Monday, August 14, 2017

Bridal Shower #3

My girlfriends hosted a beautiful bridal shower for me at Unkorked Wine Garden in Wentzville a couple Sundays ago and it was so much fun! It's not often all of my best gal pals are in the same place at the same time so it was extra special to have everyone together for a little celebration of our upcoming wedding.

The girls killed it with the decorations! Sunflowers, framed quotes from Michael, and the most delicious cake pops (made by Abbey) were a few of my favorites. Those things mixed with great company and good wine make for a wonderful afternoon!

I was especially surprised that my girlfriend, Heather, was able to get Michael to answer a series of questions so we could play a fun little game. I'm proud of him for playing a long and not dismissing her ideas. He can be a man of few words sometimes, so I was very impressed with all of his answers! I even learned a few things about myself...apparently I am a loud eater and Michael finds this very to me!

This was my last bridal shower, and it left me feeling very loved. Originally, I felt a bit selfish having three bridal showers (it is pretty excessive!), but now that that they have all come and gone, I am so glad that we had three instead of one big shower. Each one felt intimate and I really got to enjoy conversations with everyone who came rather than feeling rushed to get through everything. I am so fortunate to have such amazing women in my life, and it has been great to see everyone who is so important to me.

Next up...BACHELORETTE PARTY!! I am looking forward to so many laughs with such a fun group of ladies.

Here are some more pictures from the day:


Emily Ann

P.S. This gift deserves some recognition because it is SO fitting for our lives. We currently live in this little farmhouse. It is located on Michael's family farm, and just perfect for this stage of our lives. We are so very fortunate to call it home, and this adorable sign serves as a great reminder of that. Thanks again, Jessie!!

Friday, August 11, 2017

Our Guest Book

If you look up "wedding guest book" on Pinterest, you will find a million adorable ideas of things for your wedding guests sign. From pictures, to bibles, to wine corks...there are so many unique ideas out there! I'm pretty indecisive so naturally, I had a hard time deciding which route to take when it came to gathering all of our guests signatures. I'm a big fan of anything unique when it comes to weddings, but also love the idea of actually having a book full of our friends and family members well wishes on our big day.

After much browsing, I ultimately decided that I wanted to create a book using our engagement photos for everyone to sign. Typically, I order my photo books from Shutterfly, but I was looking for a little higher quality on this one so I figured I'd give Artifact Uprising a try. While it was more expensive, it seriously turned out SO good and I definitely recommend it to anyone who is looking for a high quality photo book. I'm really excited for our guests to fill it up with lots of advice, love, and well wishes! Here's a sneak peek:


Emily Ann

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Etsy Wedding Purchases

Etsy has been the most fun website to browse for fun wedding items! I wanted to share with you a few of the items that I have actually purchased. I have been so impressed with the quality of everything that we have received and recommend all of these shops!

  • When it came to wedding koozies, I had a hard time deciding where to buy from. There are literally hundreds of options! I received quotes from a couple "corporate" places and was highly disappointed in their customer service. While the pricing was cheaper than the quotes I received from a few Etsy shops, I ultimately decided that I would rather pay a little more and support a small business than give my business to someone who clearly didn't care if I made a purchase or not. I ended up purchasing from Draft House, and the koozies turned out even better than I expected! Shannon was so easy to work with and helped ensure that my design would print well. I highly recommend her for any of your koozie needs!

  • My dad had the idea to fly a personalized flag on the flagpole at the end of their driveway (where the reception will be) on the day of the wedding. How cool is that? I would have never thought of it. Anyways, I put my friend Tom to work on designing a flag, and then found Unique Banner Printing on Etsy and sent them our design. Within a week, the flag was printed and had shipped. Check out how great it looks! It was only $29, too!

  • Growing up, my sister and I always loved to go to my Grandpa Scott's and do puzzles with him. He passed when I was younger, so my mom had the idea to print a personalized puzzle and put it out at the wedding as a tribute to him. What a sweet idea! I found themissingpiecepuzzl on Etsy and sent Donna one of our engagement photos to turn into a puzzle. I love how it turned out and can't wait to display it at the wedding!

Flower Girl Dress
  • I'm not really sure how I got to browsing flower girl dresses on Etsy, but I'm sure glad that I did! I found this adorable dress from DLilesCollection and knew it would be so cute on our little flower girl. I love the simplicity of it and think it is just perfect for our country wedding. (Side note: This is not Etsy related, but I also found these cute little cowgirl boots at Target and knew I had to get them for our flower girl as well. She is going to look SO cute!) 


Emily Ann

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Bridal Shower #2

Michael's family hosted a bridal shower for me a couple weekends ago and we had such a wonderful time. His family is so great. I seriously could not have picked a better family to be married into. They are so sweet and thoughtful and I am so grateful to that soon I get to call them my family, too.

The shower was held at his cousin, Teresa's house, which is so gorgeous! They had the cutest little cake and delicious cake pops along with such adorable pieces of decor personalized to Michael and me. My mom, sister, and grandma were able to come as well, which I loved.

Michael's Aunt Janie had a fun little "interactive game", as she called it, to play while I opened gifts. When I read who the gift was from, that person had to draw a question our of a jar. Some of the questions were directed towards the person who drew it, some were for me, or a specific family member, and some were questions that Michael had answered and we had to guess what his answer was. It was really cute and took some of the attention off of me as I was opening gifts, which I appreciated!

Here are some more pictures from the day:


Emily Ann

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Monday, August 7, 2017

Wedding Dress Shopping

Back at the end of 2016, I went wedding dress shopping with the intent to just look and see what styles I liked. My mom, sister, and grandma went with me to assist with what I thought would be a long process. I am so indecisive and had no idea what I wanted when it came to a wedding dress so I was sure that it would take several trips to find "the one".

We started our day at Dala's Bridal Boutique. This is where my sister and several other family members found their wedding dresses so I knew it would be a great starting point. I told Dala (the owner) that I really wasn't sure what I was looking for but I thought I didn't want strapless or poofy. She started pulling out wedding dresses and before I knew it I had several ready to try on.

I grabbed the first dress on the pile and went to put it on. It was GORGEOUS! I remember thinking after I had it on that this was going to be even harder than I originally thought since I fell in love with the very first dress. That actually wasn't the case. As I continued to try on other dresses, none of them compared to that first one. I did have one other dress that I really liked, but in the end, it just wasn't me.

My mom and sister were pretty tight lipped on which dress they thought I should get because they wanted me to make my own decision. My grandma on the other hand, was eager to confirm what I already knew...that first dress was the one. I appreciated her reassuring me that I was making the right decision and was so happy she was able to come with us.

I thought it'd be fun to show some of the wedding dresses that I tried on since A.) Michael never looks at this blog so he will never see this and B.) there were some really pretty dresses in the lineup!

And no, none of these are my actual wedding dress. Only my mom, sister, grandma, and future mother-in-law have actually seen my dress. I wanted it to be a surprise for everyone on our wedding day and even intend to do a first look with not only Michael, but my bridesmaids as well!

Also, a little side story:: A while back I asked Michael what he thought my wedding dress would look like. His response was "white, strapless, and lace." Two out of three isn't bad! He also said that he didn't think I'd have a veil since he felt like they weren't very popular anymore. He's in for a real treat on that one. Not only do I have a veil, but it's floor length!


Emily Ann

Friday, August 4, 2017

August Lineup

Lots of fun stuff happening in August for us. Plus it means we're one month closer to our wedding!

Wedding Prep
  • I have my hair and makeup trial for the wedding tomorrow morning! I am also having my second dress fitting tomorrow afternoon. I'm so excited to see exactly how I'll look on our wedding day!
Bridal Shower
  • My girlfriend's are hosting a bridal shower for me at UnKorked Wine Garden on Sunday. I can't wait to sip some wine, mingle with great friends, and celebrate our upcoming wedding!
Lake Trip
  • A group of eight of us are going to spend a weekend at the Lake of the Ozarks later this month. It'll be the first lake trip we have taken this year and I am really looking forward to it. Nothing better than boating with some great friends!
Beer Olympics
  • Every summer a group from Michael's hometown hosts "Beer Olympics" and in our five years of dating, I have yet to be able to participate. We are signed up and on the bracket for this year's event and I am eager to check out what it is all about!


Emily Ann

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Wedding Update: Part IV

Only 65 more days until our wedding!! The past couple months have been pretty uneventful as far as wedding planning goes. We're kind of just waiting for the week of so we can start making all of our decor ideas come to life but I do have a few updates to share:
  • Tuxes
    • We picked out tuxes! The little shop we are getting them from even ordered a sample for Michael to try on so I could make sure that I liked it. I'm excited to see how they look with the bridesmaid dresses.
  • Invitations
    • Invitations are in the mail! My mom made ALL of about impressive. I love how they turned out!
  • Pizza Truck
    • We got a pizza truck! Manzo's Wood-Fired Pizza truck is going to make an appearance at the end of our reception and I am SO excited about it.
  • Alcohol
    • Alcohol has been ordered. And gosh there's a lot of it! We had a hard time deciding how much beer/liquor to get so we decided that it was better to have too much than not enough. Luckily, my dad knows someone who works for a liquor distributor so they are hooking us up with a discount.
  • Wedding Bands
    • Michael's wedding band came in last week. He had my ring and band designed at Randy's Jewelry and they were so helpful that I decided to get his band through them as well. It turned out great!
  • Dress Fitting
    • I had my first dress fitting a few weeks ago and it went well. They had to alter a lot in the bust but the rest pretty much fit perfectly. Since my hair and makeup trials are this Saturday, we figured it'd be a perfect time to schedule my second dress fitting as well. It'll be fun to see how the look comes together!
  • Bridal Party Gifts
    • My bridesmaid gifts have been purchased and Michael has an idea for the groomsmen as well. I'm glad to have that one checked off the list. 
  • Outdoor Lights
    • Michael's had their outdoor lights on sale so I bought a bunch of these lights. They're so fun and perfect for an outdoor reception. I'm so eager to see how the reception decor turns out. 
Stay tuned for updates on Etsy purchases, bridal showers, and other fun wedding stuff! 


Emily Ann

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Bridal Shower #1

My sister and grandma hosted the sweetest bridal shower for me back at the beginning of July. It was the most perfect day spent with a group of amazing ladies.

My sister opened her beautiful home to our family for the shower and had it looking so cute! We mingled, ate snacks, opened gifts, and even played a few games. I had the best time and am so thankful to have such a wonderful family. Talk about a full heart.

One of my favorite things my sister had everyone do was put a date idea into a date night jar. I thought that was such a fun concept and intend to do one a month with Michael once we get married. She also made buffalo chicken sliders that were to die for. :)

Here are a few pictures from the day:


Emily Ann