One Month…


You must be my once in a lifetime…

We are officially one month out from our wedding day. It’s surreal. We’ve been planning this moment since our engagement in January of 2016. And let’s be honest – I’ve been planning this day my whole life…

Right now, I have a lot of emotions and minimal brain space. It’s crazy that no matter how much people tell you, until you go through it yourself, the last two months before the wedding get chaotic – and the chaos won’t stop until every item related to your wedding (including thank yous) is complete. It’s a messy, wonderful type of chaos though. And while all those tiny details seem to matter, in the end, I’ve been looking to what it means: our marriage and our forever with each other. As long as my dear friends and family can be there with us to witness and celebrate this day, then truly nothing else matters.


My emotions:

A lot of highs – a lot of adrealine pushing me through the final details. Pushing me through every last workout. Pushing me to make more decisions and remember to make final payments. Pushing me through when I feel burnt out.

Some sadness too – I recently had a moment where I realized I will only be “Rachel Trampel” for a few more weeks. Rachel Trampel has been my identity for the past 29 years… and it’s a bit sad to know I’m letting go of something that’s been part of me for so long. Don’t get me wrong, I am beyond excited to take my fiancé’s last name – but with most things in life, it is always hard to let go.I’m still debating if I want to move Trampel to be a part of my middle name or if I simply want a small tatoo as a reminder… any suggestions for me or advice on how to cope with your name transition?! Again, I will be clear that even though I’ve been up, down and all around the last name debate throughout my life, I want to and am ready to be Rachel Sobieck!

And the stress – This has come and gone in waves. I’m feeling better because I FINALLY feel like I see the light at the end of the tunnel. Some things will come up and I’ll have zero control over them – and I am OKAY with that. There are many things that won’t be as I perfectly pictured them – but it will still be wonderful. I think this will continue to come and go until a few days before, where I’ll put my hands and say – it is what it is – and just happniess.

A whole lot of love – my heart feels so full – through all of the help I’ve received, through all of the friends and family who are excited to partake in the day – and of course, thinking about walking down the aisle, arm in arm with my father – looking ahead to my fiancé, my soon-to-be husband and how I will feel in that moment. How I will feel when we see each other for the first time for our “first look”. What it will be like to be on the dance floor together as husband and wife dancing in front of our people. Love. SO much love. It’s undescribable…


This moment, which for awhile seemed so far away, is so close – and I can’t wait to cherish every single second of it. To my fiance Joe… I love you, I cannot wait to marry you in one month, I cannot wait to be your wife!


My Sister is Getting Married

Save the Date

Well here it is, my sister’s save the date that I created for her! Pretty simple and honestly the hardest part was choosing what photos to use. They actually choose the first save the date I created … and I started out with something very simple, but that is totally their style. I just wanted to choose photos that told their story. I think it works and here is a little more detail of their story:

On a cold day in November, my sister was heading home from work, expecting to go pick up her boyfriend from the Milwaukee airport.  He called her before she left, making sure she was stopping home to change and relax before picking him up because his flight was behind schedule. She had been separated from him and her two cats for almost 4 months. When she got home from work, expecting to change quickly and head out, she saw a pair of glowing eyes starring at her. She was pretty freaked out at first, but quickly realized it was one of her loves, one of her cats. As soon as she flipped on the lights, he came out holding her other cat with a ring attached to her collar. He got down on one knee and asked her to marry him. She, without hesitation, said YES! (the photo in the save the date says so).  So obviously he had been planning this for awhile, with a fake flight, when really he was preparing on a driving trip all the way from North Carolina to Wisconsin with her cats to surprise her. What a guy, right?! They have always had a quirky, fun relationship, so the piggy back photo suited them well (and of course with him on her back… they wanted it this way). They will exchange vows on October 12, 2013. And yes, they have the cutest pair of names: Chris & Crys… Chris & Crystal!

So there you have it… if you want to save some money and just have a simple save the date, I’m sure you know SOMEONE with some InDesign or graphic design experience. It really helps when you are trying to plan a wedding on a tight budget. I am NO graphic designer or claim to be, but I did take a class in college on how to use InDesign, Illustrator and Photoshop and somehow I came out with an “A” after several design projects… I guess this was good enough for her to ask me to do this! Plus, I enjoy it (even though I spent a good 6 hours making different versions and trying to perfect each one) and the photographer (aka my boyfriend) took some great photos, making my job a heck of a lot easier! Here are some of the other ones I drafted up for them to choose from:

Save the Date 2

Save the Date 3

Save the Date 4

She also found an amazing deal on Groupon through VistaPrint and will be able to share more of the details on the back of the save the dates, such as location, times and formal invite to follow. Next I will be working on her formal invites, incorporating the navy and yellow colors of her wedding. If you would like to read more about her wedding and how I’m helping plan, you can see the first two posts here and here.