E&I Bride: Rachel

I'm really excited to share a small new batch of E&I bloggers with you all! I shuffled through lots of brides to find 3 that would truly fit our style and be the best gals to follow along with in the wedding planning process. Today I am super excited to announce our newest gal, Rachel. As a side note, she is Taya's soon-to-be sister-in-law! How awesome is that? Rachel is planning to get married in Oregon since that is where her and her now-fiance met almost 6 years ago. She will be blogging here every Wednesday so make sure to stay tuned for her lovely posts! She currently lives in San Francisco, so this will be a mini destination wedding of sorts. Chris, the fiance, just popped the question a few weeks back so the two are newly engaged and ready to get started! I'm especially excited about it because I'm excited to see her start from scratch and blog the whole wedding experience right here with us!

Their personalities: Things we love: Food and cooking together. Wine and weekend or day trips to wine country. University of Oregon Football. Traveling - we took a trip to Germany and Italy together a few years ago. Chris loves all sports - watching and participating. He is an avid snowboarder and golfer. I love reading and my monthly book club with my girlfriends. I love interior design and decorating. Chris works in financial consulting for an aviation management company. I work as the manager of digital sales fulfullment for SFGate.com, the website of the San Francisco Chronicle.

Source: Shoes, Table SettingAppetizersLace RunnerGroomTable NumberWooden BoardTable, Dress

 The Wedding: We plan to get married in Oregon in June or July of 2013. We picked Oregon because it is where I grew up and where we met. I envision having a whimsical, classic look. I want our wedding to feel like 'us' and have personal touches throughout. We have a relatively small budget, but we're not going to let that stop us from having a beautiful and fun wedding! I'm not afraid of a good DIY project and my sister, and maid of honor, is even more crafty than I am, so she will be a huge help.

We don't have our venue figured out yet and I think that will have a big impact on the rest of the decisions I/we make, from the look of my dress, to the color scheme, to the general feel of the wedding. I can't wait to pick the venue so the rest of my vision can fall into place.

For more of her wedding inspiration, check out and follow along with her Pinterest board! She will be joining us next week for her first official post, but in the meantime let's welcome her into the fold! Congrats on the engagement and I can't wait to see your wedding unfold!