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Wedding Favors : Cocoa



Talia of Sixpence for your shoe, really the brains of this wedding operation and I highly recommend her for event planning, found John and I the cutest wedding favor idea for winter. Our favors are hot cocoa in clear vials, sounds bad looks great!
Thankfully my mom is a crafty lady and was able to assemble all 105 favors for John and I. They look awesome, thank you Mom!! The tags were printed by Talia, who also found us the perfect ribbon colors.
Here are a few pictures.





Our Wedding Thank Yous : Roxy



I found the idea for thank you notes for our wedding online that included a dog...that was it for me, we have to have those. Talia of Sixpence Events made the Thank You sign to match our wedding stationary and John helped me bait the dog with treats (attached to a golf club like a fishing pole). This is the image/cover for the thank you notes.

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Wedding Invitations by Sixpence for your Shoe



John and I are super excited to say that our wedding invitations are in the mail, we didn't want them to get mixed in with holiday mail so they sent on Christmas Eve day. It's official, we're getting married and celebrating it! Wahoooo!!!
I am thrilled our wedding invitations, all thanks to Talia of Sixpence for your Shoe. They're pretty and wintery without being obvious. I couldn't be happier with them--thank you Talia!
I believe that since the wedding invite is the first thing people see and touch regarding the wedding, they're important. They set a tone. We're excited in a big way, and we want you to be excited too!
Here are some quick snapshots of the invites, we had twenty people over on Christmas Eve so these are no fuss pictures.





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Makeup and Hair Trial & First Dress Fitting



This past Thursday I had my hair and makeup trial followed by my first dress fitting. I'm a bit nervous about being on the other side of the camera, not to mention the center of attention (with John of course), so feeling comfortable is a must. I scheduled the appointments in October, so I would be able to do all three in one day and boy am I happy I planned that out. My mind is at ease now, I know now what everything is going to look like -- pretty darn good!!
My mom, Mary Lou, came along for the ride and took a few pictures. I'd love to share the dress part with you but John reads the blog from time to time. He's already seen the dress, not on me but a picture saved on my iPhone along with a million pictures of Roxy.
Here's hair and makeup done by Naomi Martinez (Naomi Martinez for makeup and Angela for hair). Hair went first with Angela, and I am so impressed. The questions asked were things that I wouldn't think of like during the ceremony I'll be facing this way so what do you want that side of your hair to look like. I knew I wanted my hair loose and romantic and not too done/perfect, and it's exactly what I got! The hair piece is Maria Elena from The White Dress by the Shore...not that you can see it all so well in this photo, but it's pretty and sparkly and I love it.


I met Naomi in 2004 when I was working a wedding with my mother and it was the same year I was in photo school, Hallmark Institute of Photography. I was so impressed by her work, work ethic, and her professionalism. Six years later, she's even more amazing! I had so much fun sitting in Naomi's chair. She's the sweetest, most down to earth person, and we laughed throughout the trial. I'm always telling brides, especially ones that are out of state and don't know what to do about hair and makeup, just book Naomi (if her team is available)! You won't regret it!

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Alissa's Shower @ Woodridge Lake (Goshen)



My bridal shower took place several months ago and I'm finally at a point where I can blog about it. I had a fabulous wedding season and I'm excited that from today's date, the second wedding that I go to will be my own (I've had a little countdown in my head).
The shower took place at a very special place to the Dinneen Family, Woodridge Lake in Goshen, Connecticut. My parents bought property at "the lake" the year I was born, 1979. Every summer my parents, sister, and I would make day trips to the lake, often bringing friends and family along. Ali (my sister) and I would often be found swimming in the pool, and when that closed we would move onto swimming in the lake.
I never knew the meaning of, "It goes by so fast" until the day of my shower. I honestly don't remember much, so we are hiring a videographer for the day of the wedding.
Jason was there to take pictures for me, here are a few of my favorites. Enjoy!

The shower was not a surprise, I told my mother that I needed to know. Being that I don't like being in the spotlight, having some control over knowing was a relief.


The centerpieces were hydrangeas, my favorite summer flower! The image on the left is a photo cube; the top had the day's menu and the rest of the sides were covered in images from the lake. Fina, my future Mother-In-Law noticed that I still have that move (the shoulder shrug).

Favors made by Cookie Creatives by Jennifer coordinated with the table names, these are for the bathing beauties table.







Right hand side picture, shoulder shrug.

My best friend Sarah making a toast, Emersyn her daughter (my Godchild) on my lap.

Eme helped bring me my first gift to open, from her! A sugar bowl from my sweet flower girl, seriously how cute is that kid!

Here are the girls: Matron of Honor Sarah, Flower Girl Eme, Bride Alissa (whoa!), and Maid of Honor Ali (sister). Eme sure can strike a pose!

Left side dear friends : Jeff and Lisa Right Side : the moms

I love a good dysfunctional family portrait, this is so typical of my sister and myself. I may look ridic, but this says it best.

The gifts before and after. I did not even THINK for a second about the shower aftermath. The house was a hot mess, and there are stickers on EVERYTHING. Every piece of china, everything. Be warned, be prepared, take the next day or two off.

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