I almost can’t even believe I am saying this, but were almost 4 months away from the wedding. We have been in total house mode for the last few months which hasn’t given us much time to nail down the specifics for the wedding, but it has given us lots of time to look back and our engagement so far, which has been so great, and is bound to get even better over the next few months as we head into wedding season, full of parties, showers, and lots of planning trips! So here is a snapshot of our 8 months of engagement through the eyes of instagram!
So much love in my mailbox!!! (lots of congrats cards from friends and family!)
Lunch time toast with Nana!
wedding planning! #overwhelmed
Adding all the important dates to my new Lilly planner, which now includes my wedding year!!
Yay productive wedding planning with the MOH! (Bridesmaids dress attempt 1)
Sunday Funday with the Fiancé. (making our save the date video!)
Cake tasting! So many baby cupcakes we had to get a to-go box!!!!
8 Months to go!!!!!!!!!
Woot!! Done addressing save the dates! Now to stuff and stamp. Merh. Maybe some other time.
Just got our personalized engagement pic/ guest book for our wedding from our ballin’ photographer @lawrenecekent yippeeeeeee wedding things!!!!
How David feels about picking out curtains for our registry. hahahahaha!
Love going into Charleston Street and seeing our place setting out! I’m still just as in love with it as I was the day we picked it out! ::swoon::
Basically we’re married.
5 Months to go!
Yippeeeee! Wedding Season is upon us. Less than 5 months to go!
Busy little bee. Who needs weekends? #notthisgirl
Wedding logo “stamps” courtesy of our friend Brad wooohooo!
Just call me the prop master because this photobooth is about to be out of control! #isitaugust10thyet #glitterprops
Are you getting excited!?!? I am. Things are getting really…. REAL! I have scheduled my bridal portraits and dress fittings, the bridesmaids dresses arrived at the shop yesterday, the rehearsal dinner has been planned, the cake has been tasted, and now we just need to tie down all the loose ends, finish planing the ceremony and get all the specifics ironed out with the reception (the part I am most excited for!!!) ANNNND Shower season is rapidly approaching, which will give me lots of fun themed events to blog about! Hope you guys don’t mind my blushing bride syndrome! Its getting intense, but I will try to keep changing things up here! As they say “Variety is the spice of life!”
The Cat is outta the bag! David and I have been keeping something under wraps since November and the time as finally come that we get to share it with everyooooone! When we went to get our engagement pictures made in November, we also had a date with our videographer and shot a save the date video! This is something that she came to us about. She was really interested in creating one, but had never done it before. I knew she was super creative and when we had our first meeting she had all these great ideas! We ended up searching interest for all these cute wedding and engagement pictures and tried to find a way to tie them all together in a video, she even made this hilarious animatic with stick figure stills of all the ideas we had so David and I could try to figure out what we were doing! Once we…. kind of had it planned out I spent some time making lots o’crafty things!
I bought these cool little pendants from hobby lobby and all I had to do was paint the letters on them… and my freehand isnt the best so luckily I had a few extra for my mistaaaakes!
We also included a fun little photobooth segment in our video so I made a bowtie for David and he made me so raaather fashionable cat-eye glasses. Don’t let him fool you, hes a pretty crafty little devil!
Dont we look so fashionable!?
We also saw this really cool picture with a parasol that we liked on line so we got creative and tried to find a way to include it into our video! David and I also wanted to include a message to our guests in the video so there are little word snippets all over the place!
Also, I just find this picture to be rather comical, my bff took it, she came along the day of the shoot to be our prop master and just hang out and help behind the scenes because she’s the bomb.com!
So, check out our video and if your in the Aiken/Augusta area, give Courtney at Sweet Tea Videography a call, she’s awesome. If this sounds like a shameless plug, it definitely is! Prior to talking to Courtney, David and I weren’t even going to hire a videographer. She approached me to ask if I had found anyone and I kind of explained to her it was an expense I was considering cutting because I wasn’t overly interested in having a video of just the ceremony because other than the occasional anniversary I didn’t feel like it was anything I would ever look at, and if I am going to spend a couple thousand dollars on something I wanted it to be worth it. Courtney was so great about respecting my view and just said I understand but if you change your mind, here is my info an my portfolio. As soon as I saw her first video I knew I had to have it. She will definitely do the traditional ceremony video but she creates these amazing highlight reels of the whole evening and it just makes everything so much more fun to watch, its like an inside look into our big day, which will be a great keepsake down the road! We get to pick our own music, and vibe, and it can be as serious or fun as we want it to be! I can’t wait to see how the final product comes out, If you have a few extra minutes, check out some of her different videoes on vimeo! She does so many different creative things, not just weddings! So, shameless plug over, check out our fun little videooooo because we love it!
We havent been doing much big planning lately, just tying down any loose ends before the end of the year. Although, I feel like im always trying to tie down the loose ends these days. I had a freakout moment a few weeks ago when my to-do list started uncrossing itself and my bridesmaids dresses were discontinued. ugh. Remember these guys?
Well, they are no more. I got a call from my dress shop and for some reason I was thinking they were calling to tell me my dress had come in early… buuut they didnt they said “unfortunately you need to pick a new bridesmaids dress, yours is discontinued and they wont let us order anymore” I cry. Not really but, it was just annoying because I like to be ahead of the game and get things done. Oh well, so we headed back to the store next time I was home, and it was almost shocking how quickly we were able to pick a new one. I guess now that I have a better idea about what I am looking for and the way I want to style things, it was much easier to pick a dress that fit into all of that. We only tried on two this time around! It was easy peasy! So…. Heres where were at with that.
I like the one shoulderness and the bow on this one a lot more I think. I also really like that its more clean cut and simple, which is more my style as well! Yay for mishaps that end well! I have also been working on some craft projects, but Im only giving you a sneak peak because I don’t want to give too much away!
David had so much fun helping me out with this project… NOT. haha He made up this funny little song about all the beads I was literally crying I was laughing so hard. I think sometimes he doesn’t realize how hilarious he is, which sometimes makes it even more comical. I mean look how thrilled he looks! Such a gem!
In addition to crafting he was also dragged along to pick out our nice dinner ware. We didnt register for “fine china” just fancier plates haha! I love them though. They are all hand made so each plate is a little different, but they are to.die.for. And I was surprised how much input David had in picking them out. He is now currently obsessed with the few pewter pieces that we picked out as a charger plate and some serving dishes. I have to admit they are a nice compliment, and they keep the pattern form looking TOO girly and keep it kind of gender neutral. Check it out!
Im obsessed I cant even lie about it! I think its the greatest dinnerwear ever and I have already told David that I want to find an old chest to upcycle and keep it in, you know just brain storming some fun new projects for the blog. He didnt seem as excited but I think it could be really awesome. to put some nice glass doors on the front and some top notch shelving inside. It would provide all the extra storage you need for the wedding gifts that wont fit in the kitchen cabinets, be a great decorator piece AND, you can put pretty things on top of it as well. ::sigh:: when will we be in this new place with all this new room??
Well back to the weddings, we also recently got our wedding invitations done, which I know seems a little early, but like I said, I love to cross things off my to do list! So here’s as much of a sneak peak as I could give you without giving TOO much away!
We are also in the process of looking into calligraphy, which has turned out to be quite the man hunt, because we are using dark envelopes, so lots of people are kind of apprehensive, but I think we found our lady and she does some really great work! So I am excited to meet with her in Janauary and see what we can get done!
We also went to a cake tasting with our wedding planner and it was awesome! All the little mini cupcakes she made were great but we ended up just selecting our 4 favorites! Shes going to send us some sketches of designs after the holidays and is even talking about making a new flavor to give David his cinamon fix! And she made so many little cupcakes we were able to bring some of them home with use for our parents to try!
On January 10 it will be 7 months until the wedding, I almost can’t believe it, but I guess thats when things on my to-do list start to get really intense. According to my little Bridal Planning Guide and the Knot.com I need to complete the following things by the end of the month:
Reserve the Bridal Suite
Select Attendant Attire Book Caterer
Book the Ceremony Musicians Book the reception Enterntainment Book the Florist
Schedule Attendant Fittings
I guess I dont have as much to do, as I could, and most of these items are partially completed, and I didnt even include things in my planner that had already been 100% completed when I wrote the list out in September, but I think were going to be pretty busy from here on out! And I have so many other things in the works that I can’t wait to share with you guys!
I think it might just be me, but I have been really stressing over what to give as favors at our wedding in August. I mean I know its a little over 10 months away, but I just think about it all the time. I want something that is personal to the two of us, something that we both like, that people will think is fun and original, and per the request of David, something that provides instant gratification (which came about as a result of my requesting that we give one of our favorite treat recipes with all the dry ingredients in a bag or a jar, he promptly informed me that people did not want to have to make their favors, they just wanted to be able to enjoy them when they got them. Instant gratification) Needless to say we are still on the hunt for the perfect favor and I have pinned to my hearts content and picked several peoples’ brains, and I am still undecided. However, like any good wedding, we do know that we need to have koozies for our guests drink time enjoyment, so I took to the web to find a good website for them, and I wanted to be able to get them at a good price. BUUUUT I got really side tracked with this awesome website called custom ink that allowed you to make a little mock up right there…. soooo I thought I would share some of the more comical ones with all of you, because, who doesnt need a good laugh! Don’t worry, none of these will be making an appearance on drinks at our wedding!!
I thought we’d start with this one because its…. the most traditional and wedding related of all the ones we looked at…. well this one, and the one below….
I also appreciate the bathroom figurines on this one. So classy!
Although, David was quite the fan of these trout koozies……
While I was more into a comical representation of my former gang life in my college sorority:
Additionally we both appreciated the comedy of this approving cartoon couple on the front of our koozies!
Needless to say, once I found out that we could add all the different pictures on the front a lot of time was wasted trying to come up with some of the most comical designs we could, some that were maybe not blog or wedding appropriate. And, by the way, all of these pictures were included in the clip art section for weddings, with the exception of the fish and the theta…. but the theta one looks similar to a love knuckle one that we tried out as well! Definitely a fun website if you are looking to kill a few hours AND we did manage to find a design we both really liked, but we cant give it all away here! Stay tuned for more wedding updates as we keep planning and organizing, etc! 314 days to go!!!!!!
I’ve decided that in my wedding planning endeavors, there is no such thing as too early. Last week I went home with a full agenda for my mom and I on my two days off and we hit some venues in Augusta to try to find the perfect place for David and I to have our reception. When the day started out David and I were pretty sure we wanted our wedding on August 24th of next year and we were UNSURE as to which event space would be the perfect one for us, but our list of questions would be sure to narrow it down for us, and it surely did. When planning a wedding where the preliminary guest list is teetering around 350, space was the biggest factor, because even if only 15-20% of those people come we will be around 300 guests, and someone always brings that plus one that wasn’t included on the invite, etc. Apart from that finding a space that would allow for all the things we wanted (a live band, an open bar, a late night party, and minimal space conversion to create the wow factor we were looking for). My mom and I started at 10am with our first appointment, packed lunches that we ate in the car, and the only break we had during the day we used to stop by our church to get the info we needed about the ceremony (here is a sneak peak at the outside of the church!)
I guess the easiest place to start is the beginning. I will try to be objective in talking about all the spaces we looked at, because I want to see if you can guess the one we actually selected! By the way, by the time the day was over, we had moved our wedding date up two weeks and have finally settled on August 10 of next year. EEK! Less than a year to plan, haha and if I ever need a play by play I have my trusty wedding planner, or the ever looming checklist on knot.com!
The first place we looked at was the River Room at St. Pauls in downtown Augusta, this would be conveniantly located for our out of town guests, its a large space and has that great entrance impact, and of course that ever so important outdoor space that David and I considered a must have for where ever we choose! Here are a few pictures I snapped during the tour so you can get a better idea of the space, tons and tons of space, inside outside, all over the place!
Next, we headed to The Richmond on Greene, which was an old converted hotel space. It is very ornate, so if it goes with the decor you are looking for, there wouldn’t be much conversion needed, there is also a large outdoor space and the dining chairs and some of the furniture included in the rental is really nice. Again, if it goes with what you are looking for.
Then we went to The Old Medical College, which is the original location for the medical college of georgia…. or whatever they are trying to call it these days. Anywho, the space has a lot of character, a large outdoor space, the original hardwood floors and a little rotunda, and that big impact when you drive up… after you get over the surrounding areas, oh Augusta, how I love thee! But, these are trivial things when considering the location for the biggest party you will ever throw!
After that we headed over to the Marian Hatcher Center, another historical location in Augusta. Lots of rooms and layout options, an outdoor space, and ample parking, on-site, which is always a plus! Again, another space with a great facade! I mean how could you not dream of gorgeous pictures on these cascading staircases?!
Finally we headed to Enterprise Mill, again, another historical location in town, with that rustic interior we love and, a really great outdoor space as well, and it already comes with those lanterns we would use in the space (included decor is always a plus!) Not much to look at on the approach, but the inside is great and so is the little fire pit! Check it out!
So that was my whirlwind day! Those of you who have been following me for a while, OR know me personally, which one do you think we picked? I will say that I booked it for SURE yesterday so we are one step closer to realizing our (my) dream wedding, because David says the venue and the decor are unimportant, he cares about the food and beverages, haha! Make sure to take the poll below and I will post the results of what you guys thought and what we actually picked sometime next week!!!