Posts tagged #wedding

My breakfast this AM and a Maxi dress worth buying

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Most mornings I have time to make myself breakfast. I love to  sit, relax , drink my tea and update myself on anything that happened in the world while I was sleeping. Not every morning is so glorious. On those mornings I have to grab and go. I can not function on an empty stomach. Here are my go to, on the go, breakfast ideas:

1. I always pair a fruit with a nut. I never do just a fruit.  I like a banana  or apple and a handful of almonds or walnuts.

2. KIND bars!  LOVE LOVE LOVE. Especially the  NUTS & SPICES. I grab that along with a banana.

3. While I am getting ready I put a piece of bread in the toaster, spread some nut butter on it, slice some apples and make an on-the-go sandwich.

Quick healthy options right there for you. What is your on the go meal?

Have you tried KIND bars? Which bar is your favorite?!

This past weekend I had two wedding celebrations. I wanted to share this maxi dress with you because it is just AWESOME. If you are looking for a summery fun maxi dress, check this one out! AND its on SALE! :) AND how gorgeous is the bride!!!!

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The back is the best part!

My earrings: I searched far and wide for the earrings that I am wearing. I really like the look of BIG earrings but can not wear them. They are usually heavy and I feel like they are pulling my ear lobes off and making my earring hole SO big.  I am always on the look out for BIG but LIGHT earrings! I found some that are great.  Hoop-la!  Their color selection is AWESOME and their airy-ness is the best.  I wore purple ones above, and black ones below.

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Stay tuned for your weekly workout! Will post tomorrow  or Friday! Wishing you SWEET SWEAT! XO

Posted on August 21, 2013 and filed under food.

First dance and wedding trailer

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Photograph by Abby Lorenz Photography.

I hope everyone had a great fourth of July weekend! It was HOT here in Boston, but I was able to make it to the beach for one day and dunk my body in the ice cold ocean water. It is a love hate relationship.

I know some of you have been asking to see our first dance, so here it is!

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We took lessons at Ballroom in Boston and really loved working with Lilia. Lilia made us feel comfortable and confident and she allowed us to add our own moves and creativity to the dance. Even if you do not plan to do a choreographed first dance, taking lessons with your partner is a very cool experience and you will connect on a totally different level. Keep a look out for groupons and special deals online, they come up often! Enjoy!

Our wedding trailer. Byt the amazing Rachel Globe.

See you next week for some awesome workout videos!!

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Posted on July 7, 2013 and filed under video, fitness.

How I personalized my wedding

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First let me explain that my wedding venue was a raw space. That means we just rent the space (an artists loft with a cool garage door and high ceilings), and then we have to hire out for everything else. EVERYTHING. Or you could  do it on our own. I was SO excited to take on this challenge. I knew there would be more DIY projects than normal, and a lot more effort to make the place look special, but I think I have a pretty good vision on things and a good team to support that vision.

I always appreciate DIY projects. Yes, it takes more effort, and sometimes it does not save you THAT much money, but I love them because you are able to put your personal touches on something and say "yes, I did THAT!" But sometimes, I do have to say, that dishing out some extra money to keep sanity, and have someone else do the work is worth it as well. Especially when you have a million other things to think about.

My advice: Pick a few DIY projects and do them right. Make them STAND OUT!

I was very lucky to marry into a very crafty family. In fact I just thought up of and organized most of the DIY projects, and did very little in DOING them. My sister in law, Erika, did most of the doing. She rocks! She lives in NYC and does free lance art stuff. She can build anything you want her to, and just has an eye for making things look awesome. Thank you Erika. This wedding would not have been so sexy without your magic touch.

Before we start, I want to make a shout out to the BEST PHOTOGRAPHER EVER! Abby Lorenz is talented, professional, smart, incredible at what she does, and can execute like no other. I do not know what I would have done without her! All images are © 2013 Lorenz Photography. (some are taken from phones, but I think those pictures are obvious!)

My Veil 

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I knew I wanted a drop veil. I wanted something simple without a poof. I love the simplicity but elegance of a drop veils. My mother in law had never made a veil before but she knows how to sew. So she looked up a few tutorial videos, measured me, did some test veils and then BAM she made a veil.

Tulle is not expensive, so I was always so confused on how bridal shops can charge $500 for a veil! I ended up getting swavorksi crystals and attached that to a clip that was attached to the veil. Total cost about $60. The veil was so special to me, knowing that it was made by my NEW mom.

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My headband

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Since my dress did not have any "bling"  I knew I wanted to spice up my attire with my accessories. I wanted to change accessories rather than dresses. For cocktail hour I wore a fun flapper-like headband. I bought the flower off Etsy ($50) and I bought the actual fabric for the headband in NYC (under $20). The flower had a clip on the back so it was easy to attached to the headband. My mother in law sewed the two ends of the material to make a head band and I just clipped the flower on. Tada, totally different look.

My necklace:

I could seriously write a whole post just on this. This necklace was my favorite piece of the night. It completed the look and took the dress to a new level.

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I saw a Reem Acra necklace that I fell in love with but it was SO out of my price range. I showed Erika a picture of the necklace and asked what she thought and said she could make it. Together, we went on hunts to find material, stones, fabric, anything that we could possibly need to recreate this necklace. One of my requirements was to not go "cheap". I wanted to spend a little extra money, get the best materials, and in the end get a good quality product.

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Erika's Necklace:                                                                              Reema Acra:

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I also told Erika that I wanted the necklace to sparkle like crazy. She ended up buying some awesome swarovski crystals in NYC, and it was perfect.  The necklace was FAR BETTER than the original one I had seen. I was floored when I saw it completed (I saw the final product only a few days before the wedding!) My dreams could not have created something more beautiful and perfect.

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This was NOT an easy project. This was ALL hand sewn and crafted by Erika. Every individual crystal was hand sewn. Each stone was covered in material.  The whole necklace was backed and it was just perfect, comfortable, sparkly and durable! This was time consuming for Erika, but the joy that it brought me and still brings me today is priceless. I seriously want to wear it every day!

If you want your own Erika said she would make it again for $5,000. Hey if you have the money it is FAR worth it!

The Chuppah What is a Chuppah?

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We bought our Chuppah on Etsy. But of course we needed to spice it up. My mother in law added chiffon to the border to make it more "f lowly" and my father in law found some birch wood and made free standing poles that he attached to the chuppah.

Since so much love was put into making this Chuppah, our hope is that our friends and family will continue to use the canopy.

Glitter signs around the room

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Erika made these awesome glitter signs. We had one that said the date of our wedding.

One that said our names connected by a heart. (this photo was clearly taken with a phone)

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And our last sign said "sweet love" above the dessert table.

Walking down the aisle:

I wanted to share our love story with all of our friends and family. I also wanted the ceremony to be something special to Brandon and I, and to really represent us. I started brainstorming, and it hit me. Why not tell our love story as our bridesmaids and groomsmen walk down the aisle? I kept this secret for over a year. I wanted it to be special, and have that element of suprise.

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(Then enters groom and parents!) *Click to enlarge photos

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(Then enters bride and parents!)

Each groomsman and bridesmaid held a sign as they walked down the aisle. It was special and different, and I think everyone really appreciated the unique touch.

Chalk Boards

Drink menu sign:

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Erika is meticulous and a perfectionist. So when it came to the chalkboard sign of our alcohol list and  welcome sign I knew she would make it awesome! I bought the white chalk board markers and the chalk boards off amazon.  Chalkboards add a cute, fun and creative feel to any wedding. I love the look they give!

Welcome sign:

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Caricature on programs

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Programs are fun to read but sometimes BLAH to look at. I LOVE creative programs. I had a family friend draw a picture of Brandon and I. I then gave the lady that created our invitations some ideas for programs that I liked.  She added the personalized caricature and there you have it: a program that people want to read.

Table numbers & holders

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I had a hard time with this one. I knew I had to have table numbers so that people would know where to sit, but I did not want the traditional metal rods, or picture frames.  I was even thinking crazy things like hiring ballerina dancers to hold the numbers next to each table. But that quickly proved to be a terrible idea. Four days before the wedding the idea came to me and my father in law was able to deliver! He had an extra birch wood from the Chuppah project. So he cut the birch wood, and made a little slit on the top to fit the table numbers. Erika hand wrote every number. How perfect!

Bridesmaids dresses

I love the look of different dreses but all in the same color pallet and feel. So this is what happened when I let my bridesmaids pick their own dresses:

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I think they look quite spectacular. Nice job ladies!

Table name cards

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This one was one of my favorites! I had a vision and  Erika and my florist were able to make it come alive! The room for our cocktail hour was not your typical function room. It has giant windows, the walls are covered in beautiful bright paintings and the floor splattered in paint. The ceilings are high and the room just has this WOW feel. I wanted to use paint chips as a common theme throughout the wedding. My wedding took place in an artists studio, so it only seamed appropriate.

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Erika wrote every guests name in this amazing font (she also did all the addressing for the wedding invitation envelopes in the same font). My mother in law, Brandon and I  did the numbers on the back, not as amazing as the front, but it was OK. My florist made a mobile to hang all the paint chips from, and then he attached it to the ceiling so that every place card hung individually. This was in the center of the cocktail hour room. It was so awesome to see my vision come alive, and I really loved the way it turned out. All in all- be creative and have fun with this kind of stuff. There is NO right or wrong!

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Paint chip wall

The room where we had our reception had all white walls with high ceilings, and a lot of space. Erika had the idea of using paintchips to create a really cool effect. Her thought process was that it is FREE and will only take a lot of time, but the final product will be worth it!

I told her the color pallet I wanted and she took control. My bridesmaids, mom, mother in law and I had many days of stapling paintchips together. Erika was a master at snagging them from Home Depot! My mom and I have to work on our skills. Thank you HOME DEPOT!  We used hundreds of paintchips all in the blush, pink, and light mauve color pallets.

We then hole punched the top of every strip, and Erika used a wire and hung it along a pipe that was already attached to the wall. This paint chip wall gave the room a really cool look. I loved it!

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Mini ice cream cones

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This little late night treat needed a lot of hands to happen!

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During dessert time I wanted something that was passed around. I got inspiration from my cousins wedding 5 years ago. There are certain things from certain weddings that you do not forget, and this was one of them. She had sorbet passed around on plastic sticks. I thought that gelato and sorbet passed around to the guests would be a nice treat. We did some research to find local gelato companies and then we did taste tasting to find the best. My mom and I would go to Whole Foods and test them out. We would literally go and buy 5 different flavors and brands of gelato and sorbet, sit in the store and test each one. We did not want it to melt and wanted to get the full effect, so we had to eat it right away! We finally ended up liking Giovanna the best! The day before the wedding Brandon and I picked up a large jug of chocolate gelato and raspberry sorbet.

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My uncle from California who once owned a restaurant and now runs a catering business brought us some cute mini cones along with gold painters pallets. I then had a client (who happens to work in the food industry)  pick up the ice cream from storage (because there was no freezer at the venue) bring it to the venue and start scooping. The other employees of our caterer also helped. So there were a lot of people who made this (kind of) DIY project possible.

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Anna's burrito

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If you live in Boston I am sure you have heard of Anna's. It could be the best burritos place EVER. Anna's holds a special place in Brandon and his college friends hearts.

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So we thought it would be an awesome treat to have a huge delivery of Annas at the end of the night. This was a success, people loved it. Especially after a night of drinking and dancing, burritos sounds awesome.. RIGHT?

Below the groom enjoying his Annas with the paint chip wall behind him.

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All in all this was, thus far, the best night of my life. All the work leading up to it was the best part. All the planning, all the laughs and cries and fights and hugs and smiles. It is all about love.. and of course being crafty. Good luck with your projects. If you know a crafty friend, do not be afraid to ask for help, just make sure you compensate them somehow and show that you really appreciate what they are doing.

I hope this post has given you some inspiration to step outside the wedding box, and make that wedding SHINE YOU!

Posted on June 3, 2013 and filed under events.

Married! A little preview of my wedding weekend.

This weekend was the best weekend of my life... so far. I will wait after the honeymoon for a detailed post, but I wanted to capture a few highlights of the day/night. (pictures are in random order) Right before our big reception entrance, my friend snapped this picture.

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Morning of the wedding. Such crazy high energy! Getting ready to get my hair done... AHH!!!!!!Image

Our venue. Inside is a blank canvas where you can do anything. Artists for Humanity.

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Elise, from Lillybelle foods catered our lunch! My bridesmaids and I LOVED it. I can not wait to share what was on the menu.

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Our first dance!!! I will share the video when we get it :)

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TIEKS!! I had to spread the love that I have for Tieks with my (7!) bridesmaids and my mom(s).  Everyone was so excited to get their gifts. I wore my Tieks for all the dancing!

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A while back I asked for your advice on which hair piece I should wear at the cocktail hour... most of you said this one!

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One of a kind, custom made necklace made by my sister in law! How amazing?!  This piece got a lot of attention at the wedding.

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I am exhausted and still have to pack for my honeymoon. I leave the house in 5 hours!!!!!  Off to Vietnam. I will be posting (hopefully I can get internet somewhere) videos on YouTube.  Follow on with #brandonandlauren

Ciao!

Posted on May 12, 2013 and filed under Uncategorized.

One of my favorite gift registry items

I always thought gift registries were weird  You tell people what you want them to get you and then you have to act surprised when you open the gift at your shower. I was/am so thankful for all the wonderful gifts and generosity my friends and family showed during my wedding shower. I did not think this would happen, but I actually DID get excited about the gifts I was opening, even though I knew I registered for them. This was one of my favorites.

ImageI love the way the berries look in the ceramic colander, and it makes it so much easier to wash the berries and store them in the fridge. I also snack right out of the colander! So easy, cheap, and a great gift item. Highly recommended!

I finally got back on the YouTube video train. I was off for about a week because of Boston events that distracted me greatly. BUT back on track, and I made this awesome butt video for you :)  

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I will also be doing another bride arms video next week. You will need to get an elastic workout band. If you don't have one get one. It will be worth it! I would recommend getting the black.  You can also check your local sports store, or marshals.

Enjoy the beautiful sun and wear your SPF! 

What is your favorite gift ever? I want to hear!!!

Dance lessons for your wedding and a cool bachelorette idea

Image Being a dancer I wanted something special for my first dance. My camera man (AKA my fiance) and I are on two opposite sides of the spectrum when it comes to dancing. Our ballroom teacher and owner of Ballroom in Boston asked us to pick a number on a scale of 1-10 on how much we want our dance to be like "Dancing With The Stars". I said 10, camera man said 1. We met half way with a 5.

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Some people like to wing their first dance and just feel the moment. I 100% repspect that. It can be a lot of pressure on a couple to perform a choreographed dance on top of all other things you need to worry about, but taking lessons can also relieve some of that pressure. If that makes sense?

My camera man and I took some group classes, and then started on private lessons. I think the lessons helped us connect on a different level. We had to work together in a way we never had. In the beginning I took control, too much control. It is the mans job to lead the dance, and I had a hard time letting him do that. I would pull him around like I was in control, he did not like this :) Now I let him lead, and he is SO GOOD! (YAY)

We took about 3 private lessons and practiced on our own. Our wedding is in under three weeks  (EEEEK!!!) and we both feel pretty good about the dance. I will be sure to show you the full dance after the wedding. (We picked a short song, only 2 minutes 30 seconds).  I recommend taking lessons even if you are NOT going to perform a dance or even if you are already married. It is exciting, and different, and I really mean it, you will leave smiling and learn about your partner and something new will spark. Keep your eyes open for special ballroom dancing deals and packages on coupon type websites.

This past weekend I taught an 80's themed barre fitness class for a bachelorette party! It was a blast!!! All the girls dressed in 80's gear and I blasted some awesome 80's music. What a unique way to start out your bachelorette party! After their workout they got themselves showered, dressed and ready for a wine tasting the rest of their night festivities.

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Check out this Video on my Facebook page for a 10 second snip of the class.

Ask your local gym if they can hold a private party. I know Boston Equinox does this for FREE!  It is a great way to expose the gym and instructor, and something a little different and for sure FUN.

Wegmans in Virgina

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Hi all. I am on my to Virginia!! I am in a car and have some time on my hands so I am going to write out this whole post on my phone and drive at the same time!! Just kidding (about the driving).

Whenever I travel I try to stop at a grocery store along the way to grab some healthy snacks that do not take preparation and can stay without refrigeration. I stopped at Wegmans food market (first time in there!) and saw they had breakfast sandwiches. Most of the sandwiches were already prepared with either cheese or bacon or both. I asked if they could make me an egg white on a whole wheat English muffin, no cheese or meat. It was simple and hit the spot.

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After my breakfast I walked around and explored the store a little bit more. There was so much produce and the store just kept going and going. I really wanted to buy a green juice, but couldn't find any. I am not sure if I missed them, but I was a bit disappointed at their juice selections.

I bought bananas, cucumbers, granola, almonds, cacao energy bites and a pear! Enough snacks to last me the weekend.

Do you have a Wegmans in your area? Supposedly one is opening in Boston!

Have a superb weekend :)

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Posted on April 5, 2013 and filed under events, food.

Wedding dress pick up!

Last Thursday I made my final trip to NYC to pick up my wedding dress. I was so nervous but so excited all at the same time.  I worked with the designer who made my dress, and I was so happy that it fit perfectly. The dress is not what I was thinking of getting AT ALL. So different from what I had originally wanted, but I couldn't be more happy While I was on my way to NYC I sent you all a video asking what YOU wanted your next workout to be.

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I got a lot of great responses and you guys gave me a lot of ideas for new videos, so thank you!! I decided to do an inner thigh and abs video.

 

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I also need your advice. I do not want to give too much information away but at some point either before or during the wedding I may wear a headpiece. Which one do you like more? Both head pieces are using the same flower, it is just the lace bands that are different styles. I bought the flower on Etsy and the lace in NYC!

 

 

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Wedding shower time

Image This past weekend was my wedding shower! I did not have an engagement party, so this was the first official wedding festivity that we had. WOW. It was overwhelming to have a room full of 60 women there for me, but I felt SO lucky to have so much love all at one time.

I was VERY excited about a couple of gifts but one in particular was our Breville Juicer.

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I have been wanting a juicer for quite a while and thought putting it on our registry would be the perfect idea. We registered our juicer on  Amazon.

I asked followers on instagram and facebook for juicing recipes. Here are a few:

  •  celery, apple, lime, ginger
  • celery, cucumber, ginger, apple, lemon, kale, spinach
  • Spinach, carrots, ginger,apple
  • carrots, beet, pineapple, orange, kale, watercress
  • apple or pear, cucumber, parsley, 2 types of kale, romaine, mint

What is your favorite juice combo?

Here is a snap of me filling my plate with some yummy food.Image I first served myself a 1/4 of a bagel and cream cheese,salad and some steamed veggies. And then I had a waffle, cake, and a half a chocolate chip muffin... whoops! YAY for getting married in two months!

OH for all you future brides, one piece of advice: I was going to wear a cute mini dress BUT my friend steered me in another direction. She said you can still be cute but be comfy. Opening gifts can get crazy and you want to be able to move around and not worry too much about the way your are sitting!

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Above is my mom me and my grandmother!

My outfit:

I went with some wide leg pants (looks like a skirt) from Zara (found them in Portugal ), paired with the Victoria Secret Ballet Tee and a neon green scarf from the Gap. And of course my NEON TIEKS! The Victoria top was SO comfy and cute. I did not wear a bra with it, instead I wore these from Gap Body. They stick to your chest! Image

Hope everyone is having an awesome Monday. XO

Wedding invitations by Lucky Penny Paperie

invitee Most of my wedding invitations have been sent out and some are still on their way. But I am SO excited! It feels far more real now :)

I was searching for an invitation that would go with the "feel" and "theme" of our wedding. I wanted something chic, city, etherial, artsy but elegant  And I found it! I worked closely with Jessica the creator, artist and designer behind Lucky Penny and she was great. She personalized the invitation to make it more of what I wanted, and made little changes that made a HUGE difference. I found her while searching Etsy, and could not be happier. She was patient and went along with my ideas and worked with my budget!

My favorite part of the invitation is the invitation holder. It is a nice shimmery envelope and has a resealable sticker with our names on it and the wedding date! Gives the invitation a nice personal touch.

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Wedding food tastings are my favorite. We went to about three different caterers, trying many dishes. I worked with the chef  in order to give my vegetarians some awesome food options. I am always excited when the vegetarian option at a wedding or event is NOT pasta. We came up with a filling, healthy and delicious vegetarian option. What better than quinoa and fresh vegetables! SCORE!

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I will also be working with Jessica to help us create our wedding programs! This is so fun and exciting for me. Has anyone else found their wedding invitations? Where? Did you search online? Any luck on Etsy?