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I don’t just write for this blog – I get ideas from it, too! It was about two months ago that I saw an image on this inspiration board and I’ve thought about that picture of Smitten Sticks almost every day since.

There will be approximately 36 tables of 10 at our reception and I will have three different types of centerpieces scattered throughout those tables. Twelve tables will be lucky enough to be sitting with my version of Smitten Sticks.

I guess it’s actually our photographer’s version of them. Bethany of Photography by Bethany in Elkhorn totally rocked out our engagement shoot back in early Spring and now she has designed the cutest brown and yellow “props” that I will glue to craft sticks and have for guests to play and take photos with. We’ve taken that original inspiration photo and have used it as such to now put together a really fun, customized very “Blair and Matt” centerpiece as a result. I won’t share the photo of what they look like exactly, not only because I don’t want guests knowing every detail before the big day, but because I haven’t started the assembly process yet. I will, however, show you this photo of what else will be with “the Sticks”: mini chalkboards. I ordered enough on Etsy to place two 5” x 7” boards at each of those 12 tables and will pre-write messages such as “Have” on one and “Fun” on the other. But of course I encourage guests to erase and write their own funny phrases to show off around the room and in pictures!

Last night I had my first gown fitting at Ellynne Bridal and it went faster than I expected! Maybe I thought watching women with dramatic alterations on Say Yes To The Dress was the norm, but my fitting took less than 30 minutes and I left with just two “alterations.”(I guess I can say I am lucky!) I am having cups sewn in as well as a hem-bustle. The waist and the length were perfect. I loved having it on again and I really secretly wished the fitting took longer so I could stay in it! I will definitely miss taking  peeks at my gown while it is gone, but my next fitting is in the beginning of August(which will fly by!) I seriously cannot wait!

The other peice I am missing is my veil. I bought my dress because I love it, it fits perfectly and is extremely timeless, but I also bought it because of the vision Ellynne Bridal gave me when I tried it on. I had a hard time envisioning a veil on myself, and when I tried on a very simple one, it completely transformed my dress(and not the direction I was thinking) Lynne, the owner of Ellynne Bridal, then showed me what a simple veil would look like with Russian Tulle, and I fell in love. It was fun, flirty, a little country and exactly what I needed. I also plan to scrunch it and pin it to the side of my updo after the ceremony as a head piece, which makes me even more excited!

Here is an example of a Tessa Kim veil and is basically what it would look like. It will be pinned the other direction and it will also be longer. (This veil is 18″, mine will be 25″)



This gorgeous wedding(and gorgeous bride!) was shot by Corey Rourke Photography and we are loving the interesting details captured. Congratulations to Madison and Ryan on a beautiful wedding, it looks as if you had a blast! Check out the full details below.

Photography / Corey Rourke Rourke Photography, Ceremony / St. John’s,  Hair / Salon Utopia, Florist / Flowerworks, DJ / Complete Music, Reception / Grand Manse, Photos taken at Starlite Lounge.

I may be dragging my feet a little with the bigger wedding plans, such as selecting and booking vendors, but I have been keeping busy with working on some of the other details that will go into the big day.

 One of those details has been who to have walking me down the aisle.  Because my dad passed away almost 10 years ago, that has been one of the most common questions I’ve been asked (right behind “Have you set the date?”,  “What are your colors?”, and “Who is in your wedding party?”).  I’d decided to have both my step-dad and brother give me away, then recruited my niece to help me with creating cards for each of them, asking them to fill this very important role.  The two cards are a little different, but below is a picture (though it was hard to photograph!) of how my step-dad’s turned out.  We had a family bbq on Father’s Day and that was the perfect time to ask.

 I have another little top-secret project in the works for my bridesmaids.  I’ve spoken to each of them about being in the wedding, but because all of them live at least several hours away (if not several states away), I’ve been wanting to send something special to “officially” ask them.  So, here’s my question to you for the week – did you do something unique to ask your VIPs to be a part of your big day?  Or, have you yourself been asked by way of a special gesture?  I’d love to hear about your stories & ideas!

 185 days to go!