Self-tanner, an Arbor, and a Hudson River Wedding

by Dagmar Bleasdale on June 28, 2009

I just came back from Jen and Dan’s wedding at Monteverde Oldstone Manor in Cortland Manor, New York.

I left early to pick up Landon from the babysitter — it’s already past 11 p.m — Don gets to party some more. I hope he’ll bring me a piece of the cake!

The one thing I knew I wanted for this wedding was to get a tan to complement the nice colors of my Ann Taylor Loft dress.

I am usually very fair-skinned because I avoid the sun like the plague. Since I am too frugal to go for the professional fake tan, I went to CVS yesterday and bought Neutrogena’s micro mist airbrush sunless tan.

I put some on my legs last night and hoped for the best. And sure enough, in the morning my legs had tanned and un-tanned streaks.

I ended up using more spray, and within a few hours, the streaks had been evened out. Thank goodness, because I wanted to show off my legs!

I never dress up like this. In the end I had a nice medium tan I was happy with. A coat of clear nail polish, some sexy shoes, and I was ready to go!

The scenery could not have been more beautiful; the ceremony was held on the lawn overlooking the Hudson River and mountains.

Yesterday we would have needed an ark, it rained so much here, but today was the perfect wedding weather.

Don had been working on the wedding arbor Jen and Dan were married under for days, and it turned out beautiful.


I hadn’t seen it before, and it looked amazing decorated with flowers. I was very proud of Don. And my multi-talented husband couldn’t stop there: he had rewritten a song with his sister and sang it with her during the ceremony. Again, beautiful > proud.

Here is a picture of this handsome husband of mine with his thankfully not zebra-striped wife:


All the best to you, Jen and Dan! May you have a very happy life together.

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Amy July 27, 2009 at 7:51 AM

Wow! Your husband did great work. Looks like great weather. You looked beautiful.


lisa July 1, 2009 at 3:36 PM

Gorgeous arch, gorgeous Mr. & Mrs. Daniel Erickson and gorgeous Mr. & Mrs. Don Bleasdale…

much love,


Catherine June 29, 2009 at 7:43 AM

You look great! Your ring is beautiful, and so is your hubby ;0) Looks like you had a great time!


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