Scenes From the Weekend and Wedding News

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Happy Monday!  I hope y’all had a good weekend.  Let’s get right into it.  Scenes from the weekend. I apologize my brain is completely fried from all weekend looking at wedding venues and registering all day on Sunday.  I am so proud of Mark he did so well but definitely saw his eyes glaze over when we were looking at vacuums….time to move on and get some dinner.

1//Cookie Practice for Valentines Day.  
2//MacBook Stack.
3//Our Favorite sushi place surprised us with our own chopsticks with our names on them.
4//Registering!  So fun!
5//Finally had time for a manicure!  Butter topcoat and crystal nail file as mentioned here.
6//Zara leggings and Toms booties as mentioned in this post.
For anyone who is a new reader on December 14th I got engaged to my best friend and love of my life.  If you have some time you can read about our engagement here.
We have the most wonderful friends and family and can’t wait for this exciting next year.  We have our venue picked up but until that deposit is locked down I can at least answer the question that I am asked……about 5 times a day.  Are y’all ready????  Here it is.
The “big date”.  I am so excited to have a year to plan and so that way Mark and I will still like each other to be in the same room together when the big day goes down (just kidding….but not really).
The date is all awwww sentimental.  It will be 4 days after our first date 3 years ago when the big day goes down. Almost 2 years ago Mark and I were trying to coordinate our first date and I threw out “how about Tuesday” to which he responded “I mean I’m good with that but you are aware that is Valentines Day” to which I correctly responded….”no I meant Thursday is good….yeah Thursday”.  So at least our anniversary will be very easy for all to remember ;-)  
Alright y’all tell me tell me.  What is the best advice you can give me now that it all starts.  What did you register for or didn’t register for that you wish you did.  Have you been to a wedding recently that there was something different they did that you loved?  Most importantly what are you budget saving ideas???  This coupon code queen over here needs to know what deals you scored on.  Lay it on me!  Hope you have a great day xoxoxooxxoo


  1. February 10, 2014 / 1:41 PM

    First, the cookies look amazing. You need to post the recipe. Second, your own chopsticks? How cool!! Third, registering is sooooo much fun! I’m sure you’ll add more as the day gets closer :)
    PS – congrats on picking the date!!

  2. February 10, 2014 / 1:48 PM

    Woo hoo!! 2.20.2015!! Perfect date!! You wont regret on taking your time planning – that means everything will be pure perfection!! the fact you’re already registering – you’re ahead of the game…if you’re planning a destination honeymoon can’t go wrong with!! It was awesome having extra money to spend on activities while we were in Maui!! Can we talk about that you got personalized chopsticks….our sushi place is going to have to step their game UP!!!

  3. February 10, 2014 / 2:30 PM

    Aw, congrats on setting the date! That’s so exciting!

  4. February 10, 2014 / 2:35 PM

    Congrats on the date! :D my fiance and I are still saving up for ours haha. How expensive are weddings these days?! I’m definitely a coupon queen too ;)
    Those cookies look delicious by the way!

  5. February 10, 2014 / 2:44 PM

    still can’t get over the spoons! love it!

  6. February 10, 2014 / 2:49 PM

    Congrats on setting a date! Also, I’m pissed that you didn’t tell me you were registering because our apartment could use a few upgrades. What kind of friend are you?!?! ;P

  7. February 10, 2014 / 2:57 PM

    Isn’t registering SO MUCH FUN! (Granted, I had a little *too* much fun and ended up with a few things we’ve still never used, ha!) Enjoy the next year of planning!

  8. February 10, 2014 / 3:38 PM

    Yay for your date! And having a wedding weekend full of venue shopping and registering! So much fun!

  9. February 10, 2014 / 3:39 PM

    Wow look at those awesome chop sticks. SO much amazing stuff going on for you girl. How did the venue looking go?!

  10. February 10, 2014 / 3:49 PM

    So Exciting!! So funny that you suggested Vday as the first date, and promptly changed that plan when you realized!! Lol
    Have a great week, XO

  11. February 10, 2014 / 4:17 PM

    Oh my gosh yay!!!! I love the meaning behind your date! Ours is April 11, 2015. I originally wanted April 4th 2015 because April 3rd would be our four year anniversary. However, Easter is April 5th next year so we had to move it a week back! Happy planning!!

  12. February 10, 2014 / 4:30 PM

    You guys must be very frequent sushi customers, that’s amazing service.

  13. February 10, 2014 / 5:31 PM

    aww, just read your engagement story! How sweet. I fell in love with wedding planning after my own, and have done a few on the side, now! If you have any questions, feel free to pick my brain :) Jason was so bored when we went to register, other than that, he was a great groom to plan with, lol.

  14. February 10, 2014 / 5:32 PM

    Yay for picking a date! Our wedding anniversary is February 25 :) I’m working on a 2 part DIY wedding series so maybe some ideas will help you out. It seems so overwhelming, but now that you have the date set, I’d register with The Knot and use their free checklist. It was truly a lifesaver and gives you a lot of ideas for things you wouldn’t think to do, as well as things you can go ahead and mark off if you don’t like. Exciting times!! :)

  15. February 10, 2014 / 5:35 PM

    Congratulations on your engagement! So cool that that restaurant has chopsticks with your name on, too! <3

  16. February 10, 2014 / 5:42 PM

    Congrats, darling!!! Such an exciting time. I would say really think about what is most important to you and spend more on those things…then cut back on what isn’t as big of a deal. For example…I spent a lot on my dress but didn’t go overboard with flowers. I spent more on the photographer and less on the DJ. Also, don’t invite people that you don’t see or talk to, nor care if they are there or not. Keep it intimate with the people you really want to share the day with and who cares if someone is upset…It is your day!!!!
    If nothing else, you have to register for a food processor. A really nice one. And a dutch oven. Oh and everything you need for a kitty…cuz everyone needs a kitty;)
    That is awesome that you guys got your own chopsticks…and your hubby to be is very cute!
    XO, Gina

  17. February 10, 2014 / 6:07 PM

    so exciting! i loved wedding planning and registering! i’m going to lots of weddings this year and plan to do a few posts on weddings! one thing i did was prioritize. decide what is most important- photos, flowers, dress, cake, etc…then spend your money in that area. i didn’t spend a ton on flowers but they were still gorgeous. it is definitely a good idea to get lots of quotes! can’t wait to follow along your wedding planning journey :)

  18. February 10, 2014 / 6:11 PM

    yeah, thursday… do that! haha

  19. February 10, 2014 / 6:37 PM

    Yum, those cookies look good! Love your first date story! My boyfriend sent me flowers for the first time on February 13 and we went on our first date the following week. <3 congrats on setting the date!

    xo Megan, Lush to Blush

  20. February 10, 2014 / 6:42 PM

    I had no idea!!! Congratulations! I just read your engagement story and it was so sweet. Wedding planning is mostly fun, but I feel like I should warn you that you’re probably going to want to rip his head off at least once. Or maybe that was just me :) Don’t let anyone tell you what you HAVE to register for. I have 12 sets of China still in boxes sitting in my mom’s closet… 5 years later. What a waste. Weddings bring out a lot of unsolicited opinions. Just remember which ones matter… you and the groomie. That’s it. Have fun! I’m excited to follow the festivities! Woo hoo!!!

  21. February 10, 2014 / 7:13 PM

    Awww, YAY! You are about to have SO MUCH FUN! I loved every second of being engaged and getting married to the love of my life… <3 Top tip: Remember, it’s just a wedding. Planning your marriage is wayyyy more important. So make sure there’s plenty of quality time for the two of you all the way up to the big day, and beyond! The wedding will be a blast and magical and perfect and so sweet, but in the long run, you won’t even remember all the little details that seem so important now. You’ll just remember how awesomely in love y’all are. :)

  22. February 10, 2014 / 7:14 PM

    Congratulation to both of you its a special romantic event to look forward to and so much work from now to then but take one step at a time. You going to be a beautiful bride.

  23. February 10, 2014 / 7:43 PM

    So exciting that you’re wedding planning right now too! My biggest piece of advice would be to stay very organized because there is so much stuff to keep track of. I bought a wedding binder so that I could use all of the templates to keep me in check. That’s awesome that you are getting married in February. I think that winter weddings are so pretty and I’d love to have one, but that wouldn’t work with hockey season. Happy Monday and happy wedding planning!!

    Ashley, Married to the Game

  24. February 10, 2014 / 7:57 PM

    How in the world did you swing having the sushi place put your names on the chopsticks? Love it!

  25. February 10, 2014 / 8:01 PM

    I take it you like Sushi! Haha! Love those booties. Thursday was a much better choice! ;) Happy planning.

  26. February 10, 2014 / 8:11 PM

    First of all you guys are gorgeous! Second of all, just read your engagement story and died a little bit- soooo sweet & your ring is gorgeous! I was literally the worst bride-to-be ever because I was still in school + completely overwhelmed the entire time we were engaged so I did like everything at the last minute and it was incredibly stressful, which I would NOT recommend, haha. However, if you do happen to do that, the good thing is the wedding will still work out, and probably somehow be perfect when it comes down to the actual day :)

  27. February 10, 2014 / 8:34 PM

    Registering is SO much work!!! My husband and I had to do it over the span of 5 days because we kept getting burned out!

  28. February 10, 2014 / 9:02 PM

    I have blogged a decent amount about my wedding and I am of course partial to it! We wrote our own vows which people liked, invited all women to participate in the bouquet toss (we did 5 roses with scratch off lottery tickets on each one), and hand-picked all music for a more personal touch. Photobooths are always fun! And to save money – buffets aren’t always cheaper, try to negotiate a food and beverage minimum instead of a room rental, see if your caterer will give a kids meal, and always shop around! I plan events and love weddings so let me know if you have any questions!

  29. February 10, 2014 / 9:52 PM

    My best advice is that if anything goes wrong, no one will know it but you, so don’t freak out over anything that’s small and not worth it. Enjoy the ride this next year. It’s a heady time!

  30. February 10, 2014 / 10:29 PM

    Registering always sounds so fun to me but I can see how it would be tiring! I’m afraid I can’t offer up any wedding related advice for you :/

  31. February 10, 2014 / 10:40 PM

    How exciting!! I’m sure that year of planning will fly by.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog, yours is adorable :)

  32. February 11, 2014 / 12:50 AM

    Yay! Congrats on picking your wedding date!! Registering was definitely one of my favorite parts of wedding planning, and your china pattern looks very similar to ours! I still love staring at our china, haha.

  33. February 11, 2014 / 1:07 AM

    Oh, I remember registering, that was so fun!! Budget-wise, I think one of the smartest things we did was to go with a relatively new wedding photographer–their photos were AMAZING, I’m in love with our wedding photos, but the cost was less than half of other wedding photographers in the area because ours had only shot a couple weddings before us. Risky, but it was just what we needed.

  34. February 11, 2014 / 1:57 AM

    Yay! Congrats on picking a wedding date!! I got married a year and a half ago so I got some tips! Budget wise A LOT of DIY! We made our own invitations and basically everything haha! Try to book everything as soon as possible (which it seems you’re kn top of) because place’s and photographer’s prices are always rising! Biggest thing (which we didn’t do) if possible pick a venue that let’s you buy your own alcohol you will save SO much money! I got lots more but I’m having brain farts right now, but if you have questions, advice, recommendations don’t hesitate to email me! :) Happy planning!

    <3 Shannon

  35. February 11, 2014 / 2:56 AM

    Those chopsticks are really cool!

    Just read your engagement story, how exciting! I just got engaged in December too, so I’m exciting to follow your wedding planning.


  36. February 11, 2014 / 4:00 AM

    Congrats on choosing a date! Registering sounds like one of the more fun wedding preparations!

    Elizabeth @ Undeniably, me

  37. February 11, 2014 / 4:23 AM

    Congrats on your engagement and good luck with the wedding planning! It’s such an exiting time :)

  38. February 11, 2014 / 12:04 PM

    Yay for picking a date! Our wedding anniversary is one week before our dating anniversary :)
    Let’s make plans soon (wine date?) and I can fill you in on some wedding planning stuff, tips, advice etc. So exciting!!! :)

  39. February 11, 2014 / 1:13 PM

    Ooohhhh my god, I’m so excited you picked a date but, it will not do for me so we will have to reschedule… Just kidding… Girl i just loved registering for my first wedding now, my second wedding that was a nightmare but my third, girl let me tell you we had a blast!… As for great deals I have friends that can hook you up with all the latest knock offs and they look for real let me tell you nobody could tell that my Gucci’s were Jucci’s…. Lol.. But seriously I’ll hook you guys up with my cousin Jose Manuel Escobar Torres, Mark knows who I’m talking about.. Well I girl let the party begin!!!….

  40. February 11, 2014 / 3:14 PM

    Hey! I just got a chance to read your engagement story. It is really sweet. Congrats! :) I think your ring is so classy and beautiful. I have never been a fan of all the embellishments/add ons around the diamond that is trendy nowadays. I can certainly appreciate a bit of glamour, but I prefer a simple elegant style.

  41. February 11, 2014 / 5:32 PM

    Aw I just read your engagement story. Congratulations!! The proposal was so cute and simple!! Good luck with planning :)

  42. February 11, 2014 / 5:55 PM

    congrats on picking a date! i’m getting married in September and still have a ton to do oops. as for money saving, one tip I’ve heard is to get a small cute cake for the reception but then use sheet cakes from Costco to serve to guests. I still haven’t registered for stuff ha. we should probably do that soon!
    — jackie – jade and oak

  43. February 11, 2014 / 9:01 PM

    An official date – so exciting!!! Congratulations! Only a little over a year to go, yay :)

  44. February 11, 2014 / 9:39 PM

    Girrrrrrrl, did you register for a Dyson?? Love those. Happy Wedding Date Confirmed to you guys!!! :)

  45. February 12, 2014 / 5:09 PM

    Two things….#1) Ya’ll are totally adorable! #2)AHHHHH!!!! That’s my wedding date too (Feb. 20, 2012)!!!!! How fun!!

  46. May 12, 2014 / 2:09 PM

    i love that they engraved chopsticks for you. so cute.
    and i love that pic of the leggings + booties.
    wedding registry = blech. where are you registered? i want to stalk your registry, please! please please! i was OBSESSED with mine, like kept me up at night. and then i got ridiculously over it haha. but it was fun. hubby didnt get involved much at all, except once, after i had already registered, i dragged him to bed bath and beyond and he gave opinions on a few things, and he NEVER gives opinions. i stressed so long about vacuums haha. so silly.
    i cannot wait to read more about the wedding even though its like 8 or 9 months away. do you have your dress yet, i forget. have you picked your bridal party? Ive never been a bridesmaid … jk, jk. bachelorette party? so fun! cant wait to see more and stalk you like crazy. weirdo i know

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