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Wedding: First Look

7 Sep

In my wedding traditions you should skip post, I mentioned we were seeing each other before the ceremony to do a first look at take pictures to save time.

Let me just say: doing the pictures beforehand… BEST DECISION EVER.

You need to do this, if you’re having a reception that’s immediately following the ceremony at the same venue and are limited on time. I can’t even fathom trying to fit pictures in if I had not done this. The LAST thing I wanted to do after the ceremony was take more pictures. I just wanted to party!!! I could see doing them after if I had a chunk of time between the ceremony and reception, but other than that no way!!! It was awesome and it didn’t make anything less special. It was great to have a couple of minutes with Austin to be with each other before craziness ensued.

The reason we look like we’re hysterically laughing is because right before I was set to come out, Austin was standing facing the water and my Dad, not realizing this was supposed to be like this special moment, came out and started asking Austin about the weather or something. It was hilarious.







something was really funny….







Soon the rest of the bridal party joined us on the rocks by the water




After a couple more bridal party shots, the photographer did a couple more of us. 




I think this last one is my FAVORITE picture of the day….


Oh man, I could look at these photos for hours. And I’m sure you’re bored…..IMG_7385e

But seriously, if you got to this website because you Googled first look….DO IT!!!! Don’t think it’s going to make your walk down the isle less special because there’s no way that event could be “not” special. Honestly I was so freaking nervous walking down the isle I don’t even remember it. I do remember the first look. It made it so much more relaxed afterwards.


Next up: Ceremony and Bridal Party Pics

Tips for a Wedding Registry

12 Mar

This past busy weekend I got a chance to do some more wedding planning. So far I’m sticking to my previous statement about wedding planning being fun and not as stressful as everyone else says. 4 1/2 more months….will I keep this attitude the whole way through???

Austin and I finally completed our wedding registry this weekend. Last weekend we ended up going to Kohl’s to start a registry, and I knew I wanted to register at at least one more place. We chose:



At Kohl’s, I registered for a lot of kitchen stuff (obv). You never know how much you need until you really get a chance to see all the stuff you don’t have Winking smile.  When we arrived at our local Kohl’s, however, I wasn’t very pleased with the service we received. Most of the employees had absolutely no idea what I was talking about when I told them I wanted to register. It took a good 3-4 of them in collaboration to figure out what to do. I understand the appeal of doing this stuff online, but I just need to SEE and FEEL the items before I know if I want them. I’m not a fan of online shopping. I guess they are just used to people doing it all online. I’m not saying that every Kohl’s would be like this…but this was the case with out local store.

Check out this registry checklist from Kohl’s….so much stuff! Some of my favorite items we registered for at Kohl’s:

Calphalon stainless steel pan set…


Other things: a dutch oven, stemless wine glasses and a digital food thermometer.


On to Target. Since I registered for a lot of kitchen stuff already, at Target I wanted to make sure we got bath and bedroom items. However, I was drawn to this beauty….


I scanned the pink one at first, then realized I should probably be more practical and go with grey/silver…..you never know what color my future kitchen will be.



Fun with the scanner-gun!

Another plus- there was a Starbucks in this Target!!! Could it get any better?? I was pleased…


We also added some bar accessories, all the bathroom décor and some cleaning supplies from Target. So all in all, after both experiences, I was a lot more pleased with our experience at Target. The employees knew what to do and there were several kiosks available in order to get started. There was also much more of a selection of items. After registering at both places I’ve complied a list of tips for registering:

  • Come prepared with a list- nothing’s worse than wandering around the store and saying ‘do we need this?’. Makes for an unhappy fiancé…
  • Be careful of seasonal and sale items- one thing about Target was that they had seasonal displays- these items might not be there when my guests go to by gifts.
  • When in doubt, buy white (or grey)!- I have absolutely no idea what color my future kitchen/living room/bathroom will be…so I had to play it safe with neutral colors. This way when I do get my dream house I can accessorize.
  • Think outside the box- Kitchen appliances and bath towels are standard. But don’t forget about non-traditional items you may want as a couple. We put on a tent (we’re fans of camping), and we’re also thinking about adding a patio set.

I am also continuing to add things online after the fact. I wasn’t very good about bringing a list (see above tips…), and realized that I forgot a few items. I also want to add that Sunday, while registering, I successfully went into Target and left without purchasing anything (besides my coffee). I deserve an award.


Where did you register for you wedding? What was your experience?

Do you like online shopping or do you like to see and feel the item?

Picking out Tuxedo Styles

26 Feb

I blogged last week about my choice for bridesmaid dresses for our August wedding. I still can’t believe I went with pistachio!



I still have yet to pick out shoes, but I am thinking either gray or nude coloring. I could go crazy and go with peach or orange…..but we’ll see. Any suggestions???

Picking out tuxedos for the guys was WAY easier and less time consuming. We walked right in, saw the one we wanted and ordered right away. Simple! Here are some pictures I used for inspiration for the tuxes:




I wanted to go with grey for a softer look. Didn’t take long to pick out our tux when we saw this one upon entering the store:

source: Tuxedo Junction

We are going with the grey tux, grey vest underneath, and the groomsmen will wear pistachio ties to match the dresses. Austin will wear the cream colored tie. The shirts underneath will be ivory. This picture I took in the store wasn’t the greatest, but here it is:



It’s crazy how many little decisions there are to make that seem so important at the time, but I could totally forget about the day of the wedding. For instance- the guy’s shoes. We couldn’t decide between black and grey. We went with black, but do you think that this decision is going to mean life and death on the day of? No. I foresee more of this difficult decision making in my future…

What do you think are/were the hardest things to decide about while wedding planning?

How to choose the right DJ for your wedding

25 Nov

Austin and I have just returned from an amazing and fun filled week long vacation for Thanksgiving. I am so thankful that I have so many loving friends and family to spend time with- as well as a job that allows me to have a full week off. Since we were home for the last week, we were able to get some wedding planning done which included meeting with a couple of DJs. You may think at first that a DJ doesn’t really matter- you could just hook up your Ipod, right?- but I honestly think that having a good DJ is one of the most important parts of a wedding. I wanted to be thorough and talk to more than one to get an idea of their personalities and make sure it was the right fit. But what does one look for when booking a DJ?


You want everyone up and dancing!


My search revolved around a couple of things:

1. Price. Let’s face it, this is a major factor. It really depends on how much you want to spend, like I said the DJ is important so if you really like a certain DJ and he’s a little bit over the budget, you have to decide if you’re willing to sacrifice that. But I wanted to first look for a variety of DJs within my price range and then pick form among them.

2. Reviews and word of mouth recommendations. I’d much rather have positive reviews online or an actual recommendation from a friend instead of blindly searching online and picking anyone. Even if someone had only a few negative reviews, I strayed away. I know accidents happen, but if you notice a pattern of bad reviews online or more than one person has told you the DJ acted inappropriate, there’s no reason to even consider them.

3. Personality.  Just like the photographer, I think I need to feel comfortable with the person who is basically going to be running my wedding. I need to feel like he/she really cares about making my day go perfectly and ‘special’ and that it’s not ‘just another gig’ for them.

4. Musical Knowledge. I basically drilled the DJs we met with on their knowledge of what music to play. Austin and I are country fans, and we know that’s not all we want played but we want good dancing country played, as well as the new hits. I want a DJ that knows how to get EVERYONE dancing, not just the older folks, or the younger ones.

5. How much freedom do I have to choose music? I made sure that I could submit a ‘Do not play’ and ‘must play’ list, as well as asked how much freedom I had in actually picking individual songs. Some DJs even have an online database where you can hand pick every single song that you want at your wedding. I want to be able to submit a list of songs we want, but we also want a knowledgeable DJ who can read the crowd and play the most appropriate music at key times.


We’re huge Eric Church fans!

It’s going to be just another one of the millions of decisions I have to make when it comes to my wedding! Like I said, I will submit the must play list, but I want a DJ that is going to have a good mix of new country, new as well as throwback dancing music, and some older classics that will get everybody dancing. I know everyone doesn’t love country, but we do and so do the majority of our friends.

One of the DJs we met with seemed more personable and that he would make sure everything ran very smoothly- he’s been to our venue before. But the other DJ, while I didn’t get as much as a warm and fuzzy feeling, seemed to have more knowledge of music.

Any advice from people who have just had a wedding or have gone to many weddings: What do you think makes a good DJ? What do you absolutely hate to see the DJ do at a wedding? I’d love to get some advice and experiences from people who have gone through it! Thanks!


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