hello october

Hello-October

OCTOBER IS HERE!!!

first and foremost, i apologize for being m.i.a. the past month or so.
planning a wedding from across the country is some tough cookies!
i was also in texas last weekend for one of my dearest friend’s wedding, hence the no post for ‘our weekend adventures’ this past weekend.

while i was in texas i did my bridals!
so…i had no idea that bridals was literally just a southern thing. do you know how vain i sound when i try explaining them to people in seattle?!
so if you don’t know what bridals are then i’ll explain;
bridals are when the bride gets her hair & makeup done like she is going to on her wedding day, orders a bouquet just like the one she will have on her wedding day, slips into her dress and takes portraits. said portraits are then displayed on a table at the reception for guests to ‘oohh & ahhh’ over.
TOTALLY VAIN, RIGHT?!
why do we do this, you ask? i have no fricken clue…but i did and it was fan-effing-tastic. I felt so special AND i got to see what i’m going to look like on our big day. not to mention my amazing photographer {misty mclendon photography} is the bomb dot com. she is crazy good at what she does. i can’t wait to show y’all!

so…point of this post was to say HI! and that i’m not dead and i have not thrown in the towel on blogging. I just have wayyyyy too much stuff going on in my head to even think about putting together a cohesive post.
after the wedding we are flying to aruba and will come back to the states on the 25th. i promise to have something posted by the following weekend! eek!

17 days!!!!

wedding countdown..and i need y’alls help!

T W O  M O N T H S!!!!!
61 DAYS!

another month down and i am one happy bride to be.
we are now down to the little details…those little pesky details. like, what kind of baskets do you want your programs to be in? what photos do you want to make sure your photographer takes? what songs don’t you want played? do you know where your going to get sand for your sparkler send off? <– ughhhhhh!
i am now to the point where i never want to make another decision again, ever. i mean, who lets baskets stress them out??? me, that’s who.
there’s something else we have to decide on but we thought we’d ask y’alls opinion first!

alright so picture this. we have mirrors as our “welcome to our blah blah wedding” and also for our bar menu.
we are still in need of signage for the guestbook, cards and a few other things. should those be on little mirrors to go with the welcome sign or should they be printed?
here are some examples…

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just something small that wouldn’t over power the welcome table
orrrrrrr

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something printed in an elegant font?

HALP!
what are your thoughts and opinions???

okay on to the rest of the post!

previous wedding countdowns // {10 months}   {9 months}   {8 months}
{7 months}   {6 months}   {5 months}   {4 months}   {3 months}

this month we:

  • i had my first dress fitting! my bridals are in a month so i have to make sure she is ready to fly to texas in the next few weeks! i wish i could keep my dress on all day, every day!
  • finalized all the floral! i think i’m actually going to frame my sketches because they are beautiful!
  • sent out invitations!!! how crazy is that?! i can’t believe we are this close!
  • received our first honeyfund gifts! that was such an exciting email!
  • chose our ceremony music
  • ordered programs, menus and gift tags for our favors
  • ordered a custom veil and custom jewelry to match my dress…eek!

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and here are our beautiful invitations! i am beyond happy with how these turned out.

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yay for being one month closer to marrying my best friend!!

wedding countdown

3 months this is a one of the terraces at our venue…swoon!

T H R E E  M O N T H S !!!
93 DAYS!!

i know i say this in each countdown, but i seriously cannot believe it’s only 3 months away! this was a very exciting month. all the things we did made it that much more real that i will get to marry the man of my dreams in
t h r e e  m o n t h s!!!
ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!

previous wedding countdowns // {10 months}   {9 months}   {8 months}
{7 months}   {6 months}   {5 months}   {4 months}

this month we:

  • ordered my wedding shoes. so adorable!
  • ordered our guestbook, and things that go along with it
  • ordered our unity ceremony. you’ll just have to wait to see what it is!
  • WENT TO TEXAS FOR MY BACHELORETTE!!!
  • while i was in texas i met my coordinator at my venue and had meetings with practically all of my vendors. it was pretty much my final walk through as that was the last time i would be going to texas, with some free time, before the wedding.
  • we met with our caterer and figured out placements for the food, the napkins, the favors, etc.
  • we met with our dj and discussed music and played with some uplighting.
  • we hopped on over to the place we are renting our linens through and played with some new linens…we ended up just sticking with our original plan.
  • and the last meeting was with our florist! let’s just say she had a lot of work to do after we left. is that typical though? do brides start changing their minds the closer they get to the wedding?
  • paid off all of our vendors except our photographer…how awesome is that???

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so since i got to see our beautiful venue again i thought i’d snap just a couple of pictures to give y’all a little sneak peek.

IMG_9401 the front of the chapel looking towards the back. this will be cale’s view when those big doors swing open and he’ll see his girls walking down the aisle. OH MY GOSH!

IMG_9399 i’m still in so much awe in all the details this venue has. picture these with lush greenery hanging and intertwined all around. dreamy right???

IMG_9407 i’ve been waiting and waiting to snap my own picture of this view. it’s absolutely breathtaking.

happy happy three months!! it’s going to go by so quick!

always,
jess

a texas bachelorette – part two

saturday
bachelorette weekend
day two
part-one – pre-bunch

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part-two – brunch 

Continue reading “a texas bachelorette – part two”

a texas bachelorette – part one

#anderSINeverafter

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i don’t even know where to begin.
how did i get so lucky to have so many beautiful, caring, wonderful girls in my life?
this past weekend was unbelievably fun and made me feel so special. my liver may hate me but i am so so happy.

i have to give all the props to my maid of honor, ms. preslee. i am so grateful and again, lucky to have a best friend like her. i can’t believe all the little details she planned out to make my weekend so special.
i am so happy that she is the one that will be standing right next to me when i marry the man of my dreams, i don’t know that anyone could be any more perfect than she is.

alright, enough of the mushy gushiness.
this post will be setup like ‘our weekend adventures‘.
let’s get this party started!

thursday

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i scored these chinos at old navy on wednesday on sale // {here}

IMG_9395 we kept it super chill thursday night so that we could save our energy for the rest of the weekend. luckily for me teen mom 2 was premiering. so excited it’s back on!

friday

IMG_9396 friday morning i did my final walk through with all my vendors since it was the last time i would be in texas with some free time. look at this view off one of the terraces right outside the chapel. holy gorgeous!

i’ll post more pictures i took in our wedding countdown post in a few days! keep an eye out for it!

bachelorette weekend
night one
part one – painting with a twist

IMG_6357  Continue reading “a texas bachelorette – part one”

wedding countdown

4 months

F O U R  M O N T H S !!!
121 DAYS!
YES YES YES!
it’s getting so close! and i am so excited!

things are all coming together so perfectly and so beautifully! my coordinator is doing such an awesome job, i am so glad we hired her. she has been a lifesaver!!
a lot got done this month, let’s see what we did.

previous wedding countdowns // {10 months}   {9 months}   {8 months}
{7 months}   {6 months}   {5 months}

this month we:

  • all 6 bridesmaids ordered their dress! woohoo! they are all going to look so beautiful!
  • booked rehearsal lunch venue
  • ordered our wedding favors! y’all are going to die when you see them!
  • got mine and my girls’ robes from love ophelia. so soft and pretty!
  • ordered our cake topper from better off wed.
  • scheduled our entire honeymoon, couples massage, plenty of dinner reservations, private snorkeling and private fishing where we get to eat our catch, then on the last night we get a private cabana on the beach to share a romantic dinner with just the two of us. swooooon! i am so excited!
  • booked our night of the wedding hotel!
  • cale ordered his groomsmen gifts, they are so cool!
  • approved our invitation proof!

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*new vendors in purple*

 

 a sneak peek of the invitation proof….eee!

IMG_9013 getting ready robes are in!

wedding countdown

5 months

5 months!

hold the phone…it’s already been a month? what the hell!! our weeks have been so busy that time is just flying by!
wedding dreams are on full force. sometimes they’re good but it usually ends with me waking up pissed that my florist didn’t set up the altar right. i’m such a control freak all i know is that somebody better slip me some xanax to calm the eff down. {just kidding}

isn’t this little dish darlin’? we found them at homegoods! i’m obsessed with everything mr & mrs!

i have fully integrated our ‘mywedding.com’ wedding website with my blogsite. so if you go to my little tabbies at the top and hover over ‘a wedding’, a bunch of pages will pop up and you can browse them there! if you just click “a wedding” it’ll take you to the posts that i’ve tagged with ‘a wedding’.
was that confusing? i hope not!

previous wedding countdowns // {10 months}   {9 months}   {8 months}
{7 months}   {6 months}

this month we:

  • chose the wording for our invitations
  • 2 more bridesmaids went and got their dress. we have 3 outta 6! almost!
  • ordered cale’s suit and chose the suits for his groomsmen. we are not doing tuxedos. bleghhh too frumpy.
  • added some fun stuff from our videographer… it’s going to be so much fun!!
  • chose the rehearsal lunch venue.
  • changed the dinner from a buffet to a family style dinner. that way no one has to get up to get their food.

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