Monday, November 15, 2010

93: Remaining Projects & Recaps?

Pretty soon! I now have the motivation to start finishing up the remaining projects and starting the recaps!! I know, it's only been 93 days. But, I did get the wedding album back in the mail, so I feel that I have one less things to worry about doing, and with the house "finished" (at least for now), I can spend time doing recaps for all of you patient readers.

So, either tomorrow or Wednesday, I'll finish up the remaining projects, which I still need to sit and figure out which projects that I haven't written about and which ones I have pictures of either on my phone or camera!

But, I do promise that you'll be seeing more of me soon!!

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

82: Our Wedding Album

I finally finished our wedding album! I know I haven't done any recaps on here yet, and I'm hoping that now that I'm done organizing & settling, I can make time to post recaps on here everyday! All I have to do during the day is work, but right now it's only half days, and might be every other day soon too. We'll see, but I do have the time to finally post recaps. About time, since I've had the pictures since 2 weeks after the wedding!

Anyway, enjoy our wedding album I made with Shutterfly!

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

31: One Month & One Day!

Yesterday was our month anniversary! I can't believe it's been a month already! I'm sorry I haven't posted at all, and I promise I'll post pictures soon. I just got pictures from one of the guests, and I can't wait to incorporate their photos! I can't wait to share them all!!! :) Don't worry. I'll do it soon!

In the meantime, I'm still trying to put everything away & find places for everything. It is sooo hard!!

Thursday, August 26, 2010

I'm Married!

Sorry it's been a week and a half since I've posted. We went right away on our honeymoon, and when we got back, we have been trying to get the apartment settled to live in, changing names and shopping, and VBS has been this week, so every morning has been busy! I will leave you with one picture. Tons of pictures have been uploaded on Facebook, so it's hard to choose just one, but here's one for now until pro pics come back (this week or next week!) and can go picture crazy!

The wedding was absolutely beautiful, and was a perfect day!

Photo by cousin/BM AG

Saturday, August 14, 2010

0: A Note to My Husband-to-Be

Dear Josh,

It's been 546 long days, but we've finally made it. Through more than we counted on, but we made it. It's so hard to believe that this day is finally here. I'm so excited to finally be your wife. Pretty soon we'll be making our way to the church, where I can finally make a promise to you that I'll never make to anyone else.

I can't wait to start our ceremony, and I can't wait to finish it and start to party. We will have an awesome day, and it will be us.

It will be so nice to relax in the islands with you as husband and wife, a well needed vacation and honeymoon after the last few months.

I'll be seeing you the end of the aisle.

I love you!

your wife-to-be, Paula

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

3: Crunch Time

This is going to be yet another boring post. Just letting you all know that I have 3 DAYS LEFT! I can't believe it, and it's starting to feel very weird and unreal. I've been keeping myself very busy the last couple weeks, and have lots of last minute things to tell you about (like, uhh we just realized we didn't get any of those cute personalized cake napkins, and now need to go to Party City and get plain ones :/) Lots of little projects, and I've saved both big projects to yesterday, today, and probably tomorrow.

Don't worry, I'm still alive, and still going crazy! :)

Thursday, August 5, 2010

9: The Marriage License

Sorry, I haven't written in 3 weeks. Between treatment for the Thyroid Cancer and getting ready for the wedding, I have had no time to write about it!

We got our marriage license on our one month marker, and FMIL went along to get pictures for us!

The licese is safely tucked away in my room, waiting to bring it on the wedding day. We can now legally get married!!

Did you get your license on any old day before the wedding, or did you do it on a "special" day?

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

25: Vote For My Ring?


Rochester Wedding Magazine is holding a contest on Facebook:
Rochester Wedding Magazine is excited to announce a contest for brides to submit a non professional picture of their engagement rings. We will post the pictures on our Facebook Fan Page  and the picture with the most votes ("likes" count as votes underneath each photo) wins. Voting starts Monday, July 19th at 9am and will continue to August 9th at noon. Make sure to get all your friends, co workers and families voting!
1st place ~ Your wedding will be featured in an issue of Rochester Wedding Magazine and an Engagement Session from the amazing Images Unveiled Studios. 
2nd Prize ~ Dinner for 2 at Bocaccini's Italian Bistro
3rd Prize ~ $25 Gift Certificate to Joette's on Monroe. 

Please, please, please go here to "like" my picture and help me out! All you have to do is like it! :)


Thursday, July 15, 2010

30: Handmade Notes

I decided that I wanted to make some handmade thank you notes for my shower thank yous. Unfortunately, I only got to use them for the first shower because I only bought one package, and they were sold out when I went back a week later. They turned out really nice:

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

31: A Quick Change

I bought these welcome signs from Party City earlier in the spring, and thought they would be a cute addition to the outer doors of the church. The only problem, which can easily be fixed, is:

The ribbon is a hot yellow-greeny color, definitely NOT one of mine.

So, I made a quick fix:

Got some ribbon out

Put it on the welcome sign

That's it! Easiest project I've done yet!

Have you had an easy project?

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

32: Cake Option Madness

Josh and I went into Big M, where we'll be getting our wedding cake from, and ordered the cake. I didn't take any pictures, mostly because I didn't think we'd be able to really sample anything, and we'd just be telling the baker what we want. Not true. We ended up sampling the filling flavors.

I think we picked the most difficult cake to bake. I have drawings, but basically we're giving our guests almost any option they could think of. There are 8 different choices, which you'll see in the drawings below:

Monday, July 12, 2010

33: Double the Showers, Double the Fun!

I was blessed to get two bridal showers, one for my side of the family, and one for Josh's side and church. The one for Josh's family & church was held first, on June 9th. The one for my side was held on June 19th.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

34: Invitations are gone!

A few weeks ago, MOH AB, a friend of ours and I put together our invitations so we could mail them out! All we had to do was put them in the envelopes along with the extra pages, and then address them, but I wasn't ready to address them that night. All we did was put everything into envelopes! Easy peasy!

Monday, June 28, 2010

47: I'm a Survivor!

I got the pathology reports from the surgeon yesterday! It's so much easier to just go here and read the whole story.

I promise I will write stuff about the wedding soon! Now that the surgery's done and we have the results and now know what we need to do, I should be able to post up different things. Wednesday I'll be packaging up invites with my MOH and a friend to mail them out! I promise I'll update soon!

Thursday, June 24, 2010

51: Recovering!

I've had my surgery done & I've been home since Tuesday afternoon recovering! Recovery has been a bit harder than I thought it would be, but I'm doing better every day. I just wanted to give you an update, you can go here to read about the surgery & such.

I'll be posting soon (after I get this drainage tube out-I'll feel up to doing more, sitting on the computer more) about my two bridal showers and a couple other things I've done!

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

60: Surgery Update


Just wanted to give you all an update from two weeks ago. I'll be having surgery this Monday! I'm excited and scared all at the same time. Since hearing the news, I've been going into overdrive, cleaning up my future house, getting wedding stuff together, and getting stuff together for my brother's graduation, so I haven't been on to write any posts or read anyone's blog. Hopefully with the time off, I can update you all on everything I've done! I've made thank yous, had 1 shower (and having another one on Saturday), and will have ordered the cake, and hopefully decided on a menu. I've also had my first dress alterations done (with no pics...sorry!), and need to get invitation stuff together so it can be mailed out soon!

Unfortunately, I won't be able to be on here too much with doing everything else, but you can check here for updates! Hopefully I'll be able to update you guys some during my week or two recovery time!

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

67: Thyroid Update

An update from the news I gave you last week: I go in for a surgeon's consultation on June 15th. Hopefully I can get in to do the surgery before the end of June!

Sorry I haven't been updating this week. Understandably, I've been rushing around trying to get information and make appointments. On top of that, wedding planning has been kind of kicked into high gear, since we don't know when this surgery is, and what my activity level will be after.

I created a blog for updates on the whole thyroid thing. Follow that for updates and information!

Friday, June 4, 2010

71: Unexpected Task

Last week I spent part of the day making a giant to-do list, so I can easily see everything I need to do and cross it off.

Most of the list itself

Just so you can see the actual size.
Both are personal photos

Saturday, May 29, 2010

77: Riding in Style

When we leave the ceremony, we will be transported by:

A horse and carriage!!!

Friday, May 28, 2010

78: Presents from Spain

FFIL & FMIL came back from Morocco and Spain the other day, and they brought back an awesome present that can be used at the wedding!

Champagne glasses with our names!

The stem is so pretty!

Here's the woman etching it for them 
(Yes, I took a picture of a picture. Don't judge. Didn't have the file itself & I can't scan it easily!)

The only thing I was hoping for was having the wedding date on the glasses. I really like the glasses the way they are, but it would be a nice thing to put on somehow. Advice?

Did you get any unexpected presents you could use in the wedding?

Thursday, May 27, 2010

79: Problem Solved!

Remember the minor setback I had earlier in the week? Well, I got new bags from JoAnn, and successfully made them all!

Did you come back from a setback?

Saturday, May 22, 2010

84: A Minor Set Back

Yesterday, Josh and I finally got around to heat pressing more shirts and the bags I had to get done.

I had two shirts for me,

a shirt for the nephew we're getting for our wedding present,

my mom's Mother of the Bride hoodie (which I'll post on later) and then bags for my BMs. I started with the bag for my flower girl:

It's so adorable!

The next thing I heard was...oh no! I was expecting that the rhinestones stuck to the heat press. Even worse:

The ENTIRE bag did!

Josh trying to clean it all off (he has pants on, don't worry!)

He referred to it as "molten bag" and "liquid bag"

I then happened to look at the bag, and found the tag...

Do not iron....oops!

The worst part was that the girl's bags were the same material (canvas), and we apparently can't heat press canvas fabric (I was going to heat press initials on them all)! So, I now have to go back and buy new bags made with cotton for all 7 girls and my flower girl rhinestones, on top of trying to figure out what to do with these other bags. I only have six, so I can't use them as OOT bags, unless I buy more, and I can't return them because I got them from Cheap Totes. Luckily everything was about a dollar each!

Did you have a set back while doing DIY?

Friday, May 21, 2010

85: Double Duty Gift

I won a giveaway a couple of months ago, and got two hangers from The Pretty Pearl, over at Etsy. I decided to get initials for me and my MOH:

It looks great!

Thursday, May 20, 2010

86: Keeping My Girls Warm, Part 1

Almost everyone gives their bridesmaids tank tops to wear at showers or while getting ready that say "Bridesmaid" or "Maid of Honor" on them. I originally was going to follow along and buy tank tops cheap (I bought iron-ons from Jubilee Rhinestones) and do them myself, until I recently decided to buy them hoodies instead. I was looking all over for them until FMIL found some at Kohl's on the clearance rack! They aren't exactly what I wanted, but at $4.20 each (marked down from $30 + 30% off), there's no way I could pass them up.

I got 7 hoodies (I just had to get one for myself-mine's even pink!) and went on my merry way. I washed the hoodies for the girls, and then went to work at putting the iron-ons on (after doing my testing)!

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

87: Map Maker

Following Mrs. Ballet Flat's tutorial, I made multiple maps for various events and reasons.

I made a map with directions to one of my bridal showers:

I made a map to go on the OOT brochures, it has directions to the hotels to the ceremony:

I made a map with directions from the ceremony to the map, which will go with the invites:

It took a lot of time to get them perfect, but it's very easy. I followed Mrs. Ballet Flat's directions exactly, so go over and check them out if you want to try them! I think they look so much nicer than just printing out something from Google Maps.

*All photos saved, personal files
Did you dress up your maps?

Sunday, May 16, 2010

90: A Major Accomplishment

Four years ago, Josh and I celebrated the first of many major accomplishments together:

Just before graduating

Just after graduating

We graduated high school in June 2006, and yesterday, I graduated college with my bachelor's degree! Here we are, 4 years later:

Just after graduating (don't mind that I'm not looking)

In the next 3 months, we'll be getting married, another major accomplishment, with many more to come! I'm so excited that Josh has been by me through all of these accomplishments, and I can't wait to have Josh beside me during the rest of our major accomplishments.

*All photos personal photos

Has your SO been with you during major accomplishments?

Thursday, May 13, 2010

93: Cutest Wall Decor Ever!

I was browsing Pottery Barn Teen today, and found the cutest wall decoration ever!

Mini Mirrors, Hearts cute are those!? How cute would they be at our reception with our Valentine-ish theme?! VERY! And for $19 you get 20 hearts, no shipping. Not too bad since most other things are pretty darn expensive!

I don't think we can stick anything on the walls like this, though. I'm pretty sure we couldn't do anything with the walls other than tape, so I'm not sure if this will be fine with them or not. It really stinks.

Any tips on what I can do to put these on the walls?

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

95: Quiet on the Blog, Busy in Real Life

I just thought I'd share that this week is going to be crazy busy, and I probably won't write anything until Monday or Tuesday. I'm finishing up studying for 2 exams I have tomorrow and a presentation on Friday, before I graduate on Saturday (only 4 days away)!!!

Even if I did get a chance to write this week, I haven't really done anything in the last couple days because I've been finishing up studying for other tests and finishing papers.

I promise I do have things to talk about! I'll be finishing up some heat pressing projects, my invitations (which I have!), seating charts and I need to do everything from March, April & May! I'll have lots to share!

I can't believe we're almost at the three month marker!

Sunday, May 9, 2010

98: Recording our First Dance Song

Remember when I told you about Josh asking a friend to write a first dance song for us? Josh was going to be playing drums for the song, and over the weekend we got to go to SUNY Fredonia (where our friend is a student) and record the song! We had so much fun, and I can't wait until the final piece is put together!

We went down and they practiced for about an hour, then they recorded for about 3 hours. The process is so amazing. They can take pieces from different recordings and piece them together to make one recording! It's crazy! We need to wait for them to add a bass line, clean it up, and send it to us!

Friday, May 7, 2010

99: Fitness Friday #19

It's time for a monthly check-in!

Weight: 152.4 (2.8 loss)

Hips: 37" (no change)
Natural Waist: 28" (2.5" loss)
Upper Arms: 11.5" (no change)
Thighs: 22" (1" gain)
Calves: 15" (0.5" loss)
BMI: 27.9 (Courtesy of National Institute of Health) (0.8 loss)

How many days I exercised this month: 4
How many days I didn’t exercise this month: the rest of the month
How I’m fitting in my dress: N/A but my first fitting will be June 14th! We'll see how it goes!
How I’m feeling: Really good!
Notes: I need to find some ways to just tone my muscles instead of working on losing weight. I don't want it to be a pain to alter my dress. I want my arms to look good!

Thursday, May 6, 2010

100: Lessons Learned

We are finally at 100 days left! It's hard to believe that 447 days ago we started this journey! Only 100 to go until we're finally married! I feel like I have so much to do still! Now that school is almost done (I graduate in 9 days!), I'll be able to really work on all of the projects I have left!

But, now for the point of the post, the lessons I've learned in the last 447 days:

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

102: Everything's Working Out

Remember a while ago when I was talking about our troubles picking out our wedding date? You can go back and refresh your memory. I'll wait a minute. Just focus on the last couple of paragraphs.

Remember that part? Josh's only concern was softball playoffs? Well, we have the schedule, and guess what?!

Personal Photo

The season goes until July 13th! A month before the wedding! I guess there's usually trouble fielding teams once we get into August, so the commissioner decided to shorten the season by a couple weeks!

I knew it would all work out!
Did things really come together and work out for you?

Monday, May 3, 2010

103: Get a Grip!

I recently saw a post by Miss Dolphin on Weddingbee about these shoe grips to put on the bottom of the shoe. They are so adorable, I thought I'd share!

Saturday, May 1, 2010

105: Cake Testing Almost 20 Years in the Making

We have been going to our baker for close to 20 years. I have no idea when we started going there, but it was shortly after we moved to town in 1990. We have gotten every birthday cake from this baker, and I was hoping to get pictures from when we first started getting cakes, but I couldn't do it without searching through and scanning pictures.

Our baker is inside a local grocery store, Big M. We love the cakes, the make wedding cakes, and even better, since the reception venue is right across the street, there will be no delivery charge! Here are some cakes we've gotten in the last five years:

Thursday, April 29, 2010

107: Newlywed Map

Josh and I love to go places and travel. The problem is, we don't have any money to do it as much as we'd like, or go to any cool places outside of our area. A cool thing I saw that I would just LOVE to do, is the Newlywed Map. I plan on doing this sometime soon (as soon as I see what Josh thinks and go buy the supplies, then doing it after I have the time when school's done in 2 weeks!)

The original idea is shown here, and the directions are here, just in case you want to do it before I get around to doing it first. What is the Newlywed Map? A big map that I can mount onto a foam board, and stick map pins (which I bought for another project I'll be doing in a couple weeks) into each place Josh and I would go as a couple. It's a great way to show off where we have the chance to travel to. I think it would even make a great gift for Josh's sister. Her and her husband travel a lot, and it would be pretty cool to do for them!

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

109: Welcoming the OOTers

I decided a while ago that I would be doing OOT (out of town) bags for our guests that come from out of town and stay in hotels. While I'm still trying to figure out what I want to put in the bags, exactly, I decided I wanted to make a little brochure welcoming our guests.

Since I had such good luck with our STD's, I decided to go back to VistaPrint for the brochures. I found the perfect design, and put the information in.

Friday, April 23, 2010

113: Creating Newlywed/Family Traditions

One thing we've been struggling with while dating/engaged has been holidays. Where do we spend them, and are we together or apart? After the wedding we'll be having some huge changes.

While we haven't figured out who's family we will be spending what holiday with, talking about it is so important. Family is very important to both of us, and trying to spend time with both sides, while not spending too much time at one, has been very difficult. We've spend many times at holidays alone because we've wanted to do what we've always done.

This has to be figured out before the holidays, even roughly, because it will cause lots of fights. I have no idea what we'll decide, but I will be pretty relieved to figure it all out.

Our Wedding Day had some tips here about starting your own traditions. There's some cool ideas. You should check them out.

How did you start your traditions? Was it hard?

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

115: A Well Deserved Vacation: The Fun Stuff!

You saw my options for where to stay, now here's the options of the fun things we can do while we're in the 1,000 Islands!

I found a short list of some things we'll end up doing while we're on our trip, and I thought I'd share the ideas.

First, I'll start with some of the "must-dos", then go to the other fun things.

is a huge must. It's the biggest attraction, so we'll be going there.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

116: Our First Dance Song

Josh & I are lucky enough to have many talented friends. One of our talented friends has been going to school for music, and has been in many school operas. Josh, in secret, had asked her to write us a song for our first dance song. She had played it for us in March, and she finally got us the rough MP3 version. Hosh will be playing the drums in the song! He'll practice with this version, then we'll go down to record over this, and voila! We'll have our first dance song!

The lyrics:
Closer by Patricia Carpenter

Words don't mean much you see, without the joy you are to me.
Words are hard to form, but you always know what i mean to say,
This time i just want to get this out.

Closer... you to me.

You know its not so easy for me, to tell you all the things that are on my mind.
Its something that i can't express, because spoken language is insufficient,
because you are, no what i mean to say is please

Closer, come i mean to say closer
Please closer, oh you to me.

I and you, you and me that's the way its supposed to be.
I see you there with flowers in your hair.
Let's spend our lives, could you put up with me?

Could you put up with me?

Closer, come on baby, closer,
I want you so much closer, you to me.

Do you have any friends that did something special for your big day?

Monday, April 19, 2010

117: Ordering the Perfect Invitations

If you are a guest (or think you might be a guest, since you haven't gotten these yet), PLEASE don't read this! You only have to wait another two months to find out.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

118: Cutting the Cake Sneak Preview

Remember the other day when I showed you my options for the serving sets? Well, I got them in the mail the other day and thought you'd all like to see:

I got the Oriental Trading ones. They came packaged nicely, and the look great! I can't wait to use them!

*All personal photos

Were you pleased when you got your serving sets?

Friday, April 16, 2010

120: The Best Surprise EVER!

On Wednesday, I stopped over at Josh's house for dinner and after I was watching some TV, only to turn around to find this in front of me:

This wasn't taken after he put it on the dinner table. I did the photo shoot later!

Yes, Josh went and paid off the ring and brought it home! I was so excited to see this and know that my ring is COMPLETELY taken care of! It's so tempting to wear it all the time!

Now to take care of his ring...

Did you get a really good surprise while planning?

Thursday, April 15, 2010

121: Drinking the Bubbly

You saw the cake serving sets I've been looking at, now let's look at some champagne flutes! I've only seen two that I really LOVE:

Monday, April 12, 2010

124: Cutting the Cake

I've been trying to pick out a cake knife and serving set the last few days. Josh's sister said she'd buy us the serving set for us and give it to me at my shower, something special from her for our big day. It has to be under $30, so finding the perfect one has been hard. I've been looking around trying to find the perfect one, and I think I found it between all of the many options out there.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

126: Our Venues: Reception

When we went to meet with the chair cover people at the reception location, I decided to take a few pictures of the place while we were there. I need to get an idea of where things are placed, and how much room there is, so I can plan on everything. Like the ceremony venue, I'll show you what it looks like and what I plan on doing:

Friday, April 9, 2010

127: One In A Million Chance

We have been on a crazy search for my wedding band. You may remember what it looks like, and because of it's unique shape, we pretty much decided that I would need a custom wedding band to go along with it. We searched 5 different area jewelers looking, and on one had anything that would come close to going with it, so we decided a custom was best, even though it would cost more.

Last semester, I took a class and we had to do a marketing plan for ourselves or an organization and present it in  class. One girl did a plan for her family's jewelry shop, so we went there a couple weekends ago just to get a general estimate for a custom ring (which we had gotten at a few other places, all were between $500-800, depending on what I wanted!) She said it could probably be done around $400, so we decided to go back the next week to get an actual estimate and get a custom ring.

We went back, and spoke with someone else, and we were telling her about another ring I tried, but didn't work out, and she came back with a set and wanted me to try the band. It. Fit. Perfectly! I was so amazed! Josh was shocked that we had found something that could actually go with the engagement ring so well, and not need to be custom fitted. I just knew it was the ring I was supposed to get!

They just had to make sure it could be ordered on it's own, not the whole set, and the best news...they can! The ring is only $355 after shipping and taxes, a lower price than a custom ring, with a lot more diamonds!

I'm a bad blogger, and didn't get a picture, but I guess it's better so you all can be surprised on the day of! :) I'll hopefully remember to get some pictures next week when it's in.

Were you excited to find your ring? Did it come unexpectedly, like mine?

Thursday, April 8, 2010

128: Our Venues: Ceremony

I recently went over to our ceremony venue to take some pictures and get some information from the church secretary. The church we're going to get married in is the church I grew up going to, and they recently built a new sanctuary, and it is beautiful!

I went in and took some pictures, so I could get a better idea on decorating. Here's what it looks like and what I'll be doing:

Here's the altar. We'll have a couple floral arrangements on either side of the wide altar.

This is where all of the music is done for church. We won't use this section.

This is where the bell choir plays. We'll have our guitarist and violinist playing here.

A close up of the altar. We'll have our Unity Flowers here and rest our Cord of Three Strands there. I'm not sure what we'll be doing about all of the candles. We'll decorate those tall ones against the wall.

The doors entering into the sanctuary. We'll decorate those a little, either those or the inside part.

There's a little nursery! If any kids get antsy, the parents can take them here. The parents can still see (I took the picture through the huge glass window), and the kids can play!

*All personal photos except for the first one.

Were you excited about figuring how to decorate/use your ceremony space?

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

129: Dishes, Check!

We picked out our dishes, after the trouble we went through deciding which to get.

We decided on the Harmony pattern by Corelle, and my grandma gave me money to buy the first box! We'll hang on to this box, and we'll get the other one to wrap up for the showers!

Personal Photo

I can't wait to use them! Even better, at the Corelle outlet store, they were being sold for $80, and at Target they were being sold for $70! 

Were you very happy about the final outcome of your place settings?