Wow this weekend flew by! So much has happened and I have some big wedding news to share with you guys!
1. We found our venue! Josh and I will be getting married July 6, 2013 at the Atherton Hotel in State College. Over the weekend we met with Jessica, the wedding coordinator there, and fell in love with the place. Everyone seemed really nice and professional, they were willing to work with our vegetarian preferences, and the rooms have the look and feel we’d like for our wedding.
I only photographed the upstairs lobby because the rooms we will be having our ceremony and reception in were being set up for a wedding while we were there. The upstairs lobby is where we’ll be having our cocktail hour. I think it is so gorgeous.
2. We found our photographer! On Saturday we met with Katie from Lovely Photographs and loved everything about her and her photography style. She is from the Poconos like me and has such a fun, romantic, quirky style that is so perfect for Josh and I. She was so sweet and said I could share some photos from her site, which I really recommend checking out. It’s also a good sign that a lot of the songs on her website are some of Josh and my favorites.
I could totally see Josh and I doing something like this, except with mustaches.
We’re dorky and we love it.
I am in love with the layout of this picture. It is such a cute save the date.
I love the close-up of the detailing on the dress with the light shining through and how she captured the bride’s happiness as she was being laced up into her dress.
I love how in love they look and how there is such a crisp focus on the couple while the background is blurred out. It feels very romantic.
She also does amazing baby photos that are so freaking adorable but I’d feel weird posting a picture of someone elses baby on here without their permission so to see those out I’d definitely go check out her site.
I’ve never had professional photos of any kind done so I am beyond excited to have found someone so amazing to not only be my first experience with photos, but to capture the images I am going to cherish for the rest of my life.
3. I bought my wedding dress!!! It should be here by the end of the week and I am so so so excited/crazy nervous since I didn’t get to try it on before I bought it. I’ve always wanted a fabulous wedding dress but Josh and I are on a tight budget so I knew as much as I love Say Yes to the Dress (and have been watching it all day today in celebration) I would never be able to have the wedding dress budget that the girls on the show do. When Debbie and I tried on wedding dresses last weekend at a local wedding boutique I fell in love with a Justin Alexander dress. It was the first wedding dress I ever tried on and it was perfect. The sample was a size 6 and the attendant said it was a perfect fit for me. The only problem was the $1600 price tag.
I went to a big box wedding dress shop after that and didn’t like anything I tried on. Nothing fit right, the material felt cheap, and they didn’t have the look I was going for. Determined to find a gorgeous wedding dress that was within my budget I headed online to look at used wedding dresses. Through Once Wed I was able to find a Justin Alexander dress that is very similar to the one I tried on at the store, and that has details I love even more than the original one I saw. Amazingly the dress was my size and the original owner had the hem taken to my exact height (I plan on wearing Toms) and didn’t alter the bust or waist in any way. She only wore it for six hours, had it professionally cleaned, and was asking a very reasonable price. I am going to be running to the mail box every day between now and Friday!
Planning a wedding is a lot of work but one thing that has helped Josh and I tremendously is having a to-do list and an Excel spreadsheet budget that we can adjust as costs change. We had originally budgeted $250 for flowers but managed to get them all for $70 by using silk flowers and making our own. I’ll be posting a tutorial of that tomorrow!
Question of the Day: Have you bought used clothes before? Would you buy a used wedding dress online? Part of me thinks it’s a crazy thing to do but the other part of me thinks its crazy not to for how good of a deal you can get! You just have to make sure you know your measurements or I could see it being a nightmare where you order something and then it doesn’t fit.