Friday, July 29, 2011

You Capture - "Fruit"

This week the theme was "fruit".

I planted some grape vines two summers ago and they have been growing like crazy! I was super excited when I saw the first signs of grapes this week!!

Next week - "White"

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Photo Friday - "Vertical"

This week's challenge is "vertical".

Next week - "Enormous"

Wedding website - Dresses, flowers, and registries

We have been very productive this past week! This past Sunday four out of the five bridesmaids, my future mother in law and I met at David's Bridal and picked out an amazing dress! I still cannot believe that all the girls liked the same dress and the dress looked great on all of them!

Monday Andrew and I went to the florist to make our final decisions on all the bouquets and such. We are using orange calla lillies, orange spray roses, orange austria (sp?), some rusty colored mums and yellow fillers. I am super excited and I know they will look great!

We finished up registering everywhere we wanted to and I'm glad that is over! Next week we will addressing invitations, planning the rehearsal dinner and figuring out where to get tuxes from. Only 73 days to go!

Sunday, July 24, 2011

You Capture - Trees. Beautiful plants. Little cute babies

So I found a new blog that has a "You Capture" photography challenge every week. One of the rules is that you have to post a picture that you have taken during the week specifically for the challenge and not just browse through your old photos to find one that fits the theme (which I have been guilty of doing with the photo friday challenge I have been doing!) So I figured I would try this so that I can play around with all the different settings and such on my new camera and learn everything I can about it! This week's challenge was trees, beautiful plants and or little cute babies. This challenge was fairly easy for me since I tend to take lots of photos of flowers and have taking tons already this week! Here are my two favorites...

Next week the challenge is "fruit"

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Photo Friday - "Seashore"

I missed last week's challenge because we were busy with Brandon and Mandy's wedding! This week's challenge is Seashore. As I was looking through my pictures trying to decide which photo to pick I kept going back to this one. All the other pictures of sand, water, boats, buckets, and the Chicago skyline were nice but when I think of the seashore this is what comes to mind. These ugly little birds that like to swoop down and steal your food!

Next week's challenge - "Vertical"

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Wedding Wednesday - Bridesmaids & flowers

I haven't done much planning this past week because we were busy with Brandon and Mandy's wedding, which turned out great! It was a beautiful wedding and the only complaint is that is was HOT but not much you can do about that!

The biggest thing that has happened this week is that we added a bridesmaid, Andrew's sister Nicole and I am very excited about this! I wasn't sure if she would be able to do it because both of her girls are the flower girls and she is also making our cake so I didn't want her to feel too overwhelmed but I feel honored that she has agreed to be a bridesmaid as well! This means we needed to add a groomsman too. Andrew was having trouble picking his best man so this made that easier for him too because he decided to have Ty be his best man :) We have an appointment to find the bridesmaid dresses this coming Sunday and I can't wait!

I called the florist yesterday to tell them that we needed to add another bridesmaid bouquet and set up another appointment to meet with her next Monday to finalize some of the choices.

Our invitations are supposed to arrive today! I am getting so excited and cannot believe there is only 80 days left until I marry my best friend!

Monday, July 11, 2011

Wedding Wednesday - Invites, music and more...

We have finally been getting on the ball with all of the wedding planning! My mom and I spent 2 hours in Hobby Lobby Monday picking out different flowers, cardstock, ribbons, you name it for centerpieces, cardbox, table decorations, etc. We have found our wedding officiant, Pastor Richard Holtz from my mom's church. We have (hopefully) finalized the guest list. We picked out our invitations Monday night and have everything set to place the order for those on payday ;) We have met with the florist and are just waiting on a quote. I have an appointment set up in a little over a week to go pick out bridesmaids dresses. I am most excited about the musician that has agreed to play at the ceremony! He is an old friend from high school, Evan Grubbs and is so talented! For one or two of the songs one of my best friends, Cassie Letson, has agreed to sing along with Evan. These two are both amazing and I cannot wait to hear them sing together! I can't believe everything that we have gotten done in the past month! It's getting so close :)

Friday, July 8, 2011

Photo Friday - "Sharp Focus"

This past week the challenge was sharp focus. Again this is an old photo since I didn't have too much time to play around with the new camera :(

Next week "Gloomy"

Friday, July 1, 2011

Photo Friday - "Wilderness"

Since I've bought a new camera (one that I have dreamed of for years!) and need to get this blog going again I decided to do a weekly photo post. I found a website,, that gives you a different challenge every week. This past week's challenge was "Wilderness". Although this picture is a few years old I still love all the color in it.

Next week's challenge "Sharp Focus".