Sunday, September 28, 2008

Time Tested Beauty Tips

For attractive lips, speak words of kindness.

For lovely eyes, seek out the good in people.

For a slim figure, share your food with the hungry.

For beautiful hair, let a child run his or her fingers through it once a day.

For poise, walk with the knowledge you'll never walk alone.

People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed, and redeemed; Never throw out anybody.

Remember, If you ever need a helping hand, you'll find one at the end of your arm.

As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands, one for helping yourself, the other for helping others.

The beauty of a woman is not in the clothes she wears, the figure that she carries, or the way she combs her hair. The beauty of a woman must be seen from in her eyes, because that is the doorway to her heart, the place where love resides.

The beauty of a woman is not in a facial mole, but true beauty in a woman is reflected in her soul. It is the caring that she lovingly gives, the passion that she shows, and the beauty of a woman with passing years only grows!

--Sam Levenson

Picture completely unrelated.
Mark and Mollie :) Summer 2007.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

I love eyelet.

Look at how inexpensive these eyelet invitations and decorations are from Martha (shhhh Walmat). I think eyelet is adorible and think how much we would save! Just think!

40 x 4=160 invites

21.96 x 4=$87.84

plus some money for printing and possibly changing the bow to garden green or yellow (or a mixture of both for print and bow), and presto, inexpensive and magical invites that look cute! Think we could do it for under $100????


Saturday, September 20, 2008


I may have made up that word, who knows. Anyways, love these photos!

By Alicia Hurt

On another inspiring note, I've been looking through some of my saved blogs tonight and I'm definitely glad I did. I was feeling a down about the planning after some advice given by my aunt, and it has given me new updated mental inspiration. Basically my aunt called to help with the wedding planning process (which is sweet, and I know she's going to be a big help) but she said that my wedding in August is not going to feel good next to a large flame eruption (fish boil). Good point aunt Paula! Shoot, so that idea is out. So now I'm thinking of making a huge batch of my parents' pesto pasta with scallops and tomatoes for the meal. Mmmmmmmm it is so good and I feel like very easy to make in bulk! We'll see what A.P. (aunt Paula) says about that. She also wants us to change our ceremony time to later (around 5 or 6) b/c she said a 1 o'clock service is not going to be as good for multiple reasons. I agree and am so glad for her guidance. Anyway, on to the lovely and inspiring pics.

By Tiffany Aicklen - just gorgeous!!!

From Martha Stewart Weddings - these plates would go perfectly with my rustic/garden vintage charm/elegance
By Laura Novak - how beautiful is she?
By Tec Petaja Loving this sweet buttercream inspiration board by Snippet & Ink, that with the green and white, oooooooh!
Again by Tec Peteja - I'll be using ribbon instead of the whatever thats called and I found bowls of antique keys last time I was at an antique shop so I think they should be in easy supply!

I'm not going to blog about what Mark is doing for dinner tonight, because I'm not supposed to know, even though both sides are talking to me about it. Way to be sneaky guys.

Friday, September 19, 2008

Probably for idiots...

So I was reading this blog (hilarious) and she says this video (which I cannot see at work) is pretty darn funny. So I'm saving it to my blog so I remember to watch it at somepoint. She says its a 'pretty good litmus test for relationships'. So I will be doing an informal experiment. Mark loves crap like I think is in this video. I'm about 50/50. We will see Ms. Dooce, we will see.

*Edit: Please don't watch this video. It's embarrassing to even have talked about it. Not funny. Luckily Mark agrees.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Father's Gifts

If for some reason in the future, our fathers start to read this blog I will obviously have to delete this post (just like I had to do with the post on Mark's present, grrrrr). In the meantime I would like to present what I think is the perfect gift for a true manly man aka dads.

A personalized steak brander!

How cool is this? I don't even cook steak and I want one!

From Williams-Sonoma, first seen on Pretty Bride.

Tina Fey, will you be my friend?

So, great. Tina Fey and Amy Pohler are so amazingly funny.

Monday, September 15, 2008

Perfectly. Said.

“He is a piece of sun-warmed granite I can lean my back against.”

From an interview in The New York Times.

Letterpress invites?! Good luck.

So, The Digbat's Agenda is having a giveaway for a Full Wedding Suite.

To be given away:
A Dingbat Press Wedding Suite
Letterpressed Invitation/Reply Suite of 100 (one hundered!)

2 color, 5x7 or 4x9 letterpressed invitation.
1 color, Return Addressed Outer envelope.
Printed on our thick stock 110# cotton rag paper.
2 color, 3x5 reply card (or thank you).
1 color, Return Addressed Reply Envelope.
Printed on our thick stock 110# cotton rag paper.

This will be for a CUSTOM design (4-6 week turnaround, no RUSH available on this giveaway)
3 custom designs will be produced, winner will get 3 additional rounds of proofs.

My first wedding contest :) I plan on entering lots more before my time is up here in wedding planning world.

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Ceremony & reception location booked! Only one problem...

Its official.

Saint Andrews Lutheran Church in Mohomedhi, Minnesota for the cememony.

The main sanctuary.

A map of the huge campus.

Camrose Hill Farm in Stillwater, MN for the reception.

This is the bonfire ring...where the possible fish boil will be!

The cottage on the left is so cute and vintage inside.
All these pictures were taken by a girl who got married there this summer.

If I was going to have the ceremony here this is where I would walk. There is a vine covered gazebo that most people stand in front of at the very end.

The problem is...we aren't technically 'engaged'. There was no proposal, no ring, nothing. We just realized that the two places were going to be gone if we didn't act quickly, like the same day. So there you have it. Not a fairy tale and I don't think my parents are thrilled. Although, knowing that we have a date is pretty exciting!

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

1 thing that makes me sad....

Mark found my blog, all my secrets, all the things I didn't want him to read! Mark you are banished. F!

cont...'100 things that make me happy'...

#14 My family. Although when compared to some people's families mine can feel like a disconnected, confusing, cluster...over all I have to say I have a pretty amazing one. Yes, my parent's can drive me absolutely insane, but that's normal. Right? I think we are connected more than I realize and that no matter what, even if things get confusing, I think we all know there is love-aplenty. Not every family has that, and I believe it is the most important thing of all.
#15 My {future} family additions. I cannot say how immensely lucky I am to be able to call these people family someday. They are honestly the most kind hearted, welcoming, selfless people I have ever met.
#16 Imagining my future children. Is this stupid? I don't care. I like to think they will be exotically dark since Mark is half-Afghani, and half-English/Irish. Even if they turn out to be just plain ol' white kids, I'll love them just the same, it's just fun to imagine.
#17 The feeling when I eat healthy and then wake up the next day. My body just feels so much different if I eat cheese curds and chinese food vs. couscous, chicken and green beans.
#18 Getting any sort of massage. I think I have a weird love of being touched (not in that was your pervert). It just makes me calmer. Like a little baby. I think for the same reason I like being adjusted in yoga.
#19 Camping in the Boundary Waters. I haven't done this in many years, but I remember it being so fun and relaxing. Like real explorers!
#20 Popping my legs (in my hip joint)...its so satisfying.
#21 Nights out/or in with friends esp. while drinking and/or playing games.
#22 The first snow :)
#23 Knowing that I have the ability to win a Big Ten title but that running didn't take over my entire being while I was in college.
#24 That I know Mark is just as excited as I am to get married and start a life together.

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Discussion with daddy and a Fish Boil?!

I had brunch with my dad this morning for his birthday (58!). Both mom and Betsy were out of town so it was a nice moment with just the two of us. I brought up the wedding, and although he looked hesitant, he was willing to discuss everything with me. I think the reason he looked hesitant has to do with the fact that I am not engaged, and he is worried I am getting my hopes up too soon. Budget, my aunt, food, number of guests, festival singers (more on that later), and other topics were discussed. I think he was expecting to pay for the whole thing so when I brought up the fact that I was thinking about 3rding it I think he was able to breathe an invisable sigh of relief. Obviously this needs to be discussed with the 3rd party a little bit more, but hopefully everyone will feel like they're getting a little bit of a deal this way. There is also a little bit of a problem considering my whole family is supposedly from the 1800's and feels a wedding reception is thrown by the bride's mother. Um? My aunt is definitely very traditional and also has those views but in addition she is going to be a very important resource in many other ways (ex. getting my BM dresses and possibly bridal gown at a discount due to her being a clothing buyer and store owner for many years).

Credit to Jim Frazier via flickr (

Besides all these new issues, I had a brilliant and personalized idea while talking with my dad. Why not a fish boil?! For those who aren't familar with this term, please reference here. This yummy, buttery fish and potatoes with cherry pie meal is a Wisconsin tradition and Mark and I have always loved them for their fun process and delicousness. I'm also wondering if this will make things a lot cheaper b/c they are basically made in one (or two) bulk pot(s). Any thoughts? Unique, no?

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Updated color theme

light peach, soft green, bright yellow, charcoal, bright wood, vintage white/natural

*these fonts are not exactly the right colors but it shows the idea!

I just saw these photos on Next Exit Photography and they definitely gave me this new color inspiration for the peach (in the flowers), especially paired with pale green and my always favorite yellow.

what kind of flowers are these?

Update: Its getting closer. I can feel it. We talked about groomsmen suits/tuxes, ceremony location, and reception venue. He immediately vetoed my idea for the tan/khaki groomsmen-wear. I think that actually is a wise choice, and I will see if my 'charcoal' is close enough to black for him. He also vetoed my idea of having the ceremony at the garden farm like I wanted. I had a feeling this might be important to him, and I am willing to part with my idea if it means that much to him. I'm hoping what will happen is that he will see the venue and then agree that a ceremony there is just as meaningful and classic as a church wedding. He did very eaily agree to the reception at Camrose Hill Farms. I even called for openings and prices! $2200 isn't that much for a venue is it? annnnnnnnd they have opening next August, yesssssss. Hopefully we can do a tour next week and get it booked ASAP. Is that weird to have the venue booked without being engaged? I think it is.

Gardens & Lace

Obviously these are not very useful if it actually starts raining, but I think they would be adorible for some pictures. [from here]

They also do personalized hankies!


From She Walks in Beauty

From With this Ring

From Elizabeth Anne Designs

From Southern Weddings Magazines

I could post more and more and more inpirational pictures. I will stop here. For now.

Inspiration in words from A Practical Bride

Meg from A Practical Bride perfectly summed up the real reason I'm probably obsessed with weddings...

  • I read this passage by Elie Wiesel: "In our tradition, celebration of life is more important than mourning over the dead. When a wedding procession encounters a funeral procession in the street, the mourners must halt so as to allow the wedding party to proceed. Surely you know what respect we show our dead, but a wedding, a symbol of life and renewal, a symbol of promise too, takes precedence."
And then it hit me. I love weddings and write about weddings, because weddings are about hope. Weddings are hope for the future, hope for a new generation, hope that love and family can win out over everything else. Weddings are not more important then life, and they don't stand apart from life, but they represent something bigger then us, and undoubtedly bigger then the dress we wear or the flowers we carry.

All of this is why I've always loved this description of the breaking of the glass after a Jewish ceremony, "The breaking of the glass now has many interpretations, one of which says that even in the moment of our greatest joy, we should remember that there is still pain and suffering in the world, and that we have a responsibility to help relieve that pain and suffering." And of course, the breaking of the glass also signals the start of a really great party.

Perfectly said.

Friday, September 5, 2008

Beauty in photos!

What the world needs now is love, sweet love,
It's the only thing that there's just too little of.

she is so beautiful
cute, he's tearing up!
perfect shot of their happiness.

I need to know the designer of that dress...absolutely stunning.

All from a photographer from Indianapolis named Megan Wynn who I just fell in love with ...

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

STD's for everyone!

ha. love this idea for STD's (save the date's) for those who are confused ;)

she also makes personalized stamps!

found on calligrapher Maybelle's website