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Wedding Day Emergency Kit! by Colleen Schmidt

There is so much going on during your wedding day. The struggle to have everything go according to plan while also focusing on the joy of your day is a struggle. I really believe it is important to let go of the reigns on your wedding day! It will allow you to live in the moment as best as you can. I highly recommend hiring a wedding coordinator. A wedding coordinator can help you through the whole process or just be there for you on the day of your wedding.

My hubs and I had a "Day Of" Wedding Coordinator for our wedding and we can NOT imagine not having them there. (There were two wedding fairies fluttering around helping guests and helping us!) It was great to know we had someone there to make sure everything went smoothly. **Thanks Lisa and April from Your Perfect Day!**

Here are Toledo area wedding coordinators I can recommend: 

Your perfect day (We used them for our wedding and they were the BEST!) 

- La Boutique Nostalgie

- Bee for the Day

Other local coordinators that I haven't personally worked with, but have heard great things about: 

Elite Events

In addition to having an awesome wedding fairy (or especially if you decide you aren't going to do it) an "Emergency kit" is a must! One of my bridesmaids made me an emergency kit for my bridal shower gift and a few things seriously saved my life on my wedding day. I actually still use the container and have changed a few things out and placed it in our guest room in case guests forget something during their stay! Multi use, SCORE! 

Travel size products work perfect. Just load them into a container or bag. My friend and bridesmaid picked a large mason jar and I thought it was so adorable! I just grabbed the jar and brought it with me while we were getting ready for the day. 

I made a printable list you can download to make sure you don't miss anything! Click on the list on the right to get the downloadable link!  

Ultimately, try to remember that the day is about LOVE and happiness! It's about sharing the rest of your life with your best friend!! I know the pull to have everything perfect is strong, but don't forget to take a step back to remember what it's all about. :) :) 

Any couples have any other suggestions? Let me know in the comments below! 

Happy Planning! 

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

Kristen and Kyle! Summer wedding FULL of Love by Colleen Schmidt

If you want to see their adorable Fall Engagement session before checking out their wedding, click here

Kristen and Kyle. I just love these two.  Some of you may know that I have known Kristen for a looooong time. She is one of my sisters best friends from GRADE SCHOOL. Yep, grade school. (My sis was in the wedding! It was so fun!)

I can't lie to you, I always get choked up at some point on a wedding day. I just do, I'm a sucker and I'm ok with that! However, THIS wedding had tears actually falling at maaaany points. It was so awesome to see little Kristen all grown up and GLOWING! Kyle loves her so much and literally looks at her the way all girls deserve to be looked at. Kyle's vows blew me away and all the personal touches on their day just made it so perfect. Kyle has a sister that lives in Switzerland right now and is pregnant and couldn't make the wedding. They had her record a reading and they played it during the ceremony in place of her being there. Such an amazing sweet gesture and made it feel like she was there with them. Kristen's dad's speech got me the most. Woo boy! With all that love and happiness came the dancing, lots and LOTS of dancing. This couple knows how to party, let me tell ya! A Bride's DJ kept the dance floor packed! One of my personal favorite parts of the day: the fact that there was a Disney sing along on the dance floor many times. (Aladdin, Lion King and Mulan to be exact.) And it was AWESOME! 

Kristen and Kyle, your day was just the best. Thank you so so much for letting me be a part of it. I wish nothing but the best for you both! XOXOXOXOXO 

First Dance Song: 

What was your favorite part of your wedding day: 

It’s so hard to pick just one! Right after my dad “gave me away”, Kyle leaned in to kiss me just out of instinct! I said “not yet!” and we both started laughing which immediately took all my nerves away and made me so excited to get the ceremony over with so we could be married! Our DJ also played a few Disney songs that our bridal party and guests got really into. Everyone was singing along and acting out scenes from Lion King and Mulan - it was awesome!
— Kristen
When I got to marry Kristen. I think the moment when we walked down the aisle together after we were married was my favorite!
— Kyle

Any advice for couples in the planning process? 

Enjoy each and every moment of your wedding day. Don’t let a minor detail or deviation from THE PLAN stress you out, make a conscious choice to be calm and trust the months of effort and planning that got you here. The day will fly by so take a few minutes throughout the day and night to look around and soak it all in with your new spouse.
— Kristen
Everyone says this, but enjoy every moment and just experience the day. Looking back I do wish that I had taken more time to thank so many of the guests for coming and celebrating with us, so I would say make the best use of your time and mingle around as much as you can!
— Kyle

Kristen and Kyle's Vendors: 

Venue: Tanglewood Country Club
DJ: A Bride's DJ 
Videography: Fordham Footage
Flowers: Branch and Bloom
Makeup: Makeup by Angelina Maria
Hair: Lavish Salon