Sunday, September 7, 2014

I FEEL EVERYTHING


I feel so many wonderful feelings right now. And I just had to stop and take a minute to share them with you.

I am in a whirlwind of blessings. It’s just amazing how many wonderful and amazing and exciting things are keeping me busy.

Right now, I’m sitting on my couch, watching Dawson’s Creek on DVD in our new condo.

That’s right. JOSH AND I BOUGHT A CONDO!!!! The whole experience has been such a crazy thing… happening right before our wedding. Which is in less than one week! I mean, how did we even get here?!

Once we hit two weeks out from the wedding things got very exciting. We’re coordinating with all of the vendors, doing the favors, place cards, menus, programs, decorations, seating charts, bridal party gifts, music, etc. And my dress! And Josh’s suit!



Amidst of all this joy, we’ve also experienced some sadness. My mom had to put down her horse and my childhood dog Max in the same day. Last week hit us all hard but especially my mom. We are lucky because Max and Ladd had very long, very happy lives, but losing them still hurts. It put everything for the wedding in perspective a bit. As my mom grieves, our family has rallied around her. Her friends and those of us in VA and even out of the state have come to be present for her and to remember Max and Ladd. I had a moment (of course feeling very sad over Max) where I looked around at my Aunt, cousin, step-dad, and mom eating Chinese food and mourning Max and Ladd and I realized that this is what life is about. It’s about the people (and animals too!) in our lives. It’s about being together. Being present for each other. Consistently and without fail.


That is what I want in my marriage and that is what this coming week is all about. My family and my friends are coming from far and wide to celebrate with me and be by my side as I choose Josh. I haven’t cried once in my wedding dress but I’m crying just thinking of all the love that will surround me this weekend. I cannot wait to get married and I can’t wait to say my vows in front of the people who mean the most to me in the world.

Eeeeee!

I have so many posts to write with all the details of the house, and the wedding prep and my bachelorette party and just everything. But this update will have to do for now. I’m a little busy being grateful for all the wonderful things keeping me busy. ☺



Friday, August 15, 2014

BRIDE DAY FRIDAY: FAVORITE ETSY VENDORS


So many wonderful things are happening in my life. Isn't it just hilarious that they are all happening at the same time? Yes it is. Hilarious and miraculous. Life is full of little miracles when you stop and take the time to notice them. 

We are making excellent progress with the wedding planning. All the big decisions are made (WAHOO!) and now it's just the little details and paying invoices. I think Josh and I can handle that. :)

I am so excited to report that we have all of our RVSPs in and... drumroll please... we have exactly 200 guests attending including me and Josh. Exactly. EXACTLY! I don't know why that makes me so pleased but it is such a perfect number and the number we were hoping would come so it's perfect. I feel as though this was a gift to me and I'm extremely grateful. We invited 249 so we were quite worried that we would have more people attend than would actually be able to fit. Phew! Glad that one worked out!

Josh has his suit fitting tonight and I have a second hair trial and dress fitting tomorrow. We also get to pick up our wedding bands tomorrow - our custom rings are done and we are so excited. Last night we spent some time going over the smaller decoration items that we need to finish. The menus, programs, place cards, and welcome letters are all on our lists and under way. 

Josh also rocked the to-do list this week by sending music to our choir and pianist (our friends are singing and playing the music for our wedding mass) and my colleague Melissa is letting us borrow her cornhole boards which saves us about $140 (that we didn't have!) and makes it super easy. I've ordered the cake and we're just about ready to pay the shuttles. It's seriously all coming together. 

Actually, typing this out I feel a lot better about our progress. It can get really overwhelming to look at our (still very long) to-do list and realize we have less than a month until we get married. 

It's also fun to say, "in 28 days, we will be doing our first dance right now as husband and wife." So crazy!


I have a lot of posts that I need to put together about all the wedding progress (including another shower and MY BACHELORETTE PARTY which was just perfection) and I promise they are coming. Some stuff we want to keep a surprise until the wedding though, so I'll schedule those while Josh and I are on our honeymoon. :)

Today, I want to share some of my favorite Etsy Vendors. These shops are great not just for bridal wares but for anyone who needs gifts or party supplies. I have really enjoyed working with these vendors and they have been so kind and patient answering my questions and making tweaks back and forth. Tell them Maureen sent you!

Deco Cards - We are using this darling shop to print table numbers and a few signs for signature cocktails, etc. They are extremely affordable and they can customize any cards for you. So easy to work with!

Green Garden Stamps - So that the servers know which of our guests ordered chicken, steak, or vegetarian. I ordered three of the most adorable chicken, cow, and green pepper stamps for the place cards. Not only was Green Garden Stamps easy to work with, but when shipping was slightly delayed, she gave me a partial refund without me even asking. Great customer service.

Prince Whitaker - One of the motifs for our wedding is the state of Virginia. It's where we both grew up (primarily), where we met, where we fell in love, where we will get married, and where we will start our lives together. For our cake topper we ordered a little number from here. They customized the size for us and added a personal logo!

League Of Letters - This shop is just so fun. Great prices and we ordered our new monogram as husband and wife to put on the fireplace mantle at the reception. It comes as plain wood so you can decorate however you'd like. 

Thread Squirrel - This shop has such cute pillows and bags. Also with a state / country theme so you know I loved it. We could even customize where the button for 'home' went. :)

Morrell Decor - Lori who runs this shop is one of my favorite people. I met her randomly by asking questions about her wares on etsy and ended up getting a lot of our wedding supplies from her. She was so helpful, sent two rounds of samples, always added extras, and gave me great prices for ordering in bulk. We got our exact wedding colors of ribbon, tissue paper and place cards!

Pink Pueblo - Josh and I dabble (read: experiment and hope for the best) in graphic design so we have been making our wedding materials ourselves. Josh did the save the dates from scratch in PhotoShop and I made the wedding logo which is on our invitations, menus, programs, favors, and cake topper. I needed a few vector images and Pink Pueblo more than delivered for like $6. So easy!

Cheapest Buttons - This wasn't actually for my wedding but they were so great I had to mention. I ordered buttons for my friend Miriam's bachelorette party (which I didn't make it to due to horrible flights) but the buttons were a hit. All you had to do was send in the pic you wanted on them. So easy and a fast turnaround!


P.S. I hope you enjoyed these hilarious outtakes from our engagement shoot. ;)


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Tell me what you think..
  • Who are your favorite Etsy vendors?
  • Have you ever even used Etsy before?
  • What are your go-to stores for craft supplies?

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Getting you and your closet in shape! 
Sweat every day for 31 days.
Don't repeat an item of clothing for 31 days. 
Donate the items you haven't worn after a month or rediscover treasured pieces you forgot you had!
Things will probably fit a bit better too. ;)

Disclaimer: I haven't forgotten about the 31 Day Closet Challenge. I've been doing it and taking pictures every day. Obviously I'm behind, so you'll just have to wait until the big recap post on Tuesday the 19th. I finish on the 18th. Stay tuned...

Thursday, August 7, 2014

YOU SHOULD LISTEN TO JON MCLAUGHLIN


Because he's just that good. 

I love him. Like honestly love him. Josh knows. He's fine with it. 

So two weeks ago we saw Jon up close and personal at Jammin Java in Vienna Va. We got there as early as we could so that we could get in the front row. And let me tell you, it's a small space but it was totally worth it. 

I swoon just thinking about it. 

He is incredibly talented and as a singer, songwriter and pianist being close enough to see him play is incredible. I've never seen anyone play the piano like that. It's unreal how much he feels each note and how fast and precisely his hands can move. 

Before I go on to describe my love for his music though, please join me in giggling at the base player in the picture above. Just priceless. And yes, that's what he looked like the entire concert. ;)



Some of the zoomy - inny pictures are a little crazy town. Since we were already stand as close to him as if we were across a Starbucks table, in these you can really see him sweat. Sorry Jon. But now everyone knows how hard he was working!

The other thing that was so cool about this venue was how small and personal it was. Yes, we were in the front row but even the 'back' row of this standing only bar / club was maybe 20 yards away. So nice. Jon could see the audience and took requests throughout his set. Which was extra long btw. Worth ever penny to hear so many of his classics and even some new stuff. 




The best part of the entire evening was when Jon came out for an encore. Just him and the keyboard. And he played our wedding song. And I cried. 

We have been to see him in concert around 4 times and he's never played it live. The second he started the intro, I started crying. It was so wonderful and I'm so glad we went!


Here are my outfits from the past week of the #30DayClosetChallenge. Making progress. :) I don't remember my workouts but just know that I did them. 








I'm off to my bachelorette party tomorrow. Follow along on instagram and twitter at #maureenscreek Have a great weekend everyone!



Tuesday, July 29, 2014

LONG ISLAND FAMILY WEDDING SHOWER



I think I've told you how blessed I am to have such a wonderful family and groups of friends, but just in case I forgot, I AM SO BLESSED.

Now, that I've cleared that up, let me tell you a little about my weekend on Long Island visiting with my Dad's side of the family. I can't thank Patti, Kim and Rachel enough for planning the whole event and for my Aunt Nancy for hosting it!

Josh and I were staying at Rachel's so I got to shower and do a little curler action before heading over to the party. I even did RTR again and LOVED it with this little white dress too. :)




mon frere



On Saturday, Josh and I got up at 5am and hit the road at 6 to drive up to Long Island and celebrate our wedding family style! My Aunt Nancy hosted a bunch of us (aunts, uncles, great aunts, cousins, second cousins, brothers, sisters, and many types of in-laws) in her gorgeous backyard in Old Westbury and we had an absolute blast. 

I find it so humbling to be showered with love, attention, and presents by your family. Yes, your family should love you but they don't have to. And they certainly don't have to go as above and beyond as ours did. 

It was awesome!

 





 



Some highlights:
  • Our face on a cake
  • Delicious food
  • Bride and Groom hats
  • Games and prizes
  • Presents galore
  • Prosecco
  • Chatting and laughing all afternoon (seriously we were there from noon to 8:30pm!)

















A hand-drawn wedding / where we met map from my sister-in-law. She's so talented!

Almost all of the people at this shower are coming to the wedding and that is just one more reason why we love our family. They will travel and make it a priority to come and celebrate as Josh and I get married. What an amazing gift to give us!

I feel so loved today. And I hope you all do too!


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Tell me what you think..
  • Do you see your extended family often?
  • Is it funny watching your cousins who were babies grow up and head of to college? 
  • What is one of your favorite childhood memories with your family?

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Getting you and your closet in shape! 
Sweat every day for 31 days.
Don't repeat an item of clothing for 31 days. 
Donate the items you haven't worn after a month or rediscover treasured pieces you forgot you had!
Things will probably fit a bit better too. ;)


Monday's workout: Elliptical in the AM and Spin class in the PM
Sunday's workout: Elliptical - my one true love
Saturday's workout: Whoops - does riding in a car count?
Friday's workout: Circuit training


Monday's outfit: Robin's egg blue blouse and work skirt
Sunday's outfitWhite shorts and blue tank
Saturday's outfitRent the Runway white dress
Friday's outfitFlower child pants and yellow tee

Share your daily look on instagram or twitter #31DayClosetChallenge
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