Sunday, May 30, 2010

I said yes to the dress!

Today I bought my wedding dress, eeek! I really didn't plan on purchasing today, but I found the ONE, my whole family was there and loved it too and I got a great deal on it that I couldn't wait on. No pics will be posted of the dress because Mike doesn't want to see it until our wedding, but it is so amazing. I am in love with it and can't stop looking at the pictures of it. :) I did buy the sample so it is sitting in a closet at my parents' house...can't wait to go try it on again! Although the dress was a sample, it has no defects and doesn't even need to be cleaned. The lady at the store says she has only seen one other person try it on and that person was Tana. Speaking of, Tana also bought her dress today! Her appointment was at the same store right before mine. Again, can't post pics, but hers is absolutely gorgeous! It was a very special day.

Friday, May 28, 2010

first garden pickins

Today we picked the first ripe tomatoes from our garden. We are so excited to try them, but for now they are sitting on the counter so we can stare at them. This is Mike's first experience with having a garden and growing vegetables at home...he calls the ripe tomatoes our 'babies'. :)

Friday, May 21, 2010

la cocina

Last night we met with the wedding coordinator at Mike's brother's wedding venue, Encanterra. I feel so lucky that Mike's parents and Tana want me to be included in the planning of their wedding and rehearsal dinner. Its something that I absolutely love to do (and hope to do as a career someday). We met with the coordinator in the 'La Cocina' room in the club house. It has a beautiful kitchen in it with a seating area, just like in a house (but way larger and super nice) and the doors on the side come off and allow outside access to a large grassy area and a firepit. It is absolutely perfect for a rehearsal dinner! My favorite part of the room are the floor tiles. I want them in my house. :) If they choose to have their rehearsal dinner at this venue, they will have a chef cooking all the food in the kitchen and they will get to help him cook. The coolest part is that they video tape it and it shows on the two tv's in the room and they can take home the dvd! There are a ton of other cool details that were discussed about the dinner as well. I'm so excited that we get to be a part of it!

Image via here (plus more info about the clubhouse at Encanterra)

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

engagement party

Last Friday my parents threw an engagement party for us at their house. It was so nice to have my aunt in town from Wisconsin and my grandparents in town from Minnesota. We both are very close to our families, so we really enjoyed everyone meeting and getting to know each other.

That's us! (and my 2nd? empty glass of wine)

MOH (Brooke), MOG (Mary Lou), ring bearer (Preston) and our (future) cousin Ryder.

Mike and his brothers Chris and Steve.

Me with my grandparents from Minnesota. I am so happy they were able to be here for the party!

Flower girl, Sophia!

Me with my two cousins, Emily and Erin. So sad that Erin will be moving away to Colorado for grad school. :(

Overall the party was so much fun and everyone had a good time. Thanks for hosting it Mom and Dad!

Thursday, May 13, 2010

memories in barcelona

Lately I've been reminiscing about Barcelona a lot. Three years ago (almost to the date) I spent a month traveling around Europe with an ASU design group after I graduated college. Two of my good friends, Alex and Joe went too, it was an amazing trip!

My mind has been really full lately trying to come up with ideas for the wedding, reception and honeymoon and all that comes to mind is ideas from that trip to Europe. Of course, it doesn't hurt that the venue we chose has a very strong Spanish feel to it. :) I've been compiling ideas on how to carry out an elegant Spanish style wedding. My mom, Brooke and I have shared a few really good ideas so far!

Mike and I have started thinking about where we'd like to go for our honeymoon...I want Europe, he wants Hawaii. Somehow we will come to a compromise.

P.S. I wish I was better at taking pictures while traveling. These are a few of my favorite pics from the trip and I feel like they don't do it justice :-/

heirloom gift

This past week my grandparents from Minnesota came into town for my cousin Erin's graduation (congrats Erin!). I went over to my parent's house for dinner the first night they were here and they gave us this family heirloom as an engagement gift. It is a beautiful glass platter that they got as a gift at their wedding about 60 years ago! I absolutely love it. Now I just have to figure out a good way to store it since we don't have a traditional china cabinet for nice things like that. :)

and the venue is...

Superstition Mountain Country Club in Gold Canyon, Arizona! Our wedding will be on Saturday, April 2nd (the only day they had available in April!).

We are beyond excited about this venue and couldn't find anything else that felt more right to us than this one. The country club sits on the base of the Superstition Mountains (we must have a thing for mountains) so every part of the wedding will have an amazing view. If you've never seen the Superstitions in the evening, they take on a beautiful red hue as the sun goes down...perfect for the reception.

The clubhouse was designed by a Spanish architect, so it has a very old world feel without being too over the top. The door shown below is a 16th century door from a castle in Spain that leads into the private dining room.
Image taken by me

The entryway has a colonial-era stone fountain from a villa in Mexico.

The ceremony will take place here:

Yup, thats my dad scouting it out. He gave it a big two thumbs up. :)
Image taken by me

And the reception will be here
(except ours will be much more full...200+ guests!)

One of the things I might be most excited about are the 'locker rooms' that we will be getting ready in. From what our venue coordinator told me, the men's is even larger than the women's and has a bar in it in addition to the fireplace and flat screens! The women's includes a large room with a patio, but we get champagne and chocolate covered strawberries. :)

For our out-of-town guests and for our guests who plan on getting a little crazy (some of you fall under both of those categories!), there is a golf resort just down the road that provides shuttle services to and from the wedding. This was very important to us as we want to make sure our guests are well taken care of. The resort is not a typical hotel, all of the rooms are on the first floor and are built onto Dinosaur Mountain. Some of the rooms are casita style with a private kitchen, hot tub and patio.

We can't wait for all of you to be a part of our special day!

All images via Superstition Mountain Country Club unless otherwise noted

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

colors update

Last night I opened up my Pantone swatchbook and started playing with colors. Everyone keeps asking me what my colors are and I'm not exactly sure what to tell them. I don't necessarily want to have two bright colors to stick to and thats it. Even with the above chart I think its still tricky to visualize what I'm thinking.

Champagne/Tan/Ivory: These would be the dominant colors. Our venue has so many other beautiful and natural elements that I want to keep it simple and elegant.

Turquoise: This is going to be the trickiest color to figure out. I don't want it to be a bright Tiffany blue, but not gray. Something like this would be perfect:
Here are more pics from this wedding. I love the colors and whatnot, but my mom and I have other ideas on more DIY projects for decor. For now, those will be kept a secret. :)

Flowers: I'm picturing the green being incorporated just through the greenery in the flowers. White/ivory flowers would be dominant with hints of yellow and peach/coral (not pink!).

We'll see how all of this develops as we go. Right now in my mind it works perfectly with the elegant Spanish style I'm going for, but it could completely fall apart. I remember when helping with my brother's wedding they wanted their main color to be a sage green, but when we went to look at bridesmaids dresses, she fell in love with a deep red dress. So, the color changed from green to red.

Disclaimer: I could completely change my mind on all of this

my ballroom carpet rant

I have a major issue with carpeting in ballrooms. Every time my parents and I would look at a venue with a ballroom, my mom would look at me and see me staring at the ugly carpeting. 95% of the time it is flat out ugly. Who thought it was a good idea to fill 5000 sq. feet with bright red orange and yellow carpet?! Everyone tried to assure me that most of it gets covered by the tables and dance floor, but they weren't fooling me. The only ballroom I saw that had decent carpet was at the W Hotel in Scottsdale...plain brown with a small pattern. Finally, someone gets it, but the ceremony location there just didn't fit us.

***One great venue I forgot to mention is the one that my future brother and sister-in-law are getting married at, Encanterra. If Mike's brother wasn't getting married there, we would have highly considered it. :) Seriously, check it out, beautiful!***

As long as I'm ranting about the carpeting I might as well bring up the fact that most ballrooms also don't have windows and feel like a closed-in box. Being in Arizona and having a wedding in April, I don't exactly want to be closed into a room all night when chances are it will be gorgeous outside. We even saw one ballroom that was so outdated it had wallpaper on the walls....yes, a 4600 sq. foot room full of wallpaper! Sigh...

After a week and a half of intense searching, I believe we have found our venue! We will not have ugly carpet, we will have cobblestones. We will not have ugly wallpaper, we will have vines growing on stone walls. And no windows necessary at this venue because it will all be outdoors (big risk but we're willing to take it). More to come later about the venue. :)

P.S. Is this post super bridezilla-ish of me??

Monday, May 10, 2010

our garden's progress

And now its time for a non-wedding related post...

Last month my parents came over to help us plant a garden on the side of my house. Growing up we always had a garden and both my grandma's have always had (and still do have) a big garden. Mike was pretty impressed with me and my mom's gardening skills, he's never had a garden! I can't wait for things to be fully grown so I can start cooking with home-grown organic veggies. Right now growing in our garden is tomatoes, cucumbers, brussel sprouts, various lettuces, cilantro (not surviving though), parsley, basil, chives (drying up), peppers, beets, carrots and dill (pretty much dead though).

Here is a pic of the garden right after we planted it (a few days before earth we planted this on April 17):

This was a week later:

And this is today!

I promise there are beets growing among all the tiny weeds. Looks like we have a lot of weed picking to do. :(

We are even getting a few tomatoes in, they just need to ripen.

my mother's dress

Yesterday we were at my parent's house for Mother's Day and I decided to try on my mom's wedding dress from 1980. I actually really like it...considering it was the style at the time to have long sleeves, etc. The best part about the dress is that she made it herself! She told me about how she bought less than a yard of expensive lace ($40/yard, so pricey mother!), cut out pieces of it and arranged the lace on the chiffon layer. When I get married, I will be the same age my mom was, 25. The weird thing was the dress fit me perfectly!

Me in my mom's dress...Mike was a little freaked out by this. ;)

Apparently these little hat things were a popular way to wear the veil. I'm not a fan.

Just ignore the giant stain on the front of the dress.

Even though my mom will be heartbroken that I won't be wearing her dress (not!), it was still fun to try on. I'm hoping to incorporate something from her dress or lace as my something old.

Friday, May 7, 2010


Today I finished asking all of my bridesmaids to be in our wedding...except for the junior bridesmaid Leila, but she won't see this. :) Good news, they all said YES! I really wanted to do something special for each of them, so I decided to make little gifts for each of them with a framed picture of us and a card asking them to be my bridesmaid.

Let me tell you, choosing bridesmaids is no easy task! We have so many wonderful friends and family members that it made it very challenging deciding who would be in the bridal party. There are so many other people that we would love to have involved in the festivities, so we'll be asking more of you for help in the coming months (you know who you are!).

Here they are...

Matron of Honor: Brooke Jaehnig
Bridesmaids: Tana Whitlock, Lily Berrelleza, Andrea Gilliam, Liz Chapman, Allison Klatt, Sarah Keller
Junior Bridesmaid: Leila Simmons (if she says yes, I hope she does!) ;)
Flower Girl: Sophia Berrelleza
Ring Bearer: Preston Jaehnig
Groomsmen: TBD

This is Leila's picture frame, it'll go great in her pink, purple and green bedroom! She's such a sweetheart, I love her so much!

For Brooke's gift I chose a picture of us from her wedding. That was such a special time for us and we really bonded during the planning and the wedding.

Sorry Brooke, I have to tell people about when I asked you, it was just too sweet. I gave Brooke her gift bag and she was very confused what it was. For some reason I was so nervous to ask her, even though I knew what her answer would be. When she opened it and read the card, she could hardly believe it and started crying, so of course I started crying. Later that night she was still saying how it hasn't sunk in that she'll be my MOH! Reminded me of how I felt when Mike proposed! :)

Thursday, May 6, 2010

last name

A few of my family members and friends have already asked me how to say what will be my new last name. Just so everyone knows, it is pronounced "bear-e-a-zuh"...the e and a are long. This request is mostly coming from my family members in Minnesota (in specific my grandma). :) I am 100% German and my parents both come from the midwest (Minnesota and Wisconsin) so this new last name has been tricky for some of us to figure out. Apparently they've also had issues pronouncing 'Gallup' and 'Ahwatukee'. Its something we like to joke about with them. :)

We're not sure what Berrelleza actually means, but Mike tells me that the Spanish word 'belleza' means beauty and he thinks it is derived from that word. I love it! Especially since my last name now is so hard to pronounce and spell and it is not quite as beautiful and romantic sounding or looking.

I almost forgot to mention I WILL be taking on Mike's last name as soon as we are married, no hyphen. Think about it, can you imagine having to spell out 'Jaehnig-Berrelleza' to people? Yikes!

engagement party invites

I had so much fun designing our engagement party invites! I've been loving the silhouette element for a while now and was so excited to finally be able to use it. What do you think? Does it look like us? I also love brown kraft paper, so any chance I get to use it I will. I've been debating even using it for our wedding invites, but it might be too casual...

p.s. I desperately need a nice slr camera...hint hint :)

Monday, May 3, 2010


Yesterday my mom and I started looking at wedding dresses. I was actually very nervous and didn't know if I'd even be able to find something I liked. Well, I did! Its beautiful but I'm still going to look around as much as I can in the next few months. The dress I found is very different from what I had pictured myself in, but when I put it on, I felt amazing and gorgeous! Mike and I are going the traditional route on this so I won't be posting any pictures (plus it has to be a surprise for most of the guests too!). As for now, the search continues...

Saturday, May 1, 2010

happy birthday sophia!

Happy 1st birthday Sophia! We love you very much and I can't wait to be your tia. You are so precious and beautiful.