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Guest Post: Unconventional Ways to Save Money on Your Wedding


Picture c/o Anna at And Then We Saved

Hey folks! I did a little guest post over at And Then We Saved on unconventional ways to save money on your wedding. Check it out here!


Love Weekends: Asheville Wedding Time!

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One of the giant fireplaces at the Grove Park Inn. Check out that full-grown man for scale!

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Me and my niece at the Grove Park Inn. I look like I stole her.

This past weekend George and I travelled to Asheville to attend a wedding. Asheville is super special to us. We got engaged there, and married there, and we basically want to live there forever and ever. Not only is it beautiful, it’s artsy and full of history.

I was super stoked that we got to attend a pre-wedding party at the Grove Park Inn. I had never been to the hotel, but I had always wanted to go. F. Scott Fitzgerald stayed there for two years and almost every president of the last 100 years has been a guest at the hotel. It’s beautiful stone building perched up on a hill. I, of course, just got weird iPhone pictures, but if you are at all interested in history, I’d highly recommend making a trip to Asheville. The hot chocolate at The Grove Park Inn alone is worth the trip. Seriously, the best I’ve ever had.

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George and I sitting fireside at the wedding

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Where we got married… at the courthouse!

The wedding and trip was a bit more stressful than I had hoped. The zipper in my dress broke right before we were supposed to leave for the wedding and I had a terribly stuffy nose for most of the trip. I tried to have a good attitude about everything, but good god, it was hard. Apart from my self-absorbedness, the wedding was gorgeous and picturesque. We were in my most favoritist city, after all.

Next week we’re traveling to Portland. I’m hoping for a relaxing trip full of good food and well… good food. I’m not hoping for much else.

Have you ever been to Asheville? What did you do over the weekend?




Never Before Seen Wedding Photos!


As you guys know, my wedding was featured on Junebug Weddings. While I was totally honored to be on the blog, they didn’t pick my favorite photos. Wedding blogs, in general, are really interested in the details of it all. But I really didn’t care too much about the little things. Yes, I made my bouquet, but I didn’t carry it. It felt unnatural. I carried a purse instead.

So I decided to share some of my personal favorite photos today!

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Our Wedding is on Photobug today!

Photo by Richard Israel

Photo by Richard Israel

Our wedding is over on Junebug Wedding’s photoblog, Photobug today. Check it out!


Easy Glitter Feathers

glitter feathers One of the few DIY projects I did for our wedding was the table decorations. I didn’t want to pay very much for flowers and I have a black thumb. So, we decorated the tables with dried baby’s breath and feathers. To give the feathers a little pizazz, I painted the ends with silver acrylic paint and dusted them with glitter. (I got the idea here.) I also tied the feathers on twine to create garlands.

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I am really happy with the way they turned out. Feathers never droop or die, so I’ll be able to have these in my house for years as a reminder of our wedding.


Easy Wedding Favors: Printed Brown Bags

Wedding favors on paper lunch bags

During the wedding planning process, DIY projects were not high on my list. I did manage to carve out some time to do a few easy and inexpensive crafts though. And I plan on sharing a few of them with you! I was super pleased with the way my wedding favors turned out. So, I’m sharing the how-to on those first!

For this project all you need is a little photoshop know-how, paper bags and a printer. (I would recommend a top-loading printer. Although it is possible to do with a bottom-loading printer. I have just found the top loading printers work better with the bags.)

wedding favor First, we designed our logo in Photoshop. We used the image of George and myself on our wedding invites too. Your design doesn’t have to be anything as elaborate as ours, a monogram would look nice too. If you don’t have Photoshop skills, you could even create your design in Word and then change your printer settings to the size of the bag.

Next, we changed the dimensions of the image in Photoshop to the dimensions of the paper bag and did a couple of test prints. After printing each bag, we added a can of RC Cola and a Moon Pie. In the South, an RC Cola and a Moon Pie is known as a working man’s lunch and both George and I have fond memories of eating Moon Pies and drinking RC Colas as kids.

Finally, we punched two holes in the top of the bag, looped a ribbon through and tied a bow. Quick, easy and cheap! Done!

**A helpful hint is to buy more bags than you need and be patient! If the bag has any kind of small tear or inconsistency, the printer may eat it. Just keep calm and carry on!**

Questions? Leave ’em in the comments!

Engagement Photos… One of the best wedding purchases we made

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Taking engagement pictures was one of the best decisions we made when planning our wedding. At first I thought the idea of engagement pictures was totally frivolous, unnecessary and maybe a little narcissistic.  But after I got thinking about it, I realized that I wanted a few professional pictures of George and I in our everyday clothes. We don’t wear wedding attire everyday, ya know?

So we called up our photographer and told him that we regretted not adding engagement photos to our wedding package. He then told us to meet him the upcoming weekend to take a few pictures! Engagement pictures was one of the best wedding purchases we made. I think I might even blow a few of the shots up and (finally) decorate our walls.

All photos credit of  Richard Israel Photography. He’s a great guy. I highly recommend him.

Did you decide to get engagement pictures taken? Let me know in the comments.