Tag Archives: engagement

Save the Date Design

14 Jan

Now that I have a moment to breathe after everything that came along with this time frame, I thought I would post something that I realized I never posted about way back when – our Save the Date card!

You may remember when I created a Save the Date card for my bridesmaids, but shortly thereafter, I put one together for all wedding guests to mark their calendars! Typically Save the Date cards go out about 6 months ahead of time. However, with our engagement photo shoot in October, ours went out a bit delayed, but I think it was well worth it for some amazing photos from one of my dearest friends!

Check out how our Save the Date design turned out. Considering I made it as a random tester one night on Powerpoint, I am pretty impressed!

Front

back

In case you’re interested in printing your own Save the Date cards, try out VistaPrint! They allow you to upload your own image and it is significantly cheaper than ordering them through other websites! I just printed them as postcards, added a little postcard stamp and off they went!

What have been neat Save the Date cards you have seen? I’d love to see!

Engagement Celebration!

20 Nov

He put a ring on it! It is absolutely so exciting for me to share that one of my dearest friends, Beth, is officially engaged! Chip and I could not have been more thrilled to be a part of the engagement celebration, as Beth was staying at my house that night in Athens. What we expected to end up in a night of playing our freshly purchased Scrabble game, ended up in a whole lot of this for the sweet couple:

And giddy photographing for us:

The Yellow House roommate’s reaction:

Now, I am just thrilled to be able to plan showers, parties and the wedding at the same time as her! What a sweet treat! First stop, an engagement party next Saturday!

Something old, something new…

8 Nov

This past weekend one of my closest friends got married! As a bridesmaid, I became the (un)official photographer for all of the events leading up to the wedding. It was awesome!

On Saturday, I couldn’t help but snap a few photos while we were getting ready to document the day how beautiful she was. As she got ready, it got me thinking about the “something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue” phrase. Her something old was an heirloom hanky, something new was the broach in her hair, something borrowed were the earrings her mom is putting on her in the photo and something blue was an embroidered hanky to tie around the stems of her bouquet with the wedding date, her old monogram and new monogram. I loved all of these and the sweet sentimental value behind them.

However, I am not sure exactly what to use for each of those on March 10… but I do know that I apparently have a “silver sixpence in [my] shoe” already waiting for me. I just recently found out about that end to the rhyme, but can’t find what the history behind it is.

If nothing else, I wouldn’t mind borrowing that broach for my something borrowed. It was gorgeous!

What are your suggestions for one of those “lucky” items for a bride?

Wedding website

2 Nov

So we officially have the wedding website up and running!

It may have taken me way to long to figure out how to load a picture onto it (you’d think it’d be more user friendly… but apparently not), but now it officially is ready to go.

I’ll be adding more info to it as time goes on about hotels, etc., but am pleased to present to you:

http://laurenandchip.ourwedding.com

Plus, it's featuring everyone's favorite engagement shot...

Enjoy!

Frame our names – engagement photos

15 Oct

As I sit and wait anxiously patiently for the final edits of our engagement photos, I figured I would share with you one more preview photo that our photog sent to tide me over and how I crafted it to really “make” our engagement shoot!

Behold: the framed names!

Our vintage, travel-themed engagement shoot really would not have been the same without this little craft. My friends always laugh at me. See, when others spot something in a picture, on Pinterest or online, the typical reaction is… I would like that. I think I’ll buy it. Mine, however, is… I would like that. I think I’ll make it. Why not give it a go, right? What’s the worst that could happen… lo and behold, we loved the result!

We were thrilled at how well the frame turned out for our photos! Plus, be expecting those wire words to reappear in the future. Stay tuned!

Have you been inspired to tackle a craft of your own lately? Feel free to pass along some suggestions!

Update! Here are the engagement photos!

Rehearsal Dinner Planning

18 Sep

About a week ago we hit the six month mark for the wedding. Six months! I can’t wait! Although six months usually means that the save the dates are being sent, we haven’t quite gotten there.

One of my close friends, Jessica, will be taking our engagement photos in early October, so we will work on those in the next month or so. Instead, we have been working on other details of the wedding and, particularly, the rehearsal dinner.

Well, let me rephrase that: Chip’s mom has been working on the rehearsal dinner. In fact, she wants it to be a complete surprise, so I’m pretty excited to see what she has been scheming up.

Now, if you know me at all, you know that I love to plan anything and everything. Therefore, it’s a little out of the ordinary for me to only know a couple things about the night, like:

1. It’s Spanish themed – since we met in Spain on our study abroad trip

2. It is at Chip’s house in Duluth

However, at home this weekend, Chip’s mom mentioned she has been having the hardest time finding an invite design for the dinner. Naturally, I stepped in. (Hey, it was my one chance to be involved!) She ultimately was thrilled because┬áthis is what we came up with:

A flamenco dancer and guitar player. Both were scanned from a ceramic tile that Chip and I picked out for his mom in Spain.

Then I did some serious surgery (aka cutting very carefully) to create our very own Spanish themed invite.

Blacked out area is where the address will be...

I was so proud of the fact that I made this in Powerpoint in about an hour. Yes, Powerpoint. Also, I felt super nostalgic when I realized that the “&” symbol on the invite reminds me of this:

This is Sevilla’s symbol to say that “Sevilla has not left me.” It’s definitely true, considering it subconsciously came back in our Spanish themed rehearsal dinner invite!

Now that I have had my fill of helping plan the night, I can’t wait to see what it all looks like in the end!

So, what have you seen done for a rehearsal dinner in the past?

Create Your Own Coasters

9 Sep

Last weekend four of my girlfriends threw us an awesome engagement party in Atlanta. Not only was it a blast and so sweet, it was also the perfect excuse for all of our college friends to get together after a few months apart. We were so appreciative and loved being able to celebrate with everyone in one place at one time.

My super crafty current roommate from the Yellow House created the cutest decoration for the party – an “eat, drink & be married sign” with photos from our relationship.

In addition to the cute decorations and wonderful people who were there, the desserts were delicious. The line-up included some doctored up cupcakes after a bit of an icing catastrophe, cookies, brownies, spice bars, and my personal favorite: chocolate covered strawberries.

After thanking them multiple times for everything they had done, I wanted to present the hostesses with something fun as a gift. My love of crafts has always been high, but since planning this wedding, it has soared through the roof. Think Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory and multiply it by about 10.

After a stellar discovery on Pinterest, I decided to make drink coasters for each of the hostesses based on an easy tutorial from this blog.

To give you an idea, it starts with this:

1. Buy 4 x 4 in. ceramic flooring tiles from Lowe’s or Home Depot.

2. Paint Mod Podge over the tile.

3. Stick a 4 x 4 in. sheet of scrapbook paper on the tile. (Hint: It is very easy to buy the 12 x 12 in. paper and cut it into 9 pieces.)

4. Paint another layer of Mod Podge on the paper. Let dry. Like below.

It looks like they're drying on animal skins... really they're just plastic bags. Weird.

5. Spray paint the tiles with clear, glossy spray paint to coat the paper and prevent the drinks from ruining it.

6. Let the coasters dry overnight.

7. Stick small felt pads on the bottom of the coaster to prevent the tiles from scratching your tables.

8. Tie the coasters into sets of four with a pretty bow.

9. Marvel in your beautiful work and gift away!

These really were one of the easiest things I have done in a while. Typically I would brag about how inexpensive they were too, but since they were a gift, I’ll just say… you really should consider making these.

At the engagement party, these were a huge hit amongst the hostesses! Plus, now they know that they won’t get awful rings on their tables. I know they’ll rest easy at night.

Overall, the engagement party was a blast, and I loved being able to come up with a fun and crafty way to thank the great girls who threw it for us!

What are some great hostess gifts that you have seen? We’ve got showers coming up and I’m already brainstorming!

The Carl House

14 Aug

As I promised in this post, I would introduce you to our wedding venue shortly. Since we were limited on options for dates, we were also limited on options for venues. People always say that after you have the date set, all wedding planning gets easier from there.

I think that should be re-phrased to: after you find a wedding venue that is available and affordable on your set date, all wedding planning gets easier from there. We may have had a little bit of stress during the first couple weeks, but all is well now!

Fortunately for us, after countless hours of searching, my future sister-in-law found the perfect venue!

Requirements for the venue: have an indoor option, big enough to fit our guest list, great photo opportunities, allow us to get creative with decor, be close to a city important to us and most importantly: fit in our budget. Also, it immediately got plus 4 points if the ceremony and reception could be held in the same venue. Convenience.

While Chip and I were at the beach with my family, I got a very excited phone call from Chip’s mom about a venue in… wait for it… Auburn, GA. Now I know what all of you bulldog fans are thinking… Auburn? Really? I hope I’m not invited to that wedding… But don’t worry, it’s actually in the perfect location – about half way between Athens and Lawrenceville, and has nothing to do with Auburn University. Phew.

The Carl House is a home built in the early 1900s as an ornamental plant nursery and now serves as a beautiful event facility – and the site for our wedding!

As far as our venue requirements go, the Carl House matched perfectly. We are thrilled to find that they have a massive ballroom available for the ceremony and the reception, as well as an outdoor area for the ceremony. We are allowed to switch the location of the ceremony 3 hours ahead of time! So let’s say our lovely March 10th decides to be 75 degrees and sunny, then we’ll be saying our vows under the stars.

With endless locations for gorgeous photos, I know our photographers (TBA soon!) will swoon. I sure did when I saw everything from the gazebo, to the old brick wall covered in vines. Oh, and don’t forget the gorgeous double staircase in the ballroom.

Plus, don’t be surprised if I’m lounging in this bathroom in the bride’s suite prior to the ceremony:

Our hope is that no one books a wedding on the morning of March 10th so the girls can get ready at the Carl House, as well. I’m a lucky girl that my main hair stylist since the age of 15 has been my sister, so she will be the one making me look my best on the big day. Thanks, sis.

Oddly enough, one of my favorite tidbits about this venue is the ceiling in the ballroom. Not sure why, but I just love the old hammered tin look.

Finally, the location suits our needs so well. It’s only about a 30-minute drive from the Classic City and a 20-minute drive from Lawrenceville – two places that really mean a lot to us! Athens is our home, while Lawrenceville is close to our hometowns (Duluth and Alpharetta).

While we originally thought about having the wedding actually in Athens, we couldn’t find an available place that had lots of space inside. The Carl House is an easy drive down 316 for both our Athens friends and our hometown folk. Plus, it’s only about 15 minutes from the Mall of Georgia and Chateau Elan for out-of-town guests. Lots of options for fun and entertainment for anyone who needs it!

We couldn’t be more excited to keep planning with the Carl House team and start brainstorming photo options for our photographers. I’ll be announcing them soon, so stay tuned!

So, what helped make your venue decision or how do you envision the location for your big day? Outside/inside? Hometown/destination? The options are endless.

Save the Date

9 Aug

When you first get engaged it seems as though there is a list a mile long of everything you must do, should do, could do and won’t do.

There’s the ring. Check.

The wedding magazines. Check.

The excited calling of the family and friends. Check.

And then comes the planning.

I have always loved planning events. Whether it be a party for friends or an event at Chick-fil-A, I truly enjoy everything that goes into event planning. When it comes to a girl’s wedding, the biggest day of her life, it’s pretty much the ultimate treat to put together.

When it came to my wedding in particular, Chip and I had a pretty exact date in mind for the big day. March 10, 2012.

You probably are wondering, “Why March 10? Isn’t that about the most unpredictable day of weather in Georgia during the entire year?” Well, folks, it sure is, and it just so happens to be the same day that starts the med school spring break. There are such limited options for a week off in med school (the first summer (which just ended), spring break and Christmas break). After weighing our options, spring break definitely was the best.

A few years ago on March 10 it was beautiful and warm and two years ago it was snowing. Whether we get the rain, snow or sun, I’m prepared for all three. In fact, I am even embracing (and dare I say, loving) this idea if it rains:

Regardless, I’ve got the perfect remedy to a tough weather situation: a venue with an indoor and outdoor option!

Check back for updates on where our March 10th “all-weather-is-welcome” wedding will be!

Did you have wedding planning weather woes? How did you deal?

Side note: we are still praying for 75 and sunny all day long.

The bling!

5 Aug

I’ve had quite a few requests for a photo of the ring. So, here it is!

Bling, bling.

Woo!