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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.



 

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.

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