Josh and Connie

finally getting hitched on August 3, 2008

Overheard in Long Island, NY March 14, 2008

Filed under: engagement photos — lemontangos @ 11:59 pm
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Since I was too exhausted to recount this tale yesterday, I shall indulge myself today:

Scene: Salon Opus, East Williston Park, Long Island. It’s engagement photo day and I’m getting a complete overhaul to become photo ready.

Characters: My Stylist, Other Stylist, Receptionist, and me.

My Stylist: [mid-conversation] …and this kind of cut will lighten your hair for the blow out, which will look great in the pictures.

[Other Stylist is working on another client in the bench to my right.]

Other Stylist: Pictchas? Are you taking your school pictchas today?

Me: My school pictures!? Umm, no. I’m taking my engagement pictures today. [Casually flash ring at Other Stylist.]

Receptionist: [walking by] Yau’re gettin’ maaarried!? Yau’re too young to get married! Why don’tcha wait a little longer, you look like yau’re still in high school.

Me: [sighing deeply] No, I’m actually not that young. I’m 27.

Receptionist: Damn, yau’re olda than me?

Me: How old are you?

Receptionist: I’m 25.

Me: [deep sigh]


Engagement Photo Day March 13, 2008

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I’m so, so exhausted. Poor Josh is driving back up to Massachusetts as I write this since he has to work tomorrow. Because I’m too tired to type, I’m going to blog with pictures instead.

9:49 a.m. The before picture. Josh is dropping me off at Salon Opus, for my wash, cut, blow out, and make up by Tiago.


1:05 p.m. The after picture. Tiago is a genius, an artist, a savior!


1:30 p.m. Dressed and ready to go!


6:45 p.m. Holy crap are we tired, but so, SO happy that we finally crossed this off our list. Spencer and Diane of 5West were phenomenal. Can’t wait to see the pics! We’re sitting on a park bench in Central Park because I’m convinced that my feet will fall off if I take one more step.


10:05 p.m. Did I mention that until 7:30 p.m. tonight, the only thing floating around in my stomach ALL DAY was water and a Zyrtec? After miles of walking around the city, THIS is the face of exhaustion.


10:20 p.m. This is the face of my future husband in normal clothes. That’s not a flash reflecting off his glasses; it’s the sparkle in his eye!


10:58 p.m. [not photographed] This is Connie cleaning her face with cotton balls and toner and then going to bed.


How can I possibly choose? March 5, 2008

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From the blog that brought you Ellen’s kick ass pics, I now present…drum roll please…a sampling of Stephanie’s awesome photos.


Of course, another “process photo”! Stephanie’s view of Ellen in the Hoboken Shoot Out of 2008. (I’m happy to say that both photographers survived.)

I have no idea how many ways I can say thank you for this, but I will try to diversify. The tough part awaits–picking three (THREE!) photos for our save-the-date magnet. I’m completely open to voting.


The Good Paparazzi (aka-Ellen and Stephanie) March 4, 2008

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OK, so how lucky am I to have coworkers who’ll do this for me?!? Today was the awesome photo shoot with Ellen and Stephanie in Sinatra Park, outside of our office. Fortunately, we have a gorgeous view of the city as our playground. Unfortunately, Josh is so damn funny that I’m making ridiculous faces in many of the photos. Of course, my favorite photos (so far) are of us doing completely silly things. A sampling of Ellen’s work. Stephanie’s samples to come! (If I ever consider a future in acting, the top middle photo is my official head shot.)


Photo in the bottom right corner is what Ellen dubbed a “process photo.” It’s Stephanie in action!


The Weekend of Freaking Out March 1, 2008

Damn my procrastination and my many, many failings. This is officially the weekend of flipping out over the parts of this wedding process that I’m the least excited about, or completely unprepared for, or I’m experiencing extreme anxiety over, or all of the above.

Freak Out #1: Engagement Photos

Weeks and weeks of terrible rainy/snowy weather every Monday through Wednesday has long delayed our engagement photo shoot. To be perfectly honest, I’ve been relieved to have so many delays because 1) I’m camera shy and 2) I’m the least photogenic person on the face of this planet. Now it’s really happening because we’ve devised an indoor itinerary in case we can’t take any outdoor photos. Plus, our photographer is trying out new shooters that week, so we’ll have at least one more photographer during this photo shoot. At first I was thrilled, but now it feels like I’ll be running away from the paparazzi. How does one get comfortable in front of the camera? More importantly, how does one get prepared to be in front of a camera?? This leads me to my next freak out…

Freak Out #2: Hair and Make Up Trials

If hair and makeup had standardized exams like math and reading, I could properly quantify my beauty skills and explain that I operate at a 3rd grade level (basic grooming skills mastered–ie-bathing, combing hair–but possesses no advanced skills). Why couldn’t I grow up playing with makeup like a majority of the western world? I can’t even commit to tinted lip gloss, it feels like too much of a beauty responsibility. I need to hire a hair stylist and a make up artist for the day of the wedding and I don’t have the foggiest idea of how to go about doing this because 1) every hairstyle looks equally OK to me and I can’t really pinpoint what makes a good hair stylist, and 2) make up looks like make up to me, not some careful art thing. Pictures of girls with make up on all look the SAME TO ME. I think I have face blindness–or the correct term, prosopagnosia–but mine extends across the painted face and into upswept hair.

Freak Out #2 also bleeds back into Freak Out #1 because I don’t know what to do with my hair or my make up the day of our engagement photo shoot. Should I go somewhere to get a blow out? If so, where? Should I go to a beauty salon to have my make up done? Where? Can I just walk into a department store and ask someone at a make up counter if they’d do my make up for me? Does that cost anything? Do I need an appointment? I don’t even own foundation, people, so this is a serious problem.

Freak Out #3: Save-the-Date photo booth magnets

Ok, so I wasn’t actually freaking out about having to pick a cute photo booth magnet. In fact, I was really excited about this part. Josh and I found so many awesome potential save-the-dates, but my friend Irene convinced us to go with a photo magnet since she said that she’d prefer to have cute pictures of us on her fridge, which she’d keep forever, or until the magnet fell apart. The freak out part is having cute photos of me and Josh that look like they belong on a photo strip, AND that it’s now 5 months before the wedding and I haven’t even ordered these magnets. We have an engagement photo session so no problem, right? (See Freak Out #1) This leads me to slight change of pace…

Crazy Awesomeness #1: Ellen and Stephanie, photographers extraordinaire!

My heroines! Ellen and Stephanie–two of the best coworkers a person could ask for–have agreed to take pictures of me and Josh this coming Monday so I can finally order our save-the-dates. It’s very possible that one of Ellen’s photos will end up on the front cover of a book we’re publishing this fall and Stephanie recently purchased a very schnazzy new camera. Luckily, we work along the waterfront in Hoboken, so we’ll have a gorgeous view of the city for this photo session. Josh and I will be in two sets of very talented hands, but I’m afraid that this Crazy Awesomeness leads me back to Freak Out #2. What on earth am I going to do with my hair and makeup?

I’m breathing deep, drinking some Yogi Breathe Deep, and taking this one step at a time. Of course, if anyone has any suggestions (big or small), I’m ALL EARS!