Today marks the seven-month countdown to our wedding! Which I suppose means we’ve got to kick it up a notch and make some decisions?

How about flowers? With the new color palette, I’m not sure what to do. Originally we were thinking cala lillies in orange and red, but that might be too much now.

Then I found anemones on Green Wedding Shoes:

And loved them! I never even knew there were black and white flowers! These are definitely up for consideration.

On second thought…

September 28, 2009

I thought I had a great idea at work today, but Jon isn’t much of a fan (and to be honest, I really do like the color palette I posted this morning). Here’s my great idea: maybe all the bridesmaids dresses could be shades of gray, with pashminas in brightly colored pinks and oranges? That’s even more reminiscent of our save the dates, and the dresses would probably be easier to find and coordinate.  And on top of that, I found that photographers love this kind of look–apparently it looks fantastic in photos. A.Mountain.Bride showcased a few photos on her blog; here’s my fave:

But like I said, Jon isn’t a fan. But he does like the idea of having the groomsmen where black suits with different gray ties. And luckily I’ve heard from one of the bridesmaids, and she loves the color palette in my last post. Yay!

A new color palette?

September 28, 2009

I’ve been playing around with J Crew dresses and colors, and I’ve found somthing I like! I wonder what the girls would think of this color palette:

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Some vibrant pinks and oranges, with a couple shades of gray thrown in (which, fortunately, matches the save the dates I made). I’m liking it. It’s not a traditional wedding, but for me, that’s a plus.

Originally, I was hoping to find dresses in a neutral champagne/gold color (I had been planning on doing everything in champagne, ivory, and black, with splashes of bright, vibrant color in the flowers and a few other places). I still love that idea, but when three of my maids came shopping with me, they all loved this dress in this color:

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I’m on board with what Jim Hjelm calls “plum” (although it’s more like eggplant–almost black). And since Jon wants the guys to wear tuxes, I think this dress would compliment them well. So I had settled on having the girls wear this dress and using orangey-red calla lillies, which would make Jon the happiest groom ever (and surrounded by Virginia Tech colors).

Well, then something else came up–I have a pregnant bridesmaid!

This news is super exciting!  And the mom- and dad-to-be are very happy about this, which is fantastic. Congratulations to Ms. E! I can’t wait for the baby. :)

But in the meantime, I have to figure out what to do about the dresses!  I could stick with the plum Jim Hjelm dress for everyone and find something similar for Elizabeth–which is probably the easiest thing to do. But then again, this has given me a good excuse to rethink everything! So I’ve been looking around and having fun with it.

Now I’m thinking of switching everything up, giving the girls a color palette and letting them pick there own dresses in different colors and styles. I’ve always loved this idea, and with a pregnant bridesmaid, I think it makes so much sense. The Green Wedding Shoes Blog has some great examples here. We could do something like this: 

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Vera Wang has a good selection of dresses in color families. I still like the color champagne, and she has a few that a similar (called cafe, antique gold, and sand dune). If she does maternity dresses, we’d be set! I like these:

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So who knows what we’ll end up doing. I’m also thinking of using lighter colors, like yellow or peach. I love the elegance of the champagne colors, but since we’re thinking about incorporating pinwheels into our wedding (more about that later), I might like something more fun and flirty. For now, I’m keeping my eyes open and looking for something amazing.

Jon and I spent the weekend in Ashville, N.C., for his friends’ wedding. It was a beautiful wedding (sadly, neither Jon nor I remembered to bring a camera, so I’ve got no pictures to share with you). The ceremony took place outside at Homewood in Ashville, and although it had rained for two days straight, the sun shined for an hour or two before the ceremony–and it poured again as soon as we got to the reception venue. There was a good number of guests, but it was personal and intimate–two friends of the couple officiated, two more friends played the ceremony music, and Jon read an excerpt of a letter from Mark Twain to his wife. I love how personal they made it–they made the ceremony completely theirs and didn’t put on a show, like so many weddings I’ve been to. And it was completely secular–no sermon, communion, religious readings, etc., which was nice to see because that’s probably how ours will have to be. It definitely felt like a big moment for the couple, and I’m glad they shared it with us. Congrats guys!

That said, there were a few things I learned from this outdoor wedding. This was the first one I’d been to, and from it I realized that I need to think about some things to prepare for this!

1. If it has rained within the past two days, expect mud.

Even if the sun is shining as you walk down the aisle, your guests are standing with their heels two inches deep in mud. This made standing, walking, even sitting difficult–I basically stood on tiptoe until we got back on the trolley to go to the reception! Flats would have been a better option.

I’m going to have to think about a way to avoid this situation at our ceremony. We’ll be getting married outside, and the entire area is grassy. Would it be weird to cheap flip flops to the ladies in heels?

2. Don’t seat your guests on a hill. Especially one that descends from the altar.

Not only does this make the mud issue worse (Jon almost fell out of his chair when he sat down), but because we were sitting down the hill from the couple, I couldn’t see over the tall people.  I don’t think they could help this issue this time around, but thank goodness the garden at Graylyn is flat!

3. In the great outdoors, expect animal noises–and noises from cars, bikers whizzing by, and small children.

I hadn’t really thought about this, and hopefully I won’t need to because Graylyn is set pretty far away from the road, but plenty of people passed by this ceremony without noticing it was going on, so they kept talking, yelling, etc. Of course, they may be guests staying at Graylyn who don’t realize there is a wedding going on–I may decide to put up one of those cute “Brooke & Jon’s Wedding” signs up that people do these days. That won’t keep people from being noisy if they want to, but at least they’ll know what’s going on!

So whew! That’s a lot to think about for the ceremony–and we’ve still got to make a plan to move it indoors in case it rains! Hmm…

Save the dates–They’re in!

September 22, 2009

We got them! And they actually look pretty good! Take a look:

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Like them? The spacing didn’t come out quite right, but at least they aren’t pixelated! We’ll be addressing 100 of these this weekend…sigh…

With this success, I’ve decided to move on to the real invites. I’ll be posting some mockups later this week! Check back soon!

I’m super excited because we finally settled on save the dates! 

As weird as they sound, save the dates are important–they set the tone for the rest of the stationary, from invitations to wedding programs to menus, you name it! Originally, we were leaning toward an art deco motif (with a venue like ours, what could be better?!). I had spotted these on etsy and just fell in love:

But in the end, a peacock didn’t really feel like us. Too fussy, I suppose. So I kept looking at etsy until I realized that I could create some really great, simple, and clean stationary. No designs needed, but no traditional script lettering either. I wanted something fresh and new, but it had to work with our elaborate venue.  So after playing around with photoshop and some fonts, this is what I came up with:

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The best part? Since I created the design, IT WAS FREE! Next on the agenda was to find a printer, and thanks to a google search, I found a company that would print 100 postcards for free too! In the end, I paid $10 for postage. We’ll see how the quality is before we start mailing them out, but I’m feeling pretty good about these so far.

I hope you like!