Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Lake Michigan Engagement Pictures Part 1




A few weeks ago we headed out to Holland, Michigan right on the lake to take our MI engagement pictures. If you think we already took engagement pictures, you'd be right ;) You can find them here! Since those were taken in California, we also wanted to take some in Michigan at one of McCann's favorite places. My BFF Ashley treated us to these gorgeous images as a gift and I'm just so thankful. My heart is overflowing with love when I look at these. I'll show you part two next week!











Dress: Rent the Runway  / Photos: Ashley Slater Photography 

I can't wait to get these printed and frame a few after our wedding. I'll be creating a really pretty wedding gallery wall. I can't wait to get started and show you!

xoxo

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Monday, August 29, 2016

Wedding Bliss: Our Wedding Website


Having a wedding website has been so great throughout our engagement! Not only is it helpful to have all of our wedding information in one place for our guests, but it was also really fun to make (and easy as pie, too!) We used Minted Wedding Websites, since our invitations also came from Minted, and I have been SO happy with it. It has a spot for everything-- your proposal story, wedding events, travel information (like hotels and favorite places to go in the town your wedding is in!), a page to share pictures and a blurb about your bridal party, all your gift registry info, and even a place for guests to RSVP. Best part? That is all free! If you want to upgrade to a custom URL, password protected site and a photo gallery option, it's only $35, which I found to be really great. You can choose from all sorts of site templates that match different invitations Minted offers, too! I'll give you a tour of our website:

Home Page:
We choose this one photo layout, but each design has 3 layouts you can choose from! (All of which are mobile friendly, which is great for this tech-savvy world we live in.)




Also on the home page, if you scroll down a little, you see our proposal story.


Photo gallery page includes our proposal and engagement photos: 


Wedding party page:

RSVP page:

This has been a huge stress reliever for me! A few people warned me not to do e-RSVP's beforehand because they weren't traditional and older people won't be able to figure it out (looking at you, mom! ;)) but honestly, this is something I've been so happy with. Thankfully, everyone has been able to figure out! But the best part is, it's SO easy to keep track of everyone who is coming. Once someone RSVP's, Minted files it into a section of your wedding website where you can view the YES and NO replies. If you want, you can even download an excel spreadsheet with the RSVPs. And bonus! No RSVPs get lost in the mail (or forgotten to be input in my own spreadsheet). While this may not be traditional, this has saved me so much time and stress. 

Tip: I included instructions on how to RSVP online on our details & directions insert, sent with the invitation. This was probably very helpful for those who don't have innate instincts on the computer!



Registry Page:



The other page we included was the Events page, with the date, time, address and everything they needed to know about our ceremony/reception. (Not posting that here because we don't need no wedding crashers...ha!) We gave them written directions to the venue, but Minted also includes a map built in to the site.

Did you use a wedding website? How do you feel about online RSVP's?

xoxo

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Saturday, August 27, 2016

Saturday Finds: Summer & Tropical Sale Finds


Happy weekend! This week we're doing Saturday Finds and it's about the last stint of summer + tropical vacations. With my honeymoon coming up, I've been thinking about our Maui trip a lot recently, along with what to bring! Since Anthropologie's sale is on SALE (25% off!) and they recently put tons of summer dresses on sale, I did some shopping. Here are my favorite finds:




Discount is reflected at checkout!

I've also been looking for a new pair of beach pants. I like to wear these on the plane and even around the hotel. Macy's has really cute ones right now in the junior department (heck, I'm still buying them, just be sure you check the size chart!)






Here's a few other things that caught my eye. Oh, and that swim suit is one of a few I'm bringing with me on the trip!





Now for what I got at Anthro (with tons of gift cards, thanks to my recent bridal shower!)

This t-shirt! Easy to wear with jean shorts or a skirt.

I also ordered this adorable dress:



Finally, I bought this tank to hike / zip line in when we're in Maui!


That's a wrap! Have a wonderful weekend!
xoxo

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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

My New Kitchen Barstools


One of the (many) reasons I was excited about our new apartment was because it meant we would have a counter to put some cute bar stools at! We can eat breakfast here together also. Ah! So grown up ;) If you want to see what the apartment looked like before I got moved in, check out this post!

As you might know, my style is farmhouse chic, with touches of industrial pieces and some glam (aka gold). I might need to make it more masculine once we get married and my fiance moves in ;) Keeping my style in mind and the fact that we have a ton of weathered wood pieces, we chose these beautiful counter stools from Lamps Plus, formerly 55 Downing Street. Our dining chairs pair so well with them, they are comfortable with a padded seat, and they're petite enough so they don't take up too much visual space. I also loved that they had some nailhead trim; it just makes them look more special and finished! Take a look...





Aren't they a perfect fit?! One thing I want to note for people who are picking out stools: there is a difference between Counter and Bar stools. Counter stools are shorter in height (counter = the height of your kitchen counters) and bar stools are taller (bar = raised higher than your kitchen counters). I often get asked how much space there should be in between your counter top and the seat of your stool. I suggest about 10" less than your counter height. That tends to give enough leg room, without putting you at an awkward level to eat at the counter or bar. Hope that helps!

Happy middle of the week!
xoxo

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