Bridal Blogger Kristy: My Farewell

Bridal Blogger Kristy: My Farewell

Kristy and Eric on their wedding day. Photo by Matthew Hall.

So now what?

Some people have the post-wedding blues, but my reaction following our wedding was relief that the planning had concluded, and excitement for our life together as husband and wife.

I wish I could tell you that our life was this simple; that we returned from our honeymoon and everything fell into place, that we got back into a routine, and settled right into married life. Eric and I returned from our honeymoon relaxed and ready to start our future together—but in a new environment, slightly further north and much closer to the Big Apple than to Philly. We both had decided to take new jobs in Northern New Jersey at the beginning of the year, and thankfully, were offered start dates at the end of July. We were thrilled at the opportunities but hesitant about the relocation.
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Bride-to-be Blogger Kristy: Our Amazing Canadian Honeymoon

Bride-to-be Blogger Kristy: Our Amazing Canadian Honeymoon

Kristy and Erica on their wonderful Canadian honeymoon!

Eric graciously took the lead on the honeymoon planning and during those hectic weeks leading up to the wedding, I kept my dreams of relaxing in Alberta in the back of my mind. (I switched the background of my work computer to images of beautiful Alberta, and it was my saving grace during the busy times of wedding planning.)
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Bridal Blogger Kristy: Our Wedding Day! (With Photos!)

Bride-to-be Blogger Kristy: Our Wedding Day!

Kristy and Eric on their wedding day!

Even though I wasn’t a wedding daydreamer as a little girl, in the weeks leading up to our wedding, I’d daydream often. The designer in me kept wondering how everything would fit together, but with a week left before our wedding, I stopped worrying, because at that point, the decisions had been made and the details were in place and the weather was as unpredictable as any other day in June.

The day before and at our rehearsal dinner everyone kept asking Eric and I if we were alright, how were we feeling, and what were our thoughts? We would simply respond, “We’re ready to get married.” We’ve been ready for years, but in those last days, I realized that everything was seamlessly falling into place. Eric and I, our friends, and family were overjoyed, happy, and ready to celebrate our marriage.
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Bride-to-be Blogger Kristy: Our Personalized Wedding Ceremony

Bride-to-be Blogger Kristy: Our Personalized Wedding Ceremony

Kristy and Eric last year at their engagement party standing underneath their wedding date: tomorrow!

Last week, Eric and I went to the Little League game of our officiant/friend/pastor’s son (yes, he’s all those things), and after watching him win, we finalized our ceremony.

Eric and I are so blessed to have a longtime friend of Eric marry us. Working with him has been one of the easiest processes, and Joe has given us freedom to do as we please while simply giving us suggestions and allowing us to customize and format of the ceremony just how we prefer it. He and his wife have served as mentors to us during our marriage preparation and it’s made asking questions, talking about difficult things, and sharing our thoughts about marriage such a comfortable process. They have been so helpful.
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Bride-to-be Blogger Kristy: Making a Donation For My Dad Instead of Favors

Bride-to-be Blogger Kristy: Making a Donation For My Dad Instead of Favors

Kristy, her dad Barry, and her sister (and matron of honor!) Stacey, at the ALS Express last weekend.

During wedding planning, I’ve constantly run into other brides who are going through the same process, and we occasionally share stories. I’m envious of the ones who start their story with, “I’ve been dreaming of this since I was a little girl!” because I haven’t. Not that I didn’t think about marriage—but I never dreamt of a wedding until 18 months ago. I’ll chalk this one up to my regimented schedule as a youngin’: basketball, track, soccer, softball, repeat. I don’t know how my parents kept up with our schedules, but we loved it, so they made it happen.

Even though I didn’t spend time fanaticizing about my wedding as a youth, I’ve had ‘flash forwards’ within the span of our dating relationship: Eric and I ending a great evening slow dancing to a David Gray song in the living room—flash forward to us dancing at our wedding. Listening to my best friend share her vows with her husband just a few weeks ago—flash forward to our being at our wedding, and sharing the same words.
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Bride-to-be Blogger Kristy: I’ll Be a Spray-Tanned Bride

Bride-to-be Blogger Kristy: I’ll Be a Spray-Tanned Bride

Kristy and her tan-mentor friend and bridesmaid, Lauren, with their spray-tan glows last weekend.

Before this past weekend, I would sit all day inside a building with beautiful sunshine outside, with my thoughts of being a bronzed bride slowly being crushed thanks to my 8-to-5 work schedule. But at my last dress fitting, I knew I’d either have to start figuring out a way to spend a lot of time outside, which, as I just mentioned, seemed impossible, or find an alternate route to getting a little sun-kissed glow.

Now, I know with those comments some of you may be quickly reminded that I’m from Jersey. I’ve seen Jersey Shore—heck, I grew up going to the Jersey shore—and I know a fake-and-bake tan when I see it. And I wasn’t looking for this result; I was looking for something healthy, natural, and wouldn’t hurt my skin.
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Bride-to-be Blogger Kristy: My Bachelorette Party!

Bride-to-be Blogger Kristy: My Bachelorette Party!

Just one of the fun details from Kristy's bachelorette party.

I’ll admit that early on, my ladies and I planned an epic bachelorette party in our heads. Not Vegas, but something a little more girlie and relaxing: Napa Valley, CA. I just happen to have a few connections out there, as my sister lives and works in Sonoma in the wine industry, and with one of my best friends and bridesmaids tying the knot just weeks before me, the idea of a double bridal shower started to surface.

Time, though, our dwindling budgets, and some unexpected yet amazing surprises (my other sister expecting a baby and becoming an aunt for the first time!) ended up bringing our dreams of daytime vineyard hopping to a screeching halt before we even had a chance to look up flights. But I was completely ok with all of this, because more than anything, I just wanted to spend quality time with my favorite ladies. At the end of this past weekend, my expectations were not only fulfilled, but overwhelmed. With some careful planning by my bridesmaid, Jess, and assistance from my mom, sister, and friends, the weekend was a perfect farewell to my singledom.
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Bride-to-be Blogger Kristy: The One-Month Countdown to the Wedding Is On!

Bride-to-be Blogger Kristy: The One-Month Countdown to the Wedding Is On!

Kristy and Eric celebrating one month to go before the Big Day!

This past week, we celebrated our one-month-until-the-Big-Day mark, which we decided at the last minute to enjoy with dinner and drinks.

In the beginning of this whole thing, I used to wait with excitement for the “milestone” emails to appear in my inbox from theknot.com, providing me with accomplishments for the next phase in planning. I would happily log in and check the boxes off after completing a task. Then, I started to realize that a couple tasks would linger from month to month, mostly things like “reevaluate your budget” (ugh, I dreaded this one); “figure out what traditions you wanted to include in your ceremony and reception” (how much can you really vary a Christian ceremony?); and “figure out your day-of schedule” (ew, this one really made me sick to my stomach).
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Bride-to-be Blogger Kristy: Deciding Which Wedding Details to Keep—and Which to Cut

Bride-to-be Blogger Kristy: Deciding Which Wedding Details to Keep—and Which to Cut

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I keep wondering to myself, as I spend late nights looking up decorative treat bags for our favors and local items to include in our hotel guest bags: Do the little things really make a difference?

After a year and five months of engagement, I’m ready to get married already! Slaving over carefully selecting details has me losing sleep at night. So someone, if you can, please assure me that the little things do make a big difference.

I think this comes pretty standard in life situations. I think back to my parents’ “words of wisdom” post I wrote in October when they celebrated their 35th wedding anniversary, and one of their pieces of advice was, “Surprise them with simple things.” Well I’m realizing that a lot of simple things start to add up! So I started vetting through the details list to see what we could do on our own, what we should purchase, and what should be eliminated. And of course, some key factors played a role in our decision-making: time, money, and importance.
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Bride-to-be Blogger Kristy: The Hunt For the Right Wedding-Dress Undergarments

Bride-to-be Blogger Kristy: The Hunt For the Right Wedding-Dress Undergarments

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And it’s finally starting to take shape! Nope, not my booty—even after completing squats galore for the past few months (I’m destined to never have one, thanks to my father’s stick frame)—I’m talking about the shape of my wedding dress. After a handful of appointments with my seamstress, about four returned undergarments, and a slight spike in my stress level, the dress is starting to really take shape and it couldn’t happen soon enough because our wedding day will be here before we know it!

I feel like I went into this whole thing extremely prepared. When my dress arrived at the beginning of the year, I instantly dropped it off to my seamstress. (After my parent’s cat had been eyeing up the garment bag that housed my dress to use as a scratching post, I was anxious to get it out of their house.) A few weeks later, my mom and I found ourselves at my first alteration appointment, holding my dress up as my seamstress jokingly complained about the structure of it. The dress fit pretty well from mid-waist down, almost perfectly—but don’t worry, the top half of the dress made up for it’s almost perfection.
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