t-50 days

there are 50 days until our wedding day!
49 sleeps and then i will wake up, hopefully eat a kick ass breakfast for my last meal as a single lady,  put my pretty dress on, and i will become Mrs. Jaclyn Quigley.


so, in preparation for July 13, we've been slowly, but surely making sure things are in place.
this is the place where all the magic is going to happen. 
this big field on the right of the lodge will have rows of white chairs, mason jars full of flowers hanging from shepard's hooks, a little arch thing to get married in front of that ben will build and i'll decorate, and a big door frame with cute old doors we've found so that my grand entrance can be a surprise.

the lodge will have more flowers and a few handmade decorations, but its main purpose is to house the food so that it doesn't swelter in the hot july sun. on the porch will be the bar [ooh baby], and probably the card box/gift table.

then on the left, there will be a big ass tent, filled with a dance floor and rectangle tables arranged family style, so that everyone feels at home. said tables will be simple, with more mason jar flowers, brown craft paper covering them and crayons to draw on it with, and table runners that mom and i will make.

the pretty lawn will hold all the yard games we can think of, like Kan Jam, ladderball, and corn hole, so that the party can start while we're off getting our pictures taken.
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i'm hesitant to post any pictures of the "look" i want for the big day, because ben catches up on my blog every once in a while. but i want to look like me. and he knows me almost better than i do. so honestly, there will probably be no surprises.

my first wedding dress fitting is tonight! the dress was bought just four days after we got engaged, because there was a big sale going on, and i LOVED it when i bought it. but i had a little meltdown a few weeks ago that it wasn't what i really wanted. but luckily, jessa [my little sister/MOH/best friend] came through and saved the day and i think we figured out a way to make it into exactly my dream dress. i hope.

and last night i went and bought supplies to make a flower crown! so later on today, with the help of these tutorials, i'll hopefully be able to make one that's more relaxed-hippie-picking-flowers-and-putting-them-in-her-hair, than crazy-hippie-just-off-LSD-picking-flower-bushes-and-pinning-them-to-her-head. pray for me.

also, there will be no shoes on my part. just so we're clear.

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the one part of the day that i'm a little worried about is the music. we want music to be playing non-stop from the beginning of the ceremony until the end of the night, and we're doing it all ourselves. luckily, i have two awesome cousins that agreed to man the music table, so that part of it is taken care of.

i'm excited about making the ceremony and cocktail hour playlists, but the dance party playlist is giving me agida. some people love country music, some people hate it. our college friends are all hipsters, so we're all about Freelance Whales and Of Monsters and Men , but my brother will roll his eyes and my dad may even turn it off. i want people to dance! but ben is banning any of the typical wedding dance songs, such as the Macarena and the Electric Slide. so i feel like we're stuck between a rock and a hard place. if any of you have any suggestions on what to do about this, or even specific songs that you think every dance party needs, i'm all ears.

i think it's going to be a good, good day. even if all of the decorations fall apart and i end up just wearing a sundress and no make-up, i know that at the end of the day, i'll be married to a kid that i'm crazy about.
that's the part i'm the most excited about.


M. Flynn said...

Oh my gosh so fun. Your outdoor, barefoot, porch bar, big ass tent style tells me that you belong in Virginia, though. Just sayin'.

Alyssa said...

Love it!! All of it!! I'm sure it's going to be amazing.. so excited for you :)

thecoffeehouse said...

a wedding out in the country ... with mason jars. you are having my dream wedding! we had a nice one, don't get me wrong, but I think we'll have to renew vows out in the country sometime. with mason jars.

Kate said...

What great photos!

Nicole said...

So exciting. I love the mason jars and the big doors for your entrance. Sounds like it's going to be spectacular!

Bon Bon said...

LOVE everything about this! And my fellow barefoot bride, dancing the night away...it's perfect:-) and as for music, hmmmm. that's always an interesting one. think of how many people are coming AND who you think will really be dancing! Our friends love love looooove to dance, so we basically had a huge club/mosh pit going on all night. We had maybe 1 or two cute/slower songs, which the older couples loved (so the husbands could get in a dance with their wives:-) and then the rest of the playlist was just high energy classics mixed with current. NO typical YMCA or anything like that was allowed:-) People will take their cues from you guys, so as long as you're having fun, they'll feel even more comfortable to have fun! (I've been to some pretty awkward weddings...)

and, I wrote you a book.
the end.


Frankie said...

Sounds like it's going to be a beautiful, diy, country wedding! When I (one-day) get married, I hope to wear a flower crown too, can't wait to see what you create :)

As far as music goes- that is so hard! I hate making playlists for entire groups of people. At the wedding I went to last month, the dj played alot of old-school dancey music which both the older generation and the younger generation knew,(like Buttercup by the Temptations, and a journey song or two, old-school Madonna). You could include some of those types of songs- that is if Ben doesn't veto them.

Amy said...

Oh the MUSIC. Email me if you want more ideas, but we were going to do our own music, too. Based on my stress level, I gave that dream up, but I really hope that doesn't mean that you do. This is what we made the DJ play at our wedding, though [it was all of my music, we just needed an announcer and I didn't want pauses between each song and didn't know how to change that on an iPod].

For the non-dancing moments:
Bob Dylan
The Beatles [the slower stuff]
The Velvet Underground
Bon Iver
Death Cab For Cutie
Imogen Heap
Iron & Wine

We should probably just email. I'm taking up a lot of space now...

Kelly said...

I love it all - the mason jars, the barefootness, the flower crown. I know it'll be a lot of work but I think it will look perfectly effortless. If I had hair like that, I'd wear a flower crown everyday!