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au naturale July 1, 2009

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No, this post is now what you think it is about.

I’m talking, natural, nature, flowers.

Let me start from the beginning.  I do not have a desire to have my wedding covered in flowers.  They just are not that appealing to me (Yes, I can hear you brides out there gasping right now). Flowers are beautiful, don’t get me wrong, but I really did not have any intention of incorporating flowers into the wedding in any way other than the bouquets (The boys are not wearing bouts.  More on that in another post). I’m not opposed to beautiful and extravagant centerpieces, they just do not really fit the feel of my wedding.  And, let’s be honest, the FI could really care less.  I have other ideas on how to incorporate color into the wedding reception, which are equally as beautiful, and just plain fun! Plus, when your wedding ceremony site is practically a huge greenhouse with a ton of flowers, it doesn’t seem necessary to overdo it in flowers.

HOWEVER, in the past few weeks I have fallen. Hard.  Over these:


Oh, ranunculas, how pretty you are.  For those who know me, you know I don’t like roses, so why do I like this somewhat rose look-a-like?  Trust me, it has nothing to do with it looking similar to a rose.  It just has character, and fullness, which is one thing a rose does not have.  How gorgeous is this bouquet?


I just think a full bouquet of these babies would be fun and different. A change of pace from your ‘traditional’ bridal bouquet, which is obviously what I’m going for (the non-traditional part, that is). I just don’t like roses, or carnations or most flowers.

I know, I know. “But what about calla lilies? I thought those were your favorite.” Trust me they are, but they are also very expensive. I just never envisioned dropping a couple “Gs” on flowers. So unless anyone out there is bridal flower land has great ideas on where to get good quality calla lilies for cheap or how to incorporate them in a minimal, but effective way, I’m sticking with the ranunculas.

What are your favorite wedding flowers?  Well, really, do you have a favorite flower that was a “must” to include in your wedding plans?


color crisis June 28, 2009

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Okay, this weekend, I fell in love with Gray and Yellow.  I have always loved those two colors together terribly, but really had my heart set on “Garnet, Tangerine and Chocolate” for the wedding colors.  Don’t get me wrong, I just had a moment of “Ooo, these colors could be fun and modern!”

And, to give you a taste of the gloriousness that is Gray and Yellow, here you go:

Thanks to Miss Joey for this inspiration. I just love the yellow envelopes!


A shout out to the lovely Dallas Brides Something Blue blog for this one!  I just love the contrast.


I think the guys would look great in gray suits, but with pops of yellow (tie/bow-tie, socks, etc.). AND, I already purchased that J.Crew gray dress on the top left (LOVES it) for something (rehearsal dinner, a wedding, etc.).


We are still sticking with our “Garnet, Tangerine and Chocolate” theme, but I wanted to share my recent color crisis.  I think they are just so modern and chic!  I love our ideas for making the reds and oranges really pop.  Plus, I bought those GORGEOUS Kate Spade’s that I am beyond excited about.  I could not possibly change my mind now (although I would obviously wear those shoes anyway).

Did any of you waver between colors and have a hard time choosing?


gotta dollar bill ya’ll June 27, 2009

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So the other night I read this post on one of my daily wedding blog reads (yes, I have many).  I had already fought with the idea of the budget before and whether or not I should feel guilty that my wedding may cost above average or have an above average number of guests.  When I stumbled upon Miss Duckling’s post, it made me feel better that there are other B2Bs (Bride-to-bes) out there feeling the same way.  Not that my wedding is going to be extravagant or expensive, but the truth of the matter is that my family saved for my wedding from the day I was born.  I should not feel guilty that I have fantastic parents that thought well in advance about the fact that some day their gorgeous blue-eyed daughter (I’m allowed toot my own horn) would get married.  Not only that, but I have been blessed to be planning my wedding with a wonderful FI whose parents have so graciously offered to pay for parts of the wedding as well.  We are completely humbled and grateful for our parents’ generosity.

I understand that, with where the economy is now, many brides/grooms to be are having to cut corners, have a smaller wedding, etc.  I get it.  Brides out there are becoming more and more budget-savvy, but that should lead to judgements based on how much you or I or friends are spending on their weddings.  You see, with each bride and groom comes a different set of situations and environments.

As the bride at Practical Wedding put it, your budget should fit you.  It should not fit what society thinks it should.  It really is based on a ton of factors, as she put it.

I guess my point is that you should not judge a bride and groom based on how fancy or expensive or cheap their wedding is.  Everyone is in a different situation and planned their weddings accordingly.  AND, what may be important to me in a wedding (i.e. photography), may not be what is important to you (i.e. dress, flowers, etc.).  My sub-point is that you should not feel guilty for what you spend on your wedding.  After all, it is YOUR wedding, not mine.  This applies to all elements of wedding planning.  People are going to volunteer their opinions to you about your wedding, including how much you spend.  Let them, but remind them that when they get married (or if they already have), that they can/did do what they want.  At the end of the day, your budget is about the two of you.  No one else.

Obviously, in this day and age, wedding budgets are a hot topic….just google it, you’ll find a million posts/rants/raves about it.

Have you or do you think you will feel guilty about your budget?  How have you handled the pressure?


post-it love June 26, 2009

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So a little break from the wedding plans (sort of….details in another post).

I stumbled upon the cutest video today.  In my world of blogging around, I end up bouncing from blog to blog, so I honestly do not remember I found this tonight (sorry, I don’t trace my clicks, I’m not that blog obsessed).  Okay, that’s beside my point, I found this video that is just a cute little reminder of how important (and necessary) those little things (and acts of kindness) are.  Needless to say, I love love.

Do any of you find cute little reminders of how sweet love really is?

And, again, more reasons why people should remember why the little things matter in relationships:


Just food (err, words) for thought, while I have love on the brain.


do you cricut? June 22, 2009

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Thanks to Mrs. Penguin, she brought out one of my deep dark secrets.  I desperately want a Cricut.  And for those of you out there in blogger world that have no idea what I am talking about.  Take a gander below:


When I first started working on wedding plans a few months ago, I kept reading about all these different craft ideas.  In the world of wedding plans, you run across terms like Gocco, Cricut, etc.  Gocco was a little too intense for me.  With a guest list of around 250, there is no way you could pay me to make 250 of anything with the Gocco, so it was not worth the investment.  Now, the Cricut on the other hand, was totally up my alley.

It can cut paper and templates for crafting projects, which to me was ideal, considering how much scrapbooking I do.  Add to that wedding plans and DIY projects, it just seems like the perfect fit (for me, that is).   I haven’t purchased one (and I am REALLY considering it).  On some of the many nights that I stay up late (which is every night), I have found myself watching the infomercials for the Cricut (I will pause so you can laugh).  It has been about two months since the last one I saw, so my desire to own one got put on the back burner.  That is, until I was going through all of my bookmarked wedding blogs, only to find Mrs. Penguin rave about hers.  And now the desire is back.  More than ever now too.  I could make my envelope liners without having to hand-cut them, I could have our escort cards cut in fun shapes, and our menus could be circles!  And, Amazon is selling it for $200 less than what it is on

And, the desires just stands….need to think about this one and whether or not the FI wants to hear me cutting things on my Cricut at 2 in the morning (which is probably a big NO).

What should I do?  Buy it?  I could totally use it down the road (personalized stationary, thank you cards, scrapbooking, etc. etc.).  Oh the decisions!


marital bliss June 21, 2009

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Nothing like witnessing the marriage of two people truly in love.  I was so happy to attend M & M’s wedding on Saturday.  The wedding was beautiful and the reception was fun.  It made me really fall in love with Windows even more (which made me excited for having our reception there).  And, I of course took a ton of photos, but made sure to hit the dance floor a few times!  Here are some of my favorites from the night!

The fountain in the lobby of Windows.


The Bride and Groom’s entrance!


Cutting the cake!


First dance!


Congratulations to M & M!  Have a fantastic time on your honeymoon!!


a friend’s wedding June 20, 2009

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Not blogging about my own wedding tonight.  Haven’t had much inspiration lately, let alone, I haven’t really thought much about the next few steps in our wedding plans.  So, I’m taking a break to focus on the marriage of some friends.

Tomorrow I will be heading off downtown to witness the marriage of two good friends.  I am really looking forward to it for a few reasons.  1.  It has been nearly a year since I’ve been to a wedding.  2.  I adore the two friends that are marrying.  They are a fantastic couple and great friends.  3.  It is the first wedding I will be attending as an engaged woman, so I will have a different perspective this time around.  4.  Their reception is being held at Windows (7th floor), so it is a good opportunity for the FI to see a wedding there before ours (I’ve already been to a few there).

I really love witnessing the wedding of two people deeply in love.  It is a great reminder of why people marry in the first place.  And, in particular, M and M (how cute?!) are just a great fit.  Two of the nicest people I have ever met and could not be happier to have met them both.

I plan on taking a million photos tomorrow (surprise, surprise), so I’ll share a few.  I told M that I was going to play the paparazzi at her wedding and her photographer might not like me (so sue me).  I’ll be armed with both cameras so I don’t miss anything.