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Wedding: Reception and Details

12 Oct

Okay I bet you thought I forgot to do the rest of the wedding posts……..


I sort of did. But now I remembered. I can’t believe it’s been more than two months. Every time I go on Pinterest and see wedding things I die a little inside. At least now I can pin house decorating ideas. Who am I kidding? It’s not nearly as fun. Is anyone getting married? I’ll help you plan!!!!

I left off recapping the ceremony which took place right at the reception hall. This made it really easy! Since we did the pictures before hand all we had to do after the ceremony was snap a couple family pics then we were on our way to make it through the line of our guests at the cocktail hour. This was really important to us since we didn’t have a receiving line. We wanted to make sure we talked to as many people as possible. I’ll admit it was a little overwhelming, and I worried that I wouldn’t be able to talk to everyone. But when the night was over I had at least said hello to every single guest.


Cocktail hour on the deck


Here are some of the details I spent hours obsessing over on Pinterest:


Escort Cards


The art teacher at my school made this cute sign for us!


Centerpieces with table number chalkboards


Our favors were shortbread key lime dipped cookies


My  mom made this amazing ring bearer pillow


There’s my burlap banner!


This was a big hit!


Yummy Cupcakes!


Grandparent’s wedding pics

We made our way in after the cocktail hour and immediately did our first dance, parent dances, and speeches.






The speeches were great!

Then after we ate (hardly even remember the food) we were basically free! We had to say hi to a few more people then the only thing “formal” left to do was the ice cream!!!! OMG it was SO GOOD! I want more NOWWWW




Good thing I have these pictures because the reception went by in SUCH a blur. I seriously wish I could go back and experience it again. It’s so bizarre how you spend so much time planning and obsessing and then it’s just….over. Ah, oh well.



Have you been obsessing over Pinterest for your wedding?

How do you feel about having a receiving line?

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

Wedding: Getting ready

4 Sep

I’ve been obsessing over my wedding photos for the past couple of days. It’s exhausting looking through everything, posting to Facebook, figuring out what I want to get printed, etc. I just want to do everything at once and it’s a bit overwhelming. I decided to post in sections of the wedding. First I’ll be sharing with you pictures of me and my bridesmaids getting ready/preparation shots.

I already shared that we were to take pictures before the ceremony. When we got to the reception site, it was beautiful out. We were set to take pictures at about 3 pm (ceremony at 5) and it started down pouring rain at 2 pm. I was checking the radar like a crazy woman, and anything I said/did from 2-3 pm that day is a bit of a blur….




Here’s me looking at the rain !





My friend let me borrow her cowboy boots just for the photo shoot. They counted as my “something borrowed”.


We did our first look (I’ll do a separate post) then came back into the room to freshen up. That’s when I cooled down about the weather (the rain was long gone) and we all relaxed by watching Miley Cyrus parodies on You Tube.




My Grandma and I!


I don’t know if I mentioned the AMAZING bridal suite my venue had (as you can see). It was huge with a bathroom, extra changing room, leather couch and large mirror with chairs for the hair and make up. I couldn’t have asked for anything better. This part of the day definitely went by in a blur but it was so nice to relax in that suite with my bridesmaids!

Where did you get ready for your wedding?

Bachelorette Party / Wine Tour

29 Jul

Last installment of wedding planning post before the big day!! Four more days! Getting nervous over here….. Sort of 🙂

Last week was my bachelorette party / wine tour that my bridesmaids threw me. Indefinitely underestimated the stress of having a bachelorette party so close to the wedding. I thought I’d be fine.. But the combo of not sleeping, drinking the weekend before at my friend’s wedding, and the stress of getting everything done kind of caught up with me. You usually think of bachelorette parties as crazy and over the top….but I was I happy mine was calm and controlled. Drinking heavily always seems like a good idea at the time, but it has seriously been taking me multiple days to get over one night of drinking so I am so glad I was able to take it easy- ish on this day. It didn’t make it any less fun!! It was perfect.

First I made sure to load up on some healthy carbs for the limo.

Against all grain zucchini muffins


Baked Plantains: Recipe coming coon!


We gathered at my cousins house and piled in to visit some NYS Cayuga Lake wineries. I love New York wine!


Of course I was forced to wear the obligatory necklace…..


The Finger lakes has some beautiful scenery!




Love friends!!



Wineries visited were:
Swedish Hill
Eleven Lakes winery

It was awesome because the majority of them I haven’t been to. I also made it a point to try wines that I normally wouldn’t gravitate to, since it seems like every time Austin and I go we end up leaving with some sort of Riesling. My favorite wine is always white wine not too sweet and not too dry. But on the tour I made it a point to try different sweeter, dessert wines as well as some reds and other types like fruit wines! I ended up with three very out of character wines for me..

Cherry wine from Cobblestone, Rhubarb dessert wine from Montezuma and a nice even red from Eleven Lakes!


It’s not Napa….but I love Finger Lake Wine tasting!

what are your favorite wines?

If you’re local, what are your favorite NY wineries?

Did you get crazy for your bachelorette?


Wedding traditions you should skip

15 Jul

19 days to go! It’s so surreal. I’ve been waiting for a year and half for this day and it’s so soon…but it kind of just feels like it’s never going to come. It will be over before I know it.

Over the past year and a half there has been so much planning, thinking, worrying, obsessing over every single little detail of our wedding. I’m not saying I haven’t enjoyed it. I loved every aspect of wedding planning. People say to take it all in and enjoy it while it lasts and I certainly have in this long engagement.

Let’s talk about wedding stress. I mentioned before that I didn’t think wedding planning was stressful. It started to become stressful about a month ago right after my shower when I was trying to juggle the end of the school year, shower thank yous, wedding crafts, and making sure we had bridal party gifts and all those odds and ends. I started to stress out A LOT. Like up all night stress out. What if it rains? What if people are late? What if no one gets a room? Will we have enough energy to go out after? What if we run out of time? Blah blah blah….

Now, with the wedding so soon, I feel a new sense of relaxed calm. It seems SO weird that soon it will be over, but I am so ready. I’m not nervous, scared, anxious, worried, or anything. I just want to party with my friends, family and soon to be husband and have a good time. That has a 100% chance of happening….no matter what percent chance of rain there is.  So who cares what else happens? Like seriously…….there are so many amazing things happening that day that one little thing going wrong isn’t going to change the amazing-ness of the day. These things I was worrying about seem completely asinine and ridiculous to even worry about now! So if you’re getting married soon and stressing- STOP IT!

I don’t consider our wedding to be the most ‘traditional’ type- we’re not getting married in a church…our wedding and reception are at the same place, etc. I feel like some traditions make the night drag on and on…especially ones where there are 2 hours of pictures involved and the wedding party is late for the reception! Ugh!

Here are some wedding traditions we’re choosing to skip:

1. Getting married in a church

As mentioned, we’re getting married and having our reception at the same place. It’s outdoors, by Lake Ontario. I posted about it a little while ago. The venue was the main thing we splurged on.

2. Wedding Cake

“Whhhhatttt? You’re not having a wedding cake?” is the response I get when I tell people this. We’re nixing it because Austin doesn’t like cake and an ice cream sundae bar in August is waaaay cooler.

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We’re also doing mini cupcakes and cookies.

3. Not seeing each other until the ceremony

Nonsense. A lot of people feel really strongly about this. And that’s fine. Do what you want to do. Our reception is immediately after our ceremony, so instead of using up our cocktail hour doing pictures, we’re doing a first look before. What’s a first look? Read this.

first look


4. Bouquet Toss/Garter

Again…people probably feel like this is necessary, that’s fine. I don’t. Never have I been  to a wedding where was I even remotely worried/thinking about this event happening. Takes time out of my dancing and partying. Period.

These are the traditions we’re skipping in order to make our day our own. But you do you! Just keep an open mind while planning your wedding! There are things you can add/take away that will make it truly YOUR day!

What’s your opinion on doing away with these traditions? What would/did you do at your wedding?

Rustic Wedding Crafts

25 Jun

I really wish I have had more time for blogging….but the big day is keeping me pretty busy as of late. I am not a neat, creative and crafty person by nature…but then Pinterest came along. Every day I thank the lord that this doesn’t apply to me:

Funny Confession Ecard: I had my wedding before I had Pinterest.

I sound corny and cliché, but I am trying to create the ‘rustic country’ look for my wedding. I know, I know…unoriginal…leave me alone- it’s my wedding not yours. But I hope it will be cute….. Here is some stuff I’ve been working on.

I bought an old chalkboard at an antique place that I am planning on using for this:


Here’s what it looked like to begin with-


It was ten dollars!!!


We painted it white



Another idea is the banner for the sweetheart table:


This tutorial was so easy!!! And that’s saying something…I usually mess things up.


It came out!!  I have yet to string it together so you have to wait to see the finished product.

Another thing was the escort cards, which I’m not finished with yet. Here’s my inspiration:


To make the key tags look ‘vintage’, I brushed them with Olde English furniture polish until they get that faded look. Takes a couple of tries until you get the hang of it.


My mom (who has better handwriting than me) will write the guests’ names in calligraphy. I have fancy tack board things that I am attaching them to and setting up near the entrance of the venue.

These table numbers weren’t really inspired by anything, besides the chalkboard theme!


They were easy and inexpensive.

Annnnd we’re still working on the centerpieces. More on that later.

Thank you Pinterest!!!! What would I do without you….. I am going to go into a dark depression when I cannot pin wedding stuff anymore. Until August 2nd…I’m pinning away.

What wedding crafts have you found on Pinterest??? Let me know what I can add!!!

Bridal Shower #2

3 Jun

I got back yesterday from an amazing whirlwind of a weekend that included traveling home and my 2nd bridal shower. I posted about my first one a little less than a month ago. I had a second shower for my side of the family and friends at my parents’ home this weekend and it was amazing to say the least. We were nervous about the weather (it was outside) for awhile but it all turned out ok in the end (can someone please remind me this when I’m stressing about my outdoor wedding?)  I am so thankful to everyone who made it great!!

Pictures courtesy of my Aunt Maureen- thank you for being the unofficial photographer!!


Ok let’s start with the food. This is the dish I made. It was failed Practical Paleo’s blueberry lemon muffins turned into a trifle. The muffins came out crumbly so I improvised. Cool whip isn’t paleo though. Oh well, I tried.

These cupcakes were made by a friend of my mom’s. So delicious and beautiful. And still wreaking havoc on my blood sugar.

The decorations were adorable!




My cousin and I

The whole scene. I loved all the different table cloths.

Amazing gifts..including a recipe for meatballs from my late Grandmother.



Me + Bridesmaids

My sisters got me Tiffany Champagne glasses!

It was so much fun but I’m sad it’s over. I’m so lucky to have such great people in my life. The stuff doesn’t mean as much as the fact I got to see some friends I haven’t seen in awhile. And the fact that they drove out there to sit and watch me open a bunch of presents. It’s weird to be the center of attention. I realized I should just enjoy it since you only get 1 (or 2) bridal shower! I should get used to it because the wedding is in T minus 60 days. Can’t freakin wait!!!!!

Bridal Shower #1

12 May

I just got back from a quick and exciting weekend which included my bridal shower #1. I wasn’t planning on having more than one but my mother in law wanted to throw me one in Austin’s hometown for his family. His aunt was nice enough to take the beautiful pictures and put them all on a disk for me!! I was so excited that I had to sit down to blog about it it ASAP!

First of all my I loved the decorations and the mint green color of all the goodies. There were lemon cupcakes and key lime sugar cookies with frosting which were my favorite. 

Lemon Cupcakes





In additionn to all the yummy treats I got some great gifts!


IMG_4097IMG_4141  Coffee Grinder….yay!!!



Tons of great kitchen and bake ware like cup cake/muffin tins, mixing bowls, a casserole dish, a small cutting board….much more! I am so thankful!


I was excited about this one- the tent that was on our registry. I will be using that in two weeks during Memorial Day weekend!

It was such a fun day and I am already sad it’s over. That’s okay though because I have another one at my mom’s in a couple of weeks! Lucky me!!! Thanks for everyone who came!


My sisters and I



Me and my cousin (MOH)



bridesmaids –2 girls!


Me and my future MIL!

Wedding Post: Reception Site

1 Apr

We picked our reception site almost a year ago…..right after we got engaged! Surprisingly even though we were 14 months out after getting engaged to when we wanted to get married we secured the last available weekend at our venue for the 2013 season. I looked at a couple of different venues but nothing had the feel and atmosphere of the place we ultimately decided going with. Neither of us are super religious so I knew that getting married in a church wasn’t a requirement. I originally wanted a rustic/barn sort of feel but there wasn’t a venue in my area that offered that. The second best thing was a romantic, outdoor venue and we found just that in the one we ended up going with. The ceremony and reception are at the same site!

Saturday, Austin and I met with the owner to nail down some more details and it ended up being a beautiful day to visit the place where we’ll get married in EXACTLY four months!!IMG_2250

As mentioned before  we’re getting married in Oswego, NY, where I attended college. It’s on Lake Ontario. There’s really not much more to say about it other than to gawk at the pictures of how amazing it is.


Gondola and walk down the aisle. Hopefully the day we get married in August will be just as sunny and about 40 degrees warmer than it was that day.


Lake Ontario Beauty


Great spot for pictures

Here’s a picture of the banquet hall. Just your general banquet hall look but it’s huge!



And…..possibly the thing that sold me on booking this venue was the awesome bridal suite that I have to get ready.



This bridal suite also has a bathroom, extra room and a full bar and kitchen.

Holy Crap! Can’t wait….just four *short* months. It feels like I’ve been waiting a lifetime! We’ve been engaged since April 12th, 2012. Just get here already!!!!!

If you’re getting married in Central New York I highly recommend Bayshore Grove in Oswego. Everyone we’ve worked with there so far is awesome.


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?

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