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A lot of catching up to do!

12 Jan

My Husband and I have been married for 4 months!  and I have missed out on so many posts here.  I started to get a little overwhelmed with the wedding and had to quit blogging so I could put all of my energy into the wedding.  Then all of the posts I missed seemed so daunting but I’m ready to update you on everything!  I’ll try to do it all in order starting with the bridal shower my bridesmaids threw me.

Keep checking back for more updates in the next couple of days!


Centerpiece Idea from Green Wedding Shoes

19 Apr

This wedding photo shoot set up by and featured on Green Wedding Shoes is so beautiful!  I love the centerpieces, I think I might use this idea for our centerpieces.


12 Apr

We have a vacation rental for our honeymoon!!!  After weeks of looking at options we finally made a decision and put down the deposit.  It’s a one bedroom open concept cottage on a 1 acre lot.  The rental is near Sunset Beach on the Hawaiian island, Oahu.  It’s not right on the beach like we wanted but we’re thinking it might be a good thing, we’ll have more privacy and we can bike there anytime we want to, on the provided cruisers!  This rental sounds great and has great reviews.

We were really concerned about being scammed but we’ve had open communication with the owner, read multiple reviews, looked up the address on google maps and talked to our parents before we made our decision.  So if you ever consider getting a vacation rental do lots of research on the property, location and the owner.  We actually thought we found a great one that was right on the beach but when I looked up the owner’s name I found the property listed on multiple Realtor websites, that was a huge red flag for me, I couldn’t risk putting our money into the property and have it sold before we even get there!

To find our rental we looked on and  We discussed what amenities were important to us and tried to find rentals that had everything we want.  I feel like we looked at every one and two bedroom on the whole island!  Our rental includes some great amenities, beach chairs, snorkel gear, a gas grill, hammock, washer and dryer, full kitchen, internet access, 2 bikes, it’s been recently renovated and it’s only a 40 minute drive to Honolulu.  We have an idea of what sort of activities we want to do but I’ll write more about that later.



4 Apr

It’s been over a month since my last post!  I’m sorry that it’s been so long, I’ve been busy with wedding details but also with some personal stuff.  A couple of weeks ago my Mom and sister/bridesmaid Gabrielle came to Michigan to visit me!  We worked out a few details here then I drove back to Wisconsin with them to work out a few more details.  The good news is I had a great time visiting with my family, we narrowed down my centerpiece ideas, started working on the pew decor, we booked our honeymoon location, our Save the Dates are printed and I found my veil!  But there has been some bad news too.  We’ve heard some shady things about our reception site, with some searching we found out some information that we are thankful to have found out now and not right before our wedding day!  It sounds like there is a pretty big chance that our location might not be open for much longer.  We’re looking into other options, there’s a great possibility available on our very popular date and we have to make a decision soon!  I honestly don’t know how I am able to be (somewhat) positive about this situation.  I did shed some tears a few times, who wouldn’t after researching almost every reception site in Green Bay to have what I thought was the perfect one fall right in my lap and then find out 5 months before the wedding that we need to change the location!  On top of that we’re having car troubles, expensive car troubles.  Situations like these make me realize how lucky we are to have such great, supportive parents.  Carl’s parents were  the ones who found the bad news, it was/is upsetting but better to know now than later.  Both of our parents are here for us to offer their advice, which we are thankful for.  We’ll be making our decision on a new location soon, I’ll keep you updated!  Be sure to check back in the next couple of days for new posts on the location, our honeymoon and our save the dates!

Project to do list

14 Jan

I’m hoping that, by putting this up online, it will help get me motivated to actually start a project! Aside from getting started I need to work out a budget for my DIY projects, I have no clue as to how much anything is going to cost, let alone what materials I want/need to buy. That’s not the fun part, so I keep putting it off. I like coming up with the ideas and making them, I don’t want to plan what I need and figure out how much it’s going to cost. I guess if I want us to stay in our budget it’s something I’m going to have to do. I think if I tackle one project at a time it will be a little easier.

So, here’s the list of projects. It most likely will change as the Wedding gets closer (239 days!). At least it’s a starting point.

Stationary – Save the Dates, Invites, Programs, Table Numbers, Place Cards
Aisle Runner – With our names and wedding date printed, matching our invites
Pew Decorations – Not really sure what I want yet
Unity Candle –
Decorations for the Church –
Decorations for the Reception – String lights(bought), Fabric to hang? Candles, Photos of us?
Photo Booth – Buy software, Make backdrop, Lighting?
Guestbook – Scrapbook for photos from booth, pens in wedding colors
Props for Photo Booth – Felt and dowels, chalkboard paint, foamcore
Cupcake Tower – Cake Circles or Nice Plates, Styrofoam Cylinder as base or candle stick holders
Cake Topper – Wooden Dolls, Acrylic Paint
Decor for: Cake Table, Gift Table, Fireplace Mantle, Escort Cards
Fascinators – Feathers, Fabric, Netting
Garter – Elastic, Ribbon, Fabric
Jewelry – Beads, Chain, Findings
Boutonnieres? – Not sure if I want the Florist to make them or if I want to do something different
Pillow for the Ring Bearers – Fabric, Ribbon, Stuffing
Basket for Flower Girl – If we decide to have one
Just Married Sign – Paper, Ribbon
Card Box – Boxes, Paper, Ribbon
Send Off – Need to decide what we’re doing – Sparklers?

This is all I can think of right now. It looks like I still have a lot of decisions to make…

Mini Tree Centerpieces

16 Dec

I’ve been playing around with a few ideas for the table centerpieces and came across these small cedar trees in square vases, by JL Designs.  Maybe have a small grouping surrounded by candles.  Or we could stick little flowers in the trees.

I love the little dog they put in the photo 🙂

Green Bay Bridal Show

14 Sep

Carl and CJ went to the Bridal Show with me last week, I didn’t even have to beg!  We saw some great vendors and got a few ideas.

There are even more pictures on my flickr page