If life wasn't crazy enough with working on our home, Ryan and I getting used to living together after having opposite schedules, trying to figure out my place in the photography world, enjoying our adorable lil' nephews Evan, Forrest, and Levi plus Vivian, our adorable niece... Ryan and I also have a puppy or at least is the size of one, Jack, who is a Jack Russell mix! How fun and YES, and a little crazy, but we wouldn't have it any other way!

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Excited to Start a New Year!

I’m chomping at the bit to start the New Year!

For work, the first weekend of the 2011 and we already have OT. Check “work OT when offered” on my list of accomplishments for 2011!

I also am going to work on getting “The Fiebig Gym” in order in the basement. Right now, it’s cluttered with patio furniture!

To go along with the gym, I see that at the Walker Fitness Center that they offer a spin class on Friday mornings that isn’t too early, that I plan on visiting this coming week! Very excited to get back on track when it comes to working out but I’m sure this spin class will kick my tush the first few times!

Besides that… I’m starting to get my tan on for going cruisin’! Only 37 days and we will be on the high seas heading to our first port of call! A new bathing suit is on its way from VS for this excited vaca!

Next weekend, we celebrate baby Reil with a baby shower for Jilly!

There are also a few special people in my life that share the birthday of January 11 that brings some more celebrations!

I have a feeling life isn’t going to calm down… but I look forward to everything it has to bring in 2011! :D

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Leland Here We Come!

This weekend is one of my favorite winter weekends of the year... for years, the whole family...Moores, Plaintes, Weavers, and now Reils and Fiebigs... head up to our grandparents house located on Lake Michigan to celebrate our Christmas together! With it being a tourist area, its hard to really appreciate its quaintness! But at this time of the year, you feel like you have the area all to yourselves... even the locals seem to have gone to warmer ground! It is so peaceful! You can walk on the beach and there be no sign of people... with them living on a private drive, a lot of times there isn't many people on the beach anyways! The whole weekend is sort of planned out even though its not anything that anyone besides my family would probably think is exciting!
Ryan and I usually head up Friday, making stops at the Gap Outlet to get some great deals! We are usually the first and have a nice dinner with my grandparents before the house is full of people! Later in the night on Friday, my aunt, uncle, and cousin usually show up... grandma always has something yummy made for desert for when they arrive! Saturday mid-morning, my parents arrive! They usually make it in time for a meal, soup! Sometimes,if we are lucky, we get some of Uncle Fred's Famous Gumbo, besides a few other choices homemade by grandma. After a hearty dinner, mom is ready to get a group to go out on an adventure... a.k.a wine tasting and shopping in the stores that are still open in Suttons Bay. This usually ends up with someone purchasing a "Leland" tee or sweatshirt and a few bottles of wine, for later! ;) By the time we get back, grandma is ready to put out hors d'oeuvres... yes, more food! Which also means, its about time to open presents! We used to get stockings but have stopped that tradition now that Jim is 18. But us kids, well in grandmas eyes, get ornaments! She is the best at picking out ornaments that fit our personality. Last year Jill and I got houses! :) After the excitement of seeing again what we probably picked out when we went shopping with grandma, we move on to dinner! MORE FOOD! By the end of the night we are stuffed... and we haven't even had our ice cream and hot fudge yet. Since we are SO full, we usually gather around the TV to see the championship NCAA girl's volleyball teams play. The last couple years Penn State was in the championship, which a graduate of Leland (probably only 10 kids per graduating class) led Penn State to the title! :D Than its time for ice cream! Our night is not done yet... if the weather isn't too bad... yeah right, even if it is bad... a group of us venture to the casino to hand over $20 to the Native Americans for a hour or so of entertainment! Sunday for breakfast, more food, grandma serves her homemade Cinnamon rolls and gives each family a plate of them to take home for Christmas morning. Usually Sunday is laid back... our family picture around the "Merry Christmas" sign... taking a stroll down the snow covered road, venturing to the beach to capture a picture or two of the quietness and peacefulness of the landscape! As usually, its always so sad to leave... how could it not be leaving such a wonderful place! I think I am more sad to leave my grandparents house than I am coming back from a cruise during the middle of winter! Its just magical!

Friday, December 3, 2010

Getting in to the Spirit of the Season

Hopefully Ryan won't mind my newest purchase, the fakest looking adorable Christmas tree EVER! Mom has a tree just like this at home that is decor for the log cabin-looking man den that my dad calls home! One thing mine had that hers doesn't.... lights! :) We'll see how long it lasts in its current location! I'm sure that he will ask me to move it in less we find another home for our real Christmas tree! Tis the Season to Decorate!

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Things I’d like to Accomplish in 2011

  • Take a photography class
  • Get back my workout routine
  • Run a 5k
  • Organize the basement to be finished
  • Pay off my car
  • Learn how to change a diaper
  • Babysit one of my nephews all on my own
  • Work OT when offered
  • Get a Tattoo
  • Chop off my hair and donate it to Locks of Love (but not 'til after the cruise)
And this is just for starters.... :)

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Wall of Fame

Or should it be "Fridge of Fame"?!? While cleaning the kitchen, I looked at the fridge which is covered with all the events and happenings of 2010! We have personal cards Ryan and I gave each other, photos of friends and family, Jack's diploma, "Thank You" cards and "Save the Dates" from the weddings we attended, and inspiring quotes given in every letter from my grandma... as much as I want to "clean" the kitchen, I hate to take down this great piece of "art" that makes us smile every time we enter it! I look forward to what other memories will some day be placed on this fridge! Maybe, cleaning of the outside of the fridge can wait until 2011! :)

Friday, November 26, 2010

Gearing up for Baby Shower Mode

Jill, this week, is 25 weeks or 6 months pregnant! Baby Reil is about a 1 lb. and a half, starting to get his baby fat, looking more and more like a newborn, possibly even growing hair! Jill only has a few more weeks before she's in her third-trimester... which means the end is coming near! :)

With that, it's time for Christine and I to start getting our thinking caps on and planning the family/college friends baby shower! :)

The invites are bought, the date is pretty much set... just need to get a theme, games, and food taken care of!

How fun! :)

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Hard to Believe 2010 is Almost Over

As we embark on the holiday season, it’s hard to believe that 2010 is almost over! So many big events happened this year for friends and family…

Evan, our adorable nephew, was born!

Jack, the Jack Russell mix, came in to our lives!

Al and Sarah made it official!

Jason and Elyse tied the knot!

Shawn and Jill finally after 9 years got married!

Jill became pregnant with Baby Boy Reil, to make his appearance March 2011!

The cutie, Malachi, was born!

Magnus came in to the world!

Bob and Keri got hitched!

Megan and Pete took the plunge!

Matt and Tricia get engaged!

Jim became a Spartan!

Ryan and I jumped in with both feet!

Made our 2nd visit to Mexico in less than a year!

Visited the historical Philadelphia, seeing the Liberty Bell and having a cheese steak at Jim’s!

It is a year that I will never forget! So many people in my life had huge changes in there lives! In so many ways, as I look back, the year seems so surreal! How could so much love and joy fit all in to one year! It makes me look forward to what 2011 has to bring! :) But I’m sure; it will always be hard to beat 2010!


Happy Holidays to everyone!

Let’s go out with a BANG!

Monday, November 22, 2010

Lazy Sunday

The boys decided to come cuddle with me! They were really comfy but I wasn't. So I snuck away and grabbed my camera... since they looked so cute and innocent! For Jack, the innocent part doesn't happen that often! Awh, my sleepy boys!

Sunday, November 21, 2010

The Rest of the Wonderful Day

All the photos are up... and they just blew me away! Some of my favs... the photos of me with my mom and sister and the photos of just my dad and I on the beach! I also love the pics of us at the alter! :D

The link below will take you to the SmugMug galleries, from there click on "Weaver/Fiebig". The password is FiebigSeptember2010.

All of the Wedding Photos

Enjoy!

All you brides out there that are looking for a photographer who loves to use nature, has a BIG heart, is down to earth, has a special look to her photos that is all her own, check out Ashley Folkema Photography. You will be happy you did! :)

Friday, November 19, 2010

More Fun with Evan

Getting So Big

This week 'lil Evan, Ryan and my nephew, took his first 4 consecutive steps! He's growing up so fast! :)

Thursday, November 18, 2010

A Beautiful Labor Day Weekend if your Insane!

I love adventures at the Traverse State Hospital a.k.a. Insane Asylum!

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Great Way to Remember a Special Day!

The amazing and super talented Ashley Folkema finished our wedding pictures today! I've been checking out the blog all day long, super excited to see them. Right before dinner, I thought I'd take a look... and there they were! Tears came to my eyes! They made me feel like it was the day all over again! I'm so glad she captured it all... because it is true what they say... the day goes by so fast! I didn't get to see a lot of the hard work I had put in to it until I saw the pictures!

Thank you again to all our family and friends that help make our wedding day something we will never forget!

Please enjoy the beautiful photos on Ashley's blog...

julie and ryan – wedding lifestyle photographer » ashley folkema photography

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Philly at a Glance

The Liberty Bell

The Signer

The Carpenter House


Ben Franklins Grave


Best Philly Cheese Steak in TOWN - Mushrooms, American, With is how I order!

Declaration of Independence and Constitution were debated and adopted here!
Market Street
Look down Market at City Hall
Inside the Market

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Philly Bound

This weekend and coming week, I get to experience some of the perks of being Ryan’s wife, a trip to Philadelphia! Ryan’s part of an organization called ASPE, American Society of Pluming Engineers, and there annual convention is there this year. We are being put up in a classy hotel downtown, already been invited to one FABULOUS dinner party at The Down Town Club, and the other wives and I get to be tourists and see and shop everything Philly has to offer! When Ryan can get away from his seminars and lectures, he is hoping to drag me to every Philly Cheese Steak restaurant he can find! Hope they make a version that doesn’t have steak on it…

We are gone for Halloween which is a bummer… I thought it would have been so cute to have Ryan as a football player, I as a cheerleader, and Jack as a football! Yes, they do make a football dog costume! But we will have to save that idea for next year!

Hopefully, Ryan and I will get to spend some time together. These last few weeks we haven’t seen much of each other. We did watch Glee and Parenthood together this week when I got but not to much after he or I are ready for bed.

It’s been hard to come home and see that his dishes are still in the sink or pop bottles have been collecting on the counter. This week I’ve been so work focused that I have let those things slide. When I came home last night, everything was the way I left it that morning. I had washed some new kitchen items I got at IKEA but they were still sitting out drying, they were already dry!

Thank goodness for vacations! Hoping to get some great shots in Philly to post! :)

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Another one Bites the Dust

I received an email today about the opportunity to shoot a event up in Leelanau at the wineries. No go! :(
Anywho... hopefully I will some day have a chance to show people that I am my mom's daughter!

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Hopefully an Opportunity

A cousin suggested being friends on Facebook with group up in the Leelanau area that represents the wineries because they give a heads up to events happening at the wineries. So I did... not but a few day later I get an Facebook message sent to there "friends" looking for photographers for there next event! When I saw that I sent an email ASAP letting them know that my mom and I would be interested! To this point, the only photos I've really took have been from up there for the tables at the wedding! Keep your fingers crossed that my sample photos seal the deal and mom and I will be making a visit to Gma and Gpa's to take photos at this event! They are looking for 20 or more photos that they can use for future promotional material! In return, you and a guest get in to the event FREE! Wine and photography... can't go wrong there! Here are some of the photos I've taken this past summer from the Leelanau area! :D






Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Never Enough Time in the Day

Today was my day off for the week... and I didn't really get to touch my list of things to do! I didn't realize that my extra day off during the week would be consumed with cleaning and errands. It stinks...

Jack wakes me up with a paw in the face at 9:00 a.m. because I didn't got to bed 'til 12:00 a.m. I was pretty groggy. I start by picking up whatever I see that's out of its place and before I know it its 5:00 p.m. when I'm suppose to start dinner so that it will be done for when Ryan gets home.

Have I started "thank you" cards yet... no. Have I got to put some good quality study time in to INS 22... no. Two really big things that need to happen and my day is taken up by cleaning the bathroom, bringing clothes to goodwill, and getting my extremely broken glasses fixed (hopefully for the last time). Ugh! Unfortunately, telling the people receiving thank yous and the people administrating the INS test that everyday life is a little too much right now... well that won't work!

Please can I have a day with more time in it?!? Working 10 hours a day isn't bad but it sure does take away from the "other than work" aspects of life. I know I will feel SOOO much better once "thank yous" and my test is done. But first we have to get there...

Things to get my mind off the everyday in the next 2 weeks... Chi-town with my mom and sis for a great last adventure before lil' boy Reil is around... AND Philly for a LONG weekend!

Friday, October 15, 2010

Gearing up for Tomorrow's Game...

The University of Michigan
"The Victors"


Now for a cheer they are here, triumphant!

Here they come with banners flying,

In stalwart step they're nighing,

With shouts of vict'ry crying,

We hurrah, hurrah, we greet you now, Hail!

 

Far we their praises sing

For the glory and fame they've brought us

Loud let the bells them ring

For here they come with banners flying

Far we their praises tell

For the glory and fame they've brought us

Loud let the bells them ring

For here they come with banners flying

Here they come, Hurrah!



Hail! to the victors valiant

Hail! to the conqu'ring heroes

Hail! Hail! to Michigan

The leaders and best!

Hail! to the victors valiant

Hail! to the conqu'ring heroes

Hail! Hail! to Michigan,

The champions of the West!



We cheer them again

We cheer and cheer again

For Michigan, we cheer for Michigan

We cheer with might and main

We cheer, cheer, cheer

With might and main we cheer!



Hail! to the victors valiant

Hail! to the conqu'ring heroes

Hail! Hail! to Michigan,

The champions of the West!

One of the ways I show my "spirit"!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Monday, October 11, 2010

Almost a Month has Past

Time flies... even when you aren't planning a wedding! It's great to get back to normal life... if our life is ever really normal!

Ryan and I have been starting to get to the busy seasons at work and both plan on putting in some OT this week for starters. But when I got back... it turns out a few things had changed, the biggest for me, being offered to work 4 - 10 hour days! My day off is Monday but the hours consist of 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. I haven't had my Monday off yet at this point, since I traded with another associate for Tuesdays. Hopefully next week I will get to enjoy a 3 day weekend!

The name changing has been taking a little bit... everything at this point at work still refers to me as "Julie Weaver". I still sign everything that way too! First time I had to sign my new name was for my drivers license.. haven't seen how that looks yet but I have a feeling its rough! I've got a few more small things... the credit union(s), my work badge, and my passport... which is a big one, since we are heading on a cruise out of the country in February!

Life married isn't much different... I've never questions Ryan's love or commitment for me! I know I never will either... I'm so lucky to have him as my best friend and husband!

HAPPY ONE MONTH ANNIVERSARY!

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Hard to believe its almost here...

As weird as it is, it still doesn't seem real yet! I don't know if thats good or bad... I'm glad that at this point I'm not stressed!

This past weekend, I got to share my favorite place with my favorite people! Saturday, my wedding party, moms, mistresses of ceremony, Malachi, and Loraine headed up to Leland for beach time and wine sipping! It was a beautiful weekend for our festivities! We headed out of 8:00 a.m. arriving around 11:30 a.m. Grandma had created a warm welcome with a construction paper sign greeting us! When we got inside, she created a wall of Julie in Leland! :) Jill, Suzie, and Chris put together a very yummy lunch and we headed down to the beach for some sun! After spending some time in the water, we decided to head out for wine tasting stopping at some of my favorites: 45 North, Tandem Cider, and Leelanau Cellars. After Leelanau Cellars, we stopped at Just Knot a Bar for some dinner. We kept the rest of the night low key... opening the wonderful gifts the girls got me and playing a few games about how well I know Ryan. We called it a early night since all the fresh air, sun, and wine tired us out! Next morning, more goodies were out... by the way too much food! I was soo stuffed by the end of the weekend! Keri and I headed back mid-morning since a bunch of stuff was waiting for both of us at home.

Plain and simple, it was the best Bachelorette Party EVER! Love you ladies for doing that for me!

This week is motivation week... we have been trying to tie up loose ends and get stuff set up for next week. Favors come tomorrow. The seating arrangements are made, just have to put them on the Harbourfront seating map. Applied for our marriage license to be picked up Friday. Picking up my, Rachel, and Jenni's dresses tomorrow.

We are getting there! Maybe next year it will all kick in.... thank goodness I have to only work Tuesday and Wednesday next week! :)

Friday, August 27, 2010

Getting Stuff Done

I met up with mom last night to run around town getting things done for the wedding! Sure didn't know we had so much to do still but we ordered flowers for the jars for the ceremony, picked up supplies for the h'orderves in the park, and talked in general about how the day will go. I've got a few things I need to get done for the wonderful people that have been helping threw out this process! But besides that... my main goal is to get the seating chart completed, make name tags and table tags, and making sure that we don't have any surprise guest just showing up!

First we have to get through this weekend of fun at my Bachelorette Party in Leland and my INS 22 test on Wednesday! AHHHHHHH!!!!

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

FAVORS!

Ever since the beginning that I really thought about planning a wedding... these were the one favors that I wanted to give the most! So I'm extremely excited to see them and see peoples reactions! I compromised with Ryan so that we have 2 varieties but both will look sooo cool! I created the graphic myself which goes with the graphic I created for the invites!

My wedding is going to end our wedding season with a BANG! :)

IT’S GOING TO BE FABULOUS!

Monday, August 23, 2010

Friends and Family

I feel so lucky to have some really great friends! I'm looking forward to seeing some of my peeps that I don't get to see often... Anne and Lucas, Shannon and Billy, and Tricia and her fiance! :) It stinks that Rachel and Nate are unable to make it, especially since its been a few years. But maybe its a sign that we have just grown apart. It also stinks that Kammie and her fiance won't be able to make it. :(



BUT I'm excited to spend time with all my closest friends and family... I'm not going to let people that aren't going to be able to make it, get me down!

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Meeting with Pastor Chuck

The most nerve racking part was totally cool! He was very open and flexible. He is going to perform a beautiful service. He ran through everything and asked us how we would like certain aspects. He provided great advise and wants to make sure that in 20 years we are even more in love then we are now! :)

It all should be feeling real but hasn't really kicked in yet! Bachelorette Party in Leland this coming weekend... can't wait! :D

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Practice Hair and Makeup!

OH MY GOSH... I'M SOOOO GLAD I CHANGED SALONS! I love Crystal at Reds! She was full of energy, fun, understood exactly what I was looking for! We messed around and she made my hair the general shape to get an idea of how it would look. Than she showed Jill how she is going to put in the veil and showed her how she can take it out! Than we put on the birdcage veil... which is sooo adorable... so glad I bought it. Next she did my practice eyes! It looked AMAZING! So much better than the lady at the Clinque counter... she also gave me some fake lashes that were so like fashionista! :) But it also looked so natural... I think she understood that I wanted to look like ME! But just a better version of me! Very excited for the day of...

Saturday, August 14, 2010

More Progress Made

Ryan and I ran errands this morning pertaining to the wedding.

I called another salon and scheduled hair and makeup appointments. The salon I was originally hoping to go with basically told me they could only get 2 people to do 6 girls hair and 2 girls makeup... I DON'T THINK SO! For Keri's, we had 4 girls doing hair for 7 of us. With one of those being specifically for Keri. I wanted that... I'm the bride and deserve to have the extra attention to my hair... especially since I have ALOT of hair! The salon I scheduled with is right across the hall from the reception location. So... if people get done early, they can just walk the few steps to the reception room and help with setup! I feel much better knowing that we will have 4 girls to do our hair! :) I got in next Saturday to get a practice done! :)

Also, Ryan and I stopped at Meijer to pick up pictures I had printed off for the table decorations. I've got about 28 misc. scenic pictures from Leland. Mom has some too... so we will have to take a look and go threw them to see what we want to use for table names! While there, we saw they had boxes of 36 individual bagged chips that we purchased for the rehearsal dinner. To us, the rehearsal dinner isn't as important as the reception dinner and with that, we are keeping it simple. Subs, Chips, Salads... especially since we are just using the park picnic shelter to do it!

We made a trip to the wine specialty shop right by our house to purchse 24 cobalt blue while bottles and 25 corks! That was the last element needed for the centerpieces/tables. I've already started making a wine bottle lamps but can't find my wire that I have :(... I'm sure it will show up!

My party dress is coming Monday and I'm going to nail down information with our Rev. on Monday! :)

Feels good to have so much done when we are this close! :D

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Shoppings got to stop!!!

I just bought myself a new bathing suit at VS for the honeymoon in MEXICO! :)
Can't wait to get it!


Few things to do on my list this weekend... but still making lots of progress. Just need to meet with Rev. Doornbos, call on renting chairs, and figure out what we would like to do for rehearsal! After being at Keri and Bob's rehearsal dinner, we like the idea of keeping it simple with subs, chips, and veggies... I'm leaving it up to Ryan, I've got enough on my plate! :D

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Feeling like everything is on track! :)

We met with Scott from Harbourfront tonight and he made us feel so much better! He was able to answer all our questions and answered questions we didn't even have until he answered them! :)

They know there stuff and are going to make the reception a party to remember!

Just a month away.... how CRAZY! :)

Time to Party, Dress!?!?

Obviously, if you've seen my blog, I'm all about dresses for the wedding! We'll I got myself a party dress to wear at the reception! All I'm going to tell you is... it simple, beachy, and was a steal of a deal! :)

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Officially Mr. and Mrs. Trayers!


What a wonderful weekend! What a beautiful day! Keri and Bob are MARRIED!

I feel so lucky to have been a part of such a beautiful event! The Lawton Community Center is an amazing place! Oldest winery in Michigan! The place has so much character and such a big space to take over. All this made it perfect for Keri and Bob's wedding!

I'm so proud of Keri! She let the stress go and seemed to enjoy her day to the fullest! She made a beautiful bride for her dashing groom. As she walked down the isle to him she was just glowing. I did real well holding myself together... but I do admit, I had tears many times during the ceremony!

Good food, great company, and ALOT of FUN! I can admit, I was at the photobooth serveral time with several different groups of people! I also rocked out my 80's sunglasses from Jilly-bean!

Keri and Bob seemed so happy and it was an amazing day for a wedding! Congrats again, Mr. and Mrs. Trayers! :) Love you both! You are always going to be my best friend, Keri, I'm with you for the long hall! :D

Friday, August 6, 2010

First Response! :)


Thanks Mr. and Mrs. Schneider for being our firsts! :) Hope your wedding tomorrow is beautiful and everything you ever could of imagined! Wished we could celebrate with you... we'll just have to celebrate at a later date!


P.S. Steph and Ryan a.k.a. "the neighbors" - I would of expected you first, since not only did we hand deliver it the day before we sent them out but cause you are also right next door! :P

Since you have your invite now... I'll Post Pics!




So far... everyone has gave me compliments on the invites! All the hard work paid off! Now don't forget to send them in before August 21st... and pick an option for dinner... Beef (which will be prime rib or a sirloin, Ryan hasn't made his mind up yet) OR Chicken (stuffed herb chicken)!!!

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Items to Check Off the "To Do" List

INVITES ARE DONE! After breaking down and taking the mailing address labels to Office Max for only $3.05... I wished I thought of it Sunday when I wasted all this time yelling at my computer and printer. Ryan and I finished them off tonight and he is bringing them to the post office tomorrow! Look for them at the end of this week in your mail box! ;)

We dropped off our neighbors who thought they looked really good! It was great to hear all that work really did pay off!

I got the last grapevine napkin rings from Hobby Lobby today! We have enough for everyone that is invited... so no worries about running out of those!

Today I also met with Shelly, our florist. We narrowed down what we were thinking. Unfortunately, the bill went up... but I had to add a few more tables. But in the end, I have a feeling everything will look beautiful!

OH... biggest thing about the wedding today... I GOT MY BIRD CAGE VEIL! :) It looks beautiful! Can't wait to wear it!!!!!

Hopefully tomorrow we will cross more wedding "to dos" off the list! Hard to believe 46 days!

Jewelry is In

I wasn't sure what route to go since the dresses are strapless/spagetti straps... but I think I found something perfect that is simple but elegant, just like I'm hoping our wedding will turn out!

I found them off Etsy and even got myself one! Might even wear it at the wedding too but we'll have to see how my whole outfit(s) come together! But I know they are something that can be worn with any outfit!

Looking forward to giving the girls all the goodies I've got them! :) You'll all just have to wait and see what the girls have on the big day! ;)

Monday, August 2, 2010

The Engagement Photos are UP!

Here is a link to our engagement session posted on Ashleys blog! They look wonderful! I'm EXTREMELY happy! She will be posting the rest for me and Ryan to see! CAN'T WAIT! Enjoy!

http://www.ashleyfolkemaphotography.com/blog/?p=4711

Sunday, August 1, 2010

More Sneak Peaks...



Ugh... Invites!

I'm still excited about the invites and at the moment, the way are looking! BUT... what is being a thorn in my side is the address labels! After trying 3 different printers, the same thing keeps happening... they get jammed! From what I can tell, they are way to thick for any HP printer! So, cross our fingers that tomorrow, I can find some labels at Staples that would work. If not, than it looks like I'm hand writing all the address... boooo! :(

Hoping to get them out like TUESDAY!

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Another Dress to add to all my TROUBLE!


I had to take a picture in the mirror cause I was trying it on by myself! The thing is.... its ivory.... other thing is.... its $130.... other thing is I HAVE A WEDDING DRESS!! AHHHHHH!!!

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Crossed off the list!

Today I finally got up the courage to call on Officiants. I called Rev. Doornbos... who married my parents and knew my great grandma, grandparents, and aunt! He was very chatty which also made me feel better... he told me a story about my aunt and also asked how my grandparents were doing. Turns out he lives only a few blocks from YSRA entrance over in Gun Lake. Ryan and I are going to narrow down a day that we can meet with him to see if we like him. He seemed real nice and genuine. I'm excited cause I think this is will be the closest to making the ceremony extra special with him marrying my parents years ago.

Jill and I met mom over at David's Bridal... YES, I did buy something for my wedding from David's Bridal... a bird cage veil! I'm excited cause its perfect and looks adorable! Total, I only paid $35 for 2 veils!!!

While at DB's, we saw some adorable hair flowers on bobby pins. BUT for 2 it was $49! Mom, being the crafty women she is, decided we could find some just as cute for way less! We added that mission to our day... looking at Joanns, Hobby Lobby, and Flowerland! We did find some and enough for all 5 girls for $5!!!


We stopped in Cascade where mom got Jill's invites printed and we got a quote for Ryan and mine. They seemed high but I'm going to call a few more places tomorrow so that I can have them printed next week!

Last but no least, we found napkins for the cupcake table. I assigned mom to getting plates for the cupcake table like what Suzie got for Chris. This saves us $75 to $150 dollars on the fee they consider as "cake cutting" at Harbour Front.
Mom and Suzie spent Sunday and Monday putting together 12 quart size mason jar lanterns to use as decor for the ceremony. They will be hanging on end of the isle chairs with white flowers. This will be the one and possible only decoration besides the beaches beauty at the ceremony.

Yesterday, before our engagement session with Ashley, Ryan and I stoped by Lake Effects Winery and picked up my cork place card olders! They are adorable and fit in with the theme soo well!
Finally things are coming together! Before next week... I hope to have everything taken care of with Serendipity Resorts and get some invites printed! :)

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Engagement Session in GH!

Just got back from our engagement session with Ashley in Grand Haven! Take a look at a sneak peak...

http://www.ashleyfolkemaphotography.com/blog/?p=4557

I can't wait to see some of her other favs! She's a wonderful photographer! She figured us out, no problem! :D Looking forward to her shooting our wedding! THANK YOU, ASHLEY!

Monday, July 19, 2010

A Craft Project for a certain Bachelorette!!!

Hehe... every house needs a "Sex" wine bottle light?!? Vanessa would attest to this, she has one proudly displayed! :)