Nick and I got engaged on February 12, 2012 at Mountain Creek Ski Resort in New Jersey - with a beautiful yellow sapphire.
This picture is one we sent to friends once we got back from our ski trip.
I'm going to start with our engagement party. Nick and I are not the DIY type - I prefer professions to take care of all that business. However, we own an apparel and graphic design firm called Sincere Legends (www.sincerelegends.com) and decided that we were going to create our own website, wedding logo, invitations, save-the-dates, etc, etc. Luckily for us, the business next door to our warehouse is a paper printing shop who has been doing our printing.
Since we knew we planned on having a destination wedding, we first planned a huge engagement party at a Triumph Brewing Company in Princeton, NJ. We knew since not everyone would be able to attend a destination wedding, we wanted to have as many people attend our engagement party. Of our 250 person wedding guest list, we invited the 140 that lived in the tri-state area. In preparation for the party, we designed our wedding website:
Right now, the website has since been updated since the party but we did have an ENGAGEMENT PARTY tab with info about Triumph Brewing Company, directions to the brewery and information/parking in Princeton. Right now, the ENGAGEMENT PARTY tab has been replaced by the WEDDING INFO tab.
We also came up with this "logo" as our wedding logo. In our business, brand recognition is really important so we wanted to do the same for our wedding. We used the logo to make round stickers which we used to seal the engagement party envelopes and plan to use it for OOT bags at the wedding.
We met with our engagement photographer, Brad Ross out of Clinton, NJ, and decided to take engagement pictures before the party so we could make a guest book for all of our guests to sign.
See some of our engagement photos (more on allienick.com: http://www.bradross....aphy-allie-nick
Unfortunately, we took out engagement pictures three weeks before the party (at Princeton University and at the Brewery) and the photographer didn't have time to make a book for us himself. We took the pictures he gave us and made our own book using Adobe InDesign. We designed it exactly the way we wanted it to look and uploaded the entire .pdf to Blurb (www.blurb.com) to have them print it. The printing only took a week and we got the book three days before the party! The book was a HUGE hit at the party and now we have an awesome memory (and don't have to lug a book down to Jamaica).
You can preview our book at: http://www.blurb.com/books/3053205
I will attach a picture of the engagement invitation on Monday - it's at the office on my work computer.
BTW Triumph is a beautiful two-story building with exposed brick walls and big beer vats that sit behind two-story glass windows. We did beer tastings of all their seven beers, etc. and it was a great time.