Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Our Wedding: Planning Updates

We're halfway through the week- woohoo! Today we are chatting about wedding planning! Tim and I have gotten a fair amount done with such a short time frame. I'm proud of what we've accomplished so far! The last thing I shared was our venue search where we decided on the Newport Rotunda at Eastons Beach.

Let's pick up where we left off shall we?

We attended a Bridal Expo at Mohegan Sun on Sunday February 25th which was a great way to see what wanted and didn't want for our wedding. Since we already picked our venue we didn't visit any of those booths but were able to check out DJs, photo booths, caterers, etc.

I love the color of these napkins! We collected tons of brochures and free items and then grabbed lunch at Bobbys Burger Bar before heading home.

Cheese fries are always delicious!

We collected quite a bit of stuff to go through...

We took a ton of information on honeymoons as well which we don't yet have planned. Although the event was rather overwhelming we had a great time checking everything out!

I purchased a wedding planning binder! So far it seems super helpful and I'm glad I bought it- you can buy one too right on Amazon. I've come across another bride who had the same binder and she couldn't stop raving about it either!

My Papa and his girlfriend Vivian sent us these beautiful flowers for our engagement! It was such a sweet surprise!

On Saturday March 3rd we had a meeting with a potential photographer in Newport and also planned on meeting with Peggy at the Rotunda to officially view the inside of our venue. We had already put down a deposit because we loved it but walking around the inside just made even more excited about our day!

In case the inflatables are confusing you- in the winter they have something called "Beach Bounce" here. They will be finishing up and redoing the floors and painting the walls before wedding season begins!

I love that there are windows around the entire room and that the view is gorgeous! I love how light the room is and how we can bring in any decor because it's so plain. I hate dark spaces and knew that I wanted a room with white (or light walls) so this is absolutely perfect.

And the starfish accents? Perfect!

Our potential photographer gave us this magazine to look through with some of her pictures inside during our meeting. Thoughout the course of our meeting I became completely sold on having her. I was 99% sure going in that we were going to pick her but when we heard that she got married at our venue and has done a ton of weddings there I was sold! Plus her personality is just the best- she seems like just the right amount of laid back. So we will be using Ella Grace Photography for our wedding- contract is signed! (And our engagement session is scheduled for this weekend!)

On Sunday March 4th we headed to Crate and Barrel to start our registry. This was mostly due to the fact that they give you a free gift when you register. You guys know I'm all about the freebies!

We picked out a ton of nice things and then stopped at Avvio for lunch.

It was pretty good!

All about that ring life!

The free gift Crate and Barrel gives you when you register is a pair of their stemless wine glasses. We didn't have any wine glasses so we will certainly use them for our non-wine drinks!

Last Saturday March 10th we headed off to turn in our caterer contract! I had put Tim in charge of choosing a caterer and he did an amazing job! We decided to go with Blackstone Catering who has done a ton of events at our venue. The woman we are working with, Shannon has been nothing short of amazing and we are sure we made the right choice!

Plus they have a huge fork outside their office. While we were there we scheduled our tasting for the end of April!

I will keep the updates coming as we do more wedding things! I have a feeling that with only 223 days to go we will being doing wedding stuff pretty much every weekend for awhile :)

Monday, March 12, 2018

Recent Apartment Decor Purchases

aaaaand it's Monday again! Today I want to share with you guys some recent apartment decor purchases! I looove to shop for my apartment (and future house- someday!) and love reading other blogs where they share recent purchases.

First up I picked up the cutest dish towels from Target!

I found these beauties during a Target trip and thought about them constantly until we went back to Target and I purchased them. I just think they are super pretty and look great in my kitchen!

One day Tim left me alone too long- I cleaned the entire apartment, did all the laundry, and was bored so I headed over to Home Goods to browse!

I ended up with this pretty blue container to hold our kitchen utensils. This served multiple purposes; it replaced the plain clear vase that was holding about half the utensils it needed to and it allowed us to clear up some drawer space by adding more utensils.

I think it looks great in here and will work in any space we move to in the future.

At Target I also found this tea kettle which looks great on our stove but also is used to make my tea! Gotta love decor that's beautiful and useful.

I made a big furniture purchase from Birch Lane a few weeks ago.

This piece of entryway furniture has been great! It prevents Tim from leaving his hats and sweatshirts all over the floor and gives me a place to toss things like hats and gloves. I'm able to keep things near the door for when I need them but also keep them out of view in the chest. Win-win!

Plus I think it looks great! :)

What home decor purchases have you made lately?

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Our Wedding: Venue Search

Less than a week of being engaged and we headed off on our venue search! We wanted to plan for a fall wedding and to make that a possibility we knew we needed to head off on our venue search immediately!

On a Saturday we made an appointment at a local venue and also decided to drive around Newport and check out some places on the beach as well.

Our first stop was the Quonset O Club which is local for us which would've been extremely convenient. 

With this venue we had an option to have the ceremony inside or outside. I really wanted to have an outdoor ceremony so I wasn't really considering this room but it is where the indoor ceremony would be.

The reception room was huge and had plenty of room for our guests. I thought the room was a little dark for my taste but I wasn't totally against it since they run tons of functions there. The family who runs it was so nice and welcoming and I knew if we had our wedding there we would be well taken care of.

We knew it was an option but weren't totally in love with it. SO we headed across the bridge to Newport to check out an option we saw online. 

The Newport Rotunda is a town property directly on First Beach. Complete with an outdoor ceremony steps from the sand, a carousel for our use during our cocktail hour, and a gorgeous ballroom for our reception it made it the perfect choice. 

So we fell in love with this venue and we booked our date! Get ready because we will be getting married on October 20th and I will be sharing every step with you guys! :)

Monday, March 5, 2018

February Empties

Happy Monday everyone!

Today I'm sharing with you my February empties- the month went by super fast!!

I finished a few household empties this month. For laundry I used up Tide Pods which I absolutely love since they are easy to transport to the basement to use and I also used Purex Crystals which are my favorite scent booster. They make my clothes smell amazing and I will continue to purchase them. I finished a Meyers Multisurface spray in Honeysuckle which smelled incredible. I have been loving trying the different Mrs. Meyers sprays lately! The Seventh Generation Wipes smelled awful to me and I will definitely not repurchase them in the future unless I can find a nicer scent. Lastly, I've been using Johnsons Baby Shampoo to wash my makeup brushes for years and it works great at cleaning them but being gentle enough on them.

We finished up three candles in our apartment this month. Yankee Candle's Sun and Sand was a nice candle and one that reminds me of summer time. I would definitely repurchase this in the future. Fall Day is a candle I received as a gift and I really enjoyed it! I'm not sure where it came from but I would definitely purchase one in the future. For Christmas my mom gave me a Mangiacotti Ocean Candle and it's a scent that I love so much. I have used their lotions in the past and really enjoyed the scent so I knew I would love this candle as well.

I finished up quite a few face products this month. The Naobay Moisturizer was nice and gentle and seemed to work well for my skin. I used a sample three part skin routine from Clinque which was great. I really wanted to use up some of my foil samples as part of Foil February and it was great to try some new things. I definitely have liked the Clique products that I've tried and would use these them in the future. The Estee Edit masque was something I put on overnight and it really moisturized my skin. I received two samples of Olay Whip moisturizers and both were pretty nice. I may try them again in the future but I'm not sure yet! I tried the Too Cool For School Egg Mellow Cream but my skin broke out like crazy! That was the only new thing I was trying at the time so I knew I couldn't use it anymore- such a bummer.

For hair products I finished a Goldwell Shampoo and Conditioner sample which was really nice. I would definitely use the full size but I think they are pretty pricey! I finished up a Macadamia Deep Repair Masque which is my favorite! I use this regularly after I shampoo and condition my hair and it keeps it super soft. If you don't want to pay full price for it always check Marshalls and TJ Maxx- they often have it for pretty cheap.

Two hand soaps were finished in our apartment this month. One was from Bath and Body Works in Twisted Peppermint which I really liked. The minty smell is fantastic and I think BBW soaps work great. The second soap is from Soft-soap in the scent crisp cucumber and melon. I really like this scent and would repurchase it in the future.

For lotions I finished up one mini and had to declutter another. Bath and Body Works Honolulu Sun was great and smelled like sunscreen. I would definitely repurchase this in the future. I tried the Bath and Body Works Stress Relief but Tim told me it smelt like old I am tossing it. I didn't think it smelt bad, just like mint- but Tim hated it.

More chapstick this month- three Cake Batters and one Sugar Cookie. I liked all of them!

I finshed up my Laura Mercier foundation which I liked but didn't love. I am ready to try another foundation from a different brand.

For shower gel I finished a Softsoap Coconut Quench which I thought was very moisturizing and smelled great. I would definitely buy this again in the future.

That's it for my month empties! I'll see you guys back here on Wednesday when I'll share some wedding planning with you!