Wedding Update

Soo I promise there are in fact more recipes coming your way, but I just got back from spending a week at the lake for our last summer hoorah and of course to get one last tan (ah so depressing), but recently I’ve been getting a lot done with our wedding!  Since this is a personal blog aside from recipes I figure I’ll just document my whole wedding journey on here as well, hopefully I don’t bore you too much!

While on vacation I was super excited to see that all our photos were back from the fabulously talented Jodi Miller and let me just say whoah……..they are just amazing.  I couldn’t be happier with them and I have a feeling my house is going to be decked out in gorgeous canvases in the near future so I hope people don’t think we’re TOO self-absorbed!  We also finally ordered our Save-the-Dates.  I don’t have the slightest clue why I made this decision so unbelievably difficult for myself, but I literally could NOT decide on which ones to order!  I must have created over 20 Save-the-Dates and sent emails back and forth to my fiance on which ones to choose (which of course he thought they all looked the same and had no opinion whatsoever // typical)  I sure hope this isn’t a prelude to how things are going to be down the road for every decision I need to make for the wedding…..although I have a pretty sneaky suspicion it will between my OCD and perfectionist issues.  Yikes.  Anyway, we knew we wanted magnets with our engagement photos on them, so we finally decided on this little number from Minted.com, let me know how you like it!

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I wanted something clean and simple and since I couldn’t decide on which photos to use, I figured why not use two!  And yes if you couldn’t tell from the Save-the-Date above, we have a website too!  This was such a labor of love for me, mostly because, as I said before, I’m such a perfectionist.  After looking at all the wedding websites that were offered out there such as Wedding Wire and The Knot, for example, I honestly just wasn’t the biggest fan.  Maybe this is because I have my own website that I use each day or maybe because I’m just super hard to please (I think Chris would definitely agree with this one), but either way I decided if I couldn’t find a wedding website that I liked then I would just make my own!  So yeah I did.  Feel free to check it out at www.gellnerwedding.com!  I had so much fun creating this little space for our friends and family to share in our big day.  Here’s a little preview of what I created:

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So with our website finalized, vendors set up, color scheme finally decided and Save-the-Dates all prettied up and ready to be mailed, I’d say I’m doing pretty good on the wedding front!  I swear I would totally be a wedding planner in another life (or this one if the opportunity presented itself haha) because this is just too much fun for me, I really don’t know why people stress over planning so much.

Okay I definitely do, but at least the end result is totally worth it right?!

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Thanks for allowing me share my wedding journey with you!  Tons of recipes coming SOON!!  Images above shared from my Instagram account if you’d like to follow along.  Happy Tuesday loves!!

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DIY: How to Make Glitter Letters

Hope you all enjoyed my recap yesterday of our awesome engagement party!  I had so much fun DIYing, well, pretty much everrrrrrything!  Can you tell I’m just a little obsessed with gold and glitter??  I only had two weeks to plan our engagement party since we had to move the date up last minute and I wanted to save some money by making things myself.  A lot of you on Instagram previously asked how I made the glitter drink sign and table accents.  Well lemme just tell you these were SO incredibly easy to make!  Trust me on this.  I’m actually planning on doing my table numbers at our wedding reception like this.  You can see an example of that HERE on my Pinterest page.  So simple yet gorgeous, no?

Alright well here’s the skinny on how to make these!

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1.  First lay a tarp down (or trash bag) in your garage or backyard and spray the letters with gold spray paint.  Spray the front side, allowing them to dry for several hours then spray the back.  Feel free to spray a second coat if needed and allow to dry overnight.

2.  Next pour some Modge Podge into a bowl and begin painting over top of the letters with a foam brush.  Make sure your letters are on a paper plate (or anything that can catch all the excess glitter) and shake out the glitter over top of the letters, completely covering the entire area.

3.  Allow the letters to dry for a few minutes then shake the excess glitter onto your paper plate and set aside.  Bend the plate and allow the excess glitter to go back into the jar.  (You’ll have tons left over for more projects!)

4.  Once all your letters are coated with glitter and they have dried completely, spray over top with the clear acrylic spray.  This ensures that the glitter stays on the letters and makes it much easier to transport or save for future use.  Note: don’t spray the acrylic too close to the letters as the spray can dull the glitter making it less shiny.  I’d say spray about two feet away just to be on the safe side!

Viola!  You’ve got yourself some gorgeous accents perfect for any soiree or even gorgeous decor around your house!  Currently these letters make the perfect addition to my office and will be used at our wedding next summer.  You can really use this method with anything you want to revamp – for example, glitter on mason jars makes for stunning flower vases!  For the drink sign, do this exactly the same way, but drill the holes in the top of the letters before you add glitter.  Also make sure the holes are big enough because twine tends to unravel and I was having difficulty feeding it through the wood.  It may even be easier to use cardboard letters if you can find them since they won’t be as heavy when you hang the sign, but I just worked with what I had.  Once the twine is through the holes then you can hang the sign wherever you’d like!

Hope you enjoyed this easy peasy DIY project!  Tag me on Instagram if you decide to make these yourself, I love getting new ideas for parties and my home!

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Throwing a Summer Engagement Party

Engagement parties are the BEST because let’s be honest….it’s the party BEFORE the party!

We waited a while to throw our engagement party after getting engaged last November because we had over a year and a half until our wedding plus we really wanted a backyard summer engagement party.  Nothing like sipping on cocktails with great music surrounded by your closest friends and family!  Our engagement party couldn’t have turned out better and the ONLY regret I have is that I sadly didn’t take enough pictures!  This was a huge mistake on my part, especially since I put so much into every little detail surrounding this big event – I mean all the way down to the napkins and calligraphy food labels for the hors d’oeuvres (sigh).  I guess the good part is I was having waaaay too much fun to snap some photos, but I did get a few good ones in before everyone arrived.

So as much fun as I had creating this party, I know I’m going to have as much fun sharing it with you!  I DIY’ed everything from the glitter drink signs to chalkboard stands to tissue paper garlands and so forth.  Finished off with some fresh blooms and my tables were complete!  It was a lot of work, but it sure saved me a lot of money and turned out pretty cute if I don’t say so myself!  But first…..no summer party is complete without some fancy cocktails.  I will say that one of the main requests after my party were all the recipes for the cocktails so of course I’m going to share them with you!

Made with Repix (http://repix.it) recipes

The sangria recipe is my absolute FAVORITE and it’s actually inspired by the restaurant Legal Seafood’s famous sangria so trust me you will love it!  It is a pretty strong sangria recipe, but oh is it gooood.  The whole recipe perfectly filled one glass jug, but I suggest doubling it because I guarantee you it will go fast!  Oh and don’t forget, paper straws are a MUST with these cocktails!  I threw mine inside my little LOVE mugs that I found at Anthropologie which I thought made the perfect little touch.

The chalkboard signs are from Michaels, (but I’m sure you could find them at any local craft store) and I used a permanent white chalkboard pen to design the signage for the drink table and sweets area.  The “drink” sign was made using thin wooden letters that I also found at Michael’s – I drilled holes, completely covered them in glitter and strung twine through the holes.  I also did the same with our “C & K” centerpieces that were on the dessert table and I’ll do a post soon on how to exactly make them.  One word…..EASY!

Oh and can we just talk about our save-the-date cups??

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I got this idea from an engagement party I saw featured on Southern Weddings and I just HAD to duplicate, I was obsessed.  Especially since our save-the-dates haven’t been sent out yet, this was a great way to remind people of our wedding date and it also gave them all a little something to take home!  In case you are curious, I had these made from a little shop called Confetti Grey – they do amazing work!

We had our party catered by R&R Catering (mostly because there was no way I was cooking for 75 people!), but I was so glad we did because the food was delicious!  As I said before (and something I’m still kicking myself over) I forgot take more pictures throughout the night, but I did have the cutest little calligraphy labels made up for each appetizer designed by the super talented Rachel Carl.  She also did all the name tags for my bridesmaids’ bridal brunch so I knew she would do an amazing job, I just adore her!  My sweet cousin Shannon baked all the mini cupcakes and I bought mini plastic diamond rings to put on top of each.  It was a cute little touch that everyone just loved!  To complete the dessert table I left some cute striped gift bags on a tray so that each guest to take home some treats.

And yes, I spray painted that wooden tray gold – I couldn’t resist.

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drinksAll in all it was an amazing day spent with some pretty incredible people!  I couldn’t ask for better friends and family and am looking forward to celebrating with them all on our special day.  I was really happy with how everything came together, especially since I hustled and threw this party together in under two weeks!  Can you tell I’m just a little obsessed with gold and glitter??  If you’re throwing an upcoming engagement party (or any party for that matter!) I urge you to have fun and get crafty!  I’ll plan on sharing each of my DIY projects in the next coming days so you can see just how easy it all is.  Hope you all enjoy the drink recipes as well!

Cheers!

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