Kisses 25¢

Photo booths bring out the best in camera shy people.

Using pictures I found on Pinterest, John was able to repurpose a ticket booth to create a kissing booth to use for photos at Sarah’s and Daniel’s wedding, and I got a kiss from my sweetheart.

IMG_6523What a fun cousin shot!

IMG_6606More cousins.

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Friends and family join the bride.

IMG_6529The fun wasn’t only for the younger generation.

IMG_6703When have these girls looked better?

IMG_6483Grandparents sneak a kiss.


The bride and groom goofing around.

IMG_6526Guests get a little sassy.


The soon to be Mr. and Mrs. slip away for a kiss.

S&KAnd my sister got quite a surprise!


Not everyone needed props…a few actually just gathered with friends and family and smiled.

Finally, Daniel steals a kiss from his bride.


Final Week of Wedding Prep

This is the most exciting week of 2015! The final week of wedding preparation capped off by the big day!


So what’s on tap? Sarah, Emily, and I were busy crafting, organizing, and decorating.

John and Daniel completed cleaning projects, grounds beautification, and sound and lighting checks.


Of course, there will be trips to pick up those items that we’ve forgotten and lots of list checking. While the five of us worked at the lake on the last weekend of Sarah and Daniel’s single life, Jon and Meghan were home putting the final touches on music for the reception.

And for the record, Brian wasn’t ducking out of wedding day prep, he had to work. We’ll save some things for him to take care of next weekend.

One of the best things about all the wedding preparation: family teamwork!

Progressing Through the Wedding Checklist

We’re a family that depends on checklists to organize tasks both large and small so of course, we’ve developed a lengthy checklist in preparation for Sarah and Daniel’s wedding.

Nothing feels better than placing a check next to another task on the list, so when Sarah and I were able to spend last Saturday placing an order for rentals and selecting food for the reception and making decisions about a wedding cake, our pens were busy checking off task after task.

There’s no shortage of “to do’s” remaining, but we’re making progress!


Wedding dress

Set a date
Ceremony location
Reception location
Create wedding website
Engagement photos
Determine color palette and theme
Select members of bridal party
Reserve block of rooms for out of town guests
Make a bridal salon appointment
Select save the dates
Invitations RSVPs thank you cards
Order & mail save the dates
Collect wedding decor items
Begin planning ceremony & reception music
Sign up for gift registries
Finalize guest list & mailing addresses
Order wedding dress accessories
Book wedding day transportation
Reserve hotel room for wedding night
Choose & purchase wedding rings
Select bridesmaid attire & confirm each bridesmaid has ordered dress
Bridal shower list to maid of honor
Research honeymoon destinations
Include directions for ceremony/reception – make sure  to check accuracy
Reserve rental items
Create song PLAY and DO NOT PLAY lists
Select 1st dance & other special dance songs
Select attire for groomsmen
Draft wedding program
Schedule wedding rehearsal w/ officiant & bridal party
Plan decor: escort cards, place cards, centerpieces, linens, & details
     Cocktail Hour
Decide on wedding favors
How do people survive without checklists?
And best of all, Sarah was able to help me find a dress to wear to the wedding…not on the checklist, but what a relief!


Let the Celebration Begin

IMG_3470The first of many celebrations in honor of Sarah and Daniel took place last Friday night in Tallahassee.

IMG_3548Jeff, Carole, Meghan, John and I took off after work to attend an engagement party given by Daniel’s brother and sister-in-law, Brandon and Ali at the home of a friend, Judy.

IMG_3558Sarah’s and Daniel’s families had the chance to meet one another as friends and family gathered to toast the bride and groom to be.

The pre-wedding celebration season has officially begun!

A Valentine Wedding

Two months after their engagement, Sarah and Daniel have tackled many of the big decisions regarding the planning of their wedding, the most important…they’ve set the date…February 14, 2015! Yes, Valentine’s Day.


The heat and excessive rain we experienced in the months of August and September resulted in a change in the original plan of a summer wedding. And after much discussion regarding the location of the wedding they finally decided on Ocala.

Sarah’s wedding dress should arrive in a few weeks. The bridal party has been chosen. Bridesmaid dresses are on order. The church reserved, the caterer selected, and the photographer booked.

Pretty impressive for two months!


Engagement pictures were taken last weekend.

With an engagement party next weekend. Let the celebration begin!


She said Yes to the dress!

One big wedding task was completed last week. Sarah invited Pam (Daniel’s mom) and me to Jacksonville to help her choose a wedding dress.


Our appointment was the first of the day so we were waiting for the store to open to insure we were able to maximize the hour and a half time allotted. We hit the store with dress styles selected online prior to our visit so Kristen, our consultant, was able to locate dresses that met Sarah’s criteria.


I know I’m biased, but Sarah looked beautiful in all of the dresses. Every ten minutes Sarah exited the dressing room and modeled another dress adding jewelry and ribbons as we evaluated the pros and cons of each wedding gown.


After narrowing the selection to two dresses and trying each on a second time and then a third, it was obvious that Sarah’s face lit up in a different way when wearing one of the dresses…the dress.


We all left with a feeling of great accomplishment. Sarah has a wedding dress!