Thursday, June 7, 2012

One Month

Exactly one month from today, I will be walking towards the man I love in a beautiful white dress.  I literally can. not. wait.  I know I have made a lot of posts about how stressful wedding planning is and how much I despise the weight of it all, and all the things that have gone wrong.  I can't guarantee that there won't be more of those kind of posts between now and July 7, but for now, I will give you a little insight into what our big day will be like.

We are getting married at Historic Locust Grove in Louisville, KY.  If you remember our engagement photos from this post, you may remember how gorgey our wedding venue is (in my opinion at least).  Originally we had planned to get married on the porch of the historic Georgian Mansion for which the property is known for, but we are leaning more towards a different area of the property now considering the sun will be beating directly down on us at 6:00pm on the porch.  A shaded area might work better.  What do you think?
  

Or in the shaded area...

It's a tough call.  The good thing is that regardless of where we have the ceremony, the porch on the house is still going to be a great area for photos.



And speaking of photos...how much do I love this laid back pic of a gorgeous wedding party at our venue?  I love that the bridesmaid dresses and groomsmen suits are monochromatic.  We have light suits and light bridesmaid dresses as well and I am so anxious to see them together!  This certainly makes me feel better about my color decisions...


What do you think of monochromatic??

Anywho...that's just a little insight into the big day.  I know I haven't shared a ton, but I fully plan on posting all the fun pics from the wedding and doing full recaps of the wedding events. 

And speaking of wedding events...can we talk about the honeymoon?  With so much going on and so many "to-do" lists and check writing and dress fittings, I literally keep forgetting that I get to go to MEXICO the day after the wedding!  Every time I remember that I get so happy.  We booked our honeymoon at Secrets Resort - Maroma Beach in Mexico.  The boy literally cannot handle himself when it comes to the honeymoon.  He texts me once a week to ask me what the name of the resort is (he can never remember) and flips through our resort pamphlet nightly.  It's pretty much all he can think about.  With scenery like this, how can you blame him?

Source: google.com via Taryn on Pinterest
Source: google.com via Taryn on Pinterest
Source: google.com via Taryn on Pinterest
Source: google.com via Taryn on Pinterest

So pumped!  I've never done the all-inclusive thing before, but I am looking forward to not having to think about money or meals while we are down there.  And yes, we did splurge a little and go with the rooms with the swim out pools in the top photo :-).

Aside from our honeymoon, I am also really pumped to get our wedding bands in.  My engagement ring was definitely an investment, but after looking at countless jewelry stores and not finding what we were looking for, it was 100% worth the expense after walking into Rivard Jewelry and seeing the beautiful Tacori rings.  After nearly a year of careful budgeting, we went back about 3 weeks ago and purchased our wedding bands.  I was disappointed to see that the cost of my band had definitely gone up over the 10 months we had been engaged, but what are you gonna do?  I really really really want a matching band to go on the top and bottom of my ring, but the boy keeps telling me "No."  I guess I will have to wait for an anniversary or babies to get more diamonds :(.



There was a brief moment in time where we looked at the Matching men's Tacori rings that had the same pattern on the inside of the band, but after finding out there were $2K and up, the boy and me agreed that they were outta their mind.  I love ya Tacori, but if I'm paying $2K, there best be some bling on that ring!  We settled on a great simple Tungsten ring that will be durable and super comfy.  I think K is secretly excited to get his wedding band too!

I am curious...how many brides out there have a band on the top and bottom of their ring? Am I cray for wanting that?  I can't seem to convince the boy that "the ring was clearly meant to be worn that way"...lol.

In all seriousness though, I am so excited and lucky to be marrying by best friend.  30 days from now I won't be thinking about how much we stressed, how much money we spent, how much money my parents spent, or how many times I cried out of sheer frustration throughout this whole planning process.  None of that will matter because I get to spend my life with K, and that will have made it all worth it.

Happy almost Friday loves!

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Through all the planning, stress, shopping, photos, family gatherings, etc. - July 7th 2012 will be one of the happiest days of my life. And full disclosure - without Kelli, none of this would be possible. Love you guys!
Dad

sarah minnis said...

Yay!!! Can't believe it's so close! I only have one band - but you're definitely not crazy. Every girl would love two. Shoot for an anniversary - once babies come, there's no money for jewelry... ;) Can't wait to celebrate you next month!

Casey @ Classic with a Pop said...

We bought two bands, one for each side of my engagement ring! One is the one from our wedding day, and the other we have in a safe deposit box to add when we have our first baby :) We went ahead and bought two just to make sure we had the matching one, but decided to wait and add for a special occasion! Congratulations on your upcoming wedding! Everyone says it, but try not to stress and just ENJOY this month, because it really does go by way too fast.

Chelsi said...

I don't know how I ended up here... I think I can trace it back to Shasta on Twitter and your name caught my eye. :-) Anyway, your wedding is bound to be gorgeous! WOW! And I am totally jealous of the swim out room... What a fabulous idea!

But, I mostly wanted to comment because Taryn is my absolute favorite girl name and then I continued to read and find out that your sister's name is my second favorite name! So, in addition to being rockstar dancers at weddings, your parents are obviously awesome at picking names!!! :-) Just had to share... I have name envy.

Elizabeth said...

I like the photos on the porch! But I also went to a wedding last year where we aat in the sun for the 6:00 pm ceremony and it was HOT! No one complained though and the reception was shaded and cooler. I think you should go with whichever makes you happier and whichever you'll be most happy with when you see your pictures. I know both with be gorgeous!!!!

I worked in jewelry retail for several years and it's crazy how much the price of gold has skyrocketed. You could always start with one band and ask for another for an anniversary over the next couple years. You'll have the rest of your life to wear both after you get it. Lots of girls would come in looking for a second band for their anniversary and I think it can make it even more special!

Lauren Holiday said...

I am still trying to get my husband to buy me another band! My engagement ring is a solitaire with a wrap around band attached, and then I have a my wedding band, which is diamonds. I told him for our one year anniversary I wanted another band of diamonds to go on the other side, but that didn't happen. I'm hoping maybe for our 5 year I get it! So I'm with you on the 2 bands! It's so sparkly!!! :-)

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