Monday, November 19, 2018

Life Lately: A Month of Marriage

Hey loves!

Today I'm going to share some pictures that are non-wedding related. Since tomorrow is one month since the wedding I want to update you on what we've been up to since then. I'll pick back up with wedding posts soon because there is still SO much to share but I really want to share the professional photos with you once they come in.

My to-do list length is only rivaled by my blog to-do much to write!

Anyways here's what we've been up to over the last month:

I have been so lucky to get to have lunch with this little one on occasion!

She got the chance to ride Rhody the Ram at URI and clearly was pleased with herself!

Tim and I also attended the Trunk or Treat that Brittni's family started hosting each year. This year the rain put a damper on the trunk part of it but they still held the party! We weren't planning on decorating a trunk since it was the weekend after our wedding so we weren't disappointed about that aspect. It's so cute to see all the little ones in their costumes.

Parker was cruising around in her walker!

Emma kept enjoying poking Tim with her horn. Little troublemaker.

We spent some time at the rock painting table since that's what Emma seemed to enjoy the most.

Then Tim worked on his muscles by holding Emma and Bella up so they could draw on the white board.

At work they threw me a surprise wedding party!

It was so sweet and unexpected!

Tim turned 30! We celebrated by going to BJs Brewhouse with Derek, Ally and Shawn. Then we went to Richards Pub to continue the celebrations.

I love this guy and glad he's old like me now!

On Election Day I had the whole day off so first I voted...

Then I headed to social security to officially change my name! (Man that is a LONG process...still not done)

We also got to meet Ryan (our friend Jenna's little boy!) He was born back in the summer but we hadn't been able to meet him yet. It was so nice to visit with Jenna and Chris while we soaked up some baby time.

On Veteran's Day while Tim worked I went to play with the babies!

Parker and I bonded while I pushed her on the swing!

Then we played in Emma's room for a little bit until I had to leave. Such a fun day!

Now I'm off to try to get some things checked off my to-do list! What did you do this month?!

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Our Wedding: The Bridal Party

Do you all have the most incredible group of friends and family that are incredibly supportive and always there for you?

If you don't, find some ASAP because this crew was AMAZING!

Not only did we each have seven people who stand by our sides but we had five adorable children who were part of our day.

Tim chose his cousin (and best friend) Derek as his best man. He included his dad as a groomsman and his two brothers. He had two of his best friends Shawn and Fred and also included my brother.

I chose my best friend Rachel as my matron of honor. I had Brittni my other best friend lined up next, followed by Kristin who I have been friends with since high school. Megan and Laura were my roommates in college, Tim's sister Brittany was next and then Ally who is a newer friend but also Derek's girlfriend, so I see her quite often!

Could we have found cuter kids anywhere? I highly doubt it!

Kason and Callan are Tim's (and now mine!) nephews and are the sweetest. They really took care of the little girls and had the best time in the photobooth!

Tilly is the daughter of Rachel and Ant and Emma and Parker are the daughters of Brittni and Stephen. All three of them were perfect and SO entertaining. We are so lucky to have friends who produce such adorable children and allow us to be their aunt and uncle.

We truly had the most amazing bridal party and could not be luckier to have celebrated with all of them!


Monday, November 12, 2018

Our Wedding: The Dress

Today I'm sharing pictures that haven't been shared yet on the blog and I only shared with Tim the other day!

These pictures are from when I first went to try on my dress! I had picked my dress during an appointment with my mom and Rachel but this is when my mom and I went back to Alexandra's in Fall River and I had my accessories appointment. 

I tried on the dress that they would alter to me and picked my hair piece and my earrings.

I was pretty sure I wanted my hair half up and curled so I did a little something so I could see what it would be like. Immediately my consultant picked my hair piece and I was obsessed. It was perfect and I knew I had to have it.

The earrings were a little tougher but we eventually found a pair that I loved.

I love the dress I chose. I love how simple it is but the belt gives it sparkle. I love that it's strapless and so comfortable. I love that it had a train but wasn't anything too intense. I loved everything about it.

If you are looking for a dress I would definitely head to Alexandras in Fall River MA. They have every dress imaginable and take the time to let you try on them all! I (mostly) had the best experiences there. Everyone from my initial consultant to my seamstress (Megan) was wonderful. There was one employee I found a little rude but besides here everyone was great!

I highly recommend them if you aren't sure what you really want. They helped me find the dress I always wanted and kept it within my budget!

What is your dream wedding dress?

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Our Wedding: First Touch

This is a moment I'll have to revisit later because I only have one picture to show you today. 

Years ago while reading Peanut Butter Fingers I read about the authors wedding.  Julie shared a moment that was so special and private for her and her husband. She called it "Behind The Door" and I was obsessed with this moment because it felt like the perfect way to connect with your future husband but not see him before the right moment. 

I always dreamed about doing this and once our photographer Carissa asked us if we were doing a first look I told her no but I really wanted to do a " behind the door" shot. She called it a "first touch" and I knew that yes that's exactly what I wanted.

I wanted to hold Tim's hand and tell him how much I love him. I wanted to know he was there and feeling nervous too but so excited to meet me at the end of the aisle.

That's exactly what we got.

Now this is the only picture I have, taken by one of my bridesmaids. I could barely see Tim and he couldn't see me at all. I held his hand as Carissa took pictures of us and we told each other how excited we were and how we'd see each other soon.

When the professional pictures come in I will share more because I'm sure they will make this moment look complete. It was perfect and I am SO glad we chose to do this!

Monday, November 5, 2018

Our Wedding: The Reception

Happy Monday!

Today we are chatting about our wedding reception! It's hard to believe this was over two weeks ago.

Our reception went by in a blur but we had the best night! The room looked gorgeous and I can't believe that my vision came to life!

Our first dance was to Dance With Me by Phillip Phillips which Tim picked and it was so sweet. However dancing while everyone watches you is one of the most awkward things in the world.

We had a small cake made so we could cut it but served cupcakes and s'mores tarts at a dessert table to our guests.  I still can't get over how much fun these simple little things were. We had the best time feeding each other cake and laughing as Tim cut a huge piece to feed me.

The babies were the hit of the wedding and Emma's dance moves were priceless as she twirled and galloped around the dance floor.

So many of my friends were there and it was great to see them all, I just wish we had more time to socialize!

 We tired to get around and talk to every single person but it was such a whirlwind!

As we listened and laughed to the speeches of my dad, my matron of honor and Tim's best man we knew we were so lucky to have all of them there with us!

I am so thankful these moments were captured because they truly emulate the pure joy we felt on this day!

I can't wait to share more pictures with you as we receive them. It was truly the most magical, perfect day.

Friday, November 2, 2018

Our Wedding: Groomsmen, Ring Bearer and Flower Girl Gifts

Hey guys!

Today I'm sharing what we bought for the groomsmen, ring bearers and flower girls!

I wanted to lump these all into one because they are not as exciting as the bridesmaid gifts, because let's face it, guys gifts aren't as exciting. Also, we just did something little for the kids- nothing too crazy since we all know they grow up and won't care about their gifts in a few years!

Let's start with the groomsmen.

Tim focused more on things the guys could wear on the day of the wedding, which worked out great so the guys didn't have to spend money on "extras" and could just pay to rent the suit and shoes.

Tim and I had talked about pocket squares because I preferred them to boutonnieres and he agreed. He chose these for the guys and I think they were the perfect fit.

He ordered these online and did a great job picking out the colors!

Tim loves socks and want to have special socks to wear on the day of the wedding so he picked out a special pair of socks for each guy. The themes were everything from fishing to golf and my husband of course wore pizza socks.

He found all of these online and it was such a nice idea to do one for each guys unique personality.

The next items he had wrapped up so nicely I did my best not to disturb them as I took a picture. He bought each guy a whiskey glass from Etsy with their names inscribed. They looked great and are certainly something they can use again and again.

Finally, he bought everyone their tie to wear that day. Now they will forever have a gorgeous blue tie from the Tie Bar. I thought the color of these was perfect and it's nice that they get to keep them for the future.

Our ring bearers were Tim's nephews (and now my nephews!) Kason and Callan.

From The Knot we picked up these ring security brief cases for them to carry the rings down the aisle.

I figured this didn't really count as a gift but was still kind of a cool thing for them to get to keep!

Tim also ordered a pair of dark sunglasses for each of them from Knockaround.

Tim also picked up some water bottles, t-shirts and sunglasses in an Etsy gift set which unfortunately didn't come in time but we will be getting to them!

Our three little flower girls were Emma, Tilly and Parker who are the daughters of my matron of honor Rachel and my bridesmaid Brittni. I picked up three adorable baskets for them to use as they walked down the aisle (or rolled in Parker's case). I found these on Amazon and they are super cute and pretty sturdy.

Our three sweet flower girls were each given an elephant stuffed animal from Etsy. The shop is called Roseandlilyboutique and I think these stuffed animals are just the cutest things ever!

Their name is inscribed on the right ear with the first letter big and on the right ear it says flower girl and the date. I was able to choose the colors as well so I had them match their flower girl dresses.

So cute right?! I almost want one myself. I also included in Emma and Tilly's bags a couple of coloring books and a small container of crayons. I figured this would keep them busy when there was downtime but I didn't put this in Parker's bag since she's still so little!

What did your flower girls, ring bearers and groomsmen get as gifts? Did you get a cute gift from a wedding? I was a flower girl when I was seven, but I don't remember getting anything, so I think this might be a fairly new tradition!

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Our Wedding: Bridesmaid Gift Ideas

Hey guys!

Today I wanted to share with you something that I wasn't able to share prior to the wedding, what I got for my bridesmaids!

I wasn't able to share this since I didn't want any of my bridesmaids to stumble across this post and see what I bought them in advance. But now, I'm free to share everything!

The first thing I purchased was something I knew I definitely wanted since it would hold everything else. I knew I wanted to get them a good quality tote bag and when I saw Alexandra Garza's Youtube video of the bags she bought for her bridesmaids I followed her link and found these beauties from Ballard Designs:

I thought the aqua color would fit in perfectly with my beauty theme and I even picked up one of these for myself! They are super sturdy and hold quite a bit inside. I got each one embroidered with the first initial of each persons first name. I liked the idea of personalizing them in some way but I'm not a huge fan of monograms. Three out of seven of my bridesmaids are married which means the other four could eventually change their names and their monogram would first initials made sense.

Now, buying the bags meant that I could fill them with all sorts of things, so I got to work figuring out what else would go inside. The next item was a Kendra Scott bracelet in slate.

I wanted a simple bracelet that they could wear (or not) during the wedding but also would be a simple complimentary piece for their jewelry collection.  I thought these were pretty and simple but were also quite a bit smaller when I received them then I think they were pictured online!

Even though we got married in October, I was doing a beach theme for the wedding so I couldn't skip getting the girls a towel!

I found these towels at Kohl's and unfortunately they are discontinued but every year they come back with new designs and colors. They are called The Big One Beach Towels and they are big, soft beach towels that I personally love and would recommend!

Now I also tossed a few small things in their bags as well and since they were small things I picked up in stores I don't have links for most of them, but you can certainly find similar things.

I love the smell of Pink Sands and thought it was perfect for my theme and also made the bags smell great! I found these at Kohl's and I'm not sure you an find the same container online but if you check Yankee Candle you can certainly find this scent!

I also picked up beach themed notepads from Target. Also while in Target I grabbed everyone a small bath bomb which I thought was just a fun, relaxing addition.,

The Bride Tribe hand sanitizers came from Bath and Body Works and I ordered these on a whim while placing a huge Bath and Body Works order. I also gave one to my mom when she stopped by my apartment one day.

Finally, I bought the girls a little gift to use the day of the wedding.

 I saw this picture and thought that a group picture with these blush robes for the girls and a white robe for me would be so cute! So I picked up a blush robe for each of them (again with just their initial instead of monogram) and grabbed a white robe for myself.

Since Rachel was my matron of honor I wanted to make sure she got something extra so I packed a separate gift for her.

The first thing I knew I wanted to get her was a loopy case! I had previously heard her talk about getting a loopy case so I covertly texted her husband, Ant, to see if he could tell me what type of iPhone she had. He had no idea and was zero help (total forgiven as I'm sure he is busy enough without me making him do secret missions) so I pretended to be interested in Rachel's phone based on pictures she took (I'm so sneaky) and then ordered it for her!

I wasn't totally sure what color she wanted but figured rose gold was a safe choice.

I did want to get her a couple of sentimental items and the first thing I found was at Marshalls.

Back in the spring/summer Marshalls had a lot of wedding items out so I found this mug for her. I couldn't find a ton of Matron of Honor items so maid of honor it was!

The next item I found on Amazon

I thought that this frame was absolutely gorgeous and so sweet. I figure she can put a nice picture of us inside it from the wedding day.

So that's everything I got for my girls! I hope this helped you if you are planning on getting married and need some ideas on what to get your bridesmaids. I'd love to know what you got your bridesmaids or what you have received as a gift for being a bridesmaid- share in comments below!