Yes…I knew when we first met my husband liked football. However it was February when we went on our first date. I had already fallen in love with him and we had moved in together by the time the first football season as a couple rolled around.
Source - http://www.insidesocal.com/tomhoffarth/football.jpg
Well this football season we are married…and a few weeks into the season I am already OVER IT! My husband is obsessed with football and wants to spend all day Saturday and all day Sunday watching it.
My husband and I haven’t been married even 3 months yet and everyone wants to know when we are having a baby. The questions started almost immediately following our wedding.
I framed our save the dates and my bridal shower invite. They are both hanging to the left of our computer desk in our ‘office’ which is actually our dining room. I had no doubt I would want to also frame my wedding invitation. That was until I came across this post on the awesome blog, Young House Love. This couple who recently became parents have a fabulous blog which mainly focuses on DIY home projects and decor. There is also a link at the top to view information about the fabulous DIY wedding on a budget they had. Here is their wedding shadow box -
My Inspiration - http://www.younghouselove.com/2009/07/wedding-week-ii-think-inside-the-box/
Many times during the planning process out of pure frustration I would declare I wished we had just decided to ELOPE! But now…50+ days after our wedding when I reflect back on how amazing it was… I am so glad we had the actual wedding.
I started crying (happy tears of course) on the way to work one morning this week as I was reflecting on the wedding. It was so nice to have all of our my visions and designs come to life. When I look back on all of the wonderful photographs and see how amazing it all was it fills me with a sense of pride to know that everything from the save the dates, to the decor, to the food, to the favors was picked, planned, and in some cases created by me.
Everyone keeps asking me to see wedding photos. So using a code I had for a free 8×8 Shutterfly book I whipped up a quick book I now carry around in my purse to share with people when they ask. It was a quick and easy way to have photos handy to share with friends and co-workers.
Here are a few more professional shots from our July 2010 wedding taken by our photographer, Amy Sandoval.
Our photographer snagged this bike rental for us on the boardwalk to use for a few fun photos.
I have been married for 43 days as of today…and I am still working on our thank you cards I wasn’t quite sure if that was normal or if I was following wedding etiquette rules by still not having mailed them out yet, so I headed to the Internet to check. One site said “send them no more than 1 month after you return from your honeymoon”. Another site said to send them out within 3 months of the wedding. SCORE!! We returned from our honeymoon August 8 and our three month anniversary will not be until mid October. I am pretty sure I can get these finished up and mailed out within the next few days to meet this deadline.
We felt 100% confident with our baker (we ordered a 6 inch cake and 100 cupcakes) up until about a week before the wedding.
That was when I received an email reply about the cupcake icing colors where the baker said something like ‘the buckets of icing come in white and ivory’. HOLD UP…buckets of icing? You are a pastry chef…you do not make your own icing?
Our cake table - stand created by my husband and his best man
I spent less than $17 (before tax) on my wedding jewelry. I knew I didn’t want to spend a ton and set out on an afternoon at the mall with a friend. After a fabulous lunch at California Pizza Kitchen we purchased a pair of earrings and a necklace at two stores.
Photo taken by Amy Sandoval Photography
My earrings were purchased at Ny & Co for around $3.50. They were buy one get one 50% off at the time. I also purchased a fabulous black neclace I had been eyeing and so was able to get the earrings for a steal.
Did you write your own vows or are you planning to? Last summer after we became engaged we attended a wedding where the couple wrote their own vows. They were personal and beautiful and made me teary eyed. When we left the wedding I told my fiance that I wanted to write out own wedding vows.
Fast forward to the week before our wedding and neither of us had written our vows. We spent a few days working on them. Then I typed them up and created a little booklet out of them. Our minister handed it to us at the wedding and we read our vows off of it to one another. I went first because I knew I was going to cry…and I did.
Even before I became engaged I dreamed of having a candy buffet at our wedding. It turned out to be a huge success. Everyone really enjoyed it. I stocked up on candy before the wedding – getting most of our pink candy at after Valentine’s Day sales, got some green candy here and there, and then the week before the wedding picked up some green and pink gumballs at Cracker Barrel.
Photo by Amy Sandoval Photography
We ordered small white Chinese takeout boxes and custom labels from etsy.
When we were planning our honeymoon we had two choices. The first one was to get up the morning after our wedding and drive 5 hours to board a cruise ship for our 7 day honeymoon cruise. The second choice was to wait two weeks and then drive 3 hours, spend the night with my parents, and then the next morning drive about 2 hours to board a cruise ship for our 7 day honeymoon cruise to Half Moon Cay, Freeport and Grand Turk island.
We chose choice #2 and every day for the past 8 days (since our wedding) I have been THRILLED that is the choice we decided to do with.
We had a ‘mini’ honeymoon immediately after our wedding. Our wedding took place at the beach and we booked a hotel room the night before (just for me), the wedding night, and the night after. We chose to stay at the Turtle Cay Resort in Virginia Beach and when we checked in we learned we had been upgraded to the penthouse suite. It was gorgeous and we loved staying there. Our suite overlooked the strip and we could see the ocean from our room. It was amazing.