WE GOT MARRIED, Y’ALL!!!!!
I couldn’t be happier to be dealing with a pile of paperwork and long government lines for changing my name to KATE WHITLEY. I married my best friend. I couldn’t be happier and prouder to be his. July 20th was a really happy day. Dave made a website that uploaded all of our photobooth and live tweeting from our friends HERE. I don’t say “epic” a lot because it gets really overused, but OUR PHOTOBOOTH WAS EPIC.
I am going to do a series of DIY tutorials on how I made all of our decorations for our reception. And I will be posting THE BEST WEDDING PROGRAM I’VE EVER SEEN and I’m the one that designed it!
I am so thankful for all our vendors, family, and friends that helped make our small wedding very special for us. Because I’ve been getting a few questions, I’ll go ahead and answer a few. Dave’s custom suit was from Indochino. I took all his measurements and they sent him a perfect suit. My dress was from J. Crew, but it was sold out! I found the dress on ebay for just $300! Flowers were of course by Whitley’s Flowers. My bouquet was DIVINE and what made it more special is that Robert (Dave’s dad) made it. The food was insanely good. Catering by Cosmopolitan Catering by Macy. If you are in Jackson, HIRE HER. She’s the BEST. Our cakes and sweets by the amazing Dream Cakes! Dave’s cake was the shield from Legend of Zelda. I designed my FIVE LAYER cake. Our photogragher Theia Mingo sent us this photo a few days ago. I can’t WAIT to get our other photos back. I know they will be amazing because she is incredible.
I’ll leave you with some of my favorite photobooth pictures.
Allison, Dave, me, & Rob (Party of Five minus Rowdy Renfroe)
MSU Graphic Design Gang
My 87 year old grandmother in our photobooth!!!
Dave’s high school metal band “A Living Burden” recreating an old photo.
Kelly, Charis, me, Tim, Mollie, and Christy
So good. Tim & Rob
Designing for my wedding has been one of the toughest things I’ve had to do in my design career. And for those designers out that have done it, I SALUTE YOU! There is so much pressure, not from other people, but from yourself. I felt this huge weight of expectations on how awesome it should be. That kept me frozen for about 3 weeks unable to make any design things for the wedding, when we had a SHORT engagement! I just think about how much I could have done if I had 8 months to plan… FRONT page of Martha Stewart Weddings. Heck, Martha might have wanted to come! haha!
I finally was able to start working. I am so pleased with how my invitations turned out. I’m going to share those photos and process when I’m married and am not so frazzled. And of course I had to make some patterns to be used in the wedding. I wanted to share some of the patterns I made that I’m using for our DIY photobooth. Hope you enjoy!
OH! I forgot to put this on the blog. A few weeks ago, Dave redesigned our wedding website to include our story, family photo album and haikus from our friends. Check it out here!
There are SO many reasons to be thankful this month. Tomorrow is Dave’s birthday. My birthday is July 18th. And our wedding is July 20th! I have chosen to close my etsy shop July 15 at 11:59 PM then reopen August 1st for a much needed break. So I’m throwing a two week long sale. Then I am on full wedding/honeymoon mode. I am not responding to anything, even if Anthro or Target call! I am not doing it.
Since this is such a happy month (and I’m OH SO CLOSE to paying off my huge college loan in 2 1/2 years) I’m throwing a SALE! 20% off! I am not available for custom scarves (or any custom work) until after August 1st. But everything on etsy is 20% off. Use code “EATCAKE“!
I can’t tell you how much I appreciate your support and encouragement at this really really really busy hectic happy time! I am hoping this will be a smooth transition to vacation. If you are interested, I will be posting more personal wedding pics and things on instagram.
I made this pattern earlier today to use somehow in our decorations. And I couldn’t stop thinking about that phrase. EAT CAKE AND BE MERRY. It’s 32 days until our wedding. I’m now in that stage of the planning when fretting over what’s going to go on my tables at the reception, altering my dress, and 500 other minute little details that keep me up til 5:00 in the morning fretting. But I manage to calm myself down when I picture Dave and me at the reception eating cake. I can’t express to you how much that thought brings me incalculable joy.
I remember being a kid going to weddings at my church where the reception would be at the church. I would get SO excited about those pastel mints that melted in your mouth and the CAKE! Weddings used to be about, well, you know… THE MARRIAGE. They were such simple receptions. Cake, chicken salad, tea, mints. NOW there are hundreds of websites dedicated to making brides feel this obligation to make their wedding this huge statement about themselves. If you don’t hand-make all your place cards, then you are not that thing – cool, hip, indie, trendy, and just all around awesome. I feel so much extra pressure because I know I am capable of doing every single little thing to such an elaborate degree. I’m a designer and I love making stuff.
There are going to be a few awesome things about our wedding. But everything is not going to be over-the-top crazy fiasco thing featured in Southern whatever magazine. And that’s okay! All I want to do is eat cake with Dave and be merry! Isn’t that all we really want to do at a wedding? I think there is something seriously wrong in our society with the way we have elevated weddings to such a level that we have lost the whole purpose of a wedding. I having to continually remind myself of all these things when I start freaking out about what we’re going to use for a guest book!