Our Wedding: First Look

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Our wedding days can always end up to be a tad bit stressful. Last minute decisions have to be made, someone forgot their bow tie, or a dress doesn't fit. If we aren't careful, we forget to focus on what really matters. Today you will marry the love of your life, and that is all that matters. 

One thing I am so thankful we did was a first look. It eased my mind in so many ways and was truly the biggest blessing I could imagine. If you are engaged and considering having a first look, here are ten reasons why I think you should go for it.

Your husband gets the honor of seeing you before all of your guests.
As soon as I heard this truth about first looks I knew Gabe would love the idea. He cherishes things like that that make him feel like the most important person in my life. He loves knowing that he holds my heart and means more to me than any family or friends I have.
You get you nerves out.
You know those butterflies in your tummy you get when you have to speak in front of a crowd or classroom? Well, your wedding day will maximize that by about 3,000,000! Seeing my soon to be husband before the ceremony settled my nerves and made me ready to get the show on the road!
You can take pictures before the ceremony. 
We had a late ceremony, so this gave our photographer more than enough time to get all of the shots she needed.
Your wedding will not last as late.
By getting your pictures out of the way before the ceremony, you don't have to keep your guests waiting until the pictures are taken before they can enjoy that gorgeous wedding cake!
It makes things a little bit more normal for a few minutes. 
Having time together before the ceremony was so intimate and special. I would not trade those moments for anything.
You can pray together. 
Hearing my future husband pray for our marriage was exactly what I needed on that day. I am so thankful that I was able to hold his hand during prayer and hug his neck afterwards.
Walking down the aisle can still be emotional.
 Seeing each other before your ceremony begins does not take ANYTHING away from that special moment of walking down the aisle. The tears of joy will still come, I promise!
Your hair and make-up will be fresh for pictures.
 After laughing and crying through your ceremony, your make-up may not be picture perfect like it was before you walked down the aisle. Get those beautiful pictures taken before all of the emotions come!
This might be the only time you get to spend together alone.
After the ceremony begins, things get crazy and you might not get to spend any quality time together. Words cannot express how thankful I am for that sweet time together before the ceremony.
The ceremony and reception go by FAST.
 Remember when I said things get crazy when the ceremony starts? Time will fly by, having so much uninterrupted time with my husband and bridal party is something I do not take for granted. Time would not have allowed for that if we would not have had a first look.

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DIY Pillow Case and a Little Imperfection

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Let me preface this post by saying that I am very inexperienced the the area of sewing. I know how to set up my mini sewing machine, and how to sew a straight line, but that's about as far as I get. 
If you are a pro at operating a sewing machine, please do not look down upon me and my amateur sewing techniques! 

The  fabric I chose is one that I have been crushing on for quite some time. From the day I spotted it on Pinterest, I have been hooked. One day as I was walking through Hobby Lobby, a light shone down into the fabric department, and there is was! I immediately threw it on the cutting counter and asked the lady for a yard. I knew I had to use it for something!
It had been sitting in my craft corner for a couple of weeks before I decided to try my hand at making a couple of pillow cases. Warning: I did not follow a pattern or template, I just went for it.

Cut your fabric to the desired length. Allow enough extra for the fabric to overlap by a few inches in the back. Fold and iron the edges of the short sides of the fabric about 1/2 an inch. Hem these edges. 

Turn your fabric inside out, and cover your pillows the way you would like them to fit. Pin the top and bottom edges of your fabric and mark where you would like to hem. Remove your pillow from the slit in the back, and sew along the top and bottom of your pillow case where you placed your pins and markings. Flip your pillow case inside out and you have a perfect pillow case with no hand stitching needed!

Aren't they gorgeous?! Gorgeous and so simple!!

Let me know how your pillows turn out in the comments below!

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