Fall Shopping List

Thursday is the first day of fall! It was such a beautiful (and hot!) summer in Boston but I am ready for pumpkin everything, football, boots, and cozy sweaters. I got a leg up on my fall shopping list with purchasing Essie's new purple nail polish, Kimono Over, and a new iPhone case. Here is what else is on my shopping & wish list for fall!
Fall 2016 shopping & wish list

off the shoulder henley | black booties | Kimono OverGap x Pendleton jean jacket | mini crossbody bagJoie sweater | cashmere hooded dress

What is on your fall shopping list this year?


Wedding Update #4

This is it - 5 days to go! Here is my final update. :)

The dress: I have my fourth and final wedding fitting tonight and I will pick up the dress on the way to the hotel on Saturday. At my fitting last week, the dress was nearly perfect but needed a few more tweaks. When I saw it on me, fitted correctly, it was amazing; I can't wait for DC to see it!

Marriage license: Getting our marriage license, which truly I almost forgot about(!!), was so easy and kinda surreal. Just a tip, don't forget this, kinda important. ;)
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These final 2 weeks: To be honest, these final 2 weeks have been the hardest during all of the planning - even over the major craziness and my anxious feelings surrounding the venue/"vendor" search when we first got engaged last year. All of the final documents (seating chart, meal sections, forms, etc.) were due at the venue by 9/12. We had to finalize our ceremony, vows, music selection, etc. etc. etc. We had our final walk through which stirred up all sorts of "remember this"/"can't forget that" thoughts. My Type-A control freak is totally coming out and I feel quite torn on how to feel for these final weeks of planning & our engagement. Last week, part me just wanted the wedding day to come ASAP so I could be "done" with all the planning, but then I'd feel sad thinking that this was all coming to an end. I also didn't want to wish the day away. Any other brides feel conflicted during this time? Ultimately, all the people around me, have been SO helpful in lending a hand, keeping me sane, and drinking wine with me! :)
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Wedding weekend timeline: The rehearsal at the venue is Saturday midday, then we have the rehearsal dinner in a nearby town that night.  Sunday morning, the wedding day, will start early as the hair and makeup team will be at the bridal suite at 8am! A first look at 3pm, vows at 5, and the party officially kicks off at 6:30.  

Thanks for following along my wedding planning and the #cusedeucegettingmarried feed on Instagram the past year!  Our wedding will be over at #meetthecovals and our honeymoon tagged #alohacovals. Speaking of honeymoon, while I am gone, I will have several guest posts from Boston bloggers sharing where they went on their honeymoons with tips, photos & more so be sure to check back regularly over the next couple weeks. And of course, after we're back, there will be so much to share! xoxo


Friday Faves | 9.16.16

This will be my last Friday Faves for a couple weeks as next Friday really kicks off our wedding weekend...9 days to go, omg! I have 2 posts next week - one is a wedding update - and the other is my fall shopping wish list.  Have a great, official last summer weekend (fall starts next week!) and here are my faves of this week.

I am loving kimchee lately so wanting to make these kimchee nachos for watching an upcoming Patriots game.
Kimchee Nachos via coco & kelley
Image via Coco & Kelley
Ha! This is so gonna be me packing for Hawaii (our honeymoon!) this weekend.
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This live edge coffee table DIY seems much more do-able than I would've thought!



Weekend Scenes: Labor Day Weekend

Happy Monday! I took some time off from blogging, and today I am sharing my few days over Labor Day weekend in Kennebunk/Kennebunkport. We have been going there every summer since I was really young and it's what I look forward to every summer.
Sea Bags Maine tote
Maine was the perfect place to take my new (with new monogram!) Sea Bags tote for a spin. 
My nephew is such a beach baby!
Due to hurricane Hermine, the waves were huge and surfers were abound.
After the remains of Hermine came through, we went antiquing and passed a charming house in Kennebunk.
My little nephew was proud of his beach treasures!
Just under 3 weeks 'til we are Mr. + Mrs.!
My sis-in-law and I enjoyed an amazing girls night dinner at Hurricane Restaurant after some shopping in Kennebunkport. We both had the seafood stew which was YUM.
I always love all the succulents outside Daytrip Society.
The cotton candy sunsets were gorgeous. This last photo was taken on the deck at Tia's Topside.
See you next year, KPT!

All photos by me.


Wedding Update #3

Yesterday officially marked 4 weeks until I am a Mrs. (OMG)! I'll try to squeeze in 1 more update before the big day.

Mom's wedding dress (now known as my rehearsal dinner dress): In my second update earlier this year, I talked about how we are working with a local dress maker to have my mom's wedding dress re-made into a dress for me for the rehearsal dinner. We started the process in May and now end of August, it's nearly done and looking amazing! I can't wait to share the process and before & after. 
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Flowers, decorations, paper, and alllll those special details: All my "vendors" that we booked last year (and haven't spoke to since!) have reached out, so we are finalizing the music, floral design, etc. It's, frankly, overwhelming but thank goodness DC is supportive, my family is so helpful, and my bridesmaids have chipped in. The credit card has gotten lots of work lately (ha!) purchasing all those goodies for the ceremony & reception, and I can't wait to see it all come together. I worked with Gus & Ruby Letterpress in New Hampshire for our invitations and day-of paper products. More to come on this in a separate post, as well, as my friend in Texas lended her talent to create a custom suite that I just love.
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Wedding Dreams Nightmares: Any other brides experience nightmares about their wedding? I have at least 2 per week. The most recent one was that the day-of planner didn't set up any of the stuff/decorations that we had provided. The venue was a weird, very dark and old function place (aka the opposite of our venue). I sobbed the entire dream (lol) and am surprised I didn't wake up crying! Thankfully, when I did wake up, I thought to myself "that was ridiculous"!

What else?! I am sure there is more but certainly check out my #cusedeucegettingmarried feed to follow along!

PS: See the other 2 updates here.