Saturday, October 23, 2010

honeymoon is booked!

Today we booked our honeymoon, woohoo! We had been searching and searching for a great deal to Maui in April, but everything around that time was so expensive. We had also heard that food and drinks are very expensive in Maui and since we are quite frugal when it comes to eating at restaurants, we decided to go the all-inclusive route. At first I was hesitant. I have read horrible reviews of all-inclusive resorts and their food and watered down drinks. Fortunately we were able to find a gorgeous resort that has wonderful reviews on their food, drinks, service and accommodations. Even better, Costco had a great deal happening this week so we got a great price on it too. We are going to Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic and staying at the Secrets Sanctuary in Cap Cana.

When we first started thinking about where we'd want to go for our honeymoon, I immediately wanted Paris or Italy. Mike wanted Hawaii (actually, he'd be happy with San Diego). I am so used to taking big trips for the cultural experiences and as an adventure, but Mike wanted this trip to be completely relaxing, carefree and a time to bond. I had to give in and admit that he was right on this one. The resort and location we chose seems to fit us well and gives us a good mix. It is still international (I don't know, something about the challenge of communicating with someone who speaks a foreign language is exciting to me...and I like flying, strange I know), but it is on a breathtaking beach in the Caribbean with white sandy beaches and turquoise water. Plus, all the food and drinks we want! I just keep imagining us laying on a beautiful beach with some fruity alcoholic drinks and relaxing all day. Something like this...

Reminds me of a Corona commercial. :)

And just in case we get sick of the beautiful beach, there are four gorgeous pools at the resort and cabanas and outdoor beds everywhere.

Or we can go relax in our room.

Or eat at one of the five restaurants. Almost reminds you of a Parisian cafe, right? Ok, maybe not. But gorgeous none-the-less.

So of course now I have to get cute honeymoon clothes and swimming suits...

On another note, today is our three year anniversary! This is also the day that we (I) had originally wanted to get married...but Mike didn't propose in time for that. :) That's okay, April is perfect!

All images via Secrets Sanctuary Cap Cana

Monday, October 11, 2010

our engagement session

We are so excited to be sharing all of our engagement pictures with everyone today! Go here or here or check out my facebook page to see all of them. Below are just a few of our favorites (its so hard to pick favorites though when you love them all!).
Photography by Davis Wedding Photographers

Sunday, October 10, 2010

what we've been up to lately

Things have been a little crazy lately hence the lack of blogging. We hit the six month mark for our wedding and are less than a month out for Steve and Tana's wedding!

Let's start with what Mike has been up to. Basically he has gigs five nights a week and practice one night a week. He has also been doing a ton of illustrations for my work and also our wedding invitation artwork (included in the logo as well...see above).

While Mike is very busy with his music, I have been kept very busy with our wedding plans and also plans for his brother's wedding. Time has been flying by, I can hardly believe its already October!

So first, invitations for Steve and Tana's wedding went out a few weeks ago. They are so different from anything I have done so far! We came up with the idea to make it into a booklet and they wanted to include their engagement pictures. Mike's mom, Mary Lou, did an amazing job with the calligraphy and a few of Tana's friends and bridesmaids got together to help put the booklets together.

In September, we took our engagement pictures. It was so much fun and our photographers are so wonderful and made us feel so comfortable. We will be posting all of the engagement pictures here and on facebook this week, once everyone gets their save the dates in the mail.

At the end of September, I helped host Tana's bridal shower at my house along with her maid of honor and the other 6 bridesmaids. The shower turned out so great and she loved it! Tana's maid of honor, Katie bought a ton of floral bouquets and we took them apart and arranged them to create beautiful and natural looking arrangements...probably the best part of the decor at the shower! We also had a picture area on my buffet with an advice book for all the guests to write in. It was a beautiful day and Tana got lots of fun gifts! Everything from mixing bowls and glasses to risque lingerie and fun bridal robes. :)
Images taken by Katie

The last two weeks were especially busy. My mom and I got our save the dates out, Tana's bridesmaids have been planning her bachelorette party for next weekend and I had a huge issue going to press for work. I'm so glad two of those projects are out the door and next weekend is almost completely planned which means I can breathe and relax at the bachelorette party weekend. :) We are renting a villa at a local resort in Scottsdale, I'm so excited! But back to the save the dates, those went out last week Friday. Local friends and family just received them on Saturday, but out of town guests will be getting them this coming week. I have done so many invitations and save the dates in the past, so the fact that it was for our own wedding this time was so surreal.

Needless to say, the next few weeks are going to be quite busy as well, so I can't promise there will be too many blog posts about projects for our wedding anytime soon, but I will try!

Next up we'll be posing all of our engagement pictures. Get ready to be blown away, our wedding photographers are incredible!

Sunday, October 3, 2010

new look

If you are reading this, you have probably noticed the new look and can see a few of our engagement pictures. We aren't going to share all of our engagement pictures on facebook or on the blog quite yet, so feel lucky that you are one of the few to see them! :) Also take a look at our wedding website that I just updated by clicking on the icon to the right. Sign our guestbook while you're there!

The above image is a favorite of our parents' and friends. More to come in the next week!

Image by Merek Davis