Rob and Mandy's Wedding Extravaganza………….. May 26, 2012

Blogging my way to our wedding day.

57 Days to Go – Bachelorette Cupcake Crawl March 30, 2012

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Well, I haven’t been posting much at all lately, and I have two reasons: 1) I can’t seem to find the time to sit down and work on a blog 2) The things I’ve been doing are things I don’t really want people to see until the wedding 🙂 During the month of March I have found my dress, picked out the tuxedos, found the flower girl dress and maid of honor dress, finished sculpting custom groom’s cake toppers (and started the painting), finished folding 1,000 cranes and hung them in a senbazuru, finished putting together placecard holders, put together bridesmaid gifts, finished 82 wedding favors, found an envelope/keepsake box, finished decorating the guest book, pen holder, flower girl basket and ring bearer pillow, found my garter and made my bouquet. It was a damn busy month!

But anyway, enough about that, back to my bachelorette party! I’m not a big drinker (or even a small drinker), so bar-hopping was out of the question. Because of this, my awesome maid of honor, Carley, put together this Cupcake Crawl! I LOVE sweets, plus I’m a cake decorator, so it was pretty much perfect 🙂 I invited the two other cake decorators from the store to come with us also, and our boss was nice enough to let all three of us have the day off at the same time! (which NEVER happens, but it’s spring break and the store is dead).

So I picked up Katie and we headed to Palatine to meet up with Carley and Hillary. When we got to the train station we had just enough time to grab some Starbucks before jumping on the train. Carley paid for mine, which set the tone for the rest of the day. The girls wouldn’t let me pay for anything!

On the train to Chicago

After a nice train ride, we arrived at Ogilvie Station in Chicago. We had to go down the block to Union Station to get a CTA day-pass so we could hop on and off the bus as many times as needed. I love the look of Ogilvie Station, it’s very modern looking, but Union was very cool also because it’s very old looking!

Ogilvie Station


Union Station

Once we had our passes in hand, we headed out on our adventure! We went to lots of cupcake and chocolate shops all around the city. The girls took turns buying me delicious treats 🙂

Hershey Store

Ghirardelli Store

Leonidas Chocolate Shop

Hendrichs Belgian Bakery

Teuscher – and Katie being a goof in the window 🙂

Sprinkles Cupcakes

Sarah’s Pastries and Candies

Forever More Cupcakes

Break from the sweets – Picnic lunch in Millennium Park

Sugar Bliss

The Cupcake Counter

Crumbs Bake Shop

So that’s a run down of the sweet shops that we went to 🙂 We also did a lot of sightseeing and window shopping. I also got to take my first ride on a city bus! I don’t want to post 200 photos on here, so I’ll just leave you with one of my favorites. While we were in the 900 building (which has stores like Bloomingdales) we went into Williams and Sonoma. On our way out, Carley nearly bumped into the only celebrity I’ve ever randomly seen ‘on the street’. Kelsey Grammer! What a fun little addition to an amazing day 🙂 I’m so greatful for wonderful friends that made sure I had an amazing day. Thanks so much guys ❤


81 Days to Go – Wedding Rings! March 6, 2012

Filed under: Wedding — mandyshaner @ 10:39 pm
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Another big item was checked off of our to-do list tonight! We headed out to Jared right after Rob got home from work (I somehow really like that place even though they have the most annoying jewelry commercials EVER). I really like that they have their lab right on-site though, which means that if we need work done to our rings it doesn’t have to be sent out anywhere and we get them back very quickly.  I had my engagement ring re-sized last year and got it back the next day, so awesome.

We found Rob’s ring first. He tried on a bunch of different styles in a few different materials that really didn’t fit the bill, but the last one he tried ended up being the winner. It’s titanium, which is pretty neat. I didn’t even know they had titanium wedding bands.

Rob’s titanium silver and black wedding band

I was sort of dreading trying to find a band to go with my engagement ring because of the unique design of my ring. It has an awesome filigree pattern on the sides, and I knew it would be difficult to find something that didn’t cover it up or take away from it. I tried on several that had diamonds on the band, but they just weren’t lining up right. Half the time there was an obvious gap between the wedding band and my ring because of the center of my ring being slightly wider than the band.  But the jeweler came to the rescue! He found me this awesome enhancer ring (that is basically two rings!) that my ring will go in the middle of. It looked so perfect when I tried it on! the band is thin enough that it doesn’t cover up much of the design of my ring, and basically makes a little platform for it. It was so sparkly and awesome 🙂 And WAY cooler than what I thought I would end up getting.

This is my engagement ring, the design on the sides is what I was worried about.

My white gold and diamond enhancer wedding band

We couldn’t be more excited!!!!!!!!!! Can’t wait till we get to put these beautiful rings on each others fingers 🙂


83 Days to Go – Wedding Invitations…Check! March 4, 2012

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Last night our bestest buddies Jim and Carley came over to help us finish our wedding invitation project. We had some delicious fajitas for dinner, then put our noses to the grindstone. We closed the last envelopes sometime after midnight, and it feels fantastic to have another huge project checked off of our list. They’ll be in the mail tomorrow!

Of course we have to send one to ourselves as a keepsake 🙂

We are sending 105 invites out! That’s a lot of cutting, folding, gluing and stamping!

All packed up and ready to go to the post office 🙂

After everyone gets their invites I’ll post a photo of how they look. I don’t want to spoil it ahead of time!


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