life according to a frantic wedding planner.

It’s alive…

Posted in Uncategorized by fromiwilltoido on January 8, 2010

Ok, Ok, I get it, I am a terrible wedding blogger.
I have failed all of my readers that hang on my every word, which is … none of you.
But, I’m back.

Wedding plans are coming along swimmingly.
The bride is venturing to France on Saturday for a week, lucky girl, and I have been put in charge of trying to get bridesmaid dresses ordered, planning the shower and making birds that resemble these:

Vows and Birds by Our Labor of Love

Luckily the bride has some wonderful besties that are helping me plan the shower and the lady-like bachelorette party. I just have so many ideas that are currently unrealistic as I plan six hours away from the funding (the parents) for the shower.
Anyways, good news, I bought my maid-of-honor dress today. I’m calling it that, rather than bridesmaid dress, because it is a big deal to me, and I do feel honored. Also, it is a beautiful dress that went on sale for $100 off two days before buying it, I got lucky. I also want to call it my maid-of-honour dress, because adding u’s to words make them seem more important.

Erin and Jeremy are anxiously awaiting their day. They are very ready!

Oh, I forgot to mention, I saw the venue two weeks ago, amazing.
Erin will look absolutely breathtaking walking down the aisle in the rustic barn of Union Hill Inn.
I cannot wait! It is so soon!

[quick side note, the bride (Erin) is in an incredible folk duo with Joshua Colburn (an incredibly talented man of God) and their cd is FINALLY out on itunes, they are Ivory Owl check them out this instant, they are amazing.]

Be checking their blog, they update about all of the fun parts of their engagement … the parties, the gifts, the parent meetings.

Oh yes, you may be interested in these:

By Casey of Casey Mackenzie Photography




I solemnly swear to write more, and post more photos once the ball continues to roll.

Always a bridesmaid, never the bride, (kidding)
Yours truly,
the (slightly more than normal) frantic wedding planner.

Bad News, and Better News

Posted in Uncategorized by fromiwilltoido on December 2, 2009

We didn’t get the free photographer … but Erin and Jeremy have chosen an incredible photographer instead … I’m not sure if I’m allowed to reveal who yet, because they are just that good.

So not to worry, the photographs will be beyond incredible for this Vegan-infested wedding.

Continue to check out their blog ASAP, it has some fun new info!

Also, wonderful news.

They got a new ring. It is an estate ring from the Northwest, and it is AMAZING.

No words can explain it, and no photos can fully capture its beauty.

I attempted, but external flash and I are still getting to know each other, (aka the ring isn’t yet in full focus) so here are just some photos of the happy couple enjoying each other’s company this Thanksgiving week.

Ok guys, here are some photos about love.

Posted in Uncategorized by fromiwilltoido on November 15, 2009

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My apologies

Posted in Uncategorized by fromiwilltoido on October 26, 2009

Oh my dear readers,

I apologize for my delayed post. I have been so swamped with real life that I tend forget to live in the fantastical world of weddings that I truly belong in.

I feel like I have forgotten to formally introduce you to the happy couple. So, here they are: The future Mr. and Mrs. Jeremy and Erin Hohengarten.

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In this moment, my heart swells with love.

As I am typing this I am watching Love Actually, particularly the wedding scene. Aside from the fact that Keira Knightley is wearing a sham of a wedding dress, the wedding is gorgeous. To have a choir sing and a band surprisingly play “All you need is love” would make a wedding entirely memorable. Sometimes I dream of my wedding with a scenario as such. Then I remember that movies are different than real life with reason … worst reception ever!

Anyways, onto the real life wedding that I do get to make decisions about, Erin and Jeremy may have found the venue this week! They are debating between two, and I urge you to help them make their decision.

(Photos by Jeremy Hohengarten-Still Musician)

The first option is The Piedmont Community Center. A beautiful center, located about 30 minutes or less from where both the bride and groom live currently. The center is equipped with windows that could make for absolutely inspirational lighting.

Piedmont Community Center

Piedmont Community Center

The second is, well, pretty incredible. It is the Union Hill Inn in Sonora, California. Unfortunately, this location is two hours from the brides home and family, but it is the hometown of the groom. This venue includes the entire barn and inn. It is insanely gorgeous and almost exactly what the bride has imagined.

Union Hill Inn

Union Hill Inn

So, please leave comments, give me your thoughts. They will be shared with the bride and groom who are just itching to get this all sorted out and planned.

I am so excited for this process!

Just remember, readers, that love is real, and so great. I’m in it, Erin and Jeremy are in it, it is a good place to be. So, dwell in that, and get ready for more updates on the wedding of a lifetime.

“Whenever I get gloomy with the state of the world, I think about the arrivals gate at Heathrow Airport. General opinion’s starting to make out that we live in a world of hatred and greed, but I don’t see that. It seems to me that love is everywhere. Often it’s not particularly dignified or newsworthy, but it’s always there – fathers and sons, mothers and daughters, husbands and wives, boyfriends, girlfriends, old friends. When the planes hit the Twin Towers, as far as I know none of the phone calls from the people on board were messages of hate or revenge – they were all messages of love. If you look for it, I’ve got a sneaking suspision love actually is all around.”

-Hugh Grant, Love Actually

Remember in the end, when Aurelia and Jamie learn each others languages in hopes that the other one will think of them and love them forever? Well, this wedding is going to be even better than that moment, I promise.

Love, always always love,

Emily, the wedding planner.

Addicted to The Knot

Posted in Uncategorized by fromiwilltoido on October 6, 2009

I joined The Knot last night, as I was struck with wedding planner insomnia. The Knot gives a gigantic month by month checklist.

Apparently, before November 5th, I, along with Erin and Jeremy, need to finalize the guest list, think about how the bride wants her hair, find a caterer, venue and wedding cake/dessert, finish and send out save the dates, find and order the dress, find the bridesmaid dresses, decide on the photographer, finalize invitations, decide on flowers, figure out the rehearsal-dinner site, and book the honeymoon, just to name a few things. (This is less than 1/4 of the checklist, mind you).

My goal is to get the venue finalized this week. Erin (the bride) is on the hunt, I think she just needs a bit more motivation.

This wedding is slightly unique, since both the bride and groom have chosen the vegan lifestyle. We are working to find venues that will allow us to choose our own caterer.

The process has definitely started, but is panning out so far in clouds of brainstorm and creativity.

Photos and ideas to come soon.

Thanks for checking in,

Emily, the stress-case wedding planner.