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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.

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