Target Registry

A few have raised concerns about the registry not loading for them. For the last week, Target has had “technical difficulties” with the registries across the board on their website. The page reloads every two seconds, leaving you unable to access information. It still isn’t resolved, as I have not been able to log in, nor have some others. So, It’s not just you. Hoping they have this issue taken care of soon.


Wedding Planner

Came home from work and immediately confessed to Dave (with a face full of guilt) that I caved and bought a folder for wedding planning. His response? “Nooooo!”

He then got up, went out to his car, and brought in this early birthday present.

I don’t know what I’m more swooned over… The fact that he did this for me so sweetly (I was staunchly against being a girl with a wedding planner until I realized it’s absolutely needed) or the fact that he, and I quote, “graphic designed.”


Dress Regret. It happens, y’all.

Something i’ve been dealing with on my own for a while now was what some call, “dress regret.” I passed it off as a thing that almost all brides have, especially with the emotion and stress of planning. I passed the time focusing on the ladies attire, and then the men’s, and finally David’s. This is normal for me, because I really tend to not invest as much into myself, because I love to work with others and make them happy.

As days went by, I just couldn’t shake this. I would occasionally unzip the garment bag and look at the dress, never trying it on until a few days ago. After seeing David look so handsome in his attire, I knew that 1. the dress didn’t mesh, 2. I still had not tried it on, 3. I wanted to change and add too much to it, and 4. I liked it, I didn’t love it. A few people know how frazzled I was the day of the original appointment.
Being mistaken for someone looking for a job (womp) ,
Having a very limited selection in sizes and colors (womp womp)
Having very low self esteem when it comes to finding clothes that are fitted (womp womp womp)
and not to mention, the employee who kept telling me I was buying HER dress (INFINITY WOMPS)
(She also harassed me and the ladies when we were there a week later)….

..I was so completely blown away by the symbolism of 222 at the time of purchase, that I passed it off as meant to be. I also tried to ignore the incessant nagging by that employee. Wasn’t that supposed to be MY dress? Yet sometimes, your gut is right. I didn’t want to show it to anyone until it was altered, and I didn’t smile in it. That’s a big problem.

So I finally admitted to David how I was feeling, and then told the girls. They all insisted I make myself happy, and that I needed to feel “beautiful,” something that is hard for me to do.

In my first appointment ever trying on dresses in December, I was thrilled that another vendor had a dress style I had been eying. I tried it on, and it didn’t fit. I figured that I could call around for another size, but apparently there were none left, and the earliest I could have one made and delivered was in April. That’s a few days too late, right? Oy!

So I seceded, and went with what others told me would work best for me. I really wanted to believe it, and I did for a while. But ultimately, you know when something is not right.

Yesterday, I called around in hopes of finding that original style somewhere in Texas. As luck may have it, there were two dresses, one in Houston, and the other in Arlington. I quickly booked an appointment with the Arlington store for the next day, and crossed my fingers that this would be the deciding factor. If it wasn’t going to happen, at least I had a lovely dress to wear. I just wanted that smile to go with it.

Upon arriving, I was greeted by some of the nicest women I have yet to deal with in wedding retail. They made me feel great on the phone and in person. When i’m nervous, I tend to get very animated, so the jazz hands and hero-derps were a’flyin.

They had reserved the dress for me, and immediately I felt relieved. I tried it on, zipped it up, and immediately felt at home. I wont lie, I was incredibly happy with the silhouette. David and I made changes in our habits going on about 5 months ago, and the rewards have been a real boost of confidence.

Channeling my inner Kristen Wiig, I twirled a bit, kicked, and even tested the pockets. (POCKETS!) I can’t describe the feeling, but I am sure that anyone reading knows THAT feeing. Relief. I felt like I looked, pretty. I said “yes”, with a huge smile on my face, and traded dresses immediately.

So, while there are no special numbers attached to this dress, I am happy. I am happy that I trusted my gut, and my friends.

I LOVE this dress.

PS: Employee at the Preston store, you can now pick up YOUR dress in Arlington.

Bridesmaids watching Bridesmaids…

photo 4At the end of December, I rounded up my three ladies, Miss Ciana and Mister Ziggy for a night out looking at bridesmaids dresses.

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It was the first time for them to all be in the same room together, so of course we did more laughing than productive shopping. Afterwards, we all went to dinner, and planned to head to one house and watch Bridesmaids, since SOMEONE :cough:Patti:cough: had never seen it. I volunteered to go get the movie, and meet them all at the house. Two and a half hours later, I had already hit up two Walmarts, two Targets, Redbox kiosks, a Kroger and a video shop. NO MOVIE. Need I forget that an elderly gentelman who was working at target called it an “old movie.” O_O. It was also oddly gone from onDemand, iTunes, etc. We gave up, and ended hanging out with the kids and swore to make this happen at a future date.

Screen Shot 2013-01-10 at 9.16.42 PMWe decided to pass on going to a bridal shop for dresses, because we all agreed the rules and shipping and strings to pull were too much to handle. Besides, I don’t want matching dresse, and it’s been tough to get “professionals” to accept that. When it came time to actually purchase dresses and FINALLY send the invitations out, we miraculously all got together again a week or so later. Luckily, Hollee scored a copy of Bridesmaids at a Best Buy in Waco earlier that week on her way to a NYE vacation. After a day of shopping at Northpark  and insisting the ladies all get their own dresses that…

  • A: Show off their individuality & personality 
  • 2: Can be worn over and over again
  • Blueberry: Were under $100, none of this $300 dollar mumbo jumbo

…we picked up bites and went back to the house. This was also a perfect time to taste some more Becker Vineyards wine before we head down there. So, eventually we got down to business, and all took random jobs doing something with the invitations. Patti offered her penmanship, Dawn I think just moved the paper around, and kept pouring the Malbec for Hollee. Halfway through, we FINALLY all got to watch the movie together, and then pick on Dawn for falling asleep. “Dawn…WAKE UP! It’s 11 p.mmmmMMMmm…”
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Note: Two weeks later, I received a package in the mail with… DUN DUN DUNNNN… a Bridesmaids DVD inside! On the card were these lovely sketches… let me explain…

One of my Aunts is a HUGE Bridesmaids fan. When I was with family this Summer, we had quote wars back and forth, acting out scenes from the movie. Her absolutely favorite line that I would snark was when Megan says “I took nine…. I took nine.”


I had planned that at Christmas, I was going to find some way to send her nine golden labs with pink berets. So, like a normal person, I ordered 9 golden labs online. I had way too much fun when they arrived. I then busted out my sewing kit, and fashioned nine little pink berets.

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I packed the box strategically, in hopes that when it arrived, she would miraculously open the box the right way, and they would all be staring at her. BINGO. That is exactly what happened! Some other family members were at their house, and all took turns opening the box to see what is inside. Needless to say, it was a great story for me to hear about! Looking forward to getting together with my family and the new dogs this summer!
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Centerpiece thrifting!

Screen Shot 2013-01-10 at 9.15.40 PMGarland Rd. Thrift Store is probably one of my favorite places in town, and currently located two blocks from my house. Convenient? Of course. If I am having a good day, I usually try to stop in there to top off the luck, and most times it works. I’ve scored hordes of cameras, my favorite comfy orange chair, trinkets and oddities, purple leg warmers, the list goes on. Once, my friend Tim and I purchased our entire Halloween wardrobe from there with minutes to spare. We were Mama & Stewart from MadTV. LEGIT.

Anyhoo, I had the evening off after a day out with David, so I moseyed on over to see if I could find items for table centerpieces. I’ve wanted everything about the wedding to be personal to David and I, so it was no surprise to family and friends when I decided to tackle pretty much everything on my own. My head would probably explode if left in the hands of someone else to design, without really “knowing” who we were. Also, its very important to me that the items we have can be used again. I’m using some items we already own, and I just needed a few more for the reception.

Screen Shot 2013-01-10 at 9.15.49 PMI made sure to hit up the glassware, since Sprout will be providing us with some simple and lovely flowers for the wedding. As I rounded the corner, a lady passing by me piped up that it was green dot day, so hollaaaaaaa! Discounts!

There was a surprising number of mustard items, so into the cart they went. As I moved over to frames, nothing screams BUY ME more than birdcages, so I added this one to my collection.
Overall, I spent about 50 dollars for table decor, that I will paint at home or wrap with twine. It’s less expensive than renting, and we get to use these throughout our home in the future. Bonus! pic1

One thing I didn’t leave with was this ever so faaaaaaaabulous tanning bed / time travel machine / iron lung / omlette maker. Nothing says “TAN IN ME” like an all shiny metal beast in the back room of a thrift store.


….. I’ll see if it’s still there next week.

Friendly Footage

We’ve been struggling with the idea of hiring a videographer. Not only are prices up, up and away, but its hard to find someone who’s style meshes with what we want. Granted, I may be a bit nit-picky in the visuals department. Really though, we don’t want a production. If anything, we just want a fun documentation of our day.

Screen Shot 2013-01-10 at 8.30.35 PMTwo years ago, I created a final visual piece for one of my classes using my iPhone. It was shot exclusively with the 8mm Vintage Camera App, and I just loved the look and feel of the footage I shot. I remember thinking early on, how much fun it would be to have our guests use the app, and then gather footage from them. Not only would I be able to edit a short wedding film on my own, but what fun it would be to include our family and friends in this way? I’m a nerd for collaborative art, and this sits well with us both! Not only would we have various perspectives from key moments in the ceremony and reception, but guests traveling to the wedding, behind the scenes happenings, and all the going-ons during our time together.  I can only imagine the beautiful, silly and special clips they would catch.
For those attending with iPhones/iPads/iTouch, if you are interested in contributing to our film, please download the 8mm Vintage Camera App from the iTunes store. The cost is $1.99, but I promise it is worth it! Android users, I believe a similar app is VideoCam Illusions.

I have a Dropbox set up, and you can simply send the footage to me directly, which I will then edit together!
Shoot me an email at, and I can add you to the Dropbox!

Cake Topper Cuteness!


Today I put our topper together just to see what it looks like, and we both immediately did that flappy hand “aww” thing.

We love it! Seriously, it’s perfect. In our search for the perfect topper, we decided that we wanted to keep it fun for us. It makes our story of woodchips just that more special.

Many thanks to the creative folks of bobobabe and LovebirdsGoods on Etsy for creating exactly what we wanted!

Finally, we’re ready to mail invites!

The last few months have been incredibly busy. I was finishing the semester to ensure as close to a 4.0 for the term as possible, (graduation in May!), David was and always is constantly working, so after the holidays passed, we’ve finally begun to get all the invitations in order. I was skittish to send anything out until everything that needed to be finalized  was completed, but we’re back on track now and ready to roll. Any sort of honeymoon has been put on hold until after the summer, so we apologize to friends and family for the timeliness of our invitations! One thing we are looking forward to the most, are the RSVPs.

On her last day visiting for Christmas Vacation, we had Littles fill out her RSVP for the wedding.
We worked with her on her nouns, verbs and adjectives, and she completed it on her own.
It was so sweet! Her dad and I are very excited to “Break the Piñata” come 2.22!