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(Photo courtesy of Katelyn James Photography)

This post could either go two ways. You’ll love it or hate it. I want to keep this blog strictly food related but I also wanna be able to share what is going to be the happiest day of my life. After all, we’re all friends right? And who doesn’t love wedding talk?

Appropriately enough, my wedding photographer is featuring me on her blog today!! I’m sharing my background in blogging, why I started, photography tips, and blogging tips! Hop on over to check it out :)

I haven’t really given an appropriate “update” since I got engaged last year. If you follow me on Instagram, then you’ll likely have seen wedding updates via pictures of what has come in, what I’ve been doing, etc. For those interested, here’s the wedding update y’all have been waiting for!

When is the wedding? April 27th. We’re 92 days away! I can’t believe how fast its flown. I didn’t really believe it when everyone said it’s going to fly. It certainly has!

To be quite honest, I haven’t really stressed much with this wedding. Only because I’m SUPER type A and the second we got engaged, I booked all my vendors within that month and haven’t really had to deal with anything until now. I booked my photographer first. I have known I wanted to use her since HIGH SCHOOL. Typically, they tell you that you shouldn’t book anything until you have a venue. Nope, I knew what I wanted and she goes fast so I knew I had to lock her in.

We also booked a videographer. I can’t tell you all how great of an investment that is. If you have the money in your budget for it – don’t think twice, just DO IT. I’m going to love re-living my wedding for as long as we live. I’m so thrilled about this. And yes, I’ll be sharing the video :)

Next was venue. We’re getting married on a plantation mansion out away from the city. I had always envisioned my wedding to be outside, with white picket fences and rolling hills in the background. We found just that with our wedding venue. It’s spectacular and gorgeous, if I do say so myself. I’m probably slightly biased ;) however, what’s funny is, the venue is giving us the most trouble right now. The lady that owns it is just crazy, to say the least, and she’s super inflexible. It’s rather annoying.

Reception: we’re having our ceremony and reception at the same place (the venue above). The reception is inside their “grand conservatory.” I love that it’s ALL glass. Oh, and of course it is open bar :)

Colors: dark purple and grey. I bet you could’ve guessed that, huh? It kinda makes me sad so many weddings have purple and grey themes, though. The second I tell anyone what my color scheme is, their immediate response is, “oh! I went to a wedding…” or “oh! My friend’s wedding was…”  :( sad, whatever. Anyone who knows me knows that purple has been my favorite color for ages.

Flowers: honestly, this was the last thing on my list. I’m not a flower girl so I really didn’t care for them. I just knew I wanted a pretty purple bouquet. This is what my florist is going to try to do for me and my bridesmaids:

Day of coordinator: yes, yes, yes. This is another one of the, “if you have it in your budget” situations. I really don’t want to be worrying about ANYTHING on my big day. I want my DOC to deal with all the crazies and I want my DOC to do it all. And she will. I can already tell from the numerous emails exchanged, that she is going to be stellar.

Caterer: I’m a food blogger so of course this was one of the most important aspects to us. We went to three tastings and we ended up with the caterer we tasted last (I guess we saved the best for last)! The food was exceptional and the service was great, too. We’re doing a buffet because I like giving my guests options and portion choices. If you don’t want a ton of food, you can do that yourself, and if you want more, then go at it!

Cake: this was one of the last things on my list too. I didn’t really care for a cake because it’s just such a waste of money sometimes to spend hundreds of dollars on a cake and only a few bites are taken from it & then tossed. We ended up with a very basic, 3-tiered wedding cake and choosing more of an “Asian style” cake. I prefaced this in my strawberry sponge cake post. It’s going to be a vanilla cake with raspberry filling and vanilla buttercream on the outside. It will look very similar to this, without the fondant, of course but I will have purple flowers on the top and around the base of the cake.

Rehearsal dinner: we’re having our rehearsal dinner at this restaurant that I fell in love with when my parents first took me. It is absolutely stunning on the inside and out. It’s a very rustic themed restaurant, it’s literally a barn that they used in the 1800′s that they converted into a restaurant.

Save the Dates: I actually ended up designing our save the dates. I found a cute little template online and modified it. I also designed our wedding website since I have background in web development & design. So that was definitely a great cost saver :) The save the dates were postcards so not only did that save us money on postage, it was also a snap to print via Vistaprint.



Invitations: I didn’t want to design my own for these because they’re more formal and I wanted an elegant tone. I got in touch with Melissa (many of you know her as The Faux Martha) of Wooden Spoons Kitchen and she designed a gorgeous invitation for us. We haven’t sent them out yet so I will not be showing them. But here’s a preview of the custom script font she designed for them, and yes, there’s a watermark of “sample” on it. I didn’t want anyone stealing it :)

We’re planning on inviting 125 people, but only expecting about 100 people to attend. Which, I have 6 relatives flying over from TAIWAN to attend our wedding. I’m so incredibly thankful and thrilled that they will be coming. Some of them have never come to the United States before, either! I’m over the moon!

Wedding bands: I have an exact matching band to my engagement ring. I can’t wait to wear it. It’s so pretty! Jason got a fairly thick wedding band (which I LOVE). It’s very bold and says “I’M MARRIED.” It’s black tungsten.

Wedding dress: you didn’t think I was really going to share that part, did you? :) here’s a hint: asymmetrical. My bridesmaids haven’t even seen it. I’m keeping it a huge secret. Only my mom, MIL, SIL, and MOH have seen it. And a few bloggers who visited me last year.

Bridal party: we have five bridesmaids and five groomsman and Jason’s niece (and my soon to be niece!) will be our flower girl. Seriously, y’all, she is the most precious thing, ever. Again, the videographer will be able to capture this and we can blackmail her at her own wedding years from now! haha juuuust kidding. Oh, and if you have BM’s that aren’t pulling weight: it’s YOUR day. It’s your ONE day to be completely and utterly selfish. So, if you feel in your heart, someone needs to be asked to stepped down – DO IT. You’ll only live with regret! Just sayin’ from my own experience with our wedding.

Honeymoon: We’re going to Turks & Caicos!!! Out of all the wedding planning stuff, this has been the biggest hassle. First flight issues and now my renewed passport is lost thanks to the USPS. Blah!

If you follow me on IG, then you’ll have seen my make-up and hair trial already. We’re doing a final one at the end of March. You’ll also have seen which shoes I picked for the wedding and also my rehearsal dinner dress. I still have to figure out what I’m wearing for my bachelorette party in February (I don’t know what we’re doing yet! It’s a surprise) and also my bridal shower in March. My SIL and MIL are both flying up for the bridal shower, too. It’s very sweet of them!

Anyway, very long and detailed post. Hope you enjoyed it :) I’ll be running around like crazy for the next 3 months ;)


  1. 01/25/2013 at 6:14 am

    Wow…Julie! You really got it all covered already and you are still 92 days away. Thats awesome. It sounds like there is going to be very low stress levels (much unlike ours that we planned in 2 months :D)
    I LOVE your venue and hope things will turn out well there too. I am excited to see your dress and video :)

  2. 01/25/2013 at 6:36 am

    You and my best friend would get on very well – she’s getting married at the end of the year and had everything booked two years in advance ;)

    I can’t wait to hear about your day – it sounds like it’s going to be magical xx

  3. 01/25/2013 at 6:40 am

    I love hearing about wedding stuff! What an exciting time. Enjoy every moment…it sounds like it will be amazing! So happy for you!

  4. 01/25/2013 at 8:01 am

    So exciting to read about Julie! Time really does fly by and April 27th will be here before you both know it. The venue is gorgeous! And to make you feel better, I’ve only been to one wedding with purple as the color. And I’ve been A LOT of weddings. :)

  5. 01/25/2013 at 8:28 am

    Aw Julie everything sounds amazing!! I can’t wait to hear all about the big day and see lots of pictures. Congratulations, so very happy for you and your hubby-to-be :)

  6. 01/25/2013 at 8:33 am

    I’ve followed your blog, instagram, and twitter for a while, so I loved this post! really exciting :) thanks for sharing!

  7. Jaquielyn
    01/25/2013 at 8:52 am

    Love this personal post!! Keep ‘em coming!! Sounds like it will be a great wedding :)

  8. 01/25/2013 at 8:52 am

    Reading this brings back so many memories from my own wedding :) It looks like yours is going to be beautiful, can’t wait to hear about it and see the pics!

  9. 01/25/2013 at 9:15 am

    I am SO excited for you Julie! You have it planned perfectly. Just remember no worries, it’s the marriage that really counts ;) xoxoxoxoxoxo

  10. mindy
    01/25/2013 at 9:16 am

    Are we long-lost twins? Our weddings are turning out to be very similar. My colors are purple (more like plum) and gold, we are getting married outside and having the reception indoors,, we have 120 guests, using buttercream on our cake, having my fiance’s niece be our flower girl and dealing with crazy ass vendors. Oh, and I’m Asian and my fiance is White so there’s that, too, haha! Our wedding date is March 23 so we’re just a couple of months away. Flying to Paris and then Rome afterward for our honeymoon. I will keep you posted on how everything goes and I hope that you will do the same! :)

  11. mindy
    01/25/2013 at 9:17 am

    p.s. Totally know what you mean about an “Asian-style cake.” They’re the BEST!

  12. Annie
    01/25/2013 at 9:19 am

    Sounds wonderful! Enjoy these last months leading up to your wedding, as soon as it is over you will miss it! Good work on the videographer, such a wonderful memory! Don’t feel sad for a single second that purple and grey are so popular…do your thing and be happy that it is so pleasing to the masses :) It is unfortunate that everyone refers back to something they have already seen instead of enjoying your moment, but just see that as an opportunity become their “fabulous wedding” reference next time :) CONGRATS AND ENJOY!!

  13. 01/25/2013 at 9:19 am

    What a beautiful ring, and HOW EXCITING!!!

  14. 01/25/2013 at 9:25 am

    Love your colors, and save the dates, and everything! How awesome. And it’s coming so fast!!!

  15. 01/25/2013 at 9:28 am

    so exciting!! i love reading these kinds of updates!! so excited for you both, and I can’t wait to see photos and video from the big day!

  16. 01/25/2013 at 9:28 am

    I would plan my wedding every year if I could! This is such an exciting time for you Julie and it is getting so close! It sounds like you are fully embracing the planning and not letting yourself get too overwhelmed which is key! That bouquet is gorgeous and your color palette sounds so pretty! I wish you all of the best in this home stretch as you finalize the details!

  17. Becky
    01/25/2013 at 9:32 am

    I got married at exactly the same place :) It was wonderful and if you are using the in-house DOC – she was fantastic!! Enjoy every minute of the beautiful location!!

  18. 01/25/2013 at 10:00 am

    Love all the purple!

  19. 01/25/2013 at 10:05 am

    Yay! Less than 100 days to go!!

  20. 01/25/2013 at 10:26 am

    I hopped over from Katelyn’s blog post and I’ve already spent the last hour looking around and printing recipes! I feel like your blog will be moving to my daily/weekly check list :-) Love the wedding planning ideas… can’t wait to see more from your blog and then of course on Katelyn’s blog in April!

  21. 01/25/2013 at 11:04 am

    I loved reading this!! Im so excited for you!!

  22. 01/25/2013 at 11:07 am

    Ahhh! So exciting! I love all the details — You’re going to make for a beautiful bride, lady! :)

  23. 01/25/2013 at 11:15 am

    Such a happy day, so share away, girl!

  24. 01/25/2013 at 11:40 am

    i loved reading about your wedding update and each component of this wedding is so elegant and thoughtful. I like the way you thought about food and cake options too. very true you know- cake looks gorgeous and purple is the color :) cant wait to see your dress now and your big day!!!

  25. 01/25/2013 at 11:47 am

    Love this post specially because I’m from the same area and have been to a wedding at the ceremony/reception location, and worked at the restaurant where your rehearsal dinner is being held! They are great venues and everything will be beautiful!

  26. 01/25/2013 at 11:58 am

    Personally, I love this post! :) I love hearing about weddings, I always end up getting emotional at weddings as I can see all the love and ever since I met my boyfriend, I know what that feels like now! I’m so excited for you, you definitely have everything under control :) I love your custom font and your colours. I know it’s annoying how it seems everyone uses the same colours, but nobodies will be exactly the same as yours, so you can totally make it your own. Can’t wait to see more updates on IG and here and I really hope you have a wonderful wedding and honeymoon! :D

  27. 01/25/2013 at 12:07 pm

    Yeah! Love your wedding! Everything sounds so you (or at least what I know of you :)) Can’t wait to see pictures of your dress!

  28. 01/25/2013 at 12:27 pm

    Sounds lovely, Julie! I am SO impressed with your organization! The big day will be here before you know it!! :)

  29. 01/25/2013 at 12:50 pm

    I’m so excited for you!! Reading this was really helpful for me, I must admit. I’m in the very beginning stages of planning my own wedding, so it helps to hear what other brides have done and what the planning experience is like!

  30. 01/25/2013 at 1:03 pm

    Love hearing all your wedding details! That weekend in April must be a really popular one to get married. My maid of honor’s wedding is actually the 27th too and I’ll be in her wedding party. And the following day I have another wedding to attend. Oh and my husband has a thick black tungsten band also! haha.

  31. 01/25/2013 at 1:56 pm

    I’m still crashing :)

  32. 01/25/2013 at 2:25 pm

    So fun!! Im super excited for you!!! I love the boldness of Jason’s ring ;) And I cant wait to see your dress!! Eeeek!

  33. 01/25/2013 at 2:29 pm

    So excited for you. PS My invite seems to have been lost in the mail haha kidddding ;) We’ll party it up soon enough.

  34. 01/25/2013 at 2:45 pm

    Thank you for sharing! I love hearing about weddings, especially from fellow bloggers. I relive my wedding on my blog far too often. I’m trying to stop and get back to food blogging, but it is just so much fun to talk weddings!

    Everything sounds beautiful!

  35. 01/25/2013 at 4:44 pm

    So exciting! Can’t wait to see more! :)

  36. 01/25/2013 at 4:55 pm

    Your venue us gorgeous and you’re going to be a beautiful bride!!

  37. 01/25/2013 at 6:02 pm

    You are going to be a beautiful bride! Love the venue and wedding cake! Freaking fabulous! Can’t wait for pictures!!!

  38. 01/25/2013 at 6:21 pm

    Yay!! I’m so excited for you! We need constant updates…..

  39. Jennifer Grimm
    01/25/2013 at 6:34 pm

    I LOVE to hear about wedding stuff! Please keep updating…everything sounds perfect so far!

  40. 01/25/2013 at 8:48 pm

    So fun following your wedding plans Julie! Enjoy every moment of it! xoxo

  41. 01/25/2013 at 9:46 pm

    It sounds like you have everything pretty much ready to go! The next 90 days will fly even faster! Really enjoy them. After I was married, as happy as I was to be a wife, I really missed the engagement/planning process.

    Loving all your updates! xo

  42. 01/26/2013 at 12:01 am

    You know it’s so fun to read about someone’s wedding plans and living vicariously through someone younger and starting fresh. It brings back so many happy memories and good times. Cherish them all, they do go fast, especially “the day”. Take it all in and enjoy. Thanks for sharing.

  43. AmyRuth
    01/26/2013 at 12:21 am

    Best Wishes to you both Julie & Jason

  44. Ashley
    01/26/2013 at 12:44 am

    100% agree about the videographer. I got married in May and didn’t get one thinking the photographer would be enough. I regret it. It would have been nice to see your own ceremony, especially when my flower girl and ring bearer took the “walking slowly down the aisle” direction incredibly seriously and walked down at a snails pace, and then the ring bearer started arguing with the best man because the ring box we had the rings in had twine and he though the BM needed to take that too. I didn’t see any of that, and was standing in the back wondering why that it was taking so long for the music to change. Makes me sad.

  45. Meredith
    01/26/2013 at 8:34 am

    I loved reading your wedding update! Everything sounds amazing! I planned by wedding two years ago and loved re-reading about the process! Like you, I have a Type A personalty, so a lot of the planning was done real early!!! I hope you provide more details, and pictures! Enjoy this time!

  46. 01/26/2013 at 9:54 am

    I love this update! And your colors are so stunning. I cant’ wait to see more! :)

  47. 01/26/2013 at 12:26 pm

    How fun, everything looks stunning!

  48. 01/26/2013 at 5:24 pm

    I soooo enjoyed this! Thanks for the update!

    Everything sounds great! Your venue + reception area is STUNNING :)

  49. 01/27/2013 at 12:00 am

    It looks like you have got everything under control! It will be here before you know it! I can’t wait to see pictures of the big day!

  50. 01/27/2013 at 9:17 pm

    SO glad you did a wedding update!! Obvs I love anything and everything related to this. :) It’s going to be wonderful!!

  51. 01/28/2013 at 5:41 am

    How fun!! Your wedding will be wonderful.

  52. 01/28/2013 at 9:52 pm

    Ok, that’s it. I’m coming to visit you so I can see your wedding dress!! :) Love this update. Keep ‘em coming!! xoxo

  53. 01/28/2013 at 10:24 pm

    Hooray for weddings!! So excited for you.

  54. 01/29/2013 at 5:49 pm

    I’m so excited for you!! And I love your venue, it’s gorgeous!

  55. 01/29/2013 at 8:46 pm

    Love this!!! Getting so excited for you!!


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