Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Wedding Wednesday

If you haven't checked out my previous post, you didn't get a chance to see the new tote bag that I made with my new Cricut Explore. After making it I had so many friends contact me saying that they want some of their own!

One of my friends in particular wanted me to do something for her six bridesmaids and after going back and forth with ideas of what to do, she decided on a simple gold heart, kind of like this one from Alphabet Bags.
Using my Cricut, I played around with some sizes and finally found a heart size that worked well on the tote bags that I bought (from Michaels) and voila! 
And while we're on the topic of wedding stuff (even though the totes weren't
actually for MY wedding), I got my engagement photos back last night and I ADORE them! Roger from EPlove is UH-MAZING. We had such a fun time shooting with him and can't wait to see him again at our wedding! Here's a little peek at some of my favorites:
I can't wait to marry this handsome man. 
199 days left!

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Wedding Wednesday

So much of my wedding planning is finally starting to come together. I've been getting all the big stuff nailed down so that I can start on the FUN stuff!

So far we have:
-Venue
-Ceremony/Cocktail Hour musician
-Wedding Coordinator
-Officiant
-DJ
- Photographer
-Caterer (sort of, still figuring out menu and cost)
-Bridesmaid Dresses
and best of all... MY DRESS!

I still have a few things to be done, like:
-Videographer
-Rentals
-Groomsmen attire
-And a bunch of little stuff

But now I feel like I can really get into the fun stuff! I plan on making my own save-the-dates, my own invites, basically all my own paper goods.

I recently splurged and bought myself a new Cricut Explore and I ADORE it! I really bought it to help with all the paper goods but, turns out, it can do SO much more!

As you may have read here I put together a bridesmaid box for all of my girls to ask them to be a part of my big day. In the box, each of them got these adorable Bridesmaid totes from Alphabet Bags.
Ever since I bought them I had been eyeing this bag for myself. 
But, with a wedding coming up, I really can't just be buying random stuff for myself (the Cricut doesn't count, it was an INVESTMENT! Haha). So anyways, after doing some research on my new toy, I thought, I'd give tote bag making a shot and what do you know... IT WORKED! (And I actually think I might like my bag better!) It cost me a fraction of what it would have to buy the other bag. Truth be told, the quality of the bag itself is lacking (I mean, I bought the tote for 2.99, what do you expect). But I'm so glad to see that it's totally  doable and easy at that!
I should be getting my engagement photos by the end of this week which means I'll be able to get started on my save the dates and get them out the door! Another project I'm really excited about and can't wait to share!

Thursday, April 3, 2014

(Spring Wedding) Suit Up!!

While some of my favorite shows were on their winter hiatus, I spent that time catching up on all 8 previous seasons of "How I Met Your Mother". Yes, I said ALL EIGHT.

Over the course of a couple months I managed to watch about 200 episodes and catch myself up to finish the 9th and final season (which just ended this past Monday) with the rest of the country who had been watching all along.

Like most, I'd say Barney is one of my favorite parts of the show and his love of suits was nothing short of legen.... wait for it.... DARY.

Since wedding planning began I've been way more into suits than ever before. I mean, don't get me wrong, like most women, I love a man in a suit, I had just never really paid attention to color, texture, style, any of the real details.

But NOW, when Sam and I are watching TV or see photos of someone in a suit we both offer some sort of comment like "That's a nice suit" or "Do you like the color of that suit?" or "Do you think that suit would look good at our wedding?".

I guess my newly acquired suit interest has been noted by the universe because I was recently contacted by the Online Media Manager at Bonobos, a men's apparel brand that focuses on better-fitting clothes and a better shopping experience.

Oddly enough, this isn't my first time hearing about the company. One of my all-time-favorite podcasts, the Pop My Culture podcast has been sponsored by them in the past and so I've checked them out and really liked what I saw!

Just in time for the spring wedding season, they have launched a new collection of men's Seersucker and Cotton Suits. Even though my wedding is going to be a fall wedding, it's going to be out in the desert so lightweight fabrics are a must!

Not only does Bonobos make a good looking suit, their attention to detail is immaculate! Take a look at the detail even on the INSIDE of some of my favorite suites!




As if the suits themselves aren't swoon-worthy enough, they also offer "Groomservice" wedding appointments in their Guideshop for Brides and Grooms to help both the groom and groomsmen find the perfect wedding attire!

While creeping around their site I also noticed that they even offer 20% off AND free shipping off of your first order! Not too shabby!

Suit Styling & Fit Tips from Bonobos VP of Design, 
Dwight Fenton

"Fit is the most important detail for a suit. Marry that with classic color options and quality fabric, and you have a great looking, versatile suit for every occasion."

  • Fit starts with the shoulders: The jacket should grab your shoulders snuggly but not be overly tight. If the shoulders fit, pretty much anything else can be adjusted.
  • Length matters: To determine the appropriate length, you should be able to cup the bottom of the suit with your arms by your side. 
  • Show some shirt: A flexible but general rule of thumb is to have a quarter-inch of your shirt cuff showing. If you're wearing a heavier cuff, like a French cuff, you may want to show a little more. 

I had a lot of fun putting this post together, now it's just a matter of finding just ONE suit for Sam to wear for our big day!!