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Tips on throwing a bridal shower! by Colleen Schmidt

I had the honor of helping plan a bridal shower for my amazing stepsister with my stepmom, sister and cousin a couple weeks ago. It was such a special shower for such a special couple. It's hard to believe that May is already on it's way, you two! 

Fresh off the planning committee I thought I would share my experience planning a shower. 
1. Lists are your best friend! My stepmom, Sister, cousin and I all sat down and made a master list of everything that NEEDED to be done. This was a general list, i.e.- Invites, centerpieces, guest list, etc.) 

2. Once we had the overall checklist we divided duties up. My stepmom took the location scouting and food, my cousin took centerpieces, my sister took games and paper decor, I took invites and guestbook. The more help the merrier (and less crazed) your experience will be! 

3. Next was the fun part: We brainstormed decor ideas and made a list of all the things we would need to make our vision happen. 

4. Being on a group email/chat was a lifesaver as well. Everyone was always in the loop and scheduling a trip to Pat Catans was easy! 

5. Teamwork makes the dream work. We truly worked as a team to do this for my sister! I highly recommend gathering bridesmaids or family members to help. 

6. RELAX! It's going to be a great party no matter what you do, and the bride will just be happy to not be planning something (haha!) and so grateful, just watch! (She may even cry and then you will cry-- or maybe that's just me.) ;) 

Happy Bridal Shower season (and Spring)! For even more inspiration scroll down and check out some of the decor that my sister and cousin envisioned and brought to life! (Pinterest and etsy may have helped, but my sis and cousin are also just amazing.) 

To check out Lindsie and Morgan's engagement shoot, click here

Paper Products: Shower that bride shop
Shower Location: Grand Pacific Hotel in Olmsted Falls, Ohio

Maggie and Justin- Happy in love! 8.22.2015 by Colleen Schmidt

I actually did not meet Maggie and Justin face to face until their wedding day. We had been emailing back and forth and I had been drooling over their epic hikes and adventures in Colorado (where they currently live) on Instagram. Usually I like to meet the couples I'm working with so that everyone is comfortable and I can get all my awkward out before the day (lol). However, I quickly realized that not meeting them beforehand was not a problem at all! I walked into the rehearsal the night before their big day and instantly felt welcomed. I was greeting by big smiles from Maggie and Justin and it all just clicked as if I had known them and their families forever!

I wanted to start something new in my blogs: I want to start saying what my favorite part of the wedding day was. For Maggie and Justin's day, my favorite moment was during the ceremony. It was a small moment, but meant so much. Maggie and Justin's mothers went up to light the unity candle--they held hands. The candle Justin's mom lit blew out and she had to go back up to relight it. She did not have to go back up there alone, Maggie's mom went right back up there with her--they continued to hold hands the whole time.  It was just such a sweet and simple gesture that truly proved something about Maggie, Justin and their families. The whole time during Maggie and Justin's wedding there was an overwhelming sense of unity. It was obvious that these two families were meant to become one big happy family with Maggie and Justin's undeniable love gluing them all together. 

Maggie and Justin,
 You two. Seriously. Are. The. Best. I am so so so so honored that you trusted me to be the one to document your day. Thank you so much for whole heatedly including me in the beautiful celebration of your love! I hope for nothing but the best for you two, but I know that with the support you have surrounding you and the intense, honest love you have for each other-- that will not be a problem at all! 

Xoxo, 
Colleen


Maggie and Justin's
First Dance Song: 

Their day was just amazing! I asked these two what the most memorable part of their big day was: 

Maggie's favorite memory is watching all of our grandparents have so much fun at the reception.
Justin's favorite memory is our first dance and trying not to step on Maggie's dress every 10 seconds.

I also asked if these two had any advice for other couples approaching their wedding day: 

Our advice would be to take it all in, it goes by so freakin' fast. Make sure you have fun! Don't worry about little things

Other Vendors: 
Ceremony- St. Alphonsus Parish
Reception- Franciscan Center (Lourdes University)
Cake/Caterer- Michael's Catering
Flowers- Maple City Floral
 

THE Spot NW Ohio and pretty pretty Jaylin! by Colleen Schmidt

For a while now I have heard about this "mystical" spot at Oak Openings. People all over are traveling to check this place out (in little ol' Toledo, Ohio). I have to admit I don't make it out to Oak Openings as much as I would like so this place remained a mystery to me. Recently a friend told me how to find this secret place and I was ECSTATIC! (thanks, Jen! ;) ) A few weeks ago I dragged my friend Jaylin there to find the spot and snap some pics. I was driving down the road at snails pace looking for it-- then BAM! There it was. It literally caused me to slam on my brakes. IT. WAS. GORGEOUS. Here are a few pictures from the fun we had! Dear Oak Openings, I knew I liked you-- but I think I'm falling in love with you. <3 <3