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!!

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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!

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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.

vendors

wedding countdown

6 months

6 months!

yay yay yay! it’s getting closer & closer!
this past month has been the busiest one yet! and each day closer makes me so freaking excited! everything is coming together perfectly and i’m just ready to marry my goofy ass soulmate!

i went to texas to pick up my dress, you can read all about that weekend {here}! i had the best time socially but technically, it was a “business” trip as cale calls it.
6 months is not a long time, you guys. it’s 183 days to be exact. when we got engaged it was over 600 days until our wedding…never will i ever recommend long engagements. don’t do it.

don’t forget to check out our wedding website // {andersoneverafter.com}

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

this month we:

  • met with our invitation designer to design the most elegant/beautiful/fancy wedding invitations ever! i’m seriously swooning over these! new vendors will be listed below.
  • PICKED UP MY GORGEOUS WEDDING GOWN! oh my goodness, oh my goodness!! wait till you see her!!!
  • met with hair & makeup for a trial run. love love love them!
  • met up with my amazing coordinator {kristin catter events} to talk about all the little details. uplighting, welcome table decor, toasts, dances, etc.
  • ordered some wedding favors for the guests and my bridesmaids.
  • cale finally got his wedding band in! woohoo!
  • added some little touches from a sister vendor of our florist.
  • we both booked our flights for our bachelor/bachelorette parties! so excited for those!!

vendors

{new vendors are in pink}

so when i had originally posted our engagement feature {here} i only included the outfits on the waterfront. i was asked by so many people if i was going to share my other outfit since i had mentioned it.
we didn’t do a cutesy photo shoot for this countdown, since we were so incredibly busy this past month. so here is our more casual outfit around pike place market.

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photos by misty sims photography.

wedding countdown

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7 months!

this month was relatively quiet until last week when i found out my dress was going to be shipped to the boutique i bought it from soon. so that means i get to go to texas and get it! whoop! do y’all know how long i’ve been waiting for this gown? way too effing long. this trip will include a few new vendors too, i will meet with invitation designers, potential hair & make-up and of course get my gorgeous hayley paige gown!

don’t forget to check out our wedding website // {andersoneverafter,com}

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

this month we:

  • booked our fancy departure transportation… in love!
  • ordered and received my garters from la gartier. if you are bride to be, i highly suggest this business. they have incredible, beautiful garters and the owner is so sweet!! thank you so much sarah for making me feel special!!
  • 1 out of 6 of my bridesmaids went and ordered her dress! yay!!
  • ordered bridesmaids gifts to put in their goodie box to open on the day of the wedding!

vendors:

i’ve gotten mixed feelings about me sharing my vendors. questions like, “what if someone copies you?!” or “their wedding will look exactly like yours if they book the same vendors!”
all i can say is, no one’s wedding will look like our wedding. and hopefully that is how every other bride feels too! everyone has their own taste and vision on what they want their day to look like. mine is more traditional and fancy and that may not be some people’s taste but from what i’ve seen so far, all of these vendors can accommodate every wedding style!
{new vendors are in pink}

so this photo shoot was extra special for us to shoot. this wedding isn’t just making me an anderson, it’s making our baby girl one too. it’s making us the family that we have all wanted for the longest time. whether it be legally or just figuratively, we will all be andersons.
i know that these are pretty much the same pose but my daughter is beautiful so i just had to share these gems.

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