The Shower

I want to send a big shout-out to my awesome Aunts for throwing me the best bridal shower a girl could ask for.  Thank you again to Aunts Jane, Judy, Janet, Joanne, and Jerri!  Love you guys so much!

Here’s a quick recap:

There was great food:
There was great cake!

There were springtime decorations in our wedding colors:
There were games!  (of which I lost)

There was family:

There were lots of presents!

There were my beautiful bridesmaids.

There were lots of friends and family that I love!


Thank you to everyone who could share the day of my shower!  Looking forward to having even more friends and family together for the wedding!

What to do while you’re in town

I wanted to make a little list of activities, events, and destinations around the Elburn and Chicagoland area for those of you in town for the wedding, and those of you planning on staying for a few days before or after the festivities.  Here’s some local attractions

Good For Kids and Families:

Swedish Days- Geneva, IL June 19-24

Located about 20 minutes from Anderson Family’s House

Activities: Carnival, Shopping on Historic 3rd Street

Don’t Miss: The Swedish Days Parade June 24

Sadie at Swedish Days

Kane County Cougars Minor League Baseball

Home game Monday June 25 against the Beloit Snappers

Located about 25 minutes from Anderson Family House

Yummy ballpark food, great kids activities, great value!

For Food and Wine Lovers:

Sugar Grove Farmer’s Market June 23

Located about 15 minutes from Anderson Family’s House

Hours: 8am-1pm


Batavia Farmer’s Market June 23

Located about 20 minutes from Anderson Family’s House

Hours: 8am-Noon


Alice’s Place

Elburn, IL

Delicious soft serve ice cream with a hometown feel

Emma’s place of employment

Ice Cream!

Acquaviva Winery

About 15 minutes From the Anderson Family House

A Winery in Maple Park, IL… who would have thought!

Wine Tasting, Wine Shop


For the Golfers:

Hughes Creek Golf Club

About 5 minutes from the Anderson Family House


Settler’s Hill Golf Club

About 15 minutes from the Anderson Family House


Bliss Creek Golf Club

About 15 minutes from the Anderson Family House


For those of you feeling lucky:

Hollywood Casino Aurora

Riverboat Casino


For the Scientists and the Nature Enthusiasts:

Fermilab- Batavia, IL

About 20 minutes from the Anderson Family House

Where scientists study high energy physics!

And there are buffalo!

Lederman Science Center:

– Science center for kids!

Buffalo and Prairie Trails:

– hike in the prairie, and see their herd of 30 buffalo!



There’s lots to do in Chicago, but our favorite are:

Brookfield Zoo- Brookfield, IL

About 45 minutes from Anderson Family House


Field Museum- Chicago, IL

Awesome Dinosaur Exhibit!

See Sue!


Train from Elburn or Geneva IL to Downtown Chicago:


Hope these are some ideas to start from for all our visitors!

Save the Date!

Save the Dates are in the mail!  We turned this into a little do-it-yourself project and designed our own postcards.  We first had to narrow it down to 3 engagement pictures!  Clare Byrne did such a great job taking them that we struggled to choose only three! After selecting our pictures we went to  I had won 100 free postcards from a wedding blog that I subscribe to, and this was the perfect way to use them.  We designed them online, and they arrived in the mail shortly after.  Then we address and stamped them, and away they went!

Here are our save the dates:

Our traditional Save the Date

Our book lovers Save the Date

The Save the Date in which we show off our geeky side.




Hey Friends and Family!  Engagement pictures are up!  Feel free to peruse them under Photos –> Engagement Pics.  We’d love to hear what you all think.  Thanks again to Clare Byrne for taking such great pictures!


Let’s Find a Dress!

Let me just say, that shopping for The Dress is a whole lot of fun.  Also, exhausting.  But it is done and I am so thrilled with the outcome.  I got the perfect dress, and in my price range to boot!

Mom, Emma, and I went shopping about 2 months ago.  We had two stops on our list, David’s Bridal, and a smaller boutique in Aurora.  For all the bad things I have heard about David’s Bridal’s service I must say that we had a wonderful experience there!  The consultant was polite, enthusiastic, and attentive.  I’m sure it didn’t hurt that we went during a week day when it was not crazy busy.  I feel like I tried on A MILLION DRESSES.  We took some pics of a few.  I will show you the NO dresses, but not my dress of course.

Obviously, this is not me.  We did not take a picture of me in the first dress I tried on.  I had been convinced for MONTHS that this would be the dress.  I loved the bow, that it was Shantung Taffeta (= not shiny and also more casual), and it had POCKETS.  Unfortunately, where the waist hit me was not flattering.  I still think it is a super awesome dress though!

This was the third dress I tried on.  I actually liked this dress a lot.  As you can see it was a one-shoulder number with flowers on the strap.  I liked it because it was so light!  It would definitely keep me cool on a hot summer day.  However, we all agreed that is a beautiful white dress, but did not look bridal on me.

Too grecian, although I do love grecian dresses, but not on me.  I believe I am saying here, “where are the pockets?”  I love pockets.

Grecian again, and it made me look W I D E.  Comfy though.

Then I tried on a million more.  I kept going back to the second dress I tried on though…

I have no pictures from the boutique, because as soon as we walked in a realized I couldn’t even afford dresses from the clearance rack!  And they were more “mature” looking dresses than I wanted.  Plus I was already EXHAUSTED.  Who new trying on dresses was so tiring.

About a month an a half later mom and I went BACK to David’s Bridal.  I tried on my favorite from last visit, and it was still PERFECT.  I also tried on a few more to be sure.  Here is one…

Apparently I was a little goofy by then.

Anyways, we went with the second dress I ever tried on.  While I’m not going to SHOW you, I will give away a few details.  Like the first dress, it is Shantung taffeta.  It will be ivory.  And it has POCKETS.  And now I feel like we can finally cross SOMETHING off the wedding to-do list!