Jami and Eric

September 13, 2008


 Photo taken by Wendy Woods Photography; www.wendywoods.com

The planning is done, the wedding went off without a hitch and we are happily married!




Non-Pro Pictures


Vendor Reviews

  Our Pre-Wedding Vendors and Vendor Reviews (before 9.13.08)

Ceremony Location - Faith Lutheran Church


Reception Location - Majestic Oaks Golf Club, Ham Lake, MN, http://www.majesticoaksgolfclub.com/

We are working with Angela at Majestic Oaks and she's been nothing but fantastic.  Her communication via email and availability is wonderful! 

This is what our table setting will look like - with some white rose petals and plates/silverware of course! :) Our centerpiece cakes will be white and on a silver plater in the middle.

These are our place cards.  We printed the names and table numbers on white labels with navy blue font.  The ones with hearts are for the kids meals and the navy blue ones are for the adult meals.


Catering/Cake - Majestic Oaks Golf Club, Ham Lake, MN, http://www.majesticoaksgolfclub.com/

Majestic Oaks has their own on-site catering and baker.  We haven't met one-on-one with Mark (the baker) yet, but Angela has said that our centerpiece cakes won't be a problem at all.  We have chosen to have white cakes with white frosting.  On the top of the white frosting we are having our vows scrolled across the top in cursive frosting writing and will continue from cake to cake around the room.

Our centerpiece cake package included three votives with white candles inside of them.  We picked the votives up and added a navy blue ribbon to them so they blend with our table setting a little more.


Menu: Classic Caesar salad with Garlic Croutons, Stuffed Chicken (8 oz chicken breast with herbed dressing and supreme sauce), Garlic Mashed potatoes and fresh corn.

Rehearsal Dinner - Eric's Aunt and Uncle's House

We wanted to do something more intimate for our Rehearsal Dinner, so when Eric's aunt and uncle volunteered to host it, it was perfect!  Eric really wanted to wear basketball shorts and a comfy shirt since he would be in a tux the whole next day, so we decided to keep everything sports themed.  For dinner we are doing a taco bar and enchiladas with Mexican beer and margaritas. 

The poem says:

Practice makes perfect,

its true what they say.

Put on your favorite jersey or team shirt

for a run through before the big day!

Meet us at the church at x:xx on the dot

Where Jami and Eric will soon tie the knot.

After we practice

and the details are all done

Please join us at xxxx and xxxx for

food, drinks and fun!


Jeweler - Arthur's Jewelers, St. Paul, MN, http://www.arthursjewelers.com/

We have had a FANTASTIC experience with Arthur's Jewelers.  Eric picked this jeweler after he compared customer service from a bunch of different jewelers on the phone during his lunch hour.  He originally worked with Carter, but since then we've worked with a majority of the staff.  When we had my ring re-sized they had it back within three business days with no problems.  We also ordered Eric's tungsten carbide ring from here. We received $100 off of his ring with a coupon we got from the Wedding Fair - it doubled in value if you used it by a certain date. 

We ordered my wedding band (will post pictures when it comes, they had to special order it in my size) in July 2008.  We picked a very basic band with diamons 3/4 way around.  I'm excited to see them put together!


Photography - Wendy Woods Photography, Stillwater, MN, www.wendywoods.com

Wendy and her husband Nick are one of our favorite vendors.  Their work is amazing!  I found Wendy before I found the message boards on The Knot and although there are several photographers in the Twin Cities that aren't as expensive as Wendy, we still have no regrets that we chose to work with them.  We had our engagement session on 9/13/07 (one year exactly to our wedding) at St. Anthony Main and Nicolette Island.  We had a blast and our pictures said more then enough about our session.  If you have the room in your budget for this photographer, we both HIGHLY recommend Wendy and Nick.

Boudior Photography - O'Halloran Photography, Minneapolis, MN

I fell in love with the idea of B-Pics as soon as I first read about them on The Knot.  When I heard that Mike's sessions were only $160.00 (included two hour session, 8x10 photo and all rights to the pictures on a disk) and knowing how much Eric would just LOVE these, I couldn't pass this up.  I know that his prices are about to raise, but these are worth every penny.  I had to step out of my comfort zone to do this - but I'm so glad that I did.  I had a book made in Blurb.com with all of my images and had it printed for only $20.  I was impressed with the quality and would definatly use Blurb again.  If you have any questions, please don't be afraid to email me at jamianderic08@gmail.com.


Big Day Song, St. Paul, MN, www.bigdaysong.com

Along with the B-Pics and personalized cufflinks, when I heard about Big Day Song from JenniferMae on The Knot, I couldn't say no.  The lyrics that Brian wrote for me about Eric couldn't be more perfect and I think even being a "guy" that Eric is going to enjoy listening to lyrics. Below is a picture of our final frame.  When I get the rights to our wedding and engagement pictures I'm going to include on in the top.


Videographer - YellowTree Event Videography, Woodbury, MN, http://yellowtreevideo.com/

YellowTree is Eric's favorite vendor.  We booked YellowTree with a referral from Wendy Woods.  She had photographed their wedding the year before we met with her.  We really like that they are younger and being that they just planned their wedding not super long ago, we both really felt that they know what we are looking for and expecting from our videographer.  We picked The Woods package for the all day coverage.  We are also having YellowTree expediate our memory slideshow that is going to run during dessert at the reception.  Shannon and Ryan finished our slideshow in July 2008 and it's perfect!  The turnaround time after I sent them the pictures was great and once we received the first draft it only needed some minor updates.

Florist - Colleen's Flower Cellar, St. Paul, MN, http://www.colleensflowercellar.com/

We met with Colleen after hearing about her on The Knot.   We had budgeted $1,000 for flowers and Colleen's quote came in under $600-and that includes the $75 delivery charge to Coon Rapids the morning of the wedding.  I also loved how she gave us the idea to use mums for alter flowers - since I couldn't justify spending a lot of money on this, her idea was perfect!  We can get large baskets with shades of purple and white to match our inspiration flowers to have at the church.  After the wedding, we can give them to our parents and family if they want them and can plant them.  Below are our inspiration flowers (photo by Wendy Woods Photography). 

Petals for Petal Cone Toss - Flyboy Naturals, http://flyboynaturals.com/safe28pesp.html

We are doing a petal cone toss after the ceremony instead of bubbles, rice, etc.  Flyboy Naturals were very easy to order from and all of our petal came in great condition.  We ordered them in February while they had a great sale going on and they have stored well  Below is what our petal cones look like - they say, "Please toss your petals high in the air, as Jami and Eric exit as a pair!"  We are putting the petals in the silver box for the ushers to scoop out and fill the cups.


DJ - Midwest Sound and Light, St. Paul, MN, http://www.midwestsound.com/

Right now we are booked with Ryan at Midwest Sound and Light.  So far, no problems.  We got the Wedding Fair rate of $795 for unlimited music.  We are using him for 8 hours.

Tuxes - Savvi Formalwear, Roseville, MN, http://www.savviformalwear.com/

Savvi is another vender that we found at the Wedding Fair.  The tux that Eric has picked out is below.  He has chosen to wear silver along with the ringbearer, the groomsman in navy blue, and the ushers and dads in black. 

Wedding Dress - The Hope Chest, Ham Lake, MN, http://www.thehopechestbridal.com/

Kohleen at The Hope Chest is phenomonal!  The Hope Chest is the first (and only) place that I found in Minnesota that carried a sample of the dress I fell in love with online.  From my first contact with them, I have been nothing but impressed.  Any question that I have, Kohleen gets back to me in a timely manner and not only offers me one solution, but in most cases, multiple!  Hands down, I recommend The Hope Chest (even if it is a drive!).  I had a low bustle done so that all of the beadwork still shows.  My dress is Davinci, F8080 in white.

Bride's Accesories - Kohl's,  www.amazon.com and Ebay

I got my wedding jewelry on sale at Kohl's for less than $15 (necklace below and earrings are basic studs).  My shoes I originally found at Zappos.com.  When I searched online for them I found them for $20 cheaper (and with my size in stock) on amazon.com - with free shipping.  They are Touch Up's - Abby.  I ordered tiara (Ebay seller my-jewels) and garter (Ebay Seller Sheer Satin and Lace) off of Ebay as well and had no problems or complaints with any of them.

Crinoline - Bought from Knottie GermanGirl2007

I used Knottie Terminitter's directions from her bio.  They were perfect and I love how the crinoline turned out!  I left it sit a lot longer than her directions said though, because I wanted to make sure that the navy blue color really took.  I left it soak about two hours in total, pulling it out and twisting it about every 20 minutes.


Bridesmaid Dresses - The Hope Chest, Ham Lake, MN, http://www.thehopechestbridal.com/

Bridesmaid dress shopping was one of the easiest weddding planning tasks I did.   The Hope Chest has you pick out some bridesmaid dresses online before your appointment.  They then pull the dresses and similar dresses for you and have them in the dressing room once you arrive.  As soon as the girls put the sample dress on (which just happened to be in navy blue even!) they had no problem agreeing that they loved it!  The whole outing took only about 20 minutes!  The dress was only $109 (and they all received an additional 10% off since I had the all-inclusive package on my dress).  The dress is from the Eden Maids line.


Bridesmaid Accesories - Target and Ebay (seller bebebaubles)

The girls chose their shoes from Target and part of their gift from me is the necklace/earring set that I ordered for all of them from the Ebay seller bebebaubles - I had no problems at all ordering from this seller.  When the initial order was shipped they forgot to include an extender that I had ordered.  Once I contacted her, she had it out in the mail to me within the day.  I received a bulk discount on the sets and the price was great!


Jr. Bridesmaid  - The Hope Chest, Ham Lake, MN, http://www.thehopechestbridal.com/

The Jr. will be in all navy blue and is very similar to the bridesmaid dresses.  When her dress came in, it fit perfectly.  The only thing we are changing is that we are having the flower on the waist band removed.  The dress is SO adorable on her! 


Flower girl Dress, Target, www.target.com

We came across this dress at Target one day.  It's different than what I had originally pictured, but it was over $100 cheaper and is adorable on our flower girl.  Plus, the chances that she will wear this again after the wedding is much greater than wearing a white dress again.  If alterations are needed come August, they will be minimal.



MOB Dress - Mrs. B's Bridal, Owatonna, MN, http://mrsbbridal.com/

I found a picture of this dress online and my mom fell in love with it.  The Hope Chest only sells Montage for the MOB, and although Kohleen did some research and found a place that she could order this dress from (again, phenomonal work from The Hope Chest), my mom decided to order this dress from a bridal store closer to home for her so she didn't have to drive to the cities for alterations.  This dress is from the Alfred Angelo line and she ordered it in Hunter Green (pictured).


Hair and Make-Up - L. Mae Artistry, Lacey O'Sullivan, Hugo, MN

I was orginally going to work with Leilani Baker after she received great reviews from other Knotties that used her, but because of her communication (or lackthereof), I decided to hire someone who doesn't leave me hanging sometimes for weeks on end. 

I had my trial with Lacey at L.Mae on August 12th.  I couldn't be happier that I decided to hire someone who not only communicates great, but who is kind and really cares about how you look.  I took a bunch of hair pictures I liked and Lacey was able to create an updo that I loved.  I also really liked the make-up.  It was a little dark - which I would like if I was going out for the night, but she's going to relax it a little bit on the day of the wedding.  I'm very excited to work with Lacey and Heidi in a month! (ignore the gross faces - yuck.  I could have at least half smiled - wow!)


Chocolate Fountain - Creative Confectionaire, Hastings, MN, http://www.creativeconfectionaire.bigstep.com/

Dave and Cindy are also great to work with!  We took our mom's to a tasting in January and we were all blown away!  Not only is the chocolate to die for, but the customer service goes above and beyond.  I was in contact with three different chocolate fountain venders and Creative Confectionaire was the last one that I came across.  Pricewise, Creative Confectionaire was about $300 cheaper than the next lowest vender.  If that wasn't enough to convince us, after attending our tasting we didn't have a doubt in our mind.  We paid our deposit on the spot (which waived the $25.00 tasting fee).  Dave is great at responding to emails and Cindy will do anything to please the bride!  At our tasting I had mentioned that I wondered what a white chocolate foutain would really taste like with the dipping items and before I knew it, there was white chocolate to taste!  Their truffles just MELT in your mouth and are definatly sinful!  I'm very glad that we not only decided to have a chocolate fountain at our reception, but that we found and took the time to drive to Hastings to meet with them! 

Transportation - Total Luxury Limo, Vandais Heights, MN, http://totallimo.com/

Again, we got the Wedding Fair special on our Hummer.  We chose to do the all-day package in order to best accomodate our wedding party.  This way, we are able to do pictures off-site and provide the transportation for everyone.  I've read both good and bad reviews on Total Luxury on The Knot, so we'll see what happens once it's our turn.

Honeymoon - Palace Resorts, Riviera Maya, Mexico, http://www.palaceresorts.com/

We are spending 7 nights and 8 days at the Adventura Spa Palace after the wedding.  Of course, we can't wait and this place looks/sounds amazing!!


Everything Paper and DIY:


Inspired by Knottie greengelato

One of the bridesmaids created and set up our STD's.  We printed them through VistaPrint (250 for $67.00)

On the back, we printed all of our hotel and wedding information on a clear label and cut them out around the STD.

We then put a magnet across the top so that these can be kept on the fridge.

We mailed these out the middle of January 2008 and they have been a HUGE hit. 



Idea inspired from Michaels.com

Our final invites!  Mailed 7/14/08!!!!

We picked up our invites at Target on clearance for less than $6.00 for a box of 50 (including envelopes and RSVP cards)

We have bought all of our navy blue backing paper at Michael's for 50% off (love those coupons!)

The ribbon has also been purchased at Michael's for 50% off - for an entire roll it's $13.00.

We are doing all of our printing at home on our printer.

Shower Thank You's

I have been using left over program covers and invite backing to make our own shower thank you's in our colors.  For envelopes I used extra RSVP and save-the-date enevelopes.  Inside I glued down a piece of white paper to write on. 

Program Covers

This is our program cover.  We have stamped our names on the outside of all of them and placed a map on the inside cover.  To print our programs we are using a print vender that I use at work - it's their wedding gift to us to print these.  We have a mocked up program that is eight pages long - it's filled with the traditional program info, letters to our parents, info on our wedding party and lots of fun details. 


Out-Of-Town Bags

Inside of each bag we are including:

One bottle of Charles Shaw White Zin wine, One bottle of H2O, a package of mints, a bag of chips, three monster cookies individually wrapped, two packages of home-made chex mix, a CD of MN Born and Bred musicians (thanks MrsdawnmarieV!) and our packet of information that is also included in the picture above.


Other DIY projects include: Tears of Joy packets, Cake Topper, Card Box, Coloring/Activity books for kids at reception, Table Numbers, OOT Bags and packet of information, Aisle Runner, Petal Cones..... etc.  Pictures below of some of the finished products:

Our Hostest gifts are above - I love how these ended up!!!  I etched their name on the outside of the jar, we filled them with Hostess treats and included a $20 Applebee's gift card.  We then attached the thank you to the outside.

These piggy banks just might have been my favorite thing to make!!

Some of our table numbers --- : )  We had a blast taking these!


This is our Memory Candle.  It will be burning throughout the entire night. 

There is a poem that is on the card along with the names and dates of our deceased family members.


 Our card box!

Our Best Man's Dad made this for us.  He had made them for two of Eric's cousin's when they got married - we were honored when he asked if he could make one for us.  We love how it turned out - not your traditional card box, that's for sure!


Wedding Party Gifts 

Groomsman/Ushers - minus deck of cards and 6 pack of beer.  Eric is also paying for their 9 holes of golf after our wedding party luncheon the day before the wedding.

Bridesmaids - The gifts also include a personalized CD with "our" songs on it,  a shampoo/conditioner set, a bottle of Boone's Farm (oh, college days!) and their favorite kind of candy/chips.

Readers / Soloist - We got our two readers and soloist the same gift, but gave them each their own kind of wine.  There is a bottle of wine, a wine carrying case, a wine chiller (keep in the freezer), wine LOVE charms and a bottle stopper. 


Let the good times begin!  My amazing family and friends are throwing us four showers total!! 

Below are the three dresses that I bought for our showers. 

The brown one I got on Ebay for $32.00 and the other two I got on sale at the Dress Barn for $19.99 each.


Here are our shower gifts that I made for the hostesses of our first shower.  I will be making these for all of our showers, varying the products a little bit in each one so that they aren't all the same.  I got all the BBW product at the BBW Outlet in Medford, MN for only $3 a bottle!!


Shower #1 - Saturday, July 26th.  Hosted by Eric's mom's side.

Started with brunch, some games and ended with everyone out by the pool all day long in the backyard. 


Shower #2 - Sunday, August 17th.  Hosted by my maid-of-honor, Amber.

Over 30 people showed up at my mom's house for a great shower!  It was awesome to see everyone and the food, drinks, games and company where wonderful!!

 Bachlorette Party - Friday-Sunday, August 22-24th.  Thrown by my bridesmaid Amanda and my PA, Malia.

We left Friday night to go up to Eric's families cabin in Pelican Rapids, MN.  We got up there about 11, ate, drank, played shower games and finally went to bed after 5 in the morning.  Saturday the weather wasn't the greatest, so we drank and played croquet, opened gifts (Those girls were SO kind to me!) and finally it warmed up enough to go tubing.  Saturday night we headed to Zorbaz for a crazy time!  Sunday was a little rough...

 Couple's Shower - Saturday, September 6th.  Hosted by Eric's two aunts.

We had a blast playing bags, eating from the chocolate fountain and playing the Newlywed Game.  We made $100 cash because we got so many answers right and we didn't even cheat (three showers under my belt.. ask me something I haven't already been asked! :)


 How many days until we have our spare bedroom back?  It gets worse every time I go in there.


Last and FINAL Updates made on 9/8/08