Friday, September 27, 2013

Friday's Fancies

Happy Friday!
I'm linking up today with {av} from long distance loving for her weekly Friday's Fancies
In terms of fashion all I can think about lately is what to wear for our engagement shoot in Chicago in October. I'm picturing colorful leaves, crisp weather and the beautiful backdrop of our city.
But what's a girl (on a budget) to wear?
I definitely want a classic look: when I look back at these photos down the road I want to still enjoy them. If I cringe at the style choice then that's a bad thing.
While I contemplate that obstacle, here's a little something I would sport if I could:
Engagement Photos Inspiration

What do you think? Too plain? Do I need to think about colors?

Enjoy your weekend!

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Wedding Wednesday!

Little Bit of Class Little Bit of Sass
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Happy Wednesday everyone!
It's time to link up with me and Kristyn from Chits & Giggles!

I have a small habit of going through the Wedding section of Pinterest before bed most nights, and as a result my "Inspiration" board is rather hefty.

Here are a few of my favorite inspiring pics as of late.

And, of course, I have come across some funny images:

Here's my favorite:

What are you pinning lately?

I'm also joining Joelle's linkup!
Something Charming

Friday, September 20, 2013

Pantone Color Report: Spring 2014

So I'm just really excited.

I read {av}'s blog post about the Pantone Spring 2014 Color Report where she shared the gorgeous hues for the upcoming season. 

Didn't she do a lovely job putting them all together?
[Click here for the original post!]

What makes me so excited about these beautiful colors is that our wedding colors are all represented!

Hemlock, Magenta Purple and Paloma!

Look at us being trendy without realizing it. :)

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Little Bit of Sass Thursday: That Time I Met a Global Superstar

Yeah I'm not exaggerating.

I went as Andrew's +1 to his work event, a live-stream concert by Jencarlos Canela at Park West.

First of all, awesome venue. I definitely want to go back.

Second, I was absolutely not dressed properly and looked horrid.

Third, Jencarlos is really talented! His voice is beautiful. And so is his face.
He's an actor and musician. Women were SCREAMING with his every move. 

Fourth, the only thing I understood at this event was the open bar. 
Isn't it great how alcohol is the universal language of AWESOME?

Halfway through the concert someone walked up to me and said, "Hey, you're not Hispanic. What are you doing here?"


I'm enjoying myself, that's what I'm doing!!!

That person wasn't even invited! She waltzed in and crashed!

However, shortly after that strange encounter I was offered a meet and greet pass! It made me feel guilty because there were people at this concert who had waited to see him since 3 am. I admittedly never heard of him, but when someone tells me there's an open bar, free food, and a chance to meet a superstar I say OK.

I immediately started to think of topics of conversation. Obviously we were going to have a heart to heart and become best friends, so I wanted to be prepared for such an occasion.

However, after a few Guinni in my system I did not think of the most thought-compelling topics. 
[By the way, I just made up that word for multiple pints of my dear friend Guinness. I have a feeling that word will catch on.]
Andrew said it wouldn't be a good idea to tell him that I wish that I spoke Spanish or ask him what products he uses in his hair. Oh well.

Instead I gave him a hug, told him he was amazing (honestly, he really was) and got a picture!

Not a bad way to spend a Wednesday.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Wedding Wednesday: The Checklist!

Little Bit of Class Little Bit of Sass
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Happy Wednesday everyone!
It's time to link up with me and Kristyn from Chits & Giggles!

I have yet to spell out our checklist for everyone because, well, there's so much to do!
Sure most of the big stuff is finished and we have just over 7 months to go, but still. Wowsah. We have quite a bit to accomplish!

Set a date
Book venue
Book photographer
Book DJ
Ask bridal party to be in wedding
Create wedding website 
Register (started!)
Book florist
Buy wedding dress
Finalize ceremony musicians
Take engagement pictures
Take Save the Date pictures
Select bridesmaid dresses
Meet with priest and vendors
Select and order groom & groomsmen attire
Purchase veil and accessories for dress
Book cake baker
Buy cake knife & server
Order save the dates  
Finalize guest list 
Compile addresses (started!)
Send save the dates  
Pre-marital counseling
Acquire guest book
Hotel room blocks
Teach myself calligraphy (in progress!)
MOB dress shopping 
MOG dress shopping (she ordered one! Fingers crossed she likes it!)
Find wedding shoes
Find wedding jewelry (I have the necklace!)
  Find garter
Book makeup artist
Book hair stylist
Menu tasting  
Cake tasting
Hair trial
Make-up trial
1st dress fitting
2nd dress fitting/take bridal portraits
Teach myself Illustrator and InDesign
Make/print or order ceremony programs
Finalize where I'm getting ready & where Andrew is getting ready 
Send email reminders to bridal party about rehearsal dinner/hotel reservations
Order invitations
Mail invitations 
Book rehearsal dinner venue
Buy rehearsal dinner dress 
Book shuttle bus for bridal party    
Make reception table decorations (table numbers)
Figure out location and d├ęcor for guest book
Figure out and make escort cards
Create favors
Ask pianist friend to play during cocktail hour
Ask people to be involved in ceremony (started!)
Buy bridal party gifts 
Bachelorette party?
Bridal shower(s)?
Write thank you notes!
Rent flip cams through WeddingMix
Order wedding bands (rings)
Put together picture list for photographer
Get marriage license
Decide on honeymoon location (Costa Rica!!!)
Book honeymoon flights
Rehearsal dinner invitations
Rehearsal dinner groom's cake (MOG says “There must be dessert!” Yes ma’am!)
Music selections to DJ
Music selections to ceremony musicians
Book wedding night hotel room
Rehearsal dinner seating chart
Pick out first dance songs
Dance lessons?
Finalize wedding-day timeline
Put together a few bathroom essentials for ladies bathroom
Card Box
Honor the family veil in some fashion
Pick signature drink and name
Confirm florals
Wrap bridesmaids gifts in a cute way
Get ring cleaned
Get my hair ‘did
Welcome Bags
Confirm everything with vendors
Prepare final payments
Order thank you notes
Send final guest list to venue
Break in shoes
Deliver everything to reception the day before
Walk down the aisle & say I do!

Haha well goodness! Luckily it's all fun!
How are all of you doing on your lists? Did I miss anything?

Monday, September 16, 2013

I love you, DC

To everyone in and around DC, please stay safe!

I hate hearing stories like this. Breaks my heart.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Little Bit of Sass Thursday

Hey hey hey!
So I have two videos to share as my weekly sass submission. 
First of all, I totally fell for the prank!

Second, here's a funny one of Zach Morris:

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Wedding Wednesday AND a Weekend Recap! Yay Photo Overload!

Little Bit of Class Little Bit of Sass
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Happy Wednesday everyone!
It's time to link up with me and Kristyn from Chits & Giggles!

My weekend was amazing. So amazing, in fact, that it's taken me until today to recap it. Since it includes a wedding I figured it was fitting to post it today.

My weekend actually started on Wednesday evening with some girlfriends at the Jazzin' at the Shed. I love how the aquarium hosts a live jazz event after hours. It was so fun strolling through the usually screaming-children-filled-exhibits as jazz thankfully filled the fishy air.

Ugh that view! Never gets old.

Thursday morning as we geared up for our drive to Ohio a certain someone was trying to sneak his way into my bag.

Nice try, Teddy.

On our drive we happened upon a cool shrine. I thought we could grab some birthday gifts for my Mom, and we walked around the gorgeous church for a few minutes.

I was silly and didn't take any photos of Callie and Mike's rehearsal.

I did, however, take a photo of her cute wrapping for our gifts!

She gave us so much stuff! Very generous!!!

After our delicious meal at Bel Lago, I bid adieu to Andrew and hung out with the bride!  
We gabbed until about 2:30 in the morning. Whoops! Oh well, we woke up without an alarm at 7:30. Too excited to sleep!!!

The whole day was so incredible. 
The gals got ready together and the hair and make-up stylists came to us. 
It took out the stress since they came to the hotel and we didn't have to drive to a salon. 
We even finished early and drove to Otterbein to take pictures at Theta Nu!

PS I absolutely love how the stylist did my hair and make-up. Fake eyelashes are so fun!

Before we knew it we were on our way to the church!

Callie was stunning.
Just stunning.

I wish I took more photos but I was too busy having a blast. 
There's something just so wonderful about watching your best friend get married. It's amazing! :)

I also love that my parents, brother and sister-in-law were there. We had a fantastic time on the dance floor!

Needless to say, I was asleep before my head hit the pillow that night!

But the fun didn't stop there!

The next morning we went to meet our photographer, Tessa, from Starling Studios! She was even more lovely in person. I'm pretty sure we gabbed for an hour. So fun!

We popped by Otterbein for a quick stroll around campus with my favorite Schneider's donuts in hand!
Andrew even got an Otterbein t-shirt!
I, however, did not get anything because everything I liked said "Otterbein University," and not "Otterbein College." Yes I'm stubborn.

After that it was off to my 10-year high school reunion!

My fellow class officers and I planned it at Rockmill Brewery, a fun family-owned brewery in the country. It is gorgeous! Unfortunately not many people out of our class of 70 could make it, but those of us who could come had a great time! I can't wait to see more pictures, especially the one of our whole group!

I loved seeing my classmates after all of this time, and we decided to definitely have a 15-year! I've known some of them since pre-school and kindergarten. Gotta love 12 years at a Catholic School!

The rest of the evening was spent with my family. I miss them so much!

We drove back to Chicago very early on Sunday, which was bittersweet. We wish we had more time with family but were happy to have more time to get ready for the week...and to nap and watch football!

Well that about wraps up the long and busy weekend!

Did you attend any weddings this weekend or accomplish anything on your wedding to-do list?

[I'm also linking up with my usual Monday gals, since this is a weekend update, too!]

Mingle 240

[Linking up with Sami, Leeann and Meg :)]