Wedding Cake

Weekend Wrap Up: Our 6-Month Anniversary

So it turns out… I’m a horrible wife!  The worst part?  I don’t even care! 

Here’s why:  Andrew and I spent the whole weekend celebrating our 6-month anniversary.   We talked about all of our favorite parts of being married, how much we’ve grown, and those types of things!  During that conversation, we couldn’t believe it had gone by so quickly... so we did the math.  Feb - Mar (1); Mar - Apr (2) …. Welp… We got to September and realized… WE’VE BEEN MARRIED 7 MONTHS! 

So I’m a bad wife because I couldn’t even get the dates right, but I don’t care because I love being married so much that time is FLYING.  So I take it as a compliment! 

So now that you know we’ve been celebrating blindly, here’s what we were up to this weekend!

Friday, we headed to our favorite movie theater of all time:  Alamo Draft House.  Traveling by train, we chatted about how much we’ve seen of Denver.  We can’t believe we’ve almost been here 2 years now and wouldn’t trade our day-to-day for the world.  Once settled into our seats, we enjoyed a delicious chicken sandwich and a few cold brews, as we watch SULLY.  The movie was absolutely amazing… if you watched my snaps (@the_novice_native), you know that I had a rough start to my day Friday and a few good laughs/ a great movie was all it took to turn it around!  We laughed, we cried, and ultimately we both agreed it was a great film.

Saturday could be described as “The Perfect Day!”  We woke up early and cleaned the house together.  We both love when the whole house smells clean and everything is put away.  Then we headed to the grocery store and filled our basket with all kinds of goodies.  After all the chores were done, it was time to celebrate!  We grabbed to pup and headed out for an amazing hike. 

After our nature adventure, we headed home to shower and make a celebratory dinner!  After throwing on some music, we started the grill and prepped the salad, salmon, and quinoa.  While we were getting things ready, Andrew snuck outside and snagged a bottle of champagne he had hidden over ice!  He walked in holding a beautiful, cold bottle of MOET.  The same bottle of champagne we shared the first night of our honeymoon!  I was so excited and the gesture was so sweet.  (I’m such a lucky girl!)  

During dinner, our “First Dance” song came on and we thought it would be fun to see if we could still remember the steps.  To our surprise, we could!  We had a blast dancing in our living room floor and chatting about our wedding. 

After dinner, Andrew grabbed the knife and cut the cake.  We have heard horror stories about the cake not tasting good, so we were prepared for the worst.  To our surprise… THE CAKE WAS AMAZING!!  (I mean so good I’ve had a piece every day since.  Cake for breakfast is a real thing.)  We raved about how good it was and how much we wished we had done the whole cake in the “Cinnamon Roll” flavor with cream-cheese frosting!  So… this is a formal apology to our guests – you missed the best flavor and we are sorry!

Sunday, we spent the day relaxing and decorating my new blog office.  I CANNOT wait to share it with you all. 

All in all … I guess you could say we had a pretty spectacular 6(7) month anniversary weekend!  Cheers to having so much fun, you don’t know your anniversary! 


PS... All of the china, serving dishes, drinking glasses, champagne cooler.... they were all gifted to us by our amazing family and friends.  Thank you all so much!!  



The Barrilleaux's

How to Choose a Wedding Venue

You're engaged!!  Congratulations!!  What an exciting time in your lives. 

I'm sure all of the emotions and excitement is still brewing, but (as all past brides know) beginning the planning portion of the Big Day can be a bit stressful.  If you're looking for advice on finding a wedding venue, you've come to the right place!  Over the next few weeks, I'm going to be reviewing our venues and sharing wedding tips & tricks!  Today's post is all about making the biggest decision a bit easier.  I have advice for all brides, and a few extra for those looking for a venue in the Rocky Mountains!

What's the first step, you ask?  Hands down the first step in wedding planning is determining your BUDGET!  I know.. It's a huge step.  Sitting down and talking about your expectations and wants is a great first step and definitely helps to open a line of communication!  Keep in mind, your "budget" doesn't have to be set in stone.. it 100% can be a range.  Instead of focusing on your hard fast number, it may be better to say "I would like to spend X dollars, but would be comfortable if we had to go to XX dollars."

Once you have your budget, you're ready to take the first step!  Picking your venue is excited and nerve-racking at the same time... Good news is it's similar to dress shopping; when you know, YOU KNOW!  The first thing you'll want to do is grab a venue catalog.  What's that you ask?  It a magazine put together by the region you are looking to get married in!  TIP: if you are looking to get married in Colorado.  You'll want to grab The Rocky Mountain Bride Magazine.  I've linked their website to help, but you can grab a hard copy at any bookstore!  The reason I suggest this method is the convenience of being a one-stop-shop with overviews, menus, and pictures!  I researched over 300 venues in a day, if that isn't testament enough!  After flipping through the magazine, go back and take a second look at the venues you flagged.  Sometimes your style changes as you are looking!  This helps you to refine the decisions you made first and filter out any that might not be as good as the others.  Narrow it down to 7 or 8 and you'll be ready to move on!

After you have narrowed it down, you'll start feeling less stressed and start feeling more excited!  You'll need to channel this energy to get over the next step -- calling the venues!  I, personally, visited the websites of my top 8 and created a summary document in Word to keep snips of my favorite pictures and an overview of the venue!  Once you have this "summary report" (if you will) built, you'll be excited to know it's time to call the venues!!

The response you get from the venues is VERY important.  It's you're big day and you are going to be spending a lot of money with the venue of choice, so they should be eager to make you happy and want to meet you!  Ask the following questions on your interview and be sure to take notes:

  • What is the rental fee?  Does that include the ceremony?
  • Do you provide catering? Either way, am I allowed to bring in my caterer of choice?
  • Is there a fee per guest, or is it included in the catering?
  • What is included in the rental fee?
  • Do you have a list of preferred vendors I have to work with?
  • How much time is included in my rental?
  • Will there be someone on site the day of the wedding to help keep things going smoothly?
  • What is your minimum and maximum capacity?
  • How far are you from the nearest airport? (This will be very important for out of town guests)
  • Where do guests normally stay?
  • Do they have a liquor license?  If not, how will bringing in outside vendors work?
  • If they don't provide catering, do they have a kitchen on site available for rent?  Is it industrial grade and is there a fee?

This should give you a pretty clear idea on what they are willing to provide and if they would be in your price range.  It will also help get the ball rolling and other questions will inevitably come up!  Remember to take notes and put them in your little report!

Now that you've done all the background work, you saved yourself the wasted time of going to see venues that are out of your range, or not willing to work with you!  Next comes the BEST part!!  Present your findings to your Hubby-to-Be and schedule appointments to see your top 2.  You can take time before your meeting to think of tailored questions for that particular venue. 

Once you are at your meeting and venue tour, you'll instantly feel which one is right for you!  We felt it instantly at The Bella Sera Event Center in Brighton, CO.  I'll be giving a full review of our venue next week, complete with pictures and all the details about the AMAZING venue.  I would recommend it to any couple looking for the perfect night!  I've attached a feeeeew photos of our Big Night, sorry to be such a tease :)

xoxo- R