life // where did fall go?

October 22, 2014 in LLinaBC

fall is by far my favorite season.

the weather although unpredictable in iowa, the gorgeous scenery [or better the changing of the leaves], the warm comfort food, the pumpkin frenzy, and the start of holidays.

I am a sucker for the pretty leaves, pumpkin beer, a scrumptious pot of soup on the stove, a fall scented candle, and a good ol’ fashion pumpkin carving contest.

so excuse me a moment while I wipe my tears. I woke up today in realization, october is practically a distant memory. I have 8 days to make fall bucket list magic. we have been so wedding-focused, I may have forgotten it’s my favorite time of year.

while the wedding is over and we should technically have plenty of time to embrace fall, we have another portion of our wedding to plan. our [in the united states] reception. just over a month away.

just as soon as we put our swimsuits away from our trip ..

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LLinaBC gets Hitched www.LLinaBC.com

[wedding photos by HDC photography].

happy thursday.

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.

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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].

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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.

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