As I get more pictures, I'll add and do a full recap. Until then:
I'm a peacock/button bride. Our main color is navy blue with accents of ivory, antique gold and a "light olive," as I like to call it. As far as "vibe" goes, we're shooting for our twist on a night at a jazz club in Paris/Rome in the late 1950s. And these are elements I want to include:
>> Stay tuned for more <<
The good, the bad and the (potentially) ugly from the past two weeks.
- Mom found awesome 1947 pattern for her MOB dress.
- We went to Mood Fabrics (yes, I'm a Project Runway geek, but I do live in New York, so it wasn't that far of a trip) and found perfect fabric exactly the color I imagined for her dress.
- We found materials for my veil that match my dress PERFECTLY for all of $11.
- I think we also settled on a veil design that will work for me, so I get to stop worrying about that.
- Finally figured out what the eff I'm going to do with my hair.
- Found beautiful fabric to make the ring bearer pillow of my dreams (never thought I'd have such a thing, BTW).
- Located the tuxedo vendor of my dreams and they are currently ordering navy blue tuxes for the groomsmen to try.
- FI coordinated said recon mission for tuxes with his boys.
- Finally found a wedding band that meets all of my criteria: I love it, it will compliament my vintage engagement ring, AND can be coordinated with my FI's band to reflect his wishes regarding the style of his band.
- Came up with a really cohesive plan for my decorations.
- Discovered the bounty of upcycled buttons available on ebay.
- Learned that 4 of my 5 BM dresses came in.
- Found the honeymoon locale to fit all of our needs.
- Owning up to the fact that I don't want to schlep around town the morning of my wedding to have everything done - I'd rather just go to the spa I love that's next door to the wedding hotel and get both hair and make-up done there.
- Scheduling our engagement shoot!
- My mom volunteered to make reuseable canvas bags for the OOT welcome bags (which makes me very happy since I would like this thing to have an air of environmental responsibility around it all).
- My florists' purported lack of access to navy blue diamonds for the dinner tables.
- Identifying something for my flower girl to throw or have in her basket as she walks down the isle (we're doing a cut-flower-free wedding, BTW, so petals are out).
- Identifying exactly what the flower girl is going to wear.
Edit (4/8/2010): My brilliant MOH suggested throwing eucalyptus leaves since they will figure into our centerpieces. They're the PERFECT color. Now I just have to talk my florist into it (seems to always be an issue). Also, thanks to fellow-PWer XxAshleyxX007, I know what my FG is going to wear.
Edit: (4/16/2010): Went to an event last night at our venue and chatted with our event coordinator. Navy for the tables is not a problem AND I don't have to wrangle with my florist about it.
Annoyances I can feel coming on:
- Figuring out the perfect place to stay in Malta.
- Figuring out the right music for the ceremony.
First the inspiration:
I made this in preparation for my hair trial on Friday. Obviously I am in love with sideswept bangs, a low bun and the swirl.
All photos from theknot.com except the brunette - she came from a post on greenweddingshoes.com.
Edit: the swirl thing did NOT work. Looked, literally, like an old-fashioned home for bees, thanks to my very thick hair. On to plan B (not "bee"). This is what we came up with at my trial:
I wanted a style that was up, classic yet architectual. I will be wearing a veil for the ceremony but that will come off shortly thereafter and I don't plan on putting anything else in my hair.
So, this is neither me nor my FH (we're a whole lot more life-like), but it IS the tuxedo he and the groomsmen will be wearing to coordinate with the navy bridesmaids. I am thrilled that the bridal party is not going to look like a big bruise (which is all I could see when I looked at navy vests with a black tux). Photo from http://www.mytuxedocatalog.com/.>
Our e-pic session is in a few weeks and we're doing it in lower Manhattan, near City Hall, Brooklyn Bridge, 60 Center Street (the court house featured in Law & Order) and some parks. I'm SO EXCITED to do Brooklyn Bridge pictures. These (on greenweddingshoes at http://greenweddingshoes.com/real-wedding-carissa-joshuas-new-york-wedding/) simply fuel my excitement.
Despite my intentions to cobble something together, I think it's better on everyone if my FG's mom just has to buy a dress and, at $24, you can't beat this one from mygirldress.com:
A David's Bridal classic and the first of my button bouquets. I also was thinking about giving them peacock eye fascinators for their hair (which will be up too). I think it will work, but there may be too much going on. Thoughts?
Elizabeth Arden Red Door at the Westchester did hair and make-up for me, my MOH, two BF/BMs and my amazing mom. Since there's not a vendor page for them and they did SUCH an amazing job, I decided to dedicate part of my bio to them.
First off, ChrisAnn did an amazing job with my eyebrows and she's such a terrific spirit too boot, I can't imagine going to anyone else. She is nothing short of awesome.
Amy did my up-do. It took 2 tries, thanks to my extra-long hair, but she was so fastidious - it was exactly what every bride would want and I got compliments all. night. long. And it didn't move a bit, despite all of my dancing. <3 Lisa did amazing jobs with my Mom and MOH's hairstyles. She was able to replicate two drastically different styles and they both looked fantastic all night.
Kaylyn, the make-up artist saved the day. I did my trial with Pat several months ago and LOVED her work, only to discover 48 hours before my make-up appointment that she was out on medical leave and hadn't done make-up there in months.&nbs p; Despite making a big deal about wanting Pat to do my make-up with Courtney (the bridal coordinator and my sole complaint about the vendor), no one told me about the staffing change until I had a casual conversation with another staffer. Kaylyn graciously made room for a last minute trial (which was comped, due to the last minute change-up), worked with me to get the look I wanted and soldiered through scheduling changes due to hair the next morning to do fantastic make-up for us all o n which we were still getting compliments after midnight.
In addition to all of the great work these specific individuals did, the support staff were amazing, accommodating and truly a pleasure to be around. They made the girly morning at the spa everything I wanted, my bridal party look fantastic and me feel so elegant on my wedding day. I can't say enough good things about them! Their prices are competitive for the area and the service incredible.
**Pics to come when I can marshal them from my MOH