our wedding: the flowers

From the beginning, I was pretty specific with which flowers I wanted for the wedding. When I first met the florist with a handful of inspiration photos, she asked me what I do for a living. When I told her I’m an interior designer her response was short and sweet. “No wonder you’re a pain in the ass.” She was sarcastic and straight to the point and I loved working with her.

My Bouquet of peonies, orchids, and hydrangeas

The girls’ bouquets with hydrangeas, orchids, and tulips

The boys simple orchid boutonnière

The ring bearer dish. Okay, not necessarily a flower but it deserves some love.

(above wedding photos via John DeFiora Photography.)

The inspiration:

(inspiration photos unknown, june bug, unkown.)

our wedding: us

When you have almost two thousand pictures to look through, it’s hard to pick your favorites. And even after looking through all those pictures, I still feel like the day was such a whirl wind and that that woman in the white dress isn’t even me. Is that crazy? Yes.

Below are some of my favorite photos of just me and Ryan. After the first look, we were fortunate enough to have the rain clear up to take pictures outside.  (I guess I was too stubborn to acknowledge the whole “April showers bring May flowers” bit.) Luckily with the grey skies and a coolness in the air, it made for even better photos.

(all photos via John DeFiora Photography.)

our wedding: the first look

It’s hard to believe that Ryan and I have almost been married for two months. But I suppose after being together for so long two months just kind of feels that way. I’ve looked through our photographers photos of our wedding more time then I can count, laughing and tearing up at the same photos. This week I’ll be posting photos of my favorite moments from our wedding day.

Since Ryan and I hosted the ceremony and reception at the same location, and since it was pouring the morning of the wedding, we did “first look” photos in the lobby of the hotel where we spent the night. The grand staircase is so beautiful and walking down all those stairs (in 4 inch heels!) built up the anticipation even more. I think the first thing I said to him was, “wow, you’re butt looks so cute in that tux”. Classic me. And it was true. I own that tush now.

thank you

I just got the DVD from our photographer with all our wedding photos this morning, and I couldn’t wait to design our Thank You’s! I’m so happy with the way they came out! They were so easy to make, now I’m even more excited to make a book for our parents. :)

3×5 Folded Card
View the entire collection of cards.

i am someone’s wife. i have a husband!

I don’t even know where to begin. Especially after not writing for two months. When I got engaged, I promised myself that I wouldn’t become one of those girls who only talks about weddings, and I swore I wouldn’t turn this into a wedding blog. But, it happened. I was inspired by every image of flowers or white silk gowns, and forgot to post about my first love… interior design.

A lot has happened in the past few weeks. For one, I got married to Ryan on April 23rd (our eleventh anniversary).  :)  The day went by so quickly, as everyone said it would, but it was so perfect. It was supposed to rain the entire day but just as we went to take wedding photos and head to our outdoor ceremony, the rain stopped and the sun came out. The day was filled with joy, laughter and so much love and made me feel so incredibly lucky.

The week after our ceremony, we went to Mexico for eleven days and ate, slept and drank way too much. I have over 2,000 pictures of all of our adventures and I’m sure I’ll share a few eventually. I’m still getting teased by my besties about how many are on facebook, so I might wait a bit.

My career is seriously better than ever! I’m working part time at a local design firm and doing consulting work for two other amazing designers working from home. I wake up every morning excited to work and feel grateful to have such positive and talented women to work with. I seriously can’t believe my life right now!

As if that wasn’t enough excitement for the past month, we’re listing our condo for sale this week. We’ve lived in this studio for almost 4 years and it’s about time for a change. We may buy a house, or rent a place until we’re ready, but it all depends on how quickly this place sells. I’m hoping there’s a girl out there that gets as emotionally attached as I did!

As you can imagine, my inspiration folders are busting at the digital seams and I have so many goodies to share with you! I’m patiently waiting for photos from our incredibly talented wedding photographer, but have these as a teaser until we get the others! Enjoy!

my bridal shower

This past Saturday I was kidnapped(!) and brought to my bridal shower! Since I’m a control freak and like to know everything, I knew the date of the shower. Instead, my sister picked me up, blindfolded me and led me to all the important women in my life at a surprise location. My bridesmaids did such a great job planning, it was obvious that each detail was so thoughtful.

Since Ryan and I registered for our honeymoon, I didn’t open up gifts. So as an ice breaker, my sister came up with games to play in between drinking wine and stuffing our delicate little lady faces. The first game was fun because everyone shared a memory of me or shared love/sex advice. (My favorite was my mother in laws: “Sex is better than chocolate… Less fattening unless you get pregnant. In that case, I would like to request a granddaughter.”) Perhaps the gifts I got on my lingerie line, and some other scandalous gifts in my honeymoon wishing well will eventually lead to that!

My bridesmaids: Erin (Ryan’s sister), Christine (my sister and MOH), Me, Kelsey and Dana

Me cheesing it up by my lingerie line!

My “Mrs. Dreissig” hanger for my wedding dress photo!

Me and my fiance! He surprised me with flowers and walked in just as my sister was sharing sex advice to make him blush. :)

How cute is this sweatshirt that my sister made me? I love that it says my name, rather than “Bride” because I’ll be able to wear it more than one day. This will be my jet setting ensemble!

My favors! They are heart shaped measuring spoons and they have a quote from RENT:

“Five hundred twenty-five thousand moments so dear,
How do you measure, measure a year? How about love? Measure in love…”

I feel so incredibly lucky, and am enjoying every moment of this crazy, special time in my life.