Thursday, December 23, 2010

Holiday Break! Be back in 2011!

Can you believe it??

2011…TWO THOUSAND ELEVEN – the year we finally get married – is JUST around the corner.

In a way, time has flown, but it also seems like it’s taken f-o-r-e-v-e-r to get here.

I wish you all a wonderful holiday and may 2011 be your best year yet! I’m pretty sure it’s going to be mine!!

I leave you with a lovely kissing ball from my favorite store, Crate & Barrel.


Sunday, December 12, 2010

Holiday treats - Pretzelies

This morning I made Pretzelies!

This Pretzelies recipe is compliments of the lovely Jacin over at the She Said Yes! blog.

-Snyders pretzel snaps (or generic brand square grid pretzels)
-Hershey kiss hugs, caramel filled kisses and/or peanut butter filled kisses
-Holiday colored M&Ms
-Sea Salt

Because I’m making these for a bunch of people, I bought a 1 pound bag of pretzels, 4 bags of Hershey’s kisses (2 bags of hugs, 2 bags of chocolate), 2 12.6 ounce bags of red/green M&M’s and Morton Sea Salt. I caught a great sale at Target for all of these items!

First thing’s first…unwrap all of the kisses.



After 1 bag:



After 2 bags:

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Pretzel Snaps


I placed (112) snaps on the cookie sheet and placed one hugs in the center of each.

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Got my chocolate M&M’s ready



I placed the tray in the oven on 350 for what turned out to be too long: 2 minutes. After 1 minute they weren’t soft enough but 2 minutes made them too soft…



I placed the M&M’s on top of each one individually…definitely time consuming and tedious! Trying to get each one to sit perfectly in the center and not touching the melted hugs took patience.


I then sprinkled sea salt on top. I love that salty/sweet combination!

I let them cool off and come to room temp before packaging them.  




Mason jars! For you Jacin! 



Love the hangtags I got at Target! Ribbon from Michael’s.


I will be doing an all-chocolate version of these and possibly a caramel one. Pictures to follow :)

Be sure to check out Jacin’s She Said Yes! blog if you are planning your wedding or just love pretty things. She does a post on Mason Jars every Sunday!

Friday, December 10, 2010

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Wedding bands

This is my engagement ring


so I have the ability to go with a lot of different wedding band styles…

I’m in love with these bands:


But not sure if I want diamonds on it…so I love this one too:


all by Benchmark.

My future husband loves the two-tone look




What are your ring plans?

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Second wedding day shoe purchase and other shoe finds

Started out very enthusiastically at

Meet Coloriffics Carmen in Ivory Satin


When I got them I was shocked at how small the rhinestone ankle strap was…these are meant for a tiny person with tiny feet.

The 1.5 inch heels could have been okay...I may have had to shorten them a half inch…but gladly I don’t have to worry about that. The bows are cute, but that’s about it. I have, um, very (extremely) long toes and size 11 feet...I’m over it. I’ve learned to buy shoes that make my feet look prettier than they are and I was hoping these could have been a match. A pedicure wouldn’t hurt either, but these shoes are NOT doing it for me. They’re already back in the mail :-) Thanks, free shipping both ways!

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Next purchase will between these two:

Dessy’s Peep Toe Satin Flat in ivory
-bows will be removed an replaced with a shoe clip.


or Dyeables Kara in White

-shoe clips would be added, and not sure if this “white” would match my “ivory”…dyeing might be needed.


But how cute are these? I’m obsessed with flowers on shoes…

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I leave you with another sneak peak of a detail on my dress…

Monday, November 29, 2010

6 months to go!

And I’m freaking out!

I still have SO much to do and I feel like it’s all creeping up on us! Invitations, tuxes, wedding bands, nailing down decor so I can purchase things and store them away…figure out and purchase bridesmaid and groomsmen gifts as well as parents gifts..find a garter, FIND THE PERFECT SHOES, find the perfect clutch, and oh my god I’m sure there is more.

…and we’re still waiting on a closing date for our townhouse so there will be painting, moving and decorating occurring over these next 6 months too!

Thinking of outsourcing invitations at this point. Am I nuts?

I love this from Shine Wedding Invitations, on Etsy:

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Simple, modern, romantic and on pearlized stock…I’d use charcoal gray ink instead of black. Their prices are truly reasonable too.

Oh, decisions.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!

Thankful for all of God’s blessings today, and everyday.

As we become adults we realize the true meaning of holidays – being with family and friends, enjoying the food and shelter we’ve been given, and celebrating the life we have together.

And, thanks a million to all of my blog pals. I have connected with some of the most talented and creative people out there ever since I started planning our wedding and began blogging.
You inspire me.

Enjoy the day everyone!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Bridesmaids dresses are in!

Got the call from Bridal Garden this afternoon :-)

One step closer! And one of my maids just moved back home and will get to try on the actual dress for the first time hopefully next week!

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Thursday, November 18, 2010

Success is not born

"Have courage when times may fail. Be not afraid to make a change. Take a chance on the inevitable.

Make a difference in everything you do.

Be the person who you were meant to be. Success is not born; it is made by those who seek to see the difference." -Anonymous

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

More little things accomplished

The little things..they add up!

-We found out the tasting at the Crowne Plaza will be on Sunday, January 23rd. We get to taste all of the food options available for us to choose from.

-We booked our marriage prep class for Sunday, January 30. We will be doing a one-day class.

-My bridal shower will be Sunday, March 20 – that’s all I know. Some girls like a surprise…I do too, but I know this event is coming..I’d rather be prepared and have a cute outfit all ready to go!

-We changed our engagement pictures to be in the Spring..I feel like we’ve been waiting forever..we’ll we have in actuality. I got my braces put on and I’m being stubborn and refuse to go in front of a pro camera until they’re off. And my dentist keeps pushing the date further back…I’m not going to rush us into doing them at the end of December when it’s cold and gray. We will wait for mid-March to come around…we’ll have daffodils and tulips and hopefully some blossoming trees. And we’ll be SUPER excited, as our wedding will then be only 8-ish weeks away!? Crazy? Yes.

Here are two of my favorite Spring engagement shots from our photographer Jennifer Leatherwood! Get’s me so excited!

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Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Groomsmen looks

So…we’re all guilty of it…stressing so much over what we and our bridesmaids are wearing that we can forget about our men! It’s important to complete the look of your wedding party so don’t let this one slide until the last minute.

I googled “build a tux” the other day and I found this awesome site Jim’s Formal Wear. After you’re there, you click the “Launch” button and you’re able to build TONS of different looks for your groom and his men.
When you’re done building a look you can view a report of the styles of each item you chose, and then see where you can rent these styles.



Awesome! Before I found this tool, I knew we wanted to choose and rent tuxes from Carl Anthony in Cranston, RI. They have a great reputation.

Here are some more looks I’ve built…and Dan approves of most ;-) Dan looks stunning and so handsome in gray…he is dark haired and dark eyed…an all-black tux can be a bit much…so why not experiment with gray/silvers/charcoals…they also work nicely with our blue bridesmaids.

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I love this tie from The Tie Bar – VERY similar pattern to some embroidery on my dress :-)


And his men:
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Now.. to try on and see how realistic these renderings are…will report back!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

I’m a Chatty!

A Chatty Bride, that is!


Lots of brides are blogging with some great content. If you’re searching for vendors and advice on weddings in the southern New England area, be sure to check it out. Make sure you sign up to receive the next edition of SNE Weddings magazine too!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

If I could dress an Autumn wedding party…


I’ve been totally inspired by the amazing foliage around Rhode Island.

Below are some photos of my fiance’s family’s backyard…how gorgeous! It prompted me to (promptly) write this post.

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All of these colors make me wish I could plan an Autumn wedding…and if we were, here are some of my picks for girls and their bouquets…

Alfred Angelo 7135, Paprika (Left)
Liz Fields 227, Moss (Our girls are wearing this in Turquoise!) (Center)
Alfred Angelo 7124, Persimmon (Right)

All bouquets from Martha Stewart Weddings

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Alfred Angelo 7124 Shown in Charcoal (Left)
The Dessy Collection 2809 Shown in Merlot (Right)

All bouquets from Martha Stewart Weddings

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Now…go plan a Fall wedding!

So much attention to what the girls are wearing…stay tuned for a great tool I found for dressing your groomsmen.