potter and butler spotlight

Good morning!  Last night as I was updating my Favorites page, I noticed a blog post at Potter and Butler highlighting the beautiful I Belong place card poms that they made for our wedding.

Remember these?

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I’ve been raving about these girls, Emily and Carrie, since the package of poms arrived on my doorstep.  Their lovely products include cupcake toppers, garlands, poms, cake wreaths and of course the place card poms.  You can find all of their wares at their Etsy shop or on their beautiful website.

I’m so excited that their poms were part of our big day, you can check out their post about our wedding here.

If you need any cheer or merriment added to your celebrations, these are the girls to turn too.  Their products are adorable, inspirational and so much fun.

I’ve asked before and I’ll ask again…

Who are your favorite handmade or Etsy vendors?  

wedding picture sneak peek

Now that most of my family has seen it, I want to share our wedding photo sneak preview with all of you.

Our wedding was a wonderful, special day for us and Todd and I loved every minute.  I love weddings and ours was no exception.  I plan to write a series on the wedding in the future but for now we’re going to enjoy our honeymoon while you enjoy our pictures.  It was an amazing day and our photographer, Theresa Kemink of TAK photography did an amazing job of capturing the details, the joy of the day and our love for each other.

For the photo preview click here.

And thank you to everyone for all of the love and congratulations.  Getting married is a big deal and all of the support has been fantastic – we’re overwhelmed and blessed by it.

my bachelorette party in pictures

My bachelorette party was yesterday.

Peach Jell-o shots are my new favorite, awesome contribution Mary!

This amazing spread was there to greet us in Chicago.

Em even made my favorite, pineapple pizza!

She decorated with pictures my friends sent her.  It was such a fun display to look at!

And she made sure everyone had a little gift.  Softlips is the best!

And she ordered empanadas as part of our Argentine feast at Tango Sur.

The food was amazing.  Just as good as the food we always ate in Argentina.  Chicken, ravioli and steak – beyond delicious.

Then we hit the bars.

And danced the night away.

What a great group of girls to say goodbye to singlehood with.

And then this morning…

We brunched.  Another fantastic meal.  Notice the Nutella on my pancake.  Heaven.

Thank you Emily for throwing an amazing bachelorette.  Every single thing was perfect and every detail so well thought out.  It was everything I could have hoped for.  I’m so grateful to my sister and all of my friends who took the time to travel to Chicago and celebrate with me.  I loved every minute.

If this weekend was any indication of how much fun we’re going to have at the wedding, I can hardly wait.  It’s going to be a riot.

What are some of your favorite memories with friends?


surprise potluck

Today at work my co-workers surprised me with a surprise potluck.  I walked into the office and it was decorated with a “Congratulations Kate” banner.

I was so surprised!  I also had to ask to make sure that it was for me and not a royal wedding celebration that I had forgotten about.    On top of that I was quickly informed that we were also having a potluck and a few people even gave me some gifts.  It was so sweet and completely unexpected.  I was really touched, it’s sweet that people wanted to surprise me and have a special day in my honor.

The potluck was fantastic and delicious.  My department really gets food right.  It helps that our department is so international, people always bring in yummy dishes from their native countries.  I really wish I had taken a picture of the whole spread, it was substantial.

I did manage to take a shot of the sopa de lenteja that one co-worker brought in.  Lentil soup with fresh pineapple, cheese and cilantro.  I was skeptical but it was delicious.

As if all of the food, decorations and gifts weren’t enough, when I was getting ready to go back to my desk, Todd came walking through the door!  Even he had been in on the surprise for weeks!  Needless to stay, I didn’t go back to my desk right away and sat and chatted with and my co-workers as they filtered in and out.

It was such a wonderful surprise and a great way to end the week.

Have you ever had a surprise party thrown for you?

Do you like surprises or prefer to be in the know?

hip hip hooray!

I’m so happy I got out of bed to watch the royal wedding.  I love the pomp and circumstance, the age old traditions and the respect the royals and public show for them.  I love the millinery and the regalia.

As I saw on a spectators sign, hip hip hooray!  Congratulations, William and Kate – Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.  Thanks for sharing your wedding with us.

Now I just need to find myself a few page boys, a way to book this boys choir and a great milliner and I’ll be all set for my own nuptials next weekend.

Did you watch the royal wedding this morning?

What was your favorite part?

wedding program party

On Tuesday some of my bridesmaids met me at my parents’ to help me assemble our wedding programs.  I am totally enamored with our programs.  Ellie at Hello Tenfold designed them for me and they are just gorgeous, everything I wanted.  It’s always hard for me to choose between beautiful things and Ellie made it easy by offering to make four different program covers.  They are all beautiful and she was so great to work with.  If you’re in the market for beautiful stationery, I’d highly recommend her.

It was really nice to get together with the girls.  Not all of my bridesmaids know each other really well since I know them from different parts of my life (family, high school, college) so it’s nice when we all spend time together.  Of course we ate as we worked and enjoyed some pizza and a plate of the oatmeal chocolate chunk toffee cookies I made on Sunday.

We got everything set up and went to work tying the programs together.  Look at all of these colors together, so pretty!

My friends, Pam, Jennie and Jennifer were such fast workers that it barely took us any time at all.

By the time my parents came home we were done.  I’m so grateful for their help, it would have taken me ages alone!

Thanks again for helping bridesmaids and thanks to Ellie for your gorgeous work!

What DIY tasks did you do for your wedding?


one a penny, two a penny

As you know I had a half day of work today and it was everything I hoped it would be.  Todd picked me up from work at 1:00 and I was greeted with lunch from Panera.  After scarfing down a half Tomato Mozzarella Panini, I got to work on a hot cross bun.

I honestly didn’t think that these buns existed out side of the nursery rhyme but lo and behold, there they were on Panera’s menu, how could I resist?  Thankfully, our location had them and Todd picked one up for me.  The bun was delicious and yeasty and good but my favorite part (no surprise here) was the cross of frosting on the top.

After eating our lunches quickly in the car we had a successful meeting with the event coordinator  at the Grand Rapids Art Museum and then headed over to the county clerk’s office to apply for a marriage license.  It was quick and easy and we can pick up the license on Monday.  We’re allowed to get married, phew!

We made a quick stop to re-sign our lease and then went our separate ways.  I stopped by my favorite book store, Schuler Books and picked up a few new reads and a few small gifts for my flower girls.

I went to my parents’ house after that and sat down and next thing I knew, I was taking a nap.  It was heavenly.  I didn’t wake up until my dad got home from work.  Fortunately, that was before I had to meet my mom to go pick up my wedding dress.  Unfortunately when we went to pick up my dress it didn’t quite fit right so I have to wait another week to take my dress home but it looks pretty amazing and I’m really happy with how it’s coming together.

After the fitting my mom and I met my dad for dinner at Longhorn Steakhouse and we had a darn good meal.

Steak, veggies, mashed potatoes and macaroni to share?  Yes, please.

When I got back to my parents’ I went through some old photos in search of some good shots for our wedding photo display.  I found some gems.

There were certainly a ton of some more embarrassing shots too.  Oh 90s, you were something else.

I enjoyed my little afternoon off so much!  It felt like a mini-weekend and it was so needed.  My next break will be for the wedding and honeymoon and that is just beyond!

How was your day?

How do you spend your days off?