Friday, January 29, 2010


I finally finished my January medical school class.... phew! I'm so glad that's done. Now I'll have more free time to spend working on wedding things!

We've accomplished a lot in just this week! We finally figured out transportation, which had been really worrying me! I'm so excited about the limos for the bridal party and our getaway! :)
Everyone is going to have an amazing time and the limos will make shuttling everyone around so much easier!

Another really exciting check: we decided on videography! When we first started planning, videography wasn't very high on our priority list. Over time, we've seen more and more videos and have realized that it is something that we might regret not having. We are putting so much effort into making this wedding amazing, we want to make sure it all gets captured. We decided to go with Cinematrimony, out of Charlotte. They have been excellent in communicating with us and we can't wait to see what they create for us. Click here to see their blog and a wedding trailer from another couple's wedding.

We also found a very reasonable calligrapher! Leah from Simply Stated was recommended by Swoozies in Cameron Village. She has some beautiful samples on her website and can recreate most any font! The calligraphy is going to add that extra touch to the invites. Plus, it will be great not to have to worry about the stress of addressing all of the invitations!

113 days to go!!

Friday, January 22, 2010

J. Crew Obsession

Yes, it's true! I love J. Crew and almost everything they sell. Their wedding and party collection is so cute! Although, we decided not to get bridesmaid dresses from there because they were shorter and more casual than we wanted. Yesterday I ordered two dresses that were on sale and they are gorgeous, I can't wait to wear them for wedding related events! I'm thinking about wearing the silver wrap dress for the morning and getting ready on the wedding day.

I also FINALLY found a pair of the shoes I had been eyeing for my wedding. I think this is the first wedding picture I saw of them... They are sold out of almost every size and color at J. Crew. I even contacted them to see if they could find a pair for me and they are completely gone in my size! :( However, I found someone on WeddingBee who bought these then decided not to wear them for her wedding. They are gorgeous!
I'm so excited to finally be getting the little things done!

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Reception Lighting

We met Jeff Simpson from Simpsound on Saturday at The State Club. We were so excited that he was able to come out and show us some of his ideas for lighting our Reception. I didn't get a chance to take many pictures and my camera wasn't capturing the effects well, but we were blown away!

The ceilings in the ballroom are very high with gorgeous chandeliers. However, we were afraid that without lighting, the walls could end up looking too plain. We're hoping to do some colored uplighting on the walls around the room as well as a custom monogrammed gobo light for the dance floor.

Here's what the fireplace looks like in the dimmed ballroom:
And, here's what it looks like at the same time, but with uplighting between the columns on the sides of the fireplace:
The lighting really highlights the architecture of the room and is so dramatic! We really think that it will set the tone for a fun reception. For this example, he used a pinkish/purple color, but he can customize it to almost any color that we want.

Here are some more pictures of receptions/events that Jeff's company has done the lighting for.
We're sooo excited and know it will look amazing!

Invites are IN!!!!

YAY! We're so excited that our invitations came in this week. It only took Crane & Co. 2 weeks to get them to us after our proofs! I picked them up from Swoozies yesterday and they look BEAUTIFUL! I think they're even better than I expected!
Here are some pictures... I can't wait to send them out in March!!

Monday, January 11, 2010


Today I contacted the company that we'll most likely be using for our wedding favors. (Truffle Trolley)I am thrilled to report that they have been excellent to work with so far! I asked if they would be able to accommodate our monogram, since usually they only do single letter black/white text. He quickly responded that they could do it and that they would look fabulous! He even printed out a test tag immediately after I sent him our monogram file.
We haven't figured out which flavors yet, but that'll be coming up soon!! :) YUMMMM! I can't wait to try all of the different combinations. It's going to be so hard to choose!

So, we're getting the formal double truffles (2 truffles per box). We'll get silver boxes with pink ribbon tied around them with our tag. The best part is, they will ship them to us the week before the wedding and they will already be packaged, tagged and tied! It's going to be great not to have to spend more time tying bows on little boxes!!

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Project Updates!

Time is flying by! I can't believe there are only 4 months and 12 days until the wedding, eeek! This weekend I finished a couple projects and I've been getting ready to start others. I found really cute labels at AC Moore to put on the soap for the OOT bags. I love these!!

Then, I found wooden letters of our initials to put inside the wreaths. I hung these with silver ribbon. What do you think?? Letters or no letters? The doors at the church are dark brown, so I think the white will show up nicely (they're kind of hard to see
hanging on our white doors). As of right now I think they're cute and I like the personalization, but the letters are easy to take out if we want to.

I also started a mock up of our ceremony programs. Although we haven't actually written the ceremony yet, I wanted to get an idea of what kind of supplies I'll need. Since we didn't do DIY invites, I kind of took the design I had for the invites and turned them into programs. More on this project later. But, I do like the idea of including a map to the reception in the program (if you have enough room). Our reception location's address isn't on most GPS or google maps, so I wanted to make it easier for our guests to find their way. So, we'll probably put the map and directions on the back page, facing the cardstock cover, like in this example.