51 Days To Go!

Official countdown/stressing out has begun! Invitations have been sent out. RSVP’s are on their way back to me (I hope!). Now it’s time to make some final decisions on decor, flowers, music, attire, wedding vows…oh goodness…now do you see why I’m beginning to stress!

Thankfully I have a very low maintenance daughter who is happy with pretty much anything. That being said, I purchased invitations at Hobby Lobby and printed them myself. If you don’t have the Hobby Lobby app on your phone, GET IT! The ability to have a 40% coupon that can be used once a day is an awesome deal. When it’s all added up I think I spent more on postage than I did on the invitations. 

Gray invitations were printed in purple and wrapped with purple tulle bow.

Gray invitations were printed in purple and wrapped with purple tulle bow.

We’ve also finalized the menu for the reception. I’m holding my breath on the RSVP’s because I think we’ve over invited folks. We’ll just see how it plays out. No RSVP received = No seat at the reception. 

I purchased all the materials needed to make the boutonnieres today and thanks to Hobby Lobby’s 50% off sale on wedding items, I can make all 8 for $2.00 each. Yay!

In other news, the bride and bridesmaids have GOT to get together and pick out dresses!!!! (hint hint…I know you’re reading this bride to be!) Yes, with 51 days to go they haven’t picked out bridesmaids dresses! 

I’m off to work on boutonnieres and get those done. Mother of the bride and mother of the groom corsages will be done next. Busy busy!!

Introducing the bride and groom!

Since I’ll be sharing this journey of my oldest daughter’s wedding I thought it would be a good idea to begin with introducing everyone to the bride and groom.

Kayla and Stump's Engagement Photo
Kayla and Stump’s Engagement Photo

Kayla and Stump met in 2010 through mutual friends.  They consider August  14th their official anniversary date. Of course, her dad didn’t like him and his mom didn’t like her and like most young couples they struggled with this.  Of course they had some bumps in the road but they made the most of their situations and this has made their relationship stronger. In September 2012 they found out Kayla was pregnant and their first child, Kaiden Daniel, was born May 6, 2013. Even though they are very young, they are excellent parents to their son and I couldn’t be more proud of them. 

Kayla was born on November 10th and is the oldest of my 3 children. When she was younger she cheered with the Lynn Haven Raiders, where almost every year she was awarded the Best Sportsmanship award. She was always the sweetest, always concerned how others were, and most tender hearted girl.  Later on she played softball and this was really what she was meant to do. She was just awesome at it! She and her younger sister, Jaymee, drove me nuts fighting all the time and I’m sooooo thankful that they’ve grown past that!! I’m so incredibly proud of the woman she’s grown up to be. 

Stump was born on November 2nd (can you imagine how crazy it gets in their home when it’s birthday time!).  No, his legal name is not Stump! His name is Jeffrey Daniel, a name that Kayla likes to call him just to tease him. He was nicknamed Stump because as a small child every time he would get in trouble he would hide behind a tree stump in his family’s back yard. When he was younger he played football and baseball and also loves to play basketball.  When Stump was planning how to propose to Kayla, he enlisted my help in picking out the ring. It was rather comical to be honest. He would sneak Kayla’s phone because she had pictures saved then text them to me and delete the texts. All while Kayla was thinking he was just playing games on her phone. 

Stump proposed to Kayla on their 3rd anniversary. Carrabba’s Italian Restaurant helped out by putting her ring in her dessert. Kayla was in complete shock and beyond excited. If you know Stump then you know he doesn’t show much excitement about anything so I didn’t expect any jumps for joy when she said yes. 

The Proposal!!
The Proposal!!

And so begins our journey to happily ever after for Kayla and Stump! Stay tuned!

Ready! Set Go!

I have totally been slacking with posting on my blog. I’ve done a lot of updating on my Facebook page and tend to forget about my actual blog. With that being said, I’ve created a new category within my blog titled “Mother Of The Bride”. My goal is to document all the happenings, stresses, joys, and most importantly the excitement of planning my oldest daughter’s wedding. Thankfully I have 8 months to plan and of course PAY for her wedding. 

For anyone planning a wedding I strongly suggest downloading the app from theknot.com. My daughter, Kayla, and I both have downloaded hte app onto our phones and my iPad. It helps us work on the guest list, budget, to do list, and basically keep us all organized. LOVE IT! 

Before we could officially get started with the planning I had her pick 3 dates then we set out to find a location. We spent an entire afternoon going from one side of the city to the other looking and gathering pricing lists. The first place we visited ended up being her choice and from there we could confirm their first pick in dates. Yay! After having to find a member to sponsor the event, she turned in the deposit for: http://www.stabyc.com/ and the date is officially set for

July 26, 2014!!!

Oh, did I mention I’ll be doing all this planning from 1,000 miles away?! Yes, I’m in Texas while she’s in Florida so needless to say, when I’m back home visiting we’ll be getting in as much planning as possible. Yikes! While I was home visiting we also went dress shopping with my youngest daughter who will also serve as her maid of honor, Jaymee. Just like the wedding venue, she fell in love with the first dress she tried on! Double yay!! Yes, there was the moment that all of our eyes filled with tears at the reality of the moment but so much excitement filled the room as well. Her gown, veil, and sash is sitting on layaway at http://www.shopdreamgowns.com/. The dress fit her perfectly and will not require any alterations. It was meant to be!

One final thing to do before I left was to get engagement photos done. Here’s where I get to try out my awesome, new DSLR camera! I love love love taking photos and of course my kids are always my guinea pigs. We went to Oaks By The Bay Park in St. Andews, FL for photos.  Jaymee picked out and purchased their attire for the photos and she did a wonderful job. 

So, from here I’ll be gathering addresses and logging them into theknot.com app and ordering Save The Date magnets. By the way, how clever are Save The Dates?! I love the magnet idea because who doesn’t love a magnet on their fridge. The Save The Dates are especially important when you’re planning a wedding this far out and you have out of town guests that will need to plan time off work, travel, etc. 

Stay tuned for more news! I can’t wait to share the next few months with y’all!