How Ty Popped the Question!

Wedding Wednesday:

So, I just realized that even after a month of wedding posts I never told you the WHOLE story of how Tyler proposed!  Well – Here it is 🙂

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For my birthday, we planned a romantic getaway to the Windy City to see the sights, hit up the shops, and dine like we’ve never dined before. After a chilly Friday night ice skating in Millennium Park, dining in a fancy restaurant, and getting into The Roof of The Wit Hotel for free (& enjoying one too many cocktails), we endured an even colder Saturday morning strolling Michigan Ave.

Later that afternoon we found ourselves back in the hotel room frostbitten and worn out. We then proceeded to buy an $8 bottle of Barefoot Moscato and head down to the hotel lobby to play checkers and chill in the grand leather furniture. Eventually we decided it would be a good idea to grab some grub so we headed to an Irish Pub for an authentic meal (because I had a coupon, of course), and afterward headed back to the hotel. After 30 minutes of debate on what to do next, we called a cab and ended up at The Cite…70+ floors above the city.

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The restaurant was decked to the nines with floor to ceiling windows, a stunning view of Chicago, the finest of dishes & wine for company, and goers with shoes that cost more than my whole wardrobe combined. Anyway, we were seated at a table for two and ordered a fancy bottle of wine (because hey, we’re on vacation). Not even two minutes later Tyler said, “I have to go to the bathroom,“ and I said, “go for it, sweetie.” A few minutes later the waiter came by and told us the wine would need some additional time to chill and to just sit tight for another 10 minutes. We were happy to wait because we were definitely not in a hurry to escape the amazing view and, let’s be honest, there’s nothing worse than warm white wine.

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About 10 minutes later the waiter returned to drop the wine off at the table…then walked away. “How rude,” I thought to myself once I noticed that the cap was still on the wine. Then I did a double take. Tripple take. Could that be, is it, no…that’s just one sparkly freebee. Nope – that’s no freebee, THAT’S AN ENGAGEMENT RING! Before I knew it Tyler was on one knee (taking nearly the whole table cloth with him) and proposing right there in the middle of the restaurant! Of course I said, “(heck) yes” and the rest of the night was full of toasts, laughs, super fancy cheese, and spirits.

(((Later that night I discovered why he seemed so nervous to use the bathroom…It was because he had given the ring to the host to tie to the neck of the bottle of wine we ordered. How sweet ❤ )))

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What’s your dream way of being proposed to?  Or, if you’re already engaged/married, how did he pop the question?

It’s Well Worth the Splurge!

Wedding Wednesday:

Remember last week’s post when I said, in my opinion the top two things that deserve a splurge on your wedding day are an excellent DJ and a talented wedding photographer?  Well, that post must have brought Tyler and I good luck because later that day we booked our wedding photographer!  We decided to go with am adorable and bubbly woman named Brittni who lives between Appleton and Fond Du Lac, WI.  She’s an art teacher by day and a brilliant photographer by night, which appealed to us because then she only devotes herself to about 10 weddings per year (making ours extra special haha).  Her business is called Photography by Brittni and her engagement, wedding, and baby photos are phenomenal 🙂  Check her out!

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The best part is that she has EVERYTHING that we’re looking for in a photographer with a price that’s nearly half our budget.  That’s right – HALF!  We were originally planning to spend between $2,500-$3,000 on a photographer but she came in with a steal and we couldn’t be happier.  Some of our criteria was that we needed to have the rights to the photos (because let’s be honest…printing on Walgreens.com is so much easier and cheaper), we preferred to be offered a free engagement photo session, as well as a pretty decent sized photo credit.

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So, now that we’re happy with the selection of our wedding photographer and we have our wedding date set in stone, it’s time to think about engagement photos.  I can say that Pinterest has been my best friend for a long time, but our friendship grew even stronger once I started planning our wedding because the engagement photo ideas are endless!

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The first thing Tyler and I need to decide is what time of year we would like to have the photos taken.  Since Tyler and I will be hosting a fall wedding, we would like to do them during either the spring or summer.  I’m going back and forth because although spring will be beautiful with all of the budding trees and bright green grass, it can also be rainy and unpredictable.  On the other hand, by the time summer rolls around the flowers will be in full bloom and the days will be sunny and dry, but it will sure be hot!  What do you think – Would you rather get your engagement photos done in spring or summer?

My next thought is – OMG what should we wear?!  In my opinion it’s soooo cheesy when couples match for their engagement photos so we’re not going to go there.  I’ve decided that shorts are out of the question, so I’m leaning towards wearing a flattering pair of jeans or an adorable dress.  Man-oh-man there are so many details to think about before the session!  If you’re married, what did you wear for your engagement photo session?  What colors, patterns, and styles of clothes would you recommend?  I need your help!

I found this great blog for ideas on what to wear for an engagement photo session!  I think it’s super helpful – Check it out!

http://www.jonathanivyphoto.com/blog/what-to-wear-to-an-engagement-shoot/

Last question, what are your thoughts regarding using props in engagement photos?  In some cases I think they’re absolutely adorable, but I’ve also seen some photos where they just aren’t working the way the couple intended.  I can tell that using props for Save the Date invitations have gotten super popular, but I’m worried that this will go out of style.  There would be nothing worse than looking at our photos 10 years from now and thinking, “wow, what were we thinking?”  So, in your opinion are props a do or don’t?

If you like any of the picture ideas seen above check out my Pinterest board BLOGGIN’ for site details and more ideas!

Well, Apparently DJ Stands for Disc Jockey

Wedding Wednesday:

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Ever since Tyler and I jumped into the pool of “newly engaged” couples I’ve been asking myself:

What aspect of the wedding do I believe is most important?

AKA What’s worth the splurge.  A couple elements came to mind, and unlike everyone’s assumption, my wedding dress is not the on the list 😉  Tyler and I both agreed that having an excellent photographer and a skilled DJ top the list for services that we’re willing to throw a few extra dollars towards.  Why the DJ?  Well, I’ve only been to a few weddings in my day, but from what I’ve experienced, the DJ is what keeps everyone on their feet and having a good time.

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Have you ever been to a wedding where the DJ played one too many cliche 80s dance songs, polkas, or unrecognizable rap montages?  Yeah – We don’t want that, so we went with Audio Excitement in Appleton, WI.

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We know Audio Excitement because they’re known for keeping the party rolling until the wee hours of the morning at Plan B in Kaukauna.  They’ve also played in a few of our friend’s weddings, so the recommendations were endless.  Not only are they a fantastic group of disc jockeys, they also take pictures and immediately add them to a continuous slideshow after the photographer has left for the night!  An added plus is that Tyler and I will get to keep the hundreds of photos that Audio Excitement snapped and make a reception album of our own.  Ohhhh the memories will be FANTASTIC 🙂

When planning a wedding, what service do you believe is worth the splurge?