Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Image via: Weddingbee
Additionally, I love the intimacy that this arrangement creates. I want our guests to feel close to us. I want them to see our tears, hear our excitement and feel the love between us. There wont be a bad seat! The sun-in-eyes issue will dictate whether we do a complete circle, or just a semi-circle.
Image Via: The Bride's Cafe
I think that exchanging vows in the center of a circle of support and love would be so incredibly symbolic. What do you think? Does anyone foresee any additional hang-ups with this type of arrangement?
This is a beautiful shot from Ashlyn's gorgeous wedding in Camarillo, California. The photos by Tunnel Photography were somehow able to capture some of the magic that was going on that night. The slideshow is so moving and the love that this couple and their families share is inspiring and amazingly sweet.
I know Ashlyn is still settling in as she transitions into newly-wedded bliss, but she did post the slideshow and it simply can't be missed!
Monday, September 29, 2008
But this....this makes me want luxe.
It just looks like it would feel amazing. She's totally working it too.
Beautiful shot captured by gabriel.ryan.photographers.
Sunday, September 28, 2008
Mommy had these adorable candy bar sleeves made through an eBay seller. They were a huge hit!
This was his "smash cake". We were hoping he would dive right in, but when it came time to blow out the candle, he wanted nothing to do with this Elmo cake!
Here's the entourage of Elmo-inspired treats! The cake on top was professionally made and it was perfect!
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Here's what ten whole minutes of research has afforded me:
Check it: dahlias, hydrangeas and roses...
Do I dare say, that with the help of the dahlia I may be able to create beautiful bouquets and centerpieces on a reasonable floral budget?
Monday, September 22, 2008
Photo via: Knottie Bio Mrs. T to be, photo by: Amy Carroll Photography
I still love my original favorites that I posted about in the past. Here is a continuation of what I'm thinking for my own bouquet: Mostly white, disheveled, with a fresh from the garden look.
The bouquet to the right is what caught my eye. Love the sweet peas (I think that's what those little pink flowers are), the huge roses and the lack of structure to the arrangement.
photo via: Artfool
I'm absolutely in love with the white bouquet with plenty of green stems and a pop of purple or fuchsia.
photo by: Terra Tabbytosavit
This one is probably my favorite! Love the pink rose, there are also some hydrangeas worked in which I love!
photo by: A Bryan Photography
I'm thinking that the pop of color in my bouquet will either match my bm's dresses (if they are a purple color) or their bouquets (which will be more colorful).
I'd love to hear any budget friendly ideas!
I picked up a used copy of this book on Amazon after hearing about it on the blogosphere a few times. I've been reading is sporadically and out of order whenever I feel the need to learn more about the WIC (wedding industrial complex). The book takes an underground approach to filling us all in on the secrets of the wedding industry. I have to admit that a lot of it is repeat info, but the bridal gown section has been really helpful and has confirmed a lot of my suspicions about bridal shops. I still have a lot to read, but I've been enjoying it and thought I'd pass the reccomendation along! I think I paid $7.00 with shipping for my "like new" copy! Happy bargain hunting!
Sunday, September 21, 2008
We toured the hotel when we booked the venue and were really excited by how nice it was. Luckily it's less than two miles from the ranch! There's a huge club area that has multi-levels and a very open feeling--a perfect place to continue the party. Of course, I have no idea how the night will go. We may be totally exhausted, we may want to be alone....but I like having the option!
Saturday, September 20, 2008
No, I don't know these precious little girls. Photo found here
I found this photo and immediately knew that this was the look I wanted (minus the color-I'm thinking a blush pink). Cotton, sleeved, smocked and 100% adorable. These dresses have a slight farm/southern/wagon train look to them that I love. They have that feel without being costume-y. Oh and the thick ribbon in their hair? Totally sold!
Friday, September 19, 2008
Thursday, September 18, 2008
Paige's mom made all of the bouquets! They were my favorite detail!
This is my favorite of all the posted pictures. The lighting, the looks on their faces, and the fact that her little purse is in the shot just make it priceless!
It's always exciting to see familiar faces, I had quite a few friends attend this wedding, and it looked like everyone had a great time!
Fabulous pohtos by Jeff Youngren.
Monday, September 15, 2008
Photo: Junkdrawer via Fairmount Bride
These little sewn pockets are seriously adorable. My first thought: grandma! She has shelves upon shelves of scrap fabric that could potentially make some pretty adorable invite sleeves. The other option would be a burlap or a jute to give a more neutral/organic feel. After chatting with Kate, I'm getting excited about the idea of adding a textured fabric (aka jute) as a recurring design element.
I also love the idea of creating a booklet. So beautiful with the ribbon closures!
Love how the calligraphy is made rustic with the emblem.
Images via Rebecca Thuss
Saturday, September 13, 2008
photo: The Nichols Blog
How cute are these sweaters? I love that it's not the typical FG attire, so much fun.
photo: Anna Kuperberg
There are too many good things to say about this picture. My favorite are the hands. Such a great shot!
Can you think of a better way to serve chips?
Now that I stare at my preliminary guest list, I almost feel ashamed. Where are my friends?! How do I only have one friend from college that I want at our wedding (aka MOH)? How on earth did that happen? I was in a sorority, I lived with the same roommate for three years, I made lasting friendships. Didn't I?
Photo by Gene Higa, courtesy of Project Wedding
The truth is, I didn't. When I moved away from the hustle and bustle of the San Diego scene, I realized that about three quarters of my "sisters" and school mates were glorified drinking buddies. The roommate who I thought was my most cherished friend slowly slipped away. I realized that we had created a mutually dependent relationship, and now that we didn't "need" each other, there was less to talk about from eight hours away. After a few unreturned emails and a horribly painful spring break visit, I decided to end our friendship. I've never ended a friendship in my entire life. The saddest part is that it didn't take much effort. She attempted to apologize for her behavior during our visit via-text messages. And when I didn't respond, that was it.
I try to stay strong when anyone suddenly realizes, "hey, whatever happened to you and B? God you guys were such great friends! Will she be in your wedding?". I have to take a deep breath and respond with, "We haven't spoken in over a year. I've cut ties with her and it's been for the best".
My heart breaks a little everytime I say it. I try to believe that statement, but there are times when I miss her dearly. We spent almost every moment together for four years and it is extremely difficult to admit that somehow after all that time, after all the laughter and all the monumental events that took place, it all adds up to nothing.
I realize that most will think: just call her, if you feel this way-start the communication to rebuild, do something, get her back. So trust me when I say it is much more complicated. Add the typical money, family, trust, health and maturity issues that any relationship encounters and multiply it by 100. If I could ensure that I could get her on the phone, without those outside issues coming into play, I would give anything. But somehow they are always there lurking.
photo: Amelia Lyon
Thursday, September 11, 2008
I got misty-eyed this morning thinking about all of those who lost their friends and family as a result of that day. My thoughts then shifted to how thankful I am for my loved ones, how lucky I am to have found DF, and how much I want to marry him and become his wife. Then it just hit me-we are just over a year away from exchanging vows. So thankful.
Monday, September 8, 2008
Image: Toasts and Tables
I found a great resource today. The Association of Specialty Cut Flower Growers offers an amazingly informative site. I found a link to California Growers, clicked on retail and found a great listing of flower availability by month! You can search several months and the list links to a picture, description, vase-life and popular uses for each bloom. So informative!
Image: The Nichols Blog
It was nice to confirm that all of the flowers I love should be available in early October. I also discovered some flowers I'd never heard of!
Saturday, September 6, 2008
This wagon is used for the guestbook and gifts! So rustic!
Here is one of the classic red cadillacs that are offered as a way to arrive in style to the hilltop spot. I was so happy to hear that it was an added bonus without an added cost. The pictures are going to be awesome. One thing that stinks about a hilltop ceremony is that there is a hill to climb. While a cute school bus shuttle is offered for the elderly, or anyone else unwilling to hike, they encourage walkers so that it doesn't take an hour to shuttle everyone up. Let me tell you, it was a very steep hike! Luckily the wedding party will be crusin in the caddy...The ranch looks amazing at night. They have some great lighting that really gives it a romantic feel. This is a view of the patio that is off of the barn. It's covered in beautiful vines. We also spotted an awesome wrought iron chandelier as well as an antique bell. Kim explained that many couples choose to have the dance floor under the vine-covered arbor. Looks like fun!
Last three images via Taber Ranch
There were two things that came up that I wasn't so happy about, but they are not deal breakers. One is the price. Apparently I was given last years price sheet. They had no problem honoring it, but they were unwilling to budge from there. It ended up being $500 more than I had originally budgeted, my parents laughed at me for thinking that was a big deal. My dad was in love with this place and probably would have paid anything they asked for. It felt so strange to be the bride reminding her parents that there is a budget! The other thing was that they do not allow hard alcohol. I had no idea this was their policy, when I gave my "what?!" face, she agreed to allow one signature cocktail. I was bummed because I had already come up with three. We'll see if I can talk her into it! But that's it--everything else was fabulous.
If you can't tell, I'm super excited. I have so much more to say about how perfect this place was, but this is getting long and I think you get the picture. I tend to be pretty hard to satisfy, so this was a great day.