Wedding Planning Update: 3 Months to Go!

We are more than halfway to our wedding, friends! We’ve been getting pockets of warm weather here in New Hampshire and it has me feeling all kinds of excited for June to arrive. It’s all starting to feel tangible as we make decisions on where to live, how to establish our home, and how we want our day to feel. We’ve begun the application for our desired apartment, so we should hopefully know for sure where we will be living by this time next month. We’ve also been talking a lot more about our dreams for our family too, which makes me really happy.

wedding planning : 3 months to go

source: Ryan Ray via Southern Weddings

With all that said, we are making incremental progress with wedding planning. Truthfully, it all seems so much easier now that some of the biggest decisions are out of the way. I can actually envision the day better now than months prior, as we’ve narrowed the focus of our vision quite a bit. I finished our inspiration board a couple weeks ago to guide the aesthetic of the day, which has given me much relief with the idea of delegating projects.

Having added support has also made the last month much easier. I decided to choose a maid and matron of honor in February and it has been such a blessing.  They’ve been checking in with me consistently to lend a helping hand, which helps me remember that we have a strong community to support us as we begin our marriage. With all of the willing helpers ready to jump in, it’s become increasingly important that we clearly define our plans for the day in order to assign tasks appropriately.

Since my last update we’ve:
— chosen our ceremony venue
— drawn up our ideal menu to discuss with the appropriate parties
— created the bridal shower guest list
— chose bridesmaids attire
— tracked the bridesmaids who already purchased their dresses
— fleshed out groomsmen attire – we might wait until all bridesmaids have purchased to finalize
— with the help of one of my bridesmaids, established a plan for our florals
— finalize wedding inspiration board
— added more items to our registries, made them public, and received our first registry gift!
— gathered my day-of hair and makeup inspiration
— drawn up and digitized our stationery suite concepts

Our next action steps are:
— look at possible bridal accessories
— decide on and reserve/purchase Dillon’s attire
— choose flower girl dresses
— finalize tablescape plan
— decide on final groomsmen attire
— discuss rain contingency plan
— draw up plans for wedding morning
— finalize and order stationery suite
— decide on envelope color and order those and postage
— address and mail invitations
— purchase bouquet ribbon
— finish wedding registries
— delegating our menu selections to the appropriate parties
— discuss ceremony plans

Through all the planning, we’ve continued to stay pretty calm and stress-free. I’ll be sharing a post on our approach to wedding planning in the next few weeks, so stay tuned for that!

What is the most memorable detail out of any wedding you’ve attended? Share in the comments below!

We Received Our First Wedding Registry Gift!

We’ve received our first wedding registry gift! Y’all, I am amazed at the kindness of others. When I came home from work on Monday, I found a box from Pottery Barn with my name on it sitting in the entryway. Dillon had just arrived for dinner, so we opened it together. I noticed one of our registry items had already been fulfilled while we were working on our list over the weekend, but brushed it off as a website glitch. We haven’t really told anyone but my bridesmaids where we are registering, except a quick mention in a wedding update post last month.

first wedding registry gift - elsie spoon rest

When we opened the box, we found this lovely spoon rest inside. After a moment of confusion as to who the sender was, I found a packing slip beneath the bubble wrap. Alongside a thoughtful little note was the name of a sweet past design client of mine from New York. I’ve never met her in person, but she generously blessed us with our first wedding registry gift anyway.

Not only did she go out of her way to send us a gift, but she paid attention to our story. In the littlest mention of our wedding registry in a post that’s a month old, she listened. I hardly ever know who reads my blog, who is impacted by our story, and if my words hold much weight in the giant internet world. This act of kindness affirmed the words shared here reach others. It also affirmed there are people reading these words in other parts of the country who care about our story. That’s pretty incredible to me!

We’ve been told that living a life of ministry comes with the blessing of generosity from others. While I believe that wholeheartedly, it’s something that this soon-to-be newlywed wife is just starting to get the grasp of. The kindness of someone I’ve never met proved this to be true, and I will always remember this gift. Thank you Ashley – we are forever grateful for your thoughtful heart!

I will be sharing more about how we created our wedding registries in a future post! In the meantime, here’s the story of our proposal. We’re more than halfway to our wedding! 

25th Birthday Recap

This year was one of my favorite birthdays yet. This is my first birthday that’s fallen on a workday since 2013, and I’d wondered if that would put on a damper on the festivity. Instead, it only made it better! My favorite thing about my 25th birthday was that it was an ordinary day filled with so much extraordinary kindness from those around me. I was showered with my favorite things from the moment I woke up until I went to bed that night, and I’m so grateful for it!

I technically started my birthday celebrations on Sunday with an afternoon of antiquing and good food with my dear friend Tara. She treated me to lunch at a charming little cafe in Peterborough and then we visited my favorite antique shop, Twin Elm Farm. It was so fun to keep Dillon and I’s future home in mind as we looked around. After we shopped for a bit, we went back to split a slice of cake and sip on cappuccino and tea. It was a delightful start to the week!

My actual birthday fell right in the middle of the week, on Wednesday. I go into work around noon on Wednesdays, so I got to start the day by sleeping in a little later than usual. Dillon came over shortly after I woke up and brought me a smiley fruit plate to enjoy in my pajamas.

I threw on a comfy sweater and we headed to Cracker Barrel for breakfast, my delightfully Southern request for the morning. We enjoyed a slow, relaxing breakfast and filled up on hash brown casserole, biscuits, and apple butter. As always, I was delighted by the cozy atmosphere, the country music, and the fun decorations.

We walked through the gift shop after breakfast and I was delighted to find Cheerwine on one of the shelves. It always reminds me of my sweet trip to the Southern Weddings V7 Launch Party a couple years ago, which makes me really happy! I enjoyed looking at all the fun little items they had for sale, and found a precious little chicken that Dillon bought for me to keep on my desk at work.

After breakfast, we headed back to my house so I could get ready for work. Dillon dropped me off that day so we could enjoy the drive together and so he could meet my team and see my workspace. When I arrived, my desk was covered with streamers, balloons, and homemade decorations from my team. It was the sweetest surprise!

I settled in and put my new little chicken beside my computer, then settled in for my shift. It was such a fun time to have everyone come by and say happy birthday, while enjoying little sweet treats.

After work, Dillon picked me up and we drove back to my house with the windows down because it was sixty degrees – such a treat for a March evening! We enjoyed one of my favorite pasta dishes that my mom makes and watched the latest episode of Life in Pieces, a show that we recently introduced to Dillon.

We finished the day off with my favorite birthday tradition: whoopie pies and cold milk! I snuck a few leftover bites last night as I polished off this post and enjoyed every bit of it! I think twenty-five is going to be my favorite age yet, y’all!

Do you have any birthday traditions? Please share in the comments below!