Giveaway Winner(s)! Yes There Were More Than One, Because Lauren is UNPREDICTABLE, To The General Horror Of Ryan.



Holy 282 Comments Batman! (Plus numerous tweets/FB shares!)

I finally sat down tonight and sorted out who entered the giveaway and how many times, etc and we have a winner!!

Congratulations are in order for AJS721 who writes the blog http://www.thethingsandreasays.wordpress.com!

Oh and Jayde, for your comment that made me giggle and made OJ learn a new word (blasé) I am totally awarding you second place and your own set of personalized Paper Source Stationary.

Jayde7/02/2012
There once was a girl named Lauren,
Who married a guy named Ryan,
Cheese is her favorite food,
Super mega giveaways lift her mood,
But her 28.5 birthday leaves her sighin'.

She's got a super hot friend named OJ,
Who is definitely more than just ok,
He lives far away,
So they don't see everyday,
But his singing is more than just blase.

Her love for cheese is alarming,
Her witty antics and stories are charming,
She rolls her eyes at RYAN,
Who hates all of her Marc Jacobs buyin',
So his person, she contemplates harming.

So happy, half birthday to this girl who is vyin',
For the tentacles that I will try buyin',
So a box is what I will Fed Ex her,
So no one dares to vex her,
Because on cloud 9 she'll be flyin'.
Happy Half Birthday Lauren! 

And Dede, since I took entirely too long to actually get you the prize you won in like APRIL, you get personalized stationary too! Yay! (forgive me?)

So all three of your please email me at LaurenRaeGallagher@gmail.com and I will fill you in on all of the details on how to claim your prizes.

But anyway, I'll be along early this week with another post.  A real one.  A conversation with Ryan about how he'd be an excellent addition to the Secret Service....in his eyes at least.

Oh and you will not believe it!  I am eighty percent done with How Ryan Met Lauren Part III: The Finale! (You can see parts I and II on my sidebar under Popular Posts.)  I'll post it later this week (probably Thursday-ish?), but until then...

To tide you all over, here are some outtakes from our wedding photos.  (All photos were taken by Amanda Wilcher, who is the awesomest girl alive, and her two assistants for the day - Ben and Gino.)


A picture of all three of my sisters trying to figure out how to fit me into my wedding dress after I had spent the last three days hiding in the bathtub stress-eating blocks of parmesan cheese.
Me doing my best Blue Steel impression.  This is Ryan's favorite wedding picture.  Because "it never doesn't make me laugh."  Lovely RYAN.
My darling friend Oma totally wiped out when we were presenting the wedding party.  I feel like I should have been concerned or something.  Instead, if you check out my face in the background I am all like "THIS IS THE BEST THING THAT HAPPENED ON THIS DAY."
Ryan got VERY into dancing the Hora.
From the left this is OJ's Father, Ryan, OJ (our best man) and OJ's Mother.  This is the same look I make when Ryan and OJ are once again getting up to shenanigans.  
NO MORE SHENANIGANS you two.  

Hey Gino (in the crown) looks like you're having a good time and all, but perhaps put down your drink and like, I don't know, get back to your job of BEING THE PHOTOGRAPHER.  Also, WHO TOOK THIS PICTURE?
UPDATE:: One of our friends has emailed me and been like "Jonathan (one of our other friends) totally took that picture after he somehow traded one of the photographers a drink for a camera....Here is the evidence."

Seriously Jonathan?  Your mother reads this blog.  And she has texted me saying that you are grounded.  And adorable.  She really wanted me to mention that you are also adorable.

Ok so you are a TINY BIT (and then a bit more) Adorable.

So that's it for now, I don't want to give too many of the funny photos away too quickly.  And there are  A LOT more funny photos.  Because we had a photo booth at the wedding and an open bar at the wedding and then people thought it would be great fun to be all "I'll have a whiskey drink.  I'll have a vodka drink.  I'll have a cider drink.  I'll have a lager drink.  And then I will go into the photo booth and show everyone my nipples (OJ)."

So yeah, be prepared for that.

Congrats again to Andrea and thanks so much to everyone for joining in!!

Sending love your way this balmy Chicago Sunday night Blogstalkers.

40 comments:

  1. i might be first because i've clicked on this blog like 4 times today waiting for an update... er... something less staulker-y.

    LOVE the pictures!! also when can we expect you to respond to all 282 comments? ;-) just kidding!

    oh, and i am totally bummed i didn't win, but i supposed i'll manage to still read your blog despite my sadness... sigh... (do you feel bad yet? no? darn!!) :-)

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    1. oh and i cannot find your wedding pics on Amanda's site... which makes me sad because i was totally looking forward to that nipple shot of OJ...

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    2. So first, SO SORRY you didn't win. Seriously giveaways sometimes bum me out because I want like every single person to win at least once, maybe twice. And yeah, I don't know that I'm going to get around to responding to the 282 comments. Because woah.

      And, love that you were searching for the nipple shot of OJ, but alas Amanda was our main photographer and the photo booth was completely separate from that, so she wouldn't have those on her site. She's super talented though right? (I mean, I'm biased so....)

      Also, since our wedding was over a year and a half ago I imagine our wedding album wouldn't be on her site any longer. But there are random shots of our wedding in some of her other albums.

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  2. Thank you Lauren for getting Chumbawamba stuck in my head, at work, with no radio to drown it out! (NOT) Other than that, I love your wedding photos. You two are adorable :) Can't wait to read part 3!

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    1. Sorry/Thanks Reecie! Hopefully Part III is up to everyone's expectations!

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  3. Ha! i love the blue steel!

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    1. Thanks Renee! It is my unfortunate "look like you are thinking about deep thoughts" face.

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  4. I'm just going to come out and admit it. I almost didn't share on Facebook and Twitter because then too many people would know about it and that would seriously decrease my odds of winning. And, look, I was right! I should have been all selfish and kept you all to myself. : ) Seriously, though, love the wedding pics. One thing I am sad about is that there are very few "candid" shots from ours. And there were some funny moments I would have loved captured on film. Like when a friend had a wee bit too much wine and every time she hugged me (which was a lot of times), she accidentally grabbed my veil and snapped my head back like a Pez dispenser. If you are trying to picture that, I wore the veil under my updo trailing down my back.

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    1. What's funny is that one thing I am sad about from my wedding is that I didn't get to wear a veil. Because the one I loved, Ryan said was ridiculous and wouldn't let me get. It was sort of ridiculous (it was a huge, very long cathedral all lace veil) and I about fainted when I saw the price tag. It cost as much as my wedding dress. But then every other veil I tried on just didn't measure up, so I went veil-less.

      And I can so picture the Pez thing, hilarious!

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    2. My aunt actually made the veil. I had no intention of wearing one at all but it ended up looking very nice. I think there were some who were scandalized by my strapless dress and thought that at least a veil would cover my shoulders a bit. What can I say? I am a scandalous lady. Ha!

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    3. So this story is probably VERY inappropriate, so forgive me if you are offended. But my cousin Carly, who is one of my very best friends went with me to try on veils and when nothing would live up to THE veil she said she would knit me a veil.

      Which was lovely except me, being a huge crossword puzzle nerd, was like, "You don't knit lace CARLY, you tat it."

      And she was like "Fine then I will TAT you a veil."

      And I was like, "If you actually do, I will pay for you to get fake boobs and we will just call the whole thing 'Tits For Tat'."

      And then we laughed for twenty minutes in the middle of a very ritzy bridal salon.

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  5. What is it with party photo booths and gratuitous nip shots! Every party I've been to that had one was just inundated with people lining up to get their kit off!

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    1. Seriously!

      All of our photo booth pictures were timestamped. At like 8:03, the pictures were normal and smiley and full of love. At like 11:03 they got SO inappropriate. I think a lot of people were embarrassed when they found out that we actually got a copy of every picture taken that night.

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  6. Dang it! I missed the contest thanks to being in the depths of moving hell!! Ah, well, the poem was very creative.

    The candid wedding pics are great. Looking at your friend who fell, I immediately thought, "Oh, at our wedding, that will be Laura.". And now she says she's not coming, just to rob me of that shot. Selfish really.

    Can't wait to read your Part III.

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    1. ::sigh:: moving hell...Been there, done that. Hope it went well for you!

      At most weddings I would be the one who fell, so oddly I sympathize with Laura. Though it does seem a bit rude to not come and fall and provide entertainment for the wedding masses.

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  7. I missed a give away? AHHHHHHHHH!

    oh, nice wedding pics.

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    1. OHMYGOD, are you saying that you don't check my almost-never-updated-blog EVERY SINGLE DAY!?

      Blasphemy and Pish Posh. That is all I have to say about that.

      Also, Thank You.

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  8. Chumbawumba....I feel like it's 1997 and I'm a sophomore in high school. My friends and I would bump them in her convertible Volkswagen Cabriolet. Thank you for bring back memories.......

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    1. You are welcome. I regret using that song though because now Ryan will NOT stop walking around being singing TubThumping. Driving me crazy, he is.

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  9. LOL! Seriously? It took me 15 minutes to dream that silly little poem up and then I almost didn't post it, because I had a, "this is totally stupid" moment. But then I hit submit and minimized the screen because I was totally supposed to be paying attnetion to work and my boss did a walk-by and I didn't want to have to explain the meaning of blase` to her. (She is totally not as sophisticated as I am!) Thanks for thinking of me Lauren and being so unpredictable! The present will definitely brighten my day. Plus if you were to send pictures of random drunk people in a photo booth. That would be AWESOME! Oh and more pictures of OJ, please. Preferrably baking something...

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    1. I LOVE it when people write me poems. I dedicated an entire post to Cam, a reader who wrote me a poem a while back. It makes me super happy!

      Just email me at LaurenRaeGallagher@gmail.com and I'll tell you how you can go about designing your personalized stationary.

      And there are many more pictures of OJ to come. He was in more wedding pictures than I was probably.

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  10. Lauren! You looked absolutely beautiful on your wedding day!! I cannot wait to read Part III. I'm a little bit behind on reading your other posts though--as soon as I get a day off when my two jobs (and stop watching Sex and the City reruns), I'm plopping myself in front of my computer. :]

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    1. Thanks Robyn! My sisters did finally get the dress closed with lots of squeezing...

      Thanks as always for reading!

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  11. That's it! I'm moving to Chicago! all the hot guys and funny cheese loving girls live in Chicago! Or whatever town it is that OJ lives cause seriously it seems like everyone you know is attractive!
    Can't wait for the rest of the story of you and Ryan!

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    1. I'm not saying don't move to Chicago. Because I totally live here and we could hang out and make up songs about Ryan. But OJ lives in Dallas, boo. And Jonathan (the other boy in this post) lives in California, boo. So to me it seems like attractive people come to Chicago, are all like "Nevermind!" and then move somewhere else.

      I like to think I scare them away. I'd probably scare you away.

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    2. haha oh no way you could scare me away! I'm down for making up songs about Ryan! And I'm not saying I'm all attractive or whatever but I would so stay in Chicago. I live in Ohio and we are boring and backwoods. For example,tonight I'm going to a sorta racist outdoor"drama". I say it's racist cause white people dress up like Native Americans and paint their bodies to look like all dark, and really they just look like tall Oompa Loompas.
      And I totally got off topic but I think you would totally laugh at the thought of tall oompa loompas! Hmmm song about Ryan to the Oompa Loompa song?!

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    3. Stupid Ryan doo-ba-dee-doo, he told me once I should live in a zoo.
      Stupid Ryan doo-ba-dee-dee, I said that's fine, I'll befriend the monkeys.

      Not my finest lyrical effort.

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  12. Congrats to the winners!! Not gonna say that I'm not disappointed. I am totally disappointed!! Especially since I gave YOU something on MY blog. Yep, that's right. I guess I'll still give it to you, though. Even though you didn't pick ME. I guess.

    Those are great pics! We have an entire section in our wedding album that is a collage of all the silly and crazy pics. There were a lot. We also had an open bar. And have crazy families. So yeah, LOTS of silly pics.

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    1. Sorry Misty! I so wish everyone could win.

      Also, I'm pretty excited I won your giveaway. Because I never win anything ever.

      And silly/crazy wedding pictures are the absolute BEST. I look at mine approximately twice a week. It's probably unhealthy.

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  13. LaraDuhon7/11/2012

    Do you have any ugly friends? I'm just wondering. You are all just completely adorable.

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    1. Haha, they're pretty right? I really should stop surrounding myself with such adorable people. I probably look like a complete goober in comparison.

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    2. LaraDuhon7/11/2012

      Oh no. You make it a complete, lovely set! :-)

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    3. Why thank you! (You should see me on Sunday mornings though...eek.)

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  14. Anonymous7/11/2012

    I've always wanted a sunny day wedding, but every time you post pics of your wedding with your fluffy cover-up shawl thing, I rethink my spring/summer fantasy wedding. SO pretty!

    I was going to write more things, but my bitterness about not winning stationery prevents me from doing so.

    xoxo!

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    1. A summer wedding was always sort of out of the picture for me because of my insanely pale skin and my "allergic to the sun" thing. So I opted for a "Winter Wonderland" wedding and have never regretted it.

      That being said, I was recently at a gorgeous summer wedding and it was amazing! The colors of the grass and the sky and the flowers and everything were so so beautiful.

      Sorry you didn't win this time! There's always next quarter.

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  15. The look on your face upon seeing your bridesmaid wipe out = PRICELESS.

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    1. I know! It's like I've never been so pleased in my life. I sort of feel bad about how amused I look. Like, she could have been hurt LAUREN.

      She wasn't though.

      AND she didn't even spill her wine, so there's that.

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  16. Um - also, I'm Kelly and I found your blog from The Blogess's sidebar. I find you entirely hilarious and totally think you are my new idol even tho I am like twenty billion years your senior. And you were a STUNNING bride!

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    1. Nice to sort of meet you Kelly! I love the Bloggess. We are best friends even though she doesn't know that.

      And thanks! Three thousand boxes of Kraft Macaroni and Cheese later am not even close to stunning. But whatever, I'm married now, I don't have to TRY any more right?

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  17. Sooo...now that Satruday has passed, do you feel half a year wiser? :P

    I did want to say that you really do have awesome wedding pics! I wish we'd had a better photographer, our were so bad, I never look at our pics anymore. So sad. But that's okay, I probably had chocolate on my dress. :)

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