Can you believe it? Today is the last day of 2015.
I don’t know about all of you, but this year was pretty fantastic for me. Like, majorly fantastic. I cannot believe everything that happened this year and all of the amazing blessings God has given to me through my friends, family, and opportunities.
To finish off the year, I am going to give you a little recap via my Instagram photos.
2015 was an awesome year. The pictures prove it, right?!
Trevor and I had church and then after that, I went nonstop until about 7 pm.
My best friend (and favorite guest poster), Ana, had her bridal shower! I was oh so glad that her shower aligned with when I would be in town so that I could make it. Seriously, she is such a gem and her friendship means so much to me. It means the world to me that she has asked me to be one of her bridesmaids!
Her and her family hosted the most lovely shower ever. Granted I have only now been to two showers (hers and my own), she has set high standards for showers to come! They served brunch and cake, we played games, and the bride and groom unwrapped their many gifts. I even won a prize – a beautiful, handmade ornament! Based on my own shower, I was expecting it to be a small, and intimate affair – however it was a full house! I wish we could have had more time to talk and catch up, but I guess that means we will have to see each other again before I return to Minnesota.
After Ana’s wonderful shower, I had a wedding to rush to! Unfortunately I could not make it to the ceremony, due to time conflicts with the shower. But I picked Trevor up and we made it to the reception in time for a delicious brunch-themed dinner. The reception was at one of my favorite parks in Green Bay and was one of the venues Trevor and I had looked at for our own wedding. It is absolutely beautiful! Congrats Mr. and Mrs. Kaczmarek!
Here are some of the pictures I took at Whitney and Ryan’s beautiful winter wedding.
I was so glad to see my sister (as pictured in the two pictures above) – it had been since October since we last seen each other!
And it just wouldn’t be a wedding without an attempt of a cute picture of me and the hubby, right?!
I hope your Sunday was filled with as much love as mine was!
This post is going to highlight the awesomeness of these two lovely ladies that stood up as my bridesmaids!
My sister, Katherine, was my maid of honor! She was an obvious pick, as any bride that has a sister could tell you. At first I was a little hesitant to pick her since she was in Green Bay while most of the planning process took place in Saint Paul. But I stuck with my gut, and I’m grateful I did! She threw a fabulous bridal shower for me, which we planned a lot of while my parents were in Guatemala. She also helped plan my bachelorette party (which I promise to tell you about soon)! She was my rock when any issues right before the wedding popped up and while Trevor was at work unable to communicate with me. I couldn’t be more thankful for her in the planning process.At the wedding itself, she killed her speech. I know she was incredibly nervous, but you honestly couldn’t tell. I nearly cried when she passed the role of late night talking buddy from herself to Trevor (and it brings me close to tears thinking about her toast now). Thanks for being the best sister I could ask for – even through the rough years. 😉
Trevor and I decided early on in the planning process to keep the wedding party small. My other bridesmaid was another obvious pick. Ana and I have been best friends for over six years now (trust me, Timehop told me just the other day). We went through the brutal and ugly years of high school together. She helped host my killer bridal shower and bachelorette party to0. I couldn’t have asked for a better bridesmaid on my big day, she’s been so supportive of everything. I am also super blessed to say that I get to stand up as a bridesmaid for her wedding this coming year! Who would have thought that the two of us would both be getting married so closely together and stand up in each others weddings!? She had been such a blessing to me on feedback on wedding details since she’s going through the same thing. Along with the perfect gift at the bridal shower, she also made me cry with the lovely card on our wedding date. Seriously though – I was bawling. I love you girly – come visit me SOON!
So something I greatly looked forward to after picking these two lovelies to stand up with me was getting to buy them presents! I love gifting things, it’s seriously the best. I began the buying process about a month before the wedding and slowly built up their presents with little things I saw. Here’s a breakdown of what their goody baskets contained:
V Neck T Shirt (in lilac) – Wal-Mart, $4? I couldn’t find it on their website, but my biggest save on money is buying my v necks through Wal-Mart. They are decent quality and have great colors for a low price.
Lauren Conrad bracelet – Kohl’s, $12.99 They didn’t have the exact two I got for them, but similar here. We all love Lauren Conrad, so this was an obvious buy!
So the grand total for each of their gifts was approximately: $62.46. This was a little higher than the budget I had set, but I don’t think I could have given them a better gift honestly. Here are some pictures I snagged while they opened their gifts!
Trevor and I have been married for 10 days now! We haven’t killed each other yet, so I think we’re going to be okay at this whole husband and wife thing.
Prepare yourselves. I’m about to spill my guts to you about every little thing I can possible remember about our wedding day.
Ana spent the night sleeping on my floor. When I woke up about 7:30 or so she was already up staring at her phone. She had warned me that she’d be up at probably 5 am or so, but I should sleep in anyway. No worries – I slept past 5. We got up and had some breakfast, honestly I don’t remember what I had except that my drink was a Vanilla Chai drink from Bolthouse Farms (I’m currently obsessed with any of their drinks tbh).
By about 9:30 or so my dad had returned with the van and began filling coolers with beer and water.
10 am – we began loading the van full of everything wedding related! It was stressful seeing everything get shipped in there and feeling like I must have forgotten something. Somehow it just seemed like such a high risk situation right in that moment. Loading the van only took about 25 to 30 minutes, thankfully. After that Katherine, Ana, and I chilled in my room and got it looking nice for getting ready in.
11:30 came around super quickly and we headed to Green Isle Park. Our rental didn’t begin until 12, but I wanted to be there early to get everything unloaded and situated. The parks guy came early to unlock the pavilion and we began transporting everything inside. That’s when it kind of hit me – I had never been inside of the space before, so did my vision even really fit in there? I had contacted one of my youth leaders from church who loves doing anything event planning related. I communicated with her about details and what I wanted to see in the space. She was pretty much our day of coordinator, and I couldn’t be more thankful for her honestly! The guys all left to go get ready before the girls left. I was getting so occupied with details, I just couldn’t leave and feel like it would all be okay. Ana finally pulled me aside and told me it was 12:15 and we needed to go.
I had received a text at about 12 from our photographer, Caitlin, saying she was in town and heading over to my place for getting ready photos. I disregarded the message and continued working, but once Ana pointed out the time I knew we were slowly falling behind schedule. If you know me, you know that being late drives me insane! We got back to my house about 12:30 and immediately got the show on the road! I cannot wait to see the getting ready shots! Here is a great dress shot Caitlin took while we did our hair inside.
After what went by so quickly for getting ready – we made it back to Green Isle at about 2:30. Yes, I was once again late. It was killing me! Trevor and I decided we wanted to do a first look, and I am so glad we did! I don’t think I could have been happier than when I saw him turn around and look at me that first time. He was just so dang handsome!
As the first look was happening the sky was turning darker and darker. Weather was one of my top concerns about our wedding. I hate when things aren’t in my control. I had been checking weather religiously for a week or two leading up to the wedding. Anyway, as the first look was happening, the sky darkened and the wind changed directions every other minute. I was beginning to fear we would have to move the wedding inside quickly.
Ceremony time came around faster than I imagined it would. As I stood at the back of the path, I was getting impatient. The sky kept getting darker and I wanted to get the ball rolling. My dad was practically holding me back. Don’t worry – he made sure to get a selfie before we walked down the aisle.
We eventually made it down the aisle.
My dad hugged me for forever, and he shed a tear or two too I think. But it was one of those really good moments I don’t think I’ll ever forget about the wedding.
Now to be 100% honest, I hardly remember anything from the reception. All I really remember is watching the sky darken even more and the loud whooshes of wind going through the gazebo. As the ceremony was beginning to end, pastor began talking faster. We all knew what was coming.
After we were announced Mr. and Mrs. Trevor and Elisebeth Rodriguez – we had a receiving line! It was so nice to hug and see all of our guests at one time! Those of you still in the planning process, I highly recommend a receiving line for the purpose of making sure you talk to everyone at your wedding! As the last guests trickled through, the rain started to pour. We made it inside within a few seconds of torrential downpour. Don’t worry – my dad captured that moment too!
As you can see it was quite intense!
Our reception and dinner were heavenly. I honestly don’t think it could have turned out better. It was everything I imagined and more!
Dinner was provided by a family from my church. They’re seriously the best cooks in all of Green Bay! They served a picnic-type dinner: hamburgers, hot dogs, coleslaw, potato salad, veggies, and chips and dip. Everyone was saying how amazing it was, and I couldn’t agree more! During dinner we had toasts by our maid of honor, Katherine, and our best man, Christian. Katherine’s almost made me cry. I’m so glad she passed on the responsibility of late-night-talking-buddy to Trevor. Christian’s toast was also amazing. He said everything so fluently and really captured Trevor as a man. Trevor told me his favorite part of the reception was the toast, so I’m hoping we’ll have some pictures coming from Caitlin to commemorate those well spoken words.
Above are just some aspects of the reception space! My personal favorite was the favor area (shown in top of these three). It looked so perfect with the Christmas lights across the jellies, spreads, and syrups! Another favorite thing from our reception was the cake! My grandma (who also made all of the favors) made our cake! Per Trevor’s request, it was funfetti flavor.
I think I could ramble on forever about the dancing! Trevor and I had our first dance to Faithfully by Journey. It’s a song he just randomly plays for me on his keyboard and my heart melts every single time. The dance floor was often sparse sadly – but I constantly went over to my two friend groups and pushed them back out there! I couldn’t have been happier that my friends from both Concordias I have attended were able to make it! I love you ladies!
Last but not least, I loved taking photos of just my husband and myself. I am so blessed to be married to such a loving man. And these first 10 days of marriage have reminded me of that. I love you darling.
I have so many pictures to share with all of you and I can’t wait to tell you about our special day.
We’re currently finishing up on getting settled into our beautiful apartment in Saint Paul. One thing still in the works is Internet, otherwise this post would be much more substantial. However, I promise that once we have wifi (should be happening Monday) I’ll fill you all in on the day and how married life has been so far.
Thanks for all of your understanding and well wishes!