“Confessions Of A Future Bride” | Post 38 [LAST ONE]

Today’s post is a very special one. It’s the last #weddingwednesday post before Rachel gets married. On Friday, June 24th at 5:00pm, Rachel will no longer be a Freitas and will become a Mrs. Bongiorno. I’m already getting emotional just writing this. I am going to cry soo much on Friday. Ahhhh!!!

You will want to make sure that you are either following me on my Instagram {@ericaleephotography} or Facebook page {EricaLee Photography} to see some peeks into her wedding day, as you all know I will have my phone out!!! So make sure to ‘Follow’ or ‘Like’ once you are done reading todays post. Rachel will not be making an entry on todays post since its all about her Bachelorette weekend. And honestly I, Erica, will not be writing much either other than the fact that we went to Ocean City, NJ as well as Atlantic City.

What I will write is, “what happens at the shore, stays at the shore!” 😉 hahahahaha Here are just a few photos from the weekend.

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Here are some iPhone Pics!

Bachelorette Collage

I hope you all have enjoyed our fun blog series! Be sure to come back as we start a new blog series in a couple of weeks after Rachel returns from her honeymoon! You won’t want to miss it. So many new things will be appearing on this blog.

Now if you missed any of our posts or want to start from the beginning, here are all of our posts from the “Confessions Of A Future Bride” blog series.

Rachel, my business partner/assistant/second shooter, got engaged and with us being photographers, thought it would be cool document her whole wedding planning process. Not only to keep these memories but to maybe help out one of our readers who may be a future bride as well as get suggestions from you guys. Here are the past posts that you’ve missed.

  1. Post 1 ~ We got a glimpse of how Rachel and her fiancé, Arthur met! It’s an adorable story including some very young pictures of them.
  2. Post 2 ~ We got to hear the story of how Arthur proposed in Bermuda! Check out that post to see her ring! It’s beautiful!
  3. Post 3 ~ Rachel said YES TO THE DRESS!! Check it out to see her experience at David’s Bridal!
  4. Venues! Venues! Venues! Post 4 | Post 5 | Post 6 | are her weeks in search for the perfect venue! And in Post 7 you get to hear the place that she chose!!!
  5. Post 8 ~ We are back at Davids Bridal picking out the Bridesmaids Dresses as well as seeing who she chose to stand up there with her on the big day!!
  6. Post 9 (maid of honor & big sis), Post 10 (little sis), Post 11 (cousin), Post 12 (sister-in-law), Post 13 (best friend), and Post 14 (MEE) ~This is where Rachel introduces her bridesmaids and tells us the background stories of how she knows them. There are some pretty funny moments and awesome pictures!
  7. Post 15 ~ Engagement Pictures!!!! Here, we get to see Rachel’s engagement session. I also give some tips on how to make the most of your engagement session.
  8. Post 16 ~ All about the “Save The Dates.”
  9. Post 17 ~ All about the DJ and some songs you don’t want to miss being played at the wedding!
  10. Post 18 ~ Bridal Registry! This is a fun post because I filmed it rather than photographing it!! Check it out!!
  11. Post 19 ~ Speed Round Questions with the Fiance’ himself!!!
  12. Post 20 ~ Special Valentines Day Post!
  13. Post 21 ~ To Peek or Not To Peek…That is the question!!! Will Rachel be doing a first look?
  14. Post 22 ~ Flowers, Flowers, Flowers!!! Time to talk about the Bouquet.
  15. Post 23 ~ This post is all about the Wedding Cake! mmmmmmmmmm
  16. Post 24 ~ Checklist of what has been done so far and what’s left to do!
  17. Post 25 ~ Tuxes Tuxes Tuxes!!! Arthur get’s his Tuxes! Rachel came up with a beautiful look for the guys!
  18. Post 26 ~ A Wedding DIY!!
  19. Post 27 ~ Rachel’s Hairstyle Ideas | Part I
  20. Post 28 ~ A post all about the rules or traditions that Rachel is either keeping or doing away with!
  21. Post 29 ~ The post that everyone has been waiting for!!! RACHEL’S WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER!!! WOOHOO!!!
  22. Post 30 ~ She booked her honeymoon! Check out where Art & Rachel are going!!!
  23. Post 31 ~ Wedding Bands! Soo pretty!!!
  24. Post 32 ~ Invitations
  25. Post 33 ~ Rachel’s Hairstyle Ideas | Part II
  26. Post 34 ~ Another Wedding DIY – Table Numbers
  27. Post 35 ~ Rachel’s Bridal Shower
  28. Post 36 ~ Another Wedding DIY – Card Box
  29. Post 37 ~ Wedding Favors

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“Confessions Of A Future Bride” | Post 37

Getting down to the wire!!!!!! 🙂

“Being at so many weddings I see lots of really great ideas for the favors. Some great ones from past weddings are seed paper with something like “watch our love grow,” jam/jelly with “spread the love,” drink koozies with one saying or another…
After scouring Pinterest {of course, what else would I do} I found some other great ideas.. Some needed lots of craftiness.. And others needed lots of money 🙂
I did some searching on my second favorite website, Etsy, and I found something that was different from what I had seen before and I absolutely loved it… Succulents! {Here’s the link for the shop on Etsy https://www.etsy.com/shop/SANPEDROCACTUS } They offer a million different options.. Different types of assortments. Some come in pretty little pots for wedding favors {but of course those cost more 🙂 } So I went with the cheaper option and if you remember back to all of the burlap I had purchased, I will be wrapping each plant in burlap :). It will be a bit of a task, but that is what I have my amazing bridal party for 🙂

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They should be delivered by Friday, so get ready girls 🙂
Almost a week until the wedding! This is all happening so fast! This week we picked up our wedding bands, met with the DJ, today I will meet with the florist and tomorrow we sit down with my brother {David, our officiant} to go over the ceremony.. And I also scheduled for me and my girls to get our manis and pedis 🙂 It has been a super busy week!”
~The Future Mrs. Bongiorno

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“Confessions Of A Future Bride” | Post 36

Let’s just call today’s post #weddingTHURSDAY just for today! I feel like this whole month is extremely busy with Rachel trying to tie any loose ends for the wedding as well as being in the middle of a very busy wedding season. This weekend is Rachel’s Bachelorette Party Weekend! Woohoo!!!!! You won’t want to miss those pictures! Make sure you follow us on Facebook or Instagram to see photos from this weekend!!!

If you are new to the blog and are just following along, here’s what you missed:

Rachel, my business partner/assistant/second shooter, recently got engaged and with us being photographers, thought it would be cool document her whole wedding planning process. Not only to keep these memories but to maybe help out one of our readers who may be a future bride as well as get suggestions from you guys. Here are the past posts that you’ve missed.

  1. Post 1 ~ We got a glimpse of how Rachel and her fiancé, Arthur met! It’s an adorable story including some very young pictures of them.
  2. Post 2 ~ We got to hear the story of how Arthur proposed in Bermuda! Check out that post to see her ring! It’s beautiful!
  3. Post 3 ~ Rachel said YES TO THE DRESS!! Check it out to see her experience at David’s Bridal!
  4. Venues! Venues! Venues! Post 4 | Post 5 | Post 6 | are her weeks in search for the perfect venue! And in Post 7 you get to hear the place that she chose!!!
  5. Post 8 ~ We are back at Davids Bridal picking out the Bridesmaids Dresses as well as seeing who she chose to stand up there with her on the big day!!
  6. Post 9 (maid of honor & big sis), Post 10 (little sis), Post 11 (cousin), Post 12 (sister-in-law), Post 13 (best friend), and Post 14 (MEE) ~This is where Rachel introduces her bridesmaids and tells us the background stories of how she knows them. There are some pretty funny moments and awesome pictures!
  7. Post 15 ~ Engagement Pictures!!!! Here, we get to see Rachel’s engagement session. I also give some tips on how to make the most of your engagement session.
  8. Post 16 ~ All about the “Save The Dates.”
  9. Post 17 ~ All about the DJ and some songs you don’t want to miss being played at the wedding!
  10. Post 18 ~ Bridal Registry! This is a fun post because I filmed it rather than photographing it!! Check it out!!
  11. Post 19 ~ Speed Round Questions with the Fiance’ himself!!!
  12. Post 20 ~ Special Valentines Day Post!
  13. Post 21 ~ To Peek or Not To Peek…That is the question!!! Will Rachel be doing a first look?
  14. Post 22 ~ Flowers, Flowers, Flowers!!! Time to talk about the Bouquet.
  15. Post 23 ~ This post is all about the Wedding Cake! mmmmmmmmmm
  16. Post 24 ~ Checklist of what has been done so far and what’s left to do!
  17. Post 25 ~ Tuxes Tuxes Tuxes!!! Arthur get’s his Tuxes! Rachel came up with a beautiful look for the guys!
  18. Post 26 ~ A Wedding DIY!!
  19. Post 27 ~ Rachel’s Hairstyle Ideas | Part I
  20. Post 28 ~ A post all about the rules or traditions that Rachel is either keeping or doing away with!
  21. Post 29 ~ The post that everyone has been waiting for!!! RACHEL’S WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER!!! WOOHOO!!!
  22. Post 30 ~ She booked her honeymoon! Check out where Art & Rachel are going!!!
  23. Post 31 ~ Wedding Bands! Soo pretty!!!
  24. Post 32 ~ Invitations
  25. Post 33 ~ Rachel’s Hairstyle Ideas | Part II
  26. Post 34 ~ Another Wedding DIY – Table Numbers
  27. Post 35 ~ Rachel’s Bridal Shower

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Which brings us to today’s post – ANOTHER DIY!!

“As I had said two weeks ago when writing about the table numbers.. I had planned to go to Michael’s to buy table numbers and a card box. So off to pick up Rebekah I went {I drag her along with everything 🙂 } We decided to go to Middletown so we would have the choice of Michael’s or AC Moore. {I honestly don’t remember if I had written any of this when talking about the table numbers, so I am sorry if I am repeating myself 🙂 } 
I went into both stores to check out the available card boxes.. The only box from both stores that I liked was $40.. And I don’t know if I have mentioned this before or not, but I am super cheap.. Like super cheap 🙂 I wasn’t in love with the box so I could not justify to myself spending $40 on it.
We happened to be walking through AC Moore and happened upon some decorative bird cages that were on sale.. On a side note, Rebekah has an obsession with birdcages.. But I was able to get a large bird cage for $12!! Much better than $40 🙂
So at a later date, Rebekah and I sat down to turn the bird cage into  a card box. We were not really too sure where we were going so we Pinterested {of course} some ideas. We had a bunch of leftover supplies from my bridal shower and such.. Twine, ribbon, flowers, burlap.. We tried a few different things before deciding on using some leftover burlap {from the table runners}, some flowers {from the centerpieces at my shower}, and paper {that will be used for my place cards} to complete the look. We did have to use a few different sheets of paper because I made Rebekah write the work “Cards” a million times before I decided I liked it 🙂

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Since everything else was repurposed from another date.. It really only cost $12!! AMAZING 🙂 

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Okay people.. We are in the final stretch! Two weeks from Friday! Ah! Scary! I have so many meetings I have to schedule with a million different people! Also, Arthur and I will be picking up our marriage license today!! :)”
~The Future Mrs. Bongiorno

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“Confessions Of A Future Bride” | Post 35

23 more days until Rachel’s big day!!! Woohooo!!!!

Oh My Goodness….. I was so surprised by my bridal shower 😉 I was semi-surprised.. I do love surprises, but I also love trying to figure out what everyone else but me knows. I’m a little {teeny, tiny bit} nosey 🙂  

CORRECTION – SHE IS VERY VERY NOSEY! OK BACK TO RACHEL!

I have to say, my ladies {and my man} did I really good job hiding it from me! And trying to trick me into thinking it was another date 🙂 They even went so far as to having Arthur create a fake invitation and leave it in plain site.. But little did they know, I did not even look at it! I like to figure out surprises by following the clues, not being told straight out 🙂
So anyway, my girls planned an awesome day for me and even got the help of my awesome boss to make the food.. I was really, truly shown how much everyone cares for me and how much they would do for me 🙂
My girls included some of my favorite bridal shower games including: Who knows Arthur best? and What’s in your purse? Unfortunately, I did not know who wins Arthur best.. But his mother won, so I guess I will take the loss to her 😉 Annddd I also did not win what’s in your purse; I moved over to a small purse from my massive one last year and had to condense 🙂
I received some great gifts!! My big gift, that I almost did not include on my registry, a roomba was given to me by my amazing girls and my mom 🙂 I love, love, love, love, love, love, love {times a million!!} my roomba! It is the best invention in the whole entire world.. I think I should get a cut from roomba because I tell everyone and anyone I meet that they need to get one 🙂 I also received a KitchenAid mixer from my {soon to be} mother in law! And tons and tons of amazing gifts.. Rachael Ray {my favorite} pots and pans, pyrex, towels, hampers, a waffle iron, a blender, a spice rack, a wine rack, comforters and more comforters {those who know me well, know that I have a weird love for blankets} .. just to name a few 🙂

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It was a super amazing day.. And now I am ready for the wedding.. Just kidding, I am totally not ready 🙂 AND TODAY IS JUNE 1ST!! WHERE ON EARTH DID THE TIME GO?!?!?!
~ The Future Mrs. Bongiorno

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