Horseshoes Get Hitched: Fun Wedding Reception Games
Mr. Horseshoe and I were absolutely flying after our ceremony. We were giddy with excitement and had a lot of fun mingling with our guests during our cocktail hour.
Time certainly did fly by on our wedding day. I love this shot. | Photo by PMG Image
Dinnertime came upon us quite quickly, something I remember feeling thankful for as I was starting to feel low on energy. I, being a super classy lady, couldn’t resist plopping down on the ground for a quick rest while our guests were getting settled for dinner.
Pulling It All Together: Chicago Skyline Wedding Invitations
Well, I finally had my first wedding-related meltdown—and to be clear, it was completely irrational, completely kept to myself, and over in a matter of minutes.
Why? Because the countdown clock ticked to under 100 days, I was deep in the middle of proofreading my invitation inserts (yup, late to the game), looking at the ridiculous to-do list that seems to be growing rather than shrinking, and also stressed at work
So I buckled down, did a jigsaw puzzle (my chosen stress relief), and got the heck over it.
And those invites I mentioned? Well, I haven’t assembled them yet, or sent them out, but we’ve got our aesthetic down. I’ve got the designs down. And I’ve even got the main invites and the pocketfolds sitting in my office at home.
Stock image of our invites—we removed the monogram up top. | Image via Wedding Paper Divas | Side note: I LOVE that Trump tower didn’t make the skyline.
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A Midsummer Night’s Dreamcatcher: Wedding Cookie Bar Reception
The whole day went screaming by, but once we hit our reception it felt like time started moving doubly fast. After everyone was in their seats, we made our grand entrance.
Shortly after we sat down, Bridesmaid Ravenclaw kicked off the reception with a lovely toast to the two of us. We didn’t have a best man or maid of honor, but Ravenclaw has been there since day uno of our relationship, so we felt she would be great at toasting the both of us.
We’ve shared the round diamonds and the cushion cuts, the pears and the squares…but there are some diamond cuts that don’t quite fit into any of our categories. Check out the beautiful unique diamond cuts we’ve got for you today, from real brides in the hive, as always.
For those playing catch-up, we launched a set of ring surveys, starting with 15 different styles of engagement rings (you can find them here and at the bottom of this post, as well as on the Boards as a stickied post). All you do is fill out the survey corresponding to your ring style (round diamond, moissanite, sapphire, etc.), which will prompt you to upload your ring photo to the Weddingbee Gallery, and then once at least 10 people with that style of ring have filled out the survey, it will become a post on the Weddingbee blog!
The posts will continuously be updated to reflect new ring submissions, and eventually we hope they will be an amazing repository of REAL engagement rings to inspire bees for years to come.
Note: If you’ve filled out the survey but haven’t yet submitted a photo, it’s not too late to be included in this post! Simply email your photo along with your Weddingbee username and ring style category to mouse (at) weddingbee (dot) com, and we’ll add it to the post!
Horseshoes Get Hitched: Modern Barn Wedding with Rustic Details
Before I get into the nitty-gritty of our reception, I have to highlight some of the design and decor details of our wedding. We ended up embracing our rustic garden barn party motif, and it turned out really well. A thousand thank yous go to Sonia of Enriched Events for beautifully executing our vision. Sonia was our day-of and design/decor coordinator, and she knocked it out of the park. She is a hilarious, ever calm and cheerful individual—it was an absolute pleasure working with Sonia on our wedding.
Mr. Horseshoe and I DIYed quite a few things for our wedding: our signs, paper flowers, ceremony garland, and favours. See our DIY posts here and here for more information. We then rented or purchased the rest of our decor.
Heritage Park supplied us with table and glassware, round and rectangular tables, chairs, and linens. We chose ivory for both our tablecloths and napkins. The beautiful wooden chairs are part of the reason we chose this venue—we didn’t have to worry about renting chairs as they were already perfect. We did have to pay a chair setup fee (I believe it was $2 per chair), but it was worth it.
I loved our bud vase arrangements. | Photo by PMG Image
We rented navy chevron table runners and gold charger plates for our table settings. Sonia rented us her spectacular collection of vintage bud vases, and our florist provided us with loose flowers and greens to go in the vases.
#MarriageGoals: Planning Our Relationship Resolutions for the New Year
As we plan our wedding, one thing both Mr. W and I are really focused on is our relationship. After all, it seems like people can get so caught up in the wedding that the marriage can become secondary.
And I can see it—planning gets stressful, especially as the wedding sneaks closer.
So this new year, along with some other crap, I made a few resolutions to keep me focused on what really matters: our relationship.
2017 goals: more adventures, more spontaneity, more health, less bullshit
Eels Take to the Skies: An Osaka Japan Honeymoon Recap
Mr. Eel and I just returned from our eight-day honeymoon in Osaka, Japan. We left on Christmas Eve and returned the day after New Year’s Day, so it was our first time being away from home and our families during these two major holidays. While we were sad to be away from home, we somehow mustered the strength to have an amazing time in Japan. 🙂
We flew on a Hawaiian Airlines “Moana” themed airplane!
We left Honolulu International Airport on Saturday afternoon (Christmas Eve) at about 2:00 PM and due to the time difference arrived in Japan at 7:00 PM on Christmas Day. We savored our last few hours of Christmas at the top of the Umeda Sky Building, taking in the view of the Osaka skyline.
Mr. Horseshoe wore a slim cut, deep navy Hugo Boss suit (similar here). Nordstrom provided us with in-house tailoring—they did a fantastic job. His bow tie is by Ted Baker, and his linen pocket square was made by me. His dress shirt was purchased at Holt Renfrew—I believe it is a house brand—and was tailored by them. His shoes, purchased a few years ago, are from gravitypope.
There was no rest for the Dreamcatchers, however, because we went straight into a receiving line. They aren’t for everyone, but it’s kind of expected in our area. I was skeptical at first because I didn’t want it to turn into an hour-long affair, but ultimately we enjoyed it. Here is the Dreamcatcher strategy for a short but still meaningful receiving line in three easy steps: