Archive for August, 2011

Wedding Party Update

We have almost all of our wedding party set. We have decided to have 4 bridesmaids and 4 groomsmen, plus 3 ushers. Almost all of these people have been asked and accepted the positions. We will both be seeing some of them this weekend and plan on asking them at that time. That will just leave us with 1 usher to confirm!

Here is who made the cut:


  • Jay P, Best Man-Friend of the Groom
  • Matthew G-Brother of the Groom
  • Brett F- Friend of the Groom
  • Christopher Elliott- Cousin of the Groom


  • Sara M-Sister of the Bride
  • Anna M- Sister of the Bride
  • Erin M-K-Sister of the Bride
  • Emily G- Sister of the Groom


  • Rob H- Friend of the Groom
  • Dylan O- Brother-in-law of the Bride
  • Chuck K- Brother-in-law of the Bride

Adorable Children:

  • Flower Girl: Anya O-Niece of the Bride
  • Ring Bearer: Luke O- Nephew of the Bride

As you can see, we have kept it very close to the family. We both just had a lot of family members that we are close with and wanted to share our special day with us. It’s nice that our families have been some of the people who have spent the most time with us together, so they really know as a couple.

I have decided not to have a Maid of Honor. Having all family members as my bridal party made it too hard to choose between them. It was stressing me out to try to choose between my sisters so I decided not to make the decision! My plan is to divide up the traditional MOH tasks between my sisters and hope that they all feel honored!


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Engagement Pics

The executive decision has been made to do our engagement pictures in San Antonio!! We are looking at a weekend in October, hoping that the weather will be a little more pleasant in Texas at that time.

It’s kind of a bummer that we can’t do this session with our actual wedding photographer (tbd). Most photographers offer an engagement session as part of the wedding package. Plus, it gives you a good chance to get to know their style and see some of their work.

We have been wanting to take a trip to SA since we arrived in Texas, so this is a fun excuse to get out there for a quick weekend. I’ve been trying to research some photographers and find someone who is available when we are. I’m hoping to do most of the pictures down along the river walk, but we’ve never been there so I’m sure the photographer will be able to tell us the coolest spot!

Maybe we should wear our cowboy boots in some of the pictures to make them extra Texas-y!

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Bridesmaid Dresses

Over the past month or so, I have become slightly obsessed with looking at pictures of bridesmaid dresses online. I’ve mostly been searching around David’s Bridal but I also  have a bridal magazine subscription (thanks to my future mother-in-law) that is filled with pictures and random dress websites to scour.

I’ve been able to narrow down my choices a bit. I knew going into the search that I wanted the dress length to be somewhere around the knee. I also knew that I want some shade of pink.  Most of DB’s dresses come in a variety of colors and have 1-2 pink options. The watermelon shade is what I’m leaning toward, but I’m a little nervous that it will be intensely bright in person. I’m all for a strong shade of pink, but what bride wants the guest’s attention on the bridesmaids??

I had a dress style in mind when I started looking. I actually had the idea from a dress that Emma Watson wears in the 6th Harry Potter movie.  Here is an awful picture of it (it’s all I could find)…http://images3.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20100103012127/harrypotter/images/a/a5/Hermione_Granger_Slug_Club_Christmas_Party.jpg

You can sort of get the style idea from that picture.  I was just excited to find a way to tie HP into my wedding planning without being a super-nerd.

I found a style that I think is pretty similar at DB:


But, I couldn’t just stop there and be happy with that dress. I’ve probably looked through all of their dresses at least 5 times. I’ve ended up with a list of 6 dresses for the girls to try on. We have planned a trip to DB the Friday before Labor Day. Alex and I will be going up to MN for the holiday weekend along with his parents and sister. 

Here are my top 6 dress (in no particular order):




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