Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Wedding Flowers & Décor

Well my mission of finding flowers for the bridesmaid’s bouquets went very successful. After some disappointment, Amy happened to come across a pre-made bouquet that was almost exactly what I was looking for. It was a little small, but we used it as our sample and searched the store for flowers to make my own bouquets. I also added a little extra to make the bouquets a little more elegant and colorful. (I haven’t made them yet, but they will look amazing.)

I also found some awesome candle rings that I will use on the wedding tables. They will look so nice with an ivory pillar candle.

I found the same candle rings in a different color to use for the head table. They look like a champagne color in person. I haven’t decided if I will use ivory candles for these candle rings or if I will use another color. I will decide that later.

I am really starting to get excited now that I can start to visualize the reception décor. It really helps that I can use the “blueprint” from the hall to determine where all the decorations will go.

This Saturday Jeremy and I are going to meet with the lady from the hall. This will really help us see how people decorate for their weddings, since the hall will be set up for another wedding. Then we can get an even better idea for layout and what kind other things we can decorate and where to hang a sign and so much more. It will really help me picture how everything will come together.

Well as of today, there are 6 months and 10 days until the wedding. It can’t come fast enough. It seems like forever ago that Jeremy and I got engaged, yet it seems like just yesterday. I am sure that the time will go fast, but I am just really starting to get excited about how everything will come together and most importantly to see Jeremy on our wedding day. The day that we will finally be together forever, finally married. I think that will be the happiest day of my life.

Planning is going very well. I have had a lot of people ask me if things were getting stressful yet, and I have to say no. Things are actually going really well. I still think that some people are having a hard time “seeing my vision” but if they just trust me, it will all come together beautifully. Jeremy and I are doing things a little different than most people might do and I think that that has the tendency to make people a little unsure, but I think that they will look back and agree that it was great and that everything worked out just perfect.

So for now, I am just going to continue thinking of more wedding details but most of all enjoying this lovely spring weather. I was starting to hate the cold.


Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Photographer and Church

The last time that I posted I mentioned that I was still looking for a photographer, well Jeremy and I decided on our photographer. I am so excited to have her as our photographer. Some people may think I'm totally crazy, but our photographer is from Pennsylvania. I really wanted to find someone that did some amazing work and did some awesome editing. That is exactly what we have. Plus with Joanna coming from PA she will have a fresh eye for our town/area. I see so many photographers around here doing the same thing for every wedding and I really wanted to have something unique and different to capture our wedding day memories. I found Joanna through her xanga website that I frequently followed. (For those of you not familiar with xanga, it is similar to a journal, but online and you can post pictures.) Because of her xanga, I felt a connection to her before even meeting her. She will arrive the day before the wedding, so she will be able to scope out the area to get ideas for where to take our wedding pictures. She will also be able to join us at the rehearsal and the entire wedding day. I am very excited to have her as our photographer.

Before I booked Joanna, I was really struggling with deciding on a photographer. So many people told me “I don’t even remember the last time I looked at my wedding pictures.” For me, pictures are very important. I love to sit and look at pictures and I frequently pull out my old albums and look through them. I wanted something that I knew would really capture the special moments of our wedding day. After much thought and discussion, we decided to go with Joanna. I knew that she was really who I wanted and I don’t think that I truly would have been happy if I didn’t have her. And like they always say, ‘Don’t scrimp on what means the most to you’ and in this case pictures were what meant the most to me.

Here is a slideshow of some of her work. I can’t wait for her to take our pictures.

So Jeremy and I have been working on our guest list. Let me just say, the list is much larger than we anticipated. So we are going to sort through the list again and see if there are any people on the list that we haven’t seen for a long time and maybe remove them, but other than maybe a handful, I don’t think that the list will get much smaller. So because of this, we had to reevaluate the church. The church we were going to get married in only held 238 people, I know that would be too small to hold our wedding guests. So we are going to check into another church. And this church will be much closer to the reception which will make it much nicer on everyone, so that they aren’t driving too much for our wedding. I was really hoping to follow tradition and get married at the same church as my Mom and my Grandma, but I really don’t think that it would work. So hopefully everything works out.

We did get our DJ booked, so that was nice to be able to check off one more item on our list.

We have found a baker for our cake, now the hard part is to decide on what style of cake to go with and what it should look like. I have looked through numerous pictures and I think I am even more unsure now than what I ever was before. I might just stick with my original idea; it was a cake I designed myself. You’ll have to let me know what you think of the design. It was something that I just designed on the computer, and doesn’t show the dimension of the cake, so it looks a little awkward.

(Top Layer has brown scroll work at the top and bottom of the cake with a monogram in the center. Remaining Layers have white scroll work at the top of the layer with a brown satin ribbon around the bottom of each layer. The entire cake is iced with a tan buttercream icing.)

This Saturday (my birthday) I am going shopping with Amy and looking for wedding décor, particularly our wedding flowers. I am hoping to be able to find flowers that I use to make all of our bouquets. So hopefully I have some luck and can find exactly what I’m looking for.

I hope you all have a great weekend and I hope that you are all enjoying reading the blog. I have had many people tell me that they really love reading the posts and checking out the pictures. Eventually you will also be able to RSVP for the wedding through this site or our knot.com website. There is a link in the top right corner of the screen to direct you to that website.

**Oh by the way, I have had a bunch of people shocked when the find out or see that my dress is posted on here. So I thought that I would let you know that Jeremy doesn't ever read this so there are no worries. : )

Current Tasks being Worked on:
  • Reserving our Officiant(s)

  • Finding the "final" church

  • Sorting through & Finalize our Guest List

  • Start looking for Bouquet Flowers & Décor

Thanks Again ~ Rachel