Happy New Year everyone! It is going to be an amazing year :)
And we are starting it off with some good news-
Drum roll please….
WE HAVE A VENUE!!
After a week of searching high and low for the spot we will exchange vows, we found the location. My grandpa, friends and other family members were by my side calling and checking out different places in Louisville with not much luck.
A very close friend and bridesmaid, Abby, suggested I go and re-visit her parents’ property one day after I described to her what kind of wedding we are picturing. Justin and I love simple- we want nature to be a huge part of our decorations and that is why we have been leaning on renting a tent and starting from scratch versus finding a location with all the decorations already in place.
In high school we spent a lot of time out at Abby’s house with land but for some reason it had completely missed my radar for a wedding venue.
When she talked with her parents and suggested we put up a tent out there, it all came back to me and I could see the ceremony and reception playing out. It’s perfect. Her parents have a beautiful home out in the country. After walking past her driveway and behind the house, you come to a trail that leads you to a huge opening- big enough for an outdoor ceremony and a rented tent for the reception.
So after a quick visit to the property surrounded by woods, I showed Justin the pictures I snapped and we said “okay, let’s do it.”
The only concern some people have is that it is going to be iffy weather. In March in Louisville, you have no idea what you are going to get. I feel like it will be perfect even if it is snowing but not everyone might agree! So please join us in prayer for clear skies and somewhat of a warm day so that everyone coming can enjoy the evening to the max!
Now that we have the venue, we can move on with other things.
We are working on the invitations this week. It has been a long process (about 3 days in so far and several helpers) to put together all 200 invitations but they are turning out beautiful and when I think about all the money we are saving by doing them ourselves, I find the motivation to cut another stack of pink cardstock and trim pieces of lace. And I must say, it has been fun watching my fiancé hole punch tags with peacock feather stamps and cut strips of coral ribbon :)
We have only spent about $150 on paper, lace, ribbon, stamps, and ink for the printer. I addressed each envelope so I hope you are able to read my scraggly cursive handwriting!
One of the God stories during the process- I started getting anxiety about doing our own invitations when I realized how difficult it was going to be to print off everything in the perfect dimensions. Our invitations have an inside pocket that will hold invitations to different events, the RSVP card and other informative slips. Well, in order to make each cardstock piece of paper fit pretty, I assumed it would take a lot of math and a lot of trial-and-erroring.
What do ya know though… I typed up all the information for each slip and didn’t even format any of it because I knew it would be draining and was avoiding it until the last minute. Well, I printed out all 5 different cards to use as a template to play with (expecting it to be all the wrong sizes) and I almost started crying when I took the papers out of the printer.
Thank you, Jesus!! They all fit perfectly… could NOT have planned them to fit and all be the right heights to be layered if I tried for hours. I love it when Jesus helps us out with things like this.
Abby was working alongside us and could only say “No! …..No way! It’s perfect!”
So keep your eyes peeled for the invites! It is fun going through the guest list and seeing how blessed we are by people from all over the world. Because of Justin being from California, me going to college in a different state than my hometown, and spending this past year and a half overseas, we are sending out invitations to 10 different countries and all over the U.S. (there are 135 out-of-towner invites going out.) We are bringing in a random mix to Kentucky and I love every bit of it!