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Sunday, October 13, 2013
Tuesday, July 2, 2013
There are 3 photographers that I like ....
1. Jessica Fike Photography
2. McMillen Photography
So here is the breakdown
Jessica Fike Photography- $2,650 Love the use of so much color! Very vivid :) BUT it is only for 8 hours .. is that enough time to capture it all?
-1 shooter, +500 for second
-8 hrs coverage, print rights
-100 engagement, 800 wedding photos
McMillen Photography - $2,900 - Hometown photographer and stays the entire time! Most of my friends had him do their weddings, but they are not as colorful as I'd like!
JNB-Photo- $2,000 - Husband/Wife team, just did one of my friends weddings. Great pictures, especially creative ones of the bride. They also stay the entire time and know the typical SWPA things we want captured.
-2 shooters, no time limit
-5-600 photos, print rights
-Proof Book of all images
-Memory Vault of pictures
So basically I have to choose between bright, vivid colors from JFike, Amazing package deal from McMillen, or a creative Hubby/Wife team.
Wednesday, June 26, 2013
Saturday, June 22, 2013
Founded in the year 2008 in Athens, Ohio, JazzyWear is an online shoe boutique that features stylish flats, pumps and boots for women. All shoes are offered in audacious colors and styles!
If any of you are living in the Cali area, please pay attention: JazzyWear does SHOE PARTIES! Yes, you heard me correctly- no more candle/food/31/etc parties. This is amazing ... now if we only lived on the West Coast. E-mail Jazzy at firstname.lastname@example.org for more info on how to do this!
We picked this super cute pair of sandals to review. They are called the Mini Turquoise Hawaiian Sandal and were a hit. For those of you who have been following the blog my wedding colors have changed just like the weather in this town - from one extreme to another. Finally it has been decided that it is going to be navy, shades of pinks and gold/silver- sometimes you have to Pinterest hours to figure it out. Anyway, the blues fit perfectly with what I wanted.
To begin with they were delivered fast! I loved the little paper they were wrapped in when delivered - kind of like a surprise present inside that little box!
Another thing I loved is there are matching adult/children shoes! I can just imagine the cute pictures that can be done with bridesmaids and flower girls during the reception. Everyone kicks their heels off for flips (besides me because I am short) during the reception, so they should look cute while dancing the night away! Plus, they are a steal - $12/$15.
If you are looking for a unique pair of sandals or heels, check out her site. But more importantly ... they make great presents!
Wednesday, June 19, 2013
A few of you asked how I created this pretty mason jar that I plan on using in my wedding, as well as others! I did a few wine bottles in different gold and gold/glitter colors and decided I was going to try it on some mason jars. I know there are probably easier ways to do this, but all I did was get a big glass of my favorite drink and spray paint away. This is MANDATORY! Optional is 90's Rap on Pandora - never gets old. :)
Just a tip - go to your discount thrift stores because they can usually be found there! Or if you want to be extra thrifty just use your spaghetti/pickle/salsa jars! As for the spray paint, well I just thought it was a great color! As an added bonus engine enamel can get to a higher temp. if I decided to put a candle inside too!
1. Wash and dry your jars!
2. Go outside on a nice day that has no chance of rain - it dries faster!
3. I did not mind getting a little paint on me (Acetone takes it off BTW) so I stuck my hand in the jar and did a light coat around it a few times (probably 3 times).
4. I then let it dry a little by sitting it on an old garbage can from my college dorm room - yeah, it was from a little while ago !
5. The easiest way I found to spray the Mason Jars was to just walk in a circle and make your way up the jar - creates the even coat you want without having "clops" of it!
Monday, June 17, 2013
Why are weddings so expensive?! We are looking to buy a house and planning a wedding so it is so difficult to find a great place that we can afford to get married!
We liked 3 places, all different locations and looks.
Location 1- old hotel with gold everywhere. Problem is that in pics I looked at the lights showed in every picture as a bright blob, the hotel is nice but distinctly old looking, and it has to be in July. :( Price is $23, 940 George Washington Hotel at WashPa
Location 2- newer hotel that is huge! Problem is it would be on my future hubbys bday, almost $30k. But she woyld throw in at least 70 $ extras per person for free if we do his birthday date! Price is $28, 224 Waterfront Place Hotel at Morgantown
Location 3- pretty party room and a hotel! Problem is I'm not sure where we can get pretty pics to pose for our photographer. Price is $20, 480. Hilton Garden Inn At Southpointe
Which would you go with?
Thursday, June 6, 2013
I was at my Grandparents yesterday and my Grandad (he is just so smart) said you two like to travel, go somewhere and get married. How am I supposed to argue with that? Oh yeah, I'd rather not take my Granddad/Nana/HubbsNan out of the country. Boo!
So I then looked into All-Inclusive's in the USA. WOW Expensive! Just for 2 people it is about 3k. You are still in the USA so why is it so much?! We can go to Mexico to an amazing resort like the Riu for that much. Ugh... so angry with the pricing of stuff..
Monday, June 3, 2013
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Birthday, Engagement, Wedding, and Graduation Cards to name a few!
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-Mandatory: Visit Treat.com and comment with your favorite card name and who you would send it to
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-Follow @SAHMandTW on Twitter
-Comment about the weather or your life 1x/day for extra chances!
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Step 1: Add up all the opinions of complete strangers and my friends
Step 2: Write it on paper using a tally system
Step 3: Re-write it on a white board because it always looks better - in red
Step 4: Add all the tally marks up and check my work
Step 5: Do some math! Create ratios using total amount of opinions for each dress and total opinions all together. (:
Step 6: Percentages are just another step to reaffirm a decision. Check work from start to finish again.
Sunday, March 24, 2013
Sunday, March 10, 2013
Sunday, March 3, 2013
Some of the companies I received invites (for free with codes) from include:
- Wedding Paper Divas
- Invitations by Dawn
- Magnet Street
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
This Giveaway is Hosted by Jenn, Mom of Two Munchkins
Want a chance to win $100 credit to use on the Printerpix site with free shipping? Enter below!
I have a canvas picture of our dogs. I love it so much that I bought my mom one of her dog, Moose. This would be great for pictures of babies and weddings as well! Good luck from Blabs from a SAHM and TW!
Monday, February 18, 2013
Just wanted to let everyone know we had an amazing time dress shopping! I was so disappointed when they told me the dress I wanted to try on again and show everyone "was not in the show," even though another bride saw it at the expo from that store...ugh.
*In short-found a dress, shop mismeasured, stop was put on order, they pushed it through, and now I have to fight about it. Not cool bridal store, not cool at all.*
Well I found a great dress that was me. I had to have it measured hollow to hem (I'm short). I was not going to get it that day because I still wanted to show my friends the other dress but the lady insisted we see what size I would be. Sooooo many things went wrong after this point. The seamstress measured me without the slip on which correlates to the dress being even shorter after it is actually over a slip! Ahhh! After I realized this I freaked out, screamed, swore, and cried. Who does this to a bride?!?! It just continued to build up after the store took their time calling me back. The manager did say she was going to stop my order until I can be remeasued (I live 2.5 hrs away so this can't be anytime soon as in the next month). Ah, fret not! I checked my credit card and it had the charge from the shop on it! They put the charge for the dress through and I have not been back to be remeasured yet! Why am I going to pay for something the shop mistakenly did while measuring? If this happenend the very first time I was measured I am scared as to what will happen.
Sunday, February 3, 2013
Check out the pinterest inspiration and idea board for both of these colors - Brights Glam!
Monday, January 28, 2013
Weddingstar offers personalized, practical, and affordable wedding favors. There are almost 300 different wedding favors on their site! You can search by theme, seasons and even DIY favors. For my wedding, we got everything personalized. From match books to ribbon, everything had Robbie and Brittany written on it! I really like practical favors because it is something that your guests can actually use and you really get your money's worth. Although, their prices really are affordable so you can surely find your dream wedding favor with Weddingstar! Now off to look at some favors for Trista!
Saturday, January 26, 2013
I went to a salon near us, well an hour away, to see a truck show for Maggie Sottero & Midgley. I tried on 8 gowns, found 3 I liked and there was a WOW dress that I just could not believe it was real! I went home and was called by my consultant and was told "If you want this dress you need to order it now. Who really knows if the designer is actually going to make it." Seriously? I was a little blindsided by her because she assured me in the store that what I see is what is coming out for 2013. She did offer me a $250 discount if I went back and decided to order it.
I then checked around and found a salon in Greensburg, PA that is having the SAME truck show. Amazing! Who would have thought I could try on the same dress twice when it is supposed to travel all around the US, this must be a sign. I enrolled the help of my sister and future mother-in-law before, now I am going to take some of my ladies. They would tell me the truth, even though my sister was kind to point out I have no arse and am to skinny.... ok, I added the last part to it...she did say I should ask for boobs for Christmas. Nothing but truth from my family! (:
So in Feb. B, my friend Meg, and I are making the trip so they can see the gown on me in person. One of the hardest things I am running into is my friends are scattered and I mean SCATTERED across the US. Laken is in Wyoming, B is in Ohio, Megan is in Ohio/Erie area, Bri is in Washpa(ok that's close) and Meg is close too. Even though everyone is literally everywhere, we are always able to connect at some point.