Given that I dropped off the face of the planet and stopped blogging for a few months after my surgery, I missed blogging about a lot of big summer events. I’ve been debating on how to chronicle everything and catch y’all up, and I think the easiest way is to do a big ole recap post. Let’s get to it…
Abby’s Bridal Shower & Bachelorette
Abby is Dave’s cousin. They grew up in the same small town, went to the same school, etc. etc. Given that Dave is an only child, Abby and her sister Katie are the closest thing Dave has to siblings. They were in our wedding and they and their mom hosted my bridal shower. So when Abby got engaged, I knew I wanted to help out with her bridal shower. I helped host it with Dave’s mom at Wolcott House – the same place where my shower was held. It’s kind of a tradition for locals to hold sowers there and it’s easy to see why – there’s space to set up several tables, a kitchen to prepare food, space to play awesome bridal games….so pretty much everything you might need for a shower and no one has to deep clean their house and rearrange half their furniture. Continue reading Summer Recap→
My husband and I are celebrating our first wedding anniversary tomorrow (yay!) so in honor of the event I’m sharing the “unofficial” wedding photos. Earlier this week I posted part 1, with pictures from before the ceremony and from our photography session at Holcomb Gardens on the campus of my alma mater, Butler University. If you missed part 1, check it out here.
Today I’ll be sharing the remainder of the day, starting with when we got back on the party bus to head downtown to our reception. That’s when things really started to get wild…
We had an amazing fantastic couldn’t-be-better wedding photographer. Her name is Meredith Sherlock, and she just happens to be my cousin. Well, my mom’s cousin’s daughter which technically makes her a distant cousin, but that’s beside the point. She’s my cousin who still hasn’t graduated from high school. She was our one and only wedding photographer and we couldn’t have been happier with the shots she got for us. You see them all over this blog. BUT (there’s always a but) Meredith is one person and as much as we tried to shuttle her around everywhere she simply couldn’t be everywhere at once. Dave’s last minute solution? Hand off his fancy camera to his groomsmen and let them go wild. Seriously…wild. The good thing was that we got an extra 1000 pictures. The bad thing was that a ton of them are blurry, awkward, or out of focus. The camera was passed around, so I don’t know exactly who took what pictures, they were just there when we got the camera back. They definitely gave us something to laugh about in the days after our wedding. I posted some of the less blurry / out of focus ones on Facebook for our friends, but the vast majority of them have never been seen by anyone other than Dave or I….or whoever took them. So as the first anniversary of our blog is rolling around, I thought I would post some of them as a reminder of the day in candid photos.
The Girls: Getting Ready
Meredith was with us girls for the vast majority of our prep time, so there are tons of her beautiful professional pictures and a lot less “unofficial” pictures. However, we did snap a couple that I love right before heading off to the church.
I have to stop and say that my mom did the best job ever at finding a mother of the bride dress. She found a color that complemented our scheme but wasn’t matchy-matchy with the bridesmaids. She also wore the same shoes as me, but in silver (which matched my bridesmaids). Cute, right? Oh, and she doesn’t even look old enough to have a daughter that’s getting married. I hope I age as well as my mom…. Continue reading Never Seen Before Wedding Pictures (Part 1)→
A year ago I was frantically planning our wedding. This time one year ago our wedding was just over two weeks away. Given that our first anniversary is coming up, I’m getting a little reminiscent. You’re probably going to see a few wedding / marriage related posts popping up over the next couple of weeks. What have I learned from our first year of marriage? What would I change about our wedding, now that I’m a year past the planning process? And the post idea I’m most excited about…”The Never Seen Before Wedding Pictures.”
I’m only in my late 20s, but I think I’ve heard or seen it all when it comes to wedding guests. Being on the “other side” as a bride was an eye-opening experience, but I’ve also been appalled at what I’ve heard or seen people do at other weddings. I think most brides would agree with me when I say that your guests make your wedding. They’re there to celebrate a huge milestone in your life with you. While most of your guests will bring you joy, there are always a few who will make you want to pull your hair out and cry. So here are my two cents on basic wedding etiquette. Trust me people, being a gracious wedding guest isn’t that hard.
If you RSVP “yes”….please show up.
There are some very legitimate exceptions to this rule. If you’re hospitalized, you get a pass. You need to be with an immediate family member who had to go in for emergency surgery a few days before our wedding? You get a pass too. You are so sick that you can’t leave the bathroom for more than a few minutes at a time? I’ll tell you that you probably shouldn’t eat gas station sushi, but you get a pass too. Oh, and pictures of vomit coming out of your infant child’s mouth after you drove half-way across the county to be at our wedding are not necessary, but appreciated. That’s another totally acceptable reason NOT to show up at a wedding. Some unacceptable excuses? You have the sniffles. Take a Sudafed, use a NediPot, pack some tissues, and get your butt to that wedding. The couple cared enough about you to invite you, and they or their family is coughing up $20-$50 per head for your dinner, you should at least make an appearance to congratulate them on their big day. No one expects you to stay up dancing into the wee hours of the morning if you’re feeling miserable. If you’re really feeling that bad, at least send your perfectly healthy spouse to the wedding with your deepest regrets. The other totally not acceptable excuse? A big fat lie. For example, if you’re going to decide to not attend a wedding at the very last minute due to some stupid petty disagreement with other guests, at least have the courtesy of saying that rather than making up a phony excuse. And if you do decide to make an excuse, you should at least make the effort to get your family and friends on board so they don’t completely contradict your story on the bride and groom’s social media feeds. This is the reason why Facebook needs a “dislike” button.
Honestly, I’ve been looking forward to this past weekend for so long that I have to admit I’m just a little sad that it’s behind us. It certainly lived up to its expectations. Cody and Amanda are such special friends to us, and we were thrilled to be there on their wedding day. As you’ll recall, Cody was an usher at our wedding and will forever be a part of our story given that he introduced me to Dave. I can’t take credit for introducing Cody to Amanda, but I can take some credit for providing him with his second cat, Huxley. That counts for something, right?
Anyway, on to the wedding recap. We showed up at Valle Vista, a golf club in Greenwood, IN for the 6pm ceremony. The ceremony was in a gorgeous indoor / outdoor area near the putting green. It was covered, and there were fans (thank goodness, because this Canadian does not handle the hot and humid Indiana summers well at all), but we still got to enjoy the fresh air. It also allowed the bride to be driven up in a horse-drawn carriage. True story. Obviously it was the first time I got to see Amanda in her wedding gown, but she had described it to me a bit in advance. Her description of the dress was spot on, and it looked exactly like I had imagined it in my mind. Obviously she was gorgeous, but the thing I loved most was that the dress was just so Amanda. It’s hard to describe, but if a wedding dress can emulate a person’s personality, this one did to a tee. Continue reading Cody & Amanda’s Wedding→
It’s Saturday morning, and I’m pretty excited for the day. I’m heading up to northern Indiana this afternoon for Amanda’s bridal shower. Amanda and Cody’s wedding is our only wedding this summer, and the first wedding festivities that we’ve got to attend since our own. Plus, I’m a sucker for anything and everything wedding. That includes showers. The festivity, the gifts, the games, the food. It’s great. Obviously I loved opening gifts at my shower, but it’s awesome to watch other people open their gifts because I can get ideas for our own home that I may not have thought of before!
The other thing I love about showers is that it can be a bit of a sneak peak at the bride’s wedding style. My shower definitely represented the traditional / classic style of my wedding. From the few details I’ve heard about Amanda’s wedding so far, I would probably describe her style as glamorous / chic. I’m expecting to see some sequins, sparkle, feathers, and lots and lots of mint green this afternoon!
Because of the short time between our engagement and wedding, we needed to notify a lot of people about the wedding ASAP. I’ve seen so many adorable save the dates, but we didn’t have time to get very creative on this front. We didn’t have engagement pictures taken, so any type of photo option was off the table. In the end I found this cute and reasonably priced option at Vista Print:
I wrote about some of our favorite household items from the registry last week. This post is dedicated to my favorite kitchen items because they need an entire post of their own.
Cookware and Bakeware
I knew for YEARS before we got engaged that I wanted Le Creuset cookware / bakeware for my kitchen. They’re expensive, but they’re soooooo nice. We don’t have room in our kitchen to store everything right now, so I’m really looking forward to unpacking some of the pieces once we get in the house. We received a stock pot, fry pan, pitcher, bread pan, pie pan, and an oval gratin, all in Marseille Blue. Then we purchased the butter dish and a second bread pan with gift cards, and Dave got me the spoon rest for Christmas. Big thumbs up for everything Le Creuset. Continue reading Wedding Registry: Top Picks (Part 2)→
My husband has signed up for some sort of retreat thing at work this weekend. He’s tried to explain what it’s all about, but all I’m hearing is that he’s not going to be home for basically the entire weekend. He’ll come back for a few hours of sleep, but that’s it. Normally I wouldn’t mind it very much, but given that I’m home alone all day every day I really look forward to seeing him on the weekends. To add insult to injury, this is a voluntary activity so he won’t be getting paid for his time. *big thumbs down*
I’ve mentioned in previous posts that I bought my wedding dress from Leslie at The Wedding Studio, but what I haven’t mentioned is that Leslie also does wedding planning. Hiring Leslie and her assistant Jessica was one of the best decisions we made in the wedding planning process. We really appreciated their knowledge of local vendors, and Jessica was with us for the entire wedding day to keep everything on schedule….and to corral rowdy groomsmen.