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June 28, 2011

My Bridal Shower

June has definitely been a busy month for me, but it has also been a month of celebrating!  We started out the month by getting home from my Bachelorette Weekend and then 2 weeks later I celebrated the wedding date getting closer at my Bridal Shower! <3

Since these 2 huge things are now over, it has been time to focus on the actual wedding day…but it was SO nice to have a day to take a step back from planning and just celebrate what was about to happen in my life.

On June 12th, my mom and sister (MOH) threw me a beautiful, touching and if you ask me…pretty perfect bridal shower.  The most important thing to me was to spend some time with my girls, have some laughs and talk about all of the exciting parts about the wedding…& that’s exactly what we did!

Me with my bridesmaids and MOH!

The shower was at my mom’s house, and along with my sister, my aunt and some of the girls from my bridal party helping, everyone had helped turn her house into a perfect bridal shower venue.  As I walked into the house, I was excited to see some of my family and friends in what looked like a PINK & LIME GREEN decorated house!  From the food to the favors, everything had a pink & green theme, which I absolutely loved…of course.  It looked like just a preview of what was to come in our wedding colors:

Adorable decorations complete with the day we got engaged printed on the napkins!

Since the shower was in the morning, they decided to do a brunch menu that were made up of some of my favorite things. When I walked into the kitchen I pleasantly spotted 4 different kinds of quiche, meatballs, cinnamon rolls, chicken salad, croissants, fresh fruit & veggies, cookies and Russian tea cakes just to name a few things.  YUM! 

Everyone was politely waiting for me to get there before they ate, but I was anything but shy about digging in to the food when I got there.  Also, I was very delighted to see mimosas and cucumber water on the table next to the food…both of which are very refreshing and right up my alley! :)

As I started to fill up on all of the yummy things listed above, I felt my sister put a nametag on my back and right then we started the first Bridal Shower game: What Female Celebrity Am I? It’s a simple game where everyone there gets a famous female celebrity, dead or alive assigned to them and each party guest has to figure out who they are.

Since the nametag is placed on your back, you had no idea who you were, but everyone else did.  The only thing you can do to figure out the mystery is to ask everyone yes or no questions, like “am I a singer?” or “am I alive?” Eventually, if you ask enough of the right questions, you will figure out who you are and the first person who did that first won the game.  The version we played asked everyone to keep asking questions until everyone figured out who they were and the last person to do so also got a prize.

I thought this was a very cute idea and after a pretty good amount of questions I finally figured out my mystery female celebrity was Jennifer Lopez.

After this game got the party rolling, it was time for the next one.  It was a scavenger hunt to see who has the most items off of a 20-item list in their purse.  One of my friends one this game hands down, with only missing 2 items.  It was pretty impressive how much she carries every day in her purse, but also proved to at least be useful items…unlike what I can say about my purse!

There was also a prize awarded to the most unusual item in your purse and what won that was scotch tape.  You wouldn’t tape would be that unusual, but this came from a tiny wristlet the size of a wallet…so you can see how it automatically became strange to have!

After the purse scavenger hunt game and a few more refreshments, it was time to play “How well do the bride and groom know each other?” I have always enjoyed these games at showers, because you get to see the personalities come out as both the bride and the groom answer a set of questions about their relationship and experiences together.  For my shower, my future sis-in-law made a cute and ridiculously funny question and answer video of Scott answering the questions my mom and a few others came up with.

I posted this video a few weeks ago, but just in case you missed it, you can view it here: Funny Bridal Shower Video.

Jaclyn and my sister & MOH!

Scott was asked 15 questions from a friend of mine and for each question that I answered differently than him I had to stick a piece of double bubble in my mouth.  You wouldn’t think that would be that bad…until you miss half of the questions!  I ended up getting 7 out of the 15 questions wrong…so apparently I didn’t remember everything I thought I would about some of our “firsts” and details about him I guess I should have known!

But – in my defense, there were a few questions I think he purposely answered differently so that I would be forced to stick gum in my mouth….at least that’s what I think.  7 wrong answers + 7 pieces of double bubble = one sticky situation!  By the end of the game I had to actually take out the gum to answer the questions…but it truly was fun, I learned some things I guess I should have already known about Scott & I almost cried from laughing so hard.  

Great game! 

My niece’s face here is hyseterical.  Love this one.
That’s a pretty serious wad of double bubble!

After the Q&A game and taking a minute to rest my jaws from chewing and composing myself from laughing so hard, it was time to open presents! I guess that’s one thing you know is coming at a bridal shower – being showered with gifts.  Everyone was so sweet and got me a LOT of great things off of our registry & they are already being put to good use at home!  I have to say, it was kind of weird and a tad akward opening everything in front of everyone, present by present.

I haven’t done something like that since I was probably in middle school! Luckily, Scott will be there to open the rest with me, but it was fun while it lasted solo.  I kept trying to take some of the attention off of myself with one of my bridesmaid’s 2 month old baby girl, who attended the shower…in lime green and pink no less.

Baby Ashtyn is SO precious!

She was a great diversion from me, and seemed to entertain the guests pretty well as we got through the presents.  I received a lot of great things for both Mr. Hess and I, but I also loved some of the more personalized presents for the honeymoon & for after the wedding!

JUST MARRIED sandals for the honeymoon…it will leave the words in the sand!
Mrs. Presh apron! SUPER cute!

MRS. Hess blinged out bag for the honeymoon, from my mom.

After the presents were unwrapped and the mimosas were gone, it was time to wrap up the shower.  As I was saying goodbye to everyone and thanking them for coming, it was a very surreal moment for me.

I couldn’t believe they were all here for MY bridal shower for OUR wedding…I’ve said it a million times on this blog, but this year of being engaged has absolutely FLOWN by and it finally hit me that the next big day to look forward to after this was THE BIG DAY!!! For some of my guests, the next time I will see them WILL be on the wedding day…which is so crazy to me!

THANK YOU to my wonderful Bridesmaids, and family for such a great day!

June 22, 2011

30 Days & Counting

Well, followers – we’ve finally done it…we are on our way into the final stretch of the wedding countdown with: T-minus 1 Month To Go!

We celebrated the 30 day to go mark today by going down to the courthouse and getting our marriage license!  Pretty exciting stuff! As we walked up to the counter I could feel my heart was racing, almost like we were getting married right there, right then.  Of course, that was certainly not the case, but it just felt so “official” that we were actually getting married.  When asked to “sign here” under the Bride signature I had such a surreal feeling and it felt like everything was becoming a reality.  I probably took the longest I have to sign something, but I wanted to savor what was happening.

I absolutely can’t believe it has been 11 months since Scott proposed, and it feels like the last year was a blur.  We have spent days upon days, months upon months and meetings upon meetings pin-pointing and deciding every little detail to bring our wedding day together.  I can say I have truly enjoyed the experience of planning a wedding, but I am more than anxious for the day to just get here already!!!  Being SO close to the wedding day, I have SO much to share.  Unfortunately, what I don’t have is TIME.  So…with that said, I’ll be posting and updating when I can throughout the next few weeks to fill you in on what I feel you really need to know….but I know it’s not going to be as much as I usually do. (sad face).

Me and my Roadster…aka Groom stand in.

I’m actually looking forward to posting MORE about the wedding after it finally happens and I am excited to let you all in on the secrets I’ve been hinting towards the entire road of planning!  Fear not friends and family, because after the BIG DAY gets here whether you were there or not, I’m going to be able to share EVERYTHING!!! YAY! :)

But for now, all I can do is pop in every now and then with some hints, stories, and in this case videos.  Here I am (in my happy place…on our balcony) talking about the month ahead.  These next 4 weeks are absolutely going to FLY BY and I hope you’re ready for it!  I know I finally am!

June 20, 2011

Wedding Shoe Glamour

Let me just start out by saying I found THE perfect pair of wedding shoes for my entire dress/wedding ensemble.

I found these fabulous shoes after my first dress fitting back in last October, fell in love with the look of them with my dress.  I also loved the look of the accessories that just so happened to appear on my body (funny how bridal consultants can do that!).  So naturally, I saw the entire look together and had to have everything.

After debating back and forth, I finally decided I needed THESE shoes for the big day.  GOOD NEWS! When I called the bridal shop, they informed me that this particular shoe was being discontinued and they were 50% off.  Well, that’s all you had to tell me because that made justifying getting these shoes that much easier,thank you Priscilla of Boston!

I’ve been storing my dress, my shoes, and my accessories at my parents’ house for two reasons…1) because I know where it’s at and everything has a place and no one will touch anything and 2) Scott can’t go snooping around and find anything he’s not supposed to!  About a week ago, I was at my parents’ house and decided I was going to take my wedding shoes home to “finish them off”…or bedazzle them!

I knew from day one that I wanted to write something special on the bottom of my wedding shoes.  We had already used this idea in our Save the Date photo by putting the wedding date on the bottom of our shoes in the picture and I thought it would be cute to tie that in for the BIG DAY!  Some brides write the words “I DO” or their wedding date, or even their names in sparkling rhinestones.  When Mr. Hess and I created a logo with our monogrammed HBSH initials, I knew that’s EXACTLY what I wanted to do.

I knew it wouldn’t be the easiest thing, but I was determined…and I have to say it was a lot easier than I thought it would be.  It may not be the most time efficient way to spend wedding planning hours, but believe me – this was just the mental release I needed.  Some might get frustrated with the tedious task of gluing every single little stone on the shoe just right, but to me it was relaxing.

 I wish everything was like bedazzling! ;)

I hate to toot my own horn on this, but I’m seriously impressed with how they turned out…and ladies, it’s not as hard as it looks! Here’s what you need to create your own Wedding Day Shoes.

  • your perfect pair of heels (wouldn’t work on flats)
  • rhinestones (the smaller the better)
  • Permanent Jewel Glue
  • toothpicks
  • paper towels 

You can order rhinestones online, but I just picked up a few packs of rhinestones from Michaels.  They come in all different brands, colors, shapes and sizes.  I chose to use the brand Crystazzi just because they had the small stones I was looking for and put a lot in one package for a good price.  They do sell swavorski crystals at Michaels, but this bride’s been on quite the budget lately, so they proved to work just fine.

I bought a 3-pack of tacky glue that included the middle one being permanent jewel glue.  I wasn’t sure how this would work on the bottom of shoes, and the glue didn’t seem like it would work at first, but once it dried those stones stayed right where they needed to.  It’s made to adhere jewels to fabric, but trust me…once it dries – you’re golden!

I was getting worried when I could move the jewels around with my toothpick, but this also came in handy to move every stone exactly where it needed to be before it dried.  So, if you ask me it’s the way to go over using superglue.

Bedazzling can be fun and a release of stress if you have a little bit of patience and time.  I actually looked forward to doing this project, and it took me about 3 full hours to do.

First, I stenciled the design I was going to be bedazzling onto my shoes with pencil on the soles of the shoes.  I was a little nervous about drawing on them, but the pencil line really helped me make the exact design I wanted.

Next, I laid out a paper towel and put the stones I would be using onto it, face down.  I put a dab of the jewel glue onto the paper towel (just be careful to put something under it so it doesn’t go through onto your table).  From there, it was easy to take a toothpick, dip one end into the glue, and select the stone I was going to adhere to the shoe.

Like I mentioned earlier, the glue isn’t going to immediately stick, so don’t worry if it slips a little.  You can use this to your advantage by using the other side of the toothpick to move the stone on the penciled line exactly where it should go.

I decided to do the design facing the way I did so that when I’m wearing them my photographer can take a photo of them on and it will read the right way (from left to right).  If Scott and I were doing a kneeling bench at the ceremony (which we decided not to) I would have done the monogram facing the way that the guests would be looking at my shoes.

Stone by stone and letter by letter, you will get through it and the shoes you love will turn into your PERFECT wedding day shoes!  I know I am going to wear these shoes with the biggest smile on my face, knowing how much they mean to me.

 I hope this helped anyone who needed inspiration to get this look on their own…but if you have any questions at all, I love bedazzling, so let a sister know! ;)

June 15, 2011

More than Just Flowers

Today we met with our wonderful, creative, cheerful & simply amazing florist to go over all of the details of our flowers for the wedding.  I say he is our “florist”, but what when it comes down to it, I really should say that he is our “wedding atmosphere & floral genius”.  Lee Forrest of Lee Forrest Designs is not only the perfect florist for our wedding, but he made the process of picking the flowers we will see on our big day…a complete BREEZE!!!

I never thought that something like FLORAL would be such an easy category to check off for our wedding day.  I mean, c’mon – flowers are something little girls dream about when they try to picture their big day decades before the actual day gets there.  There are so many different choices and looks and shades and sizes to choose from, one could easily get overwhelmed when it’s time to sit down and actually pull THE flowers you will be using for your wedding day.  So, needless to say…on our first consult with Lee, I was a bit nervous and anxious to say the least.

First, let me explain where the anxiety came from…

Before we met with Lee, we set up a consultation with another florist who we met at a bridal shower back in October.  He seemed to be a good florist and was great at coming up with unique ideas.  What I DIDN’T like about the first guy (which I won’t list the name) is that we had to sit down and pick out every single little flower for every single little bouquet and centerpiece and boutonniere right then and there…on our FIRST consult!! What I thought would be an hour meeting turned into 2 and a half hours of tedious details I was NOT ready for whatsoever!  Scott and I both left the shop feeling drained, confused & overwhelmed.  And, the kicker is…he was charging a pretty hefty fee for all of “his” ideas!  

*Tip number one for any florist out there: DON’T DO THAT!!! 

So, you can imagine why I had the anxiety I did when going to meet florist number 2.  Luckily, just walking into his shop and meeting him quickly turned into a breath of fresh air.  Lee Forrest has such a cool, calm and collected approach to everything that makes me relax and enjoy the process of putting our dream wedding together!  What I thought would be another few hours of wanting to pull my hair out and re-using the phrase “I just don’t know” a hundred times turned into an hour of excitement and pictures and talk about what our wedding was going to look like.  I didn’t pick this flower and that flower, but instead we put together the “look” we were going for & I knew right away that we were in good hands.

Back in January, he even invited us to come see the set-up of a wedding at our venue that he was hired for.  He said the theme and look to their wedding was similar AND it was at our exact reception spot…so why the heck not?! I was excited to actually get to go see what a true wedding with his flowers looks like, in person & I was SO pleased.  What impressed me the most was how much he’s willing to do for you.  Not only providing flowers, but an entire wedding theme…what a great day that was to see a wedding come together in the same very spot that our reception will be at! :)

Not exactly what our centerpieces would look like, but loved this creation of his!

Of course, there are a few staple flowers we HAVE to have in our wedding – and I’m sure you could have guessed one would be this one, if you know anything about what our colors are.  It’s a very popular flower these days, but I have always loved orchids…ESPECIALLY in lime green & pink!!!

So, there you go…one flower you will for sure see at our wedding.  There are a few more must haves added to our list, but beyond a few we were totally open to whatever our florist decides to do!  After seeing his work and reading positive testimonial after positive testimonial, I feel 110% comfortable with what our wedding day flowers will be…and to be honest, I’m not even exactly sure WHAT they are! Isn’t that crazy?!  We went over details of different centerpieces (which, I guess I’m telling you there will be some different ones) and chose some over others…but I can honestly say I really don’t know what they will look like.  I didn’t necessarily see a sketch of them, BUT I didn’t ask for one either.  I seriously can’t believe how much control I am giving up here….but I’m loving it.

As soon as I we got home tonight I had to sit down and share that for once, something about planning our wedding was just EASY!  After meeting with Lee today, I know our wedding will be filled with tons of beautiful flowers, pieces & …artwork! It’s a true miracle that I’m not worried about it one bit. 

THANK YOU Lee Forrest for letting a bride-to-be breathe a month before the wedding day!!!!!!!

As you can see, I would highly recommend our florist for anyone looking for one.  Weddings, parties, private dinners or whatever…he can truly turn flowers into talking pieces & he is probably one of the easiest go-with-the-flow vendors I’ve met yet! You can find more info about Lee Forrest at his website: http://www.leeforrestdesign.com/

Can’t wait to see what it all looks like!

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