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I loved our Save the Dates and Invitations so I'm excited to share them today!

I ordered our Save the Dates from Wedding Paper Divas, which was very easy and they turned out exactly how we wanted them (with Emily's amazing photography of course).

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I knew I wanted a square shaped card but when it came to envelope, I ordered a rectangle because I heard square shaped envelopes cost more to ship. I thought there would be a weird gap in the envelope with the card sliding around but there wasn't, and I was very pleased.

Also, I wanted it to be two sided (with our wedding website on the back) so it couldn't be a full magnet. I went to a craft store and purchased small adhesive magnet squares to attach to the back of the Save the Date. That way, our guests could just stick them on the fridge, without needing a magnet of their own, and still be able to see content on the backside.

Overall, I highly recommend Wedding Paper Divas, the quality of their products (especially the paper and sheen) is truly beautiful and they have a great selection of products to choose from.


For our invitations, I had plans to DIY them from the beginning. But as time went on, it was clear that DIYing them would take too much time and ultimately cost more in labor to produce. Wedding Paper Divas didn't have a design we wanted and was too pricey for us for the invitations (we ordered a total of 130 invites). So I went hunting for the aesthetic I was looking for on other websites and stumbled upon Magnet Street. Not only were they super affordable, but they had the perfect design for us; simple, classic and casual.

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I LOVED the ease of customizing our invites on Magnet Street. They have an amazing editor program that gives you control of the colors, fonts, etc and there's capabilities to leave text comments for their reviewers to modify designs further, if need be. I was incredibly happy with choosing Magnet Street for our invites and I would do it again in a heartbeat. They came packaged in this beautiful teal box that I still use to this day!

Also, they are willing to send you a physical proof so you can judge in person how you like it. That was vital for me, I needed to see and physically feel the invite before I ordered 130 of them. The proofs process of this does take awhile so I recommend starting your invitation design process at least 1.5 months before you plan to send them!

Clearly I was no longer in blogging mode at this point of the wedding planning process so I didn't take nice photos of our Save The Dates or Invites but luckily Emily did!

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Magnet Street Wedding InvitesThe full collection of what we ordered from Magnet Street ^

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*Tip for any Brides-to-be: If you're following a timeline that says Save The Dates should be sent (for example) 6 months in advance, know that you should order them at least 7-8 months in advance. Both Save the Dates and Invitations often required a "proofs" stage where you approve it before it prints (which is crucial in catching mistakes), and it takes quite a bit a time to address all of them too. Just FYI.


 

And finally, here's a few wedding photos from the amazing Emily of Anna Delores Photography:

Simply Evani Wedding, Photo taken by Anna Delores Photography

Simply Evani Wedding, Photo taken by Anna Delores Photography

Simply Evani Wedding, Photo taken by Anna Delores Photography

Simply Evani wedding, Photo taken by Anna Delores Photography

Simply Evani Wedding, Photo taken by Anna Delores Photography

Simply Evani Wedding, Photo taken by Anna Delores Photography

Simply Evani Wedding, Photo taken by Anna Delores PhotographyWeren't our ring bearers the cutest?

There's A LOT more photos to come and I'm still trying to figure out how I want to post them... If I only post on Wedding Wednesdays, it's going to take 2 months until you see all of them so maybe next week, I'll do Wedding Week and spend an entire week posting them? What do you think, would that drive you crazy with too much wedding stuff? I'll have to brainstorm more about how to do this...

Sorry this is a dense post but I hope you enjoyed the photos! <3 Leave me a comment and let me know what you think!

Love,

Evani

** Also, I was in no way compensated for talking about Magnet Street, Wedding Paper Divas or even Emily of Anna Delores Photography in this post or any wedding post for that matter. If I say I love them, it's because I really do! Any and all vendors or companies we used for the wedding did not "sponsor" us in any way. Well technically, Wedding Paper Divas contacted me back in January 2013 to share their 15% of promotion but I wasn't compensated on my wedding order in 2014 for doing so. **

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I've always said I am somewhat of a masochist, meaning I enjoy experiencing pain. I'm talking in the non-Fifty-Shades-of-Gray way, you dirty birds.

We got a puppy. A mere 5 days ago, we were a 1 dog family, with just a 2 year old, potty trained and well mannered dog that we call Shay .

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But new to the family is our 3 month old Chorkie (chihuahua-yorkie) Hunter!

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Hi friends!

So like I mentioned, Wednesdays will be wedding related. I have a ton of old projects, details, and photos to share but I apologize in advance that all of these will be awful iPhone photos since our camera didn't exist yet.

One of the first things we did after being engaged was decide on our bridesmaids and groomsmen and I couldn't wait to put together a kit to ask them to be in our bridal party! Since most of my bridesmaids weren't local, I knew it had to travel well and it couldn't be perishable. I also wanted it to be functional. I found these perfect bridesmaids tote bags at Francesca's in chevron print with teal, I added nail polish, champagne and then painted the first letter of their names. Finally, I packed it up with bubble wrap, tissue and washi tape.

The funny thing was, I ended up hand delivering most of these so I decided to forgo a card with a clever saying in exchange for a good old fashioned verbal invite to stand up with me at my wedding. It felt really personal that way. My maid of honor Auva and I bawled our eyes out while she opened hers. Haha.

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Bridemaid "Will You" gifts

For the men, we spotted a few ideas on Pinterest and tailored it to Rob's obvious love for Patron (he is Mexican after all). We found the mini flasks at World Market, repurposed some of my Birchboxes to hold everything, made a cute little sign and away they went!

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Groomsmen "Will You" Gifts

One of the useless and unique parts of our will-you gifts was that I was absolutely anal about having the exact shade of crinkle filler paper to pack them with so we made our own! We cut tons of strips of teal, white and black cardstock and hand folded it. Rob looked at me crazy when I suggested this but he knows I always win in the end. :)

Luckily, all of them said yes. Interesting enough, we both only started with 4 guys/girls each and by the end of our 18 month engagement it ended up growing into 7 guys/girls on each side. So much for that small bridal party! But considering how much we love each and everyone one of them, I wouldn't have changed it for the world. They are our forever friends :)

The will-you gifts were one of my favorite things to come up with for the wedding (also we did these about a year in advance so wedding stress was low. haha) and looking back, there's so much more I would have done. Maybe I'll dream up some more ideas and post them for future Wedding Wednesdays, for those of you who haven't gotten married yet.

It's been officially 1 month and 2 days since our wedding and we've still got roughly another month until we get our professional pics from our amazing wedding photographer Emily of Anna Delores Photography. I cannot wait! In the meantime, I'll share some venue pictures with you next week and maybe sprinkle in a wedding photo or two also!

In terms of being married, I LOVE it! People ask if it feels any different and in a lot of ways, it really does. We feel a little bit more like a family unit of our own and it still makes us smile goofy when we call each other husband and wife. Plus no wedding stress = AMAZING. Haha I don't think I'll be one of those wives with post-wedding blues... mostly because I know there's so many of our friends' future weddings to help plan!

How was your weekend?

Love,

Evani

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Hello blog loves!

Before I reignited Simply Evani, I gave our look a little lift. Nothing too crazy, I'm lovin the simplistic look that's in style in the blog world lately. Feel free to shoot me any suggestions or comments on it! :)

Anyhoots, 4th of July was an enjoyable 3 day weekend with spectacular weather here in Northern California. Rob and I picnicked at a local park with our families and friends. Mostly, I took 10 billion photos with our new camera! We bought it as a wedding present to ourselves (lol, that's a thing right, buying yourself a present for surviving the wedding?) and I'm obsessed with it, albeit still learning the basics of photography not on an iPhone.

Fourth1Siblanngsss aka 2 of my favorite people ever.

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