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It is such a perfect night here in Michigan that I just had to pause. The past few weeks have been nothing but craziness! This summer just flew by! So I’m stealing a few moments on our porch to catch up.

First up, we are heading into the final stretch of wedding preparations. Our invites were sent out in early August. I just love coming home to find a mailbox full of RSVPs! We can’t wait to see everyone in November.

The invitations would have NEVER gotten done without the talent and true patience of my friend Bree at Double Bee Design. She has been instrumental in making sure the story of our day flows throughout all the stationery products for our Day!

It started back in April when I started taking study breaks to pin photos of designs and styles I love…..sidenote, seriously! What would I do without Pinterest! (Or Etsy – another stellar online resource – and collection of talent!)…I digress…Bree was a DOLL in capturing exactly what we wanted our guests to expect from our wedding – in paper! She seriously put up with my bazillion emails – and “suggestions” or “tiny requests” – all while also planning her wedding and moving into a new home! I mean – talk about Super Woman! Bree, be honest! I think this might have been my one Bridezilla moment – with about four edits and several “wish” lists. Thanks for putting up with my paper crazy brain!

The final product was better than I could have imagined. It helped to have a friend who not only understood design, but also had great printer recommendations. She even helped me determine if the “Gravel” paper from PaperSource would “work” with our invitation theme (loooove that color!). Our invites came in within our budget – and with all the frills! That equals one happy Bride-to-be!

My Mother lent a hand in addressing each our envelopes in her signature script (Seriously special! Thanks Mommy!). While Joe used his muscles to stuff our invitation pockets with RSVP and Reception cards (without getting a paper cut!)! It was a true team effort!

We finally popped them in the mail – and are hoping to see lots of friends and family in November. Both Joe and I admit that between our families and friends, it was a tough decision on the invite list. Our wishes for an intimate, but rocking day, was a tough one to meet. Who to invite – and how to keep the list within your budget and space constraints was quite a feat! One that we knew wouldn’t be easy. We are thrilled to have so many amazing people in our life and we hope – whether you are able to come or not – you’ll join us in a toast on Nov. 3rd!


Erin and Joe