it’s wedding week!

and believe it or not, it’s already almost wedding WEEKEND!

Just realized when I was climbing into bed tonight that this is the last night I’ll sleep here alone.

Tomorrow (Thursday…today?) is the bachelorette party and we are doing a slumber party gig. Then Friday all the bridesmaids are all staying together in the hotel!

Is this supposed to be sentimental? I’m happy to not be living here alone anymore, that’s for sure. We’ve got groceries in our pantry now, and we kind of cleaned the living room. We’re ready for real life! I think.



this is my real life.

So I’ve officially started real life I guess!

We got an apartment (!) to live in a few weeks before graduation. Nobody lived here but we slowly moved in all of our stuff. Mostly Justin wanted to get all of this out of his closet:


Then we GRADUATED and stuff! Oh man!




On the 11th (the day after graduation!), I drove with some friends to Leavenworth, KS for a wedding of Justin’s old roommate! I wish I had been more actively blogging then (like I would have had time, laughable), because everything we found there would have been a story of its own!

That night of the 11th was the first night I stayed in the apartment as my very own! Justin has been coming over during the daytime and studying and unpacking/cleaning/sorting. The evenings he has spent at his job training! Monday and Tuesday we went out to eat afterwards and watched basketball. We are gonna go broke doing that, so he ate before he left today.

Since being a REAL adult:

1. The Cox man came and installed our internet and cable.

1a. I discovered we ordered the wrong cable package. Apparently FSN Oklahoma is a super fancy channel… not amused.

2. I met with the caterer, had a phone call with the videographers, ordered the cake, finished our guestbook!

3. I hit someone with my car. OH YEAH. Yesterday was a goodie.

4. I’ve ironed a bedskirt.


That’s where we’re at. Also, my face has had weird flare ups so it’s really unpredictable. So that sucks. La la la.

Here we go, life.


wrapping it up

I had a wonderful week last week. For one, my face went back to normal for two days (it’s kind of weird now, but I’m hanging in!). My two bridesmaids Kathleen and Rachel drove up on Thursday from Texas, and Catherine came in on Friday! My lovely girls threw me a shower at Cayli’s house on Sunday, after we WON Kappa Sigma dance (and the entire philanthropy week!). I’m going to have to make a separate post about the shower soon because everything was so perfect. They’re the best 🙂

You can see the video here!

Only one girl fell off the stage, so it’s all good…haha but really, she’s okay.

It was a great weekend, full of no homework.




Sunday night I remembered to check for a presentation in Global Energy Decisions. Yep. There was one due in 15 minutes. Whoops. You live and you learn. I presented it today.

Justin is the best, of course, and we went to dinner yesterday because I was hungry, and he also surprised me with an adorable card, flowers and chocolate! Plus a walk around the park, where all the tulips are in bloom.


I have a test tomorrow, that I am currently (obviously) procrastinating studying for.


That phrase always makes me think of this song:



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:

Hillary Wedding Invitation_FINAL
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?