Cheyenne and Geoff must have heard me talking about them–they just posted a sneak peek at what they’ve been shooting over the past month, including one engagement photo of Jon and me! You can catch it (and more of their awesome work) here.

And I can also cross off #4 from my list below. Turns out our wedding coordinator LOVES the string quartet I’ve been talking to, so I might try to book them tonight, if they’re still available. Things are falling into place.

Amazing. :)


Ok, if you know me you know I’m the worst at making decisions (hence the fact that we still haven’t officially picked our wedding colors).  Well, it’s getting down to the wire–this Friday marks the six-month countdown to our wedding, ahh!–and we still have WAY too much to do. And the fact that our photographers told us that those six months are just going to fly by doesn’t make me feel any better!

So I made a list of wedding-related goals for this week. We crossed a few off last night but still have a way to go:

  1. Register for Catholic marriage workshop.
  2. Send our photographers the addendum/check for photobooth.
  3. Research floral designers/schedule initial consultations.
  4. Contact Graylyn coordinator for ceremony musician suggestions.
  5. Confirm ceremony musicians.
  6. Contact East Coast Entertainment and ask why the band hasn’t signed and returned the contract STILL.
  7. FINALLY register this weekend.
  8. FINALLY send save-the-dates.

On the bright side, we had a lovely engagement photo shoot with our photographers in Charlotte’s NoDa neighborhood. I can’t wait to see how our photos turn out! I’ll be sure to post them (or a link to Cheyenne’s blog) when we get them.

What a busy day!

October 24, 2009

Whew! After taking Kiley to the vet, giving her a bath, running errands, and meeting a friend for dinner, Jon and I finally got around to making a few pinwheels to use at our engagement session tomorrow!  Here’s a peak at what we’ve come up with:


It’s actually pretty easy to make these! We couldn’t find many paper options that match our [proposed] wedding colors, so we just picked up what we liked and went with it. We’ll see how things go tomorrow at our shoot!

That’s all for now–we have to go to mass tomorrow (what?!). THAT will be interesting too. I’ll let you know how that goes. Oh, and as for the gift I got for Jon for our anniversary: Bruce Springsteen tickets for Nov. 3! He’s pretty excited, especially now that Bruce has announced he’ll be performing all of his “Born to Run” album. Beautiful!

Sorry for being MIA, friends! I was lucky enough to visit my kindred spirit/best friend/maid of honor in Minnesota this weekend! I took off on Thursday of last week, and although we just jumped from bridal salon to bridal salon, searched through a ton of wedding magazines, and watched A LOT of Say Yes to the Dress, it was amazing! I really wish Ms. Keylime could live here so we could do that ALL the time. Bummer…

So now I am back in NC–and things are so hectic! Things at work fell apart while I was gone,  so I have to piece that back together. And we met with Father Jude, Jon’s only hope of having a Catholic ceremony. He’s completely okay with me being a heathen (in fact, it works out in our favor that I’m not baptized, especially for an outdoor ceremony). Now we have to go to Catholic workshops and premarital counseling–IF the diocese will approve the marriage. I will let you know how that goes. Sheesh!

That’s all the wedding news for me just now, but I did buy these amazing shoes while I was in MN:


Aren’t they fantastic? Vintage and modern all in one! They just might make an appearance in our engagement photo session this weekend.

Ciao for now.

How about gray and yellow?

October 13, 2009

Oh dear…I’ve think we’ve decided on yet another color scheme.

It’s actually one of the ones we considered in the beginning (you’ll see it in the save the dates I created and our little logo on the top of this page): shades of gray and yellow.  It’s so fresh and sunny–and springy! It’s perfect for April, and I think it would look great at Graylyn. Take a look at these photos (lovingly borrowed from Style Me Pretty); I think they did a beautiful job of using these colors (and I love the bouquets!).

The girls will still wear gray dresses in their own styles, and the guys might be in black suits with yellow ties. I think Jon likes this color palette most of all. Thoughts from the rest of you?


October 10, 2009

Okay guys, get ready for a HUGE blog post.

I’ve been working on centerpiece ideas for a while now. When Jon and I chose to get married at Graylyn, we thought, “We’re splurging on the venue, so we can keep the rest of the decor minimal” (good advice from a former coworker). And keeping the decor minimal means not paying a florist $10,000 for flowers that are going to die anyway, which sounds like a good idea to me. So unless we chicken out, we are thinking of making the bouquets and centerpieces ourselves (I love putting beautiful things together). 

The idea is to keep it affordable and simple–but beautiful and unique! I spent most of my day at work on Friday scouring the internet for ideas (I work so hard these days). This is what I’ve come up with so far.

  • Succulents
    I had never even thought of these until I stumbled across some photos of another couple’s wedding, but now I am seriously considering them (they might be my number one choice right now). They don’t need much attention–succulents are basically cacti without the spikes–so we can start purchasing them now. Plus they are super eco-friendly, especially compared to bouquets of flowers imported from Ecuador that are going to die in a couple days anyway. I love the idea of living centerpieces. We could put several of them in one large bowl, or place them singly in small pots. Most are green, greenish-blue, or greenish-brown, but I have found some yellow and pink ones online. If we mixed these with some tall vases of dahlias and roses, it could be really pretty. 
  • Potted plants
    What’s great about these (other than the fact that they are living) is that they double as wedding favors.  The image below (lovingly borrowed from Real Simple Magazine) shows more succulents, but you could use other plants as well.    
  • Mismatched vintage vases
    I like the idea of these in old copper, pewter, silver, gold, any metal. Porcelain would work too. We could start collecting these from antique shops, flea markets, you name it.
  • Mismatched colored glass vases with a single bloom in each
    I think these are so elegant. And with only one bloom in each, they would definitely be affordable!    
  • Cylindrical glass vases (which are cheap!)
    These would be a great way to use different heights. I’m imagining slender vases of alternating heights, some clear, some frosted, and combined with candleholders of the same shape (and of course, alternating heights.) I like the simpleness of this idea.    
    Of course, there are some variations: 1) wrap each vase with ribbon or alencon lace (my dress is made with alencon lace), which could be too frou frou for us, and 2) wrap each cylinder with anaglypta, which is textured wallpaper–we could use a metallic or white, which could look really elegant.


  • Antique milk bottles
    People actually collect these! Strange. I like this, but it might be too rustic for our venue. 
  • Antique tins
    Love this, but again, it might be too rustic for our venue. And what if they weren’t waterproof? Whoops…    
  • Terrariums
     Jon doesn’t love this idea, but I think it’s great. It might not be a good match for our venue, but it’s worth considering. And of course, these could double as favors for guests.     
    How charming! With three or four on each table, how can anyone not like this look? 
  • Mugs and glasswear with our monogram or initials
    I don’t have an image of this in practice, but I found some mugs at that would work:
  • Moss
    This seems kind of neat, and I’ve never seen it done before.    
  • Mismatched vintage sugar bowls and creamers filled with flowers
    I don’t have any photos of this; I just thought it up while perusing etsy. I like how low key it would be.

Whew! That’s A LOT of ideas. Now which way to go?

It’s been two years?!

October 10, 2009

October is an exciting month for us. Yesterday was my birthday (I’m 25?!). And two years ago today, Jon took me out for my birthday dinner/our first date to PF Chang’s–where we had to ask for a gluten-free/peanut-free menu. And that’s how it all started. 

So we have a lot to celebrate in two days. I came home from work yesterday to find Jon in the kitchen, making AMAZING stuffed peppers.  He had a bottle of Chateau Montelena cabernet open and–best of all–two homemade pumpkin pies cooling!  Pumpkin ANYTHING is my favorite. I wouldn’t find out until later that he had used regular milk and not the condensed milk the recipe called for, and that the pies–as deliciously pumpkin-spicy as they are–could use some sweetener. He’s cute. It was a perfect dinner. 

And for my birthday gift? The 70th anniversary release of the Wizard of Oz on dvd–and tickets for Wicked on Broadway! They’re for the day after Christmas, when we’ll be staying with his parents in Connecticut. A great birthday gift…which makes for a perfect Christmas!

Now I just hope I get a comparable reaction from him when he sees his anniversary gift! I’ll let you know how that goes when he finds it.