2-Year Wedding Anniversary

You know what they say, time flies when you’re having fun. Tomorrow, my husband and I will celebrate our 2nd wedding anniversary. Some days it feels like we’ve been together forever. We met 11 years ago and dated for 6 years before getting engaged. Other days I can’t believe how fast these past 2 years of marriage have gone. One thing is certain though, I’m a pretty lucky gal to have my husband in life :)

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To celebrate 2 years of wedded bliss, we’re off tonight to London and Paris for a relaxing week away. We’re looking forward to wandering the streets of Europe while taking in the sights and eating one too many macarons.

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Cheers to you and me, Mr. B Rich and for 2 years of happily ever after. Thanks for being my comrade in adventure, accomplice in mischief, my travel companion, and best friend. Today and forever my hand is yours to hold and my heart is forever yours to keep. Here’s to many more years of love, laughter and adventure together.

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Gift Guide for the Bride

Spring time to me not only means warmer weather but it means the start of wedding season. If you’re in your 20s like me, then you know that from now until October you’ll have multiple weddings to attend for friends and family. And when you’re a female, that means buying engagement presents for your bestie, filling up your weekends by attending bridal showers and bachelorette parties and then dancing the night away at the wedding.

With so many wedding festivities to attend and so many gifts to buy, I’m sharing some of my favorite ideas to give the bride in your life. A lot of these items I got for my own wedding and I still cherish each of them to help me remember my special day.

Wedding Wednesday :: The Packet

In addition to having to be the most prepared person on earth at all times, I also need to be organized and know what’s going on at events. Whether it’s a wedding or traveling, I always have to do lists written in my planners and post it notes with last minute things to get taken care of. When it came to our wedding, I wanted no stone to be left unturned and wanted to make sure that everyone involved knew what was going on. This included everyone from family to our bridal party to the vendors that we used.

To help with the organized chaos that comes with a wedding, I put together “The Packet” after reading about it on The Wedding Bee. With so many people involved in our special day, I knew this would be the solution to getting everyone the answers they needed of where to be and when.

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“The Packet” ended up being a 14 page PDF that I emailed to anyone and everyone involved about 2 weeks prior to our wedding. This gave everyone enough time to read my small novel and get back to me with any questions. But first, they had to read the entire document before they asked me any questions. The result? No questions from anyone. AKA, “The Packet” answered everything.

While “The Packet” seems to be excessive at 14 pages, it honestly included everything you could have possibly imagined. Here’s what it looked like inside:

  • Introduction

A basic hello and thank you to all involved in our wedding

  • Logistics Overview

This was the names and contact information of some of the most important people involved in our wedding day. If you             needed something the day of, these were the people to contact.

  • Overview of Weekend Events

A snapshot of the locations and times of where people needed to be. Also included was the dress code and a brief description of what would happen.

  • Detailed Wedding Day Schedule

Broken down by time, the schedule detailed what would happen and who needed to be there.

  • Map, Directions and Travel Information

Driving Directions to and from all the places traveled to during the weekend.

  • Description of Roles

From our Coordinator to bridesmaids to photographer, this bullet point list described what each person’s role was during the weekend.

It did take some time to put “The Packet” together but I’m so glad I did. Each person knew what to do without any questions and showed up on time.  If you’re getting married, I highly suggest creating an information packet for anyone involved in your special day. It can be simple or in depth, but at least it will give you some peace of mind like it did for me knowing everyone knew what was going on!

If you’d like to use this for your big day, here’s the word document for you to use! The Packet

QUESTION // How do you prepare for big events or traveling? 

 

Meet My Husband!

So, I’m bringing some more anniversary/wedding love to you all today with a video with my husband! We did the Youtube Husband Tag and I thought this would be fun for you guys to actually see my husband and to see how much he knows about me! Take it away B!

http://youtu.be/peXqL5SRF20

:: Other Wedding Related Posts ::

One Year Anniversary

Husband Blog Tag

Honeymoon in Cabo

Wedding First Dance

Wedding

Our Wedding Feature Film

Bridal Emergency Kit

I’m the kind of person who likes to be prepared for anything and everything. My purse is more like a tote bag because I carry everything but the kitchen sink in it. Snacks, bandaids, Tide stick, cell phone charger..you name it, I probably have it in there. So it should be no surprise that when it comes to traveling, I’m the same way.

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I’m standing up in 2 weddings this year and I wanted to make sure that while I was away for the weekend that I would have everything needed for an emergency, whether it’s a hair emergency, blister popping up or tear in your dress. So, I put together a big emergency kit in case anything happens that day. This doesn’t have to be only used for a wedding. You can keep it on hand in your house and use for any situation, you can pull items from it when you travel or you can take the whole case with you on a trip.

You can make this as big as the travel aisle at Target or make a small one with just a few emergency items just in case. If making your own isn’t your kind of thing, there are some smaller options out there that are already made so less work for you!

Pinch Emergency Kit

MiniEmergency Kit by Pinch Provisions :: price varies 

These are small enough to fit into your purse and come with just the essentials. They come in a variety of patterns and all have different essentials for him, for her and for the wedding

In a Pikle :: $33.99-$45.99

This is more of a medium size emergency kit. This comes with clear, zippered folders that you can insert into the pikle. It also comes with all of the essentials for it and when you run out of items, you can order refill packs from their website.

Make Your Own Emergency Kit :: Price Varies

Items you will need:

  • makeup case (any size you prefer)
  • sewing kit
  • Colgate wisps
  • Tums
  • Febreeze
  • Evian water spray
  • Baby powder
  • Visine
  • Cotton pads
  • Cotton balls
  • Q-tips
  • Hair Ties
  • Dry Shampoo
  • Lotion
  • Tide-to-go stick
  • Shout wipes
  • Chapstick
  • Nail polish remover
  • Oil blotting pads
  • Advil
  • Aleve
  • Tylenol
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Blister band aids
  • Blister block
  • Makeup remover wipes
  • Mouth wash
  • Deodorant
  • Hairspray
  • Static Guard
  • Mints
  • Gum
  • Brush/comb
  • Wet Ones wipes
  • Lint Roller
  • Nail File
  • Nail clipper
  • Neosporin
  • Downy Wrinkle Release
  • First Aid Kit
  • Tampons/pads
  • Bobby pins
  • Dental floss
  • Kleenex
  • Lysol spray

 

The Husband Tag

In honor of our wedding anniversary yesterday, I thought it’d be fun to interview my husband on some questions about me. I asked him these questions, which he did not know ahead of time, and typed out the answers. So let’s see how well the man knows me…

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  • What’s the name of my blog?

B :: If you give a girl a ring..duh I just ordered you business cards

A :: Yes, yes he did just order me new business cards for my blog :)

  • What do I typically write about?

B :: Fashion, beauty and travel

  • What’s a popular fashion item for women right now?

B :: Shoes..

A :: I think shoes are always popular among women, but that answer works

  • What do you know about Pinterest?

B :: You find good dinners on there.

A :: And an equal amount of failed dinners too

  • What do you and I like to do together?

B :: Travel, watch TV, take the dogs on a walk

  • What do women keep in their purse?

B ::Lots of stuff. The real question is, what don’t they keep in their purse? Phone, makeup, keys, a band aid, kleenex, bug spray, money, wallet, a taser, flashlight, snacks…that’s probably it.

A :: Taser? I’m not sure where he got that idea but the other stuff is right on.

  • What do I do when I’m at home alone?

B :: Snuggle on the couch with the dogs.

  • And what do you do when you’re at home alone?

B :: Um, I’m never home alone a lot. I work a lot.

A :: HAHA, so true. He’s a workaholic and doesn’t know how to relax.

  • What’s your favorite thing about me?

B :: That’s a hard one-not because I can’t think of one but there’s a lot of good things about you. You stick with me even though I can be a pain in the butt sometimes.

A :: He’s never a pain in the butt to me!

  • What’s your least favorite thing about me?

B :: The fact that organizing to you means putting it behind closed doors where I might not ever see it again.

A :: It’s called organizing! My organizing is never complete..it’s always a work in progress.

  • What’s my favorite accessory?

B :: Shoes or necklaces or maybe purses..that’s a tough one. I’m going to say necklaces right now.

A :: Yep, totally into statement necklaces right now.

  • What are my hobbies?

B :: This blog, running, volunteer work.

A :: Correct and correct, although the volunteer work starts this summer.

  • What jewelry do I wear everyday?

B :: Wedding ring, earrings, the other ring with the knot thing on it and probably a bracelet or two everyday.

A :: The other ring with the knot thing? HA, so technical.

  • What’s my favorite TV show?

B :: Friends..that’s not even a difficult one. Although it is followed closely lately by Modern Family.

A :: YEP! I watch Friends every night before I go to bed. I think every scenario in life can be related to an episode of Friends.

  • What’s the best thing about being married?

B :: Knowing that you’re mine forever!

  • How many kids do you want to have one day?

B :: Around 2

  • Anything else you’d like to share?

B :: Where do I start. Not at this time but I reserve my right to share more later.

 

There you have it folks, my husband! He gave me some giggles along the way with these questions (women carry a taser in their purse..LOL!) I highly recommend all of your ladies ask your husband’s these questions too for a good laugh!

Mr. and Mrs :: One Year Later

One year.

I seriously can’t believe B and I have already been married for one whole year. 365 days.

I guess it’s true what they say, time flies when you’re having fun.

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I fully expected this post to be a reflection on my first year of marriage and what I’ve learned and how I’ve changed since becoming a Mrs. The truth is though, I haven’t changed as a person since getting married. But what I have learned is it’s possible to fall more and more in love with my husband everyday. I know, call me cheesy but it’s true. One year later, I still get giddy introducing my “husband”. I still catch myself staring at my ring sometimes thinking how lucky and blessed I am that I have the best husband in the world. I love looking down and seeing his wedding ring on his finger, reminding me that we’re finally married!

B and I have known each other for 10 years now. We dated for 6 years before getting engaged, 2 of those years were long distance. We pretty much know EVERYTHING about each other. He’s a workaholic and I’m a shopaholic. He’s practical when packing for a trip, while I’m not and think it’s ok to bring 8 pairs of shoes for 3 days. He’s a smarty pants and could easily win Jeopardy, but I’ve got better fashion taste and help pick out his outfits for work each day. We balance each other out..like peanut butter and jelly, cheese and macaroni.. just like best friends should.

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Since we lived together for 5 years prior to getting married, nothing really changed between us once we exchanged rings and said I do. The only difference is we share finances now, and once in awhile I get a stern look from him asking if I really needed another new outfit (and yes, the answer is always yes!).

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But, what a year it’s been. We’ve traveled across the country from San Francisco, down to Cabo San Lucas, St. Maarten and some other places in between. We became a family of 4 with welcoming a new furbaby to the house. There have been numerous date nights to musicals and even more nights of watching Friends. We’ve had fights but more belly laughing moments than disagreements.

I could sit here for hours talking about how amazing my husband is and how much I love having him in my life, but I’ll spare you all the boredom ;). All I know is that this past year has been one heck of an adventure, and I can’t wait to see what the next year will bring to Mr. and Mrs. Brandon Rich.

If you want to see more of our wedding, check out all of my wedding posts. And to see more of our wedding photos, check out this slideshow I made. I also have a fun little video that showcases the first dance we surprised out guests with. And last but not least, if you really want to feel like you were at our wedding, check out our wedding feature film!

 

Wedding Wednesday :: Planning and Staying Organized

When I first got engaged, one of my first thoughts was that I couldn’t wait to start planning. I love organizing and planning events, so getting to work on my wedding was just so exciting to think about! The day after we got engaged, I went to Barnes and Noble to try to find a wedding planning book. There were so many choices that I soon became overwhelmed and left the store with nothing.

I searched on Pinterest, and again, couldn’t find anything that suited my needs for staying organized. That’s when I knew I needed to come up with my own plan. I sifted and sorted through Pinterest and found my favorite wedding checklists and planning sheets. I then decided to make my own master spreadsheet to keep me organized.

As our year of wedding planning went on, my master spreadsheet turned from a comparison tool to a checklist. I first used the spreadsheet to compare pricing between vendors. Once we picked a vendor for a certain area, that sheet would get deleted, and the appropriate information would be added to a master sheet.

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I wanted to share the guest list part of my spreadsheet with you all, because I think it’s one of the most comprehensive lists around. It has guest names and addresses and a way for you to track what invitations you’ve sent, as well as if you’ve sent a thank you note. The guest list tab of my spreadsheet was so helpful the entire year while we were wedding planning.

Below is a link to the guest list excel sheet if you are interested in downloading it. I’m not a wedding expert by any means, but I think I have some pretty mean organizational skills :) If you’re interested in any of my other spreadsheets, let me know and I will pass on my knowledge to you!

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Wedding Bibliography :: Resources for a Milwaukee Wedding

In an effort to help bride-to-be’s out there, I’ve compiled a list of all the vendors and services we used for our wedding. Some of the vendors and services we used were located in other parts of the country and I’ve noted those where necessary.

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Groom Look

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Bridesmaids & Groomsmen

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Vendors

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Wedding Wednesday :: The Details

Well, it seems that we’ve reached the end of all of our wedding photos! Today I wanted to do a recap of some of the detail photos our photographer took. You can get a much better look at some of the decor and details we had throughout the day through these photos :)

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My Dress :)

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I bought the hanger off Etsy, but I had to bling it out! 

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My sweet husband wrote a note to me on the bottom of my shoes. It says, “With spring in your step walk to me, as we start our lives with you as my wife.” Still brings tears to me eyes that he did that for me.

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My wedding present from the hubs :) 

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 Earrings that our jeweler lent me for the day. These were my something borrorowed.

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B’s attire for the day. 

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Cufflinks that I had given B as a Valentine’s Day present.

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Cufflinks and ties for the groomsmen.

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Exterior shots of the Harley Davidson Museum

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Our wedding programs.

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On the escort card table, we had pictures displayed from our grandparents and parents’ wedding days.

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These were our favorite part of the food from our wedding :: reuben potato pancakes.

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I had these hand painted champagne glasses made for everyone in our wedding party. Each person’s had their name on it, as well as a hand painting of their dress or tuxedo.

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Mr and Mrs. champagne glasses

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Mine looked EXACTLY like my dress!

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Our wedding cake was from my favorite bakery back home, Simma’s. I’m counting down the days that we can take this out of the freezer and it eat it on our first anniversary! 

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This cake topper couldn’t be more appropriate. It was a groom, a gone shopping sign with lots of shopping bags around it, and a little white dog.

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Since the husband does photography on the side, I surprised him with a groom’s cake that was made to look like his camera.

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We LOVE to eat popcorn so that was our favor to our guests, a popcorn bar!

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Next week I’ll be posting a bibliography with links to EVERYTHING we had at our wedding. From my dress to our venue to favors, I’ll share all of it with you in case you’re interested in any of it!