Monday, September 22, 2008

Recession Wedding?

I think we may have come to the conclusion that it just is not a great time to throw a wedding right now. I think maybe our 10 year anniversary sounds good, no? It seems irresponsible to be doing a wedding while people are having such a hard time. That and deposits are just a lot more of the overall budget right now than they would have been pre-gas craziness.

My babies will be 7 & 4. They will still be all yummy and cute right? Of course. Cheers!

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

A Little Birdie...

A little birdie sent me a wedding gift in the mail. I will post pictures and a real post later. In the mean-time thank you little anonymous birdie. You really made my day!

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Dress Inspiration

Lela Rose
So check the beading on this dress. I love it. I think the plan is to recreate this kind of beaded look on a more simple dress. I will be doing the beading myself. In theory. I found some great vintage beads online. Again. In theory. Theory. Maybe more like some vague glimmer of a dream. I usually do my sewing in the same room the kids eat spaghetti and pb&js in.

Monday, May 26, 2008

Etsy Finds - Earrings by Jennifer Rydin

I have sort of fallen in love with Etsy. I Don't know that I will buy anything because a lot of the items are things I can make myself. These earring sort of made me fall in love though. I am considering it. They are designed by Jennifer Rydin and I think they are fabulous. Beautiful vintage beads.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

My Photography

I am going to be using some of my own photographs as elements in my wedding. Any ideas besides paper goods? I was even thinking of doing some poster sized (that I would use in my home after) as decorations. We will see.

I just wanted to post some today as a low key post. I love taking photos of nature and I plan to feature details from nature all over.

Friday, May 2, 2008

The Cutest Flower Girl and Ring Bearer

I talked with my daughter and son and they have agreed to be the flower girl and ring bearer. I have to say this is THE best thing about having my wedding after we have been married a while. I really will have my whole family with me, even my children.

Gabriella's Bio:
Born May 28th, 2004. This will put her one month shy of five years old at the wedding.

Likes: Dress up. perfect for the wedding day right? Dancing & gymnastics. some of you have seen her moves at your own weddings. She just can't not not shake her booty. Peanut butter and chocolate. Straight from the jar. Jumpy Things. We are considering renting a moon walk - jumpy thing for the reception to fulfill a need to bounce. Tortillas. Fresh, day old, cold - no problem. She can be found munching corn tortillas for breakfast on a regular basis. It is her Cocoa Puffs. Dinosaurs. Shes just a cool girl.

Dislikes: Hitting. Her brother is whacking her in the head a lot lately. So far she has resisted the urge to wallop him. I expect this time next year I will not be able to say that. Water in her face. Nuff said. The Dog playing ruff and not bending to her will. haha ruff.

Natanael's Bio:
Born February 1st, 2007. This will put him at just over two years old at the wedding. He will have mastered the running amok at that point. He may be tackling Ella going down the aisle. We shall see!

Likes: Running food slathered fingers through his clean hair. Never fails. A nice cold baba on a hot day. he can throw back a bottle with the best of em. Satin blankies. He is a blankie boy it appears. Balls, cars & trucks. It amazes me how soon this starts. Nap time. When the boy is ready he is ready. Dogs. A boy and his dog, age old love story. Helping daddy. or really I could just say daddy.

Dislikes: Sitting still and being quiet. Family movie night is out for a while. The car seat. Not a fan of road trips. Teething.

I am so glad both Ella & Nate will be here to share this with us.
It will make it all the more special having our children as a part of our day.

By the way, they don't come cheap and they are booked far in advance so if you want your children to be your attendants you REALLY need to plan in advance at least 9 months in advance. If you would like to rent mine to avoid that whole thing, we can talk.

Friday, April 25, 2008

April 25th, 2009

Sounds like a good date right? Thats the day! I am quite amused that our anniversaries will be April 25, 27 & 29th.

So I officially have 365 days left. It's gonna be fun!

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Carbon Offsets for Your Wedding

Lets face it. Weddings seem to be all about bigger, better, fancier, best! There are very easy ways you can make your wedding have less negative impact on the environment. One example is buying Carbon Offsets to balance the carbon emissions your guests will use driving and flying to your wedding.

My wedding, approximately 150 people, will only be about $44.00 to offset!! Wedding Offsets Wedding Offsets

"Your purchase includes a certificate of offset with a handsome frame for display at your wedding (valued at $40, including shipping). The frame is made from salvaged Douglas Fir using environmentally responsible materials and business practices. After your wedding, the frame makes a great keepsake." - Terra Pass
This is a great example to set for your guests! While you are there look at how you can offset your car's emissions also.

Saturday, April 19, 2008

A Backyard Reception!

WARNING! This Post Requires Vision!
Maybe a little bit of denial also.
and perhaps a touch of glaucoma.

I am considering having a backyard reception, something my husband suggested and I adamantly refused even to consider. To say our yard is a diamond in the rough is a gross understatement . But it does have good bones, it has lots of potential. If I am going to pay a rental fee to somewhere why not take that money and invest it in my own property?

Our yard has large oak, maple and Bradford pears shading it. It is large enough at a little less than two acres and we have a couple buildings we could utilize as well. We could stay as long as we needed, utilize my kitchen, relax, play and hopefully save a little money!

There are lots of drawbacks. Mainly all the junk in my yard. What better motivation to clean it all up? Famous last words right? haha! I guess Alex and I will have to discuss this in greater detail and see if it is at all feasable. We shall see. I can assure the before and after pictures would be spectacular - the before isn't a whole lot yet!

UPDATE: Well here are some before pictures. It does indeed take vision. It will also take a lot of elbow grease, money, sweat and time.

We have since discussed and we are willing to sink in what we need to go ahead and turn this space we fell in love with three years ago into the space we thought then it could become. Our poor yard has had less than no work done on it since we have moved in.

Our biggest project we are discussing undertaking? A pergola off the back of our house. I hesitate to even put that in print as it may be much more than we imagine. I need to do some more research. I do know I will be spending many hours scowering the internet for ideas, sources and pictures! Wish us luck - also - we will so very gladly take help so thank you for offering! Even your child care alone would be helpful. It is hard to do this stuff with kids underfoot!!!

p.s. to give you an idea of my taste. I LOVE the doorknob above and that will not change. I love my little barn and will be using it as a studio after I clean it up a bit!

Thursday, April 17, 2008

The Maid of Honor

My sweet, goofy, intelligent, thoughtful, dreamer of a "little" sister agreed to do me the honor of being my maid of honor! I could not think of anyone better suited to stand next to me that day than her. She has put up with me, listened to me, put up with me, helped me, grown with me, put up with me, cried with me, cried because of me, counseled me, commiserated with me and put up with me for her 21 years. She is so much more than she knows to me and I am so proud to know not only is she my sister but she is a friend and a confidant who I can talk to when only a sister would listen and still love you. Thank you Lindsey! I am so proud of the woman you continue to become. God has wonderful things planned for you and I am excited to see what is in store!

This pictures is proof I was once taller than her.
I think this type of dress might be a good brides maid dress.
You know, something she can use again.
At Halloween.
Also, your totally in flats day of lol.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

How Cool Are These Cakes?

I just think these wedding cakes from the Knot are just purdy.
Disregard the pink.

The Polka Dot Cake is what I am leaning to for ours! Fun!

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

A Possible Color Palette - Hydrangea

I am having a lot of trouble figuring out my palette. I like lots of colors. Here is one possible palette. Not edgy or contemporary but very natural. An option.
I am working on more.

Potential Color Palette: Contemporary Hydrangea

Potential Color Palette: Moss & Glass

Another Potential Color Palette...

Friday, April 4, 2008

Honeymoon: la Visita de Mexico

Tour of Mexico....

I think it is official. We are scaling back on the ceremony and reception so we can spend more money on the honeymoon. What kind of self proclaimed travel addict who hasn't fed her addiction in way too long would I be if I didn't?

My husband is a native of Guerrero, Mexico. This home to the cliff divers of Acapulco is nicely positioned and holds many amenities a traveling couple could appreciate. Family, a base camp, a free car, and sunshine. Lots of sunshine. Don't skip over free car either.

My husband Alex has not been home to Mexico in twelve years. He left at the young age of 18 and had not seen many of the things outsiders associate with Mexico. I have never been and as a result still have not met two of my sisters. I think we know where we will be going for our honeymoon ladies and gentlemen.

I need to find some hidden gem of a beach for us to bum on.

Even though it is in the heart of cruise ship dump offs and a mecca for camera toting socks pulled way too high tourists - I would like to see Chechen Itza. It is one of the new seven wonders of the world and seeing as I have seen a total of 0 I need to start somewhere. As an archaeological junkie I will be visiting some harder to get to and thus quieter sites as well.

We took a few days on our recent trip and talked /day dreamed about some options. When I suggested Mexico his eyes lit up and he said "Okay!". So I think it is official! We then spent too long that day looking at a map of Mexico fantasizing about all the places we would like to hit. I think it would take months to absorb all the places, sights, sounds, foods and experiences we would like to take in. Not to mention the shopping I would like to do. Best of all? I have a built in translator! We will have to do some research and narrow down the list.

Thursday, April 3, 2008

Recyling Glass Bottles for Centerpieces & Decorations

I will be saving up interesting and pretty glass bottles up to use as decorations going along with the Green wedding idea. For those attending and helping, feel free to think of me at your recycling bins! Got a neat shaped olive oil bottle? Interesting vinegar bottle? Save them for me!

I am so glad to see that green weddings are getting more press these days. There are some absolutely elegant ideas out there that are low impact environmentally, high impact visually.

photo credit: bottom 3 Brides Magazine
top: Liana's Photography. Beautiful.

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Honeymoon In ?...

Since I am on break for a bit and out of town (till Monday) I thought I would leave my wonderful readers to help me out with some honeymoon ideas. They fall into two categories. Need a Passport and Needent a Passport. These only need to be relatively realistic. Where should we go? What should we do. We will NOT be taking children. What would you do given the opportunity? Dream a little dream with me! Comments please!!

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Padrinos & Madrinas - A Hispanic Wedding Tradition

There is a lovely tradition among many Hispanic countries when it comes to the wedding. While marriage is a bond between two people, it is just as much about bringing two families together. Hispanic families are much more communal and participate much more in each other's lives than many cultures. Part of the tradition in a Hispanic wedding, Mexican in my case, is the idea of the Padrino and the Madrina.

Historically this would have been a spiritual, emotional, and relational guide for the couple. The couple's Godparents as it loosely translates, would also support the new couple throughout the engagement and early years of marriage. Think extreme best man & maid of honor. Today this idea has evolved.

When I was first introduced to this idea it was one of the strangest things I had ever heard of. I asked "So you really ask other people to pay for your wedding stuff?" I could not get the idea through my head and it sounded kind of rude to me. In truth, it is a great honor to be asked to be a Padrino and it is taken very seriously. Think Groomsmen and Bridesmaids except you aren't annoyed about the tux you have to rent or the dress you will never wear again, you are actually excited. Again, it is as if you have been asked to me the Best man or the Maid of Honor. This is big.

There are Padrinos for certain elements of the traditional Hispanic wedding mass. There is a processional of elements in the ceremony including a small pillow to kneel on, a lasso to join the couple, a rosary, the guest book and the unity coins. These are very traditional elements and we are not sure which we will be incorporating at this point. (We are not Catholic though he was raised as such. We will be having a more laid back ceremony performed by our pastor.)

I have been asked to be the Madrina of a couple things since Alex and I have been married. Two of Alex's sisters have had weddings in our seven years. In the first we purchased the wedding rings. In the second we purchased the bride's gown. After providing these I feel much more comfortable with how this all works and I look forward to incorporating my families into our ceremony like this.

It really does make it more personal this way! As I previously mentioned individuals in my family volunteered to help me make our wedding happen. By volunteering their services, time, and talents they have become my Madrinas and will forever be linked to my heart for their additions to my special day.

As I think about what needs to be done and who to ask I get a little nervous. All of my Madrinas so far are from my side of the family - the non Hispanic side! I will be asking for help with many more things in the coming months and while I look forward to it knowing that it is indeed an honor, it makes me nervous! There is still a language barrier between my husband's family and I so I automatically get over nervous about doing things the right way. As if I haven't been married to him seven years already!

Grascias Madrinas!

Moss & Recycled Wedding Decor

I love these moss covered letters one bride made. Moss I have!

What a fantastic use of cans.
I will have to take a look at these some more later.

Another idea: I have lots of dairies out my way. I wonder if I could get them to let me borrow any milk bottles for vases for my wedding day... worth a shot.

photos from's fantastic inspiration boards!