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Showering Sarah

18 Apr

A few months back, if readers remember, I mentioned the idea of a couple’s bachelor(ette). After attending my own parties this past weekend, I will admit that I have grown immeasurably from the mindset of that post. I have transformed from a young (22), naïve fiancé to a still quite young (24) yet capable bride. My bridesmaids proved that although I will make a perfect Peterman, the solo Sarah will never lose her spunk:

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Since I am still pre-wedding, I can freely shout my feelings from the rooftops of Trump Soho (where I slumbered with my bridesmaids): I had the best two days of a bride-to-be’s life!

Here’s a peek into the festivities that taught me why every bride needs bridesmaids, both before and well after the wedding:

There’s no man who can replace the bond between women!

Every moment of this past weekend was filled with constant love and laughter (far too much to capture in words and pictures alone). Below, I have attempted to summarize a few of the most unforgettable highlights. These memories may serve as a guide for bridesmaids who are in the process of planning a celebratory weekend for their beloved bride. With that said, it doesn’t matter whether you’re the mother of the bride, the bridesmaids or the bride-to-be herself- the bachelorette and shower are happy occasions for all.

Here’s what you should do to make the most of each moment…

Laugh harder than you ever thought possible.

After checking into our chic downtown hotel, I was escorted to a workout class of sorts. Since I live in leggings, I was appropriately dressed for my first surprise adventure. I assumed I was attending a girly tuck session known as Pure Barre or perhaps a trendy hour of Bikram yoga. Truth be told, I was actually enrolled in a “twerk” class more commonly known as pole dancing.

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Posing amongst the poles with my girls during an incredibly silly hour of nonstop laughter and quite a bit of blushing!

The giggles were clearly contagious. One day later, at my shower, I found myself plucking undies off a clothing line right in front of my mother-in-law. Based on style and rhyming clues I was asked to guess the giver.

 

This game is a must for every bride at her shower! I love all my panties and the clever clues!

Make new memories and savor the old.

At the start of my shower I was presented with a gift that made my mascara run. One of my bridesmaids, Shonna, had asked each friend and family member to submit photos and a letter or note of love via e-mail. She spent countless hours creating a masterpiece.

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Each page was carefully crafted.

(surrounded by two of my bridesmaids, Mallory and Alexa)

The book of memories is titled, “Showering Sarah with Love,” and is unquestionably my favorite treasure from the weekend.

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The gorgeous heart behind my book of love- Shonna, my bridesmaid.

Take a moment to pause and look around.

Nearly one week later I can be found floating around my apartment in Savannah wearing my bridal sash and tiara. I can still very vividly feel the warmth and see the smiles from the women who shared in my happiness. Although I was absolutely showered in gifts, I have yet to start cooking with my food processor, blender, roasting dish and baking pan. Despite inching two months closer to the big day, I remain the same Sarah that my family and friends know too well; I’d rather use the kitchen for storage than cooking!

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Embrace the truth.

Dedicated to three incredible women who fill my life with beauty.

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Aunt Diane– Thank you from the bottom of my heart for planning the most magnificent bridal shower. Every detail was sparkling with love. I will never forget the pretzels you put on each table from the location of my engagement, Reading Terminal Market…wow!

Shonna– Thank you for putting so much time, affection and energy into a book I will adore forever.

Lisa– Thank you for showering me with sweetness, tiara’s and activities throughout the weekend. We shared some of our best laughs during these two days.

I love you all, endlessly!

Wedding Season is Upon Us

6 Apr

The Huffington Post began a recent article with a bold warning: Ladies and Gents, “Run for your (social) lives. Wedding season is here.”

Unfortunately for the ladies in the wedding party, no matter how fast they run, the bride will surely catch every one of them!

Here comes the bride…

As a bride-to-be, I am thrilled to learn that wedding season is approaching. There are less than eighty days before I walk down the aisle! Apparently guests are joining the countdown for dramatically different reasons. They are savoring the days before:

  • Forfeiting their social lives for an entire weekend
  • Arranging outfits, transportation and a hotel
  • Memorizing a corny wedding hashtag such as #meetthepetermans
  • Acknowledging that Sarah’s Pure Barre routine is working wonders!
  • Considering their own timeline (Is the engagement clock ticking?)

Truth be told: until June 20th has come and gone, my friends, family and even strangers will most likely refer to me as the bride-to-be, before Sarah. As if the title wasn’t enough, I document every bridal appointment and wedding decision with enthusiasm, not once, but twice a week.

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How my friends most likely feel.

Lucky for my guests, the day after the wedding, I’ll be off the radar for a week. Apparently, the honeymoon suite we’ve booked does not include Wi-Fi. When I return as Sarah Peterman, I will no longer be able to perch on a bridal pedestal.

Today, I’ve swapped my sparkly bridal slippers for ones that my guests might wear. The two-minute video below helps the bride understand how it feels to be in the shoes of those in the audience rather than at the altar.

Press play… it’s worth it!

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After watching, I sympathize with guests who wonder whether or not they will have to do the Macarena at the reception? Dancing in front of big groups can be intimidating.

BuzzFeed makes an interesting point: for the bride-to-be, wedding planning is pure bliss mixed with moments of self-induced stress. From the perspective of guests, however, tying the knot is frightening and potentially contagious should you be the one friend to catch the bouquet.

So, how will you prepare to handle wedding season?

Brides who Pure Barre

18 Mar

Over the last few months I’ve been overly committed to the gym with one specific objective in mind: I should be sweating for the wedding. Although I am definitely noticing results, it’s difficult to feel accomplished when working out solo. For a while, it was simply me against myself, the bride-to-be (the latter represents a stronger version of the future Sarah Peterman). Despite the many perks of my morning routine such as uplifting tunes, pink Gatorade and Nike kicks, I craved something social and challenging to shake up my workout habits.

Enter Paige: the ultimate friend every bride-to-be needs well before the big day and happily ever after. She’s super inspiring and bubbly. Oh, I forget to mention: she’s also a total knockout; we all have that one friend who turns heads just by stepping into a room. Thankfully, Paige introduced me to Pure Barre, my personal wedding trainer.

Enter Pure Barre: a fifty-five minute workout that challenges the abdominals, arms, and tush- the three target areas for every bride-to-be, single and married woman. The environment is warm and welcoming. For those who are very ambitious, Barre trainers recommend three to four classes per week.

I was considerably impressed with my stamina during session one; I left barre with newfound confidence and a trendy workout wardrobe (somehow, I convinced myself that hot pink pants would help me complete the last set of crunches).

Here are a couple of Pure Barre tips for brides-to-be who are new to the scene, like me:

  1. Don’t wear all black (too boring for Barre)
  2. Come early with water and time to stretch (you will thank me later)
  3. Take pictures to document before/after (proof of progress!)
  4. “Tuck*” is a Pure Barre must (when in doubt, always tuck)
  5. Bring your best attitude (when the leader of the class says, “only ten more ladies”… don’t give up)
  6. Pure Barre is the only time it’s acceptable to be a follower and not a leader (if you don’t know what you’re doing, look to the locals for help)
  7. Barre is about fitness…and fashion (check out the Pure Barre boutique)

*Truthfully, I am still learning what “tuck” really entails. So far, I know it’s about engaging the core.

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These @emijayinc shirts are all necessary, particularly, “See you at the Barre.”

Clearly, I wasn’t prepared for the agony of walking the next day. My muscles ached in a way that only professional athletes dare brag about. Although in pain and slightly moody from twitching muscles (known to Barre fanatics as the successful “shakes”), I have decided to dwell on the positive: results are inevitable. I’m hopeful that my honeymoon bikini body will thank me.

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Class 2 with Paige. Unlimited classes to go. Hashtag: #sweatingforthewedding