Cheers to Transitions

I began my position at the Winery on April 3, 2017. I was given the title Wine Club Manager and Event Coordinator, and was placed in charge of over 750 members with the goal of developing events to not only attract new members but also keep current. It has been a crazy year full of both known and unknown territory. I’ve created amazing relationships with many of my members and now call them my friends. My teammates at the winery have been incredible as well, offering assistance where needed, advice when asked, and numerous laughs along the way. I could not be more thankful.

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#Inspiration: Peony Bouquets & Boutonnieres

Well, it happened: I took the leap and ordered our bouquet and boutonniere silk flowers through an online store, Light in the Box. Reviews were staggered on this site, and I am impatiently waiting to see which side of the rating stars I will land. Currently I am at two weeks since I ordered with delivery date supposed to occur around February 4th or so. Keep your fingers crossed with me that our flowers actually DO show up on my doorstep and that they are of decent quality…

As I earnestly wait their arrival (I’m only thinking positively on this!), I wanted to share a few inspiration boards on my aims for both peony bouquets and boutonnieres. I have been scouring Pinterest for months now looking for the exact design I would like to imitate, and believe I have some great examples in which to steal ideas and design:

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Where to Host a Wedding Website

Today’s topic: wedding websites. Even though I’ve created over twenty websites in my free time over the past several years, I had never created a wedding website prior to my own. Going into the initial plans, I was feeling pretty confident. However, there are quite a few pieces of information one needs to include on a wedding website which I hadn’t considered. Pieces of information like details on the day-of, registry links (and ideas), accommodation information, and answers to potentially asked questions from guests. Throw in only about 30+ website hosting sites and the all around theme you may want for your website, and you’re looking at quite the time-extensive project.

Be warned, brides-to-be, move forward with a wedding website at your own risk.

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A Beginner’s Guide to the GM Diet

If you read my last post about my Goals for 2018, then you were expecting this post any day. One of my main goals for 2018, as preparation for the wedding and to ultimately control my migraine triggers and health, is to begin each month (at least up to June) by performing this GM Diet. I will then be eating 80/20 Keto those remaining weeks.

“What is the GM Diet?” you may be asking. Well, friend, I am one of those people who absolutely abhors the word “diet”. No fad eating pattern is going to successfully lead you to extended weight loss. Only with changing your eating habits and exercising will you see those long-term results. So whenever I decide to throw the GM Diet into my life, I think of it as a cleanse. This is a starting place which re-regulates my metabolism and reminds my body (and mind) of my goals. So I always follow this 7-day diet plan with healthier eating habits and focused workout plans. This is how I’ve seen so much success in my past — there’s something to be said about losing over 50 pounds since college!

However, the holidays set me a bit behind on where I want to be, and I’ve found myself getting migraines and indigestion more lately. The symptoms remind me of those lousy college days and I definitely don’t want to regress! So, with that being said, let me give you the basic breakdown of this cleanse which has been very successful for me in the past and which I’m partaking in this week.

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Goals for 2018

How is it already 2018, friends?! This holiday season has been a whirlwind on my end, and I apologize for not staying up-to-date on my blogging — there has just been too much good happening that the Blogosphere was not on my mind! However, after spending so much time with family and friends over the past month, I am rejuvenated and rearing to go on all things Uncorking Peonies… I hope you’re ready for a lot of updates!

As always, though, with the new year also comes new goals, and I want to take a few minutes to state my 2018 Goals to help with accountability (and memory.) Unfortunately many of the goals I set for 2017 were not met to the extent I set them — I was a bit too enthusiastic in January 2017 — but I am very happy with how the year ended and what I was able to accomplish throughout the last year. Especially with so much change hitting me within one year!

For 2018, I am sticking to my tradition of not setting resolutions in this New Year, but rather setting goals. Even though this upcoming year is bringing quite a bit of change in itself, I want to continue to work to better myself every day I’m alive. So here are the goals I am setting for myself to accomplish within 2018:

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Engagement Shots: The Woods

It is the end of the road for our beautiful photographs by Dear Olive Photography, but I could not be more thrilled to share this last location with you all, friends! As the snow falls outside my bay window, it is hard to believe these pictures were taken only a month ago. With the fantastic Fall colors and lack of parkas and sock hats, I think it’s pretty funny how I was complaining about the cold during the shoot. The day might have been overcast, but at least temperatures were above the frigid 25 degrees of today.

I’m going to take this last post as my own sort of escape from the cold and blistery weather outside and hope they will hold me until spring arrives…

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Engagement Shots: The Road

Round Two is here, friends! As promised, I’m continuing with the second post of three for our stunning engagement photographs taken by Dear Olive Photography, and I have to admit, I’m pretty astonished in my own ability to keep these little gems off social media thus far. G and I have already printed all our pictures over the past week, plus ordered a few specialty items such as a photo book for our coffee table. The Christmas season is the perfect time to receive your professional pictures back — all the online stores (Walgreens, Shutterfly, etc.) are having amazing sales! So I am attempting to keep myself reigned in on the buying front and simply enjoy all these images digitally.

This post should help!

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Budgeting 101: Save the Dates

Now that we have our engagement pictures, G and I are ready to begin the trek into the wonderful world of postage, stationary, and all things calligraphy. I say wonderful very loosely though, friends, because as I have started to look into options it seems as if this stage may be one of the most over-looked expenses a bride-to-be has during her wedding planning experience! I mean, I never realized different envelope types needed different stamp costs. Nor did I know that there were so many options for stationary: postcard, petite, classic, folded, etc. When in the world did a card become so expensive?!

That brings me to today’s discussion: Save the Dates.

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Engagement Shots: The Lake

We have our engagement photographs back and we are ABSOLUTELY AMAZED at Staci’s talent (of Dear Olive Photography) and cannot wait for our wedding to be documented by her come June 2018! I am going to /attempt/ to restrain myself over the next three weeks and stretch all her amazing shots out into three beautiful posts because there are just so many pictures I just have to designate this much time to making inspiration boards for each setting she had G and I pose for her.

This is going to be extremely tough for me, friends, and I already can tell you the blog will be the last place you’ll be finding these pictures posted unfortunately. Now that G and I have meticulously gone through the files, I’ll be uploading the pictures to Facebook and sharing them on Instagram over the next few days for my friends and family to see.

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