Fall Wedding Invitation Inspiration with Basic Invite {Sponsored}

This post is sponsored by Basic Invite, all opinions are my own.

Brad and I have been married for seven years, planning our wedding was crazy, stressful and yet so much fun. I loved picking out themes, flowers, dresses, cake and everything else. Even after we picked our May wedding date, I played out so many scenarios in my head. I planned several weddings for each season.

Fall is a beautiful time to get married. Rich reds, vibrant yellows and cheerful oranges make for a nature-inspired palette. Wood grain and bark textures add to a warm atmosphere. Like these fall themed wedding invitations: Continue reading

7th Anniversary = Stars

Spoiler Alert: The traditional and “modern” gifts for the 7th anniversary have nothing to do with stars.

For Brad and I this year, stars were the thing we got to celebrate. Rather the very cool thing that artist Jennifer Beck, of Modern Map Art, made for us: a custom star map. I got our star map for free in exchange for reviewing it here. Continue reading

One of a Kind {Million Dollar Diamond Event}

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Brad’s and my anniversary had me remembering a lot about our wedding and the planning that went into it. For our 5th anniversary dinner, I wore my wedding shoes and jewelry. It was a special occasion. The thing from our wedding that we both wear every day are our rings.

When Howard’s Jewelry Center told me they were doing a designer jewelry event for people to customize their own pieces, I thought about the rings I wear every day. My rings aren’t “designer” but they are custom. Much like people will be able to create at Howard’s during their Million Dollar Diamond Event (June 17-25), we picked the diamonds for both my engagement and wedding rings, selected the settings and had them made. My rings are a very classic style that we could probably gotten many places, but mine had to be custom made since my fingers are super small.

It’s nice to know that what I wear every day is really one of a kind, made just for me.

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Brad’s and my rings

If you recall, Howard’s Jewelry Center is a local and family owned jewelry store, with four locations in the Greater Cleveland area. Howard’s is dedicated to giving customers beautiful pieces for an affordable price. Howard has been in the business for more than 40 years and is part of the largest diamond buying group nationally. In fact, Howard and his entire staff are GIA certified to provide expert, personal service. Continue reading

Weekend In Photos

Brad was in his friend’s wedding on Saturday. The wedding was the ultimate fall-theme wedding and was beautiful! It was full of reds, oranges, leaves and burlap. I’ve seen some outdoorsy/fall weddings that were over the top, this one had the perfect balance of fall, outdoor and traditional.

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10 Tips for Being an Excellent Bridesmaid

Being asked to be a bridesmaid in someone’s wedding is a testament to the relationship that the couple has with you. I’ve been a bridesmaid, a maid of honor, a bride, a matron of honor and a bride’s matron (seems full circle!) as well as a wedding guest, videographer and photographer’s assistant. I’ve been honored with those roles and I’ve picked up a lot of advice to share with other bridesmaids.

My goofy girls – Joni Chatman Photography

1. Be a team player.

You don’t have to be friends with the other bridal attendants. You don’t even have to like them! But you do have to work with them. You’re on “team bride” together so put aside petty arguments and badmouthing and work with each other. Chances are you’re going to be planning a bridal shower and a bachelorette party together as well as working as a team to help the bride get ready, stay calm and enjoy her wedding day. After that if you’re all friends, great! If not, no problem.

2. Be organized. Continue reading