Well, the Thanksgiving holiday flew by! I meant to do a lot of relaxing and printing (for our save the dates), but neither one of those happened. But I did get to enjoy the company of some dear friends I rarely see, and that certainly makes up for it.  :)

And aside from the save the dates, I think we’ve made some progress on all things wedding.

First and foremost, we’re in the process of completely overhauling the color palette. If you’ve been reading regularly, you know that we were thinking of having the bridesmaids choose their own dresses in different shades of gray and pairing that with yellow flowers and accents.

Well, on Wednesday of last week, I stumbled upon a picture of–suprise!–bridesmaids in different dresses in shades of gray.

And it was ugly.

And since I don’t have too many nice things to say about it, I won’t show you here. But believe me, it was pretty depressing. If you just have to see it, email me.

So I knew I had to make some changes. While Ms. Keylime was visiting on Friday, we stopped at Graylyn  see what sort of color palette would work well there. After some thinking, meandering, and stopping by Home Depot to look at their paint samples, I think we’ve come to a good conclusion!

There is only one space at Graylyn where the wedding party has to look good together, and that’s in the white garden in front of the stone gazebo. So clearly, in the white garden, all the flowers are white, but the stone around the gazebo is a warm peachy-tan color. So we’re moving to a palette of beige (a warmer neutral than gray), ivory, butter yellow, pale pink, peach, and coral. Jon wants the guys to wear beige three-piece suits, and the girls are wearing different dresses in yellows, pinks, corals, and the like.

At least, that’s the idea. And this time Ms. Keylime suggested that I pick out the dresses for each bridesmaid, seeing that this color palette may be a bit more difficult to coordinate. And that way I can be sure that what the girls are wearing will look dressy enough to go well with the ball gown I’ll be in.  I’m think she may be right. 

So now I’m busily searching for pretty dresses in the new color palette. I hope to have some options for each lady by the end of this week!

And now, finally, an update on the dress. I went for my first fitting at Nitsa’s since I had tried on the sample dress. I had been a little anxious about it since I last saw it in August–did I pick the right dress? Did she order the right size? Will I hate it the next time I see it?

Well, I’m happy to report that all that worrying was for nothing, because the dress looks beautiful and fits like a dream. The waist doesn’t need to be taken in at all, and the hem is the perfect length for the shoes I picked. The only change will be adding cups to the top for some support, and that’s it! Oh, and then the thirteen bustles for the giant skirt. That will be an adventure in itself.

So it looks like we’re making some progress. I can’t wait to hear from the Jennifer, the florist at Green Bee Floral Designs, for our price quote! More on that later.


Whew! This morning, we’ve managed to bake a pumpkin pie, make truffles and prep gluten-free stuffing, and do some MAJOR cleaning. So I figured I’d take a break to blog and enjoy some homemade caramel apple cider.

I’m going to try to not think about wedding plans today. For someone like me, who can never make up her mind, and who either hates everything or loves too many ideas at once, this has been really exhausting. I’m one of those people who is always looking for something better, which really takes the fun away! 

But despite all the worrying and anxiety over this wedding, I have so much to be thankful for! So I thought I’d take a moment to share that.

  1. In a few short months, I’m marrying a doting, goofy, intelligent, lovable man who can make me laugh or smile at any time. And even if we don’t agree in politics or things like that, we really are perfect for each other. And I so happy about that!
  2. We live a comfortable life in North Carolina, and, for the most part, we can enjoy a few of the finer things in life. 
  3. My family members seem to have reached a really good point in their lives–and I love it when people know exactly where they’re going and love what they’re doing.
  4. Although I don’t get to see them very often, I have the best circle of friends around the world. And even though I’m not with them all the time, I don’t know what I would do without them!
  5. I managed to find a new job during the worst recession in decades, and even though it’s not my dream job in a dream location with dream coworkers, I’m thankful for it. I’m also thankful for some opportunities coming up, but I don’t want to jinx anything!
  6. Although I still don’t know what I want to make of my life, I am thankful to have sparked a few new passions this year, that all surfaced in this whole wedding planning thing–graphic design, calligraphy, blogging, and photography.
  7. And last but not least, I’m lucky enough to still have my best friend since 8th grade, that lovable 12-year-old pug named Kiley. She happens to be asleep on the back of the couch at the moment, and is still cute as ever.

I’m sure I’ve overlooked something, but now I’m getting distracted by the Macy’s parade on tv and I still need to dry my hair and get over to my mom’s! So to everyone out there, have a fantastic Thanksgiving!

The mystery flower

November 23, 2009

So I found this photo in an inspiration board on Classic Bride, and I love these cream and peach flowers in the front of the bouquet! But of course, I have no idea what they are. Can anyone help?

At this point, I’ve told my dear bridesmaids to pick any dress they like in gray–with a few guidelines, of course. I want them to find dresses that are sophisticated and dressy enough for the evening, but have some sort of great detail, like a subtle pattern, a unique embellishment, or a special twist in the fabric. 

Well, yesterday I came across the new dresses on jcrew.com, and I LOVE! I found a few favorites (see below), and although they aren’t all gray, I would be completely okay with the group wearing them. Ladies, if you see these and want to go in this direction instead of gray and yellow, please let me know! I’ve already got the flowers for this color scheme picked out. ;)

I found this photo online–now I’m not even sure where–but I had to share!

If you can take your eyes off the bride’s swirling dress for a minute, you can see the groom is in morning dress, the topic of one of last week’s posts. See the striped pants and cutaway jacket? This kind of makes me want a vintage 1920s/30s-inspired wedding again!

I know nothing about flowers. I have no idea which kind I want at my wedding wedding–in fact, I don’t care–as long as they are beautiful. What I’m really looking for is a florist who is inspired and creative and will listen to what I want–something wild and impulsive yet elegant and romantic–and then come up with something great. That should make things easy, right? Apparently not.

Last weekend Jon and I had our first visit with a possible florist.  We spoke for about 20 minutes, during which she basically asked me the same questions–to which my reply was, “I don’t really know.”  She never offered any suggestions, and when I asked to see some samples, she told me she didn’t have any photos.

WHAT?! What florist doesn’t take photos of her work? I was completely surprised by the whole experience.

I was so distraught when we left that I said, “Screw it. We’re right by the Fresh Market; they have flowers! Let’s go see what they can do.” And I’m so glad we did! Although the Fresh Market wasn’t a great option–you have to order your flowers by the case and aren’t guaranteed your color choices–the florist there was able to point me to a floral designer who has apparently won awards and been featured in magazines. And while I don’t yet know if she’s going to be what I’m looking for, she at least has a website with–surprise!–photos of her work. We have a meeting with her next week. :) I’m feeling better about things now.

In the meantime, I’ve been scouring the internet for photos of flowers I like. I think I’m leaning toward ones like ranunculus, peonies, double dutch tulips, and the like–and of course, pompon dahlias that aren’t in season in April! I might have to splurge a little in that case.

Here’s a peak at what I’ve been considering:

Beautiful, aren’t they? I love that just-picked-from-the-garden look. I hope the next florist can do something like this!


Engagement session photos!

November 16, 2009

The moment we’ve been waiting for has finally arrived! Remember the engagement photo session Jon and I did back in October? Well Cheyenne’s been editing away and has posted some on her blog! I had to snag a few to share, but you can see the rest of them at here.

This one combined the only two things we wanted out of this photo shoot: train tracks (that was Jon’s pick) and gorgeous sunshine (mine).

Our handmade pinwheels! We’re using these in our wedding somehow–we’re just not sure how yet.

I like to think of this one as our album cover:

And I love this purple wall! I think this is the only photo that I’m not cracking up in.

I was originally only going to put up two, but in the end, I couldn’t decide which two to pick! So I grabbed a couple more. But if you want to see the rest, you’ll have to head over to Cheyenne’s blog. :)

I hope you like them as much as we do!