I cannot believe an entire year has gone by since Brandon and I got married. We tried to celebrate our first anniversary last night, but as luck would have it the place we wanted to eat and get drinks was closed for a private event. Oh well!
I wanted to share some lessons I've learned during our first year of marriage that may or may not hold true to you, but first let's start with a little background on Brandon and I! We have been dating since 2007 and living together since 2010, so we have a lot of history as roommates and being together. We've moved between Boston, Providence, and even had a short stint at my parent's house to save up for the wedding. Almost 9 years of my life have been spent shared with Brandon, and we have a good thing going. I've shared some lessons learned from the newlyweds below....
Lessons from First Year of Marriage
There are plenty of other words of wisdom I could share, but Brandon and I are still newly married and we don't know it all. We're still learning from one another and there are definitely times that we both want to pull our hair out, but it's totally worth every second.Once you find love, the rest will work itself out.
Happy (day late) anniversary, Brandon! Cheers to many many many more.
There's something so romantic about holding hands in the woods. A year ago yesterday, Erin McGinn snapped these photos of Brandon and I for our engagement shoot. It's such a dreamy session and I'm thrilled to finally get around to sharing some with you. October 30th marks our "engage-iversary" and this year we'll be celebrating it as husband and wife. (We don't actually celebrate it. Though some flowers wouldn't hurt - hint hint!)
I hope you enjoy our woodsy shoot filled with hand holding, kissing, and balancing acts. It's serving as some great fall inspiration for me as I reminisce. XO
All good things must come to an end. The last bit of our wedding (part 1, part 2, part 3) involved dancing, s'mores, a DIY photobooth, and a wardrobe change! After the formals were done, Brandon and I couldn't wait to start celebrating without all the nerves from earlier in the day.
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Wedding planning was such an enjoyable thing for me to do. Though it was stressful, I loved putting my thoughts and ideas into creations and tangible things that guests could see, experience, play with, and enjoy. It may be clear by now, but this wedding was not a tale of woes for me. My title for this segment was just a terrible pun - a bad Dad joke, if you may. I'm extremely funny - I swear! (Just don't ask my husband.)
Our photographer grabbed so many great photos of our friends and family during the cocktail hour and ceremony that I had to squeeze a bunch in here. Below are some of my favorite people in the world looking their absolute best at one of the most special days of my life. It seriously makes me teary eyed thinking about all the guests who joined us in celebration of our love! How awesome is that?!
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I'm so ready to share the next installment of #aguiarwebsterwedding with y'all! We're a 21st century wedding. Obviously we had our own hashtag. Though I'd like to think we're pretty technologically savy, we did want our wedding to be a celebration with friends and family connecting with us and not with their Facebook feeds.
During the ceremony we asked that no photos be taken! Some guests may have thought that was a total bridezilla move, but let me explain to you why we asked this:
1) People are focused on the actual ceremony instead of their new notifications.
2) Our photographer, Erin McGinn, was able to snap photos of our guest's reactions instead of their new iPhone case.
3) The entire ceremony was such a surprise to look at when my photos arrived! I had friend's photos from the first look, cocktail hour, reception, etc....but none from the ceremony. It was so refreshing and exciting to look at!
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Wow. A bit embarrassed that I didn't post once leading up to my wedding, but the blog bug has bitten and this Mrs. is so ready to share new posts with you all! Let's jump back into this with some favorite pre-wedding photos, shall we?
I still get giddy looking at photos from our wedding. Our photographer, Erin McGinn, perfectly captured everything! I'm spending my birthday today looking through photos and starting to put Brandon and my wedding book together through Artifact Uprising. So many shots to choose from!
I was so much more calm than I anticipated getting ready. I was just like "Does the dress fit? OK. Good. Alright! I'm ready now!" Would've been impossible without my right hand ladies by my side. They were the best bridesmaids (and officiant) a girl could ask for. (click thru to view more)
AHHHHH! You may be able to visualize me actually screaming about the fact that my wedding is just 80 days away! That's less than three months. Only 11 weeks. It legitimately snuck up on me. Seeing that number in front of me just made me so nervous about all that's left to do, but even more excited about spending my life with my fiancè. (Oh - and I'm thrilled to get my hands on the vintage wedding ring Brandon and I chose for me.) Eek!
One aspect of the wedding I've been dying to share is our invite suite through Appetite Paper. I can't say enough good things about the creator, Rachael! She's a joy to work with, a creative soul, and was even sweet enough to feature our unconventional save the date on her blog! Her eye for design is spot on, and she truly captured our vision. I was lucky enough to win $250 off her designs thru an Instagram giveaway with Dear Sweetheart Events, and I'm so happy I did - and not just for the savings! It was a great opportunity to begin working with Rachael and the stationary list just grew from the invites on. Appetite Paper created our Save the Dates, Wedding Invites, RSVP Cards, Printed Envelopes, and Bridal Shower Invites.
Recently, Rachael has branched out into creating lovely paper flowers that I can't wait to get my hands on. I can't wait to work on another project with her, and I know this was a great start to a long-ended creative relationship. (I'm thinking small business branding!) So thrilled to share this fantastic little business with you. Hope you'll keep them in mind for your next event! xo Courtney
Well, here they are! In all their glory! My ALMOST wedding shoes. I've been dreaming of these pretty little things since the day I first saw them and I'm still giddy about the fact that I once owned them. They're perfect (except for the pain and the price)! Goodbye Valentinos and Helloooooo Jeffrey Cambpbell. Just a few months until you'll be able to see the finished ensemble! (Wink wink - I'm actually getting married)
I love having a "rainy day" craft! Recently, I've especially loved when those crafts just happen to be wedding related. This little chalkboard wood slice is a quick DIY project that could be used for hosting parties, home decor, and (in my case) wedding activities.
Brandon and I are using these decorations on the children's table during our reception. We'll pair them with colored chalk for drawing and (if time allots) a little "I Spy" list! I love the idea of having something kid friendly for the little ones to enjoy into the night. Since we can't anticipate them sitting still thru the speeches, first dances, cake cutting, and introductions without an activity of their own...we thought up this little idea.
One of my favorite things about this project is how cost effective and time sensitive it was! Each slice only took a few minutes to paint and the initial cost of supplies was shared between all the slices.
I started by painting each slab with the large paintbrush. To get a natural but detailed edge, I used the smaller brush around the rim. I chose to leave a small border, but you could paint it right to the edge. After the paint was completely dry, I rubbed the side of the white chalk across the painted slice and quickly wiped it off. It gave the piece the exact look I was going for - making it not so crisp and clean. I really like the more distressed look of the chalkboard, but you could also choose to skip this step and keep it fresh and simple.
This project would be great for labeling small dishes at parties, using as charger plates at a dinner, or using to welcome guests at your home. It's a great rustic element that can add a little bit of homemade love to any space. Fingers crossed the kids at the wedding enjoy them as much as I do!
I'm getting married this year! I can't believe 2015 is actually here. In less than 6 months, I'll be saying "I do" alongside my best friend. Pinch me!
Planning is in full force, but luckily most of the "big stuff" is done! We've worked out a budget, set up a timeline, and made a list of details that still need to be completed. It's been over a year since Brandon asked me to marry him, and I feel as though it's been non-stop since then. I'm anxious, nervous, excited, and exhausted - but I want to remember the little moments and fun times that come with being engaged.
I've started a little scrapbook to capture the memories of our engagement, dating history, and wedding plans. There's plenty of room to add photos and details from the big day too! So far I've scrapbooked our Pantone wedding colors, a Save the Date card, engagement photos from our friend Ellie and our photographer Erin McGinn, photos from 2007, and a lovely card from our flower girl! Oh - on that note...YES! Brandon and I decided we wanted to ask his goddaughter to be our flower girl. We've also asked both of my brothers to step up as groomsmen too.
So far, we have a photographer, venue, dress, wedding party, shoes (Valentino shoes), a suit, cake, DJ, color story, bridesmaid dresses, floral ideas, and my antique wedding ring. We're working on Brandon's ring, flower girl dress, final decor ideas, groomsmen attire, bridal shower, and bachelorette ideas. Though it seems like a lot I feel like most of the major things are sorted out. I think we're in good shape to be married in June - haha! Any advice on how to stay sane in the last few months of engagement? I may lose my mind.
In the midst of all this excitement, another opportunity arose - this time for my maid of honor, Sarah. She got accepted into Americorps and will be working hardcore in community service for the next 10 months! As ecstatic as I am for her, I'm so sad to say goodbye next month. This is a time of your life that you always dream about planning alongside your childhood bestfriend. But, there's a light at the end of the tunnel - she'll be able to sneak away from the south for the wedding weekend. Sarah's also been offering up a bunch of her free time before she leaves to help me get some final wedding plans sorted out. I'm so thankful to have her around for little longer, and even more thankful to have my bridesmaid, friends, and family members anxious to help tie up loose ends!