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Rustic Glam Wedding

I’m so excited!  Yesterday my wedding photographer sent me a text message with a link to a wedding blog called Rustic Wedding Chic.  I’m quite honored to say that our Rustic Glam Wedding is featured and I’m excited to share this with all of you because I realized that I had a Wedding Wednesday in the weeks leading up to our Belko wedding, but then I never really posted any pictures of what our wedding actually ended up looking like!  So this is a perfect opportunity to share it with you.

Our entire wedding day was amazing!  It was a blur, but so wonderful!  While we were all getting ready the morning of, I tried to make a point to just relax and soak everything in.  The girls in the bridal party got ready at my aunt’s house, where the wedding reception was held so as I was waiting to finish getting ready, I was able to walk around the yard and look at all of the little details that I might’ve missed otherwise.  It was perfect.  My family & I did much of the decor 2 nights before the wedding.  My cousin & uncle hung the overhead lights, built a canoe for soda drinks and built a wagon for the dessert table, amongst many other things.  All of the decor surpassed anything I could’ve imagined.  I’ve been blessed with a very creative, talented family and I felt like our wedding looked like my inspiration photos that I found on Pinterest!

1.  This was one of my favorite details.  My cousin & uncle worked so hard to get these lights up and it turned out AMAZING!!!!!  And as the night got darker, those lights were more and more beautiful!  They were the perfect ceiling for our country, glam wedding.

1. This was one of my favorite details. My cousin & uncle worked so hard to get these lights up and it turned out AMAZING!!!!! And as the night got darker, those lights were more and more beautiful! They were the perfect ceiling for our country, glam wedding.

2.  On the left is the sweet vintage canoe that my cousin built.  We had a bar with beer & wine, but this canoe held the waters and soft drinks.  The image on the right is the tree that our dessert wagon was underneath.  In the tree we hung black lanterns and strung crystals through the tree to give the glam effect.

2. On the left is the sweet vintage canoe that my cousin built. We had a bar with beer & wine, but this canoe held the waters and soft drinks. The image on the right is the tree that our dessert wagon was underneath. In the tree we hung black lanterns and strung crystals through the tree to give the glam effect.

3.  I loved my dress.  Every girl should love her wedding dress and I'm thankful that I did!  My wedding dress is actually what inspired my "vintage glam" style.  Until I found my dress, I had no idea what my theme was!  On top of loving my wedding dress, this picture is hands down, one of my favorite pictures from our day!

3. I loved my dress. Every girl should love her wedding dress and I’m thankful that I did! My wedding dress is actually what inspired my “vintage glam” style. Until I found my dress, I had no idea what my theme was!
On top of loving my wedding dress, this picture is hands down, one of my favorite pictures from our day!

4.  The picture on the left is me with all of my beautiful bridesmaids.  Sorry men, they're all taken.  But, I absolutely loved their bridesmaid dresses (I hope they did, too!)  The dresses had fringe on the skirt portion that made it fun to dance in.  They were a pretty neutral color and yet, they had sparkle on the middle of them!The picture on the left, I just love it.  My husband & I overlooking the lake at my aunt & uncle's house.

4. The picture on the left is me with all of my beautiful bridesmaids. Sorry men, they’re all taken. But, I absolutely loved their bridesmaid dresses (I hope they did, too!) The dresses had fringe on the skirt portion that made it fun to dance in. They were a pretty neutral color and yet, they had sparkle on the middle of them!
The picture on the left, I just love it. My husband & I overlooking the lake at my aunt & uncle’s house.

Before I had decided on a theme for our wedding, I remember feeling kind of frantic.  There were so many great ideas on Pinterest, but without a theme set, all of the ideas were overwhelming.  I knew that I wanted something with a rustic, country feel.  I knew that I wanted to have the reception at my aunt & uncle’s home, which was out in the country and surrounded by crops of corn on all sides.  I work at my family’s calf ranch and although I’m not a full-fledged country girl, I do have a love for it.  However, solely having a rustic theme wasn’t enough for me.  I like things that sparkle way too much.  Hence, my Rustic GLAM wedding theme was born.  And it was the most suited theme for me!

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Wedding Wednesday: The Final Countdown

Wedding Wednesday is here again!  4 months ago when I began blogging on the whole wedding topic, I felt like my wedding date would never get here.  And now here we are, and I am going to be marrying Phil in 10 days!!!!  And while we have so much finished for the wedding, it still feels like we have so much to do!

In the midst of all of this, Phil and I just purchased a home, to which we received the keys last week Friday.  We’re pretty pumped…”pumped” might not even describe how excited I am about it, but you’ll just have to trust me on it!  So we’ve been unpacking boxes, planning a wedding…and in the meantime, praying for Grandpa to make it in good health until the wedding and praying that it is not so scorching hot on August 4th!

As of right now, the forecast is calling for 99 degree weather next week Wednesday – Friday.  Yikes!  So, it’d be really nice if there was a random 10 degree drop in the forecast for next week Saturday…just sayin’.

I can’t wait for family from out-of-town to start rolling in.  I can’t wait to have a girls night at my bachelorette party on Thursday and I can’t wait to marry my best friend on Saturday!  It’s all so fun!

I’m off to a meeting now (for the wedding, of course!) so I’ll close it up.  Keep Gramps & cooler weather in your prayers…it’s appreciated!  🙂  Ciao bellas.

Wedding Wednesday: RSVP Etiquette

Only 17 days left until August 4th!!!

We are officially at less than 3 weeks.  Which is crazy.  Sometimes I have to go through the next 3 weekends in my head and say, “Ok Bri, this weekend you have a bachelorette party for Stace to go to, and then the following weekend you & Phil are getting the house all settled & put together, and then the weekend after that…YOU’RE GETTING MARRIED!”  I have a conversation like that with myself…at least twice a day.  It’s not that I forget my wedding date, it just seems surreal how close it is!

But anyway…wedding is soon.  Check.  Now, today I’m going to discuss RSVP etiquette.  Nothing that I’m about to say is rocket science, it’s just plain & simple, things that you should do & should not do when responding to a wedding invitation.  Some of the examples that I give are things that I’ve seen on my response cards, and others are stories that other brides have told me that they saw on their response cards.  Ok, here we go!

DO

  • Put your name on the line where it says “M” followed by a line.   That is the spot for you to put the names of the guests that are attending.  I have heard stories from quite a few brides who received response cards back in the mail where 2 people said they were attending…but they forgot to write their names down!  So which 2 people out of the guest list of 400 are coming?!
  • Put your full names on that line.  In other words, don’t put “Mr. & Mrs. Flores” because there’s always a possibility that you’re not the only “Mr. & Mrs. Flores” invited to the wedding.  Also, put everyone’s full name.  Such as “Mr. Ernest S. Flores & Mrs. Sharmae Flores.”  If you just put “Mr. & Mrs. Ernest S. Flores” there’s a chance that the bride doesn’t know your spouses name & therefore won’t know what to put on your seating assignment.
  • Put the number of guests attending the wedding next to the little area that says “Will Attend,” “Accepts,” “With Pleasure” whatever.  Don’t just check it…put a number.  If you cannot attend, then check marks or x’s are acceptable.

DON’T

  • Invite someone who isn’t invited.  Look at whose name(s) are on the invitation.  For example, if it says, “Mr. & Mrs. Ernest S. Flores & Family” then guess what…the whole family can come!  If it says, “Mr. & Mrs. Ernest S. Flores” then only the 2 people named are invited.  If it says, “Mr. & Mrs. Ernest S. Flores & Austin Flores,” then only those 3 are invited.  Austin does not have a guest allotted for him.  If the invitation were to say, “Mr. Austin Flores & Guest” then Austin may bring a guest.  Again, if your name is not on the invitation, you are not invited to the wedding.
  • Invite yourself to a wedding.  If you think that you were supposed to be invited to a wedding, say that the bride or groom is family & you are certain that you’ll be invited to the wedding, but you didn’t get an invitation.  Do not go over to Cousin Suzie’s house & add your name on their RSVP card.  It is possible that the engaged couple forgot to send you an invitation and fully meant to invite you.  In that case, call the bride or groom…or one of their parents & ask if you were invited.  To which you, wait for your own invitation or give a verbal response.

Simple, right?  I don’t even know if these are official rules of response etiquette, but I’ve experience enough of these & heard enough stories from other brides to know that for every wedding, almost every single one of these rules is broken, and if everyone could just follow these simple do’s & don’ts, there wouldn’t be so much turmoil in a bride’s life when it came to the guest list!

On another note, one of my bridesmaids/best friends from high school, and myself baked over 180 peanut butter balls & mini cheesecake bites this past weekend for the dessert bar that we’ll have at the wedding.  We sample both items, and by the end of our baking time, our feet were hurting, as were our stomachs from eating way too many sweet treats!  But we’re glad to report back to you, that both items taste exceptionally delicious!

Renae & I modeling our tasty “Belko Buckeyes” aka the peanut butter balls

That’s all I’ve got for today…happy Wedding Wednesday everyone!

Wedding Wednesday: DIY Ribbon Send-Off

I’m pretty thankful for Pinterest.  But then again…who isn’t thankful for Pinterest?

If you’re reading this thinking, “Pin-what?  What’s she talking about?”  You should probably go here right now.

Pinterest is like, the most brilliant collaboration of all things good on the internet.  Now, when I first got engaged and had a wedding to plan, Pinterest was both a downfall, as well as my greatest helper.  Thousands of ideas were at my fingertips without the requirement of me searching all of the World Wide Web to find them.  However, it was too many ideas, and the problem was that none of them seemed to fit together.

So, I first needed to narrow down my wedding theme (See Wedding Wednesday: 4 Months Exactly for wedding theme), in order to narrow down my Pinterest results.  Once I had a theme picked out, I was golden!

Pinterest aides in the inspiration of a lot of Do-It-Yourself (DIY) projects, allowing us brides to appear to be ridiculously creative  on our wedding days, but really…we found it on Pinterest!  One idea that I found, and loved, was the concept of a “Ribbon Send-Off.”  Think…throwing of rice or confetti…or sparklers…something along those lines.  Now, instead of the previously mentioned items, picture the bride & groom walking through a tunnel of guests twirling colorful ribbons.  It’s pretty cute, and I decided to use that in my own wedding!

So, my mom & I have been busy tying & gluing ribbons to the end of Popsicle sticks for guests to wave Phil & me to our getaway car with.  I’m excited to see some of the Ribbon Send-Off pictures…I think they’ll give Raquel Leal Photography some pretty sweet shots!

The ribbons for the ribbon send-off are pretty simple: First you cut off about 2 feet of ribbon.  Tie the ribbon in an even knot around the Popsicle stick, put a dot of glue on top of the knot, and tie one more knot over the dot of glue.  Also, be sure to take a lighter and very carefully burn the ends of the ribbon to prevent fraying.  Don’t set the ends on fire though…then they turn black & smell really bad.  And that’s it…1 ribbon down…lots more to go!

Some of our ribbons for the Ribbon Send-Off

Happy Wedding Wednesday!  The countdown is down to 24 days 🙂  Not that I’m counting or anything!

Wedding Wednesday: Grandpa

Last week I mentioned that I’d be revealing some DIY crafts for the wedding.  However, there’s been a certain change in events in my family’s life in the past week…so now there’s going to be a little change in topics on today’s Wedding Wednesday post.

8 months ago, 2 days after Thanksgiving, Phil & I went on our first date.  Also 8 months ago, the day before Thanksgiving, my grandpa was diagnosed with an aggressive form of Leukemia.  Grandpa went through a month of intense chemo at Stanford, and he was able to come home on Christmas Eve day.  When Grandpa came back home from Stanford, he didn’t want to do chemo anymore, so he went on hospice.  Hospice gave him a time frame of about 2 months to live.

In that same 2 month period, Phil went to Kenya and came back.  We got engaged and Grandpa was around to celebrate our engagement with us!  Grandpa continued to gain more and more strength as the days went on and the effects of the chemo faded.

About a month ago, (7 months after Grandpa came home from Stanford), my Grandpa had a blood test done to see how he was looking cancer-wise.  Test results returned to reveal to us a miracle from God:  Grandpa was cancer-free!  I need to point out that after a month of chemo, when Gramps came home from Stanford, his blood tests showed that there was still cancer in his blood.  He didn’t receive any chemo treatment between that blood test & the blood test that told us he was cancer-free.  It really, really was a miracle that science cannot explain…but the power of God can!!

Grandpa & Grandma 🙂

Last week, Grandpa & Grandma went on a trip to Southern California, and when they came home, he started feeling kind of “puny,” as Grandpa likes to say.  He was running a fever, but we figured he had just done too much.  A week later, his fever remained.  So Grandpa & Grandma went to the doctor on Monday and they did some blood tests.  The tests revealed that Grandpa’s blood cell count was back up, telling us that his cancer has returned.  We’re all very sad about this, but we know that God is in control.  We know that He hears our prayers, and we’ve seen him do an awesome miracle already.  So we continue to pray and try our best to trust Him through life’s roller coasters!

Phil & I get married in 31 days.  31 days!  The time seems like it will just fly by when I look at my list of to-do’s that I need to accomplish before the wedding.  On the other hand, 31 days seems like a really long ways away knowing that Grandpa’s cancer is back, because I’ve seen how fast cancer can move!

Phil & Me!

So, this Wedding Wednesday, I have a request of all of you who are reading this:  Please pray for Grandpa!  Pray for another miracle, that God will keep him healthy for the next month.  Pray that Gramps will be here on this earth on August 4th and that he’ll be feeling well and will be able to enjoy such a sweet day in our family’s lives.  And tell everyone you know to pray!  This Wedding Wednesday, I’m calling on all prayer warriors!  Because Phil & I…and Gramps himself would love nothing more than to all be together on our special day.  🙂

Wedding Wednesday: RSVP Cards

Wedding Countdown: 38 Days

I skipped out on Wedding Wednesday last week because it was pure madness!  Last week we put the invitations in the mail, which was one of the happiest, best feelings ever!  Having the whole invitation situation loom over my head was becoming a bit daunting.  But, they’re done.  El fin.  Finito. Finished.

And now, I feel like I’m ready to tackle the rest of my wedding to-do list!  I’ve totally been in a bit of a wedding planning rut the past few weeks.  I haven’t had any desire to do wedding stuff & all I’ve wanted to do is hang out with Phil!  (which, is probably a good thing since I’m marrying him and all!) but I just needed some motivation in the whole, planning department.  Thankfully, one of my friends got married this past weekend & her beautiful, fun wedding inspired me to hit the wedding plans hard again.

At this point, what I’m most excited for is to receive our RSVP cards back in the mail.  I put a line on the bottom of the RSVP card that says, “One Song Guaranteed to Get You on the Dance Floor.”  I’m p.u.m.p.e.d. to see guests’ responses to that!  So, if you are holding on to your RSVP card, send it to me!  I can’t wait to see it!

I love ecstatic responses like the one that my sister-in-law put on her RSVP card! Kelsey, I liked your response too! 🙂

So, that’s what’s going on this week.  I’ll be talking about some DIY crafts on next week’s Wedding Wednesday!

 

Wedding Wednesday: The Cake Debate

I don’t like cake.  The only cake that I halfway like is cake from the box.  Like, Rainbow Chip or Funfetti cake.  Yes, I like those a lot, actually.

Phil isn’t a huge fan of cake either.  We both like sweets.  I think it’s safe to say on behalf of the both of us that we love chocolate, but cake just isn’t our temptress.

So then there’s this looming question when you’re getting hitched, but you don’t like cake.  I’ll call it “The Cake Debate.”

Do you have cake at your wedding, or do you skip it? 

I mean, cake is expensive.  Wedding cakes especially, and they usually don’t taste that great.  Whenever I’m at a wedding, if cake is offered, I never eat it.  Never.  Simply put, I think that cake = expensive + gross

But then there’s the other side to this debate:  cake is a tradition.  And some people really do like cake.  What about those momentous pictures of the bride and the groom cutting the cake?!  You can’t skip those!

What’s a bride to do?  Compromise.  So, compromise is exactly what we’re doing!  We’re having a cake, but not a huge cake.  A cake big enough to cut and give us those great pictures that we’ll be able to put in an album and show our children someday years down the road…but a cake small enough to keep our pockets from being emptied and our freezer from being stocked with more leftover cake than we’d ever want to eat.

Ah yes, compromise is a beautiful thing.  Now, do we have any cake flavor suggestions out there?  We’re all ears!

Our cake topper. “B” for Belko!