Category Archives: Wedding Inspiration

Our First Anniversary

Our first anniversary was back on 8-10-13, but I realized I never shared it with you.  We didn’t do anything too extravagant, but as a part of my gift to Noel (and let’s be honest, myself), I scheduled us an anniversary shoot.  I thought I was being all clever seeing as the traditional gift for your first anniversary is paper, and you know, photographs = paper.  Yeahhhh. Anyways, when the photographer asked us where we wanted to take our pictures, at first I wasn’t sure.  But the more I thought about it, it seemed perfect to take them in our house.  We only had about a month left in our townhouse, so I wanted to capture us in our first home, seeing as that house was such an integral part of our first year of marriage.

So I’ll get right to it and show you the goods.

Kirsten + Noel-7N+K House 1 Kirsten + Noel-1 Kirsten + Noel-3 N+K Dining RoomKirsten + Noel-15 Kirsten + Noel-18N+K 2Kirsten + Noel-26N+K RoxyKirsten + Noel-65N+K Roxy2Kirsten + Noel-90

We absolutely love how they turned out…and I find myself going through them when I get homesick for a clean, comfortable finished home.  Soon enough this house will get there, but until then, I’ll just live vicariously through these photos.

All photos courtesy of Hello Love Photography 

a sneak peak into our day

I know it’s wedding wednesday, and I’m supposed to be posting a DIY today.  But I don’t want to, and it’s my blog, so I can do that, right? :)  The reason I don’t want to is because late last night, our videographer emailed us a link to our wedding recap video…and I want to share that instead.  I have literally watched it hundreds of times – I am so obsessed with it and am just floored at what an amazing job he did.From the beginning, I knew I wanted to hire a videographer, but Noel wasn’t so sure.  He said we would never watch the video, it would be a waste of money, and we could just have someone else set up a video camera.  In the end, I managed to convince him otherwise, and we are both so incredibly thankful we decided to go for it.  The amount of times we have watched this little snippet is already worth what we paid, and we haven’t even received our DVD yet.

Everyone says your wedding day will be a blur, and they are completely right.  While I love looking through pictures of our day, watching this video literally made me feel like we were living that day over and over again.  So to all you brides-to-be out there: hire a videographer.  You will not regret it – it is worth every penny, and then some.

Check back this Friday, because there’s going to be a pretty amazing giveaway in this neck of the woods!

how to create a QR code

Apparently I yet again don’t know how to use autopost.  This post was supposed to be scheduled for yesterday…and this morning when I went to read it, I found out I accidentally had it set for September?  My bad.  So, I’m sorry to keep you all waiting – but without further ado, here is another Wedding Wednesday (err..Thursday) DIY.

Today we’re going to talk about our wedding invites.  Like many things in our wedding, we did our invites a little different.  How so?  We included a little something special in them.

You know those square code things you see everywhere?  Those things that you can scan with your smartphone and it brings you to the website?  Well, those “square code things” are actually called QR codes and, for our wedding, we created one of our own and included it on our wedding invitations.  We did all of our RSVPing online through our wedding website, which I would HIGHLY recommend.  Yeah, it may not be the traditional route, but guess what?  It saves you a TON of time and a good chunk of money (postage on 200+ invites, as well as the paper and printing).  You don’t have to ask me twice.

I could go on forever about how glad I am we decided to do all of our RSVPing online, but that’s not the point of this post.  Since we did ask all of our guests to RSVP online, it was essential that our website was easy for them to get to.  Enter: QR code.  Instead of just writing our website on our invites (which we also did), we included a QR code, so people could scan it with their smartphones, and RSVP right then and there.  Plus, we like to be different, and it’s not everyday you see that on a wedding invite now is it?

This is what our RSVP insert looked like:

Good ahead, knock yourself out and scan it.  It will take you right to our page.  Pretty neat, eh?  So, by now, you’re probably all wondering how you go about making one of these things.  It’s suuuuuuuper easy.  
Step 1:  Find a QR code generator online.  I used the website and it worked perfectly.
Step 2: Enter the website that you want people to be brought to, and then click generate.
Step 3: Once your QR code has been generated, right click on the image, and click “save image as.”  Save it to your computer and you are ready to put it into whatever document you want.   

To help my QR code tie into our invitations better, I brought it into photoshop and made the background blue.  Now I don’t know a whole lot about the technology behind these codes, but what I do know was that I tried to turn the black parts the light blue, and have a transparent background and it didn’t work.  I’m not sure if it didn’t work because there is a texture on our background that my phone kept picking up, or if it didn’t work because our background was dark and when I made the QR code blue, the colors were essentially inverted.  Moral of the story is, if you want to change the colors of your code, make sure you test it out to be sure it works before you print 200 copies.  
If you have any questions, please let me know!  It really is pretty straightforward and simple, but it added a fun touch to our invites that our guests just loved!  See for yourself:

The above picture shows the actual invite and our RSVP card.  
Below are the directions to the ceremony.  
This card was double sided, with the written directions on one side, and a map on the other.

Until next time!
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