Sunday, August 28, 2011

Awesome weekend

Two posts in one week?  Amazing, right? 

I don't have the time to say much but I just have to say what an amazing weekend it's been.  We met with our photographer, Nicky with Mint, and are working on finalizing our time for doing our pre-wedding session with her.  She hadn't clicked a shutter for us yet but we know it will be awesome.  We met with our florist Michelle of Crazy Daisies and we had basically scrapped 50% of things we've planned before and revamped our floral plan.  We love her creativity and are so excited to see how it looks on the big day.  Also, she's just pretty cool in general so it's always nice to hang out with her.  Today though - we tried to keep it brief as she really should have been at the emergency room and instead she came to our visit.  I won't get into the details, but how's that for dedication?  :) 

We finished up the invites and we are super excited to get them in the mail on Monday.  No turning back now!  :) 

We have started a few registries, have bought some things for the bar and for our special little favors.  We've shopped for shoes, for supplies, and for the heck of it.  It was awesome.

We have gotten many things done, and have may things started.  It's amazing to think about how much still needs to be done.  But I know we'll make it all come together. 

Amazing weekend.  48 days until the big day.  Have to remember to breathe deeply and enjoy the ride. 

Friday, August 26, 2011

Where did the time go?

I got back from traveling for work for a few weeks.  While I was tired, I was excited to get back to the routine of work, and follow up on all the things that had come up during my travel.  What did I come home to?  Well, I looked at our checklist on and promptly freaked out.  Where did all the time go?  I thought everything was still several months away.  And now, we didn't. So - I made appointments.  My first full week back we had an appointment every single night.  We saw the list, and we began to check it off.  Cake tasting and design.  Check.  Final tasting with caterer. Check.  And check and check and check.  Ok, so they weren't all the same size check marks, but there has definitely been a large forward motion since I got back. 

This weekend we are meeting with our photographer at both venues to get her creative juices flowing, and we're going to set up a time to do a bit of a late engagement session.  At this point it's more of a pre-wedding session, but I think it's a great idea to be able to meet with her at least once before the big day to learn more about each other.  And as girls who in more than 10 years have never had professional pictures taken, we're all about making up for it now!

Some surprises from the journey.  Who knew it would be so hard to figure out how to do your hair?  So many considerations.  So many tiny differences making it a completely different style that you have to chose between.  So NOT my kind of an area.  My way of doing my hair every day is combing it, and then in an hour or so when it's dried - sticking in an barrette to keep it out of my face.  Almost worse than that is finding someone to professionally do my make up.  I mean, seriously?  My version of daily make up is tinted lip gloss. And yet - I get that it's important for the make up to be good, and to last all day. 

Another surprise - picking songs for the wedding ceremony.  We both love music, and we know how important a good song can be.  We want a great song.  I have no idea where to start.  Seriously.  There are SO many great songs.  How do you pick which one is going to forever be "the song you played at your wedding".  When my mom got married I was almost 5 years old.  I still remember hearing my aunt sing the song she sang, and I will always think of my mom's wedding and my aunt when I hear the song.  I need to pick just one song with that kind of meaning?  Too hard.  Kandi is on song detail.  Her favorite way to search for songs is on YouTube.  This has led to some awesome songs for the reception, but nothing yet for the wedding.  It's tough.

It's been an exciting journey, and we know it's not over.  51 days to go, lots of errands to run this weekend including helping my mom find a MOTB dress, the photographer, the florist, and of course the invitations will be going out by this weekend. 

Oh.....Did I just leak that information?  Gee, I guess I did.  :) 

Saturday, August 13, 2011

The Save the Date story

Now that we are working on all the fun details for our Invitations, we can share the pictures and story for the making of our Save the Date's. 

Our first plan was that we would use these fun "business cards" we had made with all of our info for the ceremony.  It would be super simple - the card WAS the Save the Date.  And we had pre-bought some stamps to use to help personalize some of our DIY creations, so we'd put a stamp on the back of the white business envelope.  Super duper simple, right? 

Well, imagine sending a business card in a white business-y envelope.  Now imagine being the person to open that envelope and think about how lame it looks to open a practically empty white envelope and see just a business card.


So, I thought hey, let's put in one piece of paper that gives slightly more info, bigger font, and generally takes up more space in the envelope than just a business card.  And Kandi decided to not make them just business cards, but magnets - so she applied and hand cut a magnet to the back of every business card.  But then we thought - white piece of paper and white business card magnet in business looking envelope?  BORING!  So I figured if I could get some fun colorful paper we would be set. We contemplated taping the card to construction paper.  We contemplated doing some fancy multi-layered paper thing.  In the end we decided that it was going to be all about going to the store and getting inspired. 

So I did.  And there they were.  Envelopes that exactly matched our green color.  It was so exciting!  I'd thought I might find colorful paper but had never thought we'd get anywhere close to our color in an envelope!  Then I found acceptable paper - acceptable because while not an exact match, they are "cousin colors" coming from the same family. 

Heading home with that and many other ideas we played with what it would look like and what we would do.  My favorite discovery was the glue dots so those "cards" could actually stay in one place!  As someone who likes to know how something is going to end before it begins, I loved that we would know exactly where that card would be when it was opened up!  We thought it looked pretty good after an hour or so of playing around with it, but then Kandi came up with what I thought put it over the top - the stamp on the orange paper.  It was perfect! 

And so we began the assembly line!  I folded. She applied the card/magnets.  She stuffed.  I sealed and stamped. 

Don't we look happy?  Ok, there was some cheesing for the camera, but at the same time we WERE so excited!  While there have been checks written and decisions made, this really made it feel "official".

In addition to the original cards we'd planned to use, I'd tested out an idea with putting our picture on a card.  I didn't get a lot as I was just trying out the idea.  Kandi decided that we would include what we had on some of the invitations.  So if you didn't get one - sorry!  I only ordered a few!  We had no idea how we would use them when I got them or I would have gotten more!  So here it is our final product...

And once all the work was done, the pile was ready to head out to the post office.  

We hope you all enjoyed them as we enjoyed putting them together.  Speaking of which...

Time to go back to work on the invitations!  :)

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Checking in from the road...

2 months, 11 days, 12 hours.

Why did I get that app again?

But that is certainly our reminder that time is a-ticking.  Kandi has been working to decide who will officially make her bridal outfit.  As someone who grew up with a family full of seamstresses, she was a bit surprised by the costs but she has gotten used to it.  We both know the basic concept of what the other is wearing, but don't know anything in particular.  We won't officially see them until the big day.  Only the seamstresses and our neighbor Stephanie will know for sure as she is the official "holder of my dress" since if it was at our house Kandi knows she couldn't quite control her curiosity.  Who knew that dress holder would end up being a flower girl duty? 

Our coordinator Shelly has been a great resource.  While she hasn't done any "work" she has been a great reference, resource and general sounding board for some of our ideas.  Knowing that she and her team are going to be there for the big day has been a nice relief.  She also came up with a few new ideas when she took her to see the reception space. She is so good about understanding what we want and understands exactly what we're going for - we're happy to have found her! 

I'm traveling now and Kandi has the house to herself to be able to do any and all wedding planning where she doesn't want my help.  Who knows what I'll be heading home to find?  :) 

Once my work related travel is done it's officially (bum bum buuuuummmmmm) time to order the invitations. Such a big step - and one we're so excited about!  It should be amazing. 

Time is ticking on by and I can't believe how soon it's going to be here!