Friday, November 29, 2013

Wedding: The Registry

Last week Mike and I started putting together our registry. We went to Crate & Barrel, got our little scanner gun, and scanned the heck out of that place. Mike and I are going to be coming into this marriage with practically nothing. I own a few mugs and a couple bowls, while Mike lives in a furnished apartment and wouldn't have much otherwise. Honestly, creating a registry made us so excited because we could not be able to have these things on our own, we felt like little kids on Christmas morning. We started to feel bad about the more expensive items, but we had to remind ourselves that we could be cooking Thanksgiving dinner for our family with these pots & pans 10 years down the road. 

We decided to have three registry options: 
(1) Crate & Barrel: we used this mostly for kitchen items
(2) where you can register from anywhere 
(3) Honeymoon Registry: to fund our travels (destination to be determined)

From left to right: Anthropologie: (1) (3) (4) (6) West Elm: (2) (5)
Anthropolgie: (1) (2) Mazama Mugs: (3) Terrain: (4) 

Crate & Barrel: (1) (2) (3) (4) Macy's: (5)

Outdoor gear from REI

(1) Seattle Neighborhood Poster (2) Mustard Yellow Pillow (3) Wool blanket  
It's pretty clear Mike and I have a mash up of different tastes; we didn't want everything to be cookie cutter and matchy-matchy, so we stuck with what we liked. Even if that meant getting a tea pot from Macy's instead of Crate & Barrel because you liked the shape of that one better OR registering for handmade mugs from a company in Portland because they looked awesome and you know that they are well made. Our philosophy is that if we are going to have this stuff for a while, perhaps the rest of our lives, we want it to be made well and be meaningful to us. 

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Wedding: The Venue

So wedding planning is still going strong! As I mentioned in this post, our venue is in the woods and right on the water. It is breathtaking and it took us about a day to decide it was the one. We will be getting married at Kitsap Memorial State Park in Pouslbo, WA. It is a beautiful location surrounded by trees that is right on the Hood Canal with views of the Olympic mountains. What more could an outdoorsy girl ask for on her wedding day?

Isn't this an incredible space? And it was cheap too! Because of our venues natural beauty, we don't even plan on doing much for our ceremony space, which saves us time and money on decorations. If you are on a tight budget, I would highly encourage you to look into utilizing the outdoors for your wedding, you can't go wrong with nature that is already beautiful.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

A Weekend with Em

About a month ago my sweet friend Emily turned 22. I knew for this birthday she needed more than good facetime session and a possible lip sync to Taylor Swift's "22." Mike and I thought of the most selfish present ever, fly her up to Seattle for a weekend so we can have her all to ourselves! Having her here for was so refreshing and rejuvenating  Emily is the sweetest gift of a friend and I could not be more grateful for her in my life. 
We started the weekend off right with a walk around Greenlake

(Left): She came wedding dress shopping with me! Did I mention Em is my maid of honor?
(Right): We went out to Ballard for dinner and dessert. Have you been to Hot Cakes? Please give it a try, the heavens will open above you as you feast on their gooey, chocolatey decadence.

We adventured out of the city for the day and hike to Wallace Falls

 Emily has only been to Seattle in August, which is a very uncharacteristic month for the Pacific Northwest. She got to see this place for it's true colors; grey and more grey.

 We explored the nightlife on Capitol Hill. 

Went to see what all the hype was about at Von Trapp's. Big bar and big beer glasses. 

Had a lovely morning of sharing pastries, drinking coffee and having good conversation.

I made her pose for this touristy shot against her will. 
Until next time shmem. In the meantime, keep being the strong, brave, confident, badass of a women that you are. I love you.