Wedding Wednesday: Our Wedding Invites

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

We don't go about things in a traditional way over here. We decided to skip the save the dates and just send out our wedding invitations earlier than normal. Mostly because we're paying for a lot of the wedding ourselves & it cuts that cost in half & the wedding itself is going to be in another country - we wanted to give our guests as much info up front as possible.

I found these cute airmail invitations from Wedding Paper Divas (cheesy name, but they have some really cute invites). I handcrafted luggage tags with vintage-style paper on one side & travel information on the other. I also purchased bunches of old travel stamps on Etsy & used those on the luggage tags & on the envelopes that we're going to hand deliver to friends & family.

When we first decided that we were going to have a destination wedding in Mexico, my first thought was  - noooooo cheesy palm trees, flip flops or margaritas on anything! Well, I couldn't be more in love with how everything turned out! They really reflect our style & the theme of our wedding.

Love's Journey

Monday, August 27, 2012

Luke & I in San Francisco, about a year and a half into our relationship.

I saw this little poem on a greeting card & fell in love with it. Usually I think greeting cards are super cheesy (c'mon you know they are), but I absolutely loved this one.

These words remind me so much of my relationship with Luke, back when our relationship was long-distance. There could have been many of times when the distance got frustrating that we could've called it quits. But we didn't. We made a choice to stick it out & see where life would take us.

I think of the places we lived, the detours we took... eventually we ended up at the same place. The choices we made led us to where we are today & there's no other place I'd rather be. 

Movie Night @ Wrigley Field

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Whenever Luke goes back to Chicago, he always tries to make a Cubs game. This year, they were out of town when we visited, womp womp. We did however find a way to make it inside Wrigley Field though! Groupon was hosting a movie night & they were showing the Blues Brothers, the ultimate Chicago movie. It was definitely a fun experience... Drinking beers in the bleacher seats on a (very, very, very) hot summer evening. It was almost too hot though, at 99 degrees & extreme humidity (I’m from Oregon remember…). Redbox was an additional sponsor of the event, handing out fleece blankets to everyone in attendance. Which seemed crazy at first, since it was so damn hot, but ended up being the perfect cushion in the bleacher seats.

If you ever get the chance to watch a movie at a major league park, do it! They’ve been doing this all over the country this summer!

Looking quite gross in the humidity

- Photos © Holly Carman -

The Robie House

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

While we were in Chicago last month, Luke's parents made an extra stop near Hyde Park just for me. We stopped at Frank Lloyd Wrights Robie House. Although I didn't go in for a tour, I was just as content walking around the property and snapping photos of this gorgeous house. Back in college while I was studying Art History, I fell in love with Frank Lloyd Wright houses, especially this one, so it was so great to finally see it in person.

- Photos © Holly Carman -

the dress...

Monday, August 13, 2012

Okay I lied. I've been such a bad blogger (I blame you, busy job!) The few times that I do manage to get a post published, it's a wedding related one. I did something I swore I would never do... I turned this blog into a wedding blog. Oops. I’m sorry everyone. I'm gonna try real hard to get things back to normal around here. I've been taking tons of photos - so maybe I can get one of those posts up. Bare with me, friends! All will be good with the blog in no time ;)

(and back to wedding stuff) I went into my first appointment at the bridal boutique this past Saturday with a clear idea that I wanted a very simple, flowy/beachy dress. I was dead set on having it that I was sooooooo close to clicking the purchase button on one I found online. Well, I tried one on & didn't like it. At all. Luckily, we had an amazing bridal consultant that picked up on my personal style & brought in a few dresses to just try out. Low and behold, she brought in THE dress. It's the dress that I tried on three different times during my appointment. She kept coming up with more ways to make it more awesome... Add these dangly earrings, add this accessory... And that was it. And rather quick too.

I thought I had a pretty good idea of what kind of dress I wanted going into our appointment, but I ended up absolutely loving a dress that I never thought I would pick out for myself. It's not only just a wedding dress, it's the dream wedding dress. When I picture myself as a bride, this is the dress I picture myself in. I'd share a picture with you all, but Luke reads my blog, so it'll remain a secret :)

Not the actual dress, but one that I absolutely loved, too.