Wedding Wednesday: Our Wedding Invites

We don’t go about things in a traditional way over here. We decided to skip the save the dates and just send out our wedding invitations earlier than normal. Mostly because we’re paying for a lot of the wedding ourselves and it cuts that cost in half and the wedding itself is going to be in another country – we wanted to give our guests as much info up front as possible.

I found these cute airmail invitations from Wedding Paper Divas. I handcrafted luggage tags with vintage-style paper on one side and travel information on the other. I also purchased bunches of old travel stamps on Etsy and used those on the luggage tags and on the envelopes that we’re going to hand deliver to friends and family.

When we first decided that we were going to have a destination wedding in Mexico, my first thought was  – no cheesy palm trees, flip flops or margaritas on anything! Well, I couldn’t be more in love with how everything turned out. They really reflect our style and the theme of our wedding.

The Robie House

While we were in Chicago last month, Luke’s parents made an extra stop near Hyde Park just for me. We stopped at Frank Lloyd Wrights Robie House. Although I didn’t go in for a tour, I was just as content walking around the property and snapping photos of this gorgeous house. Back in college while I was studying Art History, I fell in love with Frank Lloyd Wright houses, especially this one, so it was so great to finally see it in person.
– Photos © Holly Carman –

the dress…

I went into my first appointment at the bridal boutique this past Saturday with a clear idea that I wanted a very simple, flowy/beachy dress. I was dead set on having it that I was so close to clicking the purchase button on one I found online. Well, I tried one on and didn’t like it. At all. Luckily, we had an amazing bridal consultant that picked up on my personal style and brought in a few dresses to just try out. Low and behold, she brought in THE dress. It’s the dress that I tried on three different times during my appointment. She kept coming up with more ways to make it more awesome… Add these dangly earrings, add this accessory… And that was it. And rather quick too.

I thought I had a pretty good idea of what kind of dress I wanted going into our appointment, but I ended up absolutely loving a dress that I never thought I would pick out for myself. It’s not only just a wedding dress, it’s the dream wedding dress. When I picture myself as a bride, this is the dress I picture myself in. I’d share a picture with you all, but Luke reads my blog, so it’ll remain a secret.

Not the actual dress, but one that I absolutely loved, too.