Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Our Official Wedding Website

Our official wedding website is up and running! Thanks to Benfield Photography for creating our custom, one-of-a-kind website. It suits us perfectly! I really like all of our engagement pictures Dale used to create the site. Learn more about how we met and how Tyler proposed! Check it out here and enjoy browsing through all the pages!

Friday, February 4, 2011

We are featured on Etsy!

I could not believe my eyes when I was researching wedding things for our wedding when OUR welcome boxes were featured under "wedding boxes"! Every Etsy experience I've had has been absolutely perfect and wonderful! I can't show you everything because some things are surprises, but here's what I can show you!

Ring Bearer Pillows by Woomi

Toasting Flutes by Mighty Finds

Crossword Puzzle for the Welcome Boxes by LoveSmartDesigns

Welcome Boxes by EverAfterNY

Look it's our design! I hope our guests will love them when they arrive to their hotel rooms!

All the details are coming together! I love it!

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Our Save the Dates

And they are out... Our Save the Dates are featured on the Sincerely Yours Paper blog today!  I absolutely love Mrs. Amy Hannon.  She's a sweet, sugar soaked swatch of linen with sprinkles on top... Yup, I said it! When I first met Amy, of course, it was raining so I knew her talents and our super, unique wedding were a perfect match. I remember telling her to go crazy creative with our "paper lovelies" as Amy likes to describe her creations. I really was open to anything modern, luxurious, and colorful!  I randomly found the seed packet Save the Date idea online. We tried to figure out the best way to get everything in one and we did... thanks to Amy! Stay tuned for more of the SYP goodness that will DEFINITELY be a part of our wedding!

* Photos courtesy of Amy Hannon - Sincerely Yours Paper
* Thanks Benfield Photography for the great picture!

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Honeymoon Booked - CHECK

I think Tyler and I are probably the most excited about our honeymoon. We decided to splurge a little bit since your honeymoon will ideally be the ONLY one you'll ever take.  We also noted that we have never been on a vacation where it was just us... no parents, siblings, puppies, etc.  So we narrowed it down to two places: Maui or Bora Bora.  Of course, we chose Bora Bora!  It is truly a once in a lifetime spot we will more than likely never see again. Have you seen the movie, "Couples Retreat"? Well, that's the place!

It's called Bora Bora Nui Hilton Resort and Spa.  It isn't your "Sandals" of the world.  We wanted an authentic experience with seclusion.  At the Hilton Bora Bora, the only means of transportation to your room is by boat! Yeah, that's why we picked it!  It's extremely secluded with just our bunch of bungalows and the glass viewing floors to see the exotic marine life float underneath your feet!  Or it could turn into a hip nightlife by traveling just 20 minutes to the mainland where there is excellent shopping!  And you better believe I'm saving up my money to buy authentic Tahitian black pearls.

We are so excited for our vacation!  I'm ready for us to celebrate our wedding day with our family and friends then ride off into the sunset for our trip to the Southern Hemisphere on the island of Bora Bora. Wake me up... I think I'm dreaming!

Here's where we will be. It's the little dot way far away from reality. Just where I want to be on my honeymoon.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Our Posse

I've been holding on to this post until the time was right and it feels real good right about now!

Jamie - Maid of Honor

She is not only my "little" sister in Alpha Delta Pi, but also holds half of my heart. She has been a part of my life for quite some time since our dads are good friends. I could not imagine my life without Jamie. I would do anything for her and I know the favor would be returned. Every day I think about how proud I am of her and the woman she has become. She and I have been through a lot together and I am so thankful for her undying friendship and love. I am so excited about our future!

Lacey - Matron of Honor

Oh, my precious Lacey! She is my "big" sister in Alpha Delta Pi and I could NOT ask for a better one! During the time of my life when I grew the most, college, she was there to guide me into the woman I am today. She inspires and motivates me to be the best that I can possibly be. I adore Lacey and I truly am the luckiest girl in the world just by having her in my life. We have an innate connection that will last an eternity and can never be duplicated. She holds the other half of my heart.

Rachel - Bridesmaid

Rachel came into my life at the perfect time - senior year of college. I cannot explain how quick of a connection we had. It was as if we had known each other our entire lives and I knew we couldn't be anything other than friends for life. We both have the same career, personal, and family values... No matter how often we talk, it seems as if it were just yesterday since we last spoke. It's only through true friendship that makes that possible. 

Ashlee - Bridesmaid

She is my "seeing eye dog" - the most loyal and true friend. We have known each other for only a short time, but how quickly our friendship has blossomed. Ashlee and I work together and see each other at our best and at our worst, which is a necessity in a friendship. My support system was not complete without her. God, placed her in my life to be my ground and my rock. She makes me want to be the best that I can be... for me and no one else. I cannot imagine my current life today without Ashlee in it. I know my days wouldn't be as joyful.

Sara - Bridesmaid

Sara and I have known each other since second grade. We have played sports against and with each other. Then when the only people we knew in college were each other, I knew our friendship could never be replaced. As freshman roommates we learned how to live on our own, how to "study", and how to navigate the new phase we entered. Our experiences will never be forgotten and our friendship will never fade. 

Kallie - Bridesmaid (Tyler's sister)

My future sister, who in the beginning felt I was taking her big brother away from her. I cherish Kallie and already consider her my sister. She is turning into a beautiful young lady who knows what she wants in life and has the ambition to achieve her goals. She is an amazing artist and an amazing friend. Anyone who truly knows Kallie can see her passion for people and can learn a lot from her. The people in her life should consider their selves lucky to be loved by a huge heart like Kallie's. 

I could not imagine my wedding day without these amazing women right beside me. The combination of their friendships make my life more enriched and blessed with each day that passes. Words cannot express my gratitude for their friendships and love. Each of them has a special place in my heart that cannot be removed or replaced. They are always in my heart, on my mind, and a part of my soul...

Josh - Best Man

Josh and I have been friends for quite some time! We went to elementary school together and remained friends throughout high school. Josh is such a true friend to both of us! We knew long before we were engaged that we wanted Josh to be a part of our special day! I love Josh like a brother and I know Tyler really enjoys his company whether it be hunting, working, or fishing! Growing up on "The Creek" together, Tyler and Josh have been lifelong friends and we plan on keeping him around!

Matt - Groomsman

Matt and I grew up in the same small town and our grandfathers are really good friends. Tyler and Matt became good friends in college and have remained close since then. Their favorite pastime would definitely have to be mudding, hunting, or bow fishing. Matt and his girlfriend, Jessie, were in on Tyler's proposal scheme. They took our pictures and celebrated with us after I said, "YES"! I honestly couldn't have asked for better friends to spend that exciting moment with!

Clay - Groomsman

I would give credit to Clay for Tyler and I becoming "us." The first time I met Tyler was at Clay's house. Tyler and Clay grew up on "The Creek" together. They've shared many bike wrecks, four wheeler accidents, and cruises down the "strip." Clay has such a kind heart and caring personality. I'm glad he will be by Tyler's side on our wedding day!

Corey - Groomsman

Corey will make you laugh. Anytime I'm around him I know that I'll have a good time! Tyler and Corey went to elementary school together and throughout their lives they have remained close friends. He is a ball of fun and keeps life interesting! He shares the same passion with Tyler... duck hunting. He is a great person. He is there when Tyler needs him and will do anything for his friends.

Derek - Groomsman

Derek and I go WAY back... all the way to birth. Our mothers are best friends and they have remained that way for nearly 50 years. Derek and I had chicken pox together, got grounded from each other, played Nintendo games, and built our very own secret hideout! Derek and Tyler became friends through Matt. Of course, it was a sure deal with Derek and I having so much family history together. They both love the great outdoors and enjoy traveling to different parts of the nation to fulfill their passion, hunting. I love Derek like a brother and am so glad he and Tyler have become great friends!

Matthew - Groomsman (my brother)

I cannot begin to express how amazing of a brother I was blessed with... He is growing into an amazing young man who has a huge heart and genuine spirit. Matthew was the one who solidified my relationship with Tyler. Since my brother is such a major part of me, I knew his approval of Tyler was number one priority. Well approval of my family is an understatement when it comes to Tyler. Every single one of them adore Tyler, especially Matthew. Sometimes I wonder if Matthew even remembers my name when Tyler is present. I'm so glad he will be a part of our wedding in a big way. I could not ask for a better brother... he truly makes my world go around.

These guys keep Tyler happy day in and day out. I don't know what we would do without them in of our lives... I absolutely love when Tyler is around his friends and the "remember when" stories start happening.

We are so blessed to have such amazing friends that stick with us through thick and thin. I look forward to having everyone together, sharing this monumental experience with us. Without them our lives would not be complete.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

My Facelift - for the Blog

One night, I was looking at all our wedding vendors' blogs just thinking about how lucky we were to have such great people working on our wedding.

Then... I came across something on Amy Hannon's, Sincerely Yours Paper Blog when I came across Jen Gets Fancy. She's a full-time mom, teacher by day, and a blog plastic surgeon by night... Yes, she gives blogs facelifts. And please look at the result. I absolutely love it!

I highly recommend Jen because she will take your vision and make it a reality.

So, thank you Jen for doing such an amazing job at giving my blog a facelift! I love our fresh new look.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Benfield Engagement Movie?!

So naturally, I am a subscriber to Benfield Photography's blog. And I highly suggest you do the same.

As I'm reading about his precious daughters birthday, I am just admiring her cuteness and her great sense of style... Then all of a sudden I see a "Marissa and Tyler's engagement SNEAK PEEK + movie magic!" Movie magic? He didn't have a video camera during our session!

OMG! I had butterflies! After I told Tyler we were featured on the blog he said, "Oh man, I hope I don't look stupid next to you." We were both really nervous to see the "magic." Since Dale is super cool and super duper talented... and kind of a nerd (sorry, Dale) it was such a blessing for him to do something so unique and creative for us!

By the way, I would love to have the video on a thumb drive and loop it on my digital photo frame - that would be amazing!

So, here it is! Click below. (It's one picture, but notice what happens in the background!)

<3 - Marissa - "The Future Mrs. Wells"