Monthly Archives: July 2013

Spring/Summer 2013 Reading List


Dark Places

I really enjoyed this suspenseful thriller. Perfect for reading by the pool on vacation.

Let’s Pretend This Never Happened

You might want to read this one at your home, I laughed out loud several times and thoroughly enjoyed all the pictures.

What Alice Forgot

 A nice easy read that puts things into perspective and makes you appreciate what you have.

The Dinner

 This book surprised me. What started out as just a snarky narrator turned into something much deeper and darker.

The Light Between Oceans

A well written story about a couple and what each one is willing to do to have a family.


I loved The Hunger Games series and this was a great book to satisfy my ‘futuristic dystopian society plus love story’ craving, I’m excited for the movie next year.


That’s the thing about trilogy’s, once you start, you need to finish! The third one comes out this Fall.


Wedding Vendors

 Two of the most important vendors while planning our wedding were the venue and the photographer…


The Venue

We knew we wanted to have our ceremony and reception all in one place because all of our guests were from out of town. This meant our friends and family would be spending at least 6 hours wherever we chose, so the venue had to be great! Thankfully, we found The Garrison. Newly renovated with the perfect amount of elegance, rustic charm and gorgeous property for pictures we felt good about our choice. Now, having experienced our wedding, I can’t imagine another place even coming close to how wonderful everything was. From the food, to the ambience, to the staff; we couldn’t have asked for anything better. The Garrison provides event coordinators who work with during the planning process (Todd was ours, and he was beyond helpful) and they also oversee the event the day of. I knew I was in great hands and could enjoy myself. I never had a second thought about how things were going behind the scenes. The Garrison also has a spa which we used for hair and make-up, which I would definitely recommend to other brides. Included in the wedding package is a bridal suite and complimentary room for the night at The Garrison Inn, both of which were great spaces for getting ready and taking pictures.


They have gorgeous farm tables you can use for placecards, family photos, and your guest book.

<Placecards Holders, A True Love Story Never Ends>


That arbor!


That view!


The Garrison printed the menus, which was one less thing for me to  do!


One of things I loved most was how beautfully simple the room was. The only thing we did was add center pieces to the tables, The Garrison provided the votives.


Again, we kept the decor simple during our ceremony because everything looked great already (and our ceremony was going to be 15 minutes), which kept our floral budget down. The Mason jars then moved inside to the cocktail hour tables once the ceremony was over.

<Mason Jars>




Cocktail Hour Room




I was able to use some items The Garrison already had, such as the birdcage for cards,


and the cake stand. Anything you don’t have to purchase is a huge help.

 <Cake Toppers, Cake by The Pastry Garden>



The Photographer

Quite simply, I love pictures. I love taking them, I love looking at them, I love printing them, I love making scrapbooks; I love all of those things. Finding a photographer I knew would deliver amazing wedding photos on one of the few days I wasn’t going to be taking pictures myself was really important. Enter Uplift Photography. I loved their photos (they are a husband/wife team) from the minute I saw them and they were both amazing to work with.  All of these photos were taken by Jade and Tim on our wedding day and I couldn’t be happier with the results.


<Ring Dish, Clutch from Zara>










bride and blossom 3











 <Bridesmaids Dresses via Nordstrom>



It was more than I could have imagined and truly one of the best days of my life.

Our other vendors who helped make our day great:

Florist: Bride and Blossom

DJ: Jade Entertainment, DJ Joey G

Wedding Party App

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 I read about the Wedding Party App on my favorite wedding blog when I was planning our wedding and decided to let our guests know it was an option if they wanted to participate.

Hundreds of uploaded pictures later, I was glad I did!


The site is easy to use, the app is free and you can print out instruction cards for your guests (which I left in the welcome bags)

welcome bags

Even the guys got in on the fun and I had access to so many pictures instantly! You can also save the pictures or post them on facebook.

The Wedding Party app would also be a great way for your guests to see other events, such as your rehearsal dinner, bachelorette or bridal shower.