Date Night Ideas

When David and I started courting, almost two years ago, we wrote out a list of 45 simple, fun dates that we wanted to do together. We almost have the entire list checked off. 

While a few on the list do cost, most of the activities are free/cheap! 

  1. Aquarium
  2. Bowling 
  3. Baseball Game
  4. Drive In Movie
  5.  Escape Room
  6. County Fair
  7. Four Wheeling
  8. Ice Cream/Fro- Yo
  9. Mini Golf
  10. Movie Marathon
  11. Picnic
  12. Play X-Box
  13. Netflix + Ice Cream
  14. Truck Bed Star Gazing 
  15. Cook + Dance Together in the Kitchen
  16. Dinner + a Movie
  17. Bike Ride
  18. Museum 
  19. Ice Skating
  20. Make a Couples Bucket List
  21. Make S’mores
  22. Visit Downtown
  23. Make Pizza From Scratch
  24. Make a Dessert From Scratch
  25. Rent a Movie New to Us both
  26. Work Out Together
  27. Watch Funny YouTube Videos
  28. Try A New Restaurant
  29. Have a Bonfire 
  30. Binge Watch a Favorite TV Show
  31. Go Apple/Pumpkin Picking
  32. Go Kayaking 
  33. The Penny Date
  34. Take a Walk
  35. Play Paintball
  36. Play Tennis
  37. Go On a Spontaneous Drive 
  38. Start A Tradition
  39. Prank Call A Friend
  40. Read the Same Book
  41. Play 20 Questions
  42. Watch A Horror Movie
  43. Go to A Haunted House
  44. Go to a Concert
  45. Go on a Long Hike

I love having this list on hand (anyone else a list geek??) for whenever we have an evening free and need help deciding what kind of date we want to go on, and now I hope it can give you some ideas as well!

Enjoy + have fun my friends. 

All About Our Wedding. Details!

When we first got engaged in November we knew we wanted a short engagement, and six months seemed like the perfect time. We waited until after the holidays to start the hardcore planning, and that left us with about four months before the wedding to get a boatload of things done.

If you couldn’t tell by the sentence above, I am a huge procrastinator! So from the very beginning I made it my goal to keep up to date with my checklist. Wedding Wire was my choice weapon and it truly kept my head screwed on straight. I loved that I was able to download the app to my phone and keep tabs on when I needed to get things done, as well as keep track of all my vendors and the wedding budget all in one place!

Speaking of the budget…

This was probably the least fun part of planning our wedding, but my sweet parents offered to pay for most of it and what a blessing that was for David and I.

In order to save all the moo-la we could, we DIY’d everything we could possibly DIY!

Photography

My Sister in Law was our photographer and did our engagement and wedding photos for free. (Here’s her website if you like the job she did for us!  Lydia Ruth Photography. She travels worldwide and is pretty dang amazing at what she does)8X8A8871

Venue

We chose Hill Top Equestrian Center as our venue. We were able to get if for super cheap because I have been volunteering there for almost eleven years, so it was a huge blessing and the perfect place for our wedding 8X8A7482

Catering 

We bought a ton of food in bulk and two of my sweet aunts did our catering for us. And Oh. My. Goodness. They did an AMAZING job. We had so many compliments on the food. Our menu was: Stuffed chicken, roasted red potatoes, buttered dinner rolls and salad. They also made the most beautiful appetizer table, it looked like it jumped off the page of a magazine!

Flowers

We originally wanted to buy flowers in bulk and then the morning of the wedding arrange our bouquets and other flower arrangements but the closer we got to the wedding the better hiring a professional looked. In order to stay in the same lane as DIY, we chose The Flowerman as our florist. We were able to go to their location the Thursday before the wedding and with the supervision of one of their experienced florists we were able to design and arrange all the bouquets and arch flowers ourselves8X8A95698X8A8559

Cake!

We were expecting about 200 guests, and ordering a cake that could feed that many people just wasn’t in the budget. So after searching and searching the internet for a reasonably priced baker in our area we found Amy Cakes! We chose a small cake that would serve about 25-30 people and then bought gobs of different desserts in bulk – such as cheesecake, brownies, cookies etc.

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Bridesmaid Dresses

We had a large bridal party, and it was a huge goal of mine to keep things simple as much as possible. After tons of searching, we came across the perfect dress on Amazon, of all places!

However, when we we ordered two of the dresses, when they arrived the material and color were slightly different from each other. We sent them back, contacted the shop about it and they said that while they couldn’t guarantee that the dresses would match perfectly (because they received different shipments of the dresses and each shipment contained a slightly different version of the dress) they would do their best.

When we received the next order of dresses we had the same problem. So we looked elsewhere. E-bay here we come! We were able to find the same dresses for much cheaper and ordered them straight away. And guess what… we had the same problem as before.

At this point, we decided to suppress my inner perfectionist and just go with it. It turned out that no one was able to even notice the difference in the dress and they all looked beautiful!8X8A70168X8A8505

My Wedding Dress

I said yes to the dress the first time we went dress shopping at Something New Borrowed and Blue, but I didn’t fall in love with the dress I took home. I fell in love with the dress I designed in my head! I loved the satin skirt and the blush color of the dress, but I hated the plasticity lace and sequin overlay. So we bought the dress with intentions of having my seamstress  create a new overlay and sleeves with a timeless lace.

I might write another post with more details about the dress, altering of the dress and all the details – jewelry, shoes, hairpiece, veil etc.

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Before being altered

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Groom + Groomsmen Attire

Along the same lines of the bridesmaid dresses, we made it our goal to keep the cost down when it came to picking out the men’s clothes. So we opted for the same thing we did for the bridesmaids and we went to Amazon, where we were able to find their entire ensamble!  

I absolutely love the look we went with. A little bit of classy, a touch of rustic and the leather suspenders added just the perfect amount of vintage.

The burgundy ties proved to be the hardest part assembling of their outfits. Since we were ordering them online, it was difficult to find the perfect matching color. But after ordering a few different ties and sending most of them back, we found the perfect one! Its texture was just shy of rustic and the color matched so well with the bridesmaid’s dresses.

The brown, straight legged pants looked great and really tied everything together!

David’s attire was basically made up of everything that the groomsmen wore, minus the leather suspenders. Instead of the suspenders, we chose a tweed vest  in order to have the him stand out from the groomsmen. 8X8A8855

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Reception Decor

This was one of our biggest DIY projects. When trying to figure out what kind of decorations I wanted to for the reception and tables, like any bride I went to Pinterest. That’s where I found the perfect inspiration.

When I came across a picture of wine bottles decorated individually and clustered together, I knew that was what I wanted. However, finding empty wine bottles for cheap wasn’t easy. My main source for finding them ended up being Facebook Marketplace! I ended up finding a lady who had over 200 bottles for sale and so I was pretty much able to get all the bottles I needed in one go.

Finding the bottles wasn’t the hardest part though. Scrubbing all the labels off the bottles took hours and hours and lots of sore hands. Thankfully, we only had to take the labels off of about 2/3rds of them since we were wrapping the other 1/3rd in jute.

So there you have it! I think that for having about four months to plan a wedding we did pretty good.

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Our Wedding 5.26.18

I’ve never felt anticipation quite like i did in the months and weeks leading up to our wedding day. There were times when I would just squeeze David’s hand in joy and exclaim, “I can’t believe I get to marry you!!”

The morning of the wedding… I actually don’t remember much of it. I just remember going to the venue to try to put together the last bit of decorations, but once I got there I honestly was just wondering around like a little lost girl. I am so thankful for all the helping hands that actually helped me get things done because I literally had lost my mind. I wasn’t stressed at all, I just so excited had what I called “Bride Brain” and couldn’t answer any questions about the wedding details without consulting my huge wedding binder.

Since I wasn’t really being much help, I went ahead and left for my aunt’s house, which was where all the girls were going to get ready for the wedding. I started on my younger sister’s makeup and from that point on everything went super fast.

my sweet aunt had completely redecorated her front room to accommodate me and my bridesmaids. She repainted her walls to lighten the room and purchased mirrors to make doing makeup easier, as well as made a yummy luncheon for us to enjoy.

For the entire six months of our engagement, we planned an outdoor ceremony. I imagined the forest behind us while we stood under the arch David made. I imagined the wind billowing through my veil and birds chirping. My heart broke a little bit when I had to make the call to move the ceremony inside. The packed sand arena of the equestrian facility was already decorated for the reception, and so the groomsmen had to quickly set up all the chairs and the entire sound system in a little under an hour. Bravo to them!

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My sister-in-law, Grace, offered to do my makeup. She was also able to do most of the eight bridesmaids as well and was a huge blessing!

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Jewell (my youngest sister, shown above) was so excited to get her makeup done.

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Meanwhile, the guys were getting ready in the South Observation Room of the venue, Hilltop Equestrian Center.

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8X8A75628X8A75718X8A75808X8A75948X8A7602Originally, we planned on having our Father + Daughter first look and David and mines prayer outside, but it was pourrrring outside, so sadly we settled for doing it inside. It ended up being beautiful nonetheless.

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Since we had planned on our ceremony taking place outside, we didn’t rehearse for an indoor emergency plan. But everything went off without a hitch. Everyone did a wonderful job being flexible and playing things by ear. 8X8A78618X8A78638X8A78788X8A78868X8A78908X8A78978X8A79028X8A79088X8A79138X8A79188X8A79348X8A79408X8A79478X8A79568X8A79608X8A79838X8A79978X8A80128X8A80338X8A80408X8A80518X8A80608X8A80868X8A81168X8A82278X8A82628X8A8278Our reception was so much fun. However it is true when they say you won’t remember much of it. We spent the evening eating, chatting with friends and eating cake.

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David’s brother spent time with us in the weeks leading up to the wedding giving us dancing lessons, and I’m happy to say that they did pay off

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^^This picture as proof, we basically had the best bridal party ever.

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Having our best friends beside us on our day was one of the best decisions we made

 

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8X8A96168X8A96208X8A96428X8A96568X8A96688X8A96948X8A96958X8A96968X8A97078X8A97198X8A9768Our send off was super memorable, complete with sparklers and firecrackers taped to our get-away truck! The groomsmen did a great job with it, and they were pretty proud of themselves. 8X8A99018X8A9960

Photography: Lydia Ruth Photography

Flowers: The Flower Man

Dress: Something New Borrowed and Blue

The First Page in Our Story

Our families had know each other for about eight years and we spent a lot of time together as good friends, and what they say is true – the very best relationships begin with a strong foundation of friendship. We hit it off from the beginning but never got very close to each other until a few years ago. I grew to think of him as a really great guy and I respected him a lot. He later confessed that he thought I was a really great girl and would make someone a wonderful wife one day.

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Six months into our relationship

Little did we know that in December of 2016 that the Lord would open David’s eyes and heart to see and think of me as more than a friend. In the meantime I was completely oblivious to this and continued to seek the Lord in my singleness.

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In February of the next year, after listening closely for direction from God, David approached me with the possibility of pursuing a deeper relationship together. We immediately felt the Lord’s hand and guidance in this and after seeking the Lord’s will in prayer, we decided that this was definitely in the Lord’s plan four our lives.

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The Proposal

NOVEMBER 11TH 2017

I was told it was just a little get together with some food and games to celebrate my mom’s birthday – which was the previous week. Little did I know what David had planned. We sat in the living room conversing with my family and his, and he asked me if I’d like to join him outside for some fresh (really cold) air. We moved to sit on the porch, gently swinging back and forth on the wooden porch swing. We sat there for a while, just being comfortable with his right arm around my shoulders and his left hand in both of mine. We talked about the sweet moments in our relationship and the funny ones. We talked about all our favorite memories and expressed our awe at how fast the months had seemed to rush by. During a peaceful lull in our conversation David got up from the swing and said, “I’d like to add one more memory” as he slipped to one knee, popped open a white ring box containing the most beautiful white gold and diamond ring (SO SPARKLY!) and asked me to be his wife. ” Are you serious?! YES!” I answered. And so began our countdown to when we become Mr. & Mrs. Robertson