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I met with Hy-Vee this week to discuss just that and I couldn’t be more excited about the plan we put together. Sneak peek: heart-shaped sugar cookies, cream-cheese-frosted pumpkin bars and peanut butter chocolate chip cookies. Um, yum! Decadent, yes, but expensive, no. That’s actually the best part. In helping plan friends’ weddings, I’ve seen them spend upward of $700+ on their cakes. We’re doing dessert our way for less than half of that! It won’t look exactly like what is below, but it will be a pretty similar set up.

 However, as much as I love a good cookie, I still don’t want to miss out on smashing a small slice of cake into Matt’s face.  Talk about a great photo op! So I’m going to ask my grandma, who is known for her cake-making abilities, to make a small one- or two-tiered round cake to put on display in the middle with a fun topper. We’ll cut it just for us – and then of course freeze to eat on our one year anniversary.  And speaking of a fun cake topper, I feel like that’ll just be the beginning of the ways to bring our personalities into this display. I was thinking about having a sign made to sit on an easel next to the table that reads “Love is Sweet” or hang a pennant sign with some clever saying. I’m getting excited (and hungry) just thinking about all the possibilities! 

Image was found on 100 Layer Cake.

We had our last meeting with our priest last night where we went over the ceremony schedule and details. I felt myself stressing and obsessing over the reception decor so it was a blast switching gears to what truly matters…the ceremony.  It hit me as we were selecting our music, decoration rentals and where Tyler and myself will get ready…our wedding is almost here! I couldn’t be more excited!

For the ceremony decor we want to keep it simple and pretty. We will have two large arrangements infront of the alter and we will also rent the church’s wall vases for additional decor. I plan to use the flowers from the ceremony at the reception, and hopefully put the wall vase bouquets  towards centerpieces or small arrangements at the bar, in the bathrooms and in the entry at HillCrest Country Club. The church, Blessed Sacrament, is gorgeous on its’ own so I don’t want to get carried away.

After our meeting last evening, Tyler and I took a walk to a park one block away from our church. It is the perfect location for our first look and for family and bridal party photos. It is exactly what I always wanted as a backdrop for our preceremony photos! I can’t wait to see what our photographer, Leah, will dream up with the space.

Our church, Blessed Sacrament. It has gorgeous rustic ceilings and a small town church feel. Just what we wanted!

The park a block away from our church. A few trees in would be an awesome photo location. There are spots of heavy shade to keep cool and spots of pure sunshine!

I’ve always wanted a path under heavy trees for our “first look” location. I had my heart set on Pioneers Park, where Tyler proposed, but with the timing and distance…this will work perfectly.

I have a growing list of purchases and DIY projects set for the coming weeks. I can’t wait to share!



Chevron is modern and fun and can add a ton of interest with a two-color palette. Some simple ideas to include chevron in your wedding day is through favors, cakes, ribbon, placemats or table runners. The fabric shown comes in several colors and is a very inexpensive way to add some DIY to your special day!

Images from left to right, top to bottom: response card via the knot , fabric found on BuyFabrics, Cake via pinterest, and favor via pinterest.