Monday, September 29, 2008

Old Navy Bargains

Though I rarely shop at Old Navy, each time I go I always wonder why I don't visit more often. I love the cute clothing and low prices! My latest delight came in the form of 30 pairs of flip flops for $2.50 a piece + shipping. I tied them together with personalized ribbon from Things Remembered (we had some left over from tying on the bubbles for the recessional), added them to a tin bin I found at Ace Hardware for $25 and viola....flip flops for our female guests for under $100. Photo credit (and flip flops)

Wedding Sebbatical

A glorious fall hike in Colorado!

Erin Marie is among the Aspens.

No trip down I-70 W would be complete without a stop in Georgetown!

One of the things I have had to be mindful about during our wedding planning process has been to take breaks to enjoy our relationship and to focus on building a strong foundation for our marriage. Andrew and I try to take time each week where we spend time together and where we don't discuss the wedding. This weekend it was Andrew's turn to plan our "date" day. He took me on a gorgeous hike to Eaglesmere Lakes in Silverthorne, CO just in time to see the Aspens change for the fall. After our hike, we had dinner at the Red Ram in Georgetown, CO. It was so nice to spend time with my sweetie and to fall in love with him all over again. How do you and your love stay connected during the wedding planning process?

Here is the obligatory (and not so flattering) self-portrait by Andrew.
The photo credit for Georgetown photo belongs to

Sunday, September 28, 2008


During Dinner Fun.

As Andrew would be the first to note, I have an attention span that is shorter than the average 2 year old's. I also know that I have been to one too many weddings where I have sat by people I didn't know and was forced to make awkward conversation. For my own wedding, I printed copies of this mad lib: I plan to pull out 1 chair and put 5 of these (1 per every 2 people) and 5 personalized pencils (I got 144 for under $20 at Oriental Trading) out for guests. I included a cover sheet that explained Andrew's and my love affair with Mad Libs and encouraging guests who create especially funny Mad libs to give them to the DJ to read during dinner. I also plan on having him announce that if a table wants us to kiss, all of the members of the table will have to get up and sing a song with the word "love" in it. Do you have any entertaining ideas planned to keep your guests amused as they dine?

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Little Details Make a Big Difference

Call it what you will (The Welcome Party, The Rehearsal Dinner, The Groom's Dinner), I am as excited about the night before the wedding as the wedding itself. All of the big picture items are coming together-an outdoor tent, a bluegrass band and barbecue in a fun and beautiful location. Now for the real fun...the details. The tablecloths will be red and checkered, just how I like them and a sunflowers have been ordered as centerpieces for each table. How fun would it be to set out colored bandannas, like these, at each table; these would serve as napkins (and "green" ones at that) and souvenirs all at the same time. Since this is her event to plan,I hope my FMIL likes the idea as much as I do:)

Things I Love...Registry Edition

I feel very blessed to say that I have just about everything a girl could want; I have a beautiful home of my own, great friends, a supportive family and a wonderful fiance. When it came time to register, Andrew and I tried to be spares because there was very little that we needed. However, seeing this today on Weddingbee reminded me that even the girl who has it all can still dream from time to time. How beautiful is this china? I din't even know I wanted china until I saw it. Anything on your registry that you are coveting?

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Things I Love...Bridal Shower Edition

Bridesmaids can continue a whimsical Victorian tradition by pulling one of these charms from the cake at your bridal shower. Each charm reveals her "fortune", be it wealth, health or true love...This picture/item can be found at:
This platter would be a fun guestbook that would be sure to be used again, rather than gather dust in the attic. I saw it on the "With This Ring" blog. How cute is that?This picture/item can be found at:

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Check, Check and Check!

Life has been busy again with the start of a new school year and a new graduate program. I also needed a bit of a wedding break, but am excited to be back again:) I also had a "power planning" day today. Items accomplished:
  • Reserved 3 cargo vans to accommodate bridal party and dates
  • Blocked off hotel rooms for the guests and reserved our wedding night suite
  • Made reservations for wedding day brunch with my 'maids
  • Made appointments for my sister to try on dresses
  • Ordered bridesmaids' dresses. We ended up going with the J. Crew Cotton Cady Collection.

The save the dates should be out by the end of next week. I'll be sure to post pics as soon as they are sent out.

Take that, knot checklist!