The Wedding Planner

I have been a bad blogger for the past few days and I’ll attribute that to 45+ pages of papers that had to be written for grad school and a reorganization at work that I somehow got a promotion out of when I wasn’t sure I’d even have a job. More details to come on this as I’m able to share but let’s just say a HUGE weight has been lifted off my shoulders and I am one very happy bride-to-be!

My “little cousin” as I call her, has dreamed of being Jennifer Lopez’s character from “The Wedding Planner.” I asked her if she would be willing to be our coordinator on the day of the wedding and also help me with some details along the way. Based on the fact that both her mom and my mom have told me she wants to get a headset for the big day, I’m going to assume she’s excited.

My “little cousin” is not actually little. She’s been towering over me for years (I’m short, she’s not a giant) … and she’s almost 25, which is a mere 2 years younger than me. I should probably stop calling her my “little cousin” but that’s what she’s always been to me. Plus if she’s still little, I can pretend I’m not almost 27 (ugh, late 20’s!).

We have spent loads of time together over the years, some of my favorite memories include playing Power Rangers and arguing over who was going to be Kimberly, the Pink Power Ranger. Going to the movies after Thanksgiving dinner and having sleep overs. The bird-cat-dog-owl-bug thing Halloween costume that my other cousin made for me one year that still brings Katie to tears when she thinks about it (there is no photographic evidence of this costume to be shared). Katie’s 21st birthday, which fell on Easter, and ended with us taking leftover casserole dishes to bed with us and a rude awakening the next morning when we were told to clean up our 3-am feast (You’re being disrepectful to the birthday princess – photo above). And of course, our cousin spring break trip to Cancun in 2008:
I love her SO, SO much and am so excited that someone who is super organized and designed to be a wedding planner, will be helping us with the details of our big day. While I somehow imagined her being a bridesmaid for my entire life, I think she’ll be the perfect helper. I also think we’ll be able to make some more hilarious memories to carry with us and share with our daughters one day. (Remember when I tried to pierce your ears with toenail clippers? Ouch. So sorry!)
Now… I just have to find a way to tell her that she doesn’t need a headset because she’s going solo on this mission and would only be talking to herself…

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Back to the beginning

When I first started my wedding dress hunt, I fell head-over-heels for a J. Crew style but hated that I couldn’t go to a store and try it on. And in my period of debating, I missed out on the sizes that I could have worn in this dress, finding that only a size 12 was left to order when I finally made my decision to just order it and try it. (Thank God for 60 day return periods!).

So I continued my search far and wide… literally, I went to stores in Charlotte, Raleigh and Cary searching for THE dress. I couldn’t find anything like the J. Crew dress to even try… and I kept battling with myself over what I thought was “the one” at all the stores I went to. However, “the one” had a few things that I didn’t love about it… 1) it was see-thru and purchasing the liner for it added $50, 2) it had a corset back and I preferred a zipper – that added another $95, and 3) I could order it hollow-to-hem for $100 extra, or just order the closest size and pay for alterations. I ended up feeling like although there was a lot that I LOVED about that dress, there was more that I didn’t love… and part of that was the extra $250 I’d be spending to make changes on what was supposed to be the perfect dress.

On Saturday, J. Crew had a sale 25% off + free shipping. I bit the bullet and ordered the dress in the only size (10) they had left. And lucky me… I got one of the very last ones because now it’s no longer available on the site, period! I am dying for it to arrive and praying that it gives me that same feeling as the other dress (with less changes to make, of course!). And, what I really love about this is that I can return it to a store if it doesn’t fit… I don’t even have to ship it back, I mean how great is that?

So cross your fingers for me and the J. Crew dress! I’m hoping that we are a match made in heaven and “Dress” can be checked off my list.

Tough Decisions

I would like to order a bunch of different save-the-dates because I am terrible at picking JUST ONE. We were trying to finalize our invite list this morning and simultaneously looking at save-the-dates. I plan on sending these out after the holidays (don’t want any to get lost with all those holiday cards!).

A few weeks ago, we ordered samples of wedding invitations from Wedding Paper Divas to see if we picked any of the same ones. I thought that would be a cute way to decide on the invitation, however, I have more of a classical style and my groom is artsy-fartsy. We did find one that has a burlap design with a blue design… I mean, hello! It doesn’t get more perfect than that… luckily, we have a little while to decide on the invitations, response cards, menus?, and whatever else we have to order… but the save-the-dates are a little more immediate.

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I have always loved magnet save-the-dates… something to keep it right there in people’s faces versus being put in a “junk drawer” and forgotten. I also HAVE to have a photo on the save-the-date … after all, we have just taken a million more adorable photos together, so we have to put them to good use.

Just two more weeks of classes for the both of us and then we have a few weeks to relax and wedding plan our little hearts out before Christmas, New Years and the start of our Spring semesters. Lots of decisions to be made… soon… but probably not today.

Gee, I really love you…

I didn’t do a Thanksgiving post because I was passed out after eating a plate full of southern deliciousness (turkey, sweet potato pie, mashed potatoes, green been casserole, stuffing… and of course, pumpkin and chocolate chess pie).

But, while we were celebrating Thanksgiving with my fiance’s sweet, sweet family (that I am SO lucky to be able to call MY family now), we had a little engagement shoot at Fearrington Village.



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And our shoot wouldn’t have been complete without a few “fun” photos…

YAY! We’re getting married!

 

“Make sure you marry someone who laughs at the same things you do.” – J.D. Sallinger

Hope y’all had a nice Thanksgiving. I’m very thankful for both of my families, my supportive and oh-so-sweet fiance, my best friends – who are also my bridesmaids, my sweet pups that can brighten any day, and being so blessed in life. I’m one lucky gal!

 

Wedding favorites

As I’ve said before, I’m a fan of Pinterest and it’s easy DIY ideas… but since we’ve been to 13 or so weddings since we got together, I’ve also picked up ideas here and there. One of our FAVORITE weddings was this past August at Rockwood Manor in my hometown. I decided early on that I wanted a Carolina wedding versus a Virginia wedding… so that’s what we’re having. But Rockwood Manor is the perfect place for an adorable country/southern wedding. My friends Michelle & Ian had THE MOST GORGEOUS wedding there with all of the cutest, personal touches.

And what wedding is complete without a photo booth?

Just a few short weeks after that beautiful shendig, we had another to attend in my favorite spot on earth, Swansboro, NC. Now, although they are both Southern Belles, their weddings were totally different but still totally perfect.

Loving the Bride/Groom signs but I’m picturing burlap bows instead. Every southern gal owns a pair of Jack Rogers… and a TRUE southern gal will have those suckers monogrammed with her new initials before the big day. I’m thinking white ones instead of colored but would love input on that. My bridesmaids will probably be in silver/pewter Jacks depending on the  shade of dress we choose.

And the sweetest detail of Marlana’s wedding was actually at the rehearsal dinner and something done by the groom. We were all swooning over this sweetness…

I definitely want some DIY crafts to be displayed at our wedding…. chalkboards, bows, fun photo booth props, and of course, something very special to do with pictures of us because I am a picture addict (never caught without at least one camera).

Any sweet, personal touches you’ve seen at weddings lately that you think should be incorporated? Of course there are tons of these on Pinterest… I’m sure my head will get full of ideas over the next 9 months!

Southern Weddings

What better way to get ideas for my own southern wedding than to attend a Southern Weddings party? As a lover of love + weddings, I have been reading the blog for sometime and pinning away ideas.

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I jumped on the opportunity to attend their launch party with my best gals thinking it would be fun to mix & mingle with amazing local vendors!
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My girls and I road-tripped it to Chapel Hill and stayed at the Carolina Inn on Thursday night. Everyone wore their Sunday best to the party – although somehow Liz & I missed the “wear-all-black” memo. We were enchanted by the sweet potato bar, mini desserts and of course, the tower of Cheerwine!
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It was such a fun evening! And we got to meet one of the folks of Blueberry Fusion who had their photos featured in Southern Weddings. Hoping my soon to be sister-in-law will use their services when she and her beau get hitched! It was a fun little soiree to attend before a night of fun in downtown Chapel Hill with my very best friends (minus Amy, who I wish could have been there!). And on Friday we went bridesmaid dress and wedding gown shopping… because not only am I engaged but Mandy is too!
I think we found some real winners for the bridesmaid dresses but I’m still undecided on my gown. Although Mecklenburg Bridal just called to say they’re having a black Friday sale and it’s 15% off. I’m such a sucker for a sale!

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On this Thanksgiving week, I’d just like to say how thankful I am for such amazing and supportive friends and family. Feeling very lucky!

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P.S.  I promise not to watch any war movies in the week before the wedding!

She said YES!

Yesterday, my groom (along with looking at suits!) asked his best man to be a part of our big day. Now… this isn’t just any ol’ friend he’s had in life, someone he went to high school or college with… it’s his little sister, Logan. (I say little but she’s older than me). We both wanted her on OUR sides for the wedding, but I couldn’t think of a better (or cuter) way to incorporate her into our wedding.

I love that they are so close and have such a strong relationship. Family is really important to both of us – and we both have large families, and are very close with them. I can’t tell you how happy I am that she’s going to be his right hand (wo)man … but also a very important part of our day and and of course, our lives. I’m just hoping I can steal her away for a few major events like Bachelorette Bash 2013, cake tasting and some DIY crafting time.

Yay, Logan! I’m so happy YOU said YES.