Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Wedding Sneak Peek

The wedding was FABULOUS, and I'll do a more comprehensive post soon, but here are some pictures from the wedding:

Professional Shots

Pictures from Friends

It could not have been better, and Josh and I love everyone who helped make it the most special day.

also... DINOSAURS!

Monday, January 12, 2015

Save the Date

The wedding is getting ever closer, and I'm starting to get excited.  One of the most tangible things thus far has been the save the dates, which have just arrived and are due to go out in the mail tomorrow.

Josh and I made the cards ourselves, using Adobe Illustrator and printing them online.  They turned out really bright and fun, and we're happy with them.  The sketch was taken from a drawing I did for Josh years ago.  His office is littered with little pictures I make for him.  This was my favorite.

These are the final cards.  We'll be sending a simple invitation out when it gets closer to wedding time.

As the wedding gets closer, I'll be posting more information, like fun things to do in Little Rock and what to expect at the wedding.  Can't wait!

Thanks so much to our wonderful friend, Amber Griffith, for helping out with our logo.  You can see more of her work here.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Hotel Booked!

Please check the "Lodging" tab at the top to book your room for the wedding.  We blocked out Thursday through Sunday, although we know most people will only be staying Friday and Saturday, or just Saturday.

We also rented out the meeting room, so we'll have a place to hang out after the wedding is over at the Clinton Library.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Dress Shopping and a Diet-Free Wedding

Often, when a girl gets engaged, that becomes time for her to launch into a full on weight loss campaign to look good for "the big day."  I admit, I had those thoughts myself.  Diets don't work for me, though, and I have spent a good long time learning to love my body, and I don't plan on depriving it.

I recently took a trip to New York to visit friends, and while there, I stopped off at Dolly Couture for some wedding dress shopping.  I love their dresses, because they have a fun and unique style, and the entire experience was amazing.  It was a small room in a low-rise building in Manhattan, which made me a little nervous.  Would they have dresses that fit me?  Would I find what I was looking for?  I did, and more.

Every dress I put on made me feel more beautiful than the last.  I never looked to see what size they were.  I just felt pretty.  Yvette, our Dolly ambassador, even commented on how easy the whole process went.  She said she had brides come in that were a size 4, and they said they wouldn't be happy unless they could walk down the aisle in a size 2 dress.  Screw that noise.  You should feel beautiful at any size.

(You don't get to see the final dress.  I'm saving that for the wedding.)

I love my body, imperfect as it is, so I won't be going on any huge weight loss campaigns for the wedding.  I'm active, and I love healthy food, and that's the most important thing.  Any brides out there that think they have to slim down for your big day, all I have to say is this:  Your partner loves you for who you are, so embrace that.  You should feel beautiful on your wedding, but the most important thing is to feel beautiful every day.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Less than a Year

Friday, I got a text from my mother, excited that the wedding was exactly 1 year away.  I hadn't even noticed!  After we got engaged, I had a flurry of wedding planning, and I have lately been focusing on other things.  This is good, of course, because we still have a year to go.  That being said, I've already organized quite a lot.

Things we have booked:

Venue:  Clinton Library
Caterer:  Forty Two
Photographer:  Jason Crader
Florist:  Day Lily to Go

I have a pretty good idea of who's going to be doing the wedding cake, and we are doing minimal decorations.

We're really excited to spend a weekend hanging out with friends and family, celebrating our 10 years together.

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Why I Wanted a Non-Traditional Ring

When it came time for Josh and I to get engaged, I sent him a list of ring ideas that ranged from knot rings to large gemstone rings to sapphire rings.  I thought I was being helpful, but it turns out, I was just being confusing.  Because I hadn't actually figured out what I wanted, he had an even harder time imagining which ring to buy.  When you tell your boyfriend, "I don't want a diamond," as I so often did, you should probably give him some clue as to why that is and what you would want instead.

I've known I didn't want a diamond for as long as I can remember.  I was more fascinated by the emeralds on my grandmother's engagement ring than the clear stones, and I knew I wanted something understated.  Don't get me wrong, I think to each their own, and if you want a diamond, get one.  It just wasn't my thing.  Before I ever saw Blood Diamond or heard about conflict areas in Africa, these gems just didn't move me like other stones.  Sapphires on the other hand, were special to me.  They're Josh's birth stone, they're just about as durable as a diamond, and they're beautiful.

Another big concern of mine was the size and expense of an engagement ring.  After being with Josh for 8 years, we own a home together and our finances are intertwined completely.  We make big purchase decisions together, and we're saving to make repairs on our home.  Dropping several thousand dollars on a ring did not appeal to me.  That still didn't narrow down what exactly it is I wanted, or how much I wanted us to spend.

When Josh proposed, he pulled out a ring he had given me years ago, that I wore all throughout my study abroad, and that meant a lot to me.  This ring would have been fine, but we decided to purchase a new engagement ring together.  We took a look at my Pinterest ring wish board, and I realized I had so many options, even I didn't know what to look for.  So, we kept looking.  Knowing my weird tastes, we didn't run out to a local jewelry store, we went to Etsy.

As we sat on our couch, surfing the internet for the "right" ring (which took us over an hour), we laughed about I had made things so confusing.  We looked at page after page of sapphire rings in various sizes and prices, until finally, we saw this ring.

It was perfect.  It was simple, inexpensive, but still of a high enough quality I would be happy with it.  We contacted the seller, BeyondtheRockz, and asked for a few modifications.  They responded quickly and happily, and my ring was on the way!  When I got it, I was incredibly happy, and every day since I've grown more in love with it.  It's perfect.

To everyone that knows me, the non-diamond engagement ring was no surprise.  I didn't catch any funny looks or feel bad about it.  Your ring should reflect who you are, and it should be something you're happy to wear.  Just like your wedding, your ring is a very personal expression of your taste, and it doesn't have to be flashy or over the top to prove how much you love your partner.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014


Hello, everybody!  Welcome to our wedding site.  We hope it provides you with all the information you need to attend our 10 year anniversary party/wedding in 2015!  If you'd like to follow along, I'll be blogging about finding vendors, dresses, etc.  I'm hoping this will be a fun and creative process, and I'm really excited to share it with you!  If you would like to subscribe by email, enter your email address on the side bar and you'll get updates right to your inbox!

See you at the wedding!