Thursday, October 30, 2008

Let me introduce myself- this is me, by a fire, a little bit tipsy

I've noticed a few fellow wedding bloggers making there way over here. So, hello! This blog was meant as a way to save pics of things I liked- which is another way of saying it's pretty much a ripoff copycat of all the good wedding blogs! But glad you are here anyway!

A tip for the wedding planners- I have recently discovered a great blog with beautiful photos from real weddings at Southern Weddings. Check it out, you won't be disappointed...lots of bang for the buck.

The pergola

Dad and Gary finished up the pergola last weekend by putting in a hardwood deck so I can stand on it in heels without tipping over. It looks so awesome, and will also be a perfect place for the band to set up for the part-ay!

This photo is midway through the project- how awesome is it that I get to get married under something my dad and my fiancee made together?

Take my poll

I feel like my head is going to explode from too much information, too many details, too much too much too much!

One thing I have been way over thinking today is my actual walk down the aisle. So, a question for you if you stumble upon this blog… and please answer honestly!

If you went to a wedding where the bride walked down the aisle alone, unescorted by a family member, would you:

A. Assume her father was either deceased or unsupportive of the marriage.
B. Assume the bride has an independent streak and is old enough to walk herself down a damn aisle
C. Assume proper etiquette given that it is the bride’s second marriage.
D. Think it’s unusual and a little weird, but not terribly offensive.
E. Not think anything really at all.

Those of you who know me will know that B and C apply to me, but I am worried that some guests, those in particular from the groom’s side, will tend toward “A”. My dad has been extremely, extraordinarily supportive of my relationship with Gary, and I would hate for anyone to think otherwise and it’s really starting to make my head spin. As an aside, my dad doesn’t like being the center of attention so he is happier in his seat in the front row watching and taking pictures.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008


If you are coming to my wedding, please please please take lots of pictures for me! We are not having an official wedding photographer because it's too freaking expensive to justify for a sweet little backyard wedding. Plus, my matron of honor happens to be a wedding photographer so we will be able to utilize her a bit for portraits.

But I am still concerned that I am going to miss some nice moments, especially pics of friends and family. Maybe I'll even ask someone to switch on the "video" component of their digital camera to get some film of the ceremony? Just a couple snippets of live action for posterity.

self indulgent

I may splurge on a beautiful silk robe to wear the morning of the wedding as I get my self beautified. Isn't this one from Anthropologie beautiful? (boo for Flash Players that don't let you download photos from their site)

I can't wait to get my custom hair piece in the mail this week- I bought it from Myra Callan, who runs the Twigs & Honey shop on etsy.

Isn't it lovely?

Note to self

*This* is why no one else is dumb enough to make their own wedding cake.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Inspiration for decorating the pergola

Having a hard time finding something simple to decorate the pergola where we are getting married...I am not one for much tulle, and we don't have a budget for beautiful fresh florals. I am thinking something along these lines, but it's still not quite right. Any ideas?

UPDATE: Mom and I went to a discount fabric store and bought 2 bolts of a very pretty white fabric to drape on the pergola. We did a test run last weekend, and I am in love with the way it looks. We only draped the front- not each post like the one above.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

I am a sucker for sparkling wine

even (especially?) when it's in a can!Soffia Coppola Mini, $4 each

Pretty lace thing

I bought this off etsy to wear at the wedding. I haven't tried it on with the wedding dress yet, though, and am not sure if and when to wear it- it won't keep me warm, but I thought it was so romantic and pretty!
If anyone is looking for something similar, I bought it here- the seller is from Israel so my wedding now contains items from halfway across the world- cool!

Thursday, October 16, 2008

There are so many things I want to do for this wedding, and it is so hard to recognize that I cannot possibly do it all. They are mostly time consuming, handmade projects that just don't make sense to take on.
For instance: The Caramel Apple. I would love to make a caramel apple for each guest and leave them at their placesetting- but I still haven't finished the other favors that are to be left at the tables, so I need to finish one thing before starting the next (and anyone who knows the family I grew up in should know that this is not a skill that has ever been taught or ingrained- sorry Mom!)

Anyway- caramel apples are awesome. Maybe I can make them as Christmas presents since I will have no money left over after november 8 :)

Oh, on another crazy note- I am making my own wedding cake! SOOOO excited!

Wednesday, October 8, 2008


For the groom and groomsmen:

For the Dads:

For the ring bearers:

Gary and I made these boutonnieres tonight. 9 of them made for a total of 16 whopping dollars. We are both feeling very thrilled with them, especially because we saved over a hundred dollars off the quotes we were getting from florists, and also because they are done in advance so nothing to stress about on the wedding day!

Saturday, October 4, 2008

The ring bearer pillows

We have 2 great little boys serving as our ring bearers. I made these pillows out of extra fabric from my wedding gown and some crafty stuff from Michael's. In a sinking economy, Michael's is likely staying afloat from my purchases alone.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

The tie

UPDATE: Here's Gary wearing the tie! It's interesting how differently it photographs in different light.

Gary went to Nordstrom Rack and found a great deal on ties for himself and his groomsmen. I can't remember the brand but apparently they are normally very expensive and he found them for about $30 each. He's a little nervous that it's too orange, but I like it!


I know buying jewelry for your bridesmaids is soooo passe, but I think I may anyway. I don't love the matchy look in general...with same dress, shoes, hairstyle, and jewelry. That's a bit much. But given that the girls will be wearing different colored dresses (and shoes, and hair styles, etc) , I thought a necklace might be nice to tie the look together.

I was thinking of these two. If anyone in the blogosphere stumbles upon this post, let me know which one you like best.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008


I like the way long rectangular tables look. Better than the round tables, I think. I wonder what type of table is best for conversation...anyone have a thought?

the count

The tally as of today:
Yes: 62

We still have about 32 people who are unaccounted for, so this may go from a smallish wedding to a pretty large one if the undecideds all show...but I think it will end up about 70. By the way, if you are reading this and haven't sent me your RSVP, please do so! (Lindsay, you are excused for being in another country!)