Wednesday, April 30, 2008

33 Days:

I look at that number (33) and just can't believe it's going by that fast - but I can't believe there are still that many days left! I was telling my friend yesterday that I'm starting to stress about the fact that I'm NOT stressing, because it's making me feel like I'm forgetting about something! lol!! So far so good :)

My amazing friend is coming to visit with her husband and baby from Germany. They come in Friday and leave a week after and I'm absolutely beside myself with excitement about this. I haven't seen her in 2 years, and haven't ever actually met the two men in her life :) I can't WAIT for them to get here!!!!

Friday, April 25, 2008

Week 5:




We're in the "5 weeks and [insert number] days!" stretch! Let's see....we are officially book at Hotel Baker for 11:00 a.m. June 1st! That is the most "sigh of relief" moment for me! It got crazy there for awhile with switching locations. Hotel Baker is a beautiful location, right off the river and we reserved the beeeautiful Rainbow Room for the ceremony/reception. My dress is ready in about two weeks, invitations (finally!) are being mailed today, I'm already breaking in both shoe options that I have, flowers are ordered (by the way to all you brides out there, I STRONGLY recommend bridesnblooms for flowers...I am absolutely in love with them!), and the showers are starting! I got the first UPS delivered gift earlier this week and begged...literally begged...my mom to let me open it. She couldn't resist my cute little face, so I tore open the box and found our everyday dinner plates inside!! They are white, square plates, and brought me so much happiness *sigh*. Haha!

I am just having the time of my LIFE with this. It was a little stressful with the location change, but other than that...it's just been so much fun!! I've loved talking with (most of the) vendors, and dragging my mom and sister all over creation for dress shopping, location viewing, vendor meetings etc. My momma has been amazing throughout this whole process, and Abby has endured about 12,000 phone calls :) lol! I only get to do this wedding thing once, and I'm making the most of it!!

The beautiful and illustrious SarahAnne Photography and Justin and Mary have put on the "Spread the Love" workshop this week. Sarah asked Nick and I to come model for an engagement shoot on Wednesday and the photos are starting to roll in! I love them all!! Shyla was there too....I felt like I was meeting a celebrity! lol! I check her blog everyday and absolutely adore her, and let me tell you....she is every bit as amazing in person as she is on her blog!! Here are two links, one for Justin and Mary, and one for Laurie with photos! I'll keep you updated as more photos come up!


I stole this one from Justin and Mary!

And this one from Laurie!



The first of the showers start tonight - girlfriends only for this one :) I'm uber excited about it, especially when my best friend and Maid of Honor asked me to bring my martini glasses with me...this bodes well for my favorite drink!!

I'm seriously considering expanding my wedding services from just photography to planning too. I seriously have loved all the "little details" involved with this!!
Happy Friday!

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Matt and Ashley: Engaged!

For over the last year, I have listened to story after story of this incredible man that my best friend had fallen in love with. I have heard stories of deep love, unfailing commitment and true friendship. Stories that we have laughed through, cried through and admired the strength of love through.

Yesterday, I finally got to meet this man that stole my Ashley's heart. It didn't take me long to find first hand why Ashley loves him the was she does. Matt is kind, thoughtful, gentle, funny and did everything possible to make me feel welcome and comforable.

Matt, thank you for loving my Ashley as you do. I am honored to have witnessed such gentle love and adoration. I have no doubt that your love together will continue to grow and deepen. I'm so thrilled to have finally met you!!

Ashley....my dear kindred spirit....you have chosen so well. I love you from the bottom of my heart.

Thank you both for this look into your lives. I can't wait for January 2, 2009!!

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Photographer in Training.....

Nick had his first experience with the glory of a 5D! The puppy earned the right to be the first subject. I'll have Nick out with me at weddings in no time!! Hubby and wife together! haha!!!


We've hit a few snags in the road in planning. We got quotes back for having everything at Promontory Point, and were completely shocked by the price. Sooo....as of last Tuesday, I had 7 weeks and 5 days to completely re-vamp everything! Needless to say, there were many tears, much stress, and yet! I'm still getting married in 7 weeks and 1 day :) Life will go on!! I think we've found a new place to have it all!! Hotel Baker downtown St. Charles, is BEAUTIFUL and amazing, and their coordinator has been amazing to work with. I'm going with my mom and our friend Sue Paulson on Tuesday to look at it and hopefully put a deposit down! I need to get invitations out so I need a location!! Hahah! This is why brides give themselves months to plan.... But even in the midst of all of these changes, I am having the time of my life planning this.

My man is sick right now with the worlds worse case of the flu. I was in the ER with him for a few hours yesterday getting some fluids in him. I NEVER want to get a phone call like that again...my heart stopped when he said that he was being sent to the hospital. UGH! He's coming around though a little bit thankfully!!
I'm so in love with this man.