Engagement Session: Darcy+Paul

>> Tuesday, November 30, 2010

After seeing these completely breathtaking photos, I'm pretty sure that Chicago ranks up there in the top 5 places to get your engagement photos taken--just make sure you bring along Sarah Pfeiffer, the artist behind these gorgeous images.

Also, be sure to look for Darcy & Paul's love story in the 2011 edition of NWD!


Real Wedding: Lacey+Jared, Part Deux

>> Monday, November 29, 2010

This time, we're sharing their highlights video from the unbelievable Cue Motion. Truly, this thing is like a movie trailer. Amazing!

Lacy & Jared from CueMotion Studios on Vimeo.


Things We Love!

>> Saturday, November 27, 2010

...designing your own wedding shoes!


Today we're thankful for...

>> Friday, November 26, 2010

A (hopeful) win over Colorado and one last year as Big XII North Champions! Hope you all had a wonderful Turkey Day!

Photo by Lane Weddings


Bride Blogger Nicole: Happy Thanksgiving!

>> Thursday, November 25, 2010

There are so many things I am thankful for as I am planning my wedding. My parents have been such a huge help, and have been very supportive of the decisions Ryan and I have made. It has been nice to have a stress-free planning process so far, and my parents have been a big part of that. Ryan's parents have also been a big help. I'm thankful to be marrying into such a great family!

Last but not least, Ryan has been such an involved groom and I am so thankful that he hasn't let everything fall onto my shoulders. Though at times I wish he wasn't quite so opinionated about the wedding, I'm very glad that he cares about our big day as well. The process of planning our wedding has been nothing but enjoyable--hopefully the next 6 months are the same! Hope you all have a Happy Thanksgiving!


Inspiration Board #30: Be Thankful

>> Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Today, tomorrow and every day, stop and take note of everything you have in your life to be thankful for!

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From left to right:
Top row: Lighting, Menu
Middle row: Pear table setting, Thank you photo, Well wishes
Last row: Family photo, Table branch photos

*Board by Chelsea A.


Bride Blogger Morgan: Dealing with Controversy

>> Tuesday, November 23, 2010

This week I was faced with my first taste of wedding stress. On Wednesday I headed to show my final bridesmaid her dress before the deposits were due. When I walked in, they told me that a size 4 sample of my exact wedding dress came in. I was ecstatic since the original dress I tried on was too big for me. When I got into the dress and the representative zipped me up, it fit perfect. Sounds good thus far right?

1 month earlier......

I said yes to the dress and was so excited! When they sized me they thought I needed a 6, and although I told them I had been in a size 4 that fit perfect, they decided to go with the 6 anyway. When they checked to see if we could get the size changed on my dress, they found out it was too late and gave me two options:

1) Take the size 4 off the rack at full price.


2) Take the size 6 when it comes in at full price plus alterations to get it to fit correctly.

I was a bit frustrated that I had to decide on the spot what to do, and I was supposed to leave shortly for work. I ended up telling them to pull the size 4 and I would be there Saturday morning with my mom for us to look over the dress to make sure there wasn't too much wear on it already.

When I arrived, the representative that had been helping me the whole time was there (she wasn't working when I found out my dress was ordered in the wrong size). She was very comforting and presented one more option: Cancel my original order, and replace it with an order for the correct size. My savior! She then told me that the headpiece I had my eyes fixated on a few weeks earlier was 75% off starting that day! In the end, I guess everything happens for a reason. I have a dress currently being made in the correct size along with the headpiece I wanted (similar to the one pictured below)!

All in all, I learned a very valuable lesson--don't let the stress get to you too much. It will all work out in the end, and your wedding day will be exactly how you imagined it to be.

Until next time,


Real Wedding: Lacy+Jared

>> Monday, November 22, 2010

How adorable is this couple??? Everything about this wedding is completely charming, from the lovebirds to the cheerful yellow to how completely in love these two look. A big thanks to Attanasio Photography for sharing this with us!


Things We Love!

>> Saturday, November 20, 2010

...this yummy Etsy-inspired wedding.

...the perfect little card.

...learning from the ColourLovers.

...this Save-the-Date sign.

...custom-cut paper fingerprint art.


...completely awesome bling.

Go Huskers!
Photo by Lane Weddings.


Friday Freebies

>> Friday, November 19, 2010

If you're like me, you're probably in dire need of a break right about now. Do you and your honey need to take a little time out together and do something fun? Are you looking for the perfect gift for someone for Christmas?  Do you really want to learn how to do some fancy cooking for the holidays?

If so, click HERE, because today we're giving away a FREE Gourmet Couple's Cooking Class from The Classy Gourmet and you won't want to miss the chance to register! (Must register by Monday, November 22nd to qualify.)


Bride Blogger Nicole

>> Thursday, November 18, 2010

Ryan and I filled out the applications to get our passports this past week. It's a good feeling to have that done; now we just need to go get our pictures taken for them. We are still debating on when and where to go for our honeymoon. We are thinking next fall sometime; it surprised me when Ryan agreed to go during Husker football season, but I really think it will be the best time. We were thinking St. Lucia and now Ryan has brought up Turks and Caicos. Really anywhere with warm weather, beaches and umbrella drinks is fine with me!

We also got our first gifts this past week. I had some family in town for the Kansas game this past weekend, and since they live out of state, they won't make it to any of my showers so they were thoughtful enough to bring us gifts! We got a beautiful crystal 8x10 picture frame that will be perfect for one of our favorite pictures from our wedding day. We also got gorgeous crystal champagne flutes that we will use at the reception, as well as a cake serving set that is engraved with our names and wedding date.

Receiving that gift made me realize how fast the wedding is approaching! I can't believe next week is Thanksgiving already, and then before you know it Christmas will be here, and then after the first of the year I'm sure I'll start having showers, then the bachelorette party (I'm so looking forward to that special time with my closest friends) and then the big day!

I don't at all feel stressed about what we have left to do for the wedding. We have been very proactive about booking and having all of our bases covered. We have been able to pay off some things also; it will be nice to not have such a large chunk of change due right before the wedding. I am so lucky to have a fiancĂ© that has helped me out so much with the process,  is organized and cares about the wedding as much as I do! It sure has helped a lot!


Inspiration Board #29: Playful Pumpkin

>> Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Has it really been almost two months since we brought you an original inspiration board? Sorry about that! Here's a beautiful fall inspiration board from Chelsea to make up for the delay.

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From right to left:
Top row: Tablescape, Cake
Middle row: Pumpkin photo, Tree photo, Invitation
Bottom row: Bouquet, Apples, Couple photo


Bride Blogger Morgan

>> Tuesday, November 16, 2010

We have booked musicians for the ceremony, and it is going to be beautiful! We ended up choosing the Summit String Quartet. Every time I listen to any of their music, my heart sinks-- I can just picture everything on the big day! We are narrowing down our selection of song choice, but aren't in a big rush as of now.

Our Save-the-Dates are designed; and they look fabulous--Shane and Sunny do such a good job! We are planning to order them soon and get busy writing addresses on them, so we can get them sent out. Invitations will be our next hurdle, and we plan to get busy on those as well to stay ahead of the game.

For flowers, we are contemplating an arrangement of Hydrangea and Calla lilies, with some other exotic/summer flower, such as Roses or Jatropha integerrima like in these photos. We are headed to the church tonight to show my parents around, figure out flower placements, decoration ideas, and such.
Until next time,


Cover Contest Winner!

Drumroll, please...the winner of the 2011 Cover Contest is....

Thank you to everyone who voted--keep an eye out for their cover on newsstands in 2011!


Real Wedding: Marjory+Jared

>> Monday, November 15, 2010

Let's kick off the week with a cheerful fall wedding guaranteed to make you smile! The color combo that bride Marjory came up with is completely refreshing, and the photos from Strohm Photography are enough to make me want to get married all over again. Check it out.


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