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Happy Holidays!

30 Dec

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and almost Happy New Year!  Can you believe it’s almost the end of 2013?  Hard to imagine!  Where has this year gone??  I’ve just returned from an awesome week of relaxation with Adam and my family/his family.  It was perfection!  The right bit of relaxing before things start to get crazy (wedding countdown: 19 days).  We did a little of this:

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The future husband and I (holy craziness).

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Adam and my brother relaxing (we did a lot of relaxing).

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Christmas morning! Too many presents!

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The girls baking cookies with Grandma.

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I napped a record number of places.

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The three “kids” together.

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Hooray for ice skating! The lake finally froze over enough to skate. It was fabulous.

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Getting our workout on.

Back to the schedule!

Between all the cookies, candy, and other various forms of junk food – I must admit it feels pretty good to be back at home and in the swing of my routine again.  It’s fun to enjoy those treats, but dang, it always feels good to get back to normal!  Let’s just say I ate my wedding stress this past weekend and enjoyed more than my fair share of sweets.  So much for “slow and steady wedding prep.”  Fingers crossed that all my weight lifting has upped my metabolism so I don’t have to frantically work to burn all the cookie weight off!

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Oh how could I resist!? I never knew my will power was so weak.

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Made by little cute hands. I just HAD to eat their cookies! :)

I’m back in my workout routine of a P90X/ChaLean hybrid.  I’m mixing workouts from each program and crossing them off on my super fancy schedule.  One technique that I have always found incredibly helpful (and MOTIVATING!) throughout the years is printing off an actual workout schedule and physically crossing off the workouts.  I did this a lot for marathon training and applied the same principle to the “month before the wedding” training.  I laid out all my workouts and all I have to do is check the schedule and cross it off.  There is something so incredibly satisfying about putting a big X through a completed workout.  It also helps because some mornings I may think “hmm what am I going to do this morning??” and choose the same workouts I like instead of forcing myself to do some variety and even those stinky workouts I don’t like (hello push-ups and ab ripper, I’m talking to you).  I missed a few workouts over the holidays, but did a solid effort and all the ice skating was a nice cardio filler (AND it didn’t hurt my knees, BONUS!).  If you’ve never tried a good old fashioned printed workout schedule, it’s a huge help in motivating and setting a routine.

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My lovely schedule. Can’t wait to keep counting down the days!

Pre-Wedding Relaxation

I also spent a few days down in Nashville with Adam right before coming home.  We used this time to just lay low and enjoy some quiet time together before the madness hits.  We went on daily hour walks (I know, right?!), worked out, grocery shopped, did some light wedding planning, and just took it easy.  We watched movies together and just enjoyed some bonding time.  The last 7 months haven’t been the easiest in terms of spending quality time together.  Between his residency, White Christmas for me, and wedding planning… it’s been a lot on both of our plates.  We’re both really looking forward to the first few weeks of married life just to be together (for more than a day or two at a time) and really reconnect (with no time constraints!).  Le sigh.  It will be great.  I know we’ll definitely have some growing pains as we re-adjust to one another and live together for the first time, but we both can’t WAIT to annoy each other.

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Adam made me this beautiful salad!

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And I took annoying pictures of him. Fair trade.

Coming Up

This is my last week of work, which is pretty bittersweet.  I love my company and co-workers, and it feels so surreal to say goodbye.  BUT saying goodbye also means it’s time for the wedding and time to be with Adam again.  Both awesome things.  After this week I’m going to go into full on wedding mode.  I am purposefully ending my position two weeks before the wedding in order to complete wedding tasks/pack/etc.  My new full time job will be the wedding!  I’m happy to have some time to do some planning and I know I’m super fortunate to be able to really soak it up and tolerate enjoy it.  I’m excited about the wedding, but I have to admit I’m sort of excited for it to be over (shhh don’t tell anyone).  Eek.  Yeah, wedding planning has never been the most relaxing thing for me so it will be nice to have hobbies and other activities again.  Hallelujah for some free brain space!!  And for having a new husband and lovely memories of a happy day!

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Oh yeah, that’s a candy bar mock-up. All the supplies were free (okay borrowed) and I just have to buy the candy.  Sounds good to me! Any reason to have candy is a good one.

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Adam got an awesome Christmas present this year!  Come February we’ll start tackling P90X 3 together!!   Can I get a woot!?  We loved our experience with P90X and can’t wait to give this puppy a try.  It’s brand new to beachbody and I’m excited to see how it compares.  It will also be awesome motivation post-wedding to keep active together  …After I enjoy a few weeks of Chipotle lunches and being a total blob of laziness.  Because that just has to happen.  Life has been go, go, go and honestly a few quiet weeks of being lazy and eating more pizza than I probably should, sound like just what the doctor ordered.  Everything in moderation, I say! :)

Hello Tony, excited to see you again too.

Hope you all had a WONDERFUL end of December!

-Kelly

Wedding Friday: How to Choose Your Wedding Music!

27 Sep

HAPPY FRIDAY.  Holy cow.  Can I can a hallelujah?  I’ve been humming all morning and thrilled to pieces the weekend is here.  Adam is coming to Indy!  Hoorah!  He’s finally on a rotation that has weekends off, so he will be back in Indy for the next two weekends in a row.  Amazing.  Though, I do feel a bit bad for the guy…we have to take advantage of time together and get a lot of wedding planning done. (Yay- super thrilling).  With just 3.5 months left we have to tackle a lot of the partner decisions now.  I’m looking forward to getting a lot of decisions made, because truth be told, I don’t love planning my own wedding.

A New Interest

So I must admit, there is a new interest that has been taking over my life.  In an effort to not seek out new running blogs (because I can’t really run and that makes me sad), I have found WEDDING blogs.  Oh. My. Crack. Yes – they are an addiction.  For those of you that may be planning a wedding or know a relative or close friend, I thought I’d share my top wedding blog.  I’m always on the lookout for relevant ones, as I’m sort of picky about wedding blogs (please don’t tell me how I NEED this, that, and the other).  Which is the one I can’t live without?

  • A Practical Wedding.  Hands Down, the best wedding blog out there.  The content is meaningful, varied, aimed at a wide audience, and focused on MARRIAGE.  The wedding is great too, but they really focus on meaningful weddings and relationships.  I love this spin, and honestly it helps me regain sanity in moments of sheer insanity.  I highly recommend it.  This is the only one I really read every few days.

If you have any other great wedding blog recommendations, send them my way.

Wedding Music

Today I thought I’d tackle a planning issue that Adam and I recently went through: deciding the music for the ceremony/reception.  Because Adam and I are such musical people, we really want to love our music and plan ahead.  Enter the musical spreadsheet.  As you know, we’re planning our wedding through Google Docs.  Mainly because it’s absolutely amazing…but also because it keeps us organized, connected, and all the information is quickly at our finger tips (they have an app, boom.).  It’s a life changer/game changer, and I couldn’t recommend it enough.  So per usual fashion I started a spreadsheet (of the musical variety) to get our thoughts organized.  Here’s how we figured out our music.

How to plan out your wedding music.

  1.  Figure out where you want music.  Before you can decide what music to play you really need to understand how much and specifically where the music will go.  I googled wedding music and found a few sites that gave ideas on when couples traditionally have music: Unity Candle, Pre-ceremony, recessionals, processionals, etc. Adam and I decided on: pre-ceremony, processionals (of grandparents, bridesmaids, bride), Unity Candle, Responsoral Psalm, Recessional, and post-ceremony (during our receiving line).
  2. Make a spreadsheet (or piece of paper).  I organized our “whens” of music into the column headers.  We have headers like “Bridal Processional” and “Unity Candle.”  Beneath each header are rows where all the ideas can go.  This makes it convenient to add all sorts of ideas before narrowing things down. Believe me, we added all sorts of crazy things into each of the columns, which was fun to let our creative juices flow.
  3. Brainstorm!  This is the fun part.  Open up YouTube and go to town listening to different options.  Nowadays people can go very traditional, uber modern, or anything in between.  I researched the traditional music choices and found sites offering many different ideas.  I used these ideas, along with my original brainstorm thoughts, to create lists within each column.  Adam and I sort of have a mix of traditional with a few twists.
  4. Narrow it down.  Once you have all the possible ideas you could ever want, then the hard part comes.  Adam and I had several skype dates to listen and discuss all of the music.  It took several days to come up with our final plan, and that’s okay!  It’s a big decision and we wanted to really marinate on it for awhile.
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Our beautiful spreadsheet!

Our  Ceremony Music Plan

To give you a sneak peak of our wedding, here is the music plan we settled upon:

  • Pre-ceremony: We are playing some numbers from musicals!  A bit silly, but we chose a lot of the really beautiful pieces on piano.  Essentially, if you know didn’t know they were from musicals you would just think it was lovely piano music.  If you did, well you’re in on the secret and hope you enjoy it J
  • Singers: I was in a singing group in college (Adam too) and plan to use some of my dearest friends to sing two songs before the processionals begin.  One song is more of a “love song” and the other more a religious sacred song.  I have a friend who plays the flute too – it should be gorgeous!
  • Seating of Grandparents/Parents: We decided to go more traditional here and did the classic Jesu of Man’s Desiring.  Adam loves this song and we like the classic feel of the piece.
  • Bridesmaids: We went uber classic here (some may say boring) and chose Canon in D.  BECAUSE I STINKING LOVE IT.  My sister used to play this song endlessly on the piano growing up (it was one of her favorites) and I always imagined it at my wedding.  Classic, simple, predictable.  Love it.
  • Bridal Processional: So… with the classic processionals you may think okay… here comes the bride.  Well, we still decided to stick with a  classic vein, but went a different direction.  Much to the shock of my mother!  We chose Prelude in C Major by Bach.  It is stunningly beautiful, simple, incredibly moving, and perfect for us.  We are both thrilled about it – can’t wait to walk down the aisle to it.  Check it out here.
  • Unity Candle: Still TBD, but we have some top contenders and need to work out the ideas, but that’s the joy of our spreadsheet.  We have everything right there!
  • Recessional: Okay this one I just can’t share.  It’s so ridiculous that I fear I may get pressure to change it.  But seriously it delights me beyond imagination.  Should be so much fun.

So there you have it!  We have a similar spreadsheet for the reception, organized in the same way…but that one still is quite a bit far from complete.  We’ll just keep trucking along.

Hope you’ve enjoyed Wedding Friday.  Can’t wait to share my ChaLean 60 day results next week.

HAPPY FRIDAY!

Kelly

Running and Wedding and Wedding, Oh my!

7 Aug

Half-way through the week!  Woot!  Somehow it’s been another busy one, full of lots of wedding planning, ChaLean Extreme (still loving it! :)), and trying to keep my sanity!  I’ve been a bit amazed at how much all this planning and business can be a bit anxiety-provoking at times.  However, I always remind myself that most of the big wedding decisions are complete!

It’s like every week I’m finding new, more irrelevant things to worry about.  Maybe it’s hormonal?  Maybe it’s the nature of big life changes?  Maybe it’s the pressure of planning a large event for all the people that matter in your life? Either way there are moments of extreme wedding planning joy (I love weddings, I can’t wait til January, oh my gosh this will be the best wedding EVER) and other moments of wedding disaster (Adam asking me when I want him to call back and me shouting “I can’t make another decision!!” Lovely.)

Running Updates

But before we get to the wedding stuff, let’s chat a bit about running!  Yes, I did say that 7 letter word!  I started running again, for the first time in a month?  And in June I only ran 2-3 times, so sufficient to say I took a very healthy break to allow my Runner’s Knee to heal up.  Though I don’t feel that I’m 100% miracle cured, I do feel it’s time to get running again.  My doctor gave me a progressing plan for running, and I want to start out with some smaller distances.  Hopefully my hip strength is a bit stronger now and this runner’s knee will give me a break.  I’m going to be patient with it and just try for a few times a week.  Let’s just say the first time back wasn’t pleasant: slow and labored!  It’s amazing how fast conditioning disappears.

I also officially signed up for my next half-marathon!  I know – kind of crazy.  But… there was a super discount if I signed up now, even though I was planning to wait (man am I a sucker for a deal).  And a lot of my friends signed up (total peer pressure).  And I figured – I will walk it if I can’t run.  Which sounds pretty long and unpleasant…let’s hope I don’t have to resort to that :) It’s in three months, so I’ve got time.  Fingers crossed that I’ll slowly, but surely be able to get at it.  Goals for the race?  Run the whole time.  No time, no pace… I will be ecstatic if I can just jog it.  Ecstatic.

Wedding Updates

The Jacket!

Alright…now onto the wedding fun!  This past weekend I was on the hunt with my future mother-in-law for a jacket of sorts for my wedding dress.  Because I’m getting married in January, I want something to cover my sleeves during the ceremony.  I just don’t want to look freezing!  The good news: I found the perfect one.  The bad news:  I can’t show you until January!  But, I’ll compromise and show you some of the runner ups :)

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Note: not my dress, just a random one at a shop. Sadly, this lovely jacket did not win! First runner-up.

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Again not my dress – random one in random shop. But, this jacket was edged out due to itchy lace and cost. 2nd Runner-Up.

The Decorations!

Decorations have been moving along quite nicely as well.  A great friend of mine is letting me borrow lots of her decorations from her wedding (and her 2 sisters, convenient).  The vases, overlays, and fake flower are beautiful – and FREE!  I will supplement the things I’ve been loaned and purchase a few new things like more blue bottles, fake snow, and some lights.  Not a bad deal at all.  When I sent out the “Hey do you guys have anything weddingish sitting around?” request to my friends, I was overwhelmed at how much people were willing to loan and help.  I’d definitely recommend reaching out to those close to you before buying everything!

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Starting to mock-up some of my decorations! Everything in this picture was borrowed from a friend (except the frame).

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Found these awesome frames for ONE DOLLAR at Ikea. I’ll put either table numbers or the menu/thank you/itinerary in here. They are double sided too! One per table.

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My dream centerpiece on Pinterest. Just lovely! We aren’t budgeting enough for decorations to do flowers (aren’t these amazing??), but I LOVE the fake snow in this centerpiece. Looks so wintery and classy! I’m going to try some fake snow with my donated centerpieces.

Time with Adam!

And last but not least, Adam is on vacation next week!!!  I can hardly contain my excitement.  Due to his residency he gets three weeks off a year: 1 one-week block and 1 two-week block.  His 1 week is next week, and his 2 weeks is our wedding.  And that’s it until next July!  It has certainly made scheduling tricky.  Adam is coming up to Indy (exotic vacation right?), and we’ll split our time with relaxing/visiting family and wedding planning. I. Cant. Wait.  It will be amazing.  Ah-mazing.  Hopefully Adam will be wildly impressed with my self-sufficient skills I’ve developed.

And last – a big THANK YOU to those of you that commented on my photographers blog!  We just received our prize:  a beautiful large print of our choice.  It’s gorgeous!  THANK YOU for helping us get it!!  Makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside.

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I surprised Adam with a trip down to Nashville and the beautiful print! Can’t wait to hang it up!

Have a wonderful Wednesday!

Kelly

Which jacket did you like best?  Do you have any wedding stuff you want me to take off your or hands or borrow from you? :)

Wedding Planning 101

19 Jul

Wedding planning has officially taken over my life.  To be quite honest, I’m shocked at how much I think about the wedding.  Frankly, it’s an obscene amount.  Let me preface this by saying I wasn’t the type of girl who dreamt about my wedding growing up.  I love weddings, don’t get me wrong… I just didn’t necessarily visualize specific details prior to Adam.  Now that I’m in the midst of planning one, it’s been more of a challenge without those visions in place.

Our wedding planning has been a team process, and thankfully we got the bulk of the big decisions out of the way before Adam moved to Nashville.  Now that Adam is away I am spearheading a lot of the organization, but we’re still tackling the actual decisions as a team.  Here are some of the things we’ve done that might be useful if you ever find yourself planning a wedding!  (Note: these are just personal observations – I know there are 12 ways to peel an orange, or plan a wedding!)

I said no to the binder… and survived.

Everywhere online I found articles saying I must have a binder with all of my wedding information.  I found sites explaining specifically how to make the binder and why it was so important.  Honestly the idea of a paper binder just didn’t seem to mesh with my lifestyle and how I like to organize things.  I do agree that organization is needed, there are just many ways to be organized.

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A snapshot of our Google Docs. There are more folders and a Master To Do list.

Adam and I decided to organize our wedding “binder” through Google docs.  I could not say enough positive things about this way of organizing wedding details.  We have folders that are shared between us and can be accessed on any computer, ipad, or even our phones.  The folders organize things like “ceremony”, “wedding website”, “budget”, or “people”.  Any documents related to a topic can neatly go in the folder and we can create new ones from right within Google docs.  Planning a long distance wedding – this has been a lifesaver.  It also means you can share documents or folders with your MOH or other family members.  Talk about amazing.  Seriously check this out if you’re starting the wedding planning process.

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Our “Budget” folder is full of spreadsheets!

Pick your priorities for budget

Before we even signed our first contract, Adam and I settled on 3 top priorities.  We wanted some hierarchy and organization to where our money was being spent.  We also wanted to be on the same page before talking to vendors or getting far down the planning process.  Choosing our priorities has made it easier to cut costs in areas that aren’t priorities.  For us we chose:

  • Photography.   We want beautiful photography that could double as art and we could proudly display.  This was a much bigger priority for me than for Adam but I told him how important it was to me.  We agreed to have it as a mutual priority.
  • Music. This really is one of Adam’s big things.  I love music too, but I would’ve been okay without a live band.  Adam loves music more than anyone I know.  Having something truly special and amazing from a music perspective was very important to him.  I agreed and we made this a top priority.
  • Family.  Adam and I really toyed around with the idea of having a destination wedding.  My family all adores traveling and conveniently I have 3 in the airline industry.  :) But the more we talked about it, the more we realized that we would alienate some family by throwing a destination wedding.  We want as many of our loved ones to be there to celebrate with us so we decided that having a higher number was a bigger priority than having a fancier or more exotic wedding.  I know often people make the decision to have quality over quantity – but with our big families and tons of mutual friends we went with quantity over quality.  If the people we love are there, the wedding will be amazing in our books.

 Whatever your top priorities may be, discuss them, agree to them, and then stick to them.  Now whenever it comes to big decisions we analyze whether or not they fit in our “Big 3.”  It has provided us with wonderful direction.  I’d highly recommend agreeing to your top priorities.

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Cut Cost

Once we determined our priorities, we have been mindful to cut cost in areas that don’t build or add to those priorities.  Not to say that we haven’t been able to get what we want or have made choices we regret – we’ll just been diligent about cutting cost.  For example – finding a dress off the rack instead of ordering one and getting alterations.  Could I have found a more beautiful dress?  Well duh, if I had an unlimited budget.  But my dress is just beautiful and will work wonderfully.  We’ve had to control those urges of “but wouldn’t this be better?”  Better and perfect are words that are the enemy!  I don’t want to go into debt for our wedding, and we’ve had to make choices that, while lovely, maybe aren’t the most amazing choice out there.  (There’s always something more beautiful, more amazing, more expensive, etc).  Resist the urge!

Areas we’ve cut cost:

  • Mailings.  We’ve exclusively used Vista Print and I LOVE IT!  Our Save the Dates were around 50 bucks for 250 of them in color, postcard style.  You seriously cannot beat that price…believe me I tried.  They look so professional and in comparison to the wedding websites, they are so reasonable.  I don’t think anyone will know that we paid hundreds less than some other sites out there.  We also are doing online RSVP and just including one page for our invitations.  Again if it doesn’t support our Big 3…we’ve got to cut cost.
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Note: the stars aren’t in our real design ;)

  • Attire.  With my dress off the rack and requiring no alterations, borrowing a veil, and wearing old shoes (I think ;)).. I’m hoping to come in under budget for my attire.  Adam is wearing a suit he already owns and just purchased the matching vest to dress it up a bit.  He will look perfect to me. Well frankly he could wear anything and I’d be happy.
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Oh yeah… that’s a sharp suit!

  • Food/Cake.  We settled on a buffet meal (I know, I know… could be classier) and hosted wine and beer.  Everyone will have a wonderful hot meal and something cool to drink…but we won’t be pulling out the stops to make sure this is the fanciest night of everyone’s lives.  Honestly as long as people are fed and can drink something they will be happy.  They aren’t going to a 5 star restaurant, they’re coming to our wedding!  A close family friend is going to bake our cupcakes – yum.  She’s an amazing baker :)

 Again it doesn’t matter what your priorities and your “don’t cares” are – they could be the exact opposite of mine… just pick them and stick to them!  Otherwise you’ll find yourself spending a lot of money on everything!  Weddings are insane, crazy expensive.  Really it’s dumb.

Have fun and stick to your guns!

Everyone has their own wedding vision, and everyone will judge what they want to judge…especially when it comes to a wedding.  “Oh that’s an interesting color”  “Hmmm, they should’ve done traditional vows”  “Well January is certainly an interesting time of year.”  At the end of the day it is about Adam and I getting married.  We want happy guests (of course!), but we have to accept that we will probably do things in a way that isn’t exactly the way everyone else would do it.  And that’s okay!!  That’s life.  We have to go with our instincts and pick things we love.  And most importantly we don’t need to ‘keep up with the Jones’ and go into debt to have a day that doesn’t feel authentically ours.  Some people will think we spent too much on our wedding, others will think we were el cheapo…at the end of the day we have settled on an amount we feel comfortable with and will work within our budget.  Live and let live I say!  Most importantly – I’m trying to just enjoy this special time.  Marriage is a huge step and relishing in the planning and preparation is a wonderful thing!

So there you have it!  A couple things I’ve learned along the way.  So far, Adam and I have really enjoyed wedding planning…especially now that the big decisions have been made :)  We think we are close to deciding on our wedding invitations and suits for the guys.  I love progress.

HAPPY FRIDAY!  Have a wonderful weekend!

-Kelly

P.S. We decided on the navy blue for our bridesmaid dressses!  Woot!  Thank you all for your opinions.

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P.P.S. Notice the new wedding tab across the top… I’ll be adding wedding posts every now and again as we get closer.  Hope you enjoy! :)

What wedding planning tips do you have?  Any lessons to share?

Wedding Planning is for Lovers

28 Jun

In the spirit of following my own advice and not just preaching it – let’s talk about a new hobby! (Quick admission – I broke suggestion 1 this morning and did not take a break from running.  Though I found a Chipotle near Adam’s apartment on my run/walk, so in this case a rule worth breaking).  My new hobby?  Wedding planning! (If you couldn’t tell from the title – also this is your cue that this post has nothing to do with fitness, I didn’t even work it in once.  Sorry I’m not sorry.  It’s Friday :)).

This new hobby of mine has finally become fun, yes dare I say FUN!  Initially it was stressful.  Yes I will admit, I was a little ball of stress.  I feel if I don’t admit it, Adam will come on here and call that out as a blatant lie.  Though he’s pretty busy lately saving people’s lives filling out orientation HR paperwork…so I might be safe from his comments.  Anyways I’ll be honest and say those big decisions were huge stressers.

First we had to decide location (city, state, world???).  Then once we knew where we wanted to get married, we had to figure out where we wanted to get married – a reception site?  A restaurant?  Which church?  Thankfully once we decided on Indianapolis it was pretty easy to pick the church where Adam grew up (I’ve only lived in Indy for a few months, so didn’t really have a place!) and our reception site (‘Cheapest of the nice’ – a great place that will allow us to have our big, fun party we are hoping for!)  All of the other ‘big’ decisions were pretty anxiety-filled as well ‘what if we pick wrong??’  I know, what could be wrong if we end up married at the end of the day?  Somehow these types of decisions were pretty overwhelming.  Now that we have the date, church, reception, photographer, and tons of other little things decided, I’m having fun!  We’ve made it to the fun stuff!  Hallelujah.  These are our recent decisions:

Honeymoon

Obviously an important one!  We’ve got an early start on this and settled on the Florida keys!  Neither Adam nor I have been there, so it will be fun and exciting for both of us.  We wanted to stay in the US because we’ll only have about 6 days for the trip (remember, the hospital owns Adam).  With a January wedding we also wanted somewhere very warm.  The Florida keys are pretty much as far south as we can get and still be on US soil (yeah yeah, Hawaii, US Virgin Islands, I get it).  Warm weather here we come.  Additionally I have a million hotel points (I used to travel a lot for work) – so we’ll be able to take this trip extremely cheaply.  If I keep earning, I’ll have enough points to cover everything.  Is that not insane???  I still can’t believe that.  Makes me feel warm and tingly inside!  Is it January yet?

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Holy awesome – I cannot wait!

Save the Date

With our engagement session behind us, we were free to pick out the photo for our postcard-style Save the Dates.  We settled on postcard-style for several reasons:

  • Cheap – yeah no envelope and we can use post card stamps which are cheaper.  I love saving money :)
  • I want it to be easy to put on a fridge or bulletin board – a postcard is simple and easy to hang.
  • Postcards showcase great pictures well!  I love photos and a postcard is the perfect way to really highlight a great photograph.

This is the photo we’ll be using:

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Good choice?  I wanted something cute without being too far over the barf line.

Wedding Party

Adam and I have always liked the idea of a small and simple wedding.  Unfortunately for us we have 1000000 mutual friends (we went to college together quite a few years ago), tons of family, and with a wedding in both of our home states…something small and simple isn’t really happening.  We’re excited about our new “bigger wedding” plan and happy we’ll be able to include everyone important to us – but we did want to keep one element of our original “simple and intimate” idea: a small wedding party.  We’ve decided to keep our party to only family with my sister as the MOH and his brother as the Best Man.  My brother will round out his groomsman and my sister-in-law (my brother’s will-be-wife by January) will be my Matron of Honor.  So just two a piece, but we are so close to our family we are thrilled to have them involved.  A lot of our friends are singers and performers so we’ll have lots of them involved in musical ways!  Next week we’ll take a look at bridesmaid dresses – hooray!  I ordered a couple different ones from Target (yes, holy cow they have dresses for only 70 dollars!!!!!! Sorry for the many exclamation points, but seriously – that’s amazing!) and we’ll have a try on and decide party.  Fun :)

This week we’re working on truly finalizing the guest list (I ask, is it ever really final?), working on our registry, and ordering the Save the Dates.  It’s amazing how much fun I’m having now that the hard stuff is over.  Now I could literally pin wedding things on Pinterest for hours.  That may have happened once or twice this week.  Definitely last week on vacation.

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Oh well – just 7 months until the big day so I’m going to soak up all the wedding planning/bridal bliss that I can!

Have a wonderful weekend and Happy Friday!

-Kelly

Wedding Updates!

24 May

Because it’s Friday, tomorrow’s my birthday, I finished P90X, and I plain just want to… here are some wedding updates! (Are you sensing my guilt at a completely non-running/healthy-living related post??)  For those of you that crave fitness-only related posts, I’ll give you a teaser: P90X Final Results Post to come early next week.  I plan to work on it during the drive up to my parents’ house this weekend.  Since it will be one of my last P90X posts in awhile, I want to make it a good one!

Why so busy planning?

Adam and I have been very busy with wedding planning.  In fact, we’re relieved that we get a little bit of a break from a regimented workout program just to allow for all the time we need for planning.  Here’s the deal: we’re trying to get as much planned as humanly possible before June 11 (the day Adam moves to Nashville).  We are on the sprint version of wedding planning. Adam loves planning and frankly… it kind of stresses me out.  For both our sakes we want him involved :)  Once he leaves, I’m anticipating the hospital “will own him” and I won’t have access to him like I do now.  Kelly, I can’t talk to you about which shade of flower is better…trying to take care of my patient who just had a stroke. Yeah – talk about a little perspective.  Because of this we’ve been on a roll making decision after decision and working to get our to-do list down to a minimum!

Photographer

The hardest decision of all has been made!  We settled on our photographer!  Can I get a hallelujah?  This decision has been particularly difficult for several reasons.  The first – my Dad is super into photography.  He is kind of a photog-nerd.  He knows a lot about it and really enjoys it.  I wanted to select a photographer that my Dad not only approved of, but liked as well.  The second reason – I’m super into photography.  I love it and dabbled with it a lot in high school and college.  I haven’t spent much time on it in a few years, but long ago I even played around with the idea of becoming a wedding photographer.  So you might say I’m slightly more critical than the average person.

So the search began!  I started googling and pouring over galleries.  I already had a few photographers in mind as well (from my time of exploring the wedding photography career).  I literally cannot tell you how many wedding photos I have looked at in the last 2 weeks.  My eyes feel criss-crossed, so it’s been just a few ;)  A friend of mine texted me a few days after we got engaged with a recommendation.  I looked her up and BAM!  I knew right then and there that this could be the photographer for us.  We contacted her and I knew again…this could be it!  She is patient, helpful, super sweet, and wonderful to work with.  She took my neurosis about photography in stride and made both of us feel so comfortable and downright excited to work with her.  Adam and I took our time and kept discussing it.  In the end we made the right decision for us and booked Emily Weis Photography.  You can check out her blog here.  We love her work and can’t wait to have her as a part of our day.

Engagement Pictures

Now that the hard part is over, an even harder part is upon us: our engagement shoot!  We have it scheduled in just a couple weeks and I can’t tell you how excited I am.  The only issue – I prefer picking out running outfits over cutesy clothes!  Don’t get me wrong- I love stylish clothes…I’m just not the greatest at picking them out or knowing what to wear.  So bring on your ideas!  Any suggestions on what to wear for our engagement shoot?  Emily suggested 3 outfits: one dressy, one casual, and one whatever.  I’m thinking solid colors would probably be best.  I’ll probably go shopping next week – say a little prayer for me!  Perfect timing on the whole P90X thing – what an ideal time to be in shape!  I imagine all the upcoming events will give me even more motivation when I start Insanity in a week!

Date

We’ve settled on January 18th for the big day!  Yes we do realize that January is in the winter :)

Our reasons:

  • We want to get married soon! (Isn’t there a quote…when you find the person you want to spend the rest of your life with – you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible!)
  • We like the winter
  • It’s “off-season” for weddings – people won’t be sick of weddings in the middle of winter!
  • It’s almost a month after the holidays – something fun to look forward to in the middle of blah winter and hopefully enough time after holiday craziness
  • What a great time to take a little trip or vacation for our anniversary in the future!  Beach in January?  Absolutely!
  • Discounted rates: our band and reception site were more reasonable and have made things that would’ve been out of our price range, in our price range in January.
  • It’s MLK weekend so some folks may get an extra day off – easier for traveling.

Engagement Book

With all the wedding planning things have been just slightly hectic.  As a little surprise this week, Adam put his proposal into a treasurable format!  He added all the post-its and some photos into an album.  It’s perfect timing for a weekend with my family.  Now we have a little book to remember our amazing day!

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Birthday fun and Memorial Day weekend

Another delightful May weekend (it’s officially the best month) is ahead!  Adam and I get to spend the long holiday weekend with both sets of our parents at the lake.  It should be a wonderful time and I can’t wait to get to spend time with everyone.  It’ll be the first time in swimsuits around our families since P90X – let’s see if anyone notices our changes since last summer!

Have a wonderful holiday weekend! :)

-Kelly