January 27, 2014

Our Photographer: Aaron Nicholas Photography

Happy Monday morning y'all!

I hope you all had a great weekend. Shaun and I attended the big annual Oyster Festival here in Charleston over the weekend while his family was in town. We had a blast per usual and still got home early enough to order in for dinner with some sweet friends and taste some wedding cake samples!

Today, I would like to introduce you to our fabulous wedding photographers, Jill and her partner-in-crime, Aaron (her husband!)

{used with permission}

 I had come across a few other photographers in the area that I had really liked, who didn't end up working out. I was a little bummed, but when I found Aaron Nicholas Photography, I knew they were the ones.

I've had a blast getting to know Jill over the past month or so and am really looking forward to having both her and Aaron do our engagement photos and my bridal shoot. I know that working with them prior to the wedding is going to make the actual day so much better.

Can't wait to share our photos with you!

In the meantime, check out some of the amazing work these two have done in the past.

Aaron Nicholas Photography 


January 16, 2014

I know I haven't given my blog a whole lot of love lately....

but, I did today! I designed and put up a new header along with fixing the menu tabs, which was a long time coming.

I've come a long way since the last time I posted about our wedding. I've crossed a lot more off the list since December 16 (we are on the 'Short Engagement' timeline lol!)

Months Four, Five, and Six....

Arrange for Families to Meet
Hire a wedding planner
Book Photographer - Aaron Nicholas Photography
Book Videographer - Dreampop Media
Book Officiant - Seacoast Church
Book reception DJ - Creative Sound
Purchase wedding dress
Choose bridesmaids dresses
Order flower girl's dresses
Book caterer - Cru Catering
Book florist - So Gorgeous Florals
Set-up wedding website
Choose groomsmen's attire
Place suit orders
Compile guest list 
Send save-the-dates
Order invitations - Working on that now
Choose wedding party
Book hotel room blocks
Get engagement ring appraised & insured
Book honeymoon - 3-4 year "honeymoon" to Hawaii ;)

Three months....

Proof Invitations
Help mom with ordering bridal shower invitations
Set-up registries - Macy's, Pottery Barn, Kohl's
Book location for rehearsal dinner
Schedule food tasting
Schedule walk-through of ceremony/ reception sites
Hire ceremony musicians
Choose cake maker
Order veil and/or headpiece
Book day-of coordinator
Shop for wedding bands
Choose rentals (glassware, dinnerware, linens, etc.)
Engagement photos
Compile list for showers
Meet with officiant to plan ceremony
Shop for bride/ groom rehearsal outfits
Shop for shower/ bachelorette dresses
First dress fitting
Buy shower hostess gifts
DIY rehearsal/welcome reception invitations
Pre-marital counseling - In process

Two months....

Stuff and mail invitations
Book hotel room for wedding night
Hire hair & makeup person - Ash & Co.
Buy gifts for wedding party
Research marriage license requirements
Buy undergarments, shoes, jewelry
Compile ceremony/ reception music
Draft schedule of events for wedding weekend
Order monogrammed cocktail napkins
Bridal portraits/ hair & makeup trial
Bridal shower - March 9!
Book transportation from reception to hotel

4-6 weeks....

Gifts for out-of-town guests? koozies? (southern state of mind)
Create final schedule of events for all vendors
Final dress fitting
DIY photo guestbook
Print programs/ menus?
Meet with photographer/ list of must-do photos
Meet with videographer/ list of must-do shots
Bachelorette party/ Girls' weekend!
DIY signs for reserved seating & seat yourself

DIY monograms for front door of venue

DIY signs for Rte 162 & Trexler Ave.
DIY table signage (menu, etc.) 
Frame bridal portrait
Order sparklers for send off
Rehearsal dinner groom's cake
Final vendor payments
Music selections to band and ceremony artist
Order thank you notes
Last two weeks...

Thank you dinner @ Halls w/ parents & siblings
Manicures/ pedicures
Rehearsal and rehearsal dinner/ welcome reception
Organize tip envelopes for vendors
Get dress steamed

Walk down the aisle & say, "I do!" 

Okay, maybe I lied. It feels like I got a lot done, but according to this list, I still have a LOT to do. There are many things in the works right now so hopefully I'll be able to check off a few more in the next week or so :)

I'll fill y'all in on more soon!

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