Save the Dates

Growing up with a parent who is a professional photographer meant posing for photo after photo.  Everyone I meet exclaims over how awesome that must be, and how many wonderful photos I must have.  Well, yes, we have lots of great photos, but there was also a camera around documenting every. single. moment.  Every holiday, every Thanksgiving dinner, every vacation, every milestone, every Birthday.  Not that each year you look the same blowing out the birthday candles or anything 🙂  Still, having grown up with that mentality I knew that wedding photos were going to be important to me.   When all is said and done the photos are what we would have to remember the day by.  And everyone kept telling us just how fast the day would go by.  Boy were they right…
While we did our best to DIY many aspects of the wedding, and cut costs where we could, be agreed that the photographer would not be a compromise.  We decided on a photographer that we both loved, and cut corners where we could so that we could afford him.  I’m happy to say that we made the absolute right choice!  We used Keith Berry of Berryphotos here in Massachusetts.  I would recommend him 100%!!
I wanted to do something fun for our save the dates, which we utilized our engagement session to accomplish.   Brian is a football and wrestling coach, so I loved the idea of incorporating that into our save the dates.  I set off to find a relatively inexpensive way to create custom jerseys.  For very little money I was pumped with the results.  It pays to google google google!  And shop around…

Add in the perfect fall foliage and I couldn’t have asked for a better representation.  We loved our photos and the fact that we were able to play around and have fun with a flair of creativity.

I waited out Vistaprint for one of their fabulous sales, and was able to get 150 postcards for next to nothing!  Bonus.  I couldn’t have been happier with how the design turned out, and they were delivered within only a few days.  I was so excited that I sent them out way earlier than I needed to, but I just couldn’t wait! 

Looking back these are still some of my favorite photos.  Once they hit the mail things felt really real and the ball was definitely rolling.
Stay tuned for our next project, wedding bells!

Time Flies!

On the Jetty, just after the proposal!
Well hello there! I cannot believe how much time has passed…it has been a whirl wind of a summer.  I’m here for a life update!  Many things have happened since February.  One of the biggest and most exciting…Brian and I are engaged!  He proposed in April on our Cape Escape 🙂  We walked way out on one of the Jettys during sunset, and he dropped down on one knee.  It was beautiful and perfect, and we couldn’t be happier!!
Back at the Hotel, ready to tell the world!
Shortly after, I was excited to come home and ask my girls to be in the wedding!  My older sister Katie, will be my Matron of Honor, and younger sister Becky is my Maid of Honor.  I also asked Brian’s sister and my good friend to be Bridesmaids.  I put a cute little tag on a bottle of champagne, and the rest is history!
Will you be my Maid of Honor?

Now the real planning has begun!  We have set a date of 10/13/13.  So far, we have the church, venue, photographer, and I got my dress!  Major things out of the way, since we knew Brian would have no time during wrestling season, but those are also the most expensive!  Stress over money has already gone into full swing.  But, we know that the day will be perfect, and that’s all that we can ask for!

This summer was also full of many more fun things.  We celebrated 4 years together!

Made it to Fenway, even though the Red Sox are not having the best year…

Visited the family in Maine for a short trip.  Even though the weather wasn’t great, we went Kayaking, and made it to a fun Wine tasting.

On top of all the wedding planning, we still had time to relax and have fun.  Which is hard to do, when you’re also working full time!  The summer felt like it flew by before I even blinked.  But I’m happy with all the memories we made and can’t wait for the year to come!

I’m now into my second year of teaching Kindergarten.  They are such a great age, but surely keep me on my toes!  We started off the year with one of my all time favorite “first day of school” classics, The Kissing Hand.  We made cute little hand prints, with our heart stickers in the middle, and a little poem for moms and dads.

We are now into our first full week, and I’m home sick 🙁  I can’t believe I’m sick already, but I’ve had some kind of nasty stomach bug.  I managed to make it through the day yesterday, but by 4:30 this morning I knew today would have to be a stay home and take it easy kind of day.  But I’m resting up and can’t wait to get back tomorrow.  We are on a Chicka Chicka Boom Boom theme, and I have lots of fun stuff planned!

Hope that you all had great summers too!  Glad to be back checking in!