Friday Reading: Part 9 (And a Few Wedding Updates...)

I love that the few transition weeks between summer and fall always seem to retain a bit of that laid-back summer feeling.  There's a nip in the air, but it's still warm in the sun and it almost feels like stolen time because you know that weather will get cooler and schedules more hectic any day.  This pause between seasons is probably one of my favourite times of year.

For me, work is about to get very busy (which I love) as the fall real estate market heats up, so we've spent the past week or so planning our wedding from top to bottom.  We've left some of the smaller (fun DIY) details until later, but we have a good idea of the timing, venue, flow of the day, the vibe we want to achieve and who our vendors will be.  I'll post a few of my ideas today, but I'll share much more as the year progresses.  For now I can tell you that it will be simple, very personal, non-traditional and Barkley will be involved. :) 

What did brides do before Etsy?  Seriously, I want to know!  I think I'm going to try to DIY many things for our "big day" but I thought this bouquet was simply charming! 

It's more than I am prepared to spend, but this wedding dress is a stunner! 

How cute would this photo scavenger hunt game be at our camp themed wedding?

Barkley would need to wear one of these!

As we plan our wedding, it's important to remember that there will always be difficult times ahead.  This essay on marriage felt very touching and real.

So true!

Okay, enough wedding talk for today.  I'm sure it's making some of you roll your eyes. ;)  Here are the other non-wedding links that I found to be interesting.  :)

Social media makes it such a scary time to have a teenager.  There are so many more things to worry about.  This letter is so wholesome and sweet that it made me tear up.

a game about real life.

This story is incredibly tragic and strange.  It made me resolve to try to take a closer look at those around me.  You never know who might be lonely or in need.

This short film is so powerful and moving that I had to share it.  Not only does it imagine a world where being homosexual is the norm and heterosexual people face discrimination, it delves into the subject of bullying. 

And let's end with a laugh.  If you haven't seen this prank from Japan yet, you need to check it out!

How are you spending your last days of summer?
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