Something old…

December 28, 2009

Whew! After a whirlwind of family dinners, too many Christmas gifts, and one very rainy day in NYC, we’re home! And pooped! If I didn’t have to be at work today, I’d still be in bed. Even Kiley refused to get up. But what a great Christmas :)

Thanks to Jon and his wonderful Christmas gift, I’ve decided on the “something old / something new / something borrowed / something blue” parts of my wedding attire.  Here they are:

Something old

I’d been eying vintage pocket watches on etsy and ebay for a while now, but with all the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, I put off my search in December. So imagine how surprised and delighted I was when I opened up my Christmas gift from Jon and inside was this:

An 1886 Waltham ladies pocket watch. !!! [Is it sad that the best way to express myself when it comes to this pocket watch is a bunch of exclamation points?] It is beautiful. And is in perfect working order. And ticks, as long as you remember to wind it! I love love love it. Thank goodness my wedding dress has pockets!

Something new

I suppose the dress I just bought is something new, but I think wedding dresses are excluded from this old saying, so I’ll go with another new purchase I’ve made recently: shoes! And not just any shoes–super cute and surprisingly comfy Kate Spade shoes! They aren’t your typical bridal shoes, so traditionalists, brace yourselves at the wedding! I’m trying to keep these a secret, so I won’t post a photo online (for now, anyway!)

When I tried them on with my dress at the fitting, the seamstress LOVED them. She made me parade around the shop and show her coworkers. How funny!

Something borrowed

Earlier I was considering wearing three strands of Indian pearls my MOH offered, but when my mom offered to let me wear a necklace-and-earring set I’ve ogled since childhood, I knew I had to wear that! I still haven’t had a chance to try them on with the dress, but I think it’s going to look lovely together. Each stud earring and the pendant on the necklace is one big pearl, nested by two delicate ruby “leaves,” which delightfully match the color of my shoes! I have no idea who made them or how old they are, but they are sublime.

Something blue

Maybe this is cheating, but I’m planning on sewing a blue ribbon with our initials into the lining of my dress at the waistline. It will be my little secret from the rest of the guests. Blue symbolizes love and fidelity, so I think  I will keep it close to my heart on my wedding day.

But I also might wear blue undies. ;)


K&P’s engagement session

December 22, 2009

Ms. Keylime and her fiance finally got their engagement photos done (after having them postponed because of inclement weather and a wind chill of something like -10 degrees…oh Minnesota…). They are stunning! So I had to ask to share a link to them on my blog. This one is my favorite:

Now I am all for artsy and weird engagement shoots (see Caroline Ghetes’ stuff here), but there is NOTHING better than a photo of a couple that captures true love, like this one here. It’s like they’ve forgotten the world around them and all they see is each other. No props, no distractions, just the two of them together. :) I’m so happy for you guys!

You can see more of K&P’s photos at Graddy Photography’s blog.

So congrats again, K&P! I can’t wait to see what your photographer does with your wedding!

Finally ready for Christmas!

December 20, 2009

Today I realized that it’s five…that’s FIVE…days until Christmas. Wow! Where did the time go? Only two days of work and then we’re off to Connecticut to spend the holiday with Jon’s family. Fun!

In between Christmas shopping and wedding planning, I’ve been spending some time–scratch that, LOTS of time–on creating something fun for my bridesmaids. 

I realized that they might not all know all the dates for which we’ve planned events, so I decided to send them a “Will you be my bridesmaid?” card (even though I’ve already informally asked them) with the dates they’ll need to be around. I didn’t think that was enough, so I created some chain paper dolls (an idea I saw on someone else’s blog once) and decorated them to match each bridesmaid. The cards are going in the mail tomorrow, but I’ll give you a peek now:


I think they’re cute. :) I hope the girls like them!

On another note, I took these pictures on the camera that Jon’s mom sent to him for his birthday. We’re still trying to learn how it works, but manual focus is amazing! I loved how it turned out in the photo above.

And in case you need a laugh, here’s another photo we took…

I wonder how long that will stay up before I’m asked to take it down. ;) Ciao for now!

In case you didn’t know, I worked at Starbucks before AND after I worked in France, and while in music school. And I probably did a lot of complaining about it (especially when I had to open the place at 4:45 a.m. or when that guy stole a handful of cds), but for the most part, it was actually a fun workplace. And it was filled with really great people! Except for the venti 3x blended frappucino guy…ugh.

So even though I rarely go into a Starbucks nowadays (yes, it IS a ripoff for people who can afford a $5 coffee), I still love the ideas and practices that the company is built on. Some people think it’s all a show and we should hate corporate America together, but honestly, after working for the company and with some great coworkers, I can say it’s not a show, and I truly respect the philanthropy and goodwill behind Starbucks’ mission.

And that was reinforced this morning when I saw the Starbucks Love Project website.

I heart the idea behind this (it reminds me of Matt–and if you haven’t seen him before, check it out!), but what’s even better is Starbucks will donate 5 cents for each submission (song or drawing) to the Global Fund to fight AIDS in Africa. Amazing.

I left this drawing in their gallery:

Well my friends, last weekend we  survived pre-cana (i.e. drivers’ ed for engaged Catholic–or half-Catholic–couples).  No one bothered to tell us what that translated too, but today’s google search informed me that the name derives from John 2:1-12, the wedding feast at Cana in Galilee, where Jesus turned water into wine.

No one turned water into wine at pre-cana.

Instead we sat with almost 50 other young couples who were about as happy as we were to be spending all day Saturday at St. Matthew’s.

We started with the FOCCUS, and I have no idea what that stands for either, but it’s just a questionnaire that asks your preferences on general things and you state “agree,” “disagree,” or “uncertain.” My favorites include “My future spouse watches too much television” and “I worry about the homosexual tendencies of my future spouse.”

After that we introduced ourselves to the two couples at our table (one of which may or may not have been a green-card marriage, as he told us he proposed right before he was about to be shipped back to Britain because he couldn’t find a job here).  From there we sat through several long talks about communication, conflict resolution, finances, and, of course, the infamous natural family planning (I especially enjoyed watching the woman at the next table, who kept rolling her eyes and shaking her head at that part). 

For all the time we spent there, I don’t feel like we really learned anything. For the most part, it was common sense. I think I was expecting more, some secret sacred knowledge of the Catholics that had been passed down by generations…but nope, it was just a long seminar based on “facts” and “research” from the same two “scientists” these speakers loved. And everything was so absolute! It’s like these speakers couldn’t imagine a world where things weren’t black and white. My favorite part was when one speaker asked, “If you’re in an interfaith relationship, which religion will you teach your children?” Um, you can’t teach both? They seemed so misguided.

But the strangest part of the whole thing was that every one of the speakers was a convert. EVERY ONE. Could they not find any homegrown Catholics willing to waste a Saturday for this thing? I don’t get it.

Well, there’s your update. Our Catholic marriage workshop is over and done with, and it really wasn’t so bad. And at least no one asked if we were living together.

 K & P, enjoy your pre-cana! I found out that some people have to go to a weekend-long retreat…yikes! I hope that’s not you guys!


December 10, 2009

Sorry guys, I know haven’t been posted so much lately. Instead, I’ve been emailing vendors, trying to pick a menu, coordinating bridesmaid dresses, dealing with bridesmaids issues…the list goes on. Things are getting pretty frustrating–and I hate that! So I took some time out to find some pretty photos on my favorite blogs to share with you.

First up: this lovely collage of floral images from Style Me Pretty. This is sort of the look we’re going for–big blooms, delicate colors, and antique glassware. Apparently the fleur de lys glasses came from World Market! I will have to check that out. And I love love love chandeliers  hanging outside–I really like using things in nontraditional ways. I don’t think we could make this work at Graylyn (all the trees are too far away!), but I’d love to see someone else do this.

I also love this wedding dress by Saja, which I saw on Once Wed. (I even looked at Saja’s website to see if I could buy it for the rehearsal dinner!) It’s just so darn sweet! And a little whimsical and vintage. Perfect for a small seaside wedding ceremony in Sweden (see below):

I’ve also recently fallen in love with Southern Weddings Magazine. Unlike the typical wedding magazine, which usually consists of 2% useful information and 98% ads, Southern Weddings reads like one big blog, in print! They showcase real southern weddings, feature local vendors, and are just all around awesome. And I believe their office is in North Carolina (talk about my dream job)!

Next up–I really like this idea, which I saw on our photographer’s blog: Using picture frames, wooden numbers or letters from a craft store, and fun fabric or cardstock backgrounds. I’ve been thinking about making banners to mark off parts of our reception (like one that says “Smile Booth” for the photo booth area, one that says “Just Married” over the cake), but now that I’ve seen this, I might have to try something like it!


Okay, my last photo.  I’ve recently discovered another great photography blog: Caroline Ghetes. She’s another Charlotte wedding photographer, and I love what she does! How stunning is this engagement session photo?!

I admit, it’s a little weird for my taste (and Jon would never go for something like this–I’m pretty sure the pinwheels are as far as he’ll go for this wedding), but how great for this couple! This is more than just an engagement photo; it’s art.

Okay, that’s all I’ll bombard you with today. We’re going to be pretty busy for the next few days–a Christmas party with Jon’s coworkers, an all-day Catholic workshop on Saturday (yikes!), finishing addressing save-the-dates. Whew! I’ll try to keep you updated!

The new color palette

December 5, 2009

I wanted to share the inspiration behind the new color palette. My new favorite blog, The Perfect Palette, has been an amazing resource during my color palette overhaul. This color board really helped seal the deal on the new colors:

I recently discovered the Dessy Group’s pantone wedding site, where you can explore color options, order pantone color chips, and design inspiration boards for your own wedding. Of course, they do this so you can mix and match their own dresses and accessories, but it didn’t take me long to put together one for our wedding using the j. crew dresses we’ve been eying. What do you think?

Of course, one of my bridesmaids will be super-pregnant by the time April rolls around, so we’ll have to find something else for her. I’d love to find a very soft butter yellow dress for her–I think it’d be super cute and add another dimension to the bridesmaids dresses. But then again, it could be a bit too much, so we’ll just have to see!

I’m getting really excited about this color palette and these dresses! Does anyone else have any examples of bridesmaids in different dresses?