Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Dear Todd,

This is my first letter to you as your wife...

   I don't think that it has really sunk in that I am married, but there are times when it hits me and I feel so happy and excited. I am Mrs. Wallace!! (well not legally until I change my name but you get the idea) I am so happy that things worked out the way they did. I'm ready for the adventure of spending the rest of my life with you. I hope I can continue to make you happy.
   At times I feel worried that I will fail. I want to do my absolute best to keep you and I the happiest we can be. You deserve all the best and I hope that throughout the years I can provide that for you.
   I know you will love me no matter what...That goes both ways.

Thank you for being there for me through all the wedding stress.
I'm sure you are looking forward to planning the wedding in Maine [sarcasm]

Yours; forever and always
Jenny

The Details

My hair




My Makeup


Small Details


The underside of my bouquet 


My shoes



My (not so great) nails that I did myself

The Hotel


Our Suite


Outside





Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Change of Plans

Todd and I are still having a vow ceremony and reception on our original date in Maine, but after hearing how much my parents were going to spend just to get to our wedding, we decided to have a small courthouse wedding for my side of the family. We are now legally married and looking forward to our wedding up in Maine.


My father putting on Todd's boutonniere 


Me in front of my parents house


Our wedding location in Illinois


Todd and I after saying I do




My father and I


My Step Mom and I


Full length of the dress


The toast


Our rings


I couldn't be happier to be Mrs. Wallace...And now these letters won't be to my fiance, they will be to my husband.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Wedding cake pop trial #1


Going to change a few things but they weren't bad.

Whoa! Wait just a minute!...

My plans have changed a lot for the wedding... I originally planned on buying a custom wedding dress on Etsy, instead my Step Mother bought my dress this past week. I also have my shoes, jewelry, and sweater that I planned to buy later. We are in the process of trying to get our marriage license now and having a small courthouse wedding that way my parents can witness it without having to travel over 1000 miles. The issue is a little time sensitive though. We are trying to get it done before we leave from vacation but the way things are going I'm not sure it's going to happen so I guess we are playing it by ear. Thanks to my Dad and Step Mother's generosity we don't have to spend nearly as much in October as we originally planned, but I am still planning on a beautiful ceremony and reception for the family up north.
Sunday, April 27, 2014

Happy (late) Easter!


Packing up and moving east!

Todd and I are in the middle of packing all of our stuff to move up to Maine. We didn't want to spend a ton of money for a moving truck so we both went through all of our stuff, donated a bit, and packed a few things to be stored at my moms house; Now we can fit everything we own in the back of our SUV. Seems kind of strange.

We are visiting my parents for about a week then making our long trek up to the state "where America's day begins." After that I can finally put all my wedding planning to work! Our wallets will hate me!


Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Dear Todd,

You have worked so hard to get us to a happy place and I'm so very proud of you. We are finally moving up to Maine next week and I couldn't be happier. It is the start of our new (and healthier) life together and LOTS more wedding planning. All of our money has been going towards our move so I will be so happy when I can finally use some of our funds for the wedding that has so far only been in my head. I am so excited to be in a new place (well new to me) with you, I'm so excited to meet the rest of your family that I couldn't meet before, and I'm so excited to get healthy with you. We both really need a lifestyle change and I think this is just what the doctor ordered.
I love you so much

Yours; forever and always
Jenny
Sunday, April 20, 2014

My Wedding/Handfasting Ceremony

(made by myself with pieces taken from multiple different ceremony examples)
Special thanks to the lovely couple @ 
mrcandme blog 

Introduction:
[OFFICANT] __bride__ and __groom__ , Before we start, take a breath and take a  look around you. You are surrounded by your family and friends, all of whom are gathered to witness your exchange of vows and to share in the joy of this occasion. Let this be a statement of what you mean to each other and the commitment of marriage you will make.
(to the audience) The Bride and Groom have chosen to incorporate the ancient Celtic ritual of Handfasting in their wedding ceremony today. Handfasting is a declaration of intent where the couple clearly states that they are marrying on their own free will.
__bride__ and __groom__ , know now before you go further that since your lives have crossed in this life, you have formed eternal bonds. As you seek to enter this state of matrimony you should strive to make real ideals that give meaning to this ceremony and to the sanctity of marriage. With full awareness, know that within this circle you are declaring your intent before your friends and family as witnesses.
The promises made today and the ties that are bound here greatly strengthen your union and will cross the years and lives of each soul’s growth. Do you seek to enter this ceremony?
[BRIDE AND GROOM] Yes
[OFFICIANT] Then let us begin.
Address/Reading:
You have known each other from the first glance of acquaintance to this point of commitment. At some point, you decided to marry. From that moment of yes to this moment of yes, indeed, you have been making promises and agreements in an informal way. All those conversations that were held riding in a car or over a meal or during long walks — all those sentences that began with “When we’re married” and continued with “I will and you will and we will”- those late night talks that included “someday” and “somehow” and “maybe”- and all those promises that are unspoken matters of the heart. All these common things, and more, are the real process of a wedding. The symbolic vows that you are about to make are a way of saying to one another, ” You know all those things we’ve promised and hoped and dreamed- well, I meant it all, every word.” Look at one another and remember this moment in time. Before this moment you have been many things to one another- acquaintance, friend, companion, lover, dancing partner, and even teacher, for you have learned much from one another in these last few years. Now you shall say a few words that take you across a threshold of life, and things will never quite be the same between you. For after these vows, you shall say to the world, this- is my husband, this- is my wife. (-Union from The Beginning to End by Robert Fulghum)
Declaration of Intent:
[OFFICIANT]
Groom, I have not the right to bind you to your Bride, only you have this right. If it be your wish, say so at this time
[GROOM] It is my wish.
Bride I have not the right to bind you to your Groom only you have this right. If it be your wish, say so at this time.
[BRIDE] It is my wish.
Vows/ring exchange:
[OFFICIANT] For thousands of years,
Lovers have exchanged rings as a token of their vows
Let these rings be a sign that love has a past, a present, and a future
Through you and within you
Bride, please take the ring, place it on Groom’s finger and repeat after me:
I, (brides full name),  with all the life that courses within my blood and the love that resides within my heart, take (grooms’s full name) to my hand, my heart, and my spirit, to be my chosen one.  I promise to love you wholly and completely without restraint, in sickness and in health, in plenty and in poverty, in life and beyond, where we shall meet, remember, and love again. I shall not seek to change you in any way. I shall respect you, your beliefs, and your ways as I respect myself.
Groom, please take the ring, place it on Bride’s finger and repeat after me:
I (grooms’s full name),with all the life that courses within my blood and the love that resides within my heart, take thee, (brides’s full name) to my hand, my heart, and my spirit, to be my chosen one.  I promise to love you wholly and completely without restraint, in sickness and in health, in plenty and in poverty, in life and beyond, where we shall meet, remember, and love again. I shall not seek to change you in any way. I shall respect you, your beliefs, and your ways as I respect myself. 
[OFFICIANT] (holds up engagement ring)
The engagement ring is a symbol of a promise and intention. Now today, the intention is realized and the promise is fulfilled. So Groom, would you please place the engagement ring on Bride’s finger over her wedding band, symbolizing that the love that brought you together will protect and sustain you.
Handfasting:
[BRIDE AND GROOM] (Hold hands. As the following is recited, the couples hands are wrapped with cords)
[OFFICIANT] As this knot is tied, so are your lives now bound together.
The bond of marriage is not formed by these cords, but rather by the vows you have made. For always you hold in your own hands the fate of this union. Above you are stars and below you is earth. Like stars your love should be a constant source of light, and like the earth, a firm foundation from which to grow.
Blessing:
May these hands be blessed this day. May they always hold each other. May they have the strength to hang on during the storms of stress and the dark of disillusionment. May they remain tender and gentle as they nurture each other in their wondrous love. May they build a relationship founded in love, and rich in caring. May these hands be healer, protector, shelter, and guide for each other. 
Pronouncement: 
Today, the bride and groom have received the blessing of their family and friends, made vows, and exchanged rings. Therefore, it is my pleasure to now pronounce them husband and wife.
You may now kiss your bride!
Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Todd and I have entered a contest!

I have entered many giveaways and contests as a soon to be bride but this is one of the biggest ones. It would mean the world to us if you voted!


Wish us luck! 

Dear Todd,

I love how when we talk about wedding planning you always make some sort of joke. I'm glad that you aren't taking it too seriously.

I'm so thankful that your mom was willing to let us use her lovely home for the wedding. It is perfect and intimate and I couldn't be more excited. I like that our wedding will be more like a dinner party and less like a big event with 100+ people. Even so, it still takes a lot of planning and you know I am one for detail. I tend to want to make sure everything is perfect so I know planning this will be hard work, especially since I keep changing my mind about things, but I am lucky that I have you to bounce ideas off of, even if sometimes you do make 1 too many jokes ;)

I love you, and I can't wait to be your wife!

Yours; forever and always
Jenny
Thursday, February 13, 2014

What a Romantic

Todd has already given me many Valentine's Day gifts, and apparently I still have 2 left! 
I am so spoiled! 

 He gave me this ring and earrings earlier in the week. It is fake obviously. We are way to broke to be spending real diamond money haha.
 I got this lovely mug from him yesterday
 Along with this adorable stuffed dog
 He even got me this beautiful rose

Monday, February 10, 2014

My other wedding blog!

I have another wedding blog on Tumblr because it's a little easier to find and share inspiration on that site than on blogger.

If you would like to check it out/Follow click HERE
Sunday, February 9, 2014

Valentine's Day Prep!

It's that time of year again! Valentine's Day!!! 

I know plenty of people who believe Valentine's Day was created by card and candy companies just to boost sales, but even if that's true, I still love Vday!!

This year I am pretty dang broke so I got some stuff to make food gifts and made a candy Jar for Todd. I gave it too him early so he could munch on it all through the month. 



As for my food gifts...I got some brownie mix that I plan to toss frozen raspberries in. I got the cliche heart cookies, because even if they're cliche, they are still yummy. I also picked up some raspberry sorbet and lemon-lime soda to make floats. Of course, I also had to bust out the bottle of sweet red wine that my parents got me for Christmas (saving that for the 14th)

I will post more updates the closer it gets to love day! That's it for now. 
Have a good week fellow love birds!


Saturday, January 18, 2014

Dear Todd,

I am sorry you have been sick for the last few days, but at least I don't mind taking care of you. I'm glad that we currently don't have kids running around because if we did I'm sure you wouldn't be getting much help from me haha. I know that if you get me sick that you will return the favor.

Get better soon my love

Yours; forever and always,
Jenny
Thursday, January 16, 2014
I got my new camera in the mail today, maybe I can start vlogging ;)


Thursday, January 9, 2014

Dear Todd,

We have both agreed that we want to be healthier and a bit skinnier. I can't wait until we have the bodies and lives we want, but until then I know it will be a rough road. We are both so out of shape it's not funny, BUT I feel better knowing you are on the journey with me! You are the best support I could ask for, even if I resist a lot. And if I don't lose any weight I know you will still love me anyway, just as I am. I hope you know that goes both ways!

I love you, as you are or however you chose to be.

Yours; forever and always
Jenny

New Year's and My Birthday

Todd and I kicked off 2014 with lots of yummy food and noise makers!


This past week was also my 22nd birthday. My mother got me some lovely flowers and a yummy cake both shown below...



And Todd took me shopping and bought me the Naked Basics palette (which I had been wanting for a year) and a huge tin of Teavana tea, which if you know me, is an AWESOME gift. I even got a free gift from Ulta - CK one mascara! 


Overall the beginning of 2014 has been great!