Rob and Mandy's Wedding Extravaganza………….. May 26, 2012

Blogging my way to our wedding day.

337 Days to Go – Wedding Song <3 June 24, 2011

Filed under: Reception,Wedding — mandyshaner @ 8:48 pm
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I’ve loved this song since the first time I heard it. I still get goosebumps at the same exact point, every single time.  Long before I ever even had a boyfriend (I didn’t start dating till I was 20), I had decided that this was going to be my wedding song. I assumed that if I was with someone that I truly loved, that this song would fit and everything would feel perfect. Turns out that silly little hopelessly romantic teenager was dead right. Everything about this song embodies the way I feel about Rob. He had never heard the song before, but he liked it right away. After really listening to the lyrics, he agreed that this was our song <3. He really does still my heart and take my breath away 🙂 I can’t wait to dance with you to this song at our wedding.

Find Me Here
Speak To Me
I want to feel you
I need to hear you
You are the light
That’s leading me
To the place
where I find peace, again.

You are the strength, that keeps me walking.
You are the hope, that keeps me trusting.
You are the life, to my soul.
You are my purpose, you’re everything.

And how can I stand here with you and not be moved by you?
Would you tell me how could it be any better than this?

You calm the storms, and you give me rest.
You hold me in your hands, you won’t let me fall.
You still my heart, and you take my breath away.
Would you take me in? Take me deeper now?

And How can I stand here with you and not be moved by you?
Would you tell me how could it be any better than this?
And how can I stand here with you and not be moved by you?
Would you tell me how could it be any better than this?

Cause you’re all I want, you’re all I need
You’re everything, everything
You’re all I want, you’re all I need
You’re everything, everything.
You’re all I want, you’re all I need.
You’re everything, everything
You’re all I want, you’re all I need.
You’re everything, everything.

And how can I stand here with you and not be moved by you?
Would you tell me how could it be any better than this?
And how can I stand here with you and not be moved by you?
Would you tell me how could it be any better, any better than this.

And How can I stand here with you and not be moved by you?
Would you tell me how could it be any better than this?

Would you tell me how could it be any better than this?


341 Days To Go – Starting to Think About the Guest List June 20, 2011

Filed under: Musings,Wedding — mandyshaner @ 10:05 pm
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So, as anyone that knows me already knows, I moved to Illinois to be with Rob in September 2009. It was a big decision, but certainly not the most difficult one I’ve ever had to make.  I love Rob more than I ever thought I could love another human being, and I love my life here. The only crappy thing is that all of my family and some of my friends are back in Ohio. I say ‘some’ because most of my friends moved away in the first few years following highschool, which is a bummer in itself. It seems like I was one of the last ones to fly the coop lol.

Given the fact that the closest family/friends I have are 5hrs away and the furthest are MUCH further than that…I’m left wondering how many seats are going to be filled on the bride’s side? It’s kind of depressing when I think about it. My family seems to be, well for lack of a better phrase, falling apart at the seams. It’s like ever since my grandparents passed away, and even a little before that, my family has been growing further and further apart. Some have passed away, some have gone through messy divorces, others have gone a bit crazy, some are older and don’t like to travel, some have gotten bitter, some have been in and out of jail, one keeps almost getting sent to Afghanistan (and she damn well better not be before the wedding!!), and still others have just grown distant because of growing older, having kids and living their own lives.

Because of things like this, I’m really curious about who will actually want to make the journey to wherever we decide to have the wedding here in Illinois. I suppose we could have it in Ohio…but one side of our families is going to have to travel  no matter what, and if we have it in Ohio so that it’s Rob’s side that has to do the traveling, that means that I’ll be planning a wedding from from a distance. There’s no way I can transport all of the things I want to make myself (including the cake!), and there’s no way I can check out venues for the wedding/reception. So that’s why it wasn’t a very difficult choice to decide to have the wedding here.

But honestly, who is going to come? The only people I know for sure are my own family lol. One thing is for damn sure, I’ll be sending out invitations to everyone I can think of, even if I haven’t seen them for awhile because I still love and miss all my friends and family. But, one thing is also for sure, if you don’t send back an RSVP you don’t get dinner lol.


343 Days To Go – Mandy/Rob: 1 – Walmart: 0 June 18, 2011

Way back in the middle of April, Rob and I were wandering around our newly renovated and expanded Walmart when we happened upon what we knew right away was a steal of a deal. They had an awesome Gold’s Gym Stridetrainer Elliptical that regularly sells for $277 on sale for $177. I’ve always wanted an elliptical, but I’ve never been willing to put out what always seems to be about $300 for one. We decided right away that buying this machine was going to be a great investment and bring us one step closer to our fitness goals.  So we head to the shelf…no machines in boxes. Lame. We track down an employee (always fun at a Walmart), and we go through several different people to find out that they are sold out except for the floor model. Rob didn’t really want to take a used machine, so the woman assured us that there were more on order and that she’d take down his name and number and hold one for him at the price we had seen. Luckily Rob was smart enough to take a photo of the price tag with his phone…

Nearly two weeks went by with no phone call so we decided to head in and see if we could get any info. We tracked down the manager and she told us that it wouldn’t be in until the first week of May but that she would still call us. We were mildly disappointed, but didn’t really expect much since it had been barely two weeks. After waiting rather impatiently, the supposed delivery day finally came but we still didn’t get a phone call. Walmart isn’t really that far away so we decided to make another trek down there. We found a nice man that said he was still unloading the truck and that he’d go take a look to see if it was on there. Meanwhile we headed up to the customer service desk and had a very annoying circular conversation in which we had to convince a woman that we did not order it online for a site-to-store pickup. During this time, the man found us at the service desk and said he didn’t see it on the truck.  They spent some time bringing it up in their little scan guns and saying that it still said it was on order but didn’t give an estimated delivery date. We started losing hope after that.

I think we ended up checking things out a little while later with a guy in sporting goods who told us the same thing, that it was ordered but no sign of being delivered. After that we more or less accepted defeat. As time went on we started considering buying one at regular price from the actual Gold’s Gym website, just to make sure we could get one. We kept putting it off though, trying to be good and save our money. Every time we would go to Walmart (which admittedly isn’t too often) we would take time to stop by the exercise equipment and then start complaining about how awful Walmart is for leading us on (especially since we could have sucked it up and bought the floor model).  Today was no different. We decided to go to Walmart to do our weekly shopping, which was sort of unusual since we normally go to Meijer. We haven’t shopped there since they completely finished the grocery department.

After we finished shopping, I posed the usual question to Rob, “well, shall we go check?” to which he said, “ya, might as well.” After getting temporarily sidetracked by $5 blue-ray movies and dodging a FAR too large tent that was set up in the middle of the aisle, we made it to the aisle that usually leaves us pissed off and annoyed. But today was the exception! Lo and behold, sitting happily on a shelf was a solitary Gold’s Gym Elliptical! We couldn’t even believe it at first, especially since a sign for the wrong item and price was in front of it (possibly keeping others from buying it so that we could, woo!) Rob went to  track down the sporting goods guy right away while I stood guard over our long-awaited prize. Funnily enough, the guy recognized him 🙂 He was laughing with us about how long we’d waiting to get our hands on that damn thing. It took him awhile to get things squared away with his manager (who didn’t look very happy about the situation LOL), but in the end we had that sucker on a cart and headed to the register. We had to deal with even more waiting while a CSM confirmed things and did all her overriding and whatnot, but we walked out of there triumphantly and really feeling like we had stuck it to ‘the man’ 🙂

Now Rob is putting the damn thing together and joking that if it was any less assembled he’d be painting it himself 🙂 I’m really looking forward to starting to work out and I certainly hope that after all this waiting and all his hard work we don’t end up hating this stupid thing!


344 Days to Go – Obsessing Over Colors… June 17, 2011

Filed under: Planning,Wedding — mandyshaner @ 7:49 pm
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So initially, Rob and I both agreed that we wanted fuchsia, navy, silver and black to be our wedding palette. However, as time has marched on, I am starting to second guess things. I feel like those colors are too bold and sharp for a  spring wedding. I want something soft and fresh and, well…springy :). So every day now I’m going nuts thinking about different color combinations. I keep making cakes at work and thinking about how much I love different color combinations. Then I get overwhelmed thinking about how many different things the colors are going to affect. Am I going to spend a bunch of money on favors, decorations, invitations, dresses, accessories and God knows what else and then hate it? GRR! So…the search begins, or continues, however you want to think of it.

This was the first color scheme we came up with:

I’m really digging this color scheme, I randomly found it last night whilst pouring through Google images:

And this is a color scheme I came up with while decorating cakes at work:

I’m sure it will change a million more times before things are all said and done 🙂


So We’ve Decided to Get Hitched… June 16, 2011

Well, in all fairness, we actually decided to get ‘hitched’ almost a year and a half ago.  It was Christmas morning and we were hanging out in our nearly finished apartment enjoying some peace and quiet together before the hustle and bustle of the day began. We didn’t even have carpet (just a cold cement floor), but we had our cozy couch and each other, so it was wonderful :). The exact series of events is pretty fuzzy in my mind, but at some point Rob slid off the couch and down onto one knee. He held my hand and said a lot of wonderful and sweet things to me (neither of us can remember exactly what was said, but it was lovely), then opened up the beautiful box holding my ring and asked me to spend the rest of my life with him. I accepted without hesitation because I already knew exactly where I wanted to be for the rest of my life. It had only been 3 months since I moved to the western suburbs of Chicago from my small town in Ohio to be with him, but we were soulmates from the beginning and I would have said yes even if he’d asked me the day I had moved in.

Our original wedding date was going to be May 15, 2011. We chose that date based on a fortune cookie and some interesting coincidences. However, that date came and went because I was not quite ready to take my walk down the aisle. I have regained the 100lbs that I lost in 2007/2008, and I refuse to be this version of myself on my wedding day. As a result of that, I wanted to work on losing weight, and we hadn’t actually announced the 15th as our wedding date. I figured once I started making progress and I was comfortable that I’d meet my goal we would start making solid plans, but it never really happened. I was very sad when May 15th rolled around. All I could think was that I should be getting married to my best friend that day and that I had screwed it all up. We took comfort in the fact that it was only about 42 degrees and pouring rain all day though, I’m sort of glad we dodged that bullet! (especially since we want an outdoor wedding).

So that brings us up to a couple of days ago, when we finally decided to pick a date and stick with it. Rob actually brought up the 26th, initially because it’s still in May (which we really like) but also because it falls on Memorial Day weekend (3 day weekend, woo!!). I thought it was a great idea right away, and just like that, we had a date! I called my mom the next day to let her know and she was very excited. She joked about having to get a job hehe, but I don’t want to be super-traditional and expect them to pay for everything. I then made things ‘Facebook Official’ as Rob and I both announced our plans to the world. So there’s no going back now! I either lose the weight I want to lose, or I walk down the aisle as an overweight bride. I’ve waited long enough to become Mrs. Mandy Ringe damnit. So as far as I’m concerned, LET THE PLANNING BEGIN! ❤


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