Wedding Planning Part 1 (+ Inspo Pics!)


Greetings, friends!

I greet you excitedly because EEEP can you believe I’m rambling about MY wedding I’m planning? O.o NOPE, neither can I!

Anyway, I thought it would be excellent to start a series on wedding planning because I imagine some of y’all are interested and also I’ll probably want to look back on it. :) So far, we’ve been engaged for about a month and a half and have gotten quite a bit done! So, without further ado, the progress thus far.

We have…

1.Β Set a date!Β 

Choosing a date was rather a hard task, as Andrew’s sisters were only available during certain times and also we had the venue to coordinate! It took about two weeks, two weeks during which I was VERY stressed. More on that later, but: our date is May 31, 2020. 141 days to go!

2. Chosen a venue!

Choosing a venue went hand-in-hand with setting the date, because the date was quite dependent on the venue. When we got engaged, my parents told us about this venue my mom had been in contact with, called The Farm at Old Edwards. Both my parents seemed to really like it, so, when Andrew and I went out to brunch the next day we looked it up. And decided that HAHA NO that was very much my parents and not at all us.

Heh. My mom took me and my grandma up there to tour it and I still wasn’t convinced about it – it didn’t feel like a farm! And I wanted so badly to be married on a farm, just like I’d always dreamed of being married on our farm. (That was a dream I gave up on because of logistical problems.) And there were no mountain views! What’s the use, I said, of getting married in the mountains and then LEAVING the mountains if you have no mountains in your pictures!

So my mom and I toured another venue. And I searched and searched and SEARCHED to no avail. Everything was either too expensive or didn’t have what we needed.

Then I had an emotional breakdown (not glamorous). The whole venue thing was just stressing me out SO MUCH I was not happy, and I wasn’t even excited to be getting married! I have found that I cannot work towards a goal that keeps moving. I have to have some kind of success to keep going strong. I talked with my parents, and we decided on a compromise. If we could find a view where Andrew and I could get husband and wife pictures up near the Old Edwards, I might consider it as our venue.

So my dad and my mom and I went up there and toured it again. Found the view. And I said yes.

Logistically, Old Edwards is just about perfect – perfect wedding-day flow, so many things put in place to make it comfortable and practical for the guests and the bridal party, and THEY EVEN DO FOOD. Honestly, it was a really great choice. And this is whatΒ the ceremony place looks like:

Image result for the orchard house the farm at old edwards

And this is the pavilion, where the reception will be:

Image result for the orchard house the farm at old edwards

It’s pretty. And affordable for us, since we’re getting married on a Sunday and have a smaller guest list. πŸ‘πŸ»

3. Chosen a photographer!Β 

It took me quite a bit of searching to find someone I liked who was in our price range, but we have decided on Jackie from Jacqueline Jones Photography. I’m really looking forward to working with her!

4. Hired a planner!

We decided early on that we would need a planner, since, even though I AM in the industry, I haven’t planned a wedding before, and things have changed just a bit since my mom got married. So we did searching, and then my mom’s hairstylist recommended a lady who helped her plan HER wedding, and so we hired her and met with her. I think she’ll do a great job helping us prioritize and then also just enjoy the day by directing things herself.

5. Decided on the colors!

Okay, I decided on the colors a lot earlier. XD I was originally thinking we would be getting married in the wintertime, but because of Andrew’s sisters’ scheduling issues and then the fact that it’s harder to plan in a shorter time frame, it turns out we’re having a spring wedding, which actually has been my dream for FOREVER. My original color choices were dusty blue and burgundy, but after thinking about how that would do in springtime, I have decided on dusty blue and blush. With grey and then LOTS of greenery.

6. Hired musicians!

We decided on a string quartet for the ceremony music, and then my friend Carrie is actually in a folk acoustic pop duo with her friend Nathan, and so we hired them for the reception. Their aesthetic is going to be PERFECT.

7. Nailed down the bridal party!

Once again, this is out of order. XD Andrew and I both decided on who we want our bridesmaids and groomsmen to be and asked them! We are each having 5 attendants. I’m so excited, because 2 of my bridesmaids are some of my closest friends who I’ve never met! Especially my friend Penelope, who lives all the way in OR. We have been planning to meet for as long as we’ve known each other – 4 years. Also I decided on bridesmaid dresses and sent my girls the link to the selection of dresses in the right color so they can choose their dresses. πŸ˜€


I had three different appointments at three bridal shops, and at the very last one I chose my dress! To be honest, I probably wouldn’t have made a decision if it wasn’t the last appointment. I was pretty much just ready to choose, and the dress IS quite pretty. They say you’re supposed to feel like a bride, but I just felt like me! I do love the dress, and it’s going to be absolutely gorgeous. It needs minimal modesty alterations, and it’s not super traditional but also traditional enough. XD

9. Started working on the guest list and stationery

My best friend Allison is doing custom stationery for our wedding flight! We’re doing a mixture of florals in our colors and mountains. And calligraphy. It’s gorgeous. πŸ˜€ Also we’ve been working on the guest list! That has been quite the task, probably one of the longest in this process so far.

10. Created a Pinterest board and have been pinning away!

Last but not least, enjoy some inspo pics for some ideas of what we’re going for the wedding! You can also view the entire board here. :)

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SO! Y’all excited about this new series? I surely hope so! What are you most excited to read about in the coming months? I promise Andrew and I are working on the series about our story, as well! We’ve been rather busy. XD

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  • Reply Maddy

    Oh my goodness, that venue is gorgeous! 😍 It looks perfect for taking pictures. So happy for you!

    January 10, 2020 at 9:12 am
    • Reply Aria

      Isn’t it though? Thank you, Maddy! <3

      January 16, 2020 at 5:11 pm
  • Reply Hannah

    Ahh, Aria I love the aesthetic so much! It’s just so lovely! That venue is so gorgeous! I’m so excited to see pictures of your wedding day! πŸ˜€

    January 10, 2020 at 9:34 am
    • Reply Aria

      Thank youuuu! Hee hee, I’M excited to see pictures of my wedding day! πŸ˜‰

      January 16, 2020 at 5:12 pm
  • Reply Starling

    OH NOOOOO now I kinda wish I was attending your wedding πŸ˜‚πŸ˜… everything looks so beautiful and aesthetic and so sweeeeettttt!!! Hope the rest of the planning goes smoothly :))

    January 10, 2020 at 10:31 am
    • Reply Aria

      Hahaha whoops! XD Eeep, thank you, Starling!! <3

      January 16, 2020 at 5:13 pm
  • Reply Isabel

    Ahh oh my goodness, the wedding seems like not that far away haha! I’m glad the venue ended up working out for you, it’s beautiful! *chuckles* those are my dream wedding colors, I approve. It will be so fun for you to finally meet your friends!! Praying for you as you continue working out all the little (and big!) details 😊

    January 10, 2020 at 10:41 am
    • Reply Aria

      I knoooooow! I mean, it seems really far, but honestly, the end of May is coming sooner than we all realize… YES! Thank you so much, Isabel!

      January 16, 2020 at 5:14 pm
  • Reply Averey

    Oh my!! I love all of it! The venue is great! I simply love the style you’re going with, it seems to suit you extremely well!
    You’ve all done a wonderful job with all of it so far! Congratulations!! I hope the Lord allows the rest to go smoothly! Can’t wait for this special day!

    January 10, 2020 at 11:34 am
    • Reply Aria

      Ahh, yay! Thank you so much, Averey! I’m very excited as well. πŸ˜€

      January 16, 2020 at 5:15 pm
  • Reply Emma

    Oh my word the venue is gorgeous!! And I love your colors and overall aesthetic for the wedding! May is a perfect month for a wedding :)) I can’t wait to see pictures of your wedding day! Looking forward to this series! :)

    January 10, 2020 at 11:59 am
    • Reply Aria

      It is indeed. πŸ˜€ AHH, thank you! Thank you again. Me too! πŸ˜€

      January 16, 2020 at 5:16 pm
  • Reply Audrey Kate Brown

    How absolutely gorgeous! Everything about it! I love those colors for a wedding, especially in Spring! So happy for y’all!

    January 10, 2020 at 12:07 pm
    • Reply Aria

      Ahh, thank you! Yess, very springy. πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ Thank you, Audrey Kate!!

      January 16, 2020 at 5:16 pm
  • Reply Olivia

    I HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR THIS POST!!!! I. love. EVERYTHING. It’s going to be such a beautiful wedding!!! Congratulations!! <3

    January 10, 2020 at 2:04 pm
    • Reply Aria

      AHH WELL FINALLY YOU HAVE IT. πŸ˜‰ Ahh, thank you! I certainly hope so. <3 Thanks again!!

      January 16, 2020 at 5:17 pm
  • Reply Kiara

    I love it especially the colors! It looks awesome!β™₯️😊

    January 10, 2020 at 2:07 pm
    • Reply Aria

      Thank you, Kiara!

      January 16, 2020 at 5:17 pm
  • Reply Allison

    AHHH MUCH EXCITEMENT! Your wedding is going to be absolutely GORGEOUS (mostly because, well, you’re going to be in it) and I can’t believe I get to help with the art and plans, not to mention actually BE there. <3 <3 <3

    January 10, 2020 at 7:55 pm
    • Reply Aria

      MOST DEFINITELY INDEED. HA, thanks. πŸ˜‰ EEEEP I KNOW OH MY WHAT A DREAM COME TRUE *hyperventilates excitedly* <3 <3 <3

      January 16, 2020 at 5:18 pm
  • Reply Penelope!!

    im so pumped and honored to be ur bridesmaid:””)

    January 10, 2020 at 8:13 pm
    • Reply Aria

      *dances around in circles* I can’t wait TO HAAAAAVE YOUUUUUUU!

      January 16, 2020 at 5:18 pm
  • Reply Kendra

    GORGEOUS!!! I LOVE THE AESTHETIC AND THE COLORS. And that venue is just about perfect!! Congrats on having so many details nailed down. It must be a relief. πŸ˜‰ This is so exciting! I can’t wait to read about/see pictures from the wedding!!

    January 11, 2020 at 3:24 pm
    • Reply Aria

      Yes, it is but OH MY THERE’S MORE. Eeeeep, yes! Thanks, Kendra!!

      January 16, 2020 at 5:19 pm
  • Reply Natalie

    Looks like you’ve been busy! XD Glad to hear everything worked out alright with the venue and all. And getting to meet your 2 friends for the first time! Crazy! Everything looks perfect for you. Especially the blue. πŸ˜‰ I sure hope the rest of the planning goes smoothly.

    January 11, 2020 at 9:03 pm
    • Reply Aria

      Haha yeah, juuuuust a little bit! YES! Oh my, so many fun plans. YES BLUE. Thank you, Natalie!!

      January 16, 2020 at 5:20 pm
  • Reply natashaannh

    Ooh, that’s going to be gorgeous! You’ve gotten a lot done! I feel like I’d have FAR less completed. #procrastinationqueen
    That ceremony room is like a photographer’s dream, haha! Mostly because of the great lighting. I’ve photographed 4 weddings, and those indoor ceremonies can sure be hard sometimes.

    January 11, 2020 at 9:10 pm
    • Reply Aria

      Yes, I certainly hope so! HA, well, around here you have to get stuff done. Especially when you’re moving and have to be packing too!
      Yes, RIGHT? I could totally see myself photographing a wedding there and I just about died inside. XD

      January 16, 2020 at 5:22 pm
  • Reply Kiley

    AHHHHH! Aria! I LOVE your venue and I love all of your wedding inspa :) Your wedding is going to be beautiful!

    January 11, 2020 at 11:03 pm
    • Reply Aria

      Ahh, thank you! <3

      January 16, 2020 at 5:22 pm
  • Reply Kiara

    Now I wish I was attending your wedding.πŸ˜ƒ Lol!

    January 19, 2020 at 2:57 pm
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