My Bouquet of Peonies
Ring pillow of dupioni silk with our first dance lyrics and initials
My dad walking me down the aisle, I didn't cry until he took my arm
My nephews the ring bearers. They are too cute!
My cake not only looked fab but tasted fab too!
The topper wasn't supposed to be put on top of the cake but next to it. But I ended up loving it with the topper!!
The popcorn buffet was a hit!
Our first toast as husband and wife.
Everyone loved the pink socks!!!
The guys trying to be gangsta in God's house. I'm so glad Father didn't see this!
First kiss as Mr. & Mrs. Kyle Hollenkamp!
The most adorable bubble blower ever!
The guys being crazy again!
I loved my pink shoes and wore them all night!!
My new family! My son Brennan looked so gown up and handsome!
My fave pic of me
Our wedding party threw dum dum suckers and plastic golf balls at us after our first dance. It's a tradition we started years earlier at a cousins wedding.
Personalized napkin and rock candy stick wedding favor.
Personalized wine charm.
Personalized wine charm.
Here are some random pics from my wedding 8 months ago!! It was a blast!!! Hope you girls have as much fun as I did not only planning the day but on the day too!!!
57 Days To Go!
So, 57 days to go! I have so much to do still. I am remaining calm though. If the little stuff doesn't get done, oh well. No stress!
I have made a few purchases. I ordered an Illini garter set from etsy.com. The FH is a crazed fan! I ordered 50 white vellum envelopes from paperandmore.com and 50 lables that say "For Your Tears Of Joy" and "Cassie & Kyle 04.25.09" from myweddinglables.com. I ordered a Ring Pillow of white silk dupioni with our first dance lyrics and our initials and wedding date from etsy.com also. Our first dance song is "Colorful" by The Verve Pipe.
My Bridal Shower
My bridal shower was on Sunday and it was so much fun!! It was wonderful to spend a couple hours with family and friends.
I didn't want to play games at my shower but my sister went ahead and planned one anyway. I was relieved when there was only one game and it was a riot! My girls had hung up pictures of me and Kyle when we were kids and everyone had to guess how old we were. The pictures were hilarious. Picture a skinny 4 year old boy standing in his batman underroos with his t-shirt tucked into them wearing tube socks, I laughed my ass off!
It was a great day! I hope all you girls enjoy your shower as much as I enjoyed mine!
I have finally decided...
So, I have finally decided on the reception flowers.
3 tulips in a cylinder vase, 2 pink, 1 purple. 2-4 vases per rectangular table.
If you double click on the picture my inspiration is the top picture.
I LOVE IT! It's simple, different, whimsical and romantic!
So, the FH and I had our cake tasting and meeting with the baker today. I AM SO EXCITED!!!!!
Patty-Cakes in Highland, Illinois is doing our cake and it is going to be awesome. She has been seen in The Knot and several other publications and has also been seen on The Food Network. You can see her on The Food Network March 8th.
She will be decorationg the cake similar to the one pictured. 4 teirs, buttercream, french vanilla w/strawberry and cream cheese filling, chocolate w/fudge filling, butter pecan w/caramel filling and vanilla w/buttercream filling. There will be 50 sugar flowers.
I ate so much cake I will need to walk an extra 1/2 hr tonight! But it was so worth it!
Getting things done!
invitations, wine charms, coloring books, wedding band etc.
So gosh 89 days until the BIG DAY! I am really excited but feeling crunched on time!
I did finally decide on and order the invitations. What a huge relief that was. I think the invitations I decided on capture the tone of the day. Casual and whimsical too.
I did my first DIY project also. (I am not the creative-hands-on-DIY-girl!). I made coloring books for the kid's table. The front has our names and wedding date with a bride and groom and the coloring pages I copied out of a coloring book I already had for my nephews. I tied them together with a pink ribbon. I also bought juice boxes and snacks for the kiddies. I wrote a little "poem" to put on the table:
THIS IS THE KID'S TABLE
WE ARE SO GLAD YOU CAME!
HERE WE HAVE COLORING PAGES, CRAYONS AND GAMES.
WE ALSO HAVE JUICE BOXES AND SOME SNACKS,
BUT PLEASE TAKE ONLY ONE
WE DON'T WANT ANYONE TO LACK.
WE WANT YOU TO HAVE A GOOD DAY AND GOOD NIGHT,
WE LOVE YOU ALL
FROM KYLE AND HIS WIFE!
Pretty corny huh!?!
I also ordered personalized wine charms from etsy.com to use as place cards for the wedding party. I am really excited about the wine charms!!! I ordered them from Michelle at glassidentities. She was incredible to work with.
Kyle and I ordered his wedding band today. He has such simple taste that I almost, I repeat almost, feel guilty his band cost so little compared to my rings.
We picked out the tuxes a couple of weeks ago. My man loves the watermelon pink vests, ties and pocket squares. We decided to do the pocket squares in place of bouts for the guys. The dad's, grandpa's and special guests will have bouts though.
I was very disappointed when Father told us we couldn't use the ecofetti at the church. So I guess now we are doing bubbles.
My shoes came in too. I got them at David's Bridal. Got them dyed watermelon. They look awesome!! Kyle says they are sexy!
Finally, I go Tuesday to talk with the baker about my cake. I can't wait to work with Patty at Patty Cakes!
So with 110 days to go I finally did a little wedding shopping which I have been putting off. Bought the aisle runner, guest book pen, about 100 candles, some fabric for the hand made ring bearer pillow, 20 wine glasses and 3 large glass containers for the popcorn buffet. I ordered a personalized hankie for myself from etsy also. I feel a little better knowing I knocked a few things off my list.
The one thing I don't have yet are my shoes!!! I'm getting a little freaked about that. I went to David's Bridal and every shoe I liked they didn't have in a size 7 and was being discontinued. The only reason I want to get them at DB is so I can have them dyed watermelon. I'm going back in a day or two because I need to get this done ASAP!!!
In general I am starting to freak regarding the amount of things still needing to be done. I am the worlds worst procrastinator. I'm not a procrastinator when it comes to work or other things but when it comes to planning things, especially things in which the planning starts months ahead, I put things off thinking "hey I still have X months yet, I have plenty of time". I guess in the end it will either get done or it won't.
I was browsing through etsy and found these lovely clutches. I was going to get one from Davids Bridal and have it dyed to match the BM dresses but now I am rethinking that idea. The print adds a bit of whimsy to the day which is something I want. Plus it can be used again (that in and of itself makes this a reasonable purchase)!!!!!
I saw this bell program on customprograms.com and I have got to have these. You can get them in different paper types and colors with matching ribbons. They are more than I was planning on spending on programs but I can cut costs on something I'm sure ; ) !
Love This Look
Found this pic on brides.com in the registry section. I love this look. It has candles and flowers and would be fairly inexpensive.