wedding // welcome bags.

October 21, 2014 in wedding.

there was no question in our minds, we would be putting together welcome bags for all of our guests. but we did have two questions. what would we put in said bags? and how the heck would we get them to the dominican republic?

the answer to the first question came to us slowly over the course of six months. our guest bedroom became more wedding headquarters and less bedroom. it’s still not put together. we began gathering items. they fit into two categories: survival kit or fun. in our survival kit, we included: chapstick, alcohol prep pads, bandages, emergen-c, tylenol, breathe mints, tums, and tissues. for fun, we included: custom koozies, custom stadium cups [with straws + lids], door hangers, and a welcome packet.

our full intention was to find plain tote bags and have them printed with a design [J] created. but we lucked out. as my mom + I were innocently shopping one day, we spotted totes at forever 21, wearing the phrase “♥ is all you need”. [they didn't have our exact amount in that design, so we found "love" & boat anchors too]. to personalize the totes, we had them printed on the back side with our names & wedding date.

wedding // welcome bags c/o LLinaBC.com

wedding // welcome bags c/o LLinaBC.com

wedding // welcome bags c/o LLinaBC.com

wedding // welcome bags c/o LLinaBC.com

wedding // welcome bags c/o LLinaBC.com

wedding // welcome bags c/o LLinaBC.com

wedding // welcome bags c/o LLinaBC.com

we used an entire suitcase to transport our welcome bag goodies [and our other personalized wedding decor] to the dominican republic. it weighed 48.5lbs. we considered that a win. until we arrived at our destination, and our bag did not. it took all of me to resist transforming into bridezilla or bursting into tears mere moments after arriving in paradise. all was right with the world again when it arrived the next evening. thank you chicago for not holding our bag hostage for too long.

I would highly recommend welcome bags to any brides having destination weddings. 

our top items were easily the emergen-c, koozies [for the fully stocked beer fridge in the rooms], our welcome packet, and the bag itself.

wedding // welcome bags c/o LLinaBC.com

if nothing else, it provides a fun wedding souvenir for everyone to take back home.

happy tuesday.

wedding // the best week ever.

October 20, 2014 in wedding.

[J] + I are still living on a cloud. neither of us can get over how incredible our wedding week was. or how exhausted we are.

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we arrived at the hard rock resort & casino in punta cana, dominican republic on tuesday afternoon. we were greeted by my father & a tray filled with five frozen tropical cocktails, called the van halen. did I mention one of our suitcases never made it on our airplane? another cocktail please. we immediately put on our swimsuits & went towards the water. then came our first group dinner, 13 of us for hibachi.

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we spent the next two days [wednesday + thursday] greeting guests & relaxing and drinking poolside. on wednesday night, there was a romantic dinner planned for just [J] + I. it was perfect. [our lost luggage arrived to our hotel on wednesday evening. no big deal, it just had all of our wedding items in it. I can finally breathe ..easier].

wedding // the best week ever c/o LLinaBC.com

wedding // the best week ever c/o LLinaBC.com

friday came entirely too quickly, and kicked off our wedding events. we accidentally skipped the actual rehearsal entirely. when you’re on island time, it can be hard to get people on a schedule [us included]. it ended up working out perfectly. our wedding party was only two bridesmaids + two groomsmen so we figured it would be no problem. [true statement: I didn't see our ceremony site until I walked down the aisle to get married]. our rehearsal cocktail hour + dinner took place on a terrace overlooking the ocean. so breathtaking.

wedding // the best week ever c/o LLinaBC.com

wedding // the best week ever c/o LLinaBC.com

saturday: [J] + I’s wedding. which I’ll save for a later day.

on sunday, exhausted was a word that couldn’t even be used to describe me. I was beyond that. but there’s something about being surrounded by palm trees and crystal clear water, that forces your eyes open. so we spent the day at the pool with our families + friends. [it's all about the dirty monkeys. yum!]. besides saying goodbye to many guests, monday looked much the same.

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tuesday was our day of departure. and of course, came too quickly. we woke up early to walk around the resort & snap photographs. we said goodbye to our ceremony site. drank our final dos equis. shot a champagne cork off our balcony. and sipped down one last dirty monkey before our shuttle picked us up at noon.

we’ve been home for 4 full days and are slowly adjusting back to “real” life. with countless loads of laundry + trips to the grocery store. but more importantly, catching up on sleep.

I am very, very excited to share all of the details of our big day.

happy monday.

wedding // the DIY bride.

October 10, 2014 in wedding.

Hi! I’m Samantha from The Brunette One and I’m super excited to be guest posting for Chelsea while she is off getting hitched in the Dominican! She left Iowa just in time, a cold front just came in and I would love to be on the beach soaking up the sunshine!

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Chelsea asked me to share something about my wedding adventures (you can read more about my wedding adventures here – I’m waiting to post all the details of our day – our wedding is going to be published so that put a slight hold on sharing all of our beautiful images captured that day). Where do I even begin?! My husband and I tied the knot this past spring on May 31st. Our wedding was absolutely magically. I chalk it up to celebrating our love in front of all of our friends and family who could make the trip and dancing the night away with all of my favorite people.

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We had a year and a half engagement, and in my book that was more than enough time, maybe too much. I’m a planner by trade and I was my own worst client. I took on every DIY project from center pieces to designing and printing all of our wedding stationary (save the dates, invites, menus, and our wedding programs). I blame Pinterest. :) But the lessons I took away from being a “DIY” bride and want to share with you today is that it’s ok to delegate and ask for help with projects – that’s why you have your parents, aunts, uncles, bridal party, etc. They want to help (most of the time…). It’s ok to nix some projects, and if something doesn’t go right, absolutely NO ONE will ever know, or for that matter, care. Everyone who shows up that day is there to celebrate you and the love of your life, not if you didn’t get to add two more chalk board signs, or if a name is misspelled on the wedding program. Shit happens and makes for a good story later on when you reminiscence about your big day.

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So take a deep breathe and have FUN with all of your wedding projects and events as the big day arrives. Take it all in on your wedding day, it goes by in the blink of an eye (so cliche but oh so true).

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