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Wedding Invites!

I’d be lying if I said the wedding invitations were fun or easy to do. Back in April my mom came down for a visit to help with some wedding stuff. The big thing was getting the invitations made. My friend Star got a discount at FedEx/Kinko’s so we took in the digital file to get the invites made.

I’ll be honest, I seriously thought it would just be handing them the flashdrive, telling them the color paper we wanted and then picking them up. It was so much more involved than that and not very fun. Also, they didn’t really follow my instructions when I dropped it off so I went back several times to look at new proofs before we FINALLY got the invitations the way we wanted them. The story isn’t very interesting, it was mostly frustrating, then I discovered that it’s apparently impossible to find envelopes as well. This was not my favorite part of wedding planning.

But, the invitations turned out great! I loved the final product. It was printed on a creamy champagne paper and the actual invitation file is just a little bit darker in color so there’s a really nice border around it. Here is a sneak peak of the invitations:

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We are going with a fall theme, obviously. 😉 The wedding colors are burnt orange, dark red, dark purple. The bridesmaid dresses (which I got back in September last year) are a dark plum. My dress is champagne colored.

I invited the bridesmaids over to help address, stamp, stuff and label the invitations. I decided we should do a brunch/lunch event at my place instead of dinner. It seemed to work better for everyone’s schedule and I got to plan a fun lunch menu! I wanted to do a canape/finger food menu with lots of fresh fruit and refreshing beverages.

This first recipe was my favorite! The herb cream cheese spread was so flavorful. I loved the garlic, green onion and dill together. I don’t think that it necessarily needed the avocado. I don’t know that the avocado added anything special to what was already really good. This is sometthing I’d make again for parties. Here is the recipe: Canapes with Garlic Herb Cream Cheese and Avocado.

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The next one was the Feta & Cucumber Bites. I liked using the cucumber slices instead of crackers or a baguette. It was refreshing and delicious. I forgot to buy sun-dried tomatoes so I improvised with some marinated artichoke hearts. I thought it was pretty good but I’d probably try it with the sun-dried tomatoes next time. It needed a little “salty” something.

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The Tortellini Broccoli Salad was the “main dish.” I loved the combination of the tortellini and the broccoli. I’ve made a similar broccoli salad in the past and I think I like this version the best.

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I also did a small plate of Caprese bites–basically it’s cherry or grape tomatoes with fresh basil, mozzarella cheese and drizzle and little balsamic and olive oil on it and you’re good to go. It’s a good summer time snack.

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Lastly, I put together a mini muffin and fruit plate as kind of the dessert.

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We had raspberry lemonade (some had theirs spiked :D) and then Anna and I both had a Bloody Mary. Yum! We sat outside on the deck and ate lunch and chatted for awhile, catching up and just enjoying the sunshine. Then we cleaned everything up and got started on the invitations. Bella ran around outside in the yard while we worked.

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With 6 of us working on them it only took about an hour and a half. I so appreciated the help! If I had to do them all myself it would take forever! Three of us worked on addressing the envelopes, two of the bridesmaids worked on labeling and stamping the RSVP envelopes and one worked on stamping the envelopes. We got a pretty good system down and it wasn’t too bad. It was a big relief to have one more thing to cross off the to-do list, and it was a big thing!

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There’s a post office in the Gorge in a small town called Bridal Veil that a lot of brides mail their invitations from just to get the postmark that says “Bridal Veil.” I kind of dismissed the idea but then when we were doing the invitations I thought it might be cute for the postmark to say Bridal Veil…I went online to see what their hours were and apparently it was a super complicated process and you weren’t allowed to bring pre-stamped envelopes to mail there, you are supposed to buy the stamps from their post office (and pre-ordered with a check, mind you). So that was a super bummer. I guess our invitations will just have to say “PORTLAND”! Since I won’t be making the drive out there to mail the invitations I guess they are going out a little sooner!

A Little Help From Some Friends


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I haven’t seen a number that big in a LONG time. 951 calories burned! Holy Smokes!

We did our warm-up and then got right into it. Saturday was a day of new things at the Warrior Room. We started with a workout where we did pushups for 20 seconds and then a plank for 20 seconds, rest, repeat 8 times. Yes 8 times! It was a hard start to the day but I got through it.

We moved onto the station workout. One station was a deadlift, goblet squat and another kind of squat (I can never remember the name). We did that 6 reps, 6 reps, 3 reps then repeat. The next station was a bent over row with the kettle bell, lat raises, and jumping jack planks. The next station was hammer curls with kettle bells and triceps. Finally there was a one-handed swing station with a few other moves. It was hard work! I was feeling it with just one time around the stations.

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Then it was time for a run.

It was a bitter cold morning but sunny and blue-skied. The big group broke up into two teams to do a “snake run.” I’ve described this before: you run in a single file line, the last person does a sprint to the front and so on. It’s really challenging but for me with my knees–sprinting is not wise. Thankfully Ashley told me to just go run outside at my own pace. Wise idea. We did the run every 20 minutes to break up the kettle bell workouts. I ended up run/walking about 1 mile total.

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We did a few different sets of abs and honestly that felt like a bit of a break from the super intense stuff we were doing before. After the abs we did a routine similar to the pushup-plank one. This time it was squat jumps for 20 seconds then holding a squat for 10 seconds–repeat 8 times. Ouch! My thighs were BURNING after three rounds. I wasn’t sure I could make it to 8, but I did with taking it easy and going a little slower during my 20 second set.

There was a few other station workouts and another ab sets and then we did something I’ve only heard about before: the Turkish Getup. Michael talks about this move a lot. It’s part of his kettle bell routine at home. He’s been telling me how challenging it is for years but I never tried it. It was fun but HARD. Mostly hard because it was the end of the workout and I was spent. My arm was shaking as I tried to hold myself up.

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The Turkish Getup seems like a very efficient move to me. It works your entire body and relies on strength AND balance. I think I did ok. The part that was hard for me (other than holding myself up) was the move to get your leg under your body to get ready to stand up. That is gonna take a lot of practice I think!

Later that night, I had some friends over for dinner and a little crafting. It was time to send the save-the-date postcards. Well, according to bridal website calendars I was months behind on this but oh well. I don’t know that save-the-dates necessarily need to go out a year in advance. Plus, most people who are invited already know the date. 🙂

Michael created out postcard with photoshop. He did a fantastic job and I love the way it looks. We mailed a few test postcards to see how they’d hold up in the mail. They did ok. Most of the “test” ones held up, one or two were  a little torn. I searched for the heaviest paper/postcard paper I could find and couldn’t find anything heavier than what I got.

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Michael printed out all the postcards and I invited my bridesmaids over for dinner (bribe) and to help address and stamp the cards. I was so glad they helped! I think hand-cramping would have set in around postcard #40….

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Michael made his amazing mac n’ cheese, my cousin Anna brought some white wine and we got started! We ate dinner (so good) and then cleaned up before starting the postcards. Anna was smart bringing white wine instead of red! But we got lucky, no spills or anything. 🙂 It was fun and having Erika and Anna there to help me we were done with the post cards pretty quickly. We spent the rest of the evening chatting and just hanging out. I was happy to have the company AND to cross one more thing off the to-do list.