Friday, July 31, 2009

How is married life?

Anyone else getting that question A LOT since the big day?

I'm not real sure how to answer it. First of all, we've only been married for 6 days. lol Second of all, we lived together before hand and we dated for 3.5 years. We've been best friends for 9 years. Uh...? It's just as amazing as it always has been!

Jon and I took off a few days this past week (Well, Jon took off Friday-Tuesday and went back to work Wednesday). I must say, it was AWESOME!!

Sunday we did NOTHING except go to Wal-Mart with our gift cards and purchase the ONE thing we promised ourselves we would buy...

That's right! We have a new TV!! Our old TV was on its last leg to say the least. The tube was going out of it, so we'd have to smack it until the picture showed up. lol Classy, I know!

Monday we spent the day together at the zoo! We had such a great time! We got to pet a shark and an elephant while we were there! It was so much fun!

My favorite picture of us from the day =)

Tuesday we spent the day running errands and buying things we were waiting to get from the wedding...namely, a good vacuum cleaner!

I'm stepping on a soapbox about this. I work in the flooring industry and I'm telling you, the most important thing you can do for your carpet is vacuum it. Vacuum it once a week per number of people living in the house. (For example, Jon and I live in the house. I vacuum every Wednesday and Sunday.) We got a Dirt Devil bagless with accessories. You can adjust the height of the beater bar too, which is great for us because we have a frieze in our living room and hallway. :) *steps off soapbox*

All in all, we had such a great week!

We got our copy of the marriage license in the mail today! I'm dropping off the paperwork to officially change my name tomorrow morning, so that process will on the way of getting started! That's the last hurdle!

Hope everyone has a great weekend! I'm going to try to finish up more thank you cards! :)

Married Bio is up and running!!

I made a new married bio!!! Enjoy!! There are some non-pro pictures on there too!

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Recap of the Wedding Weekend!

Here we are! A full recap of the wedding weekend! It's going to be long, so bear with me!


I started the day off by going to get my nails done with my BM Britt. Then we went out to lunch at Wendy's (like every other time we go out to lunch). After that, I went back home and finished packing for Friday and Saturday night. My BM Cort came over, we dropped some last minute stuff off at the reception venue. Then we checked into the hotel and we got stuff unpacked there. Changed clothes, and off we went to the church to start decorating.

The rehearsal was very short, and to be honest I left still not quite knowing what I was supposed to do. But I just ran with it. The dinner was so much fun! Everyone had a great time! And everyone enjoyed the gifts. After that, Jon and I kissed and off the girls and I went to the hotel. The guys went back to our house for some beer, pool, and Wii.

The girls and I stayed up until well after 1:00 talking and laughing. It was so much fun! I woke up probably 10 times between 1:00 and 6:45 when my alarm went off! Which leads us to...


We woke up at 6:30-6:45. As the girls started making rounds with the shower (I took one the night before), the rest of us went down and got breakfast.

The breakfast was AMAZING! They had biscuits and gravy, sausage, waffles, 5 types of cereal, bagels, donuts, muffins, English muffins, etc etc. So good!

We left at 7:45 to start our hair appointments at 8:00. When we got there, I sat down in the chair, and my hair stylist (since I was 12) came out with a gallon of orange juice and a bottle of champagne--MIMOSA time!! :) :) Our hair ended up getting done an hour early because the other wedding party never showed up for their 8:00 and 8:30 appointments. They strolled in as our last girl was paying for hers. Strange.

We went back to the hotel and ate lunch. I had bought things to make sandwiches, pop, water, chips, pretzels, cookies, and fruit. We all stuffed our faces!

After lunch, Britt did my make up! All the girls loved it, so she ended up doing the other girls' makeup too. :)

Around 12:30 my photographer got there. Along with my mom who came up shortly after. All the girls got dressed, then it was my turn! After I finally got into my dress, the photographer started taking some fun pictures of the girls and I.

The limo came to pick us up at 1:40 and the girls and I were off to the church! We were scheduled to take pictures from 2:00-3:10. We got all the pictures we wanted and more at 2:50! The guys were already at the church and dressed, so we started theirs early too...which ended up working out because guests started arriving earlier than expected too.

At this point we had about an hour to go before the wedding I was STARVING. My BM Britt came to my rescue with a banana! Shortly after that, my dad came to our rescue with water and chips. (He said the nachos looked AMAZING but he knew better. He's so sweet! lol)

So, the man from the church came in to tell us it was time to line up. My little flowergirl (who was ALL ABOUT throwing flowers up to this point) decided she didn't want to do it anymore and she acted like she fell asleep. lol

We're all lined up. I can here the musician playing Bless the Broken Road. I'm trying to make jokes to keep my dad from crying. I was still hanging tough on that front. Then all my girls started to go and my dad started getting REALLY nervous. I was afraid he was going to get sick. But he ended up composing himself and made it ok!

As we were walking down the aisle, he stepped on my dress! Ah! So I just said screw this business and kicked my dress out, then took a step. Kicked out, took a step. lol NOT my most graceful walk. I looked over and saw one of my mom's friends who swore up and down she wouldn't cry. When I walked by, I pointed at her, and that was it, she started crying. lol Then I looked over to the other side and saw my brother who was crying...then I started a little bit. I did okay until I saw Jon. Then I started to really cry. I look over, and all my girls except my MOH was BAWLING...even my neice had started to cry. When my dad gave my arm to Jon, we faced each other and he mouthed, "You look so beautiful." I started bawling. It was a moment that I will forever cherish. He just kept mouthing that to me. :)

When it was time for the unity candle, we couldn't get the big one to light so we were cracking up. And we used the unity candle song to talk to each other. :) Then we kissed and we were married!!! :)

We took some pictures and we were off to get back into the limo!!

We were supposed to have the limo for 2 hours after the wedding, but I couldn't fathom letting our guests sit there for TWO hours. They barely sat for 45 minutes.

During the limo ride, my sister called to tell me that my pastor had a death in the family and had to leave. She had signed the marriage license, but had left. She also asked for the number for the caterer because they weren't there yet. I asked what time it was. She said 6:15. I said they aren't supposed to be there until 6:30. Crisis diverted. :)

When we arrived at the reception hall, the parking lot was PACKED!!! We felt so loved! My DJ came up, got us all lined up. And off we went!

Then it was dinner time! Which was AMAZING!!! Everyone gave us compliments on it!! It was so good! We wanted to have an hour after dinner to catch up with our guests because sometimes people leave after dinner, we wanted to catch everyone.

No sooner did Jon and I get up and start making rounds, soon enough my awesome MOH came up to tell me that she was leaving in an hour and if I wanted her to do her speech we needed to get things going now. I should have done more/said more but instead I just told the DJ to start everything in ten minutes. UGH.

We had our first dance song, which was so amazing! We just danced and sang the song to each other. Then we had the father daughter dance which was precious. The mother son dance, and the bridal party dance.

We took about twenty minutes off.

Then the toasts came. The best man was up first and his was so sweet. I remember one line was, "I know that Jon loves sports, video games, and country music. But I know that he loves Kari the most." :) My matron of honor was up next and did her speech.

Then we went and cut the cake! And we smashed it! :)

Next was the bouquet toss! My BM Sam's little sister (and mine!) caught the bouquet! And then the garter toss was up next! One of our friend's and GM caught it!

Then it was time to dance the night away! And that's what we did!!

It was such an amazing time! There were a few set backs, but it worked out in the end! We have amazing family and friends. They all went above and beyond!!

And now we're married!!

Monday, July 27, 2009


Here are some teaser pictures I grabbed from our friends on Facebook.

My BM Britt did my make up

Me and my MOH in the limo

my gorgeous neice

the girls waiting for me

Dad walking me down

saying our vows

lighting the unity candle

the kiss

outside the church

our first dance song--possibly one of my favorites from the night

Father daughter dance

cutting the cake

bouquet toss

ahahah getting the garter

me and FI with one of our best friends and his girlfriend

This guy was AMAZING. The tux place sent us the wrong color vest. FI and I were just going to let it go. He took it upon himself to call the tux place and got them to deliver us a blue vest/tie before the ceremony. We didn't even know that he did that until the tux people showed up. How amazing is that!

My photographer took over 900 pictures so I'll be posting with A LOT MORE!!

Friday, July 24, 2009


Well it's really here!!

As I type this, it's 7:00 AM and I SHOULD be asleep but let's face it. Sleep and me are not going to be friends today....or tonight for that matter!!

I'm so excited I can't hardly put it into words!! I can't wait for tomorrow! I can't even pick one particular thing that I'm most excited for...I just can't wait!!!

With that being said, I'm going to get going. Got lots of stuff to do today!

Thanks for reading! Can't wait to update you guys Sunday on how everything went!!

Countdown (for the last time): TOMORROW!!!!

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

It seems so surreal

Our wedding is really 3 days away!! I am just 4 hours from being done with work for ten days! I can't hardly believe it!! It's going to take all I have to get through those 4 hours, too! :)

Yesterday I was really stressed out about getting stuff done at work and one of my bosses said he wishes he could just send us to Cancun...ME TOO!!! :) I work for some great people, I swear it!

Today after I get off work, I'm going to go to the reception hall and pay them off. Then I'm going to get my RINGS back!! Then I need to put the initials on the girls' BM bouquets.

Tomorrow (OH MY GOD) Mom and I are decorating the reception hall!

It's coming up VERY quickly!!! AHH!!!

Countdown: 3 days!!

Friday, July 17, 2009

We're in the homestretch!

Today marks 8 days! 8, that's it!

Everything is done with the exception of wrapping Jon's gift and getting my bag ready for the night before/the big day/the night of the wedding!

I have a confession, I'M SO EXCITED!!!!!!

I have 4.5 days of work left and they are dragging on and on and on. Hopefully today and tomorrow go by quickly. Then I'm sure next week will because I'll essentially be doing 2 weeks of work in two days so no one has to completely take care of everything I do while I'm gone.

Soo let's see:

Today: Work, relax with Jon
Saturday: Work, wedding reception :)
Sunday: SLEEP IN! I also need to go to the store and get us groceries, stuff for my overnight bag, and whitening strips...and tan.

Next week.....
Monday: Work, tan
Tuesday: Work
Wednesday: Work until noon, get the keys from the reception hall, go and pick up my rings!!!
Thursday: tan, decorate the reception hall, buy food for Friday night/Saturday morning
Friday: sleep in (or try to), have lunch with Britt, get a mani with Cort and Britt, decorate the church, rehearsal, rehearsal dinner, back to the suite with my girls :)
Saturday: know.....THE WEDDING! :)


Thursday, July 16, 2009


My left hand is anyways.

We dropped off my engagement ring and wedding band to be soldered together today! It will be ready to pick up Monday!

9 more days!! SINGLE DIGITS, PEOPLE!!!

Monday, July 13, 2009

Final meeting with reception venue---CHECK!

We met with the reception hall person today. He's absolutely amazing. He's so calm, I automatically get de-stressed.

We got all of the tablecloths and everything sorted out. Alcohol ordered!

I go pick up the keys on Wednesday the 22nd.


Countdown: 12 days!

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Productive Weekend!!

This weekend, I wrapped all of our BP gifts! I also finished our programs and menu cards!

Aaand this afternoon, my MOH and one of my BM's came over and we got our favors finished!

Tonight is FI's bachelor party, so my night will consist of laundry, finishing the slideshow, and watching Army Wives. :)

Tomorrow we meet with the reception hall to order our alcohol and tablecloths.


I can officially say,"Oh! We get married next weekend!"

Countdown: 13 days

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Two Post Thursday

Update on the to do list:

July 6-10-Call David's Bridal to check on Jon's Grandma's dress. (CHECK)
-Call church to determine who will be the person unlocking the church for us and get a cell number. (CHECK)
-Get more pictures for the slideshow. (Check...but still a work in progress)
-Set up appointment with A2Z. (CHECK)
-Mail out rehearsal dinner invitations. (Check-in-progress, they are sealed and ready to be stamped and mailed tomorrow.)
-Call Shane Company. (CHECK)
-Finish Jon's gift.

Ah it feels great!

Okay, it's official...

I'm so excited I can't hardly stand it!!

I'm blaming it on several things:

1)My amazing BM Britt sent me an email (she's doing my make up) with a beauty "to do list" with all of this stuff I should/could do (i.e. exfoliate, teeth whitening, moisturize, etc). Then the last paragraph states that she sent me a pampering package in the mail! :) I absolutely love her!

2) I called one of the GM to get his address and when he got off the phone he said,"Bye, Mrs. B&(**!" I about cried. :)

3) The fact that some of my closest Knottie friends are either married or getting married this weekend!

4)Next week is my last full week of work before the wedding. Then I work Monday, Tuesday, and half day Wednesday. Those days are going to drag on and on and on.

I have a pretty packed schedule though!

This weekend:

Saturday: Tanning, finishing Jon's gift, wrapping BP gifts, finishing programs and menu coasters.
Sunday: Ash (MOH) and Sam (BM) are coming over and helping me do our favors while Jon and the guys go out for his bachelor party.

Monday: Working, then Meeting with the reception hall and ordering table cloths and alcohol

Tuesday, Wednesday: Working

Thursday: Tanning, hair cut, drive up to Indy to drop off my rings at the jewelers to get cleaned, buffed, and saudered together, then lunch with one of my girlfriends

Friday: Working

Saturday: Working, going to a wedding

Sunday: Church, then putting labels on our water bottles

Monday-Tuesday: Working, and tanning (Hellllllo, Instant Tan!!)

Wednesday: Working until 1, going to up to Indy to pick up my rings!

Thursday: One of my BMs comes into town!! Yayyyyy!!! Picking up the tuxes, getting things ready to go to the church/reception hall, picking up keys to the reception hall, getting a mani/pedi with my BM Cort :), and probably starting to decorate the hall

Friday: ALL MY GIRLS WILL BE IN TOWN!! Finish decorating the reception hall, check into the hotel, decorate the church, rehearsal, rehearsal dinner, kiss my soon-to-be-hubby bye and head out for my last single night with my girls in the bridal suite!!!!

I can't believe it's this close! I'm strangely enough very calm..yet nervous that I'm forgetting things. Just the idea of decorating the reception hall seems so crazy to me. I can't believe I'm actually thinking about that even! Holy crap on a crutch!

Countdown: 16 days!!!

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Good morning!

Over the weekend, I made a list of stuff we have to get done for the wedding. Here it goes:

July 6-10
-Call David's Bridal to check on Jon's Grandma's dress. (CHECK)
-Call church to determine who will be the person unlocking the church for us and get a cell number.
-Get more pictures for the slideshow.
-Set up appointment with A2Z. (Semi-check...I left a message when I got off work yesterday)
-Mail out rehearsal dinner invitations.
-Call Shane Company.
-Finish Jon's gift.

July 11
-Make 25 programs.
-Make 25 menu coasters.
-Wrap gifts.
-Make sign for photo upload card baskets.

July 12
-Put favors together.
-Finish slideshow.

July 13-17
-Meet with A2Z.
-Get a haircut.
-Order alcohol and tablecloths.
-Have rings dipped/cleaned.
-Transfer money from wedding account to checking account.

July 19
-Put labels on water bottles.
-Organize vendor payments.

Trying to take things a day at a time, but who am I kidding? I'm ready to get this show on the road! Time needs to go by a lot faster then it has been.

Countdown: 18 days!!

Friday, July 3, 2009

2 years ago today...

...I was making dinner. Jon said he wanted to talk. The talk starts with, "I don't want you to be my girlfriend anymore."

I thought he was going to break up with me.

He asked if I knew what he meant.

I said no.

He said,"I'm saying that you're my everything...."

...and that's all I remember up until the part where he said,"Will you marry me?"

There we are that night. :)

Have a happy Fourth, everyone!!

Countdown: 22 more days!

Thursday, July 2, 2009 the right..

Do you see what I'm talking about??


I can't hardly believe it. And that list over there...that's all that I/we have left to get done. I'm absolutely stoked!!

We're down into the 20's now. I can't hardly believe it!!

Only 3 more weeks of work until my vacation! (Which right now is great! lol)

Hope everyone has a great 4th!!!