MEP to MEC: Two Months to Go

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Two Months. 61 days. That is all we have left until we are finally Mr. and Mrs! Admittedly, it was hard to feel excited all of the time, especially when the big day seemed so far away. However, having our wedding invitations spread out all over the dining room table and piles of boxes in the front room with “Wedding” stuff on the right and “House” stuff on the left is starting to make this whole process even more real. Not to mention Jody picked up our wedding bands this past weekend as well! Y’all, we are getting married!!

While it is easy to become distracted by the billions of things that still haven’t been checked off of the to-do list, I am trying my best to savour every moment we have left of our engagement. Decisions are being made every day, which has made my brain run on wedding mode constantly. It has been so much fun to plan one of the biggest days of my life, but my favorite memories along the way have been when Jody gets excited when we hear a song that we are planning to play at the reception, or when I picture my groom at the end of the aisle — imagining these sweet moments take my breath away every time! But in two months, we won’t be imagining these moment any longer. 🙂

Completed in April

  • Officially book hair and makeup
  • Scheduled hair and makeup trial
  • Began gather bridal style inspiration
  • Printed invitations
  • Mailed our invitations (!!!!)
  • Celebrate with family and friends at my Bridal Shower 
  • Pick out our ceremony readings We have a list of options but just need to pick our favorite 
  • Scheduled my first dress fitting
  • Began searching for day of shoes and jewelry
  • Decide on table centerpieces for the reception

Need to Complete in May

  • Finalize ceremony music
  • Pick the rehearsal dinner menu
  • Buy reception decor pieces
  • Purchase gifts for our wedding party, parents, and each other
  • Begin crafting wedding day details
  • Order linens
  • Talk through ceremony with our officiant
  • Finalize order with florist
  • Finalize bar and catering details
  • Order Cake topper
  • Make a playlist for cocktail hour
  • Complete packet for our DJ
  • Exercise like crazy for dress fittings
  • Order rehearsal dinner invitations

 

My Pre-Wedding Workout Inspiration

Over the past two years, I’ve started to keep track of my monthly goals that I’ve learned to set for myself. I’ve been setting New Years Resolutions for years, but before I started writing them down, it became easy to forget what my goals for the year even were. My weekly planning includes a goal setting section at the beginning of each month, which has been a fabulous place to keep me focused on what I’d like to accomplish each month. If you have been following with my monthly goals, you have learned a little bit more about what I’m currently working towards, one of which being the process of developing a healthy lifestyle.

I want to preface this by saying I am in no way an expert when it comes to eating healthy and workout out religiously. However, I started to make some changes in my diet and workout routine in the past year, and I love how much better I feel! Without getting too personal, I am still working towards my overall goal of learning to balance a healthy lifestyle so I thought I would share a couple of things I’ve learned with y’all.

  1. Develop a Routine: I am all about a routine, but sometimes I need to switch it up. When I first attempted to start working out (relatively) consistently, I had to find a way to get myself excited about getting a workout it. I tried a couple of barre classes in Richmond, which I loved, but the closest studio to me now is 45 minutes away, which is just too far to go after work. I started biking, and once I started to notice how much better I felt when I got a workout in, it become easier to motivate myself to go to the gym. I even schedule workouts in my planner, which holds me accountable to go on the days that I would rather go home.
  2. Only Eat When Hungry: It has taken me a long time to wrap my head around this one, especially as one who schedules so much of their life. But I’ve also noticed how much better I feel when I don’t force myself to eat if I’m not hungry. My go to is just a quick smoothie after a workout — just hits the spot!
  3. Find Your Motivation: Luckily, right now, my motivation comes easy since we are getting close to our wedding date! However, when the date still seemed like a year away, it was sometimes hard to find the motivation I needed to push myself through a workout. I began to use my time while doing cardio to watch wedding videos (it becomes an even harder workout when you’re trying not to bawl on the elliptical!) and videos of our resort in Jamaica. I also have a playlist of songs that we plan to use at some point during our wedding day, so I usually listen to those when I am making my way through the weights. Not only does it keep me motivated through the workout, but energizes me with all that is to come.

That’s it! These small changes have helped me feel so much better, I’ve had a lot more success working towards my goals.What tips or tricks have you tried? I’d love to hear more ideas of how to balance a healthy lifestyle, especially when I don’t have a wedding to motivate me anymore!

 

MEP to MEC: My Bridal Shower

I have not been able to stop thinking about my beautiful bridal shower that was thrown for me last weekend! It was so surreal to have so many family and friends all together in my little hometown to kick off the first wedding event. Especially after all of the other wedding events I’ve participated in this year, my shower was the first time I actually felt like the bride.

My mom, sister and wonderful bridesmaids all worked together to throw such a fun celebration full of all of my favorite things. We started the party with brunch themed menu, complete with a variety of Quiche, fruit and a biscuit bar! I had mentioned back when I had first started planning our wedding that I wanted to incorporate a biscuit bar into the day, but we later decided it wouldn’t have worked with our menu, so I was excited to see it at the shower! We played a few different games, my favorite being “How Old Was the Bride?”, which had ten different pictures of me displayed and everyone had to guess my age when each picture was taken! Come to find out, Jody actually had a role in picking those pictures out.

Each guest brought a recipe with them for my to add to my collection, which was such a fun and thoughtful idea! I loved reading through some of my family and friends’ favorite recipes and am looking forward to making them! There was also a cute display where the guests could write down date night ideas for Jody and I, so we can keep dating each other, even after the wedding!

I had such a wonderful afternoon surrounded by so many of my favorite people. I loved every minute of my shower, and the day made me even more excited to celebrate with everyone again on June 24th!

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April Goals

Happy April, friends! April is usually one of my favorite months of the year, and this year is no exception! Between pre-wedding celebrations, Easter, and hopefully some weekend bonfires, this April has a lot to live up to!

But before we look ahead, March was a pretty solid month in accomplishing some of the goals I had set for myself. While most of them are being carried over through April, I am happy with what I did choose to focus on this month. Most importantly, Jody and I took time for ourselves and our relationship, which definitely helped alleviate some of the pre-wedding jitters and stress!

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Our friend Jackie snapped this picture of Jody holding Tiki while we attempted to sing “Happy Birthday” through the giggles. 🙂

March Goals

  • Observe the Lenten season by prayer journaling 3 times a week and following this Lenten devotional series. While I didn’t get as much prayer journaling completed as I had hoped, I did end up getting my devotional series emailed to me everyday, which made it way easier to complete because I always am near my email.
  • Continue devotions with Jody in our preparing for marriage devotional
  • Celebrate Jody’s 26th Birthday Both weekends surrounding Jody’s birthday were packed with event, but we were still able to celebrate! I had some of our Richmond friends meet up at a brewery to surprise Jody when we were passing through after a wedding the weekend before his birthday and on the big day, he and I went to dinner at a place we had been wanting to try out and completed the day with cake and a few friends!
  • Finish reading ‘Grace Not Perfection’
  • Take a wedding trip to Virginia to celebrate the marriage of Olivia and Matt; yay! Y’all, this was one of the sweetest weddings I’ve ever attended. I was so honored to be a part of the festivities!
  • Order wedding invitations
  • Complete at least two barre workouts, in addition to regular gym time

April Goals

  • Stay consistent with my eating and workout plan
  • Finish reading ‘Grace Not Perfection’ (I am determined to complete this so I can move on to other books!)
  • Go through clothes and get rid of things that don’t fit or I don’t wear anymore
  • Continue to observe the Lenten season by prayer journaling 3 times a week and following this Lenten devotional series.
  • Continue devotions with Jody in our preparing for marriage devotional
  • Take time to enjoy simple moments in the midst of this busy season