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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!