Sarah and Holly

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How to share your photos and videos with us!

If you attended our wedding and took photos and videos we need them!!

WeddingMix by Storymix Media
We’re using WeddingMix to create a wedding video from all of the videos (and photos) you shot on your phones or cameras. But, if you didn’t use the WeddingMix App on your phone, don’t fret, you can still share your videos with very easily. Just download the app now, input our code: ALLSUTTONEDUP, select “Add photo or video” and then choose “import.” Or, if you used a standalone camera, instead of using a DVD or USB drive, you just upload your content directly to our wedding using this link: (500mb limit per file).


Thank you so much! We’re excited to share the video that YOU helped create!

Make sure you get on this right away as this upload link will only work for 3 weeks after the wedding. Also, if you’re camera creates files that are not .mp4 or .move and you need help converting them: check out this simple tutorial:

Thank you all for being part of our day!


Wedding Planning Update

Currently Occupying my Google “Wedding” Tasks List:

Done (because done is the funnest part!)

  • Wedding Dress!
  • Engagement Pictures
  • Save the Dates
  • Guest list finalized (sort of)
  • Hotel for Wedding Night
  • Booked: Venue, DJ, Ceremony Musicians, Caterer*, seating for wedding
  • Wedding day timeline

To Do (Soon)

  • Meet with DJ & Ceremony Musicians
  • Meet with Caterer
  • List for Rental Company
  • Honeymoon!
  • Mail Save the Dates
  • Fitting for Holly!

Seven months, kids!!

Engagement photos!

One year down!

Holly and I got engaged one year ago today! When we decided to push out the wedding date, I thought I would seriously go insane if I had to wait longer than a year. But now that we’re down to TEN MONTHS to the big day I keep thinking, oh man how am I going to get all this shiz done?

Whenever I get overwhelmed, I like making a list of what’s done and what’s next to do:


  • Chose our gang of Bridal Henchmen
  • Venue
  • Photographer
  • Booked our DJ
  • Started the process of booking our Honeymoon lodging
  • In talks with caterer
  • Bought a dress (uh, maybe)
  • Have pretty much the final draft of our guest list
  • Have contact info for 90% of our guest list
  • Scheduled engagement photos
  • Drafted ceremony script
  • Decided on general decor scheme/theme

To Do (for now):

  • Talk with our officiant about ceremony
  • Book honeymoon lodging and flights
  • Book wedding night lodging
  • Shop for Holly’s wedding clothes
  • Make shopping/look out for list for DIY projects
  • Design invitations

I guess that’s not so bad (see why I like making lists!)

T Shirt that says Two Brides are Better than One

House Refinance and LIFE Update

They FINALLY recorded the new loan on our house on April 28th, YAY! April was kind of a stressful month with the house refinance looming over us, plus Holly was applying for a new position at work and we were just finally paying off some of my debt from school.

But over the course of two days, we heard that the new loan recorded and Holly got the job!

With that and the fact that we’re down to one year from the wedding (okay, a year and a few days…), May is turning out to be a sort of mile-marker month for us.

Oh, speaking of mile-markers, did I mention I’M TURNING 30 NEXT WEEK?!?

Wedding Toast

I am ambiguous about wedding toasts. Sometimes they’re sweet, but more often they’re awkward, cliche or just plain embarrassing. But the worst thing is that they’re compulsory! So your poor maid of honor, who may or may not be good at speeches, is left desperately trying to say something meaningful and memorable.

As if it wasn’t bad enough that the maid of honor/best man must give a speech, it’s becoming more and more common for people to open up the floor to anyone who wants to “say a few words.” And by, “a few words” I mean, as many damn words as they want, because it’s incredibly rude to interrupt someone in the middle of their toast to you. Add in some alcohol and you have a long, boring and potentially very uncomfortable experience for your guests.

Plus, it just feels weird to “schedule” a time in the wedding day timeline for people to say nice things about you.

Offbeat Bride (one of the best wedding planning sites on teh Internetz) shared a great post on this subject: Toasts: the wedding tradition that could probably just die and no one would care. They also offered some alternatives like offering the Guestbook as a way for people to share well-wishes or…and I’m super stoked about this one…doing a video confessional booth!

I especially like this idea because, although I love the Photo Booth idea, it’s been done to death and this offers a slightly different kind of fun, A/V-style activity for wedding guests if they get bored at the reception. AND it’s way less stressful for those who don’t like making speeches in front of a crowd. But here’s the cool thing: even if we don’t have the time/skill/inclination to put together a video booth, you can accomplish the same thing with a smart phone and Vine or Instagram.  I have a feeling that Social Media is going to be the best man at the wedding.

What do you think?



We Hired a Photographer!

We went to Spokane a week ago and met with 4 photographers in the area (3 in Spokane, 1 in Coeur d’Alene) and they were all amazing! We had a great time talking weddings, photography, chicken wings and Fireball and, by the end of the day we were really sad it wasn’t possible to have four photographers!

So if you’re looking for a photographer, make sure you check out Allie and Jerome, they’re seriously awesome!

But we ended up going with Tag Photography simply because Michael’s style and inspiration seemed to match ours the most closely. It was seriously so heartbreaking to have to tell people that we genuinely like and admire that we went with someone else, but we’re excited about our decision.

I mean, look at these images!!


Tag Photography
TAG Photography



Tag Photography


The Great Last Name Debate

So what happens with last names when two ladies or two gentlemen get married? That’s a great question! To answer requires a brief history on the name-changing tradition…

Historically, when a woman married a man she would take his surname or family name in order to signify that she is becoming a part of his family. The idea of two becoming one is a sweet and important idea, but the significance is actually much greater than that. It involves a legal principle called “coverture.” This doctrine dictated that, after marriage, a woman relinquished her legal rights to property and ownership (even of herself) to her husband. That is to say, she and all of the children she made with her husband were his property. Obviously these laws were challenged and overturned during First Wave Feminism. The tradition of taking a husband’s name continues, however, til this day.

Most modern couples find this practice merely a traditional part of marriage and inoffensive. Others retain their own birth names or create hybrid or hyphenated forms of their last names after marriage. This is a very personal decision and I personally don’t think there’s a “wrong” way to do it.

Every same-sex couple approaches this differently, some retain their birth names in order to combat the idea of imposed gender roles in a same-sex marriage (he’s the “wife” or she’s the “husband”), others use some of the other methods above.

Blah, blah, angry feminist, what does that mean for you?

Since neither of us “owns” the other and equality is a hallmark of our relationship, we have considered every option. We decided early on that, even though we also want to resist the ideas of imposed gender roles (more on that another day), it is important that we share a last name to celebrate the fact that we truly are legally (yay, Washington!) becoming a single family unit! Hyphenated names don’t appeal to us though. We briefly considered a hybridization of our last names: “Brutton” has a lovely British sound, doesn’t it? Much nice than the alternative, “Sewer.” But, honestly, we’re not edgy enough for that and it felt a little bit like abandoning our family names altogether.

I actually finally decided that I (Sarah) would take Holly’s last name after we get married. Although Holly was willing to take my last name, we decided it made more sense for us to use hers. I’ll be keeping my maiden name as a second middle name.


All that to say, you can address your wedding cards to Mrs & Mrs Sutton!

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