Friday, September 10, 2010

Last Post

Well I kinda gave up on this... and I feel like a massive failure, but I am moving on to a pregnancy blog!!!

just kidding.

I wish I had been better at this. BUT it was very therapeutic and I promise ALL the wedding photos will hit here first...

In the meantime here is a quick recap
1) Invitations went out...

2) The "pre-moon" was fantastic

3) I started my VISTA year... finally I have my own cube

4) and the favors are almost complete!! (Thank you Laurie, Kipp, and Kiko!)

That's all for now... 7 more days!


Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Oh my Gaw you didn't...

From SMP
God Bless all the brides out there who aren't afraid to take risks...

What. A. Dress.

Check out this post... this dress (and this wedding for that matter) on SMP are INSANELY gorgeous.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Peppermint Cloud Boutonnieres

Check these cute (er cool if they are for a guy) things... Peppermint Cloud is one of my favorite etsy obsessions. Here are some shots of the adorableness

They are made out of fabric (obvs) because what groom doesn't want to keep his boutonniere to admire forever?! Also, at around $25 a piece, they are around the same price as real flowers. When the florist suggested either a) a yellow calla lily or b) a white rose bud, I was ready to find something on my own.

Peppermint Cloud also makes gorgeous veils and headpieces. I wasn't planning on wearing a veil, but this one is making me reconsider.


Monday, June 14, 2010

Rose Bowl Flea Market

Major thank you to Kiko for schlepping all the way to Pasadena with me to hunt for hankies and other vintage regalia...

It was super hot... and the market is HUGE!!! We spent the entire day there and only saw about 1/3 of the vendors.

everything from vintage aprons...

to hats...

hot dogs...

this amazing aynsley china set was in perfect condition and only $50

I love these old telephone pole insulator cap things... cant remember their proper name but a vendor was selling the entire set for $40

these antique seltzer jars would look super cool on a tablescape

so much incredible furniture

we found over 50 champagne glasses for $100

I will post pictures of all the linens and hankies we found once they get out of their oxyclean bath and are washed and pressed. They were all a bit dingy (obvs) but I expect them to make a full recovery and be just fabulous as our decor.


Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Eyelash Extentions = Fantastico!!!!

Massive thanks to my girlfriend and jill-of-all-trades Joann for practicing her mad lash application skills on me. I wasn't so sure about semi permanent glue on your eyeballs, but they are amazing. I am not wearing any makeup at all. They are so awesome that the man even said something to me the next morning. He said, wow, it looks like you still have makeup on. I will take that as a compliment. They are definitely being applied for the wedding. (Just ignore the sunburnt nose and freckled cheeks, its just false eyelashes and not an extreme makeover).

Wedding Planning Tip #233454

ok, so at this point, I am starting to accumulate all the good advice I have gotten about wedding planning, as well as light bulb moments I am having along the way. I must say, the #1 thing I here the most from brides is that the day goes by so fast, you miss so much, and you barely get to eat anything, etc. Which I can totally imagine, as it is 9 months of planning for one freaking day. So, my plan for the next three months is to absolutely relish in every single detail, every single moment of wedding planning and absolutely enjoy it all. Because it would be such a bummer to stress and gnash teeth during the entire planning process and then not even get to soak up all the details... SO I AM SOAKING IN THEM GOSH DARNIT!!!!!!

The whirlwind wedding planning trip up the coast was so full of mother daughter giggles and massive grins that I spent all day today in my PJ's. It was just too much fun. We met with the caterers, who are absolutely rad (more info here). Lets just say the menu is orgasmic, and includes grilled cheese sandwiches and churros. Srsly. Next, we headed inland with my godmother for dinner and girl talk. It was really nice to get advice from my mom(s) who have both stayed married for 30+ years. Finally we visited the venue again (still as romantic and perfect as I remembered) and the florist, who will rock.

As a wedding graduate on APW put it,
"The Wedding Angels look down and say, 'Poor baby, you need to calm it down.' And you do, because you realize what Grammy told you is true: All you need is the man, the preacher and the dress."


Sunday, June 6, 2010

Found Them...

Ahhhhh, sometimes I just have to pinch myself to make sure I am not dreaming. I found "the shoes" last night... and they were on sale. As some of you know, I have said this before. And they weren't "the ones" after all, but now I am 1000% confident.

Last night, as the man lie sleeping, I was scouring shopbop looking for whatever, and I found them. I am undecided between lime or camel, so we will see what looks better with the dress.

Oh Loeffler Randal, how I love you (when you are 30% off).
We leave tomorrow for SLO and a whirlwind vendor-smorgasborg!!!

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Vintage Tablecloths

The search continues for floral tablecloths for the backyard reception. Etsy seller Apt 222 has these cute ones...

But the best deals by far are on eBay. Sellers like prunestou and nouveauqueen sell vintage tablecloths for a fraction of the price, including shipping --the only downside I have found is the cheaper ones tend to have more imperfections. But really, they are minor and probably fixable with a bleach pen.

Also, we have a trip planned to the scene of the crime on Monday...meeting with the caterer, florist, hairstylist, and venue... I am excited, mostly because it will help my get out of my indecisive funk and force me to make some freaking decisions already!! I will update everyone on how successful that is.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

I Apologize A Lot...

(photo courtesy of Rand(Om)Bites)

So, First, let me start by giving credit to Laurie for finding the awesome hankie pictures at poppytalk. I am normally SUPER sensitive about my acknowledgments, but I have obviously been a little off the beam lately. So silly of me, sorry!

Next, since it is the 1st of June, and the BD is in 109 days, I am in workout/weight loss compulsion mode. The working out has been easier to jump start than the D-I-E-T (ohhh crap) but we are making progress. My goal for June (or as long as I continue to be unemployed) is 12 workouts per week. So far, so good. I am combining running and mild weightlifting with hot yoga at a new studio by my house. It is different from the traditional Bikram that I'm used to, but it is better in a lot of ways as well. For one, it changes every class, which helps me stay interested and not bored. Also, the teachers are very different and I love their energy. Friday's class was heated vinyasa with 3 pound weights, ugh it was ridiculously hard but awesome. I am still constantly critiquing myself in the mirror (I doubt that obsession will ever go away) but my pants are fitting a bit better, and Mr. Right swears I have lost weight. Unfortunately, he only brings it up when I ask him 50 million times if I look like I have lost weight. It is a never ending cycle. One day I won't care as much and it will be easier on him, poor guy. :)

So, my plan for the next 90 days is to live by the quote:

'Not taking care of your body is like not paying rent;
you end up with no place to live.' Gayle Olinekova

I will let you all know how that goes...

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Recycling Wedding Decor in Your Home

While I don't quite love the idea of making my home a post-wedding shrine where I might relive my one "glory day" until the end of time (or when we have kids)... I am totally into this.

We are decorating our reception site with vintage floral handkerchiefs (Similar to this photo from Style Me Pretty, So mom and I are compulsively looking for hankies on eBay.
So I was just forwarded this post on poppytalk, and I am totally going to do this with them after the wedding. Yay for not-tacky ways to commemorate our day!!!

Invitation update

Here are the envelopes... I think this has been one of the most fun projects. Who knew that I would end up completely obsessed with the paper?~ Invitations will go out in July, so I will post the whole enchilada then. And for the hundredth time, thank you to Kelley and Rachel for their help.

Next on the list, table cloth thrifting and writing our vows.

Monday, May 24, 2010


So I received this email from my mom yesterday...

"Re: Blog
you have not blogged since April are brilliant so i love reading what you have to say.
i thinkyou are astonishingly fab
xoxo mommers

The good news is that there is really only one person who needs to feel that way about you and that is your mom. So I am motivated once more...

Today mom and I spent the afternoon "strategizing" about our remaining craft projects. Which led to listening to ceremony music and then, oh the tears started. I mean, seriously, if we can't get through a few bars of a song played over my iPhone in the kitchen, what the hell are we going to be like on the actual day?!? Crap.

My mom is "astonishingly fab" and makes wedding planning/dreaming/strategery more fun than I could ever have imagined. Three Cheers for MomS!

On the agenda this week; a visit to LA to find fabrics for cocktail table cloths, reception table runners, and pillows for the benches. More on that later.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Repost from Snippet and Ink...

lemonade stands... ice cream machines... little mustaches on sticks for photo shoots...bridesmaids carrying balloons... doggies in tuxes as ring bearers... "First Look" is safe to say when my mother looks at all these ideas, she probably wants to faint. As weddings have become more and more liberal (the other meaning), the wedding ideas floating around the blog-o-sphere have become almost overwhelming. While it is so fabulous to live in an era where anything goes and weddings have become an expression of the couple's individuality, is it possible that it has become a little competitive and weird?

When we got engaged, I developed an addiction to all the underground wedding blogs (The "indie" wedding planning resources... if I only knew what "indie" really meant. I guess if I don't know what it means, I am definitely NOT whatever it is.) We (well, let's be honest here, I) wanted to get some ideas for the wedding of my dreams, so I have been compulsively reading every wedding blog I can get my paws on. I realized that I am on the hunt for originality, to the point where I come up with an idea, and then if I see it on a blog or here someone else has done it, then I scrap it from the list. This is silly.

I am so grateful for what was said on Snippet and Ink today. I read S&I nearly everyday (and then blog my own brand of crazy here) and I was so impressed with her post.

"Thinking about my own wedding can make blogging a little tricky, and being a wedding blogger has shaped my planning process. In lots of ways it's been amazing (I've made some really wonderful friends who have been such incredible resources and so supportive) and in other ways it's been overwhelming (I have so many ideas, yet nothing seems original because every clever wedding idea anyone ever had has been posted on a blog somewhere and then re-blogged a hundred times over). There's also this thing where everyone seems to think that because I blog about weddings, I should know exactly what I want my wedding to be. (People. I've been engaged since last May. Between then and August we changed the date twice, at three different venues, in two different states. And then we put things on hold. Does that sound like a person who knows exactly what she wants for her wedding?)"

It made me realize that I have been in neverneverland; constantly pondering how to have unique elements at our wedding that express who we are as a couple. It is so tricky when you want to have a party that is the essence of individuality, when, let's face it, it has ALL BEEN DONE BEFORE. Well, it certainly feels that way at least. There are rarely any completely original ideas. And really, who cares if it is "original"?!? If you love the idea of whoopie pies and a dessert bar, than you should just do it, regardless of whether or not it has been done before. For my wedding planning, the blogs have been a blessing and a curse, but after this post I am realizing something. If it is about your journey with your soul mate, and about sharing the inception of that journey with you family and friends, then it is completely original.
I am releasing myself from any future expectations about "originality" or "creativity"-- our wedding will be great because it is a party celebrating the first day of our marriage, which is the whole point.

(Photo courtesy of 100 Layer Cake)

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

One more thing...

I have been wanted to feature Verde Studio for a while now... so I thought I would add a short post while I have my head above water. (Actually, I am in a bis/gov class right now with a guest speaker lecturing on the global impact of US pharmaceutical policy. I am suffering from the F-its...)

Virginia loves stamps, a philatelist with a fabulous eye for color and attention to detail. I loved the idea of vintage stamps for our invitations, but it seemed like a mundane task and/or too expensive. But Verde Studio, an etsy seller, specializes in collecting vintage unused stamps, and can do amazing custom work.
Here are some of my current favorites...

Special thanks to Virginia at Verde Studio for the awesome stamps for our save the dates (and invitations... but more to come on that later!)