life lately (according to my iphone)

We’ve been keeping busy around here…we have less than 3 weeks to go till our wedding and we’re still trying to get the last little bit of our moving/unpacking accomplished.  Even though things have been hectic, we’re enjoying every minute of this adventure 🙂

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Mismatched Men | Engaged & Inspired

If you’ve been keeping up with my planning, you already know that my bridesmaids will be wearing mismatched dresses.  Well, we’ve decided to go down that path with the groomsmen as well.  The decision came about more out of necessity rather than desire because all 4 groomsmen will be traveling to the wedding (2 from Austria, 1 from Illinois and 1 from California) so it was impossible to get them all together to try on suits.  The rental options for our desired color (grey) were slim to none and we did not want to pick out a suit that each guy “had” to buy since they’re already paying for travel related expenses.

We tossed around the idea of having all groomsmen wear black since they all had their own black suits and then hubby-to-be would wear a grey suit.  We imagined it looking something like this:

or possibly even like this

However, I wasn’t really sold on this idea because I didn’t think black suits would look as nice with the bridesmaids in their blush/nude/softer colored dresses.

We then decided to just ask the guys if they already own a medium grey suit- luckily, two already did and two had no problem finding one to buy (and for less than a rental, score!).  They’re not all the same color but hopefully they will all compliment each other.  I don’t think they’ll vary as much as the colors below but even if they do, I think we’ll be okay since these guys look fabulous, right?!

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{Christina’s Wedding} Updates | Engaged & Inspired

Hello everyone! Yes, I’m alive…sorry for being MIA but it has been a crazy couple of weeks on this end. My fiance and I flew from Austria to Illinois on February 20th, spent a few days with my family and then started the 3 day drive to Arizona. We were promised by our contractor that the renovations to the home we bought in October were finished but had the extremely unpleasant surprise of arriving to a disaster zone. We spent a few nights in a hotel, then a few nights on an air mattress in what was supposed to be the living room of our house, almost an entire week fighting with the contractor to finish what we paid him to do and also dealt with some lovely surprises with the home (ex: the sewer backed up into the shower drains and the AC unit broke the second day we slept in the house)…just to name a few things that went wrong. Needless to say, I had zero time to think about the wedding during the last couple of weeks which stressed me out even more.

However, I am happy to report that things are finally starting to settle down and I am slowly switching back to wedding mode. My grandmother gave me some wonderful advice that really put things into perspective. She said “Christina, you’ll always have a house to deal with but you will only have one wedding!” She’s totally right and with only a month to go, I am glad she was able to snap me out of my funk.

I had my first dress fitting last week and that it went great! My worries about not liking the dress vanished as soon as I put it on. The fit was almost perfect and the dress doesn’t even need to be hemmed!

I also had a 2nd hair trial before the fitting that went well but I’m not sure if it’s the look I’ll end up choosing.

If you remember, the hairstyle I chose for my 1st trial was this:

For my 2nd trial, we went for this look:

I liked the look in person but I am not sure if I will love the way it looks in pictures. So, I plan on styling my hair like this before my next dress fitting and hopefully I’ll finally be able to make a decision!

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