Introducing: The Desert Bride

I’m so happy to announce that a little project I’ve been working on is starting to come together.  I’ve started a wedding blog for Arizona brides and published our first Real Wedding feature this morning.

Please check it out and spread the word to any fellow wedding lovers you may know 🙂

The Desert Bride 

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just married.


April 7, 2012 was by far the very best day of my life.  I married the man of my dreams and I’m looking forward to sharing more about our big day with you very soon.  Until then, enjoy the sneak peak above.  I’m off to get ready for our honeymoon! ❤

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?!

Full post and credits can be found here.

{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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{Christina’s Wedding} Invitation Sneak Peak| Engaged & Inspired

Here’s a litte sneak peak at the digital proofs of our invitation suite. Check out my post at Engaged & Inspired for more info 🙂

(the invitation suite set up)

(front of the rsvp card)

(back of the rsvp card)

The Out-of-Town Bag | Engaged & Inspired

Head over to Engaged & Inspired for my weekly wedding post.  This week I shared my ideas for the Out-of-Town Bag for our guests.  Check it out here!


To Toss or Not to Toss? | Engaged & Inspired

What do you think about the bouquet toss?  Check out my post at Engaged & Inspired and let me know!  images via 1, 2, 3

Incorporating Culture: Austrian Style | Engaged & Inspired

Check out Engaged & Inspired to read my post about our plans to incorporate our Austrian heritage in to the wedding…without looking like The Sound of Music! 🙂

gossip girl goes gaga for vera.

Remember this post about my lovely sister trying on the Vera Wang bridesmaid dress that I fell in love with after seeing it in a magazine?  That is…until I saw the very strange details on the back and what it looks like on a real body… Well, I was totally amused the other day when I saw this still from an upcoming episode of Gossip Girl.

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Since this image was released a couple of days ago, sales of the dress skyrocketed.  In fact, David’s Bridal Online is sold out of all colors except midnight blue (and only sizes 10 and up are available).  Sad news for all of you hoping to recreate Ms. B’s wedding but honestly, I think it’s a blessing in disguise 😉  No one wants a weird butt…not even if it’s Vera!

{His Ring} He Doesn’t Want to Wear One | Engaged & Inspired

Hello readers, I need your help this week.  My hubby-to-be does not want to wear a wedding ring! Please check out my post on Engaged & Inspired and give me some advice.

images via our amazing photographer, Trevor Dayley.  Check him out!