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Wedding Planning Progress

Oi Vie! Holy Moly, hand this girl a drink if you please!! This has been a fabulous week in the way of planning Ben and my wedding and dang, with two more big decisions struck off the list, I’ve earned that drink that you should be shoving in my direction. What are you making me? Anything will do.

First on the list is…
The bridesmaid’s dresses!! 
Saw it. Fell head over heels in love. I tried it on myself, in taupe, Beka tried it on in this teal. We simultaneously melted. 
This dress is like the Sisterhood of the Traveling Bridesmaids’ dress. Beka and my body types are the difference between night and day, yin and yang and Penny and Leonard (Big Bang Theory, anyone?). But this dress fits us like PB&J, Nutella on a spoon, or like Jim and Pam – PERFECTLY! 
Not to mention – it’s a dress that can actually be worn again. I love my bridesmaids dresses, but unfortunately there’s never been an occasion to wear them again! Figure if the girls are gonna drop the dough on my wedding, I might as well force them to wear something they can don again…
So, for myself I did purchase the taupe one for engagements pictures, rehearsal dinner, graduations, and an office party I have coming up next month. See? And Ben thought I was never going to wear it…silly. If there’s a will there’s a reason. Right? 
The only downside to the dress is that the belt doesn’t exactly match the country-chic motif we are going for. Instead, we’re going to be resourcing us a different belt a little more suited to the wedding theme. 
Thank goodness equestrian is making a comeback – because I am absolutely digging this beauty.

This nude patent beauty also struck my fancy – especially since it would match any pair of nude patent pumps you could gets your hands on. Easy peasy, right?

Am I onto something here?
Now – for announcement Numero Dos…
We found a photographer!! 

The treatment of their photos is divine, whimsical, classic and wonderfully romantic. 
And since the wedding is about 400 miles from where they are located we opted for their all day, all inclusive style package. It’s perfect!
All day photography
2 photographers (Kimbry is actually Kim and Bryan – they’re married)
1 wedding album
2 parent albums
3 large prints – all framed
1 canvas print
Engagement session
And a CD and the rights to all the photos
250 Thank you Postcards
Including their travel and hotel costs, they were by far the cheapest option – but their photos ranked as some of the best we saw. I was blown away. 
Besides my dress, the photographer was the next thing I wasn’t willing to compromise on – and with them, I got everything I “dreamed” (read: required) and Ben got to stop hearing me hem and haw over photographers and big decisions and money flying out the window. 
Not bad huh? Win win!
So that’s our update thus far. Now all we have to do is find a cake, florist, honeymoon locale, hair/makeup salon, and honeymoon outfits (Yay more shopping!).
No, we’re not too far off? *scoffs* Only 10 more months to go, no big deal.
Now – where’s the drink you were going to bring me? 
What were you most stressed over during your wedding planning? 
How did you de-stress from wedding planning?

10 Responses to “Wedding Planning Progress”

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    Bravoe Runway — September 30, 2011 @ 6:22 am

    That bridesmaid's dress is totally re-wearable! And I love that steve madden belt! I cannot wait to go and get my hands on that. Your photographer is going to do an amazing job! I've never had to plan a wedding, but I've heard the most stressful part is the seating arrangement…good luck 😀

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    Dzoli — September 30, 2011 @ 8:37 am

    Nice taht you keep us posted over the best day of your life.Cooln stuff sofar;)

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    surlykitchen — September 30, 2011 @ 12:10 pm

    wow. i love the dress,i want one. does it come in purple? i saw you posted it on pinterest. i was not digging the belt, and i was happy to see you weren't either.

    sounds like your wedding is really coming together; i'm so happy for you.

    have you gone wedding band shopping yet? that is quite a process. it took 5 weeks for my ring to be ready b/c it has diamonds around it. so we had no rings for our last minute ceremony.

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    Amber — September 30, 2011 @ 2:08 pm

    LOVE LOVE LOVE the dress!!! Good choice for sure. Looks like the photographers a good pick too. Congrats…
    I went to Vegas with the hubby and got married there. Best decision for us.
    Enjoy the day and never forget it!

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    Haley @ The Girly Girl Cooks — September 30, 2011 @ 2:25 pm

    Love the dress and photographer! Good progress! I haven't done any planning in a couple of weeks. It's hard to do anything when the wedding is 2 years from now. I can't wait to see everything come together for ur big day!

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    Amber — September 30, 2011 @ 2:29 pm

    P.S. You have to post a pic of Huckleberry… such a cute name too!
    As far as belts, I would totally pick the equestrian one for a country wedding. (We were going the country wedding ourselves and I got overwhelmed and booked a flight to Vegas…LOL) There are so SO many great ideas out on the web. Good Luck and HAVE FUN DOING IT!

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    Mary — September 30, 2011 @ 9:38 pm

    I love that you actually have dresses they can truly wear again. You hear that all the time, but really? Unless you are in the habit of formal dances, the dresses will never see the light of day again. These are fabulous. And the belt? The first one? That is IT!

    While I love remembering my own wedding, I have blocked all stress from my memory. My own dress shopping was a nightmare, thanks to being too meek (gone are those days!) to stand up for myself and the bridal shop from heck.

    To de-stress, plan some wedding-planning-free date nights with your man. Seriously, just forbid mention of the big day and everything related. Do your best not to think about it and just enjoy being together. It makes a big difference!

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    Tara — October 1, 2011 @ 4:16 pm

    Omg I love that dress! Now with wedding planning Idk where to start its pretty much all hectic! It gets worse the closer your big day comes. I enjoyed my pedicures during this stressful time! Lol if you have any questions about wedding planning fill free to ask but I must say if you can make a wedding planner binder it helps tons!!! Good luck!!

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    Mary — October 1, 2011 @ 6:14 pm

    Weird. I wrote a long post here yesterday and it disappeared. 🙁 That stinks.

    Long made short, awesome dresses. LOVE the first belt. You rock for choosing such fabulous dresses, btw.

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    10 — October 3, 2011 @ 3:59 am

    Those are by far the coolest bridesmaid dresses ever. You get a gold star for repeat-wearability. The equestrian belt is awesome. So glad that everything is coming together for your big day. Nearly 13 years later, I really don't remember what I stressed about with planning our wedding. I guess there is a lesson in that. 😉 Just have fun planning a great party with all of your loved ones. Then relax and enjoy your time together.

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