For as excited as I am to have our wedding photos back, I should really put a post up about the great images. I’m still planning on doing real posts about some key aspects about the wedding but for now…this should do!
For the sneak peak, of about 40 key images from the wedding that we got to see from our wonderful photographer Genevieve McKeiver before we received all the images… click HERE!
Up next is the link to our full online gallery, of nearly 800 photos, to view all of those… click HERE!
We absolutely love all the photos and I’m constantly looking at them :) remembering such a fun and love filled day!
And, since a post isn’t official without a photo…
overlooking the river
Last night, I uploaded a few of the photos to the gallery of a blog I read a lot during our wedding planning, WeddingBee.
So far we’ve only seen the photos that our wonderful wedding photographer, Genevieve McKeiver has posted on her blog. I am so eager to see our photos from 2 months ago that I look through the 40 photos photos regularly.
Several brides upload their photos everyday in hopes to be chosen as a post of “gallery of the day.” We’ll guess what?! One of the photos I uploaded was chosen! The photo the ‘bees chose is of my sister during her lovely toast.
mac on weddingbee
I’m really excited to have (Mac) featured!
Now that our invitations are all out and we’re just waiting on those straggler RSVPs I can showcase my hard work!!
The first step, choose a theme….We wanted a garden party so my wonderful graphic designers at work printed out a 20 some flowers and I came home to hand color them.
a few of the flowers I colored
From there, we scanned in the flowers and Rich my designer placed them so perfectly throughout the invitation suite. Within the suite, was the invitation, rsvp with envelope, directions/accommodations (with a map on the back) and for a few people a rehearsal dinner and Sunday brunch invitation. We chose a golden pearl linen cover stock for the pocket and a stardust pearl white for the inserts. I love that Rich was able to find a font that had little flowers growing around the capitals in our names…similar to the way chapters started in really old books.
Front of the invite
It took my Mom and I with the help of my friend Kristen two whole days to assemble the invitation suite and address all 156 envelopes.
I’m very fortunate to work at a printing company, I was with the project from start to finish. I was there when we cut down all the pieces to size, I was able to perforate the rehearsal dinner and brunch invitations and create the gold pocket fold with the green ribbon, I did (almost) all of it and if feels great!
perforating the brunch and rehearsal dinner rsvps
I love using the shrink wrapping machine! So there they are, our invitations, I’m so happy with them and that they are unique!
It’s been a few weeks since we’ve sent out our save the dates so almost everyone should have received their copy.
We talked about doing the ever so popular save the date magnets. We were then quickly reminded that not everyone has a magnetic fridge…my parents being among that short list. So we decided to go the postcard route.
I thought about using vistaprint.com for the printing. When you sign up for their emails, they’ll send you at least an email a day, but in those emails you’ll find free products offered ALL THE TIME. The printing would’ve been free after I had clicked on the email but I would’ve had to pay the $7 shipping charge, not so bad, eh? However; we decided not to wait for the order and take the files I created to Officemax…all by myself in Illustrator, I might add. Not the easiest program to use, so, go me. Officemax had the postcards printed and cut within 30 minutes of walking through the door. The whole reason behind not waiting was so that we could get them in the mail sooner rather than later (trying to avoid heavy holiday mail traffic!) By going this route, I had created the files, had them printed and addressed/stamped all within 24 hours. I think it was worth the extra couple dollars not having to wait. Plus I was able to have my Grandmother and Mom help their opinions and addressing! Here’s the finished product!
save the date front (rob is flying away)
One thing I wasn’t going to compromise on was having rounded corners, I think postcards look 10times better with rounded corners. The back says, “don’t let this day fly away!” (Get it? Because Robbie’s flying away?)
save the date back
What do you think?!
When Rob and I first got engaged I was anti wedding website. I thought it was just one more thing for the bride to be to worry about, guests will get invitations they’ll have everything they need to know…why bog them down with one.more.wedding.item?
Turns out…wedding websites are actually pretty helpful. With everyone so busy, it’s nice to to give fair warning and to help guests with hotel accommodations. Unless you are our close family or went to college with us, you wouldn’t know how we met or who our wedding party is.
I didn’t really search around for sites to use but my friend Stephanie did! Stephhas the same job as I do ANNNNNNND is getting married the same day as me, but in Iowa! It’s fun to keep track with each other of what we’re up with wedding plans as well as what we’re working on at work. She had done research on which site to use, made a projectwedding site, so I thought I should, too. Thanks for all your hard work Steph!
Here is our site! Take a look! Hope it helps with planning :)
As much as I’d like to keep our wonderful engagement photos up as the main post, I must move on.
Remember this post? Well, there have been many changes in the wedding plans. We will now be getting married in the beautiful cathedral of St. Augustine in Kalamazoo. Our “small” wedding has out grown Bukowski Chapel at Aquinas College. While getting married on the Campus where we met was really important to us, we chose having family and friends be there with us was more important. I must admit I’m excited about being able to walk more than 5 steps down the aisle towards the man I’m about to marry!
Take a look at this beauty!!
St. Augustine-photo by the diocese
and… the inside
There are other changes, one post at a time friends, one post at a time.
A couple weekends ago while we were in Grand Rapids for a wedding we met up with our photographer Genevieve McKeiver to take our engagement photos. We had so much fun with Gen-she made us feel so comfortable! These are a few of the photos she put up on her blog–thought I should share, too!
All photos in this post were taken by the amazing Gen! If you’re in need of a fantastic photographer please check out her other work, shoot her an email, she is wonderful to work with!