DIY PROJECTS

My Centerpiece Process

My inspiration was found via Pinterest, as so many things are these days, and looked something like these mason jar lanterns. (unfortunately I don’t know where this original image came from, my apologies!) Perfect for our barn setting, simple, and elegant. Plus, I had a hundred

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Parties + Showers

Fragrant, Handmade Bridal Shower

In case I haven’t said it before…I LOVE my Bridesmaids. I couldn’t have asked for a better bunch. For my handmade bridal shower, they used my wedding colors and made them their own! I’ll let the pictures do the talking on this one. Everything was made by/assembled

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Savvy Shopping

Keeping it Local

While being budget savvy has a LOT to do with saving money, I also feel that it also is important to support local businesses. Almost everything we’ve bought and the businesses we are using have been from the area. Our photographer was a local photographer just

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DIY PROJECTS

My Adventures Repurposing

I had seen so many chalk board menus in recent weddings and I wanted one for my own, for the bar to list our drink selections for the night. Luckily I had just the thing hiding under the couch at my parent’s house. In my college

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Music + Entertainment

D.J.s are Electric!

Choosing music was one of the most difficult things for Nathan and I. We tossed around the idea of a D.J., live band, and kind of just doing it on our own with an Ipod. The last one quickly became a non-option. We didn’t want to

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DIY PROJECTS

DIY Bean Bag Toss

Remember when I told you we were making our own bean bag toss board for the reception? IT’S DONE! Hooray! We were worried that our guests would be waiting a long time between the ceremony and reception while we take pictures and we’re hoping for good

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Random

Choosing Our Wedding Photographer

Meet Jessica, our lovely photographer, you can find her bio and her beautiful photography here. Jessica’s sister was in my sorority at good old Saint Francis. Not long after I became engaged, L (Jessica’s sister), sent me a facebook message about her sisters photography business. I

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DIY PROJECTS

Asking Your Bridesmaids

My 4 very best friends and my 2 baby sisters are my bridesmaids. I, unfortunately was not very creative in my method of popping the question. I asked my middle sister over the phone if she would be my Maid of Honor the night I got

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Wedding Dresses

Saying YES to the Dress

You know how I had mentioned before that everything for my wedding just seemed to fall into place? Well finding my dress wasn’t any different. It was love at first sight and on top of that, it was on the sale rack! I had made an

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Ceremony

Church Ceremony Planning

We had a date, we had a reception site, now a church. Nate and I were both raised Catholic, but if we’re being completely honest, getting married in a church wasn’t a huge priority on our part. I wanted to get married outside with all of

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Reception

The Perfect Place…

…for my reception. I know I’ve already told you the place, and showed you the picture, but now I want to share the process of getting to there. It was fairly simple. We only looked at two places, and one was Mill Creek. I guess I

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Wedding Budget

Anticipated Budget Breakdown

So, I thought it was about time I told you how we plan to breakdown our budget and the DIY list I plan to tackle. We really want to keep our wedding under $15,000, right now, as budgeted, we’re at roughly $13,000. This allows for wiggle

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