Aug 22, 2009
Our Engagement shoot was June 14th in Wildwood NJ. All pictures shot by Katie McMenamin, http://blog.kmcmenamin.com
Friend (Maureen, right) and Fellow bride to be and I at the Martha Stewart Brides to Be taping, April 2009
My name is Erin. I'm 23 and I'm engaged. My fiance, Travis, and I have been together since January 26, 2007. Engaged since April 21, 2007 and we're getting married on August 22, 2009 in Richboro, Pennsylvania.
We'll be honeymooning 5 days and 6 nights in Williamsburg, Virginia... one of our favorite vacation spots.
I'll be DIYing almost all the paper goods for the wedding... hoping I have enough time to do everything!!!
Travis and I met in January 2007 at work through a mutual friend at the time. I had recently had my monroe pierced and was complaining about how my face was hurting. Travis told me that my face was "killing him." I hated him. For a second.
A few nights later we went on a date where Travis cooked up an awesome spaghetti feast followed with Ben and Jerry's ice cream. It was amazing. The rest is history. =)
Travis proposed right at the turn of April 21, 2007 about 12:30 in the morning. We began engagement ring shopping soon after.
We had our E-Party in August of 2007.... seems like forever ago! Here are some pictures!!!
My future sister in law and Travis' Brothers fiance, His dad, Me, Travis, his mom and his brother
Our candy buffett... wasn't a hit at all. Maybe many people just didn't see it.
Our neighbor did these amazing cookies for us. Going to have her do them as favors for the wedding too.
Our original colors were pink and brown.... result of my cake I attempted to make, lol.
engagement pops for all our guests! haha
our engagement party invite and our announcement which i made =)
A few images from my shower which was on May 30, 2009.
<<CEREMONY & RECEPTION>>
We're getting married August 22, 2009. Our wedding is taking place in Richboro, PA at Northampton Valley Country Club. Both ceremony and reception will be there. Our ceremony will be at 11:30 and performed by Eleanora S. of Journeys from the Heart. The cocktail hour will begin at 12pm with reception at 1.
We will be having out of town guests from Travis' side coming down from upstate New York.
Our cocktail hour will begin at 12pm with an assortment of butler odourves....
Assorted cheese and crackers, fresh veggies with dips, bruchetta, fried shrimp, chicken quesadillas, potato pancake, mini beef wellington, mozzarella with fresh basil, phyllo cup with sour cream and caviar, scallops in bacon, oriental veggie dumplings, chicago style beef franks en croute, mushrooms with crab.
Then we will be having a pasta station featuring penne with marinara, tri-colored bowties with vodka sauce and garlic bread.
Our salad will be the Colorful Garden Salad with has fresh greens with julienne of carrot, cucumber wheels, fresh tomato wedges with ranch and balsamic vinaigrette dressing.
Our three main entrees are Chicken tuscany (boneless breast with chicken filled with blend of italian cheeses, sweet italian sausage and complemented with creamy pesto reduction), Filet Mignon au poive and vegetable lasagna. All will be served with green beans with diced red peppers and matchstick carrots as well an an oven roasted mushroom shaped potato.
Our cake will be better pound served with vanilla ice cream and a raspberry puree.
Our rehearsal dinner will be on August 21st at the Brick Hotel in Newtown, PA in their Ivy Room.
Our menu will consists of Pork Chop, chicken and the crab cake along with a vegetable and salad. I also plan to surprise Travis with a NY Giants grooms cake if possible and if I get the OK from the baker at the hotel. I would like it to look like this....
This is what I will be wearing, from David's Bridal:
<<SAVE THE DATES>>
We DIY-ed the Save The Dates. My mom helped me alot with putting them all together. All paper and envelopes were from Paper and More. Ribbon and magnet from Michaels.
Just started them.... I got the frames from Kohls. I hand painted all the wooden letters which I got from Michaels. Blue backer stock is from Paper and More.
My future sister in law to be works for Team World and had these napkins printed for our reception with our monogram on them. Love them!!! They're ivory with our circle monogram on them.
We got our rings over the fall from Gordon's Jewelers. Same place we got our engagement rings. Great place! =)
We chose this as our cake topper... love it!!!
TRAVIS, if you are reading this GO AWAY!!!!!!!!
And me in it. I will be having the straps taken off. They're tucked under in this pic.
From David's Bridal Galina collection. This pic was taken in Summer 2008. I have a little weight to lose since then... and my hair needs to grow back to that length!
my bridesmaids and cousins, Colleen, Beth, me, My mom with Patrick (Colleen's son), Diane and Meghann.
Pics from my fitting in June:
So far I got my earrings and necklace, both from Macys'.
**EDIT** Just got my bracelet too! Also from Macy's! =)
Bracelet looks yellow but it's not! It matches the necklace.
I got two pairs of shoes... one for dancing. Flats from DSW. Cost about $35. My heels are MACY from Davids Bridal.
I took an Old Navy tank top and the sticker rinstone "Bride" from Michaels and stuck it on the front. Wala! :)
Worked my butt off on these. I only made 6 so far, LOL. I got the basket at Michaels awhile back and wrapped it with ribbon and then made the sign in Illustrator. Programs made in illustrator too.
FINISHED!!!! Paper is from Paper and More. Pocketfolds from Cards and Pockets.
I decided to make one for both Ladies and Gents. Props to Target for all the goodies! I got the baskets at my work when they went on clearance for 75 cents each. I wrapped ribbon from michaels around them and put a sign on the front. Tada! =)
Ladies basket: Hair brush set with a comb, makeup wipes, Tide 2 Go pen, Suave Deoderant spray, eye drops for red eyes, Scope, QTips, gum, mints, Ibprofen, Tissues, bandaids, lotion, Kotex liners, 2 boxes tamopons, floss, 2 bottles body spray, Colgate Wisp, tums, vaseline for lips in squeeze tube, hair spray, body pins... STILL NEED TO PICK UP-- oil blot sheets and pony tail holders.
Mens basket: Deoderant spray, Tissues, tums, ibprofen, scope, gum, mints, bandaids, floss, comb and lotion.... STILL NEED TO PICK UP-- Colgate wisp... I had one in my basket but I think I forgot to put it on the belt. ;(
We will be putting one at each table...
I made this chart in Adobe Illustrator and then had it printed at Staples. They also mounted it and laminated it. Total cost was $63 and well worth it!! I love it!!
All of our OOT guests are from upstate NY. FH is from Ithaca so we included Ithaca beer in each bag as well as a bottle of Wawa water, a quick guide which we made that told them where the nearest McDonalds, gas stations, coffee places, etc. were, brochures, Tasty Kakes, Hershey Bar and Starbucks Mocha Frapp. =)
My bouquet - medium sized, rounded, mix of white roses, white calla lilies, and stephanotis with pearls inside. Erin would like blue on blue ribbon French braiding over her stems.
Bridesmaids’ bouquets (4) - Hand-tied bouquets of white roses only. We will use blue ribbon to wrap stems.
Mother of Bride – pearled wrist corsage of white spray roses with a bright blue ribbon accent.
Mother of Groom – pearled wrist corsage of white spray roses with a bright blue ribbon accent.
Grandmothers – (3) pinned corsages of white spray roses mixed with white mini carnations. Ribbon accent will be white.
Travis’ boutonniere – a white calla lily with a blue Ribbon wrap.
Groomsmen (4) – Boutonnieres of a white rose with blue ribbon wrap.
Father of bride – Boutonniere of white spray roses with blue ribbon wrap.
Stepfather of groom – Boutonniere of white spray roses with blue ribbon wrap.
Father of groom – Boutonniere of white spray roses with white ribbon wrap
Grandfathers – (3) – Boutonnieres of white spray roses mixed with mini carnations with white ribbon wrap.
Ceremony Flowers – A spray wired to the front, center of the gazebo to consist of white larkspur, white limonium, white carnations, baker fern, and salal.
Cocktail tables outside – (4) We’ll place a blue hydrangea in one of my squares. Around the bottom of each square, we’ll tie the ribbon I have that is brown with blue polka dots on it.
Entry table – Arrangement in shaped glass vase to contain bright blue acrylics in the base, brown curly willow, matching blue ting ting, blue party balls, and three large white calla lilies. I took a picture of this for her file.
Centerpieces – Prices based on 12 tables. Prices may change if table numbers change. Erin will purchase the 8” round glass bowls for 6 of the tables.
- 6 – 8” round glass bowls, that we provide, of white hydrangea with dark blue acrylics in the bottom.
- 6 – 8” round glass bowls, that Erin will purchase, of blue hydrangea with clear acrylics in the bottom.
Head table – We’ll space four - 5" glass bowls, which we will provide – across the center section of the table. Two will have one white hydrangea in them with blue acrylics in the bottom. The other two will have blue hydrangea in them with clear acrylics in the bottom. .
We can alternate these vases with votive candles. The two round tables will have one each of the other centerpieces on them.
Toss bouquet – A dainty bouquet of white bouvardia tied with a blue ribbon.
Plan to use this pin from Macy's on my bouquet:
My hair is about shoulder length so I'm hoping some of these ideas will work for the big day. I am a hair color LOVER so right now I have NO clue what color I want me hair to be. I'm thinking dark brown with lots of blond highlights but I really have no idea.
I got my Bridesmaids (so far) wristlets from the Coach outlet for $25 a piece!! Originally $65!
Also, my MIL wanted to get the BM's all a gift from herself (earring and necklace set) but she wanted me to choose. I chose this from Macy's. Cost was $25 but since we have a Macy's registry it only cost $22.50 each.
Just some other things I love...!
We will be honeymooning in Williamsburg, VA for 5 days and 6 nights, August 24-29th. So exciting! We both love Williamsburg! We plan to not only hit up the Burg but also Virginia Beach and possibly the Outer Banks and DC.
Our Hotel- The Williamsburg Lodge, right in the historic district!
Just LOVE these!!! Some EEcards is awesome!
Dress and Veil - David's Bridal, Plymouth Meeting PA
Tuxes - Mens Warehouse of Willow Grove PA and Horseheads NY
Bridal Jewelry - Macy's, Willow Grove, PA
Shoes - DSW of King of Prussia and Target of Abington, PA
Ceremony and Reception - North Hampton Valley Country Club, Richboro PA
Cake - Desserts by Design, Richboro PA
Favors - Cookies by Yorktown Cookie Company, Horsham PA
DJ - Paul from DJ's Available, NJ
Harpist - Rose Marie S. of DJ's Available, NJ
Photographer - Katie McMenamin of Conshocken, PA (for our engagement shoot too!)
Flowers - Whimsical Welcomes of Collegeville, PA
Officiant - Eleanora S. of Journeys of the Heart
Honeymoon - Williamsburg, VA.... we'll be staying at the Williamsburg Lodge for 5 days and 6 nights!
Rehearsal Dinner - Brick Hotel, Newtown PA
Bridal Party Gifts - Coach Outlet, Lahaska, PA and Executivegiftshoppe.com
Rings - Gordon's Jewelers, Willow Grove PA
Hair - Diane Konrad of Salon 360, Huntingdon Valley PA
Makeup - By me using MAC products
Guestbook - We are going to make one up using our E-Pics that we get taken in June... hopefully we'll be using blurb or some kind of other great photobook site. Recommendations would be great!!
Nails - still deciding!
Limo - Maximus Limo, Huntingdon Valley, PA
Registeries - We are registered at both Macy's and Williams-Sonoma.
Invites, Programs, etc. etc. - I am DIYING all of these. I have ordered all my paper and envelopes from PaperandMore.com. Magnets, ribbon, etc. etc. I have picked up at either Michaels or AC Moore.