Save the Dates: Shutterfly//
Well hello there! Long time no talk 😉 Seriously though, I took a little time away from the blog as life is crazy, so I apologize for that. However, I am back & in action. I even have three posts planned for this week… so go ahead & call me superwoman 🙂
As our 6 month mark for our wedding is slowly approaching (four days & counting), I wanted to go ahead & share our save the dates with you! By the way future brides, you want to send out your save the dates no later than 6 months from your wedding date! Any who, I researched & researched for the most cost friendly save the dates, as I was not looking to spend a fortune on them. I mean lets be real, sista is on a budget, & I love any deal I can get. After exploring multiple different websites that offered save the dates, we ended up going with a simple card from Shutterfly. And would you believe me when I say we got them for 50%? Well, you are going to have to believe me, because we did indeed! They are constantly having sales, so you need to keep an eye out. In fact, they have their save the dates marked up to 40% off right now. So act fast, as this sale will not last forever!
I knew from the start that I wanted one simple picture, in black & white, with a hint of gold! So cha-ching, because I found just that 🙂 I love that our cards are to the point, because that is the whole point of sending them. You want to bring awareness to your wedding date & location, so people can go ahead & mark their calendars! If you are a bride to be & on the hunt for simple, but elegant save the dates, you need to keep this in mind. In my opinion, you do not want to overwhelm your guests with too many words. Think simple & to the point. I have told several of my bride to be friends about Shutterfly, as I was super impressed with the fast turn around & classy look.
I hope this post helps give you a better insight on our save the dates & why I chose them! Have a great day & enjoy.
Hi lady! Another Tuesday & another bridal post, so sorry for all you non brides 😉 This is just a season of life I am enjoying 100%, so I am super passionate about sharing all the details with you! Hopefully if you are a bride to be & trying to figure out a way to ask your best girls to stand by your side this post will help! And let me just say, picking bridesmaid has seriously been the hardest part of the wedding process so far. I just wanted all the girls in my life to be included, but I came to my senses & figured I couldn’t have 15+ bridesmaids!
Any who, I knew I wanted to do something extra special for my BFFs, which obviously included a brunch with mimosas! I mean is it really celebrating if mimosas are not involved? 🙂 With that being said, I invited my friends to Winewood Grill in Grapevine for brunch! If you are in DFW, you definitely need to eat at Winewood. I am a major fan of their brunch food (& mimosas).
I put together little white boxes that were filled with some goodies inside, to ask them to stand by my side, on one of the biggest days of my life! I tried to stick to pieces that stuck to my personality & style, but would also not cost me an arm & a leg! I found the boxes from Etsy for $12 for a set of 12. Before I received them I had bought champagne flutes, but they ended up not fitting in the boxes. No worries though, I headed back to Hobby Lobby & exchanged the flutes for polka dot, stemless wineglasses. While at Hobby Lobby, I also purchased the ring holders with each girls initial. This was the special touch that was unique for each bridesmaid! I filled the box with some pink & white confetti, threw in a mini bottle of prosecco & called it a day! Oh & added a big bow on top, duh 😉 And the bow just so happened to be the color of their bridesmaid dresses (that I am letting each of them choose).
I found the cutest cards to “pop the question” with from Marrygram. I love the saying on the cards, because it tied the champagne theme together. And they were pearly white, with blush pink envelopes, so you know I really did love them!
After treating these special girls to brunch & popping the question, they each said yes & I am SO honored. I have been in several weddings & personally know how much work & dedication it takes, so my heart melts knowing they each want to be apart of mine & Austin’s big day. I wanted to take the time to show a little love to each girl, as they all hold a special place in my heart. So continue reading if you want to learn how I met each of my besties. If not, thank you so much for stopping by! I hope this got your creative mind flowing!
MOH- Taylor Fielder, best friend since 1st grade
Bridesmaid- Karsyn White, 1st grade // Bridesmaid- Kyndal Broome, 4th grade
Bridesmaid- Addison Hooker, 1st grade (she was at school & could not make the brunch unfortunately)
Bridesmaid- Meghan Miller, college roomie for 3 years
Bridesmaid- Maddie Middleton, college friends & introduced me to Austin (we were in hers & her hubbies wedding)
Bridesmaid- Paige Broussard, college bestie from Comm & Journalism classes
Bridesmaid- Andi Vetter, college friend from freshmen year
Bridesmaid- Karli Zawacki, college friend from Comm & Journalism classes
And special thanks to my momma & step-mom, Charlie, for attending the brunch! I mean lets be real, they are two of my bestest girls & always will be!
Momma (if you can’t tell)
I hate the word “step-mom” so lets just call her one of my BFFs, too!
Image via Lulu’s Bridal Boutique
Hi lady! SO sorry I have been MIA lately. Between starting a new job & planning a wedding, you could say life is cray. I am trying to squeeze in time at night to write some posts though, so hold me to that & new content coming soon 😉
Speaking of wedding planning, I had to share with you that I found THE dress. You know the dress I am talking about. The one we all dream of since we were like 6 years old. The one that we can picture ourself walking down the aisle to our prince charming in. I wanted to share my experience with you, because it was so fun & if you are a bride-to-be in Dallas, then you have to go where I went.
So I did not invite my bridal party to be apart of the dress process, simply because I wanted it to be an intimate moment with family! Also, I have heard horror stories from brides about too many friends going with them, & they become nothing but overwhelmed. With that being said, the only people that went was my momma, step-mom, two aunts & my college roomie, Meghan. I would not have changed the people I brought with me, because they were a great support system!
We went to Lulu’s Bridal Boutique in the Design District in Dallas & I was highly impressed. Sharon was my consultant & helped me find the perfect dress. She started the appointment out by having me pick out dresses I was drawn to in the store. I walked into the dressing room with about 8 dresses (oooppss), as I was trying to stay open minded, so I chose all sorts of styles. Needless to say, the dresses I picked out ended up not being my favorite nor were flattering for my figure. After about three dresses, Sharon said she was going to pull a dress she had a feeling I would love. I had the dream dress picked out in my head & Sharon ended up finding just that for me & it was the gown I ended up going with!
I was actually hesitant to turn around in the dream dress I went with, because I was nervous about what my family would say. However, when I turned around, my mom instantly started crying. That was when I knew I had found my dress! Lets be real- if momma cries, Geor cries. LOL!
November 12 cannot get here fast enough, because I am more than ready to put that gown on & feel like a princess for a day. Say prayers for me that I don’t cave & show Austin. I am the absolute worst with surprises. I think I will do okay with this one though 🙂
If you’re a bride & have any questions, please shoot them my way! I am no expert, but I will try to help as best as I can. Have a fabulous day!
Hey sweet thang! Today’s post is very special, because I am sharing how Austin popped the question, as well as the beginning steps I am taking towards wedding planning. So keep reading if you want to get all the deets!
As some of you may know, last Sunday was my birthday, as well as moving day for our new apartment! Saturday night Austin & I went on a birthday date for hibachi, since we knew Sunday would be extra busy. Hint- we knew it would be extra busy, but Austin insisted that we needed to go to church & brunch. Let me remind you- it was moving day so I was already stressed! However, I decided to try & go with the flow (which is extremely hard for me), so I told him that was perfect. Austin knew what he was doing by saying we were going to church, because he knew I would get all dressed up, especially since it was my birthday. While we were in the midst of driving to church, I knew something was up because Austin drove right past the church without batting an eye.
I questioned him by saying, “Uhhh where are we going?”
He replied with, “I am pretty hungry, so I figured we would just go eat.”
It was already 11:00 so I was a-okay with that, because I was starving! However, as we approached the vicinity of the brunch spot, he drove right past it, too. This is when I knew something was up! I vividly remember the precious look he gave me when I asked what was going on. Seriously though, I wish I could have had that look on camera. You know the look I am talking about. The ones we all see in hopeless romantic movies, where you just feel that beam of love shining right through you. It gives me butterflies just thinking about it! After driving for about ten more minutes, we pulled up to this beautiful park. It then hit me with what was happening! He opened the door for me & told me to get out & that we were going on a walk. We slowly walked down a trail that led to a bridge over a creek. *tears began to fill my eyes already, as I knew what was coming*
We finally reached the bridge & Austin took my hands, stared deeply into my eyes (cue the tears even more) & said a bunch of sweet things that neither of us remember. LOL! This was followed by him getting down on a knee & asking me to spend forever with him. I of course said YES! That moment in time, easily became one of the best moments of my life. My love for Austin is more than I can express, & I am so thankful for the past 4 years with him. And now to think I get to spend a lifetime with him, WOW WOW WOW, is all I have to say.
We are so excited for this precious time surrounded by friends & family, & I cannot wait to share the process with you along the way. For starters, we are looking to do an early December 2017 wedding. I am pretty set on a fall/winter wedding, so we will see what date we can come up with! My goal right now is to get the venue booked within the next week or so. With that being said, we are touring a couple venues this weekend & I am hoping we both fall in love with one of them, because let’s be real… that would make life a lot easier! We both love the industrial/rustic look. So think exposed brick & chandeliers! If you know of anywhere that sounds like that in DFW, please let me know, as I would love to know your suggestions!
Thanks for stopping by & have a fabulous weekend.