Saturday, May 28, 2011

My Last Post before I Walk Down the Aisle

Well, the time has come!!!!!!

As much as I wanted to post things this week, I simply had NO time whatsoever…I was non stop from the moment I left work on Friday 5/20 until now when I’m writing this post, 5/28, after an amazing rehearsal and rehearsal dinner. I have all my bridesmaids here with me and tomorrow is going to be an amazing day..IT CAME SO FAST!

I planned on honeymoon posts as well but I don’t think I’ll have the time…I might try the day before we leave for the honeymoon.

THANK YOU to everyone who has read this blog and shared their support. Please continue to read after the wedding…I will have TONS of highlights and reviews of everything, and pictures!!

I love my future husband SO much and I cannot wait to become his Mrs. It was emotional saying goodbye to him tonight on his parents’ front porch, where we spent so much of our time while we dated…when we first began dating we’d watch thunderstorms roll in off that porch…and tonight I gave him my last kiss goodbye before I see him at the altar <3

I have the most amazing wedding artists who I can call my friends…two years planning this wedding, I really feel like I’ve developed great relationships with them...I’m so lucky to have them on my team!!

See you all as a married woman! I cannot be happier!!!

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Old, Borrowed, Blue, New

Here’s a photo of my great-grandmother Re-Re’s rosary beads…until her Alzheimer’s started advancing, she said the rosary twice a day.

She sadly won’t be able to make the wedding, but I can have a piece of her with my, wrapped around my bouquet handle.

My Old, Borrowed, and (the perfect) Blue
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And my new…well, everything from my accessories to my dress!
While I can’t show you the dress I can show you the flowers for my hair that I’ll wear at the reception!
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Thanks to Etsy Shop Prim and Posies! Anna was a pleasure to work with and got my flowers out to me ASAP! It came as a set of two. This is me wearing them at my final fitting (which was THURSDAY!).

EIGHT DAYS TO GO!

While I admit I’ve already been stalking the 10-day forecast, I know it will change a million times. But the weather we’ve been getting here in RI for the past week makes me think I should prepare and buy some cute umbrellas :-) I can always return them if we don’t use them!

Thursday, May 19, 2011

We're featured on the Lovely Little Details Blog!

Head over to Lovely Little Details today...the lovely Jacin featured our story and engagement photos!!

She also runs Darling Little Details..."a baby fever and nesting inspirations blog". Adorable.

TEN DAYS TO GO! 

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

We finally got our marriage license!

This post is a week late but better late than never :)

We drove down the road to Warwick City Hall last Wednesday…I love the architecture!

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The process wasn’t bad at all…it took about 20 minutes, required our licenses and birth certificates, (we both now live at the same address so that made things easier), filled out the form, paid $24.00 and off we went!

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I enjoy these old mementos!

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One step closer!

As of this post: 11 days TO GO!

Still need to do:
-give a number to each table
-make placecards and print
-print tablenumbers
-print 125 programs (our Priest approved!)
-make cookie name cards for cookie buffet
-source sugar free cookies for the buffet
-final fitting is TOMORROW NIGHT 5/19!
-make final vendor payments
-pick a song to dance to with my Dad..tough one!
-sort out my Crate & Barrel tealight holders to see how many more I need to guy buy
-go buy C&B tealight holders
-get pens for guest book
-prepare goodie bags for hotel rooms
-wrap BM/GM and parents gifts
-go to Panera to put the breakfast order in for the morning of the wedding

is that it!?

Personalized Hanger

How can one not love Etsy Weddings?

I knew from last year when I first spotted them that I wanted to have one of these to make the photos of my dress that much more special.

Thanks to Etsy Shop Buttonz & Bloomz I received my vey own personalized wooden hanger! JoAnn took my order last week and rushed it to me at no extra charge.

it came in a flat rate shipping box and neatly wrapped in tissue paper. She also included an adorable thank you note!

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I went with the shabby chic white hanger and silver wire. One of the best things about this hanger is that is has the two indents at each end so the hanging straps don’t slide off.

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See more of her work here!

Thrilled!!

Thank you so much JoAnn!

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Shoes…wait, I thought we were done with shoes?

No… we weren’t done.

Secretly I still pined for THE perfect shoe even thought I was going to dress up the flats from Dessy.

I was browsing Zappos last week and literally stumbled upon these babies:

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I thought…wow…these COULD be the ONES! I ordered a 10 and an 11 to be safe…the great thing with Zappos is their free shipping both ways policy! Better than driving back and forth to DSW.

I got them last night. THEY ARE THE ONES!! Perfect in every way, so completely comfortable, the right color and EVERYTHING!

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They are going to look so flipping amazing with my dress and I love how they look with pink polish. And although I now have 3 pairs of shoes I won’t be wearing on my wedding day, I now have the perfect ones…and that’s what counts right?? ;-)

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Thank you Etienne Aigner for finally designing MY wedding shoe!! With only 12 days to go…wow, that’s cutting it close :)

The shoe saga can now officially be CLOSED.

Engagement Photo Guest Book

It came in! WE LOVE IT!

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Spine

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Front and back inside covers lined with gray paper

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Next page with photographer’s name and shoot location

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Next page has a little “blurb” about us and our day with the photo of where we met :-)

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The rest of the pages have selected favorites from our shoot…about 20 or so…and the other 20 pages are for well-wishes from our guests.

I plan to buy magenta and turquoise archival felt-tip pens for writing. I chose uncoated stock for the book so the ink dries quicker on the pages.

I can’t say enough good things about Blurb!

For around $55.00 (including shipping) I designed my own book with a wide range of options to choose from. I ordered it on May 1, it shipped out of Washington state on May 5, and I had it in my hands via Fed Ex by May 12. It was the most streamlined process I’ve ever gone through for a book site and the site itself it so user friendly (at least I thought).

I downloaded Blurb Booksmart
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and simply dragged and dropped our photos. They had a variety of typefaces to choose from so I used Georgia…I didn’t have time to be picky or else I’d have used the typefaces from our stationery. If I had more time and was doing a more involved book with text and graphics, I would have chosen the PDF to book. You can use InDesign and follow their guidelines but totally make the book your own.

Two thumbs up for Blurb!

Monday, May 16, 2011

Bachelorette highlights

My bachelorette finally arrived on Saturday May 7th! It was a surprise..though a couple of people slipped and I found out we were going to Foxwoods! BUT – I didn’t know what we were doing there so it was still mostly a surprise…at last minute, the dress code changed to dresses and those that wanted to wear one did. You only get ONE bachelorette!

Me and the college roomie…she got married last October!

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Matching cups!

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Party bus time!

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We all got some classy pins that said “Kristina’s Bachelorette Party” with an engagement photo on it…thanks Erica!

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Hey Foxwoods!

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First stop: High Rollers Bowling! LOVE!

We were all attracted to these gorgeous flowers on the wall..so appropriate!

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Loving the shoes and dresses!

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loved the d├ęcor in this place…can’t wait to go back! for 2 straight hours we bowled, ate delicious appetizers and had lots of yummy beverages

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Next stop: Shrine!

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dancing the night away!

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Last stop: mmmmm gelato after lots of dancing!

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and this sums up the whole night…walking back to the bus at 1:30 with their shoes off

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the next morning everyone brought a breakfast item…so good!!

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I had such an amazing time! It’s not often I get to go out with the girls. So many of us have very busy lives and can’t all get together at once…it was a great night! Thanks for the night ladies! Kudos to my sissy for planning!

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Some Engagement Photo Favorites!

I could not be more thrilled with how our photos came out! Our photographer Jennifer Leatherwood gave us 299 images! I chose 40 of them (an arduous task) to make an engagement photo guest book through Blurb…should be receiving it any day now!
All images copyright Jennifer Leatherwood Photography.
Shoot location: University of RI
We chose this one for the cover:
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Where we met…Tyler Hall :-D
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Seriously, I’d post them all, but…I think you get the picture! If she posts them on her blog I’ll be sure to share!

How!?

Um 19 days...make that 18 days and 7-ish hours?! to go??  What??

Setting time aside to update you all tonight! So much stuff since my last post!