Wedding Wednesday! Ceptin’ it’s Friday, but whatevs!

Y’all know about my love affair with my husband-to-be right? ¬†Cause he handsome and really amazing, and is really good at math things, which I am not ūüôā well, we did something really really cool that was wedding related and I honestly couldn’t wait until next Wednesday to tell you about it so you’re gonna have to deal. ¬†#sorrynotsorry. So today, we hopped on over to Diamonds Direct Crabtree, who is hosting their spring Designer Showcase ALL OF THIS WEEKEND! ¬†Go, cause that ¬†means a ton of stuff is on sale, wedding bands, engagement jewelry, and a TON of other stuff. ¬†Like, I already picked out my stuff for our first, fifth, and tenth anniversaries. ¬†20 is gonna be a doozy, just sayin’.

To be 100% transparent with you guys, I loved the customer service that I received at Diamonds Direct  so much that we partnered up, and I am covering some of their events in the lead-up to my wedding in exchange for a discount on some wedding items.  But all opinions are strictly my own.

Hohkay, moving right along…

DSC_0415 DSC_0416 These cars out front kinda made me want to rent something fancy for our wedding. ¬†NO! ¬†Budget, Cheri! DSC_0418 ¬† Here’s some info on the showcase. ¬†There’s free food tonight….just sayin’… DSC_0420 DSC_0421

Baby boy talks to a rep from a jewelry company that is being represented at the showcase….

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I’ve had the pleasure of meeting/working with the handsome fellow on the left, Barak, a few times, and he literally makes you feel like a celebrity in his store.

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Andddd here is the fun part! ¬†I don’t care that I already have a beautiful beautiful engagement ring, sparkly rings are sparkly rings!

DSC_0430 DSC_0431The selection at the showcase was SO huge…we actually went to shop for Austin’s band a few weeks back, and decided to come back for the showcase, and they really delivered. ¬†This isn’t the entire selection of Tungston Carbide rings either.

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An expert chatting it up with my man friend making his final decision!

So the full info on the Diamonds Direct Spring Designer Showcase?

Friday, April 25th – 10am-8pm <-Free Food that day, so come hungry and sober.

Saturday, April 26th, 10am-8pm

Sunday, April 27th 12pm-6pm

Click here for more info, but head over there for 20% off of a TON of jewelry.

Diamonds Direct – “March” of the Brides.

I think I told you guys last weekend¬†that I’d have to stop with these epic posts, detailing how awesome my weekend was, but I really, really can’t help it. ¬†I have had a really beautiful set of weekends, and a beautiful new camera to photograph them on, so how can I not share them with you?

So, I’m not sure I told you guys but we got my beautiful engagement ring done by a beautiful local jeweler, when I could not find exactly what it was that I wanted at a lot of local stores, so in a large sense, I completely overlooked Diamonds Direct Crabtree. ¬†But, I went ahead and signed up for their “March” of the Brides event on Saturday, and was picked for what ended up being a total fun, hysterical blast, and ended up being a really good way to network with other girls who were going through a lot of what I was going through.

“March” of the Brides

So after a ton of us brides in the area entered, 25 of us were selected to compete in the “March” of the Brides, which ended up being like a giant field day full of bridal themed activity with the potential of winning tons of free stuff for the big day! ¬†Here are some of the amazing things we did that day!

DSC_0064We were greeted by breakfast, that was fully catered. ¬†I didn’t go for anything much more than the fruit and water because my tummy was a little nervous about what we were about to do. ¬†But not to worry, everyone was really, really super nice, and I really had nothing to worry about.

DSC_0065Funny enough, I ran into two friends (who are also getting married) there who had also gotten into the competition.  Laura, on the left, attended Elon University with me, and Kim, on the right is super fit, and teaches classes at the Y with me, and is a frequent shopper at Fleet Feet Raleigh.  Her husband is so so sweet, he carried my bags at one point when Austin was running around and taking photos for me.

DSC_0075Don’t we look positively bridely here? ¬†That’s not a word, but I made it up. ¬†The first even I did? ¬†We had to fill up these champagne flutes and carry them across a finish line, kind of like a relay. ¬†Everything was going really really well for me, until I dropped every single flute on top of myself. ¬†Oh well!

DSC_0082Covered in water after my spill!

DSC_0089The second contest involved me dressing a mannequin fully in a tux and carrying him across the finish line.  I actually won this challenge.  And check out how good my little tush looks out in my Nike tights!

DSC_0095This one (and I absolutely adore this picture) involved us circling the differences between the two photos.  Heads up for the brides that get into the competition next year.  This one is probably the hardest one there is because our awesome photographer that organized this event is a whiz with photoshop and made the most subtle differences.  She was really sweet though!

DSC_0104The ring toss was cool, and the aim was to toss the rings into squares that would earn you the most points. ¬†I did okay at this one, but the girl who went first¬†beasted this event. ¬†There’s gotta be a strategy to this…

DSC_0110Erica from a local morning show gave me a little time on the mic.

DSC_0114So I was laughing hysterically in this shot because the sweet bride from JMU threw her bouquet into the wind and it went¬†the wrong way. ¬†I laughed at that for literally 5 minutes. ¬†I rocked this one, as did my friend from JMU. ¬†I also found out that Peonies are $15/stem during their off season, so I’m gonna go ahead and let you know that we’re not going to have a single Peony at my wedding.

There was a cupcake eating contest.

DSC_0129 DSC_0130 DSC_0131 DSC_0132I approached this saying that I would not eat a cupcake because eating contests are gross and I ha to teach a Zumba class after, but my competitive spirit got the best of me and in 30 seconds, I successfully consumed 5 mini-cupcakes from the Cupcake Shoppe on Glenwood Avenue in Raleigh. ¬†They actually were really good, and I taught my class and ran yesterday without throwing up, so I’d consider that a win.

The verdict? 

There is¬†nothing bad I can say about “March” of the Brides. ¬†Diamonds Direct treated ups like VIPs, and the event was well-organized, and for those of use who weren’t familiar with certain vendors, it was a really nice treat to get familiar with photography services, flower shops, and food vendors around the area. ¬†Plus the brides were really really nice to talk to and vent our wedding frustrations to. ¬†Sign up next year, brides-to-be!