Bride Backwards Blogging our wedding from the honeymoon to the proposal!

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Hiding Behind an Elevator

The moments between when the bridesmaids and I all got dressed to head down to the fountain for first looks and the actual first looks were without a doubt the most stressful portion of my day. (Now, if someone had told me about the robbery which I still haven’t really detailed on the blog then that would have been absolutely the most stressful part… thank the lord for great friends.) I had said something offhandedly to one of our vendors about getting ready to setup for the first looks, and no I’m not going to name names but I will say that...

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Wedding Letters in a Photo Book

I wrote a few months ago about putting together a hardcover photo book of some of our favorite wedding cards that we got from friends & family, as well as scanned versions of the paper games we had scattered all over the top floor of the yacht during the wedding. As I mentioned before, these are some of the most meaningful memories that we have from the day. We wanted to protect and keep them, and in the event that the large box of cards we have ever gets lost or destroyed we will now have them in both hardcopy book and digital form...

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A First Look Surprise

When I was still trying on wedding dresses, one shop owner tried to convince me that we shouldn’t have a flower girl and ring bearers because, she said, “kids always steal the spotlight from the bride!” That is one of the top quotes on my list of crazy-things-people-said-to-me-while-wedding-planning. I could not have felt more differently about this than that lady did. I actually, in all seriousness, tried to come up with a way that I, myself, could already have walked down the aisle before the kids so that I would get to watch their total cuteness. My bridesmaids smartly advised me that this...

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Flash Forward: Catching Up

There’s been so much happening in the present these days that I haven’t had a ton of extra time to devote to writing about the past on this blog, haha! Luckily, we’re almost through the wedding day in our backwards journey… after that I’ll be spacing out the entries from things like the shower, bachelorette, and other general planning moments that I think would be fun to cover. (I’m probably most excited about the “dresses I almost-picked-but-didn’t post I have planned, too funny!) So, that’s where things stand with the blog. Whenever I get all the way back to the...

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Flash Forward: DIY Puppy Stuff

Our lives have been filled with this cute little furball for the past few weeks, so I have a few fun DIY ideas as a result! We had a little scare with our sweet girl at the vet today (she’s doing fine now, but had a bad allergic reaction to her shot) so she’s getting the full princess treatment tonight. Thought I might as well write a blog about her while she takes her mid-evening nap! Two fun ideas for anyone with a new puppy: Throwing a “Pupwarming Party” I pre-planned a little get together with my girlfriends, because I...

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First Looks

I never really entertained the idea of waiting until our ceremony to see each other, which is funny because I’m a fairly superstitious person. Superstition doesn’t outweigh logic for me, though, and so it made complete sense to get in photos in a variety of fun places rather than wait until our 6pm ceremony to see each other. So glad we did it this way. I still wanted the first look to feel special, though, and so we planned it out moment-by-moment with our photographer and videographer. I’ve mentioned the fountain area of our hotel, which we had both always...

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Flash Forward: DIY Wedding Announcements

I do a lot of graphic design work for my job (both as a social media manager and in promoting myself and my husband as actors) so I wanted to be as hands on as I could be with the different paper products for our wedding. I’ll talk about our actual invitations later, but we ended up going very traditional with those… so it was fun to get a little more creative with the Save the Dates and Announcements. Because I went custom, it did take a bit longer to get these puppies out in the mail… but I don’t...

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The Registry Monster

Registering for gifts is weird, let’s be honest. The whole thing is a little awkward, so much so that I have seen couples forgo it completely. My advice is to register, though, because as a guest I personally always shop the registry and I like the idea of getting a couple what they need. (Who wants 12 blenders? We didn’t even need one!) I do have a couple of tips about where to register and what should or shouldn’t be on that list! Know your guest list and their general price limits. I’ve had friends who married into a great...

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Organizing Formal Picture Shots

I’ll talk in the next post about our “first looks,” which was a part of the day that we’d planned pretty meticulously and something that I thought turned out perfectly. We shot the formal photos in the same location as those first looks, in front of a beautiful fountain in our hotel. We actually almost got married at the hotel, but saved a ton of money and had what we felt was a much more unique and interesting wedding by going with the yacht. I was in love with this fountain, though. When we realized that we could actually still...

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Flash Forward: Ten Things, Part Two

Well, I’ve already broken my schedule on this… but I had a pretty darn good excuse (number one on this list!) 1. Buffy. This little bundle of fluff is just the most joyful thing. Matt and I are just loving the stink out of her, and it is really fun to “parent” her together. It is also a lot of work, and we’ve had a lot of sleepless nights since we got her a week and a half ago! Well worth it, though, and she’s really adjusting and learning the ropes. Today I finally took her for a walk on...