Archive for June, 2011
June 13, 2011
Today was my Bridal Shower!
I can’t believe this day snuck up on me like it did & I know the wedding is going to do exactly the same thing. I think I’m finally starting to be ready for it to get here already!
A shower celebrating Scott and I getting married was a very exciting one for me. I had a great group of family & friends there to help cheer me on and shower me with gifts and love. What’s not to love? It was nice to take a break from all of the planning and nonsense a Bride-to-Be goes through at this stage in planning…THANK YOU everyone for a great afternoon!
I know I’ll have MUCH more to share in a following post about this special day, but I just couldn’t wait to share this hilarious video. My friend, Jaclyn made a video of another friend Megan interviewing Scott with a series of questions for me to also answer at the shower. Whatever questions I answered differently than Scott, I had to stick a piece of double bubble in my mouth…and man did THAT get sticky!
Let’s just say I only answered half of the questions correctly so my mouth was full with 7 pieces of double bubble! (Which really is like…14 since it’s double, right?!)
I’m sure some of you have heard of this game before, but I can GUARANTEE you have never seen a video answer reel quite like this one. Leave it to Scott to be a little bit “different”, ridiculous, & borderline embarrassing…
Even so, I’d rather in be fun than boring, wouldn’t you?
June 11, 2011
Today we got our first RSVPs back, so you know what that means…
Our Wedding Invitations have officially made it to their homes!
First, let me just throw out there that I think our wedding invitations turned out absolutely Perfect. I‘m not trying to toot my own horn here – by any means, but I am very excited to say they turned out exactly how we wanted them! What Scott and I were thinking of what our perfect wedding invitation would be has actually transferred from inside our heads, now onto paper and into our guests hands.
Achieving EXACTLY what you wanted in your wedding invitation is not something everyone can say actually happens, and I am SO beyond excited that after all of the man hours of talking about them, editing them, messaging our invitations girl back and forth, & arguing with Scott (hehe) finally paid off.
So without further adieu, and trying to strategically cover up the details not everyone in cyberspace should know… Here are our invites:
I wish I could put the actual invitation up on here, but I just can’t! Don’t want any crazies running around crashing our wedding…ya know?! But, to give you an idea of what’s on them here’s a rundown…
For the main wedding invitation, we used a modern approach of run-on paragraph writing to give the details of the ceremony. Our lovely invitation lady, which I will list all of her information down below, came up with this suggestion for us when we told her about our fun & contemporary wedding style. We chose to announce ourselves, rather than having our parents announce our marriage for the same reason. I LOVED the wording at the top which reads “We invite you to share in the celebration of our marriage”….below that was the monogram she created with our names that turned out absolutely perfect! Here is a snapshot of what it looks like, except on the real one it also lists our last names in a script font:
Over and under the names there is a line of outlined, lime green & black circles. They were randomly colored in and there was a touch of bling to the each of the 3 lines on the page by adding a crysal rhinestone. The bottom listed the reception to follow in a pink script font, followed by the name of the reception venue. It’s hard to do the invitations justice on here, because in person the colors are PERFECT!!!! The pink is a bright & shiny pink and the green is the exact lime green color used in our wedding. Kudos Angela (that’s her name) for special ordering that shade and making that happen!
In front of the main invitation card, you will see the CELEBRATE card & the RSVP Postcard. We decided to do one enclosure card with the reception information, as well as a listing of our wedding website. We decided it would be easier to give guests directions at the end of the ceremony rather than take up all of that space on the invitation cards, so we simply put the venue information & included the website so they can answer most of their questions by going to it.
Here is a snapshot (but again, not doing it justice) look at the top of our celebrate card:
Lastly, we decided to do an RSVP postcard rather than the traditional mail-in envelope back to us. We wanted this for two reasons: 1) being a little more fun (& maybe something people haven’t seen before) and 2) stamps for this were 29 cents each rather than 44! So, once again…great suggestion Angela! Here’s a look at what we’re talking about:
Oh, and how could I almost forget to tell you we had our logo put on the return address of the envelope and finished it off with our customized stamp?!
When the design work was done I was confident that they would turn out great, but I had no idea how crazy over them I would become with them when I saw them finished and in my hands. I am so happy with how everything turned out and I know Scott and I both got exactly what we were hoping for!
As promised and to give her the HUGE amount of credit that she deserves, here is the information on who we used to get our wonderful invites:
The company is called Paper Charm Custom Design, and the owner’s name is Angela Palacio. She is an absolute delight to work with and wants nothing more than to give you exactly what you’re looking for in your wedding invitations, as well as many other customizable objects. We just met with her today about our ceremony programs and other little things you will see here and there on our wedding day and YUP – they’re all going to be done by her! We branded our wedding ceremony and reception with the same theme and colors, and she has done a great job keeping that consistent throughout anything we create together.
You can contact her & see more of her work here: http://www.papercharmcustomdesign.blogspot.com/
I can’t wait to see how the rest turns out! Thanks, Angela for helping us create our perfect wedding invitation! As you can see, I’m pretty excited that those are done and getting the first of our RSVPs back today made our wedding day feel SO REAL!
It’s here..it’s happening and it’s almost a month away now!!! I’m starting to run around like a crazy woman, but I know it will all be worth it in the end. For now, this is what keeps the great big smile on my face…
June 8, 2011
There might be an entire post coming soon about what this is and why I’m in the process of making my own…but for now I’ll leave you with this picture as the next Wedding Hint:
June 2, 2011
Last weekend the girls in my Bridal Party arranged to take me on a weekend getaway to relax, hang out, get dolled up & go out one last time as a group before the big I DO! It couldn’t have come at a better time and not all of my girls could make it, but I had an absolute blast with everyone who could and told them over and over how nice it was to be taken away from the craziness of life for a weekend.
First, let me just say I had no idea where we were going or what we were doing…but I knew wherever we went and whatever we did would be fun. About 11am on Friday I got picked up by 3 of my bridesmaids, was handed an AMAZING and inappropriate funfetti cake and before I knew it we were on our way to a Bachelorette Weekend Celebration! Don’t worry guys, there’s nothing TOO crazy I’m going to share with you on here…the weekend was simply the classic girls weekend filled with pool & beach time, girl talk, going out & even movie time.
Half of the girls came to pick me up and the 4 of us are driving, singing funny songs & chatting it up on the way to our destination. I was so happy to just be with females and have a weekend to relax and spend some much needed quality time with all of them. After a little over 3 hours (we had stopped for lunch at one of my fav spots), I was told to take the dress off of my eyes – and yes I said dress, not blindfold…lol) and saw a HUGE PINK hotel with acastle like entrance in front of me. Is this real? Are we really staying at a great resort…beach side?!? SCORE!!!
My girls know me well…it’s nice, ON the beach & it’s PINK…none other than the Don Cesar Resort! I have never been to a DC before, but I knew pulling up that we had quite the weekend in store for us.
Pulling up to the “Pink Castle”…I’m SO excited!!!
YAY! So that’s where the surprises began…and they continued when I got to my room – which had apparently been taken over by the “Wild Girls” as the hotel staff called us….
What a great start to a great weekend! When I came into the room I was greeted by my sister (my MOH) and my future sis-in-law, & my bridesmaid HM as a welcoming committee! I was blown away by how much the girls decorated the room & put into making my weekend so special! Right away, we celebrated with mimosas and then took a tour of the hotel… I kept thinking how great it was to be here with all of my special girls!
So we got dressed, took some pictures & played some fun games to get the night started. I have to say, my girls were looking good & I felt very lucky to be surrounded by such beautiful women. When we got downstairs we found the perfect backdrop to take our group photo complete with baby grand piano and pianist. When someone asked if I could sit on the piano I didn’t think he would let me…but I think it was the boa that convinced him.
|Ready for a fun night out with the girls! <3|
After we took some photos we headed out to eat at a place verrrrry similar to one of my favorites in Orlando – here it’s called Taverna Opa but in St. Pete they have Acropolis. I love this place not only for the great Greek food…but also because about every 5 minutes the entire staff runs around throwing napkins at you and shouts “OPAAAAAAAA!” So much fun! After appetizer after appetizer & hummus plate after hummus plate we were a full group of girls and headed out to a few local bars to dance the night away.
I’m not lying when I say we simply had a fun girls night out…and stayed pretty under the radar. I was happy to find another bachelorette though who happened to be wearing all white, just like me. I found her at the point of the night where I had to check off of my Scavenger Hunt to make a veil out of TP. Since one of my girls, Ash is getting married in 3 DAYS I told her we could make veils for each other…
|I dunno…you might see these veils on our wedding days! lol.|
|HAPPY HAPPY Birthday KDO!!!|
So you could say between my Bachelorette Weekend, Ash’s last weekend as a single lady & KDO’s birthday we had A LOT to celebrate!!!! And we were dressed for the occasion, let me tell you…I’m just going to show you 1 picture of my complete “Bachelorette” outfit…so enjoy that…because it’s RIDICULOUS. We also had some very bright light up rings…and proved to be handy when trying to find each other in the crowd!
What a FUN NIGHT!
|All in good fun…amazing job putting this outfit together ladies! haha.
After a fun night out, it was time to hit the BEACH! I can’t tell you how long it had been since I’ve layed out in the sun, much less actually put my toes in the sand…so you could imagine how excited I was!!!! PLUS another one of my bridesmaids showed up, Meggan! What a great surprise!
|LOVED staying here!!!|
After a long day in the sun, my girls and I figured out the perfect way to spend the evening…seeing the movie BRIDESMAIDS!!! I have been wanting to see this movie for a while now, and what better time to see it than with your bridesmaids by your side?! Plus, I was excited that my girls were going to wear the Bridal Party Tanks I made for them. They all know me well enough to know I love a great “easy” night at the movies or night in just as much as a fun night out…and it was perfect!
|One of my favorite pictures…EVER!!! Look at those ‘tudes!|
Okay…for the record, Bridesmaids was one of the FUNNIEST movies I have ever seen! People have compared it to the female version of The Hangover, which it very well could be. BUT…guys, don’t think it’s just for the ladies – I was literally laughing out loud almost the entire movie! SO GOOD! A perfect way to spend a night with my girls.
The next morning was Memorial Day and we spent most of the late morning & afternoon poolside…and it was fabulous. The girls went down early to get us some lounge chairs and we relaxed and enjoyed the last day together laying out and playing some games. You never know when a good game of Would You Rather might come into play, but poolside proved to be a great opportunity.
|HB & HM <3|
|Hanging Poolside with the girls & Leroy…our favorite groupie.|
I couldn’t have asked for a better weekend to get away with my girls. I am very fortunate to have them by my side not only for the BIG DAY, but for everything leading up to it. I am very blessed to have such thoughtful, fun, caring & all around true friends…
THANK YOU for such an amazing weekend!