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Thursday, November 10, 2016

Meet the Hargroves!: 5 months until we get hitched

In the last month, we've gotten a few big wedding planning items out of the way.

 PHOTOGRAPHER

by Twin Hearts Photography

We found our photographers! We're going with Lauren Gregg and Jackie Baxter of Twin Hearts Photography, based out of Athens. I love their aesthetic and they seem like good people. They had photographed a good friend's wedding that we attended this past May and I was impressed with them. They managed to get some amazing shots and they were so good at blending in with the guests that you were never overtly aware that there were photographers at the event. That's a big plus in my book!

BRIDESMAID and BEST WOMAN/GROOMSWOMAN DRESSES

https://www.unionstation.com/real-wedding/Spring-Wedding-Charleston-SC-Royal-MaryClaire

I settled on bridesmaid dresses. I decided to try something a bit unconventional (but cost-effective!) and have the bridal party rent their dresses. After doing some research, I settled on Union Station, because I liked how easy it was to navigate their website and the variety of style and color options. I chose two different cocktail length dress styles, the Kate and the Emma. As for color, I knew I wanted something bold and bright but in a color that would look flattering on everyone. I ordered a few swatches and then chose a really deep royal blue color for the gals on my side. The gals on Matt's side will be wearing the same dress style as my side but in a dark slate gray to match the guys' suits. In my mind, this all works out and looks great but I'm keeping my fingers crossed.

STATIONERY



We also decided on our wedding stationery. I wanted something simple and casual but fun with modern font faces and a hint of bright color. I found a few great options on Paperless Post, ordered samples, and had Matt narrow it down to the winner, which was also my personal favorite: Charlotte Street II from Kate Spade for Paperless Post. The blue almost perfectly matches the blue of the bridesmaid dresses.

OTHER THINGS WE'VE DONE

- Reserved a hotel block (which was actually a bit of a nightmare as we found out that there were a few unanticipated sporting events planned the same weekend as my wedding).
- Ordered save the dates.

WHAT WE NEED TO DO IN THE NEXT MONTH

- Decide on the dudes' outfits.
- Find a florist.
- Order cakes and rentals.
- Send save the dates.
- Officially ask the bridal party.
- Plan the rehearsal dinner.

HOW WE'RE FEELING

I'm kind of questioning why I chose a short engagement. I guess so I could compact all the stress into fewer months but there are SO many decisions that have to be made. All in all, it's getting there and I keep trying to remember that the wedding will be fun and happy no matter what it looks like or what happens. Matt doesn't have much interest in the planning process but I try to really listen to him and put him in charge of things that he does care strongly about, like the music. He's already finished the cocktail hour playlist. And I still get his opinion on the things that he doesn't care about, too. 

Stay tuned for more wedding updates! #mattandchelseagethitched

XOXO