oh dori.

i told ya a few of my upcoming posts were wedding related!
you were warned! haha!

so back in one of my countdown posts, i explained what exactly “bridals” were. if you missed it…i’ll explain it again.

taking bridal portraits is a southern thing.
i’ve come to know this by the confused, head tilt i got when i would tell my co-workers and friends here in seattle that i was going to texas to do my bridal portraits.
gah…us texan woman sure like to wear our wedding dress over and over…and over and over! that b was expensive! of course i want to to wear her all the time!

so you snag a photographer, you book hair & makeup and inform your florist that you will need a bouquet similar to the one you will have on your wedding day.
then you get all done up, like you will on your wedding day, slip into your dress and take a huge amount of portrait style photos.
these photos are typically shown at the wedding. the bride usually has a table that is dedicated to just her…a bride in the south gets all the glory…sorry groom.

so that’s what i did! and it got me even that much MORE excited to marry my honey.

hold the phone…let’s talk about my dress.
YAAAASSSSSS!
she was the last dress that we pulled and when i tried her on she was a purplish color {alabaster, according to the designer} luckily she also made it in ivory!
i knew…i knew as soon as i put her on that she was the one. i cried, my mom cried, my bridesmaids cried, even the girl helping me into the dresses cried! it was such a special moment, especially between my mom and i.
dori is her name.
dori by hayley paige had me at hello. and that was it!

so here are all the vendors that made my bridals the most beautiful!

amazing photographer – Misty McLendon Photography she also shot our engagements →{here}←
wedding dress – Dori by Hayley Paige from Blush Bridal Lounge
bouquetVisual Lyrics Floral Artistry 
venue – Villa Antonia
hair & makeup – BeautyMark Agency

here we go!!!!!!

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Continue reading “oh dori.”

our beautiful wedding!!!

HIIII!!!!

well it is Wednesday October 21st, which meanss…..
I am officially married!!!!

our wedding was perfect and everything i dreamed of!

i promise to post more, but for now here is our ‘same day edit’ that they showed right before our send off.

thank you spinning leaf films, you killed it!

love all of you!
always,
mrs. jessica anderson 

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

O N E  M O N T H ! !

can y’all believe it?!
one month until i get to marry the most silly, sweet, handsomest man ever!!!
of course this past month has been crazy with fittings, workouts, planning, working, momming, the list goes on and on!
it is crazy that we are down to that one month mark! we have been engaged for so long that i thought this day would never come!

this post is going to be different from all of our other countdowns. instead of taking y’all through what we have done this past month, i decided to take y’all through what has been our lives for the past 3 years…in pictures!

enjoy!!

2012

2012-1
our very first date… i flew to seattle after only meeting cale in person, once, on the river in texas. eeeek! what a gamble right??

2012-2
look at how different we look! {fake smiles obvi}

2012-3
after my seattle trip, cale flew me and jaz down to meet his family in arizona for new years!

2013

2013-1
cale came to texas for valentine’s day and we went to a fancy shmancy restaurant in san antonio!

2013-2
getting some lovin from stretch!

2013-3
after the trip to arizona, cale & i knew that we were it for one another. so we decided that jaz and i needed to move to seattle asap! so in march cale flew down and picked his girls up!

2013-4

2013-5

2013-6

2013-7
my first trek to couer d’alene, id!

2013-8

2013-9
fancy din din in the space needle!

2013-10
pumpkin patch!

2013-11
one day’s wages charity gala.

2013-12
san francisco!

2013-13

2013-14
the nutcracker ballet! my favorite!

2014

2014-1

2014-2
the tulip farm! the most tulips i have ever seen in my life!

2014-3
easter!

2014-4
my birthday painting with a twist!

2014-6
ending our perfect engagement session! you can find some of those pictures {here}

2014-7
i love love love horses, this was so so so much fun!

2014-8
couer d’alene trek # 2!

2014-9
weddings…

2014-10
and more weddings!

2014-11
typical.

2014-12
christmas in leavenworth!

2015

2015-1
totally the cool parents at jaz’s school dance.

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a surprise for cale’s birthday!

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shenanigans for my birthday!

2015-2
reenacting our engagement on mother’s day!

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baseball games!

2015-3

& pure barre!

it’s been a helluva ride behbeh, i can’t wait for many more years of crazy and silly pictures!

3 0 d a y s , y a ‘ l l !

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!!

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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

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!