Wedding Spotlight: Invitations

There has been an exceeding amount of drama surrounding these things, mostly because I’m crazy. But this is also a vendor shoutout to my awesome bonus bro Ryan for the design and execution and my other awesome bonus bro Ross for an awesome illustration!

We are hoping for an overall motif of the plus sign… “+”. Mostly because the ampersand (&) feels a bit overdone, and the + is also adorable…

I knew that I was hoping for something pretty unique to our personalities for the invites. Because as much as I adore letterpress and all things paper, we wanted to incorporate the fun and casual atmosphere of our wedding. For awhile, I had an idea of making invitations with personal handwriting. I talked to my bonus brother and he said it was totally doable! We had all of our parents (I have 4…) write out the text of the entire invitation and send pictures onto Ryan. He used magic Photoshop skillz to put together this sweet thing:

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So that was awesome.

And they teamed up together when we were in town for Thanksgiving break to create our RSVP postcard. Ross took our photo outside, and sketched us up really quick! It’s so perfect, and I even used it as the “logo” on our return address stamp I got in ONE DAY from Staples. HIGHLY recommend!!


Here’s where the many mishaps came in…This is a run-down of the next events:

1. We had planned on inviting around 375 people, with an expected attendance at the most of 225ish. (Simply based on the people that “probably wouldn’t come.” This was around 215 invitations.

2. I ask Ryan to order 225 invitations. Then panic. Then think it’s okay. and then panic again.

3. We transfer the list to another spreadsheet and autosum…BOOM: 378 people. WHAT. Where did that extra 100 people come from…? Some subtotals didn’t get included I guess…This would happen to me.

4. The number of invitations was the same, but had now reached 228, which is 3 more than we ordered…

5. The envelopes (250) came in the mail.

6. The invitations came. We came, we addressed, we conquered.

7. Towards the bottom of the list, Justin noticed we still had a huge stack of invitations leftover. He counted them…we had about 175 extra RSVP cards and about 100 extra invitations.

All that stress for nothin’!

Anyways, an invitation surplus is definitely a good problem to have! How did you choose your invitations?



Wedding Vendor Spotlight: Videography

Now, videography is something that I had convinced myself I didn’t need. I’m a photo person. And I don’t like hearing my voice on camera, either. However, I’ve seen so many wonderful wedding compilations, including one of my brother’s wedding.

And my other sister-in-law mentioned that she wished she would have. So. That started to sway me until I saw the price. (I’m trying to be a leeetle bit budget conscious, you know? See a trend?). Most places started at $1000.

Then I got a text from one of my good friends, Thomas, who I went to Scotland with, and who was there for the “big event”. His best friend from high school attended film school and works in NYC now. He said that he would come for just the price of travel! After speaking with him some more, I was completely sold. I’m so excited!! Forrest is also bringing along a second shooter, who is from Dallas. Even with the holiday weekend, the RT tickets for the two of them came to be around $550. They will be flying into St. Louis (a bit cheaper than Tulsa) and coming down to the grand event with Thomas.

It sure pays to have those friendly connections, huh? 🙂 Now if I only had a “friend” who knew how to do flowers, and also maybe one that wanted to plan the rest of the wedding…!

Take a look at this awesome video Forrest produced recently:

And his partner, Davin:

Check them both out at:

Did you have videography at your wedding?

Wedding Vendor Spotlight: Photography

Let me just start off by saying: Photography is expensive, y’all. And I understand they’re trying to make a living doing what they love, but I’m also trying to get married without breaking the bank and also not ending up with pictures like this.
Everyone in my area that I could find was over $2000, some starting at $3200. That is just something I could NOT justify!

This is what I was looking for in a photographer:

  • Digital photos/print rights for me, included
  • 6+ hour coverage
  • Pretty photos!

I didn’t think this was too much to ask, but apparently, the print rights thing is a huge deal.

I was searching through possible photographers for over a year at this point (yes, even before we were engaged). In all my searching, here’s what I determined:

  • If you can’t have a professional looking website, I probably don’t trust your design skills…
  • When you call your pricing an “investment,” it reminds me I’m probably going to spend a fortune
  • No prices means you’re for SURE expensive.
  • If you don’t email me back in a week…yeah.
  • If we are casually talking and you ask me “Will you pay by Visa?”, it’s a little forward…!

Yeah so as for the last point up there ^^, there was a really outgoing guy a part of a huge photography “firm” in the area. He kept calling me and I didn’t even know what to say. But the more we talked and the more I reviewed their pictures, I wasn’t sold. They had standard filters that they applied so there could be a quick turnaround time, and I didn’t typically like how some came out great and some were not so much…

I posted a “HELP!” message on WeddingBee, and shortly after got a message from Justina, telling me about her packages and that she could use a credit for an engagement session for a day-after shoot instead!

She also is currently working on building her portfolio, and offered to waive travel fees from Minnesota. We are doing a day after session, and we can’t waaaait!

It was a PERFECT plan, and her pictures are beautiful!

Check her out at:

Can’t wait for photos like this!

All’s to say is, I should have looked on the ‘Bee a lot sooner!

7QT16: Fun articles I read this week

Well, after the week of nightmarish scheduling, it was followed by a week of “I don’t know what to do with my life and then all the sudden it’s 2 am and I’ve only read buzzfeed all day.” Finally linking up with Jen again… So, without further ado:

Articles I’ve read this week (because I haven’t done much else):

1. Harry Potter – This is a really in-depth look into the Wizarding World. Don’t read if you want all your hopes and dreams to be crushed.

2. OKC Thunder – This is about Steven Adams. I’m pretty close to wanting an Adams jersey, no lie. You just want to love him. (See: article)

3. Oil & Gas – So…This is a thing people believe in…why? For one, my school would literally cease to exist if this took place here. This just makes no sense, honestly. All those people are going to continue to drive their cars, so they’re still stakeholders in the industry in one way or another.

4. Just funny – Finding love in all the right places…

5. I cried at this. – Precious. This provides loads of insight into caring for someone in a situation like this.

6. Adoption Family Trees – This woman has lots of good things to say when we have dumb school projects.

7. Marriage – Well aren’t all these ideas just adorable…

8. BONUS! I read most of this book this week for my poli sci class.

7QT 12: iOS7

You guys, I was living in fear. Fear of updating my phone and having something go horribly wrong. But I bit the bullet and did it just now. Although I’ve already looked up how to do a few things, I like it a lot and wanted to share these tips and cool new functions with you. And check out Jen’s week at Conversion Diary!

1. Find My iPhone
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Well. This came a few months too late. This would have been great help when my phone was stolen in Malaga…

2. Closing Apps
I am a constant OCD’er about my apps being open and running in the background. Now, double clicking on your Home button will pull them all up in screenshots. Swipe them up to clear them off your dash!

3. Hiding Newsstand
Well. This is one of those things I never used and thought it was stupid that I couldn’t hide. Now I can, yay! I hide all the apps that I don’t use often in a group called “Utilities.” On a previous iPhone (RIP MALAGA), it was titled “Useless,” but I’ve apparently gotten more mature in the past couple months.

4. Making Apps Obsolete
So long, Pandora, Instagram and Flashlight. Although I have not yet used it, I’ve heard iTunes Radio has got 10 skips available, and the ability to buy the song straightaway from iTunes. Photos now allow you to take panoramas, or even perfectly square photos, with filters available for before or after the photo is taken. And no more flashlight app needed…but I didn’t have one of those before.

5. It’s pretty.
If you haven’t seen it is. It’s modern and sleek, and probably a little borderline girly, but people like it, so, hey.

6. Angry Birds Star Wars II
This isn’t necessarily just an update thing, but I got notified of this the other day and I just downloaded it. I might be doing homework really late tonight…

7. I successfully synced everything!
There was enough space to download it in the first place, and it didn’t expel every contact I’ve had since the 7th grade. So, that’s awesome. Make sure it’s backed up on iCloud or your computer before you start. Now that everything’s new…does this mean I need to do a little bit of housecleaning and deal with some old contacts? Possibly…Maybe for another free weekend (never)!

Thanks to these articles for helping me out so far, and this one for a good laugh!