The Proposal Story

The one you’ve all been waiting for. Theo proposed to me on Tuesday, November 25th, 2014. Today is six months we’ve been engaged! Advertisements

My Pinterest Obsession

Most brides-to-be have a Pinterest Board for their wedding plans. I am completely Pinterest obsessed (I have over 28,000 pins–126 boards and 1500+ followers). I have 11 wedding-focused boards with the following titles:

I. Do. Dreams

This board has become a catch-all. It was the original wedding board before it started to overflow with wedding inspiration. Over time, I sorted many of the pins into their respective boards but this board holds anything miscellaneous as well as ideas for friends.

I. Do. Dreams. – Prep

This board is devoted to ideas to stay organized with all of the details before the wedding.

I. Do. Dreams. – Attire

This board (and a secret Bridal Gown board!) hold all of my bridal gown inspiration, bridesmaid, flower girls, and mother-of-the bride inspiration, and menswear inspiration for our wedding.

I. Do. Dreams. – Floral

This board is brimming with floral inspiration! We are planning on arranging the wedding flowers ourselves so we need all of the help and visual inspiration we can get!

I. Do. Dreams. – Photography

This board has inspiration for all of the photos from our Engagement session through to the end of our wedding day!

I. Do. Dreams. – Dinner, Dessert and Favors

This is where I have been storing ideas for our cocktails, appetizers, dinner, and desserts!

I. Do. Dreams. – Ceremony

This board has specific passages and ideas to make our ceremony uniquely us.

I. Do.┬áDreams. – Decor

This is the board that might as well be called “wedding porn”. This is where most of my Kate Spade “theme” is going to show through, with that perfect combo of class and femininity.

I. Do. Dreams. – Cards, Notes and Signage

This board is devoted to stationery and signs to help guide our guests. This is where I’ve saved inspiration for the perfect Kate Spade-inspired invitation suite as well as hand-lettering inspiration.

I. Do. Dreams. – Shower

This board is full of bridal shower inspiration. Some that I thought might be a fun theme for a shower in my honor (to help give my bridesmaids some ideas) as well as a storage spot for fun ideas for hosting showers for friends in the future!

I. Do. Dreams. – Gifts to Give

This board is full of sweet ideas of gifts for all of the special people in our wedding who have done so much for us and been there throughout the process and throughout our relationship.

I have another secret board devoted to creating a wish list and collection of good ideas for our future wedding registry, and once we get closer to creating our registry I’ll share our checklist and some of the great ideas I’ve pinned along the way!

What I Don’t Plan to DIY and WHY: the “Major” Things

My Dress and the Attire for Everyone Else: I plan to buy something new and then sell it after the wedding to get a good deal on a dress. I don’t want to give that kind of responsibility to myself or even someone who I love and trust–I don’t want to put that kind of pressure on someone who doesn’t do this everyday. (Even though I love the idea of something completely custom-made). I feel the same way about the outfits for my sweet groom-to-be and our wonderful bridal party.



The Photography: We have all intentions of spending a decent portion of the budget on photography as it’s the only thing that will be left when it’s over other than our own memories.

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via 100 Layer Cake

The Food: The food is something we will select from the catering provided by our venue, and the dessert will likely also be made by a professional or at the bare minimum a friend or family member who does this as a personal business. Again, I don’t want to burden someone I love who doesn’t do this everyday. For drinks, we are able to provide our own alcohol to the venue but their bartenders will serve it.

banana split 2

via Christy’s Cakes and Creations

The Venue: Yes, there will be scores of hand-made decor and hand-arranged floral items but we are not actually assembling anything for the venue or holding it on our own property (or property of anyone we know for that matter) so that is of no concern.

toms ceremony

via One Red Door Photography

The Music: We will definitely hire a professional DJ to play music throughout the evening. Although we could probably select a wonderful playlist ourselves (I joked with Theo he should be a part-time wedding DJ) we don’t want to have to worry about it and don’t want ourselves or a friend to be concerned about dj’ing rather than being a part of our celebration.

Dating Round One & Two

This feels like the perfect time to kick off a new blog, about my wedding planning (and crafting!) journey. Today marks 8 years that Theo and I have been together, and we are just beginning our wedding planning adventure. We’ve … Continue reading