Oh, Joyful Day!

We’re married!!!

Our wedding was the most fun we’ve ever had in one day!  It was incredible.  We still can’t believe what a beautiful, joyous, laughter-filled day we had.

Before we fly off to our honeymoon, I wanted to give a big “Thank You” hug to my readers!  Thank you for everything.  Your positivity, your amazing ideas, and your words of encouragement have meant so much to me.  I’ve loved sharing our wedding planning process with you and can’t wait to share the amazing results!

And of course, I couldn’t leave without giving you a sneaky peek:


Have a beautiful few weeks, everyone!

April 18, 2010. Uncategorized. Leave a comment.

Wedding Day Weather is Fickle!

I take back what I said about the weather yesterday.

I checked Weather.com around noon today, and it predicted thunderstorms from Thursday until Sunday!  Not just sprinkles here and there, but an entire thunderstorm sandwich with our wedding day serving as the meaty filling.

Right now, it predicts a high of 62 and partly cloudy.  That’s more my style, but what happened to all the crazy T-storms that were coming our way?  Are they gone for good, or will they appear again tomorrow?  Do I need to buy an umbrella and wedding rain boots?

All I have to say is, Stop playing with my emotions, Weather.com!  I have been slicing, punching, painting, gluing, folding, and tying for the last 72 hours.  Ya don’t wanna mess with me right now.

In happier news, only two days after the wedding, it will be 82 and sunny in Hawaii!  Sweet relaxation, here we come!

April 11, 2010. Chicago. Leave a comment.

Wedding Day Weather!

Eeee, the weather forecast for our wedding day keeps getting better and better!  In fact, I’m kinda liking the whole week.  Sure, there’s some rain here and there, but maybe it’ll help the spring flowers bloom!

Not too shabby!  😀

April 10, 2010. Chicago. Leave a comment.

Bachelorette Party, Parfait-Style

For my bachelorette party, I thought we were having a cozy, stay-at-home slumber party.  I was excited but also felt a little guilty that my girls wouldn’t have the typical bachelorette’s night out with me.  You see, I’m more High School Musical than Gossip Girl, so anything having to do with drinking and scandalousness was out.  But my girls, being the creative geniuses they are, planned the perfect surprise for me!

The day started at my BFF’s house.  Ever the thoughtful hostess, she decorated her place in pink and white.

I asked nicely, but my bridesmaids refused to tell me what we were doing that night!  From left to right, there’s me, Mr. Parfait’s sister-in-law, Mr. Parfait’s sister, and my friend-since-forever.  Each girl chose a Parfait nickname so I could blog about them, so I’ll be referring to them as Snickerdoodle Parfait, Strawberry Parfait, and Pumpkin Parfait!

After a flurry of snacking, changing clothes, and opening presents (everyone got a tiara!), we hopped on a train to downtown Chicago.  Here’s our best friend sandwich—that’s Pi Parfait, moi, and Pumpkin Parfait.

When we got to Union Station, a black limo pulled up and the driver opened the door to let us in!  Finally, Pi Parfait revealed the main event: a Cupcake Crawl!!!  AHHHH, amazing!  She whipped out a list of famous cupcake bakeries and directed our chauffeur to the first one!

We hopped out of the limo and into our first cupcake shop.  Pi and I were especially excited, because we always talk about opening a cupcake bakery together!  Seeing all the different styles and flavors was totally inspiring.

There were plenty of sweets behind glass to admire:

And we brought them into the limo to devour:

We studied the ambience of each bakery we invaded.  We gave this place high marks for using swings as bar seats.

There were pink glow sticks involved, thanks to Pumpkin Parfait.  They were hilariously random, and the words on it were the raciest part of the whole night!  We still don’t know why they said, “X-Rated.”  They were just normal glow sticks!

After dinner and an impromptu photoshoot in Millenium Park, we said goodbye to our cushy limo and headed home for the slumber party.  Gigantic thanks to Pi Parfait for hosting us all weekend!  Check out her hostessing skillz below:

We made it to eight cupcake bakeries in one night, and, um, it was amazing.  My tummy is still smiling.  It was fun being “the bride” all night and receiving good wishes and congratulations from complete strangers!  And my favorite part of it all?  I love how the bridal showers and bachelorette party are bringing all of my favorite people together.  Yay. 🙂

Are you hoping for a sweet and girlie bachelorette like mine, or are you hoping for something a little more racy?

April 8, 2010. Bridesmaids, Chicago, Foodies, Sweets. 1 comment.

Our Epic Movie Poster

Actually, it’s our e-pic (engagement picture) movie posters.  We’ve taken to calling them epic, because, well, you’ll see. 😛

I adore our engagement photos, taken by the amazingly talented Hannah of hannahelaine photography.  We used two of them on our Save the Dates, and we thought it’d be fun to display a few more at our reception.  Instead of surrounding our family and friends with lovey-dovey photos, we thought, How can we play this up?  Make it a little more fun?

Enter the Epic Movie Posters:

This was one of our favorite side-by-side projects!  Adam is a pro at MS Paint, so he did all the cutting, pasting, and color-matching to make our photos look movie-worthy.  I’m more comfortable with Photoscape, so I added the text.  I incorporated the names of our immediate family and our puppies!  Can you spy their names below?

Our movie posters are based on the ones below—we even used the same fonts!  But um, I like ours better. 🙂

You’ll have to wait and see how we use these!  In the meantime, tell me how you’re using your engagement photos.  Are you displaying some at your reception, too?

April 5, 2010. Decor, Engagement pictures. 3 comments.

Sunday Bunday!

Happy Easter!

It’s less than two weeks till the wedding, and I’m feeling easy-breezy.  We have lots to do—programs, menus, place cards, table numbers, favors, gifts for our parents and attendants.  Besides the gifts, I’m not too concerned about finishing the rest.  People will come; food will be served; and we will be married!!!  Woooohoooo!  Stay tuned for all the last-minute hoopla. 🙂

April 4, 2010. Bunnies. Leave a comment.