Wedding Update: Save the Dates & Bridesmaid Dresses!

Hi friends — I’m back with some wedding planning updates! If you have zero interest in this, scroll down — the second half of the post is normal and about my run this morning. 🙂

First things first — our Save the Dates have arrived! The advice all of you gave on my post about looking at Save the Dates/invites in person was SO helpful and as a result I decided that it would be better to create our Save the Dates online because it’s so much more customizable! I loved being able to insert our own photo/text so we could actually see what it would look like before ordering anything. After some searching around, I took the advice of a bunch of you and used to make our Save the Dates. Matt and I created them together, ordered them officially on Sunday, and they were already here yesterday! Crazy fast. Here they are!



The text/pictures are obviously much crisper in person. 🙂

Exciting! We both loved the design of the card — cute, informal, and creative. The actual invites will be formal so it was fun to do something a bit different with these. We were thinking of doing magnets but ended up loving this design and it came as paper only, so we nixed the magnet idea. We have a few more address we need to gather but should hopefully send them out over the next few weeks. We’re going to print address labels instead of writing them since neither of us has great handwriting!

Next up — bridesmaid dresses! I was hoping that while Turner and Kris (two of my bridesmaids) were visiting this past weekend, we could go check out some dresses, but it turns out Ann Taylor no longer has their wedding line in stores (just online), and J.Crew didn’t have the wedding line anywhere near here. Boo! So we picked them out together online instead and are hoping they won’t suck in person.

We decided on J.Crew, and we chose this dress in Newport Navy blue for Turner, Kris, and Jessica (my fourth bridesmaid — remember her? I was in her wedding last October in Texas! She lives outside Seattle and is coming to visit in February — can’t wait):



It’s silk chiffon and the girls loved that it was cute but also looked comfy, and wasn’t overly bridesmaid-esque — it looks more like a cocktail dress!

For my MOH Jenny, we went for this dress — she liked different styles from the other girls and I was totally cool with having her get something that she thought would look best on her! It’s the same fabric/color as the others:

The girls ordered the dresses over the weekend so they will be reporting back how they look when they arrive! I hope everyone loves them. Shipping is free so we can always return and come up with a new plan if necessary — one of the perks of ordering from a regular store vs. a wedding store. I also love that they won’t have to spend $$ on alterations.

Another mission accomplished just yesterday was that we found a band to perform during the reception! The ones we wanted kept getting booked but we finally found a good one that’s available on our date. Yay! They play a great mix of current hits, oldies, jazz/swing, etc., so we’re excited.


In other news, this morning wins for coldest run of the new year! My phone said it was a brisk 28 degrees when I met up with my friends Lauren and Elle this morning at 6:45 a.m. We did our usual route, but in reverse, just to mix things up. It was pitch black when we arrived so we started on the road section instead of the trail!

Doesn’t that picture make it look like there really is a man on the moon? 🙂

The freezing weather was the perfect opportunity to try out a Christmas gift — a new Lululemon running jacket that our family friends gave to me! I was excited to try it out. 🙂 I don’t have any other jackets with hoods, and it was kind of the best thing ever on such a cold morning.

I’m not sure if you guys are aware, but I’m actually a ninja. You know, because wearing all black automatically makes you a ninja.

Lauren decided she wanted to be a ninja, too. Elle was apparently unimpressed.

Look — my hood even had a space for my ponytail to come out! Genius.

I also like that the sleeves can flip over to become hand warmers — no gloves necessary!

We ran 4.37 miles in 39:23, for an average pace of 9:01.


  • Mile 1: 10:07 (massive long hill)
  • Mile 2: 9:12
  • Mile 3: 8:33
  • Mile 4: 8:29
  • 0.37 nubbin pace: 8:18

Great run! We had fun chatting away the whole time, as per usual.

Now that my day has gotten off to a good start it’s time to bundle up and head off to class! Happy Thursday, friends!

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