Saturday, May 22, 2010

Details, Info, Details, Info

Friday, May 28th
6:00PM: Bachelor/Bachelorette Party

Saturday, May 29th
10:00AM-12:00PM: Shower/Brunch for the Women
12:00PM: Tee Time for the Guys (guys will need to bring clothes for the rehearsal dinner and items to shower at the country club)
1:00PM: Manicures/Pedicures at Polished
6:30PM: Rehearsal at Tour 18
7:00PM: Rehearsal Dinner at Tour 18

Sunday, May 30th
11:30AM: Wedding Party, Immediate Family, and Jessica's girlfriends arrive at Arboretum
11:30AM: Pictures with the Guys
12:00AM: Pictures with the Girls
                 Ceremony & Reception Set-up (flowers/gift & welcome table)
12:30PM: String Quartet starts playing
1:00PM: Ceremony Starts
2:00-4:00PM: Reception
Addresses for directions
Shower/Brunch for the Women:  Castle Hills Community Center
2501 Queen Market Drive
Lewisville, TX  75056

Spa Day for the Women:  Polished
2208 Dallas Parkway #325A
Plano, TX  75093

Golf, Rehearsal and Rehearsal Dinner:  Tour 18 Club House
8718 Amen Corner
Flower Mound, TX  75022

Ceremony and Reception:   Dallas Arboretum
8525 Garland Road
Dallas, TX 75218
** Park at the Camp Gate Parking Lot, turn into the lot at the corner of Lakeland and Garland Rd.

Contact Info (if you get lost):  Drew Wight 214.454.7329 or Jeff Jutte 214.202.2023

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Friday, April 2, 2010

Who said planning a wedding was stressful?

We are under two months to go and as we get ready for our engagement pictures tomorrow we realize that this chapter in our life is almost over. Engagement is a fun and exciting time, ours has been amazing and has flown by. Since the day we got engaged it has been wonderful to see how beautifully things have fallen into place. Many of my co-workers and friends have commented on how relaxed Geoffrey and I have been during the wedding planning. And it's true!!  We have experienced very little, if any, stress during our wedding planning.  The size and casual style of the wedding may contribute a little to our stress-free engagement but I think it's more likely the family and friends that have gathered around us and volunteered time and service to make May 30th a joy to prepare for.  So here's a shoutout to a couple of those who have loved us so well:

Our parents:  You are the wheels that keep this thing moving and the engine that keeps it running. We couldn't, and wouldn't, want to do this without you. 

Tess (Geoffrey's sis):  We are so excited to see your creativity and design displayed! Tess is designing the programs for the ceremony, creating special decor for the reception, and putting a table together that celebrates Geoffrey and I, our history and future together. 

Jenn (Jessica's sis): I am so blessed to have you stand beside me as my matron of honor.  We have been through it all together and I can't imagine this day without you by my side. Jenn will also be planning a ladies night la la!!

Kenny (Geoffrey's bro): What a rare opportunity to have your brother (and future bro-in-law) officiate your wedding. To be joined in marriage under your leadership will be such a blessing.

Nic and Liz: You guys are unbelieveable! Such generous and faithful friends, I couldn't do this without you.  Liz and Nic designed the wedding invitations, they came up with the idea of the gift tree and brought the idea into fruition by building and decorating the tree.  Liz opened her home to host a shower with Nic and they have allowed me to crash their place for other wedding related tasks. 

Meem (Geoffrey's grandma): We are honored to have Geoffrey's grandmother play the piano at our reception.  We will be dancing our first dance to her music.

Aunt Patti, Aunt Debbie, Aunt Kristin, Aunt Kimberly, G'ma Coe, and G'ma Jutte: You have all been so influencial in my life and you have shaped who I am today because of your presence in my life.  These women will be hosting a wedding shower on the day before the wedding.

Thank you to everyone.  We love you dearly!!

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Hotel Room Block

Hey peeps!

Time is flying by and I can't believe how close we are getting to the wedding. This is first of many blogs regarding the logistics of the event.

We have reserved a room block at the Hilton DFW Lakes Hotel. It is near the DFW airport and close to all the wedding action. You can reserve a room by calling the Reservations Department at 800-984-1344. Be sure to state that you are with the Jutte/Bertram Wedding Guestrooms. You can also make reservations online by clicking here. The block is reserved for a discounted rate of $99.00/night.

Please contact the man in charge for any additional info:

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Gift Registry

Falling in love in Ethiopia....unconventional
Knowing that we would be married on our second weekend together....unconventional
Getting married in less than year from the day we met....unconventional
Plans to move to Ethiopia after marriage....unconventional

Why would our gift registry be any different?

Geoffrey and I have decided not to register for our wedding. Several reasons have prompted this adversion to socially acceptable wedding norms and we (or should I say "I" and not lump my rule-abiding fiance into rebellion) kinda like that fact that we are blazing our own path. When we began to talk about what would be on our registry we found that we have no needs and very few wants to be included in a registry. And praise God for that, He has provided well for both Geoffrey and I.

The second concern was our plans to move overseas after we get married. Let's say we did register for all the things we could possibly think we might need for the next 50 years together. When we move, we would have a truckload of stuff that we'd be taking to the storage unit to sit untouched for who knows how long and we hated to see such a scenario.

So, with the help of family and friends input we have created a "gift tree." The gift tree will be at my shower and the wedding. The idea behind the gift tree is to give people, who want to give, an opportunity to give toward a specific item or event. Most of the gifts on the tree are things that Geoffrey and I can do together, to enrich our marriage and our relationship. There will also be a number of envelopes that have items that we will need in Ethiopia while overseas. Instead of things, you are giving us the gift of opportunities to share. In our opinion, that's the best gift you could give!

The gift tree will have envelopes with specific things or events listed on them. Here are an example of some:

Generator in Ethiopia
Date Night in Boston
Baseball Game at Fenway
Water Filter in Ethiopia
Bedroom Furniture in Ethiopia
Broadway Tickets in NYC
Salem Ferry to Boston
Couples Massage
Marriage Conference

That's just a few examples to help you figure out what the heck is going on.

Geoffrey and I have discussed that we plan to be very intentional about using your gift for the sole purpose of what you have given towards. We look forward to following up with you after we have had the opportunity to enjoy your gift and tell you all about it.

Thank you for your love and support! We couldn't do this without you.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Wedding Details

We are having a small family ceremony and reception on Sunday, May 30th at the Dallas Arboretum. Geoffrey and I realize that an intimate ceremony and reception means that many of our friends, family and those who have had an influential role in our lives will be unable to attend. We created this blog with you in mind. We love you all very much and are so grateful to have you in our lives.

With that said, it is our privilege and honor to present to you the Wedding Party:

Officiant: Kenny Davis (Groom's brother)

Best Man: Riley Hall (Friend of the Groom)
Matron of Honor: Jennifer Stanhope (Bride's sister)
Groomsman: Adam Barnett (Friend of the Groom)

Drew Wight (Friend of the Groom)
Lennell Perry (Friend of the Groom)
Aaron Dickson (Friend of the Groom)
Jacob Ford (Cousin of the Bride)
Chad Stanhope (Brother-in-law of the Bride)
Logan Igarta (Nephew of the Groom)

Flower Girls:
Cate Shirey (Cousin of the Bride)
Sophie Brammer (Niece of the Groom)
Ring Bearer: Tyrus Davis (Nephew of the Groom)
Bible Bearer: Seth Brammer (Nephew of the Groom)

KC Richardson (Friend of the Bride)
Nicole Grazier (Friend of the Bride)

Dallas Arboretum Website:

87 days and counting!!