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We are two weeks into our lives as a married couple and I must say, while nothing really feels different, being married to a great guy is awesome.
Now that the wedding is behind us, this site will be going through a lot of changes. I’ll keep a lot of the general information available for anyone that is interested in it, but it will be condensed into one navigation tab with sub-navigation for everything else.
You’ll notice the title of the site has changed to reflect the new direction. This will be a site that will record our journey through life as a married couple and all of the wonderful, glorious things that await us in the future. Also, the url has been updated, so you if you follow the blog from a shortcut or a quicklink, you’ll want to be sure to update that as well.
So, in the meantime, I’ll thank you for your patience as all of the changes are implemented and completed.
Before we left for St. Louis on Friday for the Tiemann Wedding on Saturday, May 18th we mailed out all of our invitations! It was such an exciting feeling to have that daunting task checked off our to do list. It was so relieving to be able to kick back and enjoy myself for a weekend without stressing about our wedding and get to really enjoy Dan and Danielle’s – which was GORGEOUS, by the way.
As exciting as it was to get the invitations mailed out, I did not anticipate how exciting it would be to start receiving responses! OMG, you guys, it is AWESOME! I love coming home and checking the mailbox and seeing little response envelopes inside. What I love even more is opening those envelopes and finding cards that say ‘Accepts with pleasure.’ We have received five in the last two days and all of them said yes. I can’t even begin to explain how much it means that people truly want to be a part of this day. Blessed comes to mind.
What might be even more exciting, if that’s possible, is the fact that we have our engagement session booked with our A.MAZE.ING photographer, Dustin. I can’t even tell you how awesome this guy is – you’ll just have to wait and see the photos.
We also finalized all of the details for the rehearsal dinner, which will be at Fiorella’s Jack Stack BBQ’s Freight House location. This place is stupid delicious and I am looking forward to our out of town guests experiencing it.
AND the wedding is going social! The wedding has its own hashtag, #SuddrethWedding, its very own Twitter account (@SuddrethWedding), and it even has its own Facebook page, Suddreth Wedding! If you want to follow along with all of the excitement there are so many ways to connect with us. And if you use Instagram, you can find us there as well with the handle, you guessed it, Suddreth Wedding. As the wedding gets closer and people begin taking and posting photos, tweets, etc be sure to use the #SuddrethWedding hashtag so we can follow and see all of your lovely posts!
Finally, there is still a more time to vote for your choice in the Father/Daughter Dance survey – the results are really close, so make sure you get your vote in and your favorite song wins!
Phew, that was a TON of information. I was going to work on program designs, but I think I’ll have a glass of wine and catch up Grey’s Anatomy instead!
Last week was our first pre-marriage class at our church. We were not really sure what to expect, but one of our ministers recommended we go to this class, so we did. I think we were both pleasantly surprised by how the class went. Since Brett and I have been together for a while we weren’t sure what we would really get out of the class, but there were some great talking points brought up in the class, and it gave us an opportunity to really talk. It also gave us a chance to ask how to handle the fact that we see each other 24/7 since we live together, work together, and carpool to work. We are rarely apart. The class leaders gave us some good advice and seemed pleased that we were able to recognize that was something we should be aware of and that we should not feel bad to ask one another for some space if we need it. All in all, I think we both got a lot out of the class and are glad that we went.
Also last week we designed our save the date cards. They came in this week and we are so thrilled with how they turned out. We have already mailed them out, so be checking your mail boxes for them.
While we were designing our Save the Dates, we went ahead and designed, ordered, and purchased over invitations, reception cards, RSVP cards, and thank you notes. When we were going through everything, of course I started to cry. Having everything in my hands just made this whole thing so much more real.
Sitting down together and addressing our save the date cards was actually really fun and while it was a lot of work, we did not mind at all. It made us realize how blessed we are to have so many wonderful people in our lives that we want to celebrate with!
We have also completed all of our registries, so be sure to check out The Registries page for details.
Also, we have set aside a block of rooms at the Drury Inn & Suites located off of I-35 and Shawnee Mission Parkway. Further information about how to book a room using the group rate can be found by visiting Places to Stay, Things to do. This page will also help you with things to do while you are in town if you decide you want to explore the city Brett and I call home.
Things are really moving along nicely and coming together as planned. We have a photographer who are just thrilled will be a part of our day! Thanks, Dustin!
We are meeting with the baker this week to discuss cake options and we have been scouting venues for the rehearsal dinner as well as looking at places to cater the reception.
Finally, we have been checking, and checking, and checking, and checking on airfare to Jamaica. One of the disadvantages of living in the middle of the country is that you are rarely able to fly direct to anywhere AND all of the flights are about eleventy billion dollars. So, in the fall we signed up for a credit card that earns miles through one of the airlines thinking that we would be able to earn plenty of miles between when we signed up when we booked the flights to at least earn one free ticket. Well, technically we probably did because we have tens of thousands of miles, but of course we can’t use them because of restrictions and blah blah blah. So, Brett being the clever and resourceful man that he is talked to a bunch of different airline representatives and was able to figure out the best way to get to Jamaica. And boy did he! Turns out we will be flying all the way to Jamaica sitting in FIRST CLASS! I am so. excited. I have never even flown in business class, so I am excited to experience the luxuriousness that comes with this.
So, things are coming together quite well and we are so excited.
160 days and counting……
Today we went to look at Mission Theatre in downtown Mission, KS as a possible site for the reception. We had looked at a another venue earlier and it was gorgeous, but just not feasible. So, we went back to the idea board and came up with a couple other ideas.
We talked to our friends to see if anyone had been to the Mission Theatre for a wedding, and a few had and said that it was nice.
We walked in and started our tour and as soon as we walked into the actual theatre, I KNEW we wanted this venue. I can’t wait to see the theatre decorated for our reception and packed full of our family and friends, celebrating, dancing and laughing with us!
Make sure you check out ‘The Reception‘ page to see a picture of the theatre!
This morning we wrote the first of many checks for the wedding. It was actually thrilling! We signed the contract and paid the deposit for our Church, officially securing our desired wedding date. I don’t know if I could be more excited than I am right now.
We love our Church and can’t wait to have our family and friends sitting in the pews we sit in every Sunday celebrating our union as we begin our newest journey together. You can find more information about the church and the ceremony here, but for now here are the main details:
When: Saturday, August 17, 2013
Where: Old Mission United Methodist Church, Fairway, KS
Next mission: scout and book a site for the reception.
Future mission: Choose color for bridesmaid dresses.
So. Much. Planning!
There’s not a lot of news as far as details go, but some of the other pages have been updated, so be sure to check them out! Under ‘Meet Our Parents,’ the Bride’s parents have been added in; I need to track down some pictures and a little bio for the Groom’s parents. And under ‘The Details,’ Honeymoon has been updated, so be sure to check them out.
If you haven’t clicked through the other pages/tabs/links whatever you want to call them, be sure you do, as more information will be appearing as the weeks and months continue.
Thank you so much for sharing our journey – we are truly blessed.
AHHHH!!! WE’RE ENGAGED!!! We are so excited to share this journey with you – our family and friends! Be sure to look through all the pages listed at the top, and bear with us as we get this thing up and running!
The planning has started, but we don’t have anything finalized. I promise as soon as we have a date set, we’ll let you know! Until then, our answer is ‘about a year from now.’ ( :
We can’t wait to share the details with you – so be sure to check back often OR you can follow the blog and whenever it’s updated you’ll get an email! How convenient is that?!
Thank you so much for your love, support and cheers! We appreciate it all. And if we seem like crazy, stressed out, distracted people over the next year, just be patient and bear with us. Or offer to buy us a beer!
Arianna and Brett