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Wedding Pro Pics-The Highlights

Thanks to Nessa Kessinger for such great photos. Very excited to see the rest soon.


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To First Glance or Not to First Glance?

I think we will be “first glancing” it. We really want to start socializing and enjoying our reception time right after the ceremony. So…it makes sense to take all the photos before the ceremony. Not only will we get to have that beautiful by ourselves for a bit, we also get to relax and enjoy the time with our mostly out-of-town guests after the ceremony, which we find to be the most important thing to us.

I’m not a traditionalist but I was definitely holding tight to the idea of not seeing G. before the ceremony. But the more I thought about about missing out of visiting time with friends and getting to eat the fab cocktail hour I got all worked up. I don’t want to have to rush the pictures so we can get our par-tay on. After reading a few blogs, this one solidified my belief that we’re doing the right thing for us.

So after much mulling over seeing each other before the ceremony we decided to do a “first glance”! G. has already started of thinking of fun ways we can make use of the plantation-style house we’ll have use of that day. I think I am looking forward to those precious moments together right before we exchange our vows the most. Dancing and eating cake are a close second.


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Engagement Pictures Coming Soon!

In two and a half weeks we’ll be taking our engagement photos. We’re hoping to use one for our Save the Dates. Of course I had to buy a prop. I found a very cute blackboard on Etsy:


Ain’t it sweet? Shaky handwriting aside I think it’s very cute. I bought it from seller Blue Pearls on Etsy.  I can’t say enough about the site. All the buyers I’ve dealt with have been very nice, speedy and open to ideas if you want to personalize anything. Sigh. I heart Etsy. Another thing I love? Craigslist, but that’s for another blog.

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Wedding planning can’t be that bad, right?

So far I have been having a ball planning our fall wedding.  We are still up in the air when it comes to a date but I am not too concerned.  As long as it doesn’t fall on Thanksgiving weekend or late December I am happy.  Getting all my ideas and thoughts sorted is going to prove to be the most difficult.  I have to make it my job to organize all the information I come across into spreadsheets and/or folders.  We’re working with a minimal budget since we’re covering all the costs.  I am trying to decide what projects I want to take on myself (make the bouquets, invites, decorations?) and what I’d rather pay someone to do so I can spend more time on other things.

So yes, Greg and I really want this wedding to be about us celebrating this new chapter in our lives with friends and family.  We’re all about it being fun.  I’m hoping to pull off an urban Texas chic look.  We’re not going to lie, we want this to be cheap and chic.  I have my priorities: cake, food, booze. So any advice on how to save on anything will be greatly appreciated!  Greg’s pretty good about giving his opinion and will pick up any errands that need to be done so I’m not too worried about getting overwhelmed in the next few months. I know this is the beginning of a long process but I have successfully found my first wedding bargain. I don’t directly benefit from it but my bridesmaids do. Presenting my amazing find:


Was: $198.00 Now: $39.44

Wait! It gets better! I found a 20% off and free shipping promotional code on so the dress came out to $34.16 including shipping. And the cherry on top was that it was available in all sizes so no one has to lose or gain weight to fit into one. I’m having one delivered to me so I’ll have the fabric color to work with. At $34, how could I turn down the dress for myself? It’s way too cute.

Currently, we’re working on finding a venue, since that will determine what our next steps will be: Rent linen, chairs, flatware? Buy centerpieces, or will they be provided? Find a caterer? A baker? So much.  I hope I can keep all the names, places and things straight.  I ordered myself a handy-dandy organizer off  Can’t wait for it to get here so I can start filling it with my printouts.

For this week: tour a venue and meet with an amateur photographer. I don’t have my heart set on this place but like many initial interviews, it’ll provide us with the experience of what to ask the next time. And perhaps it’ll allow us to flex our bargaining muscles.  As for the photographer, I found her on Craigslist.  Just in case you don’t know this, I have a loving realtionship with Craigslist.  I’ve found furniture, apartments, roommates, gym buddies, dates, and my current fiance. The photographer has 4 years experience and is trying to expand her wedding photography portfolio.  She’s offering quite the bargain so I’m going to meet with her on Wednesday to check out her portfolio. Here’s hoping it works out because it’ll be one less thing to worry about.


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