Wednesday, February 12, 2014

100 Days Till Checklist

Hey there! Today I am linking up with Wedding Wednesday, and I'm going to share the progress we've made with wedding planning.  


Chits and Giggles

100 Days to Go!



Wedding Checklist:


Set a date
Book ceremony venue
Book reception venue
Book photographer
Ask Videographer
Book DJ
Book florist
Ask bridal party to be in wedding
Book caterer 
Book bartenders
Create wedding website
Register
Buy wedding dress
Take engagement pictures
Select bridesmaid dresses
Select and order groom & groomsmen attire
Purchase veil
Purchase wedding jewelry
Purchase garter
Buy wedding shoes
Book cake baker
Hire coordinator
Order save the dates
Finalize guest list
Address save the dates
Send save the dates
Pre-Marital Counseling 
Confirm Officient
Order guest book 
Hotel room blocks
MOB dress shopping
Book makeup artist
Book hair stylist 
Hair trail
Makeup trial
Menu tasting
1st dress fitting 
2nd dress fitting
Create ceremony program
Figure out where I’m getting ready & where Fiance is getting ready
Order invitations
Mail invitations
Book rehearsal diner venue
Buy rehearsal dinner dress
DIY for reception site
Buy bridal party gifts *almost done
Bachelorette party *have the dates!
Bridal shower
Purchase wedding bands
Put together picture list for photographer
Pick 1st dance song
Put together play list for DJ 
Get marriage license
Order wedding favors
Book transportation from reception to hotel
Create seating plan *I have a rough draft
Get our passports
Book honeymoon *he's keeping this a surprise!
Book wedding night hotel room
Order thank you notes
Wedding announcement in local newspapers
Walk down the aisle & say I do!

The wedding is coming up fast, and we are so excited!  I am staying super busy with all of the DIY stuff and final details!  It has been so much fun, but it's also been a lot more work than I had ever imagined.  I know on the wedding day, nothing will matter except that I am marrying my best friend.. but for now, I think I'm justified to worry about getting everything done in time (:

Thanks for stopping by!
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Thursday, November 7, 2013

A Thanks-Filled Heart

Hey y'all!

Yesterday I posted about my bridal shower this past weekend, and it was such a perfect way to start off the month of November.  I don't think I could have felt any more thankful than watching friends and family sacrifice their time and money to invest in Jordan's and my future together with love and sincerity in their hearts.  It is such an overwhelming and humbling experience.

Of course being thankful while receiving is the easiest form of thanksgiving.  The real challenge is to be thankful for what you already have and possibly what you don't have. 


My college small group and I have started a 13 day devotional called Thanksgiving through She Reads Truth, and I am so excited for this journey to just wreck me in the best of ways!  Just as this devotional describes: I want to become the kind of woman who not only reads God's word and is changed by it, but who is known by her grateful, gracious, thanks-filled heart throughout the year.

Here are 10 things that I am thankful for:
1. love conquering all
2. family & friends
3. my faith
4. college education
5. good health
6.  guidance, advice, and criticism
7. the feeling of home
8. both stability and challenges
9. the ability to dream
10. memories

What are some reasons for you to be thankful this holiday season?

Thanks for stopping by!
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Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Bridal Shower Bliss

On Sunday, one of our neighbors and long time family friend threw me a bridal shower!  She was so sweet to offer, and the shower was absolutely amazing!  

The wonderful lady who threw the shower is on the left, and another beautiful neighbor is on the right!

All of the little details and decoration were adorable, and let me tell you about the food and drinks.... delicious.  I ate as much as my body would let me, but I still wanted more.  She had these terrific little sausage balls, chicken salad and croissants, hummus and veggies, cheese and crackers, an adorable popcorn station, and every kind of cute drink!

The chalk board says "he popped the question!"

Most importantly, my friends and family who are all close to my heart came to celebrate.  I am so lucky to have such great people in my life, and I am honored that they chose to spend their Sunday afternoon with me!  Loved all their company in one place.

All my bridesmaids and me (:

My cousin and my aunt!

Long time family friends!

Mom and three of her best friends!

My mom and my future MIL!

Jordan and I were blessed so much by these sweet friends' generosity and love!  I am still overwhelmed and in such awe of the encouragement and blessings we received.

I know it is a bridal shower, but I was not expecting the amount or caliber of gifts that we received that day.  We are so grateful for the presence and investments these people have in our lives.

I cannot wait to be Jordan's wife, to share the things that are to be "ours," and to lovingly give to others just as people have so graciously given to us!

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Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Five Wedding Updates

Hey y'all!  Sorry I have been MIA like half of October.. I have no idea where the time has gone.  I have been crazy busy with school, interviews, birthdays, and wedding things!

I think it's time for a little wedding update!  I am linking up and bringing you some Wedding Wednesday.

Chits and Giggles

1. officiant
2. invitations and programs
3. mom's dress and my dress
4. bridal party presents
5. bridal shower


1. We officially confirmed our officiant for the wedding, and we are so excited!  He is the pastor of a church from Jordan's hometown, and he will bring lots of enthusiasm to the ceremony.  We are definitely honored that he will be with us during this amazing process.

This video has nothing to do with our pastor, but this scene from Princess Bride is always what I picture when I think of wedding officiants. haha. Mawage is what bwings us togetha to-day.


2. I have also been diligently working on wedding invitations and programs.  I have sent a number of free samples to my house, and it was a good thing too.  There are so many I like online, but they definitely have a different look and feel in person.  There are a couple that I would be completely happy with, so I am saving them for Jordan to look at when he gets home in December (:  then we will make our final decision together.


3. Two big things: my mom's dress came in and so did mine!!
We went to Anya Bridal on Friday afternoon, so my mom could see and try on her dress for the first time.  It was gorgeous.  We are so pleased with the color and how it fits!  She only has to get a little piece of it altered, and it will be perfect.  I can only hope to be the second best looking at the wedding!

While I was waiting outside the dressing room, one of the consultants came up to me and asked if I was Katie..  they recognized my tall blondeness haha.  They said that my dress had arrived, and that they hadn't even had time to call and let me know yet.  What a surprise!!  I only got to see it though because they were so busy that day, but we set an appointment for November for my fitting!  I love the way it looked, and I can't wait to have it on again!



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4.  This weekend I took some time to go shopping for my bridal party.  I already knew exactly what I wanted to get, so it was just a matter of doing it.  I ended up ordering a decent amount online too.  I can't wait for it all to come in!!


5.  My neighbor and long time family friend offered to throw me a bridal shower, and I could not be more excited!!  This is my first shower, and it is coming up in a matter of weeks! Ah!  My mom and I were able to go shopping this weekend for something cute I can wear; I have a couple of options now (:  It will be so fun to reunite with family and friends at the shower!


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Those are my top 5 updates!  Thanks for staying with me!

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Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something... Blue?

Hey everyone, it's Wedding Wednesday!

Ever since I got engaged I have been trying to figure out how I was going to incorporate this rhyming superstition into my wedding.

I just did a ton of Google searches to see if it was allowed to share your four somethings before the wedding.  I couldn't find anything that said it was against the superstition, so I am proceeding with caution (:


I got stuck for a while on my something old.  I thought that it had to be a "new" something old introduced into my life, but as it turns out, I've had my something old all along!  There are two rings that I wear all day every day on my right hand; they were my grandmas'.  The ring on my pinky finger was my mom's mom's dining ring -- she wore it everyday on her pinky finger just like I do now.  The ring on my ring finger is my dad's mom's wedding ring.  Now that my grandparents have passed away, it keeps them with me all the time.  These rings are my perfect something old. 

Something old represents the past and the family that came before you.

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My something new came pretty easily.  I thought well everything is new!  I am using my wedding dress to represent this category.  

Something new is suppose to represent optimism towards the future and new life with your spouse.

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(Just an in class doodle of a random wedding dress.. I've got wedding brain!)



I happened to stumble upon my something borrowed at the end of the summer.  I had a very particular shoe that I wanted for my wedding day, and I looked at all sorts of online stores and couldn't find anything just right.  My mom had the exact shoe style I was searching for but in a different color.  It turns out that she had the same shoe in two colors.  Although neither color was what I origionally had pictured, the second color was perfect for my look and wedding!  I am so excited to be borrowing (this is assuming I'll give them back ;)  ) my mom's shoes for the ceremony!  

Something borrowed shares the good fortune of the long, happily married couple with the new couple. -- my parents just celebrated their 25th anniversary a week ago!



Now, my something blue is where I am struggling.  I know shoes, garter, and flowers are all popular ways to wear blue, but I have already picked out my favorite colors for all of those.  Pinterest showed me that I could have something sewn in blue on my dress, but I don't know if I'd have the guts to do this or not, but I think its really cute!  

Something blue represents good fortune, love, and fidelity.

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Do you have an ideas for my something blue?  What did you use for these categories?

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Monday, September 23, 2013

Life Lately

Hey there! Today the Blogtember topic is life lately, and I think this is perfect timing.

I have been away from the blog world for a bit because I have been focusing really hard on preparing for the future.  Since I graduate from college this December (say what?), I have been searching for temporary jobs and internships for December-July.  Also, graduate school has captured my attention, and I have been working on that application process.

This week I:
* updated my resume & LinkenIn
* attended UGA's career fair
* researched companies in my area
* researched my desired graduate school
* wrote my personal statement

The career fair hosted by my university was so overwhelming yet exciting.  Over 230 businesses were represented, and students from all disciplines dressed in their nicest suit and presented themselves to employers.  This was the perfect opportunity to meet recruiters, get more information about companies, practice my elevator pitch (and not forget my name), and become more confident in key situations.

I have one particular graduate school in mind, but I'm not ready to release that information just yet.  I'm going to wait until I get a little farther in the application process (:  but I will say that the more I research this institution and program the more I love it!

If you are in the process of looking for graduate schools or thinking about it, make sure to do extensive research on the school and the program in which you are interested.  Sign up online for them to send you a free information packet.  Write down any questions that their website and packet doesn't answer and call them!  I will be making a phone call today, and I am excited to get my questions answered!

Oh & Happy Fall Y'all!

I cannot believe that it is fall already!  It is such a great season!

Some of my favorite things about fall are:
- seeing the colors change
- wearing boots, sweaters, and scarfs
- drinking warm drinks
- getting cozy by the fire
- camping trips
- family time at the pumpkin patch & apple orchard
- my birthday!!
- holiday spirit

Some of Jordan's favorite things about fall:
- the colours
- the crisp mornings
- the migrating birds
- the smell
- the food
- the pumpkin patch
- Thanksgiving

Clearly he is more poetic and in tune with nature that I am!  I love that he provides me with a fresh prospective and doesn't allow me to miss out on beautiful details.

This fall will be so different without him close, but I know that this is a season of growth for us and for that I am thankful.

Here are some past traditions that we have celebrated -- I cannot wait to continue these when he is a Doctor and start our own set of traditions!


Burt's Pumpkin Patch fall 2012


2012


We carved these! Jordan made the witch, and I made the skeleton. 2012.


Burt's Pumpkin Patch 2011


2011


Hillcrest Apple Orchard 2011


The pumpkins we carved! 2011

Do you have anything big on your to-do list right now? Any favorite fall traditions?

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Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Wedding Checklist

Hey there! Today I am linking up with Wedding Wednesday, and I'm going to share the progress we've made with wedding planning.  


Chits and Giggles

8 Months to Go! (on the 24th)




Wedding Checklist:

Set a date
Book ceremony venue
Book reception venue
Book photographer
Ask Videographer
Book DJ
Book florist
Ask bridal party to be in wedding
Book caterer 
Book bartenders
Create wedding website
Register
Buy wedding dress
Take engagement pictures
Select bridesmaid dresses
Select and order groom & groomsmen attire
Purchase veil
Purchase wedding jewelry
Purchase garter
Buy wedding shoes
Book cake baker
Hire coordinator
Order save the dates
Finalize guest list
Address save the dates
Send save the dates
Pre-Marital Counseling 
Confirm Officient *almost!
Order guest book
Hotel room blocks
MOB dress shopping
MOG dress shopping
Book makeup artist & hair stylist
Hair & makeup trial
Menu tasting
Take bridal portraits / hair & make up trial
1st dress fitting 
2nd dress fitting
Create ceremony program
Figure out where I’m getting ready & where Fiance is getting ready
Order invitations
Mail invitations
Book rehearsal diner venue
Buy rehearsal dinner dress
DIY for reception site
Buy bridal party gifts
Bachelorette party *have the dates!
Bridal shower
Purchase wedding bands
Put together picture list for photographer
Pick 1st dance song
Put together play list for DJ *working on it
Get marriage license
Order wedding favors
Book transportation from reception to hotel
Create seating plan *I have a rough draft
Get our passports
Book honeymoon *he's keeping this a surprise!
Book wedding night hotel room
Order thank you notes
Wedding announcement in local newspapers
Walk down the aisle & say I do!



Let me know if you can think of something that I am missing.  You guys are awesome!

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