Monday, February 28, 2011

Advice from another bride

I'm so glad that someone took my very unsubtle hint at writing for this blog! Megan has helped me write a post or two before (remember The Great Garter Debate?) so shes back today to share a little bit more about her wedding planning experience:

"Everyone says that your wedding day is all about you – the bride. 
I always thought that was silly. I mean, after all, you’re not marrying yourself. Right? 

While a good majority of my wedding was all about me, since my hubby really didn’t care what kind of flowers I carried or what color tie the ushers wore, I kept in mind during my planning that this was a day for us. 

So, when I really thought about my wedding, at the end of the day all that I really wanted was: 1) that we were married when it was all said and done and 2) that I wanted my wedding day to reflect what I wanted my marriage to be like – a representation of both myself and Richard (AKA hubby), how we are as a couple, and for it to be filled with joy and happiness. I wanted our wedding to show how much we love each other and with those two things in mind, it was so easy to plan out my wedding. I didn’t stress out too much (ok, I may have had a meltdown or two… but hey, I’m not perfect!) during the planning process and I am so thankful for that. I didn’t get too caught up in the frenzy that can quickly capture a bride’s mind and time. Between taste testing different cakes then running to the gym afterward to make sure you still fit in your dress to picking out place cards and the perfect font, a bride can very easily get lost in all the taffeta layers of wedding planning.

My low stress levels were also due to the fact that I was engaged for two years (I’m pretty sure Kalea is copying me!). Because of the two year engagement and keeping my two goals in mind, I was able to focus on my relationship with my soon-to-be husband and celebrate the joyous day that everyone was putting so much time and effort into. 

Remember, this is a celebration! 

Here are a few details from my perfect day:
-I carried a bouquet of hydrangeas, dahlias, tulips, and some other random flowers I plucked from my mom’s garden. We purchased some from Pikes Place in Seattle and they were arranged by a family friend.

-For all of you Yakima brides out there, we were married and had our reception at the Harman Center.

-We used Parson’s Photography (based out of Wenatchee).

-And Memory Montage Productions (based out of Yakima).

-The groomsmen’s gift included silly boxers that made for a perfect photo op.

And we were married and are living happily ever after!"

Thanks Megan!

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Friday, February 25, 2011

Friday Photo #48

Oh, if only our wedding was pink and green. 

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Wednesday, February 23, 2011

A blue and green wedding dream

That rhymed! :-)

This wedding is to die for. My little sister has always loved preppy royal blue and lime green weddings, so I immediately thought of her...but my goodness, from the brides gorgeous gown and killer blue shoes to the lace wedding cake, hydrangea centerpieces, and Sofia champagne... the entire thing makes me swoon. I mean really, a ring bearers pillow made of mums? The details are killing me! 

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Monday, February 21, 2011

Very Stylish Engagement Photos

 I have discovered the most perfect fall engagement shoot. 
Le sigh

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Friday, February 18, 2011

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Stop being so cute!

Sometimes I see an engagement session or wedding pictures where the couple looks almost too perfect to be true. Its totally unfair how ridiculously good looking this couple is. Ugh. Stop being so cute! :-)

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Monday, February 14, 2011

Ch Ch Ch Changes

I'll admit, I get wedding fatigue. Especially now that a majority of my free time is filled with writing two different wedding blogs and planning our wedding. Wedding fatigue is normal but I'm slightly concerned because I really don't want to get burned out - I really love this blog! So, I've decided to reduce my postings to about 3 days a week. Like a Monday, Wednesday, Friday type deal. I hope I don't lose readers by reducing my post frequency, but I really think it will allow me to post better material. I just don't think I can keep up with 5 days a week anymore - the quality of my posts are suffering.

As a side note, I know quite a few of my regular readers are incredible writers who also have experience planning a wedding (cough Megan, Kirsten, Andrea, Quinn, Mindy cough) so if you would enjoy writing guest posts for this blog, please do so! I would love to feature other peoples ideas, advice, experiences, etc. That would take some weight off my shoulders and really give this blog some diversity. Bottom line, if you like to write and you love weddings, here is your formal invitation to contribute to this blog!

Okay okay, on to todays post!

I am slightly biased, but winter engagement photos are like the best thing ever. I love that Nate and I will have snowy engagement photos and spring time sunny wedding photos. I love everything about hats and mittens and sleds in couples pictures. And get this, I'm not alone in my obsession! I just keep finding more and more gorgeous winter engagement sessions.

Do you want more to die for winter engagement photos? Check out these two links from Rebekah Westover Photography! Nicole & Ryan and Katie & Mike

 Also, Happy Valentines Day!
It may be a little late, but how cute is this v-day card idea?
So easy! Just use paint swatches and cute stamps.

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Friday, February 11, 2011

Friday Photo #46

A s'more ring shot?! Don't mind if I do...

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