Cutest cake topper ever

April 22, 2010

It arrived today. So sorry for the not-so-great phone photo:

Thanks to Emilie Friday on etsy for making this awesome topper!

I finally got to do my trial hair and make-up last night. I walked in with this photo from Mary Jane Photography and asked for a loose and wavy low side chignon:

Something simple and classic, and still beautiful and romantic. It seems pretty easy, right?

Well, when all was finished and the stylist had convinced me that it looked great, I took off home to take some photos. (You know, in those nice salons they keep the lighting dark and you’re pulled away from the mirrors so you can’t really see what they’re doing to your hair anyway!)

So I like the hairstyle from this view:

And this one looks pretty cool:

And I even like the weaving she did at the top:

But I do not at all understand how this is a low chignon (and this is the second version after I asked her to lower it a bit):

My mom used to talk about hair looking like a rat’s nest–and I think this must be what she meant! :( This is WAY messier than I expected. And I never thought of my wedding as being messy.

I was pretty bummed about it the rest of the night (and still am today). Which makes me feel even worse. It’s just hair; I know it shouldn’t bother me. But it’s just so not what I want–or asked for. Oof.

I took my hair down after shooting those photos and started playing around with it to see if I could come up with anything better. I even like this clipped-back ponytail more than what they did in the salon:

I think this will be my backup plan…although if I go to get my hair styled I’d really like to keep it that way for the rest of the day! I suppose the only thing to do is find more photos of what I want to the back of my hair to look like. Like this:

Yes, that will be much better. I hope we can pull this off next Friday. What do you think?

Remember the maternity dress fiasco? Well, Mrs. E returned that dress and found another one she likes. So here’s the final lineup (and it better be final because we’ve only got 11 days to go!):

I’m a little worried about the two prints competing with each other, but in the end I know it doesn’t matter. I’ll just have to make sure Ms. R and Mrs. E don’t stand next to each other during the ceremony. :)

Things we did today:

  1. Sent our ceremony plan to the priest
  2. Dropped off vases at the florist
  3. Bought archival pens for the guestbook
  4. Painted our wedding signs
  5. Made our ribbon wands (well, REMADE the ribbon wands…but that’s a long story)
  6. Designed and printed thank you notes and envelopes
  7. Worked on half of our wedding favors

If tomorrow is as productive, I think we’ll be in good shape for 04.30.2010.

Painting wedding signs turned out to be a really fun time. Jon had purchased the wood and sawed it last weekend, so today we just sat outside and painted.

Two seconds after I took this photo, the sign fell from our second-story balcony. Jon wasn’t too happy going to pick it up.

We made “ceremony” and “wedding” signs to direct guests to where they’re supposed to go, and then this one for fun. Not sure where we’ll put it, though.

And they are precious.

I’m going to work on our wedding signs and ribbons wands for the rest of this afternoon (after eating my Wolfie’s peach custard…yum!). Maybe I’ll update you later tonight!

Jon surprised me yesterday. Apparently, he actually reads this blog and saw the cake topper I listed in my “nice-to-have” list. So he went looking on his own–I love that he knows how to use etsy–and purchased this topper in pink and green (not purple and green as pictured here):

Adorable. Jon’s usually fantastic at surprises, but this one takes the cake. ;)

The nice-to-haves

April 8, 2010

So we’re down to only TWENTY-TWO days before the wedding. It still hasn’t hit me that that’s only three weeks.

So I’ve started prioritizing some things–in 22 days, can we get everything done? Knowing me, probably not. So here’s my list of “nice-to-haves.” If you feel particularly inspired by one of them and would like to help out, please let me know. :)

1. Wooden “wedding” signs to direct our guests to the right spot. Maybe like these (from Flights of Fancy):

2. A fun cake topper. We originally didn’t want one, and I’m fine not having anything there still, but the cute animal ones are just so charming! Like these from the DIY Wedding Girl:

3. Ribbon wands. I would LOVE to have them, but at least point I’m running out of patience to make them and it would just be easier to buy flower petals. Does it mean I’m not putting enough effort into my wedding if we take the easy road for the sendoff?

4. Banners (like these from Wedding Belles Online) or signs at the cake table, the guest book, etc., and placed to lead guests through the house to the garden ceremony. These aren’t really a nice to have; some places will HAVE to have something. But I’m still looking for ideas, so if you have any, feel free to share. :)

I’m sure there’s something else…hmm….