Monday, 22 July 2019

Ciesielski Wedding

  • Published: Monday, 02 July 2018 23:20
  • Written by Theresa Hoard

Who says church weddings are all the same? Classic, yet unique, this couple's wedding combined elements of tradition with originality. Nestled in a church with gorgeous stained glass windows, the ceremony began with the playing of a photo slideshow at the alter. In keeping with tradition, bride and groom did not see each other before the nuptials, however they did share a special moment together holding hands around a large tree just out of sight of one another. The medley of tradition and non-tradition continued throughout the day with a phone call from a very special loved one as the the couple exited the church, photos on playground equipment, and even a drawing for a children's prize (what kid doesn't love chocolate?!). All in all a beautiful day for a wonderful couple. 


Great Date Night Ideas for When Wedding Costs Have You a Little Strapped

  • Published: Wednesday, 06 June 2018 11:32
  • Written by Theresa Hoard

Great Date Night Ideas for When Wedding Costs Have You a Little Strapped


Movie Date

You COULD go to the theater and spend $20 on tickets and another $45 on popcorn, drinks, and candy, but in the digital age there are more economical ideas. Go to the grocery store and get all your goodies for less than half the cost of theater concessions and find an old favorite or newer movie that neither of you have seen on streaming services (Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, YouTube TV… the options are endless)!


Create Your Bucket List

Ok, this one may not SOUND romantic, but really DREAM together. Talk about all of the things you want to do together before the end of your time no matter how impossible they may seem. Your life goals, dreams, and aspirations are (or at least should be) important to your love. Having a conversation about them can be quite enjoyable and you may learn a few things you didn’t know about each other!



Yes, camping can actually be just as expensive as a hotel at times. But if you’re looking for a change of pace, why not set up a tent in the back yard? Bring out the pillows and blankets and even a laptop and don’t worry about forgetting to pack something (it’s just a short walk to get it). Build a campfire and roast some hotdogs and smores. In the morning, consider making breakfast together!


Free Concerts

In many towns, especially during the summer months, concerts are put on for free or for a small donation. Bring your snacks and some chairs and enjoy a night of music together. The best part? You’ll be supporting the community by just showing up!


House Hunting

Remember earlier when we talked about DREAMING together? There are thousands of houses online with photos and videos. Even if you’re not in the market to buy a home, it can be fun to look! Talk about what your dream home would look like, who knows, you may even find what you’re looking for right now!


An Easy Guide to Wedding Thank Yous

  • Published: Tuesday, 29 May 2018 21:40
  • Written by Theresa Hoard

Your Easy Guide to Wedding Thank Yous


1.       Greeting                                                              (Dear James and Natalie)


2.       General Thanks                                 (Thank you so much for celebrating our wedding day with us)


3.       What you’re thanking for                    (We love your gift (be specific)/appreciate your help)


4.       How the gift will be used                    (We can’t wait to use it at our next family dinner)


5.       Follow up                                          (So glad we got to see you/Look forward to seeing you again)


6.       Closing                                                           (Love, Mr. & Mrs. Newly Married)

Barck Wedding

  • Published: Tuesday, 22 May 2018 19:42
  • Written by Theresa Hoard

Stunningly unique! Every element of this wedding was personalized to the couple from the custom converse worn by the bride (complete with wedding date and initial), to the doggy ring bearer (who wore a tux, how adorable is that?!), to the pizza that was served for dinner and dessert bar afterward. This couple even chose to write their own vows and had not only an exchange of rings during the ceremony, but an Irish hand-fasting as well! Held in the father of the bride's yard, gazing over wooded areas and a pond, this wedding featured a beautiful arbor fully decorated by the father of the bride's girlfriend who also created the bridal party flowers. Custom gifts were exchanged with the groom's mother and bride's mother and father. See below for some of the pictures from their beautiful day!

Featured: Conway Wedding

  • Published: Monday, 14 May 2018 18:04
  • Written by Theresa Hoard

Paul and Hannah Conway were married at the beautiful Riverwalk in Gladwin, MI on March 24th, 2018. While the weather was a bit cold, the love between the two of them kept the area just warm enough for their small outdoor ceremony. We love the way their wedding day came together, especially with their Alice in Wonderland theme! 

Honeymoon Packing Essentials!

  • Published: Wednesday, 09 May 2018 11:38
  • Written by Theresa Hoard

One of the biggest days of your life is finally over and it’s time to celebrate together just the two of you. Packing for the honeymoon can seem almost as stressful as planning the wedding itself! Packing too much can leave you hauling around endless amounts of luggage. Packing too little could leave you without something very important. Below is list of some of the most important items to pack to help make the packing decisions a little easier.

  • Airline tickets (printed or on your phone) or e-ticket confirmations
  • Passport, visas, driver's license
  • Credit cards (take only those you'll need)
  • Any reservation confirmations (like hotels, restaurants and events) not available electronically
  • Two sets of photocopies of all of the above, plus a photocopy of related medical and/or trip insurance coverage and prescriptions (carry one set with you, leave one in the hotel room)
  • Prescription medicine (in the original bottle)
  • ID tags for luggage (inside and out)
  • Insect repellent (and anti-itch cream for the bugs that break through)
  • Sunscreen and lip balm
  • Sunglasses
  • Band-Aids
  • Aspirin
  • Antacid
  • Antihistamine
  • Canvas tote bag for beach or pool (also good for carrying souvenirs home)
  • Electrical converter and/or adapter
  • Extra pair of glasses and/or contacts
  • Ziplock bags (use for wet swim suits, toothbrushes, etc)
  • Earplugs
  • Antibacterial liquid or lotion
  • Eye drops
  • Small backpack(s) for day excursions or impromptu activities
  • Clothing (amount and type determined by location and duration of trip)

Important but Easy to Forget Last Minute Details

  • Published: Wednesday, 02 May 2018 11:35
  • Written by Theresa Hoard

Wedding planning can be overwhelming at times. There are so many things to get done that it seems nearly impossible not to forget something (no matter how many notes you make for yourself). It won’t be the end of the world if something is missed, but to save some wedding day stress, here is a small list of things that are often (and easily) forgotten leading up to the big day.


1. Marriage License. Without this piece of paper, even once the ceremony is through, you’re not actually married in the eyes of the law! Be sure to drop it off to the officiant ahead of time or give it to a trusted member of your bridal party who you know will remember it

2. Transportation. You’ve likely thought about how you and your bridal party will be getting from ceremony to reception on your wedding day, but don’t forget how you’ll get from the reception to your home or other accommodations! If you’re taking alternative transport from ceremony to reception, you may want someone to bring your vehicle to the reception site so you can make an easy exit when the night is through (or leave it there the night before). Also consider options for guests who may have had a bit too much to drive (Are taxis available? Uber? Does the hotel nearby provide a trolley?).

3. Vendor meals. While you know they will be present at this momentous occasion, vendors are easy to forget when thinking about your guest list. Vendors who will be present during dinner hour such as the DJ, photographer, videographer, and their assistants will need to be fed, so you’ll want to include them in the number that you provide to your caterer.

4. Vendor final payments/tips. Paying bills is the last thing you want to worry about on your special night! Many vendors require final payment a couple weeks in advance, but for those who don’t, consider designating someone to hand out payment that night. Just place the payment into a labeled, sealed envelop for your designated payment person and be sure to let the vendors know who to look for! Likewise, if you want to tip your vendors (though most don’t expect gratuity).

5. Back up shoes. Those beautiful high heels you chose just for the day look stunning with your dress, but they may not be practical for dancing the night away. Bring a pair of tennis shoes, sandals, or flats to spare your aching feet… or just go barefoot!

6. Wedding gifts. Designate someone you trust to get the wedding gifts back to your home (or keep them at their home until you return from your honeymoon) or at least to pack them into your car at the end of the night. You’ll be too busy saying farewells to deal with it and don’t need the stress of remembering.

20 Great First Dance Songs

  • Published: Monday, 02 April 2018 14:40
  • Written by Theresa Hoard

 Your first dance is one of the most special moments of your big day. Many couples have a song that they have deemed “Our Song” and having their first dance to it seems like a no-brainer. For others, however, it can be difficult to determine what song has the right meaning and sound to make it the right one for you as a couple. To make your search a little easier, here are 20 great first dance songs for you to consider!


All Of Me John Legend 2013

Thinking Out Loud Ed Sheeran 2014

Marry You Bruno Mars 2011

Wonderful Tonight Eric Clapton 1978

The Way You Look Tonight Frank Sinatra 1964

At Last Etta James 1961

Marry Me Train 2010

What A Wonderful World Louis Armstrong 1967

Can't Help Falling In Love Elvis Presley 1961

A Thousand Years Christina Perri 2011

God Gave Me You Blake Shelton 2011

I Don't Want To Miss A Thing Aerosmith 1998

Perfect Ed Sheeran 2017

I'm Yours Jason Mraz 2008

Just The Way You Are Bruno Mars 2010

Everything Michael Buble 2007

Amazed Lonestar 1999

(I've Had) The Time Of My Life Bill Medley & Jennifer Warnes 1987

Unchained Melody Righteous Brothers 1965

It's Your Love Tim McGraw with Faith Hill 1997