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Engagement pictures

With our wedding just over 100 days away, it is time to buckle down! It has been a slow process, but I've decided I'm not going to stress about because as long as I marry this man of mine and there's food for our guests to ward off any hangry that may be lurking; it's all good. 

Since we've chatted last Jeremy and I got the opportunity to take engagement pictures with the lovely Misty C. Photography! This lady is the bees knees and we (meaning I...Jeremy doesn't love cameras) were so excited to be taking pictures with her! When the day came for our engagement pictures, I have to say we weren't quite prepared. It had been a hectic day for me and once we were in Yakima I realized that I forgot almost all my things and my purse...meaning last minute shopping, for both of us! I highly recommend you NOT try this at home....it's very risky. We shopped through a couple stores trying to find what to wear for these pictures since I forgot everything....and we ended up with less than great outfits, but what are you gonna do. During this mission I also started to feel very sick. This did not surprise me because two of my family members had just had the stomach flu something vicious. But you know me, good ole risk-taker over here, I decided to chance it and continue on to take our pictures. (Yeah I was feeling real spicy that day).

We met up with Misty and started our way to our destination of Boulder Caves. Previously we had planned on taking them at the Naches Peak Loop trail, but recent trail reports said that there was still snow and a lot of mud and ickiness...so we decided to scratch that one. I had been to Boulder Caves a few times when I was younger and it's not really a "hike" but I thought it would be a fun place to go. It was overcast and FREEZING when we got there. I'm not sure why I expected good weather that day. Anyways, despite the cold, we had a blast!! Misty made us really comfortable and taught us the nose game! (Jeremy wants me to disclaim that he won every time -  *that's still up for debate*). She was wonderful, I'm glad we get to keep her until October! ;) Without further adieu, here is some of Misty's camera wizardry! 

 

These are just a few of the snaps Misty took at Boulder Caves; for the whole shebang head on over to her blog and check them out! http://mistycphotography.com/boulder-cave-engagement-session-jeremy-and-aarika/ 

I also highly suggest that you explore her page...her branding is to die for and so is her spunk! We enjoyed the whole process and it is typically one we would dread. So hats off to you, Misty! 

Other parts of getting this wedding together have been going quite slow. There are not enough hours in the day I tell ya! Right now we are focusing on our actual wedding invitations. I really want to design them myself, since it is something I rather enjoy, but I'm not sure that is the smartest move ever because I know I will change my mind a million times and then end up with nothing. Or maybe I should make a couple and then let Jeremy choose which one he likes best? I like that idea! Sorry, now I'm talking/typing to myself. We have also been in contact with a few different caterers trying to figure out which suits our needs best for the day. 

Thanks to Jeremy's sister, Rachel, we have our cake-maker/decorator in the house! Next weekend we will be meeting with her to try some different flavor options for our cake and some cupcakes! Now THIS is where I get real excited - desserts. We don't want a huge cake, just enough for us to cut and keep. Cupcakes give us more of a flexibility on flavors for our guests; and they're easier to eat on the dance floor ;)

Next I will be focusing on the decor, bridal party attire, and flowers! Going into this I figured this would be the fun part. However, I am finding that there are so many little details and pretty things that I want that my budget says "no you cannot want". No matter what I know it will turn out great, but there are so many options for decoration that I don't know which route to take! I should just decorate the place with squeaky toys and have everyone bring their dogs/puppies...now THAT'S a party! 

Until next time, xo!


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Born in Oceanside, Ca, raised in the Yakima Valley, but then returned to Southern California where I received my Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations from California Baptist University. I love anything adventurous, especially travel and hiking, I also have a ridiculous sweet-tooth and am a crazy dog lady. I LOVE dogs. Also I am currently the Assistant Tasting Room manager at Milbrandt Vineyards and am so excited to be interning as the Social Media Manager at Tin Sparrow Events! Follow my story on Instagram.



 

Wedding Gown Trends

With Destinations and Elopement weddings on the rise, we are seeing a trend away from the more structures formal gowns, to a more lightweight and simple chic look. From flowy Sheath gowns, to lightweight fit n' flares, there is a variety of options out there to achieve the perfect look for your special day. There four gowns are sure to make and beach-bound bride's wedding day magical without breaking the bank. All four of these gowns are below $1,000 and are featured at Amy’s Bridal Boutique.

Maggie Sottero Patience

Maggie Sottero Patience

Maggie Sottero Lillian West 6417

Maggie Sottero Lillian West 6417

These romantic sheath A-lines are great options, featuring lightweight trains and fitted bodice.

Maggie Sottero Fredricka

Maggie Sottero Fredricka

This fitted lace drape gown is a timeless beauty; with its sweep train to its unique lace detailing, this dress is sure to please any destination bride.

 

Maggie Sottero Primrose

Maggie Sottero Primrose

This all tulle fit n’ flare is a great option for a beach-front wedding. Featuring rouching to accentuate your curves, and a stunning rosette skirt, you are sure to make a dramatic entrance no matter where the setting. 

The Engaged Intern

There are things that you never think will actually happen to you. Like falling on your face at the gym while running on the treadmill. Or being at the store and swiping your debit card only to have it say it was declined, and then you have make eye contact with the cashier who you just made feel very uncomfortable. (Those have both happened to me so I guess I'm not completely set up for success). And last but not least, and the most horrific, becoming a bridezilla.

bride·zil·la

ˌbrīdˈzilə/

noun

humorous

  1. a woman whose behavior in planning her wedding is regarded as obsessive or intolerably demanding

We've all seen bridezillas on movies and TV shows, I would laugh and think how about how petty they were acting. Then there I was crying because my gold foil clipping mask on my Save the Dates was not positioned right so Lord forbid I spend 2 mins to go back and fix it. I'm hoping to just chalk up my anxiety to stress or something but I'm getting concerned.

Just so we're all clear - I would never go bridezilla on others who are offering their help or participation in our wedding - just myself. This isn't the point of today's blog post; it's just a formality so you have been warned! If you see me in the corner crying with a bag of Hot Cheetos keep a safe 12 ft. distance.

Onto logistics! This past week has been mostly budgeting and figuring out what money will go where. Those Save the Dates I spoke of earlier...yeah we were supposed to originally send out digital ones to save some mula because no one keeps them anyways. Now the Save the Dates have turned into a physical copy with gold-foil printing on double-thick cream texture paper...SHUT IT DOWN AARIKA.

I'm not sure if Jeremy knows about my printing intentions yet...hopefully GariAnn gives me a quick reality check, aka a statement of my bank account. The part I am most looking forward to are decorations. Here is an idea of what I am hoping to recreate for the big day:

Or something like it. Our colors are neutrals with pops of metallics, navy and a marsala(ish) red. So I guess something more like this:
 

Not so much berries though...I would just eat them all.

Not so much berries though...I would just eat them all.

Also...can we also talk about how expensive flowers are?! Of course I happen to love the out of season flowers that have too many digits in front of the decimal and will die probably a day later along with my soul.

But one flower I am convinced I need in my bouquet and in some of the centerpieces are proteas. They are soooo neat! Also, Jeremy and I taking our honeymoon next fall to South Africa (we are currently in the planning process) so I thought it would be neat to incorporate South Africa's National Flower. See that giant white flower in the bouquet down below? That is a protea in all its glory. I think Jeremy will like them too!
 

Okay so now that I have super-high expectations for decoration (thanks, Pinterest), we need to figure out our catering options still. We have been slacking on this so bad! Mostly because we are still going back and forth on a budget for this, but I don't think our guests will care too much about what we have...so honestly we are thinking are just thinking pizzas or Mexican food, something that will be in the favor of most. I personally wanted Thai food but Jeremy reminded me it wasn't all about me and we had to think of our guests (booo)...just kidding! We probably won't even have a chance to eat so I want our guests happy and full! Being hangry is the worst. So if anyone knows of some catering options in Yakima that are along this route, let me know!

Typically, I would try to be wonder woman and get this all done myself while working full time and taking classes, but I admit defeat. I love having Jeremy's help, but he is busy also I don't want to add an unnecessary stressor to his day! This is why I am so thankful for friends and family who are willing to help us with this process, and of course having a wedding planner guiding our moves and finances is like a glass of wine on a Monday - necessary.

If you're a soon-to-be bride or know of one, send her our way and let us help! :)

Until next time!

- a.k.a The Soon to Be Mrs.


Born in Oceanside, Ca, raised in the Yakima Valley, but then returned to Southern California where I received my Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations from California Baptist University. I love anything adventurous, especially travel and hiking, I also have a ridiculous sweet-tooth and am a crazy dog lady. I LOVE dogs. Also I am currently the Assistant Tasting Room manager at Milbrandt Vineyards and am so excited to be interning as the Social Media Manager at Tin Sparrow Events! Follow my story on Instagram.





 

The Engaged Intern

I had no idea how much goes into a wedding. I'm considering filling a Camelbak with coffee for the rest of these days. Speaking of coffee, hope all of you moms had a Happy and wonderful Mother's Day because you are the bees knees and don't you fo-get it!

Kuddos to GariAnn for helping me along this process! If you are getting married in the near future, I highly suggest her services! These past two weeks have been great though, we have been getting things locked down. Or so I think? I'm pretty sure! 

Okay, so remember how on the last post I said I would probably change my mind on my date? Well I totally did, it is now October 22nd (yes of this year) once and for all! We figured it was best to get married before it the weather got too cold and unpredictable, but long enough after harvest and the infinite swarms of fruit flies and mosquitoes (mosquitoes should not have made it onto the Ark; I will take a human-eating spider over a mosquito any day of the week). 

For venue, we figured we would get married at the church I grew up in and he was a part of as well, but because my family is quite large, we did not have much of an option for a reception venue. Although that would have been ideal, it was not going to work out quite like planned. Searching for venues wasn't too bad, because I actually only went and looked at one and loved it! So we will be getting married at Fontaine Estates in Naches. I know I should have looked at more before I made a decision but nah, it was great. 

Since our wedding is relatively soon in wedding-land time, we had my dear cousin Kara take some pictures of us at the Alexandria Nicole Estate for engagement announcements and/or Save the Dates, etc. Here is two of them :) 

Next came the wedding dress hunt. I made an appointment with Amy's Bridal on Saturday April 30th and a couple of my bridesmaids and my maid of honor accompanied me to my appointment. To my pleasant surprise my friend Ashley (who was unable to make it) left us with some sparkling rose and chocolates (two of my main food groups) for breakfast, she's the sweetest! For my dress fitting, Rachel helped me along with my appointment; she was very nice and had to put up with me (so cheers to you Rachel!). For the most part I liked all the dresses I tried on, but there was one that stood out more than the rest. (Spoiler alert: it's the one I picked!).  I thought it was perfect! It was flattering, comfortable and pretty. It was fun! Which is saying a lot because I never try on anything at stores, I'm risky like that. Thank you to everyone at Amy's Bridal for a great experience! 

After my dress fitting my besties and sister got me organized with the little things and my friend Molly made me a snazzy binder to help ease the organizational pain a bit. Bless her heart!

Venue - check. Dress - check. Now we also have a photographer! Misty C. Photography will be our photographer for the big day. I met with her last week and she is the sweetest and a great photographer. She will also be doing some engagement photos for us at Mt. Rainier!  Jeremy and I are super excited about this because it's practically our second home in the summer. She is trooper for agreeing to do these but I think she will enjoy it as well! 

So now comes little things like colors, decor, food, seating, invitations, etc. etc. It is a big relief to get the time-sensitive things out of the way, but so far it has been really fun doing this all with Jeremy! He has more of an input than I thought he would but I'm glad because that means he's excited too :) Plus both our families and friends have been so helpful! (P.S. if you have any registry suggestions please send them our way! We can't seem to agree on salt and pepper grinder mills). 

-aka. The Soon to Be Mrs.


Born in Oceanside, Ca, raised in the Yakima Valley, but then returned to Southern California where I received my Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations from California Baptist University. I love anything adventurous, especially travel and hiking, I also have a ridiculous sweet-tooth and am a crazy dog lady. I LOVE dogs. Also I am currently the Assistant Tasting Room manager at Milbrandt Vineyards and am so excited to be interning as the Social Media Manager at Tin Sparrow Events! Follow my story on Instagram.

The Engaged Intern!

Getting engaged is both a very fun and frightening moment. My fiance, Jeremy,  and I got engaged on April 5th of this year. After the shock of actually being engaged left (I'm not sure why I was actually shocked, I knew it was coming!) I realized that we now had to plan a wedding which neither of us knew anything about because, well, we've never done this before. 

By the way I should probably introduce myself... My name is Aarika, I just turned 25 years old and I am the PR/Social Media intern here at Tin Sparrow Events. I LOVE dogs (more specifically giant ones) and food. I met Jeremy in 2013 when we were both counselors at a church camp in Clear Lake, WA.

The proposal was pretty comical and ironic. Long story short, he proposed while we were hiking and I was Miss Grumpy Gills. Not because he was proposing, but because minutes before I was mad at him for not having proposed yet. Then he pops out this gorgeous rose gold (1 carat and some change) ring that dreams are made on!! I felt like a jerk, but it was all good cause we was gettin married! 

It seemed that almost minutes after our engagement announcement, we started getting the "when's the date?!" questions. We had no idea what our date was yet and I mean come on people I haven't even got all my dry shampoo out of my hair yet from the week before. Besides, all I could think about at that moment was "don't lose your ring, don't lose your ring" and "I wonder how long the taco trucks are open tonight?". Luckily after a lot of talking and input from me, Jeremy (bless his heart) agreed to the date of November 5th of this year (I'm ready to get this party started). Of course like any woman, I may change my mind about that date in the near future. 

Anyways, once we chose a date, we realized how much goes into making this event happen. After looking at multiple wedding checklists on Pinterest, I started to get overwhelmed and the thought of eloping was sounding pretty good. Good thing I am interning for GariAnn here at Tin Sparrow, or I would lose my noggin. 

The next step was budget, budget, budget. Ummm...I spend most of my money on tacos and dog toys so this was going to be a challenge. My fiance is a saver, I am not. I have the mindset that money will appear when you need it, and my fiance enjoys bringing me back to earth on this topic when I need it. The budget is still to be decided, but let's just say there will be a lot of DIY's involved in this bad boy. (Not from me but I have a crafty friend or two.)

Since we are going to get married later this year, I thought I might as well start getting things that were time sensitive figured out regardless of what date and budget we choose; cause either way it's soon! So things like venue, photographer,  my dress, invitations, etc., are things that need to be done asap (or so outside sources tell me) and knowing my procrastinating self unless I took action it wouldn't happen, so I made appointments with potential venues and with Amy's Bridal and Fashion Corner to make sure these things get done. I'm still on the hunt for a photographer and dresses for my lovely bridesmaids, so that's next. Thank goodness my dear cousin Kara agreed to take some "Save the Date" pictures for us...but I have a feeling she's not going to let me bring my dog.

As of now this is where we are at with our pre-nuptial planning. Every other week I will be posting a blog entry taking you all through this journey that is our wedding planning. I promise pictures in the future since they're much better to look at. Also, I will gladly take suggestions, tips and if you have any question about your own wedding planning process  I will get answers for both of us on all this good stuff! 

-aka. The Soon to Be Mrs.


Born in Oceanside, Ca, raised in the Yakima Valley, but then returned to Southern California where I received my Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations from California Baptist University. I love anything adventurous, especially travel and hiking, I also have a ridiculous sweet-tooth and am a crazy dog lady. I LOVE dogs. Also I am currently the Assistant Tasting Room manager at Milbrandt Vineyards and am so excited to be interning as the Social Media Manager at Tin Sparrow Events! Follow my story on Instagram.

2015 Wedding Season Trend & Style Predictions

At TS we are always looking to the future & by doing so we are able to stay on top of the projected trends, styles and color palettes for the next upcoming event seasons.

The 2014 wedding season was all mason jars, eclectic vintage and shabby chic looking to create a rustic feeling with a traditional twist. Weddings were stacked with hints of gold, peonies and blush undertones or burlap, lace and wildflowers in tiny little bunches. But what will 2015 bring?

Here at Tin Sparrow we have seen a rise in our clients pulling away from planning their weddings that mirror the trends of weddings that they have been guests to, some have even told us after attending 3 or 4 events this season they began to feel that they were attending the same wedding over and over again. It is ultimately the reason that they choose to go with an event planner to assist them in making their wedding days anything but cookie cutter.

So we are confident in saying that the 2015-2016 trends and styles will move away from the Rustic/Traditional and move into a more “take some risk” attitude to stand out against everything that has been the staple for the last 3 seasons. Many are looking for a more Natural feel, a more Organic and Outdoorsy temperament but with edgy pops of brilliant pinks, Kelly greens and dare I say hints of mint, hues of blues like cobalt and even some grey undertones with accents of yellow is on the rise. They are beginning to take on the less is more attitude when it comes to decisions for their next season events. This means less clutter, less DIY, less shabby but more actual chic but a whole lot more simplistic and sophisticated.

We foresee more global love being introduced thru patterns and textiles with a more Moroccan Bohemian and Boho feeling. Ikat Indonesian touches are hot right now in the interior design industry and we can definitely see some of our more edgy clients introducing this into their stationary, table coverings and even backdrops.

This next year’s bling will be all about the sequins and I mean it is going to be covering everything from shoes, dresses, tables, chairs to even cakes and even multiple aspects of the décor. Think rose gold verses the harsh yellow in traditional gold, hints of brushed silver and flat blacks for a more natural not so shiny or glossy feeling.

Flowers are even going to heading down a new road with less structured more romantic tones, over the top lushness, a more young carefree just picked from the garden feeling and more brides are looking to go hands free down the aisle with wearable flower crowns of statement pieces complementing their hair & makeup.

Rising cake trends are among one of our favorites as couples are beginning to not only get creative with their cakes but also more artistic with their requests. Sugar flowers vs real flowers, metallic accents, hand painted extras, taking bold + bright all the way to monochromatic whites on whites. We could go on for days about the rising trend in dessert bars ranging from elaborate pie and campfire worthy treat bars all the way to granola buffets where guests are invited to combine their own trail mix power snacks to keep them going during the wedding after parties.

Over the next few weeks we will be covering everything from 2015 Wedding Fashion week trends to Pantone's predictions for the next hot colors. Be sure to check in often as we will be bringing you all the 2015-2016 projected style & trends as we begin providing our own clients and possibly even you the latest in unique, edgy and against the grain event options and ideas.

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