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Jess Storm

Before we go any further there are a few things that I need to tell you about myself and how these things will be impacting my wedding:

  • I am DEATHLY allergic to all milk and milk products.

No, I am not lactose intolerant. Yes, I literally can die. It’s like the peanut allergy…only with milk (and ALL milk products). This has proven to be a bit more annoying than normal while planning my wedding with the cake and catering. I have had to request special EVERYTHING and I feel like such an inconvenience. But hey, it IS going to by one of the most important days of my life, so I need to be sure I can enjoy everything without the threat of an impromptu trip to the ER.

  • My beautiful, amazing, wonderful cousin is a graphic artist/designer.

Julie, my cousin, is the most artistic and creative person I know and as her wedding gift to Todd and I she has GENEROUSLY donated more than her fair share of time and design skill on our Save the Dates, Christmas Cards, Invitations, Reply Cards, Wedding Information, Programs, and I am sure in the not too distant future our Thank You cards as well. Her knowledge of printers and resources as well as her impeccable taste has given my wedding more of an upscale flair than I could have ever hoped to do on my own!

  • I am very non-traditional and conservative is not a word anyone would ever use to describe me. Todd is traditional and conservative.

As mentioned before, Todd and I are complete opposites. Something that we are still discussing is the: to change or not to change my last name. More on this later as this is still an ongoing conversation.

  • My Mom has been extremely sick over the last several months.

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I always expected that planning my wedding would be super fun and exciting. However, it has been more sobering than I could have imagined. My Mom has been too sick to do any of the planning with me or even have a conversation about what I am thinking. It has been heart-wrenching to go through what I thought we would do together alone. This has impacted some of the decisions that I have made.

  • My family is HUGE…and LOUD…and FUN!

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This picture is of my first and second cousins…and we’re all pretty close. So before I even invite friends (or the other side of my family…or Todd’s!), I have lots and lots of family to invite!

  • I am busting my behind to look like this by the wedding:
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…yeah, yeah, I know unlikely…but hey I’m trying. 😉


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Jess Storm

is a bride blogger who got married in 2011. Read her wedding planning posts here.