crowd. Every gift is SO appreciated and has been helping us turn our apartment randomly merged belongings into our home that contains OUR belongings.  Your generosity has not gone unnoticed and we are so thankful to everyone who attended and for the wonderful gifts we were given.  It’s been fun being able to get rid of some of the old and make room for the new this past week.

The absolute best part about this shower was not the presents, or the food or the chocolate fountain; the BEST part was seeing many of the most important people in my life there.


(me and my parents)

I felt so loved by everyone who attended, and it makes me feel so special and that this time in Erik’s and my life together is blessed and loved.


(Me and my hostesses: Aunt Julie (left), Aunt Norene (middle) and Eileen (right))


(Members of Trinity who were there, some family by blood, some family by friendship)


My best friends from college reunited (Megan, Laura (bridesmaid), Me, Allie, Betsy, and Dana (my AXO Little sis)

Having my girls from college back together was one of the best parts.  I miss having those girls just a room, a hall or a dorm away.  This reunion was very much needed, and between the shower and the bachelorette party, I got a lot of girl time in.  These girls are amazing.

100_5692This guy has been my best friend since age 5 and he’s still around for the most important days of my life to come.

My mother-in-law and sister-in-law to be were able to fly up from Florida to be there, and of course both of my parents and my grandfather were there too.  Seeing family and friends was such a blessing, especially now that I live so far away from them.

It was a beautiful shower, and the only thing that would have made it better would have been if Erik could have physically been there with me.  Thank you everyone who was involved in this most special day!

The Friday 5: October 25, 2013

Good morning, friends.  It’s currently 6:00 am and I’m settled into a seat at the RDU United terminal.  Why??


Illinois, Here I Come!

I’m headed back to the lovely Northwest suburbs of Chicago to see family, friends, and my puppies (this is a big deal.  I miss them SO much) because it is my bridal shower/bachelorette party weekend!  A few gifts have already been sent to our apartment, so that’s just kind of geared me up with an “OMG this whole thing is ACTUALLY HAPPENING” mentality.  You would think that after 4 months of being around Erik on a daily basis, my mind would click that this wedding thing is actually happening, but when it’s all talking and I don’t see anything that makes it real, it’s hard to believe.  At home there are things for the wedding tables, and other odds and ends that I haven’t seen yet.  After this weekend we are just about at 2 months to go, and it will definitely feel more real.


What’s the Plan?

A 7 am flight, which should start boarding momentarily (type fast, Bri, type fast!), followed by a reunion with my dogs!!  If you haven’t figured it out already, I’m kind of missing the love of my puppies.  I was a good girl and made an eye doctor appointment for today, and this evening I head over to the salon that my sister’s best friend works at, and she is my beauty-fyer for the wedding day.  Today I get a trial run of hair and makeup.  Ah, a glimpse of how I’ll look on my wedding day!

Tomorrow is the big day.  Meeting with my aunt’s friend, Eileen (who is basically family), who is designing our centerpieces, our florist is visiting the church, then Bridal Shower time!  I have no idea what to expect at either party happening tomorrow, which is kind of fun and a bit scary.  Tomorrow night is my bachelorette party!  My almost mother and sister in-law are flying in this evening. I’m so glad they can come and be a part of this time with me.  Sadly, Erik won’t be joining me on this journey due to school conflicts, but we are going to try and Skype him in.

Sunday I fly home, but not until I go to church (yes, the morning after my bachelorette party) and sing in choir.  That completes the feeling of home 🙂



That’s the abbreviation for the music school I teach at.  Last night I taught my first studio class; a rhythm lesson and masterclass.  My rhythm section used the Cup song made famous by the movie Pitch Perfect.  Expect the video to be on youtube soon, as our admin recorded several parts of my class.  I also have 22 students now.  22!!!  I am so blessed to be able to earn money by passing my love of singing on to kids.


This week was also my last week at Kohls 🙂 🙂


Wicked Week!

This next week is what I call “Wicked Week,” as the 30th lands in this week.  On that day my favorite musical will celebrate 10 years since the day it opened on Broadway.  It is still performing strong every single night.  I knew that show was something special.


Popular Song

And now, a video from a pop singer who is enough of a Wicked fan to put a piece of it in his song.  LOVE this.  Can you tell where it is?

Sorry this post feels rushed.  I board in 3 minutes, and wanted to get this up before I’m bombarded by the 4 fuzzy dogs waiting for me in IL.   Have an AMAZING weekend.  I know I will.

Don’t worry, you’ll hear all about it 😉