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Wedding Wednesday: Our Wedding Video!

Fowler-0616It feels like ages since I last posted a Wedding Wednesday. I suppose that’s no surprise given the fact that our wedding was almost seven months ago {wow, time flies}! Today, I’m beyond thrilled to share our wedding film {along with some photos from the amazing Tim Tab because I can’t help myself!}Fowler-0225Fowler-0301   Fowler-0316Every cell in my body smiles each time I watch it. I love how many moments it captures that I wouldn’t have otherwise remembered {like the fact that my gentleman of a husband thanked our officiant when he said he could kiss his bride haha!} Fowler-0937-2Fowler-0957Also, I don’t think I’ve ever mentioned this on my blog before: During our reception, my parents surprised us with a choreographed dance they performed. You’ll see a snippet of it in the video {including our stunned reaction!} My Dad and I are huge Dancing with the Stars fans. We text each other the entire time we watch. Inspired by our love for these shows, my parents spent weeks learning and practicing their dance and absolutely blew everyone away. It was the best.Fowler-1251We danced, too : ) Fowler-1216So here it is, folks. Our wedding highlight film. I hope you enjoy it! {Be sure to watch in full screen for the full experience.}

For more film fun, our honeymoon video.

Life Lately

Happy Friday! I hope you had a great week and are looking forward to a fun and relaxing weekend. I sure am! As always, there’s lots going on here so I thought I’d take a break from regularly scheduled recipe posting (who am I kidding? there’s no schedule) and catch you up on a few fun things:

1. Wedding Photos!

We got our wedding photos last weekend!! Looking through our photos for the first time and reliving our happiest day is something I’ll always remember. We recently got a new TV and somehow Robert figured out how to view the images on the big, fancy hi-def screen. So we got cozy on the couch and scrolled in total comfort and joy. Every time I look through them I find a new gem I hadn’t noticed before or discover another favorite. I plan to share more with you early next year, but for now a sneak peak at my current fave:

2. Pure Barre

A few weeks ago I found myself in a Pure Barre class. I was actually on my way to yoga and decided, on a whim, to try Pure Barre. I’m the least spontaneous person on the planet so I surprised even myself with this move. At first, I liked it. A few days later I went again and liked it more. By the third class I was falling in love. Pure Barre and I are officially dating. We see each other 3 to 4 times per week. It took me a few classes  to figure out how exactly to do the moves (and I’m still learning). For instance, when your leg lifts up behind you, you’re not actually moving your leg, but activating muscles deep in your glutes. Your leg is along for the ride. I love that it creates both a physical and mental challenge. You know how much I adore yoga, but I needed something new lately. The hour flies by and I can’t believe it’s over. I always leave class feeling great–in a way I haven’t experienced with any activity before. I feel like I worked my body really hard, but I’m totally energized, alert, and ready to tackle the rest of my day.

3. These Peppermint Cookie Brownies

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There’s only one time of year when I think putting cookies IN brownies is a totally genius thing to do and fortunately that time is right now. WOW! Fantastic brownie recipe + crushed Candy Cane Joe Joe’s (find them at Trader Joe’s) = the most delicious brownie I’ve ever had. Plus, it only dirties one pot. That’s huge! Sometimes I avoid baking because I don’t want to deal with the dishes afterward (true story), but with this recipe there’s no excuse. I’ll probably be making another batch later today. Find the recipe at What’s Gaby Cooking. The only change I made is adding about 2 to 3 extra crushed cookies on the top before baking for a visual clue of what’s inside.

Wedding Wednesday: Photo Preview

Christmas came early! Tim and Bethany recently sent us a few preview photos and I’m so excited to share them with you. It may still be a few months before we see the rest of them, but these will definitely hold us over until then. While these photos are just of me and Robert, I’m so excited to see those with our bridal party, family, ceremony, friends, dancing, and more. Today, I offer a sneak peak of our happiest day.

Our first look. Like literally, the very first look.

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My blooms!

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Remember those ballerina fantasies I had during planning? On our wedding day I couldn’t stop twirling in my dress! FowlerPreview-7434

FowlerPreview-7456Before Tim and Bethany were about to leave for the night we ran outside to capture a few shots. And when I say ran, I mean ran! We didn’t want to miss a second of the party on the dance floor. At the same time, I’m so grateful for these moments. It gave us a chance to step away from the magic that was happening inside and really let it set in that we were married and AT our wedding. It was the best.

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Our Honeymoon Video!

Hello, friends! We did it…we got married! Everything about the entire wedding weekend was magical. It exceeded every dream I had for what the day would be like. I’ve never felt more love and happiness in one room than I did on our wedding day. I get teary and goosebumpy just thinking about it. Much more to come about our big day later on (probably when we receive our photos.) To say that my heart is bursting with love and gratitude would be the understatement of the century. I’m still processing the immense joy I felt and continue to feel today.

A sneak peak from our photographers

A sneak peak from our photographers

Best of all, I got to marry the very best man and best friend I have ever known (a line from my vows!) You can just call me Mrs. Paige Fowler now : )

Robert took this on his Galaxy (I had no idea he was taking it!)

Robert took this on his Galaxy (I had no idea he was taking it!)

On to the honeymoon! The Monday after our wedding Robert and I drove up to Northern Michigan for a week of R&R. It was, in a word, perfect. It was the ideal combination of relaxation and adventure. I rode a horse for the first time! We biked 8 miles around Mackinac Island! We went apple picking in a downpour! Even on our honeymoon, I found the opportunity to cook (hey, cooking in a stranger’s kitchen is totally an adventure) and I made one of our absolute favorite meals: Spaghetti with meat sauce. You can find the recipe here. We watched movies. We drank wine. Lots of wine. We went to sleep early and woke up late. We snuck into the resort’s hot tub and pool on a cold, rainy evening with no one around. (All of this you’ll see in the video.)

I hope to expand more on this in the future, but I’m so happy we went to Michigan. I realize it doesn’t sound like the most typical place for a honeymoon, but it was exactly what we needed. Plus, now that we own a house in Chicago and plan to be rooted for the foreseeable future, I now feel slightly more connected to my midwest home since exploring an area of the region I’d never seen before.

So without further ado, I present our honeymoon video! Keep in mind that we’re both total amateurs – we took these videos on my iPhone on a whim, not even sure it would ever lead to anything. We taught ourselves how to use iMovie in a few hours. Still, I know we’ll treasure this 8 minute video that captures the very first week of our marriage for countless years to come. (Click “Paige & Robert Fowler in Northern Michigan” to view in full-screen mode on Vimeo.)

Wedding Wednesday: IT’S HERE!!!!!!!!!!!!

In three days, this handsome guy…

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And this lucky gal…

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ARE GETTING MARRIED!!!!!!!!!

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I couldn’t be happier!

Thank you all so much for following us along on this journey. I promise there’s still much more to come. Thank you to our incredible families and friends for your support, generosity, and for making the trek to Chicago to celebrate with us.

We are two lucky lovebirds.

And to my groom, my soon-to-be husband: Thank you for loving me. Thank you for making me laugh every single day. Thank you for being exactly who you are.

I’m so excited about our life together.

Love you forever.

Photos by Tim Tab Studios

Wedding Wednesday: My Bachelorette Party!

Happy Wedding Wednesday! We’re getting so close–just 24 days to go! Today I’m so thrilled to share some photos from my bachelorette party a few weeks ago. It was the best. My sister/MOH planned an incredible night and thought of absolutely everything. Thanks, L!

Before I dive into some pics, a big shout out to my dear friend Michelle who’s an amazing photographer and captured all of these photos. Thanks Mich!

It all started at the Public Hotel with a round the clock bridal shower. Have you ever heard of one before? I hadn’t, but my sister filled me in during planning. Basically, each girl gets a time of day and chooses a gift you can use at that time. One of my favorite parts (and I don’t think it was planned) is that most girls explained in their notes what that time means to them and why they got the particular gift.

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Oh there were games. And videos from Robert. And answers that made me do this…

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Remember how I said my sister thought of everything? I wasn’t kidding. Before we headed out to the next portion of the evening’s activities each girl received one of these Eiffel Tower bags with loads of surprises inside including the monogrammed apron you see above…

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AND SWEET KIERA COOKIES! Are you dying over them as much as I am? image-9

Remember when I gave each girl a Sweet Kiera cookie when I asked them to be my bridesmaids? Well Leah and Kiera schemed to create these Laduree macaron-inspired cookies with the tag “Girls Gone Mild.” Doubly dying over here. The thing about these cookies is while they look too good to eat they taste too good not to eat. Trust me. Robert and I gobbled this one up the next day. Thanks Kiera!

So why all the French-inspired goodies? Besides the fact that I absolutely adore Paris (duh) we were headed to a French cooking class at Cook Au Vin!

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Who thinks I should add a flame torch to our registry? Anyone…anyone? Yeah probably not….
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I swear I’ve never made this face before in my life.

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_DSC3365One of the final products: French onion soup! Dear Leah, Stef, and Mal….I’m sorry for making you cut all the onions. I owe you!

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Huge thanks to all the girls who helped me celebrate and for making it such a special night.

Wedding Wednesday: iPhone Engagement Pics & GIF

Last Friday was so much fun. We went all around our little corner of Logan Square taking pictures with our photographer, Tim Tab. I know some people have mixed feelings about engagement pictures. They can look cheesy, awkward, or staged. When done right, however, I absolutely adore them. While looking at other people’s engagement photos I feel like I get a sense of how they really are as a couple–not just when they’re dressed up in a white dress and a tux. It’s how they are when walking around; sharing a meal; or waiting for the train. Maybe there’s a little more hand-holding and kissing than usual, but sometimes it’s fun to pretend like no one is watching.

I couldn’t wait to have this slice of our life captured for us to keep. I know we’ll look back at them and see all of the excitement, anticipation, and love we felt on that day. I also love that we got to take them all around this place we plan to call home for many years to come. We were having so much fun, in fact, that when Robert realized we didn’t bring any house keys with us I didn’t care one bit. (Yes, we had to call a locksmith later that evening. A true homeowner’s rite of passage, I suppose!)

We were lucky enough to do a little shoot with Tim in December for our Save The Date. This time around, we were so much more at ease in front of the camera and were truly able to be ourselves. We laughed when we felt like laughing; smiled because we were happy; and smooched because we couldn’t help ourselves.

At the end, when walking back to our house, Tim shot a few photos outside of the Boiler Room with his iPhone and Robert’s Galaxy. Here’s a little sneak peak.

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We didn’t realize that the posters right behind us said “Voice of Addiction” and “Hump Days” while we were taking the photos. Oops! I just liked the colors : )

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Our attempt at looking cool enough to live in Logan Square. We’ll keep working on that.

Our very own GIF!

Wedding Wednesday: 52 Days & Honeymoon Reveal!

Good morning! I was pretty torn over whether to make today’s post more wedding or home related since we’ve got lots going on on both fronts. However, since the days of blabbing all things wedding are getting down to the wire I’ll take that route today. There will be plenty of time to chat about the home (we met with our first contractor yesterday evening for a few projects we’ve got up our sleeves!) after September 28.

When it comes to our wedding I keep waiting to feel crazy or stressed, but I just don’t. Maybe it’s the fact that we’ve had about 10 months to plan (since finding the venue and setting the date) and as of this coming Sunday we’ll have been engaged for a full year. How crazy is that?!?!? Unbelievable. I still feel like our engagement was such a shock to me that sometimes I still can’t believe this is actually happening. But it is!!

So today, I thought I’d share with you a list of the big remaining items we have left to accomplish over the next 52 days. Keep reading because at the end I’ll spill the beans about our awesome honeymoon and would love your recommendations.

Our big remaining wedding To Do’s

  • Invitations – they’ll be mailed to guests by the end of this week. I got to see them (by the incredibly talented Megan of Ruby the Fox) and I couldn’t be happier. I’ve actually never received a suite quite like the one we’re sending. I may wait to share them until we have the professional photos because I’m pretty sure my iPhone could never do them justice.
  • Engagement pictures–we’re taking them this Friday with our wonderful photographer, Tim Tab. We plan to take some photos around our new home & some favorite spots in our new Logan Square neighborhood!
  • Final meeting with our florist next week.
  • Final meeting with our officiant, Rev. Bob. Next week we get to go through our whole ceremony with him, get his feedback, and continue to tweak it. I love our ceremony so much. Robert and I both need to write/edit our vows. We won’t know what the other has written until we say/read them at our ceremony.
  • My bachelorette party! Holy cow, it’s in two weekends. I am so excited about it and it’s all very…me. I can’t wait to spend the evening with some of my favorite ladies. I’ll be sure to share details and photos afterward.
  • Choose wedding music. In many ways, this has been coming together very organically. Any time I’ve tried to Google stuff like “processional music” I’m left feeling blah. Like whatever I find is inauthentic or has been done 10 million times before. However, over the past few weeks Robert and I’ve be listening to favorite stations on Spotify or Pandora (on our new awesome bluetooth speakers) and realize a song we’ve both loved forever and means something to us could be the perfect fit for any number of moments in our big day.
  • Finalize our day-of schedule.

Our honeymoon:

I’m so thrilled to share with you that shortly after our wedding weekend we’ll be heading off to spend a week in a cottage in Bay Harbor, Michigan. After lots of planning, dreaming, and guidebook buying to places all over the world we decided that this is the perfect place for us. A place where we can unplug, lay low, unwind, and spend our first days together as husband and wife. During the day, we plan to explore adorable nearby towns such as Charlevoix, Petoskey, Harbor Springs, and others. (Any lunch/picnic spot suggestions??) In the evenings, we’re thinking there will be lots of delicious food and downtime by the fireplace. If you have any recommendations for what to see/do in northern Michigan, we’d absolutely love to hear it!

Wedding Wednesday: Our New Home!

You guys…we did it! We’re homeowners! Two months ago I had no idea I’d be typing those words, but here we are. There really aren’t any words I can find to accurately describe what this entire process has been like from deciding to think about buying a place, to looking, to finding, to closing, to moving, and to unpacking and living in it. I just feel grateful. Grateful for this opportunity; grateful for this experience; and grateful for the wonderful guy I get to share all of it with.

Closing morning! Me: Robert, your calculator is on. R: I know, it's solar powered.

Looking dapper on closing morning! Favorite quote: “Robert, your calculator is on.” “I know, it’s solar powered.”

It’s surreal. At the moment it kind of feels like Robert and I are living in someone else’s home playing make-believe grown ups. I’m sure that with time and some furniture it will feel like ours.

The adorable pie shop around the corner, Bang Bang Pie, has iced coffee on tap and the cutest courtyard. We'll be frequenting this place, I'm sure.

The adorable pie shop around the corner, Bang Bang Pie, has iced coffee on tap, hot biscuits, and the cutest courtyard. (Had to go on closing morning!) We’ll be frequenting this place, I’m sure.

Right now everything is a big ol’ mess, but eventually I hope to share some pictures with you as we get settled, furnish and decorate.

For now, the specs: It’s a 3 bedroom 3 bathroom townhouse in the Logan Square neighborhood.

As a townhouse there are lots of floors—four in total. When you walk in the front door there’s the entryway with a full bathroom and mudroom (which is really the size of a closet, but let’s call it a “mudroom” to keep this whole grown up jig going on). There’s also an attached 1.5 car garage. I know I’ll be loving it even more come winter when I don’t need to scrape ice off of my car.

First trip to Home Depot. (We're planning to replace all lightbulbs with CFLs)

First trip to Home Depot. (We’re planning to replace all lightbulbs with CFLs.) Also: Pippa!

Head up a flight of stairs and you’re on the main floor, which has an open floor plan with our kitchen, dining, and living room. There’s a Juliet balcony on the front off of the living room and a deck for grilling on the back off of the kitchen. The kitchen deserves a post of its own someday. It’s not terribly fancy, but what it is: big—at least compared to what I’m used to in my previous apartments. And it’s wonderful. My favorite part is the pantry. You can walk in there and do a full spin! Oh, and it houses all of our FOOD! Thanks to a successful trip to the Container Store the pantry is already well on its way to becoming a highly organized machine. There’s also more cabinet and counter space than we could ever need, but I love every single inch of it. I even have a glorious coffee nook for the coffeepot, grinder, and mugs! This makes me happier than words can say.

You guys, I have a spice DRAWER! Easy to find what I need +  less stuff on the counter = winning!

You guys, I have a spice DRAWER! Easy to find what I need + less stuff on the counter = winning!

Up another flight of stairs are two bedrooms—the master and guest—both with en suite bathrooms.

Head up one more flight of stairs and you’re in the top floor third bedroom/loft/office. It’s bright and open with a super high ceiling and decks off the front and back. It’s the perfect sun-drenched place to work during the day.

We’re definitely getting used to lots and lots of stairs and I’m just going to be honest…my calves and quads are sore from these first few days! Since we’re still getting organized I find myself flying up and down stairs constantly throughout the day. Of course, this just means we get extra cookies for the extra effort, right?

We’ve very quickly realized how easily homeownership can take on a life of its own. And while our place was totally move-in ready, newer (built in 2005), and functional there are still approximately 359,943 things we dream of doing with the space to really make it our own. But for now we’re going to take our time.

Our first home cooked/grilled meal: Grilled salmon (with olive oil, s & p) grilled corn sliced off the cob, and arugula salad with olive oil, squeezed lemon juice, s & p.

Our first home cooked/grilled meal: Grilled salmon (with olive oil, s & p) grilled corn sliced off the cob, and arugula salad with olive oil, squeezed lemon juice, s & p.

When we realized there are less than 10 weeks (66 days to be exact) until our wedding (and most weekends we’re away) we decided that we’re going to hold off on doing anything in our home besides unpacking/organizing. Who knows if we’ll even acquire a couch in that time! Frankly, I love camping out on blankets on the living room floor with my guy and the dogs while watching TV at night : ) So we’re going to take our time and really enjoy this home stretch of wedding planning and anticipating the Big Day.

After all, we plan to make this place our home for many years to come.

Wedding Wednesday: An Update!

Hi Friends! Well, as of today we’re exactly 80 days out from the Big Day (!!!!) so I figured it’s time for another WW update. With so many  moving pieces at the moment I thought I’d tackle this post in a list-like format. Here it is goes…

Quick update from our tasting: It. Was. Wonderful. The chef took all of our suggestions to heart (we created our entire menu from scratch) and he made several different options–full plates of food!- for each course that we tasted. Funny side note: They thought our families would be joining us (unfortunately they couldn’t) so we ended up taking home so many leftovers. I love that our menu consists of foods Robert and I regularly eat and enjoy (especially in the Fall), but totally elevated to another dimension. And the cake tasting? Unbelievable. There are no words. It was a dream come true. I can’t wait to cut into it 80 days from now!!!

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Of course, there was a wine tasting, too!

Robert got his wedding ring and tux!

We wrote our ceremony! I expected this part to be way more challenging than it was, but it came together so naturally. Love it so much.

This may warrant its own post, but I’m planning to change my last name when we’re married. I already have a few items for our wedding that have our new last name and my new monogram and it’s totally weird and totally exciting at the same time. I don’t think it’s really set in yet, but I can already see why many women experience a sort of identity crisis after changing their last name. If you have any suggestions for coping/prepping for that please share!

You may remember that we entertained getting married in Vermont. A little slice of my heart still wishes that had worked out and as a result I find myself wanting to add touches of Vermont where we can. We’ll hopefully be able to capture that green, garden-like feel with our flowers. I’ve also found some VT-based Etsy sellers who have provided some handmade, rustic touches for the day that make me oh so very happy.

Speaking of Etsy, I have had the most wonderful experience communicating with Etsy sellers. I posted something about this on Facebook a few weeks ago and was surprised to find people have had some less than pleasant experiences, but I’ve been so fortunate to work with some of the kindest and most grateful people. It’s so refreshing! Originally, I planned to do a few DIY projects, but I discovered that many times purchasing the materials to make those items would actually be more costly (and potentially wasteful since I’m not sure how I’d use the remaining materials again down the road) than ordering similar things via Etsy. What’s more, nearly everything we’ve ordered through Etsy for our wedding will also have a place in our new home.

Speaking of that home, we’re scheduled to close in 9 days! Yay! The movers arrive at 8 a.m. the very next morning. (Fingers, toes, and eyes are crossed I don’t jinx us!) We are soooo ready to move. I feel like we’re just bursting at the seams here (the boxes of wedding stuff taking over our office aren’t helping much, either.) It’s so crazy – we’ve only physically been in our new home twice: Once during house-hunting and once for the inspection. I absolutely can’t wait to get in there, get to know it, and start making that space feel like a home. I am so excited to get to learn our new neighborhood together, take the dogs for walks and explore, and just start our life together in the new space.

That’s all for now! Thank you so much for reading : )