Thursday, June 30, 2011

The DIY Bride

With less than four days till our wedding, I’ve been hard at work finishing up projects and packing up boxes to take up to Sonoma.

There are a lot of really fun DIY projects that I’ve been pulling together. I look forward to sharing them all with you in more detail after the wedding. In the meantime, I’m happy to show you a sneak peak at a few of the completed projects.

FYI – The ones I’m showing you aren’t even the ones that I’m most excited about. YAY!

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Paradise

Hey, guess what. In exactly one week I will be married and on an airplane in route to:Yes,Wait for it…….I know right? Unbelievable. We will be honeymooning it up!

Image 1, Image 2, Image 3

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

It’s Like My Birthday…..Everyday!

As the wedding day draws near, we’ve been receiving lots of fun items off our registry. I can’t wait until I actually have the time to really open the boxes and start enjoying what’s inside.

So far, all I’ve managed to stay on top of is my excel sheet of who’s given us what so we can follow up with thank you cards!

We kept the registry consistent with our existing taste. Pretty much our entire house is shades of blue, gray, and white with pops of lime green. So it made sense to register for items that would fit right in.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Best. Weekend. Ever.

Maybe the title of this post is a bit of an exaggeration but my bachelorette party weekend in Austin/Guadalupe River was definitely one for the books.

Rather than write a novel, I figured I’d just give you a quick overview of each day. Though the pictures seem to sum up the experience better than words.

Day/Night 1: Journey from Austin to the river, taco xpress, jello shots, bridal shower, general debauchery that occurs when good friends reunite after time away.Day 2: Floating the river……..Night 2: Rally like champions. Eight girls in a bar in rural Texas.Day/Night 3: Lake time. The most disgusting bar ever and queso….twice in one night.Day 4: Outlet shopping and Salt Lick BBQIt was an AMAZING weekend…..I think this picture pretty much sums up my mood from the weekend, so I’ll just leave it at that.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Oh, how inviting

Few weeks back I wrote about our wedding invitations. I had decided on the design for the invitations back in the fall and as the months went on, I kept expanding the final version to be more and more elaborate.Once it was all said and done, there were a lot more pieces than I had originally anticipated but I am so happy with the final result.The feedback from guests was amazing. I was told that receiving our invitation was like opening a present and that some guests took extreme caution so as not to rip the sticker when opening the packaging. Really cute :)

This is a list of what I used to make the invitations. All of it was either purchased in store or ordered online.

Material:
Teal Envelopes – Paper Source
Yellow Envelope Liner– Paper Source
Embossing Tool & Plates – Paper Source
White Pen – Paper Source
Invitation Paper – Crane Paper
Twine- Divine Twine
Round Sticker Labels – Avery
Clear Cello: The Container Store

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Our Wedding Website

One thing that I would highly recommend if you’re planning a wedding is to build a wedding website*. Not the cheesy kind that you get for free through wedding planning websites, but take a few minutes to really customize it to match your event.I started putting together our site as I was working on our invitations. The look of the site matches that of our invitations. As soon as people got our Save the Date’s they could visit our website and get additional information that I hadn’t put on the card. This gave people the opportunity to make plans well in advance of when our actual invitation would arrive in their mailbox.

The site also allowed me to save money and time on printing. Rather than mail people directions to the venue, I posted a map on the site. Rather than including a printed list of hotel accommodations, I posted links to the hotels on the site. You get it?
It was also a really nice way for people who are coming to the wedding but may not know us as well as our closest friends and family to learn more about us.There is a page about the “bride & groom”. What we like, do and a really fun and personal write up about how we feel about each other.I wrote about our proposal story:I have a page dedicated to our wedding party:The feedback about or website has been awesome. People have really enjoyed it. Christoph’s family from Germany told us that they pulled it up on a computer at a dinner party to show their guests because they had never seen anything like it!

I’m so glad that I took the time to put this together. If you’re planning a wedding, this is one thing that I definitely think is worth planning to do.

*When I call it a wedding website, I’m not being totally honest. Really, it’s just a free blogger blog and then I bought a url ($10) to make it seem more like an actual website.

P.S.: Our site has a page for people to leave song requests.....the requests have been hilarious....if you make a website, please have a song request page.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Stress, meet your match

It's hard to believe but we're down to the last few weeks till we say our "I do's"!

My each and every day over the next month is preplanned. From facial and manicure dates with girlfriends to meetings with vendors and DIY projects. If I don't already have it on one of my many calendars or my to do list it's probably not going to happen.

I'm nervous about everything coming together for the wedding day.

A wise woman told me last week that my stressing between now and the wedding will not change the outcome of the day. That I should focus on what I believe to be most important.

For me, that's easy. I'm marrying Christoph. It won't matter if the flowers are perfect, if my pregnant matron of honor will still fit in her dress or if I've created a picture perfect wedding blog worthy wedding. All that really matters is that I'm marrying the love of my life.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

My Leading Ladies

Later today I’ll be on a flight in route to Austin, Texas for my bachelorette party bonanza weekend. Four days and four nights of fun with my favorite gal pals. If you want to know what we’ll be up to you can read about it here.

In the mean time, I thought I’d give you a little introduction to the leading ladies in my life. They’ll be in attendance along with Robin, Elizabeth, Randi, Autumn, and Sarah.

Matron of Honor: KimberlyKimmie and I met eight years ago when I was a sophomore in college. We hit it off instantly and I was her big sister in Chi Omega. She is always honest with me and knows how to read me and handle my personality better than anyone. She makes me laugh. She’s my best cat meow friend.

Bridesmaid: CandiceI’ve known Candy for 13 years. We were friends in high school and then she went on to marry my brother. She’s my sister, she’s my voice of reason, and she’s my ally.

Bridesmaid: JenniferI’ve known Jennifer for nine years! We met when I first started college. She’s laid back, level headed and the small things don’t bother her. She didn’t hold a grudge event after I broke her toe and she spent the night trying to sleep in a tent in the middle of a monsoon. She’ll be the one who brings me back to reality when the flowers aren’t perfect or I chip my nail polish.

Bridesmaid: OliviaOlivia has been my confidant for nine years now. We met as freshmen in college. She’s the one I turn to when my world is falling apart. I’ve always been able to count on her. For small things like giving me a lamp in the middle of the night when my light bulb dies to supporting me and helping me make the best decisions in my major life turning points.

I LOVE my friends!!!!!!!!!!!!

P.S.:I won’t have time to post part three of our wedding invitations, this week. Sorry, gonna be too busy drinking margaritas while floating around on an inner tube. You understand right?

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Published - Nob Hill Gazette

One of our amazing engagement pictures shot by Jessamyn Harris is in the current issue of the Nob Hill Gazette.
The Nob Hill Gazette has been publishing a monthly magazine since 1978. It’s delivered to the Bay Area’s most affluent residences and has a circulation of 82,000!.“The Nob Hill Gazette is devoted to covering the lifestyles of the socially prominent, affluent, educated, philanthropic and community-minded Bay Area residents"