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This Thanksgiving, I have so much to be thankful for.

First and foremost, I  have a fiance who loves me more than I’ve ever been loved.  A fiance who supports me through my wacky desires.  A fiance who, most importantly, has made a promise to stand by me for the rest of our lives.  He’s seen me at my best.  He’s seen me at my worst.  And through all that, he still chose me.  For that, I am thankful.

photographic genius of Mrs. Doyle

My beloved family – Mom, Dad, and Amy.  I could not be more fortunate to have such a loving and compassionate family.  Each of you have been there for me when I needed you most.  Each of you are willing to talk to me for hours “just because”.  I am blessed to be able to call you my family.  For you, I am thankful.

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Emily.  You are an amazing woman.  You never cease to amaze me (whether seriously or sarcastically) and you are always there to help.  You took on a serious challenge when you chose me as your best friend, but I couldn’t be happier.  Like we said a few months ago – I can’t remember a time we’ve “fought”.  You’re truly another sister in my eyes.  I cannot wait to see what the future holds for us both!


The list of things I am thankful for are endless.  Most namely…

  • …Aunt Chris and Uncle Tom.  Thank you for being a constant in both mine and Neil’s lives.  We truly appreciate not only your love and support, but your friendship as well.
  • …all my friends and family.  Each of you have had a hand in who I am today.  There is a memory tucked away from each of you.  I truly would not  be where I am if it were not for each of you.
  • …wonderful Wendy.  Thank you so much for putting up with my crazy nonsense for the past (almost!) year.  I would be absolutely lost if it weren’t for you!
  • …my Marian cohort.  You have kept me sane since June.  We’ve been through it all together.  And soon, we will prevail victorious!! 🙂  I am so fortunate to have met each and every one of you.  You truly are an amazing bunch!

photo courtesy of Mrs. Fox

I hope you all have had a wonderful Thanksgiving.  This is such a wonderful time of year and Thanksgiving kicks the whole season off!  I am so thankful for so many things…one tiny little post just couldn’t explain it all!



Here’s a little nugget of tradition for a dreary Tuesday…

After the Show of Presents… (adopted by

In this tradition, the bride is dressed up by all her friends.  They then parade her through the town – typically banging pots and pans.  Although this is quite embarrassing for the bride, it was financially rewarding as onlookers were encouraged to throw a coin into a bucket or pot for good luck!!!

As you could imagine, this occurred after the show of presents – and will typically lead into the traditional Hen Night…or bachelorette party!

I don’t know if I’d be up for the embarrassment…or that my girls (all 2 of them!) would be willing to do such a thing!  We’re the quiet type – for crying out loud, Emily’s bachelorette party included a wild and raunchy SUNDAY at a WINERY.  Wooo weeee!!  Either way – I’m perfectly fine leaving this tradition to the Scots.  In fact, I’m struggling to find proof that they even still partake in the tradition!!!

Sorry to be so short this evening…with Thanksgiving in just two short days, I have a lot to get in order!!  But of course – I won’t leave you picture-less, and since we’re slowly approaching the beautiful “Winter Wedding” season, I leave you with this beauty…


Okay, I officially quit!  We’re having a winter wedding.  Are you kidding me?!  This is beyond gorgeous.  I can picture it now…a sea of white and silver – chair covers, table linens, flatware, centerpieces –  all with a warm fireplace crackling in the background.  Get. Out. Of. Town.

I have a confession.  I may have a (little bit, tiny, eentsy-weentsy) crush on someone other than my dearly beloved.  But don’t blame me.  I’m not the first bride to have an (little bit, tiny, eentsy-weentsy) affair of this variety.  I just can’t restrain myself…the temptation is too great.


Ooh, dare I say it again?


Yes, as if they planted the email just to be evil.  During lunch yesterday, Paper-Source sent me the email that just may have changed (or ruined…you decide!) my life for eons to come.

After deciding to create our own invitations, I spent several nights in a row thinking about invitation styles.  Envisioning papers.  Dreaming of ribbons that could be incorporated.  It was becoming a major disaster inside my head!  But that didn’t stop me.  Instead, I have fallen in love with the idea of designing my own things.  So much so that I’ve even brought it to Neil’s attention that someday, I would like to open my own invitation and paper-goods store (or design studio).  I have had so much fun with all of this design stuff – the possibilities are honestly endless.

And since Paper-Source has changed (or ruined) my life…you should know that I have now been obsessing with Lifestyle Crafts Letterpress machine.  I have read every review possible.  Googled all the blogs with info on it.  Watched video upon video.  And even signed up for a giveaway to get this newest gadget.  You should be envious!!

Save the Date: This little gem is an exact example of what the L Letterpress Machine by Lifestyle Crafts can create.  Their designs are so versatile and there are so many options to choose from!  Besides, it creates quite professional letterpress paper products – at a fraction of the cost!!

Raspberry Envelope: A slight disadvantage to the L Letterpress Machine.  It can’t be 100% customizable.  They have certain plates you can choose from, but as far as creating text (outside of a monogram) is nearly impossible.  But true letterpress costs a pretty penny…a pretty penny that many brides can’t quite afford!

Letterpress Calligraphy: This is the ultimate letterpress opportunity.  A gorgeous calligraphy – letterpressed.  I’ll wait as you try peeling your eyes off the gorgeous-ness of this font.  According to the Calligraphy Lady website, their fonts are truly one-of-a-kind and you won’t find them anywhere else.  I could cry tears of joy just looking at them…

L Letterpress Machine from Lifestyle Crafts: Enter the source of my joy and happiness (or pain and anguish).  This is the L Letterpress Machine.  It could bring much joy to my life.  It could also bring much distress.  It all depends on how it works out.  I want one of these.  Badly.  I just can’t convince myself to spend the money.  ::hint, hint!::

Brown and Blue Letterpress: Here’s just another example of what letterpress can do for you.  With intricate fonts and an endless budget, you, too, can create invitations (and other paper products) that will “WOW!” your guests!

Foreign Language in Letterpress: Letterpress is beautiful in any language!!  I particularly love the detail and texture in the paper.  It adds to the overall elegance.

Antique Letterpress: Here’s is where it all started!  The antique letterpress is the original letterpress machine…of course, capable of much more intricacy and detail than the L Letterpress Machine.  Unfortunately, these babies sell for much  more than any Joe Schmo would be willing to spend!!

Letterpress Invitation Suite: This is the whole shebang put together.  According to Paper Chez, it runs about $15.00/invitation to do everything we’re doing…but for the bride we can afford it, I would highly recommend it!

Letterpress Invites: I absolutely love that you can see the detail – even from this far away!!

Okay…so now can you see why I’m so in love with letterpress?  It’s unbelievable.  Sure – many brides fret over things like floral arrangements, table settings, heck – even their dress.  But everything of those seems menial to me…  For me – it’s the invites…and all the paper products for that matter!  It has wholly and entirely consumed my life!!  And for that…I have Lifestyle Crafts and the internet to thank!

Presents?  Presents?  I love presents!!

But not to be greedy, I love giving presents as well!!  Especially when they’re from the heart and actually mean something!!

Show of Presents… (adopted by,

One such record of this tradition goes like this: usually about a week before the ceremony the mother of the bride will hold a “show of presents” for her daughter.  This corresponds to the bridal shower in other cultures.  During the show of presents the female guests bring gifts to help the new couple establish a home of their own.  The presents are opened for everyone to see and the bride’s mother serves tea and cakes.

Another form of the tradition takes a bit of a different route for the Show of Presents: every lady who sent a wedding present is invited by the bride and her mother to their house for tea and cakes (or something stronger).  All the wedding presents are opened and laid out for everyone to see.  Scottish men have long suspected that this is just an excuse for a party.  However, so far, there has been no actual evidence to substantiate this outrageous and scurrilous claim.

I love parties!!  I know these two lovely ladies who are currently in cahoots planning what will eventually be the Bridal Shower of the Century.  Women will come from near and far to attend this event  and it will not be soon forgotten…(am I talking it up enough for you?!)

Speaking of bridal showers…and because I just love dropping little hints and suggestions…


Mrs. Green Tea has come up with so many amazing templates for invites and the whole shebang!  I absolutely love the look of these and they seem somewhat simple to create!  😉  And yes, I know you love them, too!  But wait – let me indulge you some more!  You have to check out some more of her amazing technique and style…can you say j-e-a-l-o-u-s?!


These adorable little babies made up the skewers for the chocolate fountain.


They had a table set up for little cotton candy puffs, and instead of cones – they used these little suckers!!


Are you just a little bit jealous of Mrs. Green Tea’s impeccable Theme-ability?!  These adorable signs were at each food table!


And because every bridal shower hostess goes way overboard on food – how appropriate to have these bags to take the goodies home in!!


These precious water bottles are to die for!  Everything is soooo coordinated!!  I just wish I had these skills!


I don’t think I ever posted my precious little beauties from Miss Emily’s shower, but I had something along the same lines as these.  And while yes, people probably already know that it’s cake or chips or carrot sticks – but it’s always a nice touch to have a little sign, you know…just to tie everything in together

Yes…if you couldn’t tell – I’m in love with Mrs. Green Tea’s bridal shower style!  Also, check out this entire post.  She really is going to blow me away with all of her creativity!!  In fact – I may try making my own vanilla extract sometime…perhaps for some little party my groom and I will hold after we’ve made our way into wedded bliss!

I have a problem.

I need help.

But I promise that I’m not the only bride struggling from what I liked to call Total Wedding Consumption Syndrome, or TWCS.  Answer the following questions to see if you’re a possible victim to TWCS:

  1. Do you sit around daydreaming about color schemes and napkin folds?
  2. Do you constantly look for other girls “left-hand bling”?
  3. If you answered “yes” to #2…when you find she is sporting the “left-hand bling”, do you think to yourself, “When did she get engaged?”  “What is her wedding theme?”  “When is her wedding?”

I am entirely way too consumed by this wedding.  Wait a minute.  Did I say “way too consumed”?  Not possible.

And no, I sincerely do not believe that it is possible to be too consumed.  But I did notice something very strange (and quite scary) yesterday while at the Colts game.

A girl was sitting a couple rows in front of us.  She was young – maybe mid- to late-20s – and had a beautiful wedding ring gracing the 3rd finger on the left hand.  The – dare I say it – man sitting next to him (he was actually less than a man…he was wearing a Tom Brady jersey…ugh!) had on a wedding ring on as well.  Okay, match made.  These two were together (and while I don’t know how a Colts fan could possibly marry a Patriots fan, that’s a different story for a different day!).

Anyway, as I was staring aimlessly at her wedding ring, the questions began to rise…

When did these two love birds marry?…What was their wedding like?…What flavor was their wedding cake?…What did her dress look like?…Who was their photographer?…Where did her dream wedding take place?…What is their history?

Is that creepy?  Thumbs up if it is…thumbs down if it isn’t… Good.  We’re all on the same page!

I absolutely love all things wedding.  And while it probably is getting on the absolute last nerve of my poor groom, I can’t stop it.

I love to think about what our programs will look like.

What our tables will look like.

What I’ll feel when I step into my dress and become a bride for the first time.

What will be going through my head as I’m walking down the aisle toward my groom.


Every detail.

It’s maddening to think that for the next 7ish months, I will be 150% consumed into this wedding.  Sure, I’ve been consumed in it for the past 11 months, but not like this.  Not with this pressure.  It’s on now!  And yes – I suffer from TWCS…and I will continue to wonder and ponder and think about other girls’ fairytale weddings.  Besides…why not daydream when this is what comes to my mind…


I mean come on!  How perfect is that?!  Love. It.!

A Scottish Blessing

A thousand welcomes to you with your marriage. May you be healthy all your days. May you be blessed with long life and peace, may you grow old with goodness, and with riches.