Our Wedding | 10-10-15 | Happily Ever Hanneman!


Hey Guys!

I wanted to finally share my wedding with you guys. Just in time for my 2nd wedding anniversary! We waiting a while for our wedding photos and then life got in the way but I am finally sharing the details! 

My husband and I had been together for 8 years at the time of being married. We will be celebrating 10 years together this year as well! We are high school sweethearts and have been together since we were 15 and 16 years old. We are best friends and our families love both of us so much and our friend group is also full of high school sweethearts! Check out their weddings HERE and HERE.  This year we bought our first house and moved to England (temporarily, check it out HERE) We are truly so blessed!

When I first got engaged I , like most women, had my whole wedding planned out on Pinterest. Check out my wedding inspiration board and follow HERE. I honestly think Pinterest helped me plan my wedding so much as well as my shower. It is full of so many ideas and inspiration posts. I was immediately drawn to jewel tones for a fall wedding and wanted a peacock theme. I didn't want feathers everywhere so I wanted the theme to be inspired by the teals, purples, and greens of a feather. I added an accent of chrome for a more glam touch.

As someone who comes from a merchandising/ design background I found the process of picking out décor, lighting, flowers, and outfits so much fun! I bought a wedding planner from Walmart (Watch my Review HERE) and it honestly was the best $20 I have ever spent! It kept me so organized and had questions to ask each vendor as well as folders and check lists. I love it! Did I mention it was only $20?!?! 

The first step in planning a wedding is finding a venue. Once you have the venue then you have your date which is needed to book everything else. We already knew we would get married at my church so we wanted to find a venue in close proximity. I was looking for a hall with medium high ceilings so the room didn't feel too small or too big, a large dance floor, because my family and I love to dance, good food, and a nice bar. We finally found a place that was PERFECT! It had a great package and was beautiful! So we settled on the date 10/10/15. Our dating anniversary is 10/16/07 so we wanted an October date for that reason and because October is so beautiful!

Once we decided on the venue it was time to go dress shopping! I knew I wanted a strapless mermaid style for me and a long chiffon type dress for my girls. After trying on a handful of dresses at David's Bridal I found the perfect one! It was ivory satin with a sweetheart top, beautiful crystal detail at the hip and a little train. It fit me perfectly and was very comfortable. It made me feel confident and my husband loved it! For my girls we decided on strapless Grecian style gowns in a beautiful teal color. These gowns hugged their frames without being overly tight. They looked stunning!

After dress selection we moved on to accessories and veils. I decided to make my veil with my Grandma. We went to JoAnn's and choose a beautiful Ivory mesh with tiny crystals all over. We also purchased a tiny metal hair comb. We basically just spread it out on the floor, cut it into a circular shape then draped it how we wanted and sewed it to the metal comb. It was super fast and easy and I loved that I made it with her. Plus it saved me a ton of money! 

For my jewelry I wanted to wear a crystal necklace that hit around my collarbone. I found a beautiful one at Claire's in their wedding jewelry department. It fit perfectly and was super beautiful. Since I wore my hair down I wore simple diamond studs. I also wore an antique gold and blue ring from my Grandma as my "Something Blue." My garter on my leg was from Icing by Claire's and my shoes were beautiful silver kitten heels with crystals. I highly recommend not wearing high uncomfortable shoes especially since no one will see them. I only wore mine for the ceremony and then when my husband removed my garter, since they would show in the pictures. After that I wore white flip flops. Some people might thing that is tacky but I was happy and comfortable all night! I have also seen brides were white converse, or toms and I think that is so cute!

As for my girl's accessories, I chose beautiful peacock feather hair clips to go into their updos since the groomsmen were wearing peacock feathers as their boutonnieres. I also found gorgeous Australian Crystal necklaces for them to wear. I wanted them in iridescent crystals since they are stunning and would add visual interest to their looks.

As for hair and makeup, I got mine professionally done and my girls just got their hair done. I wanted my hair down in curls with a thick textured braid on one side. It was perfect. My makeup was glam but still natural since my husband likes natural. I had my signature cat eye with a smoky brown lid and neutral pink lips. My girls were in a similar look. Their hair was curled and put into an updo with a French braid on one side. I love how braids just add visual texture to any look.

As for my husband and his groomsmen , they wore dark gray suits, with vests under that matched the girl's dresses. My husband wore an off white vest and tie.

The ceremony was set to start at 2:30. The aisles and alter were covered in beautiful flowers and one of my Bridesmaids played our wedding song on the piano before we walked down the aisle. Right when I put on my dress I realized I had forgotten my slip that puffs out the skirt a bit at the bottom. No one could tell so I didn't stress and just went on with the show. Also right before I went down the aisle I took a big breath and my zipper popped. We were able to easily and quickly repair it though. Finally it was time for my Dad to walk me down. My husband looked so handsome and I of course cried the whole time.

We wrote our own vows which everyone loved and exchanged our rings through smiles and tears. It was a great ceremony surrounded by our loved ones.

After the ceremony we exited the church into a limo while our guests blew bubbles. The bubbles looked great in the pictures! I just picked up a box of 50 bubbles at Michaels! They were inexpensive and everyone loved them.  We then drove around and came back to the church for pictures. We moved onto another location to take more pictures that included a gray barn and a field.

Finally it was reception time! We made our entrance to Countdown by Beyoncé and our first dance was You and I by One Direction.

Our reception hall was more beautiful than I could have imagined! My florist took the flowers from the ceremony and decorated the hall with them. I had purple and teal up lights around the perimeter and a chrome tree with a peacock near the guestbook. I used a vintage brass birdcage as my cardholder as well. I found awesome peacock wreathes at Michael's which I layed down under some vases. The tables had chrome charger plates and the table runners and table sashes were teal with crystal accents. The head table had a silver sequins runner and backdrop. I highly recommend checking out stores like Michael's to add some unique decor pieces to your reception. Plus they always have great coupons! The wreaths I bought were less than $25 each with coupons and I kept one and have it currently hanging on my front door!

I also surprised my husband by getting a neon green, his favorite color, lit ice sculpture our guests could pour their drinks through! Everyone loved it! It was a nice added bonus and looked great on the bar.

Our cake was so beautiful I didn't want to eat it! It was a tiered cake with flavors of chocolate, vanilla, and chocolate peanut butter. Since that is our favorite flavor, even though we didn't have time to eat it. It was covered in a waterfall of beautiful orchids and had a chrome "H" on top. It was perfect!

Then it was onto my favorite part of the night, Dancing! Our dance floor was full the entire evening as I asked the DJ to play the perfect mix of 80's, 90's, and Top 20! I didn't have time to drink, socialize or really eat any cake because I was having too much fun dancing. It was definitely a night to remember.

As the evening wore down and guests left we had our final dance as a wedding party to Applause and You & I by Lady Gaga. The Groomsmen were then allowed to smash the ice sculpture outside (which they loved).


We went back to our hotel and left for our Honeymoon on Monday. Let me know if you would like a Hawaii Travel Diary! 


Our wedding day was as beautiful and perfect as I could have imagined! We are both so blessed to have so many family and friends helping us along the way.

 Also leave any wedding related questions below. I would love to answer them.


Meet the Mueller's Wedding| 2016

Hey Guys!

This past weekend the Hubby and I were apart of another wedding. The 3rd in our 9 month series. The final couple in our trio of High School Sweethearts got married. My Husband was the Best Man and I was a Bridesmaid.

The weekend was supposed to be a rainy hot mess but it turned out to just be hot! We were hoping for no rain and our wish was granted!

The girls started the morning off at the hair salon. We arrived and ate a yummy spread of bagels and mimosas and moved on to hair. We all received updos after our hair was curled. They were very pretty and comfortable and perfect for the hot day ahead. The bride also had an updo but hers was slightly different. She also included a rhinestones clip in the back to tie the look together.

After hair we all did our makeup. The bride wanted our eyes to be a mix of pinks and browns. I used this trio from Wet N Wild (HERE) and it worked great! I then applied some false lashes to complete the look (HERE). We then made our way over to the Bride's house to get into our dresses and see the Bride for the first time in her dress.

Our dresses were Navy knee length strapless lace numbers from David's Bridal (HERE). They were so cute and I can't wait to wear mine again! The night before, the Bride gave each of us an Alex and Ani bracelet, my first, to wear (HERE). The bride's cousin made our necklaces as well as the brides and they were STUNNING! Check out her Etsy shop (HERE).

Finally after we were ready it was time to see the bride. She emerged in a beautiful tulled strapless gown with a rhinestone belt. It was such a princess moment! She had on a multistrand pearl necklace and looked absolutely beautiful! She also wore lace TOMS shoes that I thought were perfect (HERE).

We all then made our way over to the venue. The ceremony was to be held outside under an arch covered in flowered vines.

The reception was being held inside a barn with access to the outside where yard games like Jumbo Jenga, Cornhole and Connect Four were set up. There was also the cutest vintage trailer turned bar outside on the patio.

The groomsmen wore linen colored suits with navy vests. It was too hot to wear the jackets though so they just wore their vests. Their boutonnieres were mini versions of our bouquets. The flowers were a mix of white, orange and hot pink which popped perfectly against our navy dresses.

The décor inside included navy and white striped table runners, and ribbon lanterns made by the bride. The food was a delicious mix of pulled pork, mac and cheese, and green beans. Once we all made our entrances and ate it was time to dance and drink!

Overall the wedding was so much fun and beautiful! The day turned out great and I can't wait to see the professional pictures!

Now the Hubby and I can have a much needed break from being in weddings :P


Put-N-Bay Island Bachelorette Party!

Hey Guys!

Another day another Bachelorette Party! I promise soon I will post my Wedding Activities! I just have so many more pictures to weed through :)

Anyway, this past weekend me and 8 of my girlfriends traveled to Put-N-Bay which is basically a party island in the middle of Lake Erie. I have been a couple times before so I was pretty familiar with the area. The great thing about the island is you can walk everywhere so no need to worry about being a DD or paying for taxis everywhere! Also the island is full of young people having fun so it is a great atmosphere for fun and happiness! I always enjoy my time on the island mostly because I love people watching :P

We arrived Friday evening and stayed until Sunday afternoon. The weather was supposed to be cold and rainy but it turned out to be just a bit chilly with no rain! Awesome!

Once we arrived on Friday we changed into our little black dresses and headed out to dinner. I love little black dresses because they always seem to show off each girls personality. Here is the one I wore (HERE). It is the black and long sleeved version of the one I wore for my own Bachelorette. I love body hugging dresses that go to my knees because they show off my body without showing off too much skin. I also wore black sandals with studs on them because I just don't do heels. I am too tall already and I like to be comfortable. I also wore my hair down and straight and added a nude pop to my lips with this lipstick (HERE). I love it so much and it lasts all night! I got it in my IPSY (HERE) bag and really want to buy the full size.  The bride wore an AMAZING neon pink dress that looked stunning on her!

After dinner we went to a Tiki Bar with swings! It was a bit chilly but super chill and relaxed. I then spotted a dance club I had never been to so we made our way over. It was dark and lit up with so many lights. It also had a huge wall of just glass to dance in front of which is always fun! It wasn't too crowded which is always my preference. The DJ started off great and the drinks were yummy!

The next morning we watched the Bride open her presents which included cute PJ's and other spa type gifts. I got these ones from Target (HERE) that I almost picked up for myself. She also gave us our gifts which included Hand made flower crowns (Gorgeous!) and hand painted T shirts that Said "Bride's Mates". 

We then traveled to a local winery that also boasted "The World's Biggest Geode." If you guys know me you know I love crystals so I definitely wanted to see it. It is literally breathtaking! Photos don't do it justice! It is a huge room dripping in light blue crystals! I could feel the energy and couldn't help myself, I had to touch them! Once we left the Geode we took a tour of the winery. It is actually the oldest winery in the United States! They gave us a glass of wine and it was amazing! After the winery we ate lunch at a pub and had girl talk. I love this group of girls because we all get along so well. It also helps we all went to the same high school and have known each other for years.

We then went back to the hotel to get ready for the evening. We changed into our T shirts and Crowns and away we went. Everyone LOVED our crowns. The bride even had one with a veil on it! We looked like the living Snap Chat filter which everyone enjoyed. We first went to "The World's Longest Bar". We stayed there for a few hours because the atmosphere was relaxed and we made some friends! One of the Bridesmaids knew a group that was celebrating a Bachelor party so we hung out with them for a bit.

After that we were itching to go dancing. We went to a tiny bar with a tiny dance floor and took it over! The DJ played great music and even bought us drinks! I always forget how great of a workout dancing is and what a stress reliever it is. I love to dance and find it makes me so happy and confident when I do it. Especially when I am with my girlfriends.

Overall the weekend was AMAZING. I am so glad we got to go and the weather worked in our favor. Next up is the wedding! I can't wait to see her walk down the aisle. She is going to be so BEAUTIFUL!

Let me know down below what the coolest place is that you either had your Bachelorette Party at or you attended one.

XOX Chan

My Friend's Kate Spade themed Bridal Shower! | April 2016


Hey Guys!

Over this past weekend I cohosted one of my friend's Bridal Showers. Make sure to check out the pictures above if you wanted to get some ideas.

Her theme was based around Kate Spade with colors of gold, hot pink, navy, orange and white. The location was a beautiful hall right on the water. 2 of the walls were floor to ceiling glass windows so the view and lighting was amazing. Even though we had a huge snowstorm the night before it was still beautiful!

I was in charge of games: I choose Bridal Bingo, Find the Groom, and Wedding Advice for the couple. I bought some pink bridal bingo boards off of the internet and 2 bulk bags of pens. Get the Bingo Boards: HERE. Before the bride opened her gifts each guest wrote down what they thought she would open. When she opened that item they crossed it off. The first person to yell Bingo wins! I made a spa gift basket for the winner using items from my local Dollar Tree!

Once everyone sat down to eat I had everyone look under their chairs to "Find the Groom." I printed off about 5 pictures of different animals and celebrities and 1 picture of the Groom. Who ever had him won another gift basket.

The final thing I was in charge of was just an activity not a game. I bought a little photo album, plain notecards, markers and stickers and had guests write marriage advice on them. I bought a gold frame and found a free printable online that you can find here: PRINTABLE.

For decorations we set up tables with white table clothes. We got gold and hot pink balloons to spread out and mark each food and games station. One of the bridesmaids spray painted empty wine bottles gold for each table and filled them with flowers. The Mother of the Bride bought little white square plates and painted gold dots on each one to turn them into jewelry dishes. They were so cute! She even painted gold dots onto our drinking glasses and made wine charms for us. Each dish also had some chocolates and a Thank you note.

We then set up a Mimosa bar that everyone loved. We had champagne and sprite and 4 different juices. We got cute glass containers for the juices to make it look fancy. We then set out frozen blueberries, pinapples, oranges etc. to use as ice cubes. It was delicious! We also had a water jug infused with fruit and decorated with flowers.

For food we had a yogurt bar, and other brunch type foods, as well as a dessert table. Everyone said everything tasted amazing and was such a great idea!

The bride got many wonderful gifts and we all had a blast! I am so glad it went well! Stay tuned for Bachelorette Party adventures :P

Question of the day: What is your favorite Bridal Shower theme you have ever seen? XOX Chan