Thursday, November 27, 2008

#53 Engagement photos IV

Last set! These are just so fun, I love them too. Well, I love them all. Ha. Happy Thanksgiving!

[photos courtesy of ray & erica tisdale of 35atl]

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

#52 Engagement photos III

Oh man I love these photos. Lets call these "whimsical" photos. I like that. I love each one, I can't pick. :D Check back tomorrow for the last set!


[photos courtesy of ray & erica tisdale of 35atl]

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

#51 Engagement photos II

Here's the next set. I love the artsy angles and fun colors of these shots. I love #1, #4, and #5.
Don't forget to comment/vote!

[photos courtesy of ray & erica tisdale of 35atl]

Monday, November 24, 2008

#50 Engagement Photos I

We were so excited we could barely wait. We opened our box to this beautiful engagement album (pardon the glare from flash).

We had so much fun with Ray & Erica and the wedding can only go better! I think we got all of our camera-shyness out of us.

Here are some of our awesome photos! Lets call these our "traditional" ones. Keep checking back the next couple days for more pictures and different syles.

Also, please leave a comment listing your favorite one - to help us decide which ones send out with invites! My favorites from this set are #3 and #5.





[photos courtesy of ray & erica tisdale of 35atl]

#49 Save the dates are here!

Woo hoo! Did I mention that I only ended up paying $10 including shipping? I got a real steal. The yellow is a little more green than I hoped for, but they were essentially free so I can't complain. I love the rounded edges.

I'm currently working on our invitations. :)

#48 Wii Fit

I've been talking with Jonathan about Wii Fit. It sounds really cool and from what my friends at work have said - it's pretty sweet. Anyway, I was doing some random blog reading and I found this!

La Petite Chic currently has this awesome Wii Fit giveaway. Just leave a comment on her blog and tell her how you’d use the Wii Fit for a chance to win. It’s that simple! And if you mention the giveaway on your blog and link back, you earn a 2nd entry. Quick, deadline to enter is December 5!

So...we'll see what happens!

#47 Dress update

Kaitlin, Mormor came with me to try on the dress last month. :D

All I can say it that is was....

FIT LIKE A GLOVE. (minus the length and such...)

As I was zipping it up (with the help of the lovely girls at Ever After Bridal) Kaitlin popped her head inside the dressing room and smiled. I looked up at her, smiled back, and then I saw her start to tear up. It was very sweet and made me feel even happier that I picked the dress. The only downside is that if she's already tearing up I have no idea how this wedding will go. I'm bad enough already worried I'll end up being a sap ball at the ceremony...hence the fact I may not write my own vows...even though i might...but more on that some other time. :)

Then again, I thought for sure I'd cry when Jonathan asked me to marry him. To my surprise, I just screamed with joy the rest of the way down the river and I couldn't stop hugging him (or turning around to look at him as we canoed) or looking at that ring! :D I think my only concern was dropping that bling in the water. Oh man did my cheeks hurt. A good hurt though. I don't think I've ever experienced soreness from smiling so much.

Mormor has offered to make the veil. I tried a couple different ones on with the dress and I think we know what will go best. Pretty simple, but nice. At first I was hesitant about wearing a veil because every one that I've tried on has looked funny. Now I know why - they always put it like on the top of my head. No bueno. I moved it down just behind my head, so it was lower on my head and it was quite nice. Now I just need to find a nice sparkly barrette.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

#46 Exercise

I've been waiting for months for the Wellness Center to open at school. When I was in high school I used to go to the gym with my best friend Leslie on a weekly bases. Go YMCA! We had a great routine down and we loved it. After we graduated high school we stopped going and traveled to our respective colleges (her Washington, me Tennessee). We reunited that next summer when I lived with her and her family. Introduce Turbo Jam.

It is amazing. Chalene Johnson became our hero and we were addicted. We even considered becoming instructors (I think we both still have that dream...)

Chalene still is my hero but I don't have enough room anywhere to jump around - nor do I find the time. I guess I'm lazy? Plus I was still taking my hand/elbow easy (more on that in a minute).

I got a free 30-day pass to the Rush (a workout center here in TN) this summer and I went very regularly. I was hooked on those aerobics classes: yoga, step, kick boxing... I'd been wanting to check out this "Turbo Kick" class and I didn't get around to it until my last free week. Anyway, it's Turbo Jam, but the live version. I almost joined the Rush just to go to that.

Well I decided not to get the membership because I knew the Wellness Center at school would be opening soon and I figured I'd save some $$$.

Well...two-and-a-half months later (jeepers) the Wellness Center is open and I'm determined to get back on a regular routine. My friend Laurel and I have been walking in the mornings but it has gotten much too cold for that. Plus, I really enjoy running on an elliptical and working my arms, legs, and stomach until they burn (haha). So it's open and I'm excited. They have personal trainers on staff at all hours so you can always get a little direction or focus if needed, at no extra cost. How awesome is that! Arms and back? Prepared to be toned.

About that injury...
Earlier this year I experienced tennis-elbow due to my side business (visit here), and was out all together from doing anything with my hand/elbow. Even using a mouse was painful. I was worried for my future career. Lifting weights or doing push ups like I used to do was way out of the question. After 10 months of resting, I've slowly started using it again. I can't believe it's lasted this long, but I still have to be careful. No resting my elbow on a table anymore that's for sure.

In August I found this site, and Jonathan got hooked. I tried it too, but I elbow wasn't ready yet. At least in the gym I can work my way back up.

Maybe if I'm really dedicated I'll post my progress/routine. For now, my goal is to go three times a week. This is week 3 and so far so good! Plus I'm playing volleyball which is really fun. Our team rocks.

[photo courtesy of]

Saturday, November 15, 2008

#45 Registry part II

We spent the day in Atlanta today. It was really nice. The weather was on the rainy side so it was nice to be indoors. We first went to Ikea and got a bed frame and some night stands. I'm really excited about that. We also picked out some items for our future living room...but we are saving that for the next trip.

Afterwards we went over to Crate & Barrel and registered for some more stuff. I was initially hoping to register for linens and plates, but we didn't get much past the kitchen. We were there for a long time...everything is so beautiful! It was nice because it turns out we have a smiliar style  and taste. :) We found some plates that we love and this really sweet wood salad bowl. It's gorgeous!

Amongst other fun kitchen items we deceided to head back to C&B after the holidays, as many of their linens and such are seasonal.

In the meantime...see what else we like. Visit our registry here.

Happy weekend!

[photos courtesy of crate & barrel]

Thursday, November 13, 2008

#44 Save the Dates

Earlier in this blog I showed the save the date that I designed, but wasn't sure we'd have the funds to send it out. See that post here.

Well...I happen to open my email this week and is having a promo! 100 free postcards, no purchase necessary!
I've had a couple things printed at and I've always been really happy with the result. And now with this super sweet deal - we can send out save the dates!

I'm going to tweak the design a bit - I've replaced the old bike with a tandem that I created in a design class and I still need to work on the type, but here is a peak. I'm planning on changes the type faces, but my biggest concern was the bike. That thing took forever! Anyway, I  just have to finish everything before Sunday night, as the promo expires then.

Anyway, if anyone else wants free postcards - Christmas letters? Party invitations?
Visit and when you check out type in the code.
Here is the code: 100PCNOV
Just be sure to order before this Sunday, 11/16/08.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

#43 Pretty Yellow Shoes

Here are the shoes! Aren't they fabulous? They are a wonderful yellow and I love the style. They are a smidgen bit too big - but I ran around in them (literally) and they didn't fall off. I'm more like a 8.25, not quite an 8.5. Too bad they don't make that size. Anyway I love them and I'm keeping them.

The girls are I are still looking for shoes for them. Haven't had too much luck...we aren't quite sure what color. I think I should just bring back the raspberry idea and have the girls where pretty satiny redish-pink shoes.

Lemon and raspberry, why not? Looks delish! Just think of all the yummies we could have at the reception...

I was REALLY hoping to do an all yellow & white theme, but the more I look into things (clothing, flowers...) I feel like I need another color. It wouldn't be a main color however, but a splash here and there.

Actually, I just looked online again and found my shoes in pink and white! I'll talk to my ladies. :)

Jonathan and I are heading to California after Christmas for a few days to see some family & friends. Maybe some of the girls are I can go shopping and find some fab shoes for a great price if these don't work.

Anyway, I feel really good about these shoes. They are just my style (I can't believe I have to wait 6 months to wear them...maybe just around the house? :P) and I stayed well within budget - only $30 shipped! I love sales.

#42 Really now...

When I posted my last post, I forgot that I had the newspaper last night and a final this morning. (A final already! I know! But hey...that means I'm done with the class. No more class on Friday now...more time to work on wedding?)

That's what those balloons are for. Pure joy. My paper is done, the newspaper is finished, and I did well on my sales final. :D

The wedding updates will start rolling into today/this evening, have no fear! 
Including the dates...dress...and more!

Thank you to all my faithful viewers. It makes me happy to know you take a couple moments out of your busy day to see how those plans are coming. :)

[photo courtesy of flickr via oh joy!]

Monday, November 10, 2008

#41 Done!

I'm so thankful. After more than half a day spent sitting and staring at my computer, my research paper is done. Back to wedding blogging! Stay tuned the next couple days as I have some fun photos to share as well as various updates. 

I'm jumping for joy!

[image courtesy of flickr]

Thursday, November 6, 2008

#40 My Other Life

This is what I've been doing the past week. Being editor and election week took everything out of me. Plus my thumb drive crashed and I lost an art project that I've been attempting to rebuild. Not to mention that history paper I'm working on...

I'm thankful wedding items aren't super pressing at the moment. But none the less I think I will have lots of updates on shoes and such coming later this week.

In the meantime, visit and read my centerpiece story at