It’s been awhile since I last wrote to you! A lot has been happening and I wish I could give you a real-life, through-the-lense look at all that has gone on, but I will try to do the next best thing; describe it to you in as much gory detail as I possibly can!
Two weeks ago, Todd was on spring break, and last week I had my spring break, so we have checked many items off of our to-do list, or in Todd’s case the honey-do list!
Looking at the stats of our combined break time, we have: designed, addressed (thanks to the best future mother-in-law for tackling that), and sent out save the dates! We have also booked a wedding photographer, finalized what we will eat at our reception, picked out cake napkins (which was more difficult than you would imagine… Who would have thought peach napkins would be so difficult to find?!), I made a little craft for our sign-in table, we bought our guest sign-in items, and our unity candles and candle sticks, and I got my wedding shoes! I feel like everything is slowly coming together, and I know that regardless of whether all of the tiny details come together or not, Todd and I will be married at the end of the day!
Some of the larger items that we got crossed off the wedding planning list were picking our our flowers, and choosing and buying our wedding bands! Tuesday, my mom and grandma ventured to Hutchinson to help me pick out the flowers! We went downtown to Absolutely Flowers and the florist was able to help us right away! We sat down and talked colors, types of flowers, bouquets, corsages, boutonnieres, flower petals, cake toppers, and center pieces!
I am so excited to see what the shop comes up with! My mom and I are pretty clueless when it comes to flowers. We can look at something and tell you whether it looks good or not, but we don’t know any of the names of flowers, or what would look best with other things, so our florist has the freedom to do as she pleases! I love that! We are going to get something totally unique and I really feel like our florist truly understands our vision and the vibe we are going for; classic, relaxed, vintage, peach and green beauty!
Saturday, Todd and I headed to Wichita to pick out wedding bands! We decided to head to the mall and do some shopping around. Todd picked out my gorgeous engagement ring at another establishment, but we decided that by looking through the shops in the mall, we might see more of a variety!
We started out at Helzberg Diamonds, and we went to the women’s wedding bands! I described to the consultant exactly what I wanted and she delivered! I kept the ring on as we headed over to the men’s wedding bands, and I was really excited to see what Todd would pick and how it would look with the band I had chosen to match my engagement ring. He tried on a lot of rings… and there was A LOT of windex sprayed on his angry knuckles! The process was pretty amusing to watch: ring goes on, we talk about it, ring is pulled and twisted, but doesn’t budge, and then out comes the windex! The whole time he was trying on rings, I had a specific one picked out… and that is the one he chose! I love his wedding band, and I secretly think he does too! It is unique just like him! I love that he will wear it forever, and I love the feeling I get when I see it on his hand!
Now, enough with the wedding talk, let’s move on to donkeys! Yes, donkeys! Last night, Todd and I went to Canton to support the Canton-Galva students in their Donkeyball fundraiser!
Let me paint you a picture, two teams of four people, all sitting on donkeys. The competitors must ride their donkeys to their goals and attempt to make baskets with a small basketball. In order to pass or shoot the ball, they had to be sitting on their donkey, which for some was next to impossible. The donkeys either would move, ran away, or would buck the riders off. Also, to chase down a loose ball, the player had to have a hold of their donkey at all times. Imagine someone trying to run for a ball and dragging or pulling around a donkey that really did not want to go anywhere. It was extremely entertaining, and based on the size of the crowd, I would say it was a great money maker for the students at CG!
Well, that’s all for now! Next up on our wedding list is men’s attire! That should be interesting! I hope you are all finding spring to be rejuvenating and are preparing your hearts for this Easter holiday! I love Easter, and I’ll share why in my next post!
Bye, for now!
Hi there, it's Kendall! A lot has happened since my last post, and I am so excited to fill you all in! Todd and I's wedding planning is going very well! I know some couples that have told me, "The planning is the worst part!" or "All you'll do while planning your wedding will be not caring, making random decisions, or arguing about things that don't really matter!" Well, as of now, I can still say that with the exception of one stupid argument, I am still loving planning the wedding with Todd!
Last weekend, seven of the most important ladies in my life and I went to The Dress Gallery in Wichita, KS to search for and hopefully buy my wedding dress! My mom, two sisters, niece, my Gram (grandma), my future mother in law, my best cousin, and I took over one of the trying on areas of the bridal shop! My consultant, Pamela, was amazing! She asked my what my wants were, what Todd and I's wedding was going to be like, what my budget was, and what I envisioned myself to look like on our special day! She let me try on all of the possible styles I wanted to, and helped me narrow my search down to a specific style, and minute characteristics of what I loved about the dresses I was trying on and what I wanted on my dress! Needless to say, with her help and my family's help, I said, "YES" to the dress!
Now, I am a sucker for all of those wedding shows on TLC. ALL of them! I even watch the awful ones about the evil bridesmaids (let's face it, our own bridesmaids would never act that way) trying to choose a dress! Anyway, on those wedding shows, the brides have this huge bridal moment! I'm talking gasping breaths, tears, huge smiles, and a panel of family members that are clapping and crying in approval. However, my experience was very different. While Pamela was putting the dress on me, cinching me in, pulling, prodding, and making me look GOOD, I was noticing all of the details of the dress! This dress had a combination of everything I could possibly want, and when I saw the dress on my body, after I was in it, I let out a, "BAMM!!" I looked hot! It was definitely a "Dang girl, dang!" Moment.
I walked out of the dressing room to stand on the pedestal (Once we pried my niece off of it) and my panel was saying the sweetest comments! They thought I looked gorgeous, and that my body looked great, and that with the specific accessories I wanted, it just was the complete package! I never had the huge, tearful, gasping for air moment. But I felt beautiful. I knew that that was the dress I wanted Todd to see me in. I told my ladies that I thought Todd would like it! I had my huge smile, but I also had the feeling of being done. I was done trying on dresses. I either wanted to keep that one on forever, or just put my regular clothes on to pack up and go home. That was my dress!
Switching gears, yesterday, Todd and I took engagement pictures! A very talented young student took them for us and we had a blast! We went all over Hutchinson, trying to find some good spots, and I am so pleased with the pictures that we ended up with! Todd and I were very foreign to the whole idea of engagement pictures, after all, we've never done this before! So we had questions like: What do we wear? How do we pose? Do we use props? Where should we ever take the pictures at? But as soon as we started, all of our questions disappeared. We looked great! We posed a little, but our photographer captured pictures of Todd and I in the moment! We used a couple props (A chalkboard, of course, and a cute sign that said "You and Me"). And we found a few great locations that resulted in very good looking, fun, unique photos! I can't wait to show you ALL on the engagement section of our website! They will be up very soon!
Planning our wedding has been quite the adventure so far! Next on our list of "To-Dos" is registering, picking out flowers, finishing our Save the Date's, picking out the men's attire, and going and meeting with our cake lady! Of course, I will share any informative or silly details that come up, with all of you!
Hi there, it's Kendall! Saturday, Todd informed me that he had made us a wedding website! As he is much more technology inclined than I am, I was very excited! In the past, I had thought about blogging, and had even tried my hand at the art. However, I would publish a few posts, but never really go beyond that.
Looking to the future of this little website, I have high hopes! Todd and I both love to write, have fun, do life, and share, with others, the adventures that we go on together! I think this website can be much more than a look into our wedding planning, triumphs and struggles included! I think that it could be a look into our life as a newly married couple, and in the future, our life as professionals, parents, teachers, and as REAL quirky people! Needless to say, I am very excited!
As all of Todd and I's wedding planning is picking up, which you will hear about later, I can't help but remember where we started! I was student teacher at Sterling High School, in preparation of graduating from Sterling College, and Todd was already teaching English and journalism there! I remember the first time I met him! My host teacher and I were standing in the hallway after school, looking at some student projects on the wall, as Todd walked by! He was looking pretty nerdy, with glasses, a backpack, and of course, sporting his classic, black Converse shoes.
However, as my host teacher introduced him to me, he caught my eye enough to cause me to look at his hand for a wedding band.
I have no idea what compelled me to do that, but after seeing that his ring finger was naked, I felt excited and giddy! I remember thinking to myself that he would probably think I was too young, or he probably already had a girlfriend, or he would think I was too childish because I hadn't graduated college yet. (Yes, there is a five year age difference between us!)
But after weeks of talking at school, some texting, a little/lot of flirting, a date, and many chats later, he informed me that he had the same feelings that day; the excitement, the questions, and something a little extra! Remembering back to our first meeting, he recalled that I had a cute butt! (That little thought still makes me giggle!)
There will be many chances for me to give you accounts of our past, and I am so excited to do that, but I knew that telling you about our first meeting would be the best place to start!
Todd and I are both so stoked for our upcoming wedding! We will have many tales to tell about our thoughts and emotions as we move toward July, and I am sure there will be many planning successes and blunders, as well!