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1st Wedding Anniversary: A love letter to my husband

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Today is our first anniversary. It’s hard to believe it’s been a whole year, and at the same time it has flown by in what feels like the blink of an eye.

The past year, and even the time leading up to our wedding, we’ve been busy. We’ve moved twice, started new jobs, explored different hobbies (both together and separately) and have definitely grown both as one and as individuals.

I’ve learned a lot in the past year. About you, about me, about us. It definitely hasn’t always been easy, but I love the life we’ve built together.

When I look at you, I am in awe sometimes. You’re smart, you’re driven and you’re such a genuinely good person, I can’t help but be extremely proud. I also know you’d do anything for me. I’m so very lucky you’re in my life, and that I’m given the opportunity to grow with you and learn from you on our journey.

I’m eternally grateful that you bring out the best in me on days when it feels like the walls are caving in. I definitely couldn’t get through life’s curveballs without you. I can only hope I provide the same happiness and comfort for you that you do for me.

So on,our first wedding anniversary, I want you to know that I fall more in love with you every day and I wouldn’t trade our life together for anything. I’m so humbled by you every day, and I feel so lucky that I get to go through life with you by my side. I love you.

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Annie Signoff

Wedding Wednesday: An Update

It’s #WeddingWednesday, ya’ll! We’re 59 days out from the wedding, so it’s basically smooth sailing from here on out, right? Wrong (HAH). It’s at this point where all the small details have to come together, which can be the most challenging and most important details of a wedding.

The invites went out this week (!!) which I am so thrilled about (I’ll share details on these after the wedding) and we had our firs real wedding ‘activities’ two weeks ago: Our family shower in Ohio with Seth’s family and my bachelorette party:

Dress: Gabes, Necklace: Charming Charlie, Pumps: Audrey Brooke via DSW, Lips: Bite Lip Cream in 'Velvet'

Dress: Gabes, Necklace: Charming Charlie, Pumps: Audrey Brooke via DSW, Lips: Bite Lip Cream in ‘Velvet’

These decorations, ya'll. So cute!

These decorations, ya’ll. So cute!

The advice was so good!

The advice was so good!

Opening gifts:)

Opening gifts:)

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Confier trying on my shoes:)

Confier trying on my shoes:)

And it all went downhill from there…

Me and my wonderful MOH - she did an AMAZING job planning the party <3

Me and my wonderful MOH – she did an AMAZING job planning the party ❤

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I had 20+ girls come out for my party – how lucky am I!?

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Love these women<3

Love these women<3

and for one final laugh…..

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Wedding Wednesday: Suits & Registry

It’s been awhile since I’ve done one of these because quite frankly it’s been craziness around these parts. Between moving to a new state and starting a new job wedding planning has kind of taken a back burner.

Last Sunday, Seth and I got back on the wagon, and knocked out a few items that have been on our list for awhile:

1. Picking out suits: Generally the two options are renting or buying. We looked into both options and decided that for us, renting was the most cost-effective. We’re having our wedding parties purchase their ‘wedding-wear’ and we’ll be giving them gifts as a ‘Thanks for being such awesome friends’. Anyway, buying suits ended up being slightly less expensive than renting, and at least this way the ‘fellas can wear their suits again:

Um hi, could he look anymore handsome?

Um hi, could he look anymore handsome?

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Tie decisions – Seth will wear one and the groomsmen will wear the other.

2. Registering for wedding gifts. We decided to go ahead and knock out registering for wedding gifts at Macy’s. We registered for our China and other household appliances, and decided to do a honeyfund as our other registry:

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3. Pick out your wedding rings: How crazy is this!? My engagement ring came with y wedding ring, so all we had to do was pick Seth’s. In his words, ‘You lucked out!’ and he’s totally right because his ring is less fancy, and therefore cheaper:

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And finally, since I’m getting married in October, there’s a possibility that I’ll need something to keep me warm between venues. A little #outfitinspo from Cincinnati Weddings:

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Help S on S win FREE wedding photography!!!

Hello my loyal readers – I’m doing my weekly(ish?) wedding post a bit early this week! First, I hope you know that I appreciate each and every one of you – and now I need YOUR help!

Seth and I are finalists in a contest to win FREE photography for our wedding next October (a $3000 value!). As twentysomethings trying to save and pay for as much as we can on our own, you can imagine what a HUGE financial help this will be for us on our wedding day if we win.

Now comes your part – I need you to vote for us! Ampd Photography is doing the contest – and happens to do some seriously great photography. I can’t wait to have Donna shoot our wedding!

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All you have to do is follow this link: http://bit.ly/1p4Wamy, enter your email address and vote for us!!

*You can vote w/ a different email address each day – so PLEASE vote more than once for us if you’re feeling generous!

THANK YOU all so much in advance for helping us out! You have no idea how much it means to both of us!!!

Wedding Wednesday: Saying YES to the dress!

As I mentioned, I said YES to the dress last week. While some brides try on tens of hundreds of dresses, I was not that bride.

I started my search at The White Orchid in Pittsburgh, which is just a few miles from my house. My mom and I just happened to pop in one morning, and they were the nicest most honest sales gals I’ve worked with. Here are two I loved on day 1:

Both are Casablanca Couture.

Both are Casablanca Couture.

The dress on the right is actually blush pink underneath with two very thin, gorgeous layers of lace over it. Left dress look familiar? I actually didn’t realize this dress was so similar to Kate’s reception dress until someone else noticed the similarity:

I loved the above dresses but I knew I couldn’t buy on day 1 so I made a second appointment to look at a few more dresses at White Orchid and at Sorelle in Washington, PA. I have to admit, the service at Sorelle wasn’t great, but I did find a couple dresses that were major contenders:

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I loved the illusion neckline on this dress, and the back is amazing!

 

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This next dress was in my top two. The other of which, of course, is the dress I said yes to. Obviously not going to share a picture of that one, you’ll just have to wait!

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My biggest tip when wedding dress shopping? Stay true to yourself. The more I tried on, the more I realized what I really wanted in my dress, which is what led me to have that ‘OMG this is the one’ feeling with the dress I went with.

Wedding Wednesday: Picking the venue

Picking our location was the first step for S and I after getting engaged. We originally wanted to get married in Athens, OH (where we met and both attended school) but I also really wanted to get married in my hometown of Charleston, W.Va. (also because for out-of-town folks, it’s much easier to get to) which is where we ultimately decided to do the deed.

I have always held the belief that your wedding should be a reflection of your relationship. So while a beach wedding might work for some, it wouldn’t work for S and I. We talked for a long time (even before we were engaged) about having our reception in an airplane hangar because – how perfect, right! But a state capitol/airplane hangar wedding!? Totally works. (Me = politics, him = pilot, in case you for some reason didn’t know.)

We decided on Charleston after I had the idea of having our ceremony at the state capitol:

 

I have a vision of something like the above picture for our ceremony. The best thing about the state capitol is that it’s NO COST to reserve a space. We do have to provide all seating and any decorations we might want, but the building itself is so beautiful, we really won’t have to do much!

And for the reception:

 

I love the idea of having an airplane or two in the hangar, and I love the paper airplane garland! HAVE to incorporate that somehow. My mom and I plan on buying yards and yards of tulle and lots of white Big Lots Christmas lights for the ceiling. #FrugalFashionista wedding!

All in all, I think these two venues reflect our relationship to a T (sans camo!), just like as I mentioned above, any wedding should.

Be sure to follow along in my planning journey on Pinterest!

Wedding Wednesday

One of my favorite bloggers, Jess, of Here & Now recently got hitched and has since been sharing ‘Wedding Wednesday’ posts on her blog. Since I’m recently engaged, I thought this may be a good idea. Especially since I share so much of my Frugal Fashionista style tips with you – why not share my frugal fashionista wedding planning tips and bring you along on the journey?

I haven’t done much planning yet, BUT would you be surprised if I told you I may have already found my shoes? Didn’t think so.

You can probably guess I want to go to Carrie Bradshaw route and do a blue shoe. Here’s some of my inspo:

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So when I saw the BOGO sale for these bad boys I thought, ‘Why not!?’ because even if I find something I like better come time to walk down the aisle, I could still wear these for one of the many wedding-related events that go along with getting married:

Shoes from JustFab

Shoes from JustFab

Score one for the frugal fashionista wedding planner over here!