Archive for September, 2011

Vendor Updates

The past two weeks have allowed us to confirm a few more vendors.


While in Minnesota over Labor Day weekend, we were able to meet with photographer Bill Raab. Bill owns his own company, Exposed to Light, which I had mentioned in an earlier post. We had breakfast with him on Sunday morning and both left the restaurant feeling like Bill was a good fit. He was very honest about his resume and seemed to genuinely care about the people he has worked with in the past. Bill’s wife will join him on our wedding day to work as his assistant. I was very glad to hear about her role, as she will work to make sure all of the pictures we request have been taken and that we are staying on schedule.

We spent some time on Saturday morning showing the Goldins around the Como Park area. We had pretty good timing, as there was a wedding being set up in the Pavilion and a reception was set up in the visitor center. The previous time that Alex and I had been to each location, neither of them were set up for weddings, so it was great to get a better idea of how things will look. We found a lot of great looking locations that could be potential spots for bridal party and family pictures. Como is really a beautiful park and June should be a great time of year for pictures! Bill has never shot a wedding in the Como area, so we came up with the idea to meet over there some time in the Spring to find the best spots for pictures.

Earlier this week, we decide on and signed a contract with a DJ company. We were pretty sure we wanted to use Midwest Sound, (as my sister Erin and a few of her friends had used that company and all were pleased with their performance), but I wanted to price/package compare them with a few other companies just to be safe. I talked to 4 or 5 companies in the Twin Cities area and gathered some quotes. I was surprised to see prices range up to $300 between the companies for almost the exact same package. In the end, Midwest Sound was able to quote us the best price.  The comfort of knowing that they are reliable, on top of the price made it an easy decision.


We came out of this week feeling very “wedding accomplished”. Not only did we sign the contract with Midwest Sound, but all 4 of our bridesmaids ordered their dresses and my dress is ready for pick-up!


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Bridesmaid Dress Selection!

The trip to David’s Bridal only last about an hour, but we were able to view a lot of beautiful dresses! I brought a list of the bridesmaid dresses that I liked, but¬†unfortunately¬†they only had 2 of the styles in the store. My consultant tried to find a few similar styles to help us get an idea of how they would fit the girls, but it was still a bummer. It all worked out ok though, the style that I have liked the most the whole time was a winner! It looked nice on each of the girls and should look great with our summer wedding. I was also very happy with how the Watermelon color looks in person. I had been worried that it would turn out too red or even too bright of a pink color for my taste once we saw it in the store. But I think the picture is actually pretty accurate.


Here it is:


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