Three Weeks Out: How I’m Feeling

by jenna on May 2, 2013

My wedding is in three weeks.

My wedding is in three weeks!!!!!!

Y’all, that’s nuts. I can’t believe it. I thought I’d write a little post today on how I’m feeling with it all, like an internal check-in. I know I’ve been super vague about all wedding stuff on this space and that’s just because the majority of my friends and family read my blog and I wanted things to be a surprise for them! I plan to write a few in depth wedding recap posts after we get home from our honeymoon and I promise to then share alllllll the juicy deets.

So how am I feeling?

GREAT! I seriously cannot wait to marry my best friend. I feel like in the past few weeks, especially, I’ve just been falling more and more in love with him than ever. In case you’re wondering {I would be}, I’m not doing any sort of “bridal bootcamp” exercise program or strange cleanse. Instead, I’ve been doing yoga a few times a week and eating lots of avocados. Guacamole, anyone? Y’all, I’m so laid back about the whole thing. Our wedding is super laid back, too. It totally fits our personalities to a T. We’re having an outdoor ceremony next to a creek in Austin. Hopefully it won’t rain or be 140 degrees. If that happens though, I guess I just have to accept that it’s all part of the adventure. Then, our reception is in a barn-type space where we’ll dance and eat mac & cheese and carrot cake until our stomachs hurt. We leave on our honeymoon the next day!

I still have a few more little details to work out, such as wedding favors. We know what we want to do, but I just need to put all that together and ship everything down to Texas. Some of the best advice that I got when we started to plan was figure out what’s important to you and invest there. To me, that’s all the food. Dress? Not so much. Adam will think I look beautiful no matter what I wear. Flowers? Meh. Whatever. But the food….that’s got to be good. It’s different for everyone though!

I think as much as we are looking forward to celebrating our big day with friends and family, we are equally just as excited to finally just “be married”. I’m so excited for our future together, to start a family one day and just do life side by side.

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Laura@ Fit Running Mama May 2, 2013 at 1:34 pm

So exciting– the final weeks are the best- and leaving on your honeymoon the next day is even better!! We went from our hotel the next morning after the brunch to the airport and then onto Greece!! Such an exciting time! Enjoy the moment!

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Jenna | je na sais quoi May 2, 2013 at 1:38 pm

Love how laid back you are being and I agree, you should share after the wedding, rather than before! Looking forward to it. Jenna

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rachel May 2, 2013 at 1:39 pm

that’s so exciting! laid back and informal is the way to go!

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Live Love Yum May 5, 2013 at 5:24 am

Ditto. I would love to be cool, calm and collected. I hope – one day!

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Kelli H (Made in Sonoma) May 2, 2013 at 1:39 pm

I couldn’t agree w/ this post more. I’m getting married on July 13th to my best friend, and boyfriend of 11 years, so we’re dying to just finally be married! Enjoy your day and can’t wait to read your recaps.

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Nicole May 2, 2013 at 1:40 pm

I don’t think you have to worry too much about the weather, luckily! Lately the hottest it’s gotten in Austin is 90 degrees, for like a day. It’s been randomly and wonderfully mild…most days lately are in the high 70′s/low 80′s. And not much rain! A bit of sprinkling here and there, but pretty much only one legit downpour for like half a day.

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Laurel May 2, 2013 at 1:40 pm

So happy for you! (and excited!) Can’t wait to hear all the details of your special day!

Best piece of wedding advice EVER: When you get to the day of your wedding, let it all go. You’ve done TONS of work to get to that day, but when it arrives, don’t be stressing about what is or isn’t done. Just enjoy each moment. Take a pause ever so often during the day, look at your husband (or soon-to-be), and absorb all the goodness happening around you.
Many warned me that I would be so busy with greeting people, the elation from the day, etc. that I would forget everything on my wedding day, that it would be a blur within a week. But a dear friend, my matron-of-honor, pulled me aside the night of the dress rehearsal and told me to just let it all go and enjoy. I was so intentional about it the next day and relaxed, giving it all to God (and the day-of wedding planner), that I remember so many beautiful moments and I will cherish those for the rest of my life.

ENJOY!!! God bless you. :)

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Ksenija @ Health Ninja May 2, 2013 at 1:45 pm

That sounds so beautiful! I cannot wait for a wedding recap with a lot of pictures … especially of the food. It’s also nice to hear that there are brides who do not starve themselves for their big day :)

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Sarah May 2, 2013 at 1:45 pm

Jenna – I’m getting married on the same day as you! Best of luck to you in soaking it all up. What a blessing to have found our “one”, right?!

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Dana May 2, 2013 at 1:47 pm

I’m so excited for you!! You really deserve this wonderful time in your life! I love your entire outlook about it , too! You’re a smart cookie, lady! The entire wedding sounds beautiful! And Mac n cheese? Well that’s just plain old smart. Enjoy and can’t wait to see pics!!

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Marguerite Miller May 2, 2013 at 1:48 pm

So glad you are being so laid back about it all! It will help you so much getting through that last week especially! No matter what happens, your day will be memorable and you will be starting your lives together as Husband and Wife…and that is the goal anyway! Everything else is just the icing on the cake!

Take the time to look around at everyone who came to spend your day with you and share in your love!

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dixya@food, pleasure, and health May 2, 2013 at 1:51 pm

so excited for your big day :) cant wait to see all the pictures :)

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Laurie Tomlinson May 2, 2013 at 1:52 pm

You are marrying your Almanzo! Makes me so happy for you :)

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Jenny May 2, 2013 at 1:54 pm

I’ve been reading your blog for a while now, in fact, I was reading when you traveled cross-country and started your job in California. Your writing and recipes and photos are so enjoyable, and it’s so wonderful to read about your excitement for the coming weeks!! Congrats and it sounds like everything is going to be amazing :)

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Sarah @ Yogi in Action May 2, 2013 at 1:56 pm

3 weeks- wow! That’s SO soon. Congrats on being so laid back- the best weddings are always the one’s that reflect the couple. I’m sure it’ll be an amazing day- and I echo other people’s comments with I can’t wait to hear more about the specifics!

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brooke @ sweats & sweets May 2, 2013 at 2:06 pm

For us, it was the food too! I wanted the best I could find in Savannah, and for me that is The Olde Pink House. Our guests couldn’t believe the selection of what we offered them. Starter of She Crab Soup and their famous BLT salad with an appetizer of shrimp and grits on a spoon, then selection of entree from steak to chicken, pork, or fish all with the best sides they offered. Of course, at the time I was in the wedding industry so I had an idea of how I wanted things, the best surprise was our cake! I actually made it from the bakery I worked at and it was a surprise in the end. The dress I got for a bargain..only paid $160 and no could believe where I got it.

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Stacey May 2, 2013 at 2:13 pm

I know how excited you are. I get married next weekend (!) and we are SO READY to just “be married”. It’s kind of like planning a big party, with an awesome outcome and an awesome beginning to another chapter of life. Your wedding will be beautiful :D

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Purelytwins May 2, 2013 at 2:21 pm

we are so excited for you!!! hard to believe the big day is almost here :)
your wedding plans sounds wonderful and we just know it is going to be a perfect day for you! it’s going to be beautiful!!

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Zainab| Blahnik Baker May 2, 2013 at 2:23 pm

That’s so exciting!!! It’s so good that you are feeling great and relaxed because you should be!! It will be the best day ever! Try to take in all the moments during those short hours :))) I can’t wait to read the details.

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Averie @ Averie Cooks May 2, 2013 at 2:28 pm

Congrats, Jenna! I know that you’ve got to be just so ready for it to happen and so you can have the day, live it to the fullest, and then get on with having the rest of your lives together and have your future unfold. I have no doubt your food will be amazing and can’t wait to hear more about it all when the time is right. So fun that you want to surprise your guests and that’s great!

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joelle (on a pink typewriter) May 2, 2013 at 2:42 pm

I love how excited you seem, aaaaaaaaand that you’re so laid back about it. I’m not engaged, but I feel the same way about the whole wedding thang.. food’s where it’s at in terms of top priorities. ;)

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Caroline Leigh May 2, 2013 at 2:46 pm

i’m getting married on may 25 toooooo!! i’ve been reading your blog for 4 years now and i’m so excited for both you and myself :)

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Keely (Sky Blue) May 2, 2013 at 3:08 pm

Just catching up on your blog and reminded again why it is one of my very favorites:) So thankful for you and your beautiful heart!

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Sara May 2, 2013 at 3:18 pm

Praying for you sweet lady!

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Dana @ Conscious Kitchen Blog May 2, 2013 at 3:38 pm

How very exciting! I love how laid back you are – it will make you enjoy your day all that much more. No need to stress because what’s really important at the end of the day is that you are married and that you both are happy.

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Amy Walters, aDESIGNdock May 2, 2013 at 4:09 pm

Beautiful post! This is so exciting. A laid back, Austin wedding complete with Mac & Cheese. Sounds perfect ;)

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lani May 2, 2013 at 4:31 pm

I got married last November and I tried my best to have the same outlook. It is about the marriage, not the wedding. It’s just a big dinner party with your favorite people. So enjoy and have fun!

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Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat May 2, 2013 at 4:44 pm

Ahh I’m so excited for you Jenna! I am 100% confident that food will be a huuuuuge priority at my future wedding too. I look forward to the menu tastings way more than dress shopping! Good luck with all the final details. I know it will be an amazing day for you and I can’t wait to see photos!

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Kiran @ KiranTarun.com May 2, 2013 at 4:56 pm

Time flies and I’m sure we are all getting just as excited for your happy day, Jenna! Eeeps!!

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Suzanne de Cornelia May 2, 2013 at 5:33 pm

You are so wise. When I got married several people kind of ‘took over’. It was a garden wedding, Beverly Hills caterer…although I don’t think I ate anything..was busy dancing, laughing, chatting. What I most remember/cherish is the hug my mother gave me, dad walking me down the garden path, (it was very pretty), loved the music. Had a great time…but like you…just went with the flow.

Oh, my dress required a bustier as the back was deep cut sheer lace. In the excitement the fancy bustier went missing and I had to go to my wedding braless. Classy. lol.

Those weddings where it’s all about the brand name shoes etc…think miss the point. I had a blast. You will too.

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Tieghan May 2, 2013 at 6:28 pm

Jenna, Your attitude is awesome!! I love how laid back you are and how laid back your wedding is. This is how I would want my wedding to be, plus NO groom likes a bridzilla! Oh and mac and cheese at a wedding is the BEST idea ever!

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Aggie May 2, 2013 at 6:59 pm

So excited & happy for you both. You have such a real & healthy attitude, I love it. Weddings can make people mental :)
Your wedding sounds perfect!! xo

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Emily @ Perfection Isn't Happy May 2, 2013 at 7:13 pm

This is how I felt before my wedding too! I was so ready to be husband and wife — it’s such an exciting time! Food was one of my biggest priorities/investments too!

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Jessica l Food Wine Fashion May 2, 2013 at 7:18 pm

Congratulations and enjoy the last few weeks of planning your wedding, it only happens once! And whatever the weather dishes out – good or bad – don’t pay attention to it…everything will work it just the way it should be!

xxoo – jessica
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Sarah @ Making Thyme for Health May 2, 2013 at 7:28 pm

Aww, you two are going to have such a beautiful wedding! I can’t wait to see the pictures and what the venue and food looks like. Such an exciting time, savor every moment.

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Lily May 2, 2013 at 7:32 pm

Just had some avocado on toast and thought about your instagram :)

You’re going to be the most stunning bride Jenna, and I am so so excited for you and Adam!!

It’s ALL about the food! I think I’ve been thinking up menu ideas since I was 5, haha!

xo Lily

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Heather @ Heather's Dish May 2, 2013 at 7:47 pm

I just cannot believe that it’s almost here! And so excited that you’re sort of “checking in” and sharing a little with us!

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Jane @ Not Plain So Jane May 2, 2013 at 8:12 pm

Sounds like you definitely have your priorities set :) Good food is #1 people remember the food!

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jan May 2, 2013 at 8:17 pm

I remember when my wedding was over, I was almost sad. It was so much fun to look forward to and I enjoyed the day. It’s SO MUCH FUN getting married! I will say that being married is even better though.

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Jenny May 2, 2013 at 9:06 pm

My husband and I got married in a pizza place that we rented out. True story. It was kind of awesome.

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Christa @ Edible Balance May 2, 2013 at 9:50 pm

I love how laid back you are! Honestly, if you can just take your time and savour each moment, you will enjoy it much more than worrying about every single tiny detail. Just remember to savour each moment on your wedding day, it goes by SO fast! Many blessings to you and your family during this amazing time in your life!

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Lauren @ sassy Molassy May 2, 2013 at 10:21 pm

Ah, so excited for you guys. Can’t wait to hear the details after the fact!

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jamie@ green beans & grapefruit May 2, 2013 at 10:47 pm

Yay!! What an exciting time!

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Keith B May 3, 2013 at 12:07 am

How Exciting!!! Congratulations to you and the lucky man to be!

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Live Love Yum May 3, 2013 at 3:58 am

Beautiful. I love your attitude about whatever happens happens….important for everyday!!!

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Molly @ RDexposed May 3, 2013 at 5:04 am

Yay! Thanks for writing this.

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Karen May 3, 2013 at 5:46 am

Ahhh…so refreshing to hear you aren’t doing any bizarre body boot camps, etc. and not sweating the details – in the end, none of it matters except that your loved ones are there helping you celebrate your union. So excited for you, Jenna…stay cool!

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Kaitlin @4loveofcarrots May 3, 2013 at 6:31 am

I cannot believe your wedding is just 3 weeks away!! I am sooo excited for you!!

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Kelly May 3, 2013 at 6:32 am

I can not wait for the wedding recap for now make sure to enjoy every moment! :-)

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Eliza May 3, 2013 at 7:33 am

I 100% agree with you about this post!

I am getting married in August and I think too many people get obsessed with all the details. Although, I do get sucked in sometimes the things that matter to me is to have some good ol’ blue grass music, deicious food and cake and that my family and friends are there! :)

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whitney May 3, 2013 at 7:49 am

Hi Jenna,
I started following your biog not long before you got engaged. I found you for your recipes but stayed for your stories and insight into your life! From someone out in Internet space, I am truely happy tor you! Your engagement story was beautiful, your blogs about finding yourself and your life’s passions are inspiring and I’m sure when you get back from the wedding/honeymoon, the tales will be equally lovely! Congratulations to you and Adam! Cheers!

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Lisa May 3, 2013 at 8:26 am

Have fun!! That’s the main thing. You will be beautiful!

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Heather Kneisler May 3, 2013 at 8:26 am

So fun! Love how relaxed you are!

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erin @hooleywithaz May 3, 2013 at 9:05 am

love your outlook on everything. everything that happens on your wedding is what makes it your day that you will remember forever. and it will be the best no matter what.

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Emily @ Life on Food May 3, 2013 at 9:53 am

I know it will be wonderful for you and that is all that matters. I cannot wait to see how it all comes out.

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Kristy May 3, 2013 at 10:35 am

I totally agree that the food is the most important part. I plan on investing in a whole bunch of southern style bbq…my favorite. I’m in the middle of planning the whole thing right now. Good bbq is hard to come by in New England though…I might have to smoke all my own meat!

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Katharine May 3, 2013 at 1:19 pm

Love this! I definitely think the biggest lesson I learned from the process was to just be YOU. A couple months out I started worrying that I hadn’t “done enough” – no crafts, no Pinterest projects, etc. But I realized that I don’t do that in real life, so why would I for my wedding? And in the end, it was perfect. It reflected our personalities and who we are as a couple – anything different would have felt forced. And it sounds like you are staying very true to yourself, so kudos for that! Enjoy these last few weeks :)

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The Healthy Apple May 3, 2013 at 7:36 pm

So excited for you! Enjoy these 3 weeks!! xox

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Kim May 3, 2013 at 8:10 pm

Yay!!!!! Your wedding is going to be beautiful. My husband and I got married last August with a very similar vibe (except we served Indian food), and it was one of the most beautiful days of my life. I will echo the comment above about being intentional to take it all in on the day of. You’ll be shocked afterward at how quickly it flies by. But it really is an amazing experience to get to celebrate with the ones you love. Congratulations again and God bless!!!!

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Danica @ It's Progression May 4, 2013 at 5:34 am

I just love your attitude about everything. All that pressure so many brides put on themselves just is not worth it – I know from experience! :) You’re exactly right that your groom will love you no matter what and what really matters that day is how you both feel, the smiles brought to your faces, and the fun you have…those are the memories you’ll remember!

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Mackenzie May 4, 2013 at 9:11 am

:) :) so happy to hear you are enjoying the weeks leading up to your wedding.

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Teri May 4, 2013 at 7:10 pm

You’re so cute to listen to, Jenna! I hope your wedding is a wonderful as you are!

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Louise May 5, 2013 at 6:10 am

Jenna, that’s a wonderful attitude to have about the wedding, life, in general! What an wonderful Bridge you’ll be, for it’s not about the outside but the inside. Best wishes to you and Adam!

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Gwen May 5, 2013 at 5:57 pm

Jenna,

First of all; Love, Love, LOVE the glasses! That from a slightly older woman who has become dependant on them.

Secondly, enjoy every minute of your wedding and your reception. Savor every minute and every conversation. And remember, the wedding is a blip on the radar of a lifetime with that best friend of yours. I wish you all the best! That from a woman married to her best friend for 28 years!

May you be fruitful in your endevors together! I am confidant you will be! :)

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Peggy DiPietro May 5, 2013 at 6:49 pm

You are adorable! Stay calm these next few weeks! Enjoy the ride!

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Amy @ healthy and fit for real May 6, 2013 at 5:27 am

I love it! You sound like what I would be like when it comes to a wedding…let’s just get married and eat, drink, and have a good ol time!

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Haley May 6, 2013 at 11:37 am

Thanks for reminding us all that it’s not about what you wear or exactly how everything matches… I’m getting married in about six weeks and people keep asking me about dress, linens, what my maid-of-honor is wearing- stuff that doesn’t matter (to me, at least). I appreciate hearing from someone else that what we’re doing (and eating) and who we are with is what’s really important.

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Megan May 6, 2013 at 11:53 am

Yay! I know your day will be fabulous and laid back and all you dreamed of and more. Oh yeah, and it will be a blur! Looking back at pictures reminds me of certain things from my wedding that I forgot. Here’s to all the mac and cheese you can eat!

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Courtney May 6, 2013 at 8:15 pm

I love this. I’m getting married in August and my feelings are so similar to yours. However, I find myself comparing things to other people’s weddings and get caught up and stressed about details that I really don’t care about, and lose sight of why I’m getting married in the first place. This is an excellent reminder for me to keep true to myself with everything. Thank you for being so down to earth! This came at the perfect time :)

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Kristin May 12, 2013 at 2:55 pm

I’m so happy for the both of you ….
I tell all my clients to read your blog for the great recipies and such
Enjoy your days together
Early congratulations !!!!

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Michelle K May 15, 2013 at 10:16 am

Congratulations!!!

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