Did you know?


A long time ago, circa 3,000 B.C., Egyptians reportedly exchanged plants twisted into small circles as wedding bands!

Hemp and other plant-sourced rings, however, quickly gave way to more durable materials like bone, leather and ivory!



The ancient Greeks and Romans considered the vein in the left finger which can be traced to the heart, the “Vena Amoris“, “Veia do Amor” or “The Vein of Love”!


Today, Swedish women wear three bands: one for the engagement, one for the wedding, one for motherhood. Brazilians wear only one band, the engagement and wedding band are usually the same. After a woman becomes a mother, she wear a gold necklace with the image of the child.


I’m wearing my engagement ring on my right hand. People get very confused by that…

I’m trying to marry a few Brazilian traditions to American traditions! Bret gave me a ring, which is an American tradition, but it will be worn only on my right hand until the wedding, when we will move it to my left hand!



Our mixed culture is something that’s really important to me and something I plan on carrying throughout all our wedding events and our lives together!



Location, location, location…

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Our Engagement Party will take place in a tiny French Bistro in Montclair, NJ. That was the restaurant Bret took me for our first date! We had dinner there and headed to a Greek café afterwards!

Bret and I chose a location for your party that reflects your relationship. We wanted to go back to a place that’s so special and dear to us! And the idea to celebrate our love at Fricassée with our friends and family sounds pretty awesome!

Do you like French food?


all our guests are invited to post pictures online, on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook with the hashtags:






to inactivate more interactivity, we sent our engagement announcements inside a colorful envelope with a bag of confetti attached to it! here are the hilarious pictures, and even a movie! our friends posted online!

here is what we sent out:


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here is what our friends posted online, using our hashtags:


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how fun is that? there are dogs and babies and gorgeous girls playing with confetti!


that’s happy!


you can also follow us by friending my Facebook page or following on Twitter and Instagram! our Instagram Hashtag for our engagement shenanigans is #maelshugrue, #wesmellthesame and #082913 and I hope all our guests will be posting a bunch of fun pictures!





We are currently, tirelessly, working on all our engagement stationary and the ONE of the most important features for us was that the entire stationary be interactive. Since we live away from all our friends and family, it was important to us that our guests could participate, interact, celebrate with us, even from a distance! Also, online plays a gigantic role for us! We have family and friends that will not access too much online info, therefore, the most important pieces will be printed and sent through the mail!

We started dreaming up interactive save-the-dates, invitations and programs that encourage our guests to play along. Be prepared, we are full of ideas! The entire suite includes:

  • Engagement Announcement – the card is still at the press
  • Paperless Post Save the Dates – sent via e-mail to everyone!
  • Private Facebook Group: Celebrate!
  • Wedding site/blog
  • Wedding app
  • Monograms – both printed and downloadable
  • Phone Wallpaper
  • Use of Hashtags: #wesmellthesame and #maelshugrue
  • Engagement Party Invitation
  • Favors

The whole shebang!

It’s one of the main reasons I really want to take my time, enjoy this moment, really think this through. The material our guests will receive in their homes, or virtually, will be created with thought and love. We are not going for perfection here! We are trying to feel who we are and who we are as a couple and express that through our stationary and all communication media between us and our guests!

Today, I’m going to focus on our Phone Wallpapers!


Phone Wallpaper

Both B. and I are rocking our customized wallpapers! The series “We Smell The Same” is a free, downloadable print offered by Wedding Chicks! It’s one of our favorite designs, with the couple of foxes illustrated in the cards! I’m obsessed with illustration and we are trying to incorporate the work of our favorite artists in our suite.

The flowery monogram is also from Wedding Chicks! One of my favorite Etsy shops, Loft Life Press [it seems their Etsy store is deactivated] created these romantic, floral designs, their stationary is to die for! A big contender for the wedding stationary!


Phone Wallpaper 1:

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weddingchicks-download-1369632437If you would like a high-res copy of our monograms, let me know and I’ll send you through email!