{hand hearts via spokane bride}

one! week!


i spent the morning of day eight with the wp’s and left our meeting feeling totally organized and like we are in the best possible shape for next saturday. i also chatted with the incredible holly who gave me the very best quote of the day:

she said to me, “miracles are happening.”

that is complete music to a bride’s ears and i instantly got 100 times more excited about our incredible florals (if that was even possible). to celebrate how confident i am with the vision and the capability of our incredible dream team to execute it, i ceremoniously took one last jaunt around the wedding blogs and (gasp!) unsubscribed to about 90% of them – i couldn’t let them all go. my google reader has shrunk significantly but, to be honest, i’m kind of sick of looking at other people’s weddings and reading to experience my OWN.

so a very happy weekend, all!! we are so excited to see and celebrate with you this time next week.



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{main squeeze via the bride’s cafe}

thanksgiving is a week from yesterday (eek!) and a week from today is the day before it all goes down!

steve and i are getting more excited and less stressed with each day that passes and day nine was a particularly great one with all of my american university career center coworkers tossing us one heck of an office wedding shower. they have all been dying to meet steve (i’ve managed to work there for over three years and keep him completely hidden!) and thus truly outdid themselves. we had such a fun time!

our weekend is going to be chock full of more errands and wedding to-do’s than i was hoping for commencing with a mid-morning meeting with the wp’s today – my very last one (crazy!). i am still vowing to be free of planning by tomorrow at midnight. think i can do it??

hope you all have a wonderful weekend — the countdown continues!

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{wedded kiss via kiss the groom}

so many wonderful things clicked into place on day ten!

we got word that steve’s illusive wedding suit is due to arrive today or friday (hallelujah!) at nordstrom. we finalized flowers and our amaze florist placed the order for our blossoms. i picked up our favors (hint: they’re edible). we heard that steve’s grandmother is coming from portugal on monday so she will be present on 11-27! this is big news that we’re both really happy about. and finally, steve’s awesome cousins gifted us with a fantastic combination of portuguese wine for our guests to enjoy at the reception.

what good news will day nine bring? because we are only accepting good news at this time.

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{love letters via style me pretty}

the 10 day countdown is on! i’m happy to report that our to-do list is shrinking rapidly and we are hopeful that by this weekend planning will be (ahem) DONE.

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don’t quit

{victory via jill devries photography}

it’s been a rough week guys and dolls. my school, work, and wedding lives all imploded and while i have fully regained control, ’twas no piece of cake! one of my most favorite non-wedding blogs posted this amazing anonymous poem today. it couldn’t have been more timely and i have thus pirated it for my own inspiration and you, my tireless supporters:

when things go wrong, as they sometimes will,
when the road you’re trudging seems all uphill,
when the funds are low and the debts are high,
and you want to smile, but you have to sigh,
when care is pressing you down a bit
rest if you must, but don’t you quit.

success is failure turned inside out
the silver tint of the clouds of doubt
and you never can tell how close you are,
it may be near when it seems so far;
so stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit,
it’s when things seem worst that you must not quit!

onward to 11-27 : )


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wedding month. is. HERE!

{brides just wanna have fun via snippet & ink}

hello, november! back in june of last year it felt like you would never get here … now i’m trying to adjust to the fact that it’s the calendar month of our wedding – yikes! in all reality, planning is in a good place. steve and i are coming off of a very nice, relaxing but FULL and super productive weekend which included just a few wedding errands and some fun along the way.


  • purchased supplies for the rest of our stationery/paper
  • picked up the final batch of bridal party and ceremony participant gifts
  • had my final dress fitting! it looks SO good thanks to audete
  • sent steve’s little sis off to her very last highschool homecoming – can’t believe she was 9 when we met!
  • watched hours of football at one of our favorite sports bars
  • collected *almost* all of the missing RSVPs – just a few more to go
  • ordered some way cool centerpieces that we are super excited about
  • trick or treated with shannon, her fam, and her adorable neighbors

on top of all that – baby PACE arrived this morning! some of you know that bridesmaid alana had to bow out of her 11-27 duties since she was going to be a brand new mom by that point. well, little pace made his grand entrance today and we are just thrilled for her and hubby jon! is it crazy that i want to make a trip down to NC to meet him the weekend before our wedding?? steve thinks so (and he may be right). we’ll see if i win that one : )

happy november to all! 25 days to go…


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the big 3-0

{everyone else is doing it via snippet & ink}

we here in the bride-and-groom-to-be department are kind of in disbelief about how we got to be a month away from the big day. i’m not sure where summer, september, or october went but it’s safe to say that the four weekends separating us from now and 11-27 will fly just as quickly! i know for sure that we’ll be spending most of this coming weekend tracking down the missing RSVPs so that we can get final numbers to the WPs no later than monday. we’ll also make a trip down to steve’s parents in stafford to finish the alterations on my dress and trick-or-treat with flowergirl shannon and baby brother sean on sunday. can’t wait to see those little cuties in their costumes!

i have to also say thanks for all of the offers to help which continue to pour into my email inbox and voicemail. it reminds me why we’re so lucky to have all of the love and support that we do! i promise if i can think of anything that needs doing from afar, i will capitalize on that kindness. until then, your words of encouragement and positive thoughts are all that we need.

i told myself that by the time november rolled around, it would all feel very real. there’s still a few weeks of planning ahead and lots left on the to-do list but the closer we get, the “realer” it feels. hope you all enjoy a very happy halloween! thanksgiving’s just around the corner : )


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