wedding // the DIY bride.

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).

wedding // a stress-free day.

Hi! I’m Becky from over at Olives ‘n’ Wine – a blog where I share my passion for keeping a balanced life through eating well, tasting great wine, staying active, and traveling to new places – and I’m excited to be doing a guest post for Chelsea today while she’s off getting’ hitched :)

wedding // a stress-free day c/o olives 'n' wine.

Before I get into the post, I wanted to send a HUGE congratulations to Chelsea and her lucky, lucky groom. I cannot wait to see photos of your big day… and be slightly jealous of your time in paradise.

Since it’s all things wedding for Chelsea over the next few weeks, I thought I’d keep with the theme and share a few wedding day tips that helped keep my wedding day lighthearted and as stress-free as possible.

1. Remind your groom to send flowers while you’re getting ready… because sometimes they need that friendly, little reminder ;) Even if you know they’re coming, you will still be happily surprised and he will flatter his future MIL. A win-win, right?

wedding // a stress-free day c/o olives 'n' wine.

2. Make sure that the wedding party has plenty of snacks and at least one mimosa before the ceremony. A hangry bridesmaid (or bride or groom for that matter!) is a force to be reckoned with! Plus, snacks can be used for entertainment before the ceremony… Kyle and his friends turned seemingly innocent Goldfish crackers into a game of poker ;)

wedding // a stress-free day c/o olives 'n' wine.

3. Don’t worry if things go wrong, your day will still be perfect! The best part is, no one will notice the little details that aren’t exactly as you planned. At our wedding, the dad’s tuxedo vests were brown instead of silver (That looked great with black tuxes, ha!), the caterer put the wrong sauce on the chicken, I fell down the stairs during photos before the ceremony, and my bustle broke. But guess what, the day was still amazing and the open bar made up for the bad tasting chicken ;)

4. A late night pizza order post-reception is nothing to be ashamed of… and you better bet that Kyle and I ordered a big ol’ pizza to our room. Since we were chatting with so many people during dinner, we barely got a few bites in and realized that we were starving around midnight. Rehashing your day over pizza with your new husband is pretty fun too.

5. Finally, just enjoy your day. Don’t feel obligated to dance with everyone or talk with everyone or please everyone. The day is for you and your husband! If you’re relaxed and having a great time, everyone in attendance will be having a fabulous time as well :)

wedding // a stress-free day c/o olives 'n' wine.

I’m so excited and happy for you, Chelsea! Safe travels and the next time we hear from you, you’ll be a Mrs.!

If you’d like to read more about my wedding day… including additional photos of Goldfish poker!, you can find the details here:

Getting Ready/Ceremony


wedding // that first look.

I want to say a big thank you to chelsea for having me as a guest while she is away getting hitched at her amazing wedding (although i would have liked to be on the beach with her right now too)! i am sending her all the best wishes for a wonderful wedding and an even better marriage, and i can’t wait to hear all about it when she gets back. lots of love to you and your new husband!

there are so many wedding traditions that i love. the vows || the father-of-the-bride speech || the first dance. all wonderful. all full of love and emotion and meaning.

but my favorite tradition by far has to be the first look between the bride and groom. there is something about the couple laying eyes on each other in all their wedding glory for the first time that just gets me. there is so much meaning in that tradition; to me it signals the official start of the marriage, the start of their new journey. it’s the first time that they are looking at the other person as their husband or their wife instead of just their boyfriend/girlfriend/fiancé, and it’s really sinking in that this is the relationship they will have with them for the rest of their lives. it’s the moment it becomes real. after all the planning and the stress and the waiting, it’s finally real.

wedding us

my first look is one of my most vivid memories from my wedding. i will never forget the feeling of walking out towards my husband-to-be (i call him Mister Man), and being so nervous to see his face when he turned around.

and when he did, my goodness did my heart swell. you know that feeling when you’re on a roller coaster and you come up and over the first hill and start to fly down? it was like that times a million. there is nothing that can compare to having someone look at you with that kind of love and awe in their eyes, and i would never trade that memory for anything.

wedding first look

wedding first look

at the end of the day, the wedding day is a big milestone, it’s huge. but it’s really just the start to the journey and the traditions are there to remind us of that. the first look, whether it happens before the ceremony or as the bride walks down the aisle, is a reminder that from this moment on, you are looking at your love in a new way. in a forever way. and that is a beautiful thing.

wedding first look

wedding first look