Saturday, November 29, 2008

My dress!

Here is one option...and the top runner right now. Plus, its less expensive than the other one! It doesn't look too special on the model, but its amazing on me (if I do say so myself, haha).

This one by Melissa Sweet is very similar but has an asymmetrical line on the thighs with a pretty flower on the side, instead of the symmetical one of Lea-Ann Belter.

The funny thing is these were not the dresses I was interested in when looking before. Funny how that works, eh? I always thought I wanted something more feminine and girly, not so womanly. Anyways, I'm super excited to start nailing down the dress, although I am still going to one more place on Monday. Is that bad? Its just so much fun! Plus, what if I find something even better?

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Wii Fit Giveaway!

Wii Fit giveaway! Go here (La Petite Chic) to leave a comment and sign up!

Monday, November 24, 2008

Fun bridesmaid idea.

I just thought of a great way to ask bridesmaids...I still need to think up a cute poem, but I don't think it would be too hard.

To buy:

-cute apron

-mini champagne bottle

-vintage hankerchief

I would tell them how they have and I hope they will always be there to have fun and enjoy life with (champagne) or cry with (hankie) will you be my [brides]maid (apron)?

Obviously I would make it better than how I worded it...if only Antho's aprons wern't so expensive...

How cute is this?

PS-I will not be doing this, mearly because I already asked two and the other three already know they are going to be bridesmaids, I just haven't officially 'asked' them. But fun nonetheless!

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Super 8mm film, for rent!

I've been looking for a way to get a beautiful video of our day without it costing thousands of dollars, and so far I have either found what I love for a lot or not at all what I want for still enough. Then today I found this amazing creation by Layer Cake Films. They rent you an 8mm film camera, you have someone use it throughout the day and then send it back to them for editing! Sounds brilliant right? Its still expensive, don't get me wrong, but its not crazy. I'm thinking about paying for it myself. That way its not in the stinking budget. Although lately I feel like I keep saying that. "I'll just pay for that". I have guilt about making my parents spend so much money. I tell ya. It sucks.

Wanna know what super 8mm film is? Click here!

PS-This guy in my triage booth smells like McDonalds. I should know, I worked there when I was 14.


PPS-For those that don't know, I've blossomed into an ER nurse.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Checklists, done, undone, rings, and feathers. Meant to be touched, just like you.

Wow...I can't believe how long its been since I've blogged last.

It's weird, now that I'm engaged and have a real budget, I feel bad that my parents have to pay so much, and planning isn't as fun as it was. I have a lot of guilt...
So although I haven't had nearly as much beautiful inspirational pictures to post, I have made a lot of headway in certain aspects. We have appointments in the next month for catering (we actually had one already but I was less than impressed), possible cupcakes (!), I have two appointments for dress shopping the week of Thanksgiving, flower consultation, and an appointment with the rental company. Whew! I also got the number of the girl who's wedding is the day after ours, so if things work out we could hopefully split the estimated $3000 cost of rentals. Oh and I also submitted our announcement to four newspapers, each of our hometown papers and the two major city papers.

Although I can't feel too good, on my list now are some overdue things, plus its not like we have anything officially booked anything else besides our two main sites.
-I want to ask my bridesmaids in fun/creative ways.
-We still need to get the list of guests from Mark's is very soon going to be 200 people, not what we were hoping for at all!
-Insure the engagement ring.
-Cheap friend DJ vs. expensive awesomely reviewed band.
-Do we need to start registering?

Mark's parents are also planning a small engagement party for us the day after Thanksgiving with some added relatives on each side. I'm super excited for that! I think that calls for a wardrobe update...don't you?

So that's why I haven't been posting, because its all boring stuff, nothing fun or pretty.

Until today that is! Two etsy sellers with some promising items.

The first I think would be a really cute way to ask my bridesmaids, which could solve at least one thing on my checklist. The are simple hammered silver rings that you can engrave with whatever you want. I'm not sure I know what I'm going to say exactly yet. Something simple like, "will you be my bridesmaid?" or something beautifully written and meaningful. From the etsy shop of Delias Thompson.

The other store, Moth Love, is absolutely breathtaking! Here is what she says on her website:
"Hand plucked feathers sustain my creative hand. This bird has nourished my body, now mind…now yours. Leather, bi product, sustain. Moth Love creates from your waste. Heavy Toxins don’t belong to your hide, nor mine. Vegetable tanned scraps of leather replace my need. Landfills Waste not, want not...Moth Love is meant to be touched, just like you." Cute and so amazingly beautiful, right?

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

That from this? Not so simple.

Garden/bright green, white, weathered wood.

This inspiration board by Snippet & Ink has many spot on components.

Especially those green bridsmaid dresses with those amazingly beautiful bouquets and the mismatched vases holding centerpiece flowers for the table! Absolutely what I am looking for. Absolutely.

Peach, ivory, grey (I would probably go more charcoal), pale green.

Antoher inspiration board by the talented Snippet & Ink.

Look at all those great ideas! PERFECT peach colored peonies (right? I'm bad with flowers), a great table set-up, cake is just right (not too much 'stuff', but just something simple and pretty), and lavender insect repelent (probably necessary).


Ahhh! Does anyone else struggle with putting all these amazing images in your head or on the internet into actual elements in your wedding? It seems so non tangible and expensive.

Monday, November 3, 2008

Polaroid Progress

I think I found the one!

Photographer :)

I realized, especially after seeing differences in photos on other wedding blogs, that photography (and also videography) for the day is very important to me. I love pictures and I want to be able to pull them out and smile when I think about all the people we love coming together to celebrate with us. Her name is Ai Ling and from what I can tell her style is exactly what I am looking for. Real!!! It is very obvious she is very talented especially when looking at her non-wedding work. It almost brings a tear to my eye; the emotion, movement, and drama that she captures in her work. We are meeting on Friday to look at more of her portfolio and discuss everything. Plus, plus, plus, she is super reasonable in price and lives in Minnesota. Yaaaaaaaaaaay!!
Here is just A LOT of photos from her portfolio that I love (because I can). All photos by Ai Ling Photography. Enjoy!