Tag Archives: Engaged

Congrats, you’re engaged. Now what?

3 Jan

Hooray! Your sweetheart put a beautiful ring on your left hand and professed his love and desire to spend FOREVER with you! How wonderful!

If you’re like a lot of girls, your head is now spinning. A wedding is a huge endeavor, but you don’t have to go it alone (and probably won’t, if your sweetie is willing to help, or if you have parents who are sharing their ideas). If you’re unsure of where to start or what to do first, here are a few ideas and tips.

1. Read up. There are some absolutely fabulous wedding planning guides. Some of my favorites include Simple Stunning Weddings, Bridal Bargains (a must-have if you’re footing the bill yourself), Colin Cowie Wedding Chic, the wonderful The Wedding Book (by the incredible Mindy Weiss) or The Knot Ultimate Wedding Lookbook.

And don’t forget the magazines! Martha Stewart Weddings is chock full of some of the most amazing inspiration and ideas. It’s my favorite. Of course there are dozens of other great wedding-focused magazines – find what works best for you!

2. Go online. There are all sorts of fab websites that can help you gather ideas and navigate what you need to do. A few of my favorites are Once Wed, Green Wedding Shoes, Elizabeth Anne Designs, Ruffled, The Sweetest Occasion, Weddingbee and The Knot.

3. List and bind. If you don’t like lists, I recommend you hire a wedding coordinator. If you love lists, you will be in HEAVEN. There are so many great resources for wedding planning (and list making). Real Simple offers a great Ultimate Checklist, as does Wedding Wire (another great resource)!

This is a great time to buy a binder or folder and start filling it with images that either fit or will help you shape your vision. This will help you keep your plan clear, and also will help you remember details that you want to keep fresh in your head.

Good luck darlings! I’m so excited for you!

xoxo McKenzie

Image property of Polka Dot Bride.

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Why Not?

7 Jul


If I were about 40 pounds lighter and looked like Rachel Bilson, I would SO wear something like this to my bachelorette party.

RB and this dress are so friggen hot.

I am “average-ish.” I am not 5’7″ and 110 pounds. This photo is my dorky inspiration for my wedding… even though I know it’d be quite unhealthy for me to be that size, I can look at this photo before I grab a scoop of ice cream or a beer. Maybe it’ll help!

I Said Yes!

11 Mar

Well, the GTB proposed this weekend! I couldn’t post between then and now because I know I would leak the news and I had to tell some family and friends before posting (how upset would you be if you found out over blog?!)

Anyway… here’s how it happened:

The GTB brought Stella out for her morning potty break (6:45 am!).

When she comes back in, she always runs to the bedroom and has to be loved by the person still in bed. I was out cold until I heard her little tags jingling, so I reached down all groggy to pet her. Then I opened my eyes and saw a little ribbon around her.

I was instantly awake, picked her up and set her on the bed. She started running around like a maniac because she was excited to be on our bed (her first time!).

The GTB helped me catch her and pulled the ring off the ribbon.

It was be-u-tiful. It literally took my breath away.

He said some beautiful words about love and living our lives together and asked me if I’d marry him. Of course I said yes!

…Now, I am trying to figure out how to take a good photo of the ring — its a lot more difficult to catch the sparkle of a diamond than you’d thing!

Shoes, Shoes, Shoes

7 Mar

Okay, I am known to be a bit of a shoe horse. I *may* have winter and summer shoe wardrobes that have to be switched out as seasons change because my closet can only hold 30 pair at a time.

So, sometimes, I impulsively buy shoes.

When the GTB and I were in San Francisco, shopping on Union Square, I found a fantastic pair of shoes at Zara. They were ivory patent leather with a nice wrapped heel and peep toe. The GTB liked them, but then he MADE me buy them when he accidentally dropped them on the escalator and gave them a small scratch (why he was so adament about me buying damaged shoes, I’ll never know). He felt certain that he’d bring them to a cobbler and get them buffed.

Then, the GTB and I were shopping in downtown Minneapolis and fell upon a fantastic pair of Salvatore Ferragamo shoes that couldn’t be passed up — silky, butterly leather, stacked heel, cute bow design at the toe. We thought they’d match the accent color on the dress-to-be well, but it turned out they didn’t.

So now, I have 2 pair of “wedding” shoes… and I still haven’t found the perfect pair! How many pairs did you buy before getting married?

Over before it started

28 Dec

Don’t start guys. I’ve already heard it and I’ve already felt it. Trust me, the natural male tendency to avoid all things related to marriage is alive and well. I’ve already wigged out, pressed to wait longer, tried to set a timeline, and wigged out again.

I’m wearing down. I had my chance. Now it’s time to man up and do this thing.

So, save your pithy comments because it’s not worth it. This train’s a-comin’. It’s rollin’ ’round the bend and I’m surely not going to see any sunshine until I don’t know when. I’ve decided there’s 1 and only 1 way I’m going to have some fun with this and that’s by outing myself and sharing the miracle of marriage with the world.