Choosing Our Save the Dates

As I said in my post about Choosing Black and White Invitations, the Invitation vision came first and to be honest, I’m glad it did. It gave me a solid foundation to work with:

I knew the Save the Dates would either be postcard style and not need envelopes or use the same hot pink “Razzle Berry” Poptone envelopes as the invitations.


Although I’ve liked getting them in the past, I knew I didn’t want to go with magnetic save the dates for us. Lots of people do tend to hang these on their fridge but if all a guest wanted to do was write it on their calendar (or in their phone’s calendar) for months down the road that’s perfectly fine with me —no obligation to hang it up anywhere.

Another thing that was originally “predetermined” about our Save the Dates is that they had to have our picture on them. You see, I have always loved the idea of engagement photos to have pictures in our home of us in normal clothing (not just our formal wedding attire). Theo insists that there’s really no reason to invest in engagement pictures unless we are showing them off on the save the dates. I can get behind that because for any relatives who haven’t met our spouse-to-be they can see how cute we are together. However, it took us a while to commit to a photographer. It took so long to choose them that they were booked and we could only have end-of-fall (November) Engagement photos and I had always preferred end-of-summer/beginning-of-fall  (September) for outfits and our surroundings.

So, Engagement photos were cut.  [Since our photographers had an Engagement session built into our package anyways, we decided to switch it to an “Anniversary shoot” to take place about a year after the wedding. Still giving us an opportunity to have professional photos in “normal” clothes and what a better way to celebrate the “paper” anniversary?!] Without Engagement photos it was clear to me that the Save the Dates would compliment the vision I had for the invitation and give a little taste of what we had planned.

So, (without further adieu) these are the final options for the Save the Dates!


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Next up, our Save the Date Reveal!!






Merry Christmas!!

Merry Christmas from the future Mr. and Mrs. Mote!


We are spending this Christmas in upstate New York with family. But I’ve included a photo of our Christmas tree at home (It’s Candy Land themed) and our Engagement ornaments we got last Christmas!

The Fashionable Four

I’m talking about the Flower Girls.

Those four little babes are going to be so classic looking.

We decided on a dress and the winner is….



Which, after we remove the flower sash will look more like this.



We will be adding a fuchsia sash so they can have a nice, large bow on the back side while tying in with the bridesmaids dresses.





With their little moss baskets full of red and pink rose petals, they are going to steal the show.

I can’t wait to see them on our wedding day wearing it all together!

Registry Items We Are Excited For

What are we most excited to have registered for? Things that are going to make our lives easier.


A KitchenAid Stand Mixer

I used my Mom’s KitchenAid Stand Mixer every holiday season to mix up lots of cookies. I’ve also made lots of mashed potatoes with it! I’m excited to get a few of the fun attachments to make other favorites–like ice cream!


A LeCreuset Dutch Oven

I’m excited to finally have a big enough pot to make a double batch of soup!! I love to make us yummy soups in the winter and this is the perfect pot to make them in!


massage table

A Folding Massage Table

Theo is the one really excited about this one, he thinks this will be a better and more comfortable way to get and give massages than sitting on top of each other.

ipad holder

A Tablet Holder

Again, I am excited about this one for the use we can get out of it in the Kitchen. I don’t use a lot of cookbooks, but I use my ipad for recipes all the time. Although mine has a folding stand it can only stand in the horizontal direction and vertical is often what I want to read a recipe.


Zoku Classic Popsicle Molds

We have been in search of well-sized and easy-to-release popsicle molds for a long time now and the reviews on these say they won’t disappoint.

butter dish

BIA Covered Butter Dish

We are both really excited about this one because….it has a knob! The current butter dish we have does not have a knob and if the lid gets any butter on it it becomes incredibly slippery and hard to handle.


green saver

OXO GoodGrips GreenSaver Containers

We are both really excited about these because they promise longer lasting produce, which we sadly throw out way too much of.



Wilton Advance Springform Cake Pans

In my opinion, birthday cakes should always be round stacked cakes. It’s how I was raised. So I am excited to make ours (and our future family’s) birthday cakes for many years to come.


grill griddle

Emerilware Cast Iron Reversible Grill/Griddle

We are excited about this one because it means we will be able to make multiple pancakes and grilled cheese at the same time! We love grilled cheese!


Conair Mini Steamer

We are excited about this one as it is so practical—it can be used on wedding day for everyone’s attire and long after for everything from formal attire to curtains!