Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Hey baby, I think I want to marry you.

This adorable proposal video is going viral! Have you seen it? Usually over-the-top proposals like this don't get to me, but I absolutely loved this one. Congratulations to the happy couple!

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Those Magic Feelings

There are a lot of feelings you're supposed to feel when you get married. It starts with the "OMG I'm engaged and blissfully happy!" feeling, then progresses to the "This is my dress! I'm a pretty princess!" feeling, and finally culminates in the "My wedding day was the best day of my life!" feeling.

But this isn't how it always happens.

When we got engaged, I was blissfully happy, but when I found out Adam wanted to go ring shopping, I panicked. Well, I didn't panic, but I wasn't blissfully happy. Getting engaged (and subsequently married) is a life-altering decision. I needed a little bit of time to process it. I'm very thankful that I got it out of my system before the proposal, but not everyone gets that luxury, so the first few days of engagement are often a mixture of joy and terror.

When I bought my dress, I didn't cry or squeal or clap my hands really fast like the girls on "Say Yes to the Dress." I smiled really big, said "This is it," and then promptly took it off. I've since received my dress and tried it on. I really like it and it makes me feel beautiful, but I felt the same way about my senior prom dress.

Adam and I have tried to plan a great event, but what if I don't love my wedding? I mean, I think I will, but weddings are intense. They are joyous occasion with everyone you love in the same room, but they are also stressful occasions with very high expectations. What if I don't feel transcendent joy? What if I don't feel transformed? What if I sob my face off all day? What if I just feel overwhelmed? Something I hear a lot about weddings is to try to live in the moment. Hopefully, I'll be able to do that on my wedding day and focus on feeling.

What advice do you have for bring present on your wedding day?

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Let Them Eat Cake

Last week, we got to experience one of the best parts of wedding planning: the cake tasting!
We tried vanilla, chocolate, carrot, banana, and red velvet cake with buttercream, vanilla, chocolate, and cream cheese frosting. Then we got to try some center-filled cakes: mixed berry, butterscotch/salted caramel, and one that tasted like Snickers.
Clearly, everything tasted heavenly. It's going to be hard to choose!

Tuesday, May 22, 2012


Sorry I've been MIA for the last few days. I was busy this weekend becoming a juris doctor.
No big deal.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Out, Damned Spot!

Good news: I got my dress and it fits beautifully!
Bad news: There's a big, black spot on the hem of the train.
Sigh. The shop says that I'll have to send it back to the factory in New York to get it fixed, which seems a little ridiculous, but a big black smudge in the middle of my train isn't ideal, so I guess I'll have to send it off.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

If the shoe fits

After looking at almost every pair of shoes on the internet (only a slight exaggeration), I've decided on my wedding shoes! Want to see?
I decided to go with blue shoes after all. And I'm obsessed with them! I love the peep toe. I love the shade of blue. I love the cute bow. I love how comfy the medium-height heel is. I'm so glad I decided to buy them when I did because now they're out of stock! I can't wait to wear them underneath my dress and hopefully for years to come!

But I also bought some flats to throw on at the reception if/when my pretty blue babies start to hurt by toes. Because I can't resist sparkles, my toes will twinkle while I dance the night away. I grabbed the last pair in my size off the shelf at Target. My wedding shoes are in high demand! (Or I'm just a procrastinator.)
What do you think? Did anyone else buy two pairs of wedding shoes?

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

With this ring, I thee wed.

I've already shown you the many rings I've tried on in the search for the perfect wedding band, but there's another piece of jewelry that will be purchased: Adam's ring!

We started out with a traditional wedding band, but Adam quickly decided he wanted something with a little more flair.
Blue Nile
Milgrain was also shot down because Adam said it reminded him of a coin.
Blue Nile
Adam's dad has diamonds in his wedding band, and for a long time, Adam has said that he also wants diamonds in his wedding band.
Fey and Co.
I loved this ring, but Adam wasn't so sure about diamonds after all. He thought it might be a bit too flashy for day-to-day wear.

So he moved onto something a lot less shiny: satin-finish metal.
Blue Nile
Dimend Scaasi
 He really liked this style. He tried on variations of this style in white gold, platinum, and tungsten carbide. Tungsten carbide is a lot cheaper than gold or platinum, but it's a brittle metal and might not stand up for a lifetime of wear. I'm really sentimental and would be very sad if the ring I gave to Adam on our wedding day broke. I told Adam I'd rather pay more money and get a more reliable metal.

We haven't picked a final ring yet, but it will be white gold with a brushed finish in the middle and a high polish finish on the edges.
I think it looks pretty good on him, and I can't wait to put it on his finger in September! What do you think?

Monday, May 14, 2012

Say Yes to the Pants

I, like many other brides, love the show Say Yes to the Dress. However, I completely acknowledge how ridiculous it is. There's so much drama, and for what? A garment? That's why I love this video.

Nailed it.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Engagement Pictures

Lovey-dovey pictures ahead!

Last weekend, we ventured to South Bend to take our engagement photos at Saint Mary's and Notre Dame, our alma maters. Our photographer had never been on campus before, so we took him on a whirlwind tour of the places that are most important to us and our relationship.

We started out in and around my dorm, Le Mans Hall. 
 Then, we walked over to the bridge at Lake Marian. The superstitious believe that if you cross the bridge with a boy, you'll marry him. I sure hope so!
 We enjoyed the leafy scenery at SMC in our fancy clothes...

 ...before changing and heading over to Notre Dame for some prayers at the Grotto.
 We had to get some shots beneath the Golden Dome.
 Then we walked to South Quad...
...and ended up in front of Dillon Hall, Adam's dorm.
 We showed off our fancy footwork and footwear.
 We cuddled in the gorgeous light.
Then it was time to show off our school spirit and our priorities (God, Country, Notre Dame).
 No newcomer's trip to campus would be complete without a visit to Notre Dame Stadium.
 We had to teach Andy how to show his ND spirit.
 Sadly, our time on campus had to come to an end, so we walked back to the car just in time to catch the last rays of light.

We had a great time with Andy (and his girlfriend/helper/ND alumna, Amy) and can't wait to work with him again in September. You can check out more of our pictures on his blog.

I'm glad that we have these beautiful photos in a place that's so special to us. I look forward to using them to brainwash our future children to become second-generation Belles and Domers. (Kidding. Kind of.)