Engagement Chronicles: Registry and Decorating Class at Pottery Barn

A few weeks back, my mom and I attend a joint registry party/class at Pottery Barn with their sister store Williams Sonoma. It was a fun little night! Part of the bonus is that we were able to register in their system if we wanted, which allowed us to create a registry if we wanted. I went ahead and did this because (1) I was already there and I wanted to register there anyway, and (2) I seriously cannot get enough of their stuff!

The event started first where we were lead by one of the managers to tell us about the store and how it was set up. She mentioned at the start that the summer stuff is seasonal and that by the time of our wedding it probably would not be in stock anymore. I already knew this, but it made me upset because I really LOVE all the beach and outdoors-y stuff!

So after that we were left to start registering. At first, I wasn't really into it because our wedding was over a year out and I just felt that it was too early but I decided to register for a few things, but I did eventually find a few things I decided to add.

Here are some of the items:
Shiny Hammered Flatware

Juliette Oversized Serving Platter (the one on the left)

Vintage Wood Carved Bowls

PB Classic Glass Canisters

They also had a session on how to make centerpieces. This was the part I was most interested in. I really love the lanterns with rope, shells and candles. During this part they were really good about helping you pick out what was complimentary to your theme and how to design them. I didn't know this, but they even have a complimentary service to help you actually set them up at your reception! How cool is that?

Here are a few ideas of what we came up with:

Knowing we want to do something like the above photos we bought a few of these pieces which were on clearance. We got them for practically nothing!

At the end, they gave us goodie bags that had informational items in them as well as some chocolates.
This experience was really good. We were able to learn more about registering and about Pottery Barn/Williams Sonoma. I would definitely suggest this event to other brides. You can learn so much from it and really figure out what you actually can and should register for. But as a planner I think it gives the brides another perspective of registering and etiquette. It gives a little more insight, I think, than just one person. The employees help brides all the time with registering and they know what is popular and what the new trends are.

Until next time...


Etsy Find : The Printed Surface

The Printed Surface

I stumbled on these fun latte mugs on Etsy while "window shopping". If you and your Boo are coffee, tea, or any sort of liquid drinkers, this would certainly be a nice way to share a moment together. They'd also make cute gifts for a lovely couple, if you're looking for something unique. Hop on over to The Printed Surface on Etsy, and check out all of the little lovelies they have created over there!

The Printed Surface
Um, hello??? Mr. and Mrs. Pacman??? So cute I can barely stand it!

Happy drinking!


A Little Lucite Love

I love parties!  I love...minus the clean up...hosting parties at home too.  I found the cutest lucite tray from Polka Dot Design while on Twitter the other day.  Wouldn't this make an awesome addition to your party decor.  It also makes a nice gift for a new couple who may soon be hosting parties of their own.  What's pretty cool too is that you can buy and change the insert to change the look of your tray.  Wouldn't it be fun to use this as a serving tray when you have guests?

Right now, they are running a sale for 20% off if you use the code LUCITELOVE20!  What's not to love about a deal?  Ends 7/30, so get moving.!

Party on party people!

Polka Dot Design
P.S.  I should tell you, I don't know these folks (although I'm sure they're good people), don't own one of these, nor am I getting paid to talk about it.  I just seriously think it's super cute and would be nice to own or gift one especially while on sale.  =)


Engagement Chronicles: Navy and Coral

Apparently this whole wedding thing makes me a little indecisive. I started off wanting blues and greens like ocean colors for the colors of the bridesmaid dresses and such. Then after my maid-of-honor (MOH) and I went shopping for dresses at Wendy’s Cincinnati Bridal, I got really discouraged. We found two great dresses that were so pretty. They were both Bill Levkoff, chiffon with rouching in the middle. 

But neither of these dresses, all of Bill Levkoff, actually, came in the color I wanted. So I felt down about it. I just felt like I was going to have to compromise and that was something I didn’t really want to do. So I went home and talked to my mom about it and she told me to check my closet and see what colors I found/wore most often throughout my clothes. As I did just that, I found that I wear a LOT of navy. I actually love navy; I feel it is very sophisticated but adds some fun. It can be worn just like a Little Black Dress but it adds something else to it!

After looking through my closet, I decided that I would change my colors to navy and coral. Coral is a fun and flirty color that I like to pair with navy at times. Just adds that pop of color! Coming to this conclusion made choosing a dress much easier. As you can tell from the photo above, that the two dresses we chose to be our favorites came in navy and are both very flattering. This made the dress dilemma disappear! What a nice surprise. 

You can check out my Pinterest boards here, I recently made a Navy and Coral pin board to keep all of my new ideas in one place. I absolutely love this photo! This picture just solidified my new color choice. I was already thinking about having the guys wear gray and now they definitely will!


Until next time…


The View

I'm not native to the Greater Cincinnati area.  From Michigan actually, where it's pretty green, flat, and depending on the time of year, cold.  When I first moved to the Cincinnati area, I remember being struck by the amazing beauty that exists here in both the architecture of so many historic buildings and the city skyline.  No surprise that there are many awesome photo opportunities here be it in the natural setting or a super cool venue. Find an awesome photographer, and you'll no doubt have the most amazing wedding pictures.  The options are endless!

Here are a few personal favorites.

Fountain Square

Bell Event Center

George Rogers Park

Urban City setting

Devou Park

So what's your favorite location?


Engagement Chronicles: 365 days!

So, today marks one year for Steven and I. This is where I think insanity sets in. With all the well wishes already today, it makes me very excited but nervous.

Just as an inside tidbit: I do not like being the center of attention. I love being behind the scenes and making everything happen. [I think that is why I like event planning so much!]

So for me to be one year away from my actual wedding, it makes me somewhat nervous. But when I see this, it makes it all worth it! :)

Until next time...

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