Thursday, June 18, 2015

Wedding Planning Essentials

Wedding Planner
Find the perfect wedding planner and organizer that works for you. For me, it was The Knot Ultimate Wedding Planner & Organizer. I’m the kind of person that likes lists. All kinds of lists, with timelines to make me feel like I’m actually making progress as I’m checking off items off our checklist.

Wedding Magazines

Now, at first, wedding magazines made me feel extremely overwhelmed and stressed. The amount of information and wedding themes is crazy but after my mom marked a million sticky notes on one wedding magazines with ideas, I became inspired. Wedding magazines have photos and stories from real weddings, so that’s become helpful.


I cannot stress how important it is to keep a small planner/calendar with you in your purse to note all the appointments with wedding vendors. It helps with avoiding double-booking appointments with vendors and having to cancel and reschedule which will lead to even more wedding stress. Less stress, more fun.

Instead of writing all wedding ideas on post-it notes that will most likely get lost, I like to jot them down in a cute journal from Ashley Brooke Designs that way if I ever need to go back to something, it’s all in one place.

The Knot App

I kid you not, The Knot app is how I found my wedding dress. I searched based on the style, fitting, price range. You can’t do that on Pinterest. On Pinterest, you find a dress you love, click on the pin and it turns out its available states away. With the app, I was able to find where the dress was available in my city.

For me, I like keeping a photo of us as a reminder that in the end, it’s not about perfecting your dream wedding or mirroring the wedding pins on Pinterest or the wedding planning stress. It’s about you and your future hubby. It’s about starting a life together as one.

Happy wedding planning!

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Life Lately: Celebrating 3 Months Engaged

It has been more than two months since I blogged and that is unacceptable. But, I will say this. I am totally okay with it because it has allowed me to enjoy engaged life to its fullest. It has been the most amazing experience I could ever imagine. From sharing our proposal story to celebrating our engagement with family and friends to popping the question to my bridal party, it has been quite the journey and I want to share what we've been up to since I last blogged. (By the way, the last time I blogged was The Bachelor's finale and the big twist and now the new season of The Bachelorette just started this week and yes, I am just as hooked to the show as I was two months ago.)

say yes to the dress

Wedding Planning

Joseph and I had our hearts set on getting married on our anniversary month so we set the date to be the following February, giving us exactly 12 months to plan our special day. We started off planning with the idea that we wanted something big and grand, but after touring a small venue site, we decided we wanted to keep it small and intimate to make it even more meaningful to us. We want to celebrate our day with close family and friends in an intimate setting. As soon as we booked our venue, everything else started to fall into place. We booked our venue, church, photographer and videographer. I have also already said yes to the dress! I am in love with my dress. It's simple, comfortable, and perfectly reflects my style. I will admit, I am a little sad the wedding dress shopping experience has come to an end. It was so much fun trying on all these dresses! And, I popped the question to my bridal party.

Graduate School

When we set the date for our wedding, it didn't occur to me that it would be weeks before comp exams would be due since I planned on graduating next May 2016. There is no way I am going to be finishing up wedding planning, get married and enjoy our honeymoon while completing my comp exams and graduating. I decided to push graduating to a semester earlier, this coming December 2015. It's going to be a tough 6 months but that's what marriage is about. Meeting halfway and going the extra mile to make sure you have a good life together. Making adjustments to your life plans and compromising. I want to marry my best friend and enjoy our honeymoon with my master's degree under my belt already.

ACM Awards 50

Social Life

Somehow I managed to squeeze in some social outings into my life in the midst of wedding planning, work and school. The biggest event being the 50th Academy of Country Music Awards. I have mixed feelings about it. It was fun but very unorganized, paid a fortune for floor/GA seats with the idea that we would be by the stage (first come, first serve) but no. We were far from the stage. The Party For A Cause Concert was delayed by 3.5 hours due to the weather. They made it seem like it was cancelled so we left. People we met said the one in Vegas was much better and much more organized. But, about two weeks later, I got to enjoy going to a Kacey Musgraves concert which was amazing!

That's what has been going on in my life lately, in summary. I will be spending Memorial Day weekend in Phoenix/Sedona and cannot wait to share pictures from that trip! Joseph and I will finally get a chance to get away and relax, drink some wine and have a good time with my pledge sister and her fiance. I'll be catching up on some of my favorite bloggers' lives and scrolling through my Bloglovin' newsfeed and browsing Pinterest for some wedding inspiration/

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

A Bachelor/Bachelorette Twist

First off, I am glad I am not the only one who religiously watched ABC’s The Bachelor week after week. According to my Twitter newsfeed, almost everybody was watching. It’s the one show that I will live tweet and after watching last night’s finale and After the Final Rose, I have so many thoughts running through my head:

When Becca Tilley came out, Chris Soules clearly looked nervous. He was sweating. He could not sit still. He pulled his suit collar/tie. I'm no expert at analyzing body language but my guess is that he is still in love with Becca.

I hope Whitney wasn’t listening to Chris Soules’ responses back stage during his interview at the beginning of the ATF show. He hesitated in responding to Chris Harrison's question if Becca were ready, should things be different? If I were Whitney, that would have broken my heart.

Whitney should probably go back and watch every episode of The Bachelor. The whole “I chose to not go back and watch the show for the sake of my heart” is just not going to make it away.

Jimmy Kimmel + The Bachelor makes reality TV ten times better. Bonus points because he spoke the truth. Becca was just not into Chris Soules.

Oh, hey! Ashley S. is in the audience. Chris Harrison is determined to have her on Bachelor Paradise. The things ABC will do for ratings. (And I will probably be watching that, too. Don’t judge me.)

WHAT? WHAT? WHAT? NO! ABC sure gave us a big twist by having TWO bachelorettes for next season’s The Bachelorette. Clearly, 99% of America is #TeamKaitlyn but I guess they really wanted Britt, too?

Britt decided to take it easy on the layers upon layers of make-up.

And then Kaitlyn admits this whole situation isn’t ideal and not how she pictured being the next bachelorette. Go, Kaitlyn!

Despite Chris Soules haven't a difficult time deciding whether to take a risk on love with Becca or playing it safe with Whitney, who clearly is in love with Chris Soules, I hope they make it.

Do you watch The Bachelor/The Bachelorette?
How do you feel about ABC having two bachelorettes next season?
Are you Team Kaitlyn or Team Britt?

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

The Engaged Life: 2 Weeks

Yesterday it was two weeks since he popped the questions, “Will you marry me?” Since then, I have been on cloud nine and praying that this engagement high continues for as long as possible. In the past two weeks, we have:

- learned to get used to saying fiancé and fiancée instead of boyfriend and girlfriend
- spent Valentine’s day weekend at the cabins with his family
- organized a dinner at my parent’s house for both our parents to socialize
- started wedding planning
- signed him up for confirmation classes (better late than never)
- each spent quality time family

And, of course, we have enjoyed spending time with each other. It’s been truly a blessing. It feels amazing being engaged and planning the rest of your life with the one you love. We have learned even more about each other and continue to grow as we start this new chapter in our lives. We bought these cute little books from Barnes and Noble titled "Do you know your groom?" and "Do you know your bride?" which has been fun answering. And, of course, I finally bought a wedding planner & organizer. I have been jotting down notes on post-it notes and then losing them, so this was much needed. Other than that, I've been spending week nights pinning away to get some wedding inspiration. If you know of any wedding blogs or recently engaged bloggers, tell me! I need to follow along their journey for wedding inspiration.

Friday, February 13, 2015

Proposal Story

If you follow me on Instagram, you will know by now that February 10, 2015 wasn't just our six year anniversary but also the day Joseph proposed to me. While it was no surprise that we were planning on taking our relationship to the next step, because we had talked about it for a while already, I was still surprised. I never in a million years would have thought that he would be proposing to me on campus, where we first met six years ago.

With it being our anniversary, the work day went by extra slow because I was anxious to celebrate with him after work. As 5 p.m. got closer and closer, I still had no idea what he had planned for us and I hadn't heard from him all day. 15 minutes til, two of my coworkers kept me a little late after work to help them with a few things. My boss then called one of my coworkers asking if anybody was left in the office to help her rescue a stray dog that was in front of the school. (That was their way of tricking me.) We grab our things and make our way downstairs to the front of the school and as soon as I open the giant wooden doors of school, I see my family waiting at the fountain and my first reaction is, "Oh my God." Right then and there, I knew.

My sister took my bag and walked me to this beautiful gazebo that is on campus, beautifully decorated. (Thanks to my mom, sister and his little brother.) As soon as I saw him, I practically power walked my way to him, hoping I wouldn't trip, met his little brother halfway and then continued my way to him. After that, it was all a blur. It happened so fast. John Legend's "Ordinary People" instrumental was playing. He gave me his speech (that I don't remember because I was too busy crying/smiling/shocked) and before he got down on one knee, he showed me the ring that was on a red rose inside a glass case like in Disney's Beauty and the Beast.

I am beyond blessed to have such a loving family, friends, and coworkers. I cannot wait to start planning the big wedding. I will most likely be pinning wedding pins all weekend long on Pinterest. And of course, happy six year anniversary to my FIANCE! By far the best anniversary present. :) And a huge thanks to my coworkers and sister for taking a million photos of this special day.