Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Famous in a Small Town

"Famous In A Small Town" -Miranda Lambert They say life is so much sweeter Through the telephoto lens of fame Around here you get just as much attention Cheerin' at the high school football game I dreamed of going to Nashville Put my money down and placed my bet But I just got the first buck of the season I made the front page of the Turner "Town Gazette" Every last one, route one, rural heart's got a story to tell Every grandma, in law, ex girlfriend Maybe knows you just a little too well Whether you're late for church or you're stuck in jail Hey words gonna get around Everybody dies famous in a small town Ok well in this case we made the Jefferson County Fairgrounds sign in Hillsboro!

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Engagement Photos

We had so much fun taking our engagement photos. We went to August A. Busch Memorial Conservation Area and downtown St. Charles to take our photos with the very talented Stephen Smith of Stephen's Photography in Arnold, MO. We stayed true to our country theme and had fun acting like we were going to be featured on the cover of a Country Music Album. I can't wait to get them and display them everywhere!
Thank you Stephen...and your assistant Allison! The photo's turned out amazing!

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

The Announcement and First Few Plans

After we announced our engagements to our family, friends and members of our very large wedding party of 10 bridesmaids, 10 groomsman, 2 ushers and 2 flower girls. We began the planning process. Knowing that Jeff was going to be in Columbia/Jeff City for work, I knew I needed to get a lot of planning done quickly because I would be job searching to relocate with my new fiance. So we quickly picked the day, July 7, 2012, the location, Rancho de Schlittler, my uncle's farm and the concept of a country wedding with BBQ, Beer in mason jars and lots of singing and dancing...think Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert's wedding on a smaller budget. At my first wedding show I booked Fish Eye Fun and can't wait to have them as our photo booth vendor.
Me and Jeff's twin sister at the bridal show...she's getting married on 5-5-12. Jeff and I fixed her up with her future hubby :)

Why a Country Wedding?
Growing up I always pictured myself having this formal wedding, very fancy because that was what I thought a wedding was. After doing some heavy research at the nine weddings we attended in the past year, I decided it was more than fancy meals and banquet halls, I realized it was celebrating the marriage of me and Jeff and doing what we feel a celebration should be like. It made it easy to decide on our country wedding plans because we love what Country is all about and we tend to show that side more being two love birds from Jefferson County who met while attending Southeast in the bootheel.

Posing in the spot where we will be married on 7-7-12 at Rancho de Schlittler

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Say Yes To The Dress

My favorite part of the planning process so far was trying on wedding dresses. What girl doesn't dream of trying on those beautiful dresses, seeing herself walking down an aisle, etc...

I decided I wanted to go to Desoto Bridal Garden where I bought all of my dresses for High School dances, because I knew I would have the best luck there. Boy was I right. My eye caught this beautiful dress, which I cannot describe because it is a surprise, while our consultant was telling me to look around and be open to all styles. I had her hang up the dress along with about ten others my sister, mom and I liked. Olivia, my sister and maid of honor assisted me in the dressing room so my mom could take photos as I came out in each dress. First dress I tried on was nice, not what I saw myself in, but loved the feeling of putting a dress on. On to dress number two, the first one I picked out... instant tears from me and my sister, as I walked out my mom caught the tears and we all agreed I had found my perfect dress! It was one of those Say Yes to the Dress moments that I wish every bride could have. An important moment of my life that I will never forget, and I'm happy I could share it with my family.

After pretending to be at my wedding in my new dress, I did have to reason with myself to try on the other dresses I had selected. I said, I need to do this, I have been waiting my whole life to try on dresses and can't believe I found it first and tried it on second. Let me tell you, none of the others compared, ok a few were top 3, but very far from my number 1 pick. I can't wait to post pictures from the dress shopping day. You will see puffy, but happy eyes from my entire family, even dad as he was racing to get to the bridal shop to see me in my dress.

The only photo I can share for now ;)