LJO to LJK: I’m Getting Married!!

The first time I saw Dave after three years apart, I stood outside the Syracuse airport and thought to myself, “These are the last few moments of my life before everything changes.” I knew he was the one, even then, and I knew that once we saw each other for the first time in three years, at the perfect time in both of our lives to enter into a new relationship, my life would never be the same. Now, a little over two years later, I can hardly believe that this Saturday, the man I stood outside the airport waiting for is going to become my husband. That same line keeps playing in my head–these are the last few days before everything changes, but again, in the best possible way. I know that marriage is going to turn my world as I know it upside down, and I know that this is going to be the biggest adventure of my life. I’m a little bit stressed out finishing up our wedding plans, and I’m a little bit nervous about how everything is going to come together this weekend, but most of all, I know I’m ready for this. We’re ready for this. I would be truly grateful for your prayers in these last few days of our engagement–for peace, the grace to focus on the sacrament we are going to receive, and for beautiful weather :)

 Lisa Olson and Dave KirkRyan Ray

Thank you, sweet friends, for following along with our planning journey and for all of your love and support along the way. I am taking off of blogging for the next three weeks or so, but I’ll be back at the end of May with a new last husband, a new last name, and wedding, honeymoon, and marriage stories to share :) Much love to all!

LJO to LJK: Ten Days to Go!!!

Over the weekend, I got to see one of my best friends from college get married. I’ve always known that she would be a beautiful bride someday, and every single moment of her wedding day was so incredibly sweet. It was a joy to see her marry the love of her life, and it was also such a blessing to Dave and I to witness, especially so close to our wedding. It is SO easy to get distracted when planning a wedding, and I’ve learned that those distractions often come with the best of intentions–wanting to take care of your guests, wanting your wedding to be meaningful, and so on and so forth. And those are all really good things! But even they can distract from the fact all that really matters is that you’re getting married. That’s been a hard lesson for me to try to learn over the last year and a half, and I’m definitely not done learning it yet. Sarah and Scott’s wedding was the best reminder I could have asked for that my wedding day will be about Dave and me becoming husband and wife. Everything else is just really lovely extras. :)

spring bride and groomRylee Hitchner via Once Wed

Completed in the last two and a half weeks:

  • Figured out my wedding jewelry, once and for all!
  • Finished the text for our programs and have them made.
  • Dave built our escort card display.
  • Finished collecting family photos.
  • Went to my second dress fitting.
  • Picked up my dress!
  • Followed up with guests who didn’t send in their RSVPs.
  • Sent our calligrapher our guests’ names for escort cards.
  • Bought gifts for our parents and each other.
  • Gathered a few more small reception details.
  • Sent thank you notes for bridal shower gifts.
  • Made (and remade) our seating chart.
  • Picked up our wedding rings!
  • Wrote wedding day letters for some special people.
  • I started writing out a super detailed list for our venue coordinator.
  • My sisters made a getting ready playlist (thanks, D+K!))
  • Got our marriage license.
  • Sent invitations to our rehearsal dinner.

On our list for the next ten days:

  • Write intercessions for our ceremony.
  • Finish our playlist details for the DJ.
  • Practice our first dance.
  • Practice our vows!
  • Write letters to each other.
  • Finish our timeline and send it to all relevant parties.
  • Finish our details list and send it to our venue coordinator.
  • Finish nailing down the week-of logistics.
  • Assemble our escort card board.
  • Assemble our programs.
  • Finalize and gather all details and attire.
  • Pack for our honeymoon!
  • Go to our rehearsal and rehearsal dinner!
  • Get married!!!

LJO to LJK: My New York Bridal Shower

Exactly a week after my first bridal shower in Texas, I got to enjoy another shower–this time in Syracuse (where there was still snow on the ground!), with my soon-to-be in-laws! My future mother-in-law, sisters-in-law, and even nieces worked together to plan this celebration at the adorable Sherwood Inn. While my Texas shower guests were mostly my family and people I’ve known for years, this shower was mostly people I barely know yet. This made it feel different, but it was so special, since everyone there knows and loves Dave, and it meant the world to me to feel so welcomed. The entire afternoon, I felt overwhelmingly thankful to be marrying into this wonderful family!

Here’s a look at this lovely afternoon–did I mention it was Something Pretty-themed? :)

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April Goals

April is one of my favorite months (it’s my birthday month, after all!), and this year, it is more special than ever. I get butterflies in my stomach every time I think of the fact that the next time I turn the page of my calendar, it’ll be my wedding weekend. There’s still a lot to do, and my goals this month revolve around mentally, physically, and spiritually preparing for marriage, but I can’t imagine going into this month any other way. I’ve heard a lot of people say that being married doesn’t feel that different, but honestly, I can’t even fathom that–I feel like our lives are about to be turned upside down in the best way possible, and we’re ready for it. Bring it on, April!

pink peonies

March Goals

  • Continue prayer journaling at least three times a week, and reading Blessed Is She every morning
  • Finish reading Saint John Paul the Great: His Five Loves (Also read and finished Men, Women, and the Mystery of Love)
  • Start rereading Love and Responsibility
  • Stay consistent with the Tone It Up Bridal Edition (I did well with this for half the month, but travel threw me off for the second half)
  • Run 40 miles (Again, travel and a super busy schedule got in the way of this one. I ended up with 26.5 miles, which I’m still proud of!)

April Goals

  • Finish planning my wedding!
  • Finish reading Heaven’s Song
  • Run 53.5 miles to complete 150 miles by the wedding
  • Stay consistent with the Tone It Up Bridal Edition
  • Pray the Rosary with Dave every Sunday
  • Help Dave move all of his things into our soon-to-be married apartment!
  • Celebrate my 25th birthday!

LJO to LJK: One Month to Go!!!

Typing the title of this post made my heart pound a little–I can’t BELIEVE this day is here and that one month from today, it’ll be my wedding day!!! The past few weeks have been a big mix of emotions, from the joy of my two amazing bridal showers, to the nerves of realizing how little time we have left to finish planning. More than anything in this last month, I want to enjoy this time. Being engaged is such a short and unique season, and I’m thankful that Dave and I have made so many memories over the last 16 1/2 months. My prayer for April is that it is happy, productive, and always focused on the sacrament we’re preparing for.

P.S. I’m going to split this month into two updates, so I’ll have another in two weeks!

the nicholsThe Nichols via Something Pretty

Completed in March:

  • Finalized our ceremony readings and music.
  • Met with our church music director.
  • Decided on our signature cocktails.
  • Ordered some reception signage.
  • Met with our amazing videographers.
  • Went to my first dress fitting!
  • Ate super healthy and exercised like crazy in anticipation of said dress fitting :)
  • Celebrated at my Texas bridal shower!
  • Celebrated at my bachelorette party!
  • Celebrated at my New York bridal shower!

On our list for the next two weeks:

  • Figure out my wedding jewelry, once and for all!
  • Finish the text for our programs and have them made.
  • Dave is building our escort card display.
  • Finish collecting family photos
  • Finish our play/do not play list for DJ.
  • Go to my second dress fitting!
  • Follow up with guests who didn’t send in their RSVPs.
  • Send our calligrapher our guests’ names for escort cards.
  • Buy/collect wedding morning details.
  • Practice our first dance!
  • Buy gifts for our parents and each other.
  • Write our intercessions for the ceremony.
  • Gather a few small reception details.
  • Send thank you notes for the gifts we’ve received so far.