Chocolate Peanut Butter Pretzel Bars

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Alright – I know that I usually blog about all things fashion on Tuesdays but I just can’t help but show you pictures of a delicious recipe I just tried out today!

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In case you don’t already know, I’m a huge baker and if it were up to me I would never cook…and simply live on baked goods…even though I would probably die.  Fortunately for me – my fiancé also has an extra large sweet tooth, so we get used to having multiple goodies in the apartment at one time.  Baking is definitely one of those activities that I believe the benefits outweigh the costs when starting by scratch.  As much as I love boxed cake mixes, tubes of cookie dough, and prepackaged brownies – There’s nothing like the pride you get from baking your very own goodies then seeing your friends and family smile while they chow down on your creations!

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I came across this recipe on Cinnamon Spice and Everything Nice and not only did these Chocolate Peanut Butter Pretzel Bars look absolutely irresistible, they’re also super easy to make!  Even easy enough to whip up a couple hours before heading out for an impromptu picnic in the park ❤

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Want to make your very own Chocolate Peanut Butter Pretzel Bars?  Check out the recipe HERE!  Good luck 🙂

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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?