Engagement Pictures!

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A huge thank you to Yvonne Goll, our photographer. She is wonderful, check out her website! She is amazing.

New Things!

I am a little embarrassed about my lack of blog posts. Things have been absolutely crazy in my life. I recently started a new job and moved to a new city. My life has been total chaos, but exciting and moderately stressful chaos.

A few things have changed since my last post:
1) Cody and I have changed our wedding date. We are now proud new owners of a July wedding. With my new job, it is easier for me to take extended periods of time off in the summer time.
2) We bought The Dress and when I say “we”, I mean my mother. It is beautiful and gorgeous and nothing you expected me to wear!

That is all for now.

Wrap It Up, Bridesmaids!

I’ve been recently looking at different dresses for my bridesmaids.  For a long time, I wanted each bridesmaid to wear a different dress, but within the same color pallet. But lo and behold, I found the infinity wrap dress. This dress can be tied 15 different ways which realistically creates 15 different dresses! Oh, the opportunities!

I absolutely adore Two Birds’ dresses, but they are $310. Yikes. I would never make four of my best friends spend $300 on a dress. That being said, at least it would be $300 for 15 different dresses! I digress. I wouldn’t do that.

The dresses looks easy enough to make and my mother is a sewing wiz. So, we will make one, a test. I don’t want to throw all my girls into dress that will look awful on them.  We will take a trial run. I found a tutorial online and for $25, bought some fabric.

Let’s see how this goes. More details later! How terribly exciting!

Also! If anyone has any experience with these dresses and how they look on all different body types, I would love to hear about it.

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A Top Secret Dress

A few days ago, Mom came up to Cleveland to visit me. While here, we decided to venture out to Mentor to visit a bridal shop. We wanted to take advantage of the time we had together. Let’s just get this straight; we had no plans on finding a dress. As we all know, things have a funny way of working out.

Upon arrival at the bridal shop, we were greeted by a delightful sales associate. She told us to walk around the room and pick some dress we liked. I was thinking lace, simple and ivory. We came up with about six dresses. Some of the dresses were simple with a huge skirt and a detailed belt. One was a trumpet style with beading on the bodice. Another had lots of pickups, it was intense.   Then there was The One.

I am not going to tell you what The One looks like. I want it to be a surprise.  I will tell you that it has been found, not bought, just found. Mom cried. It was adorable.

Mom and I were so shocked that we found the dress; we didn’t want to make an impulse buy. So, we left. BUT! We will go back to get it. We are still in love.

We plan to return later this summer with my bridesmaids in tow. How absolutely delightful!

Haunted by Mason Jars

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From the start of all this planning, I’ve had the idea of mason jars as centerpieces at the reception. The mason jars would hold a large assortment of wildflowers. I’ve seen a lot of wedding use the jars as vases. I thought it was kind of neat, taking something that you typically wouldn’t see and place it in the center of our tables. I’ve seen other variations on the mason jars. Mason jars used as cups (cute, but a little too country for me) or lanterns (I could do that, it’s cute and cheap!).  Every single time I’ve brought up the idea of mason jars as vases my mother has cringed. I didn’t really take notice of it. Finally after weeks of mason jar talk, she finally spoke up, “I hate the mason jars, they remind me of your father and his obsession with everything country.” I laughed and said, “Okay, no mason jars.”

One of my dear friends, who will be married very soon, told me how she always felt like she need to please her family when it came to her wedding. She was always trying to incorporate her family’s ideas into her wedding. She said it was trying and quiet difficult. That was her first warning to me after I told her of my engagement. I wasn’t worried then or now about this warning. My family is pretty easygoing when it comes to these matters, but I do try to please my mother with things. It’s just because I like her.

When confronted with these issues, I think it is best to communicate your feelings and ideas. I being a communication major, I believe communication is the key to solving all problems, wedding or not.

Rather than a Momzilla, I would prefer a Mom-Kong.