Thursday, September 22, 2016

Simple & Sweet DIY Project: Ten June

While I'm planning my last minute wedding details, getting hitched and enjoying our honeymoon, I'm excited to have a few of my favorite blog friends (and in real life friends, too!) filling in for me! Today one of my dearest friends, Michelle from Ten June, is here to share a simple and sweet DIY project. We met in the early days of blogging, almost 6 years ago. We've been able to see each other a few times over the past few years, which has been so fun. You'll love her as much as I do :)

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Hi there! I'm Michelle from the blog Ten June. I'm happy to be here chatting with y'all while Michaela is away getting hitched! Michaela and I met through blogging years ago and have remained close friends for years. In fact, I'll be in California attending her wedding, so make sure you follow me on Instagram for behind the scenes fun : )

When it comes to being married, I think one major piece of advice is to make everyday life special together. My husband, David, and I have been married for eight years and have two little ones. We both work full time and right now we're also juggling designing and building our new house (a modern farmhouse! so fun!). Needless to say, remembering romance and savoring special moments doesn't always hit the top of our to-do list.

One way to make sure you remember those special moments with your spouse in the day-to-day is by creating a simple, DIY piece of art to keep in a space you both see it every day. A quick little reminder of your love. It may be song lyrics, a Bible verse, whatever is special to you. My husband likes to flash me (woah, where is this going!.... I kid) the sign language sign for "I love you" as he's walking out the door or across the room if we're out in public. So I commemorated that special, sweet act by simply printing a black and white image of the sign, added some simple type with the phrase "I love you," layered it on patterned card stock and framed in a nice frame. And now that sweet little sign greets us on our bedroom dresser every day. So easy but so sweet!

Congratulations to Michaela and McCann, I'm so excited for you guys and can't wait for you guys to start your own family and create your own sweet memories and daily moments!

~Michelle



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Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Wedding Day: Keep & Change with Victoria Strader

While I'm planning my last minute wedding details, getting hitched and enjoying our honeymoon, I'm excited to have a few of my favorite blog friends (and in real life friends, too!) filling in for me! Today my sweet friend Victoria is here sharing about her own wedding day-- what she'd keep and what she'd do differently. Enjoy!!
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Hi! My name is Victoria Strader and I'm so blessed to be posting for Michaela while she is away on her honeymoon. What an incredibly sweet time for her and her new husband! I'm already giddy at the thought of seeing all the photos from their gorgeous day, and I'm sure y'all are with me on that! :)

I loved our wedding. Every single second of it. This past week I actually watched back our wedding ceremony with a friend, and it was so sweet to look back and still remember feeling like everything was perfect. However, I thought it might be helpful/fun to look back on our day and make note of a few things I learned from having a wedding of my very own, as opposed to from reading online or observing other weddings. I genuinely can't believe that this day was almost 4 years ago. Sometimes I still catch a glimpse of my husband across the room and think how lucky I am to even know him, let alone be living this sweet life together with our newest addition, our precious son who was born in May.


Thoughts on Engagement Photos:
We actually traveled to Austin to take our photos with our amazing photographer, Caroline. If I could only keep one thing about our wedding the same (besides my groom, of course!) it would be the decision to have her shoot our wedding. Sadly, I don't think Caroline is shooting weddings anymore, but you may recognize her from the popular style blog, Un-fancy. :)

Keep:
I LOVED taking a little day trip with Ben for these photos. It was really fun for us to get out of town during the crazy season of wedding planning, and truly enjoy our session. It was really sweet.

Change:
I remember trying to be frugal and use what I had for photo outfits, which is totally great and fine.. but I changed my mind last minute and ended up running out and choosing the first dress I didn't hate. I do like it, but if I would have researched like I usually do with things, I might have actually ended up saving more $$ and ending up with something I'd been happier with. In this case, the dress I purchased was from LOFT, a retailer that has 40% off sales every weekend or every other weekend. I got this dress during the week because I was on a time crunch.. no discount. Another thing I might have considered is the time of year we took the photos. We got engaged June 1 and were planning for a December wedding. I was SO eager to get photos done that we took them in the middle of one of the hottest Texas Julys in years! Our timeline didn't really allow for much flexibility, but if yours does, Spring or Fall would be an amazing time for photos!

Thoughts on Our Wedding:



Keep: We chose to get married at the church Ben grew up in, that I attended in high school. The only problem was that it isn't a very attractive space. And beautiful photos were a huge priority for me. The house pictured above belongs to Ben's aunt and uncle. It's just two blocks away from our current home, and about a minute away from the church. It's beautiful and Southern.. my favorite! One day inspiration struck and we decided to have all the girls get ready at the Thomas home, and to do our first look and all the portraits there. One of the best decisions we made! Aunt Cathy took such good care of us, and feeling the comforts of home leading up to our big day was incredibly sweet to me. If you're dissatisfied with the outer appearance of where you're getting married, I highly recommend looking into an alternate portrait venue.


Change: We got married at 3pm, meaning our first look was at 12:30. The whole morning I just wanted to savor the time getting ready with everyone, and I ended up not having time to write Ben's wedding day letter. Worst wife ever, I know. If you think your schedule might be tight or you know yourself. Write it the day before. It will still be sweet. :) This notecard is literally still in my nightstand drawer. I'll save it for our 5th or 10th anniversary or something.


Keep: I let Ben pick out my wedding shoes and surprise me with them day of. I realize this could have gone really wrong.. but in our case, it went WAY right. :)


Keep: wearing a veil was what made me really feel like a bride. :)


Change: Put your MOH first on the hairdo schedule. Sweet Lucy looked beautiful in every shot of our video and in photos, but it ended up she got her hair done last, and so she was left with normal hair in some shots. It doesn't bother me at all, but I would hate it if she ever felt weird about that. It could have been eliminated with just a little bit of extra thought.



Keep: While on the topic of my sweet MOH, the morning of our wedding she stitched my new monogram into my dress. It was last minute but is one of my favorite details of the day. She completed the monogram first thing in the morning and then stitched it into the dress once our photographer was there to record the sweet moment.


Keep: Being lead in prayer with my bridesmaids by my highschool/college/forever mentor was one of the sweetest parts of the day, and it was a great way to include Christ in our day. She also played the piano, but I loved getting to see her before walking down the aisle and to bring our focus to Jesus before the big shebang!



Keep: I had saved some wedding inspiration throughout college, it was one image of bridesmaids with their arms linked, all wearing crochet shawls. I am so pleased that we chose to order them for our bridesmaids, I think it really completed the look. And kept them warm! You wouldn't know looking at photos.. but it was freezing! And just a few days before there was snow on the ground.


Keep: I didn't realize it was true until the morning of our wedding.. but I'll never forget our sweet photographer commenting on what a classic bride I was. The strand of pearls I was gifted by my hubby morning of really added to that, too! I might have chosen slightly differently now, but I am so thankful I didn't go overly trendy. I'll always be attracted to different gown styles, but I think what I ended up with was truly timeless.


Keep: Because our venue wasn't exactly beautiful, I'm really glad we invested in a few personal details that really made it special. Example: overly expensive VW van cake. :)


Keep: I used our wedding as a shameless excuse to purchase this beautiful canvas. It now hangs in our home and is one of our most complimented pieces.


Keep: This week my friend Susan told me that her favorite detail of our wedding was that we had a violinist. I'm so glad we got connected with Ashley, because the strings really formalized the feel of our mostly laid back affair.


Keep: I love that we got to include several subtle family shout outs during our reception!


Keep: One of the perks of choosing the church over a formal venue is that we had an unlimited guest list. We gave our parents the freedom to invite whoever they wanted, and I invited pretty much everyone and anyone that I wanted. This isn't for everyone, but we loved being surrounded by such a large and varied support system. I wish I could go back and relive having so many special people gathered together.



Keep: We are graduates of Texas A&M University, and we included the Aggie War Hymn in our reception.. and it was such a blast. I also think it was a really fun way to let our guests feel involved in our celebration!


Change: My cousins from England who I rarely see made the trip for our wedding. So thankful for that! I wish they had been included in formal portraits. It's an error 100% on me.. but because of the distance it would have been sweet to take advantage of it. We do have the photo below, from the rehearsal. It's one of my all-time favorites, because it was the first time my Nanny saw all four of her grandchildren at once. She's seen us in different combinations, but never all together!


You can find more details and posts from our wedding here.

Thank y'all so much for letting me take this trip down memory lane, I hope it's helpful! I'd love for you to come say hi over at my blog, or on Instagram: @victoriastrader! Sending a big hug from Texas! XO
~Victoria



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Saturday, September 17, 2016

Wedding Weekend


"I have found the one my soul loves." -- Song of Solomon 3:4

It's wedding weekend! I can't wait to marry this guy. The Lord has been so faithful in showing his love to us over the course of our relationship. I am SO thankful for this weekend. Getting to celebrate with family and friends from all over the country brings such a huge smile to my face! You can follow along on our wedding hashtag #beelbash2016 :)

Next time I sign on the blog I'll be a Mrs!

xoxo
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Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Dreaming of Wedding Details: Schue Love

While I'm planning my last minute wedding details, getting hitched and enjoying our honeymoon, I'm excited to have a few of my favorite blog friends (and in real life friends, too!) filling in for me! Today Natasha, of Schue Love, is here dishing on all things wedding if she could go back and change things about her own. Her own wedding was just beautiful, so be sure to check it out!
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Michaela is getting married soon and it's got me reminiscing about our wedding which was a little over seven years ago {you can see details here}.  There is still so much I love about our wedding...the dress, the location, the guy!  ;)  And of course, I got married BP {before Pinterest} which I consider both a blessing and a curse.  If I were to get married now, there are definitely some things I would change.  Allow me to dream just a little...

1. Invitations

I definitely would splurge for letterpress...so classic!  Michaela's invitations are letterpress and they are stunning!

2. Bridesmaid dresses

I still love that we had navy dresses but I think I would go long and chiffon.  PS...fun fact: this is a friend of a friend's wedding...so pretty!

3. Portrait

We do not have ONE picture of the two of us looking at the camera and smiling!  So crazy, but true.  And of course, what photo does our entire family want?  The portrait that we do not have.

4. DIY Details

Like I said, our wedding was BP, so DIY was a foreign term.  But I think if we did it again, we would have some more DIY touches.

5. More flowers!

Ok this may be overkill, but can you ever have too many flowers?  I think not!

For sources and to see more ideas, visit my Pinterest wedding board.

What would you change about your wedding?
xo natasha

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Natasha will be at our wedding celebration, so be sure to follow her on Instagram for pictures :) T-Minus 4 days until the big day is here!



xoxo

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