A Few of my Favorite (Wedding) Things

this post is dedicated to all the engaged and especially newly engaged ladies out there looking for where to start with ideas for everything wedding (and dedicated to my sweet, sweet friend kerianne who just got engaged herself)!  i wanted to share a few (well, it may turn into more than a few) of the websites that i have clung to since january for inspiration, ideas and advice.

  • wedding blogs – i have combed the internet for my favorite wedding blogs and here are my favorites: Project Wedding (great DIY ideas and lots of inspiration), Classic Bride (beautiful photographs of real weddings and great links to vendors and style ideas), MyWedding.com (gives you the tools to makes your invite list, a free wedding website which we are using for our guests, and you can have people RSVP there too!), 100 Layer Cake (really great ideas all around), Love and Lavender (you will want to copy everything here!) and Green Wedding Shoes (you can look at posts categorized by your type of wedding, from outdoor to barn to church, etc. and the photos are just gorgeous!).
  • wedding photography sites – i look at a lot of wedding photography sites.  a lot.  i loooove looking at LA photogs who photograph crazy expensive, over the top weddings because like i always say, i think you can pretty much figure out how to do anything that you really love for much cheaper (if not free!) with creativity and some time and effort.  here is my favorite “fancy photog” – Jasmine Star – her personality really comes through on her blog, but her photos are absolutely stunning but very true-to-life.  her subjects are always oh-my-gosh breathtaking and the venues are unbelievable!  click on “most recent posts” to see her blog, and check out that dress on this link today with the huge rosettes all over the skirt…i LOVEloveLOVE that dress!  now, as far as local charlotte, nc area wedding photography, there are so many great ones!  here are some of the very best:  of course, our photographers Elizabeth Scott Photography (love!), The Schultze’s (another husband/wife team…so creative and fun!), Seth Snider (a friend of mine with a great eye for beauty, and such a NICE guy!!), Visio Photography (every photo on here is absolutely beautiful) and Kristin Vining (she totally rocks the charlotte wedding scene, that is for sure…she’s ll over the place!).  i do have to tell you, these people get booked up FAST so start contacting them early!!  it’s so much fun to meet photographers, they are just amazing and fun and super creative!
  • ShopStyle.com –   i am using this to find dresses for all the wedding occasions (showers, rehearsal, bachelorette, etc.), looks for shoes online and really to look for anything!  you can search for certain colors, styles and keywords for clothing, bags and shoes and it pulls from websites all over the internet to find what you’re looking for!  for example, if you type in “purple ruffle shoes,” here’s what you get!

since i pretty much just overloaded you with fun and exciting links, i will leave it at that for now!  i hope these things inspire you as you start (or finish) planning your wedding! 

i have bridal shower #2 this weekend in charlotte and i am so very excited!!  my MOH katie is coming into town and i am excited!!  in honor of this, i give you another photo of katie and me:

i hope you have a WONDERFUL weekend!

Engagement Photo Slideshow/Video on Vimeo!

I can’t explain how badly I was ready to come home from work today when I saw that our photographers posted an engagement session slideshow/video today!  Vimeo is blocked at my company on our network as an entertainment site so I couldn’t watch it so I was itching to see it when I got home!

They did such a wonderful job with it and included tons of new pictures from our session…I CAN”T WAIT to get the pictures next week in the mail!  Check out the video here!

It is just so much fun to have all this fun, exciting stuff happening all around during this joyous part of my life!  I am trying to soak it in everyday that I can and enjoy this short and precious time in my life.  🙂

Engagement Photos!

Our photographers posted our engagement pictures this morning and we are SO happy with them!  Hope you enjoy!

Leslie and Matt were great…we had so much fun and even ended the day sharing dinner with them at Cabo Fish Taco, my favorite restaurant in all of Charlotte!

Happy Tuesday!

Tribute to m&m

This is a heart wrenching post for me, since it includes the breaking up of m&m and uniting of two sets of m&m’s.

…but let me explain.

My wonderfully amazing friend Melinda and I became very close friends at Campbell during our sophomore year and became roommates for a year after we graduated, and we really enjoyed that short but definitely sweet time together.  During our roommate year, we coined the “m&m” label as our own, and it ends up on every card and gift we give and receive.  Mel even made me a travel coffee mug a couple years ago with the m&m logo on it and pictures of us collaged around it!

Then a little over a year ago, we both met our soon-to-be-husbands and then got engaged one week apart this January!!  I called Mel one week and she called me the next, with excited tears on both sides of the phone!  And now, there are FOUR m’s!  Melinda, Michelle, Mike and Mason!  So, m&m has become m&m^4, and we will be pairing off into our own little m&m couples very soon!  (I know…this is silly…but pretty ironic and we like to laugh about it!)

She and her fiance Mike will be getting married in October, about 2 1/2 weeks after us and I am so excited to be a part of their wedding!  They had their engagement pictures this past weekend and they are just incredible, which is why I am posting this now!  I came into work this morning and checked their photographers site (our friends Ashley and David in raleigh who are “Story Photographers”) first thing because I knew they would be coming up any day now and BAM, these pictures hit me like a ton of bricks!  I cried at my desk and my boss came over to find me glassy eyed.  🙂

Check them out here!  They are simply gorgeous.  (And if we’re lucky, they may even share their beautiful music talent with us at our wedding!)

This Sunday (keeping with the one week apart theme) are Mason and my engagement pictures with our photographers!  We are very excited about them, because obviously, pictures are so important to me and I an incredibly inspired by photography.  (No pressure, Leslie and Matt!)  🙂 

Another really cool thing – our photographers are actually tying the knot in 30 days!  So by the time they shoot our wedding, they will be husband and wife!  Weddings all around!

And of course, keeping in the spirit of photo love, here is my “best of m&m” collage.  Enjoy!

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