Sep 24, 2011
It only took a couple of hours of shopping (after months of "researching," of course) to find her! After some serious back and forth between two dresses, I have chosen Mori Lee Blu 4164 (without the bolero):
The sash that came with the dress is actually champagne colored, but I'm going to try to find a copper sash to replace it.
I also want to have the neckline and dress shape adjusted a bit, so it's less a-line, more trumpet, like this one:
ordered from alexbridal on etsy.com
After trying on LOTS of pink heels, I finally decided to at least "try" another color. And thank goodness I did! I love my Eschers from Nine West! They are so sparkly :) They're not quite "copper" but I don't care!
ordered from afisherdesigns on etsy.com (PW's own AJFisher)
My earrings and necklace will be my "something borrowed" - my FI's grandma is lending them to me for the wedding. They go great with my bracelet by AJ!
ordered from plainNfancy on esty.com
We had our enagement pictures taken by the amazing Jonathan Roberts of Bluephoto. To incorporate our interests, we decided to do a baking themed engagement shoot. We made cinnamon rolls :)
Here are some of my favorite pictures:
Save the Date!
I made the design for our Save the Date magnets using Illustrator and one of our engagement pictures:
I ordered 60 magnets from Vistaprint for a little over $43. Can't wait to actually send these puppies out!
Since 2/3 of my bridesmaids live a minimum of 3 hours away, I decided to create an bridesmaid newsletter to get everyone on the same page.
I used Microsoft Word to create the newsletter. It's basically a bunch of text boxes and images - nothing to fancy or difficult!
The sections include a thank you note from me, a mini bio with contact info for each BM, a blurb about our venue, our colors/theme, their attire, and then important dates for them (when to get dresses ordered, etc).
I love my groups. They're full of helpful advice, inspiration, and a wee bit of silliness :)
PW Wedding Services
The Recipe Exchange
Wifeys in the kitchen
Dressilyme - Dress(es)
Milly Dress Brides
Bake & Swap
Project Wedding Conference
Central California Brides
Do It Yourself Weddings
Ask a Hostess!
September 2011 Brides
Cake, Sweets & Treats!
Where to Find...
Our wedding invitations feature many botanical prints, and I want to continue that theme with the flowers featured in our wedding. The flowers I'm focusing on are dahlias (love them!), lilies, carnations, and possibly roses. I just love the way the white roses look in the copper pails.
First crack at the DIY bridesmaid bouquet:
While recently browsing through bridesmaid dresses, I noticed a very cute necklace for sale at www.dessy.com.
(Inspiration photo from www.dessy.com)
I have six bridesmaids, and am on a budget. As the necklace cost $35 ea, I decided that I would DIY the necklace, and give it to my bridesmaids as gifts, for a lot less.
Here is what I did:
- (17) 14mm glass pearls (I purchased mine from www.auntiesbeads.com)
- (5) 8mm or 10mm rhinestone bead spacers (I purchased 10mm from Your Perfect Gifts on ebay.com - 8mm that I liked were difficult to find)
- 26 guage beading wire
- (2) 10mm jump rings
- (2) Crimp beads
- (2) 1.5 ft strips of 5/8" - 1" ribbon, depending on preference (I am thinking of going slightly longer for future necklaces)
- Thread to match the ribbon
- Crimping Pliers or Needle nose pliers (I used the latter, and they worked fine)
- A needle
You can pretty much get all of the supplies from a craft store like JoAnn's or Michael's, however, I had trouble finding the right beads, so I opted to purchase those online instead.
My total cost was about $11 per necklace, with the rhinestone bead spacers being the most expensive item (I got 30 for $31.30 incl. shipping and tax).
1. Cut a piece of beading wire, about 6 inches longer than you need it to be (mine were around a 18")
2. Place one of the crimp beads on the wire, then thread the wire through one of the jump rings and back through the crimp bead. It should look like this:
3. Get the crimp bead as close to the jump hoop as possible, and smush the crimp bead closed using the pliers. There's a great tutorial on using crimp beads here for further instruction.
4. Begin stringing your beads. My pattern was 1 pearl, rhinestone bead, 4 pearls, rhinestone bead, 3 pearls, rhinestone bead, 4 pearls, rhinestone bead, 3 pearls, rhinestone bead, 2 pearls.
5. Close off the end using the other crimp bead and jump ring.
6. Moving on to ribbons...prep the ribbons by cutting one end of each on a diagonal, and carefully singeing all ends with a lighter. This will prevent the ribbons from fraying, and give them a finished look
7. Thread the straight cut side (not the diagonal cut) of one of the ribbons through one of the jump rings, and fold the end of the ribbon back over itself, and around the jump ring.
8. Secure the ribbon with one or two stitches using the needle and thread. You choose to use super glue instead - I was worried about it seeping through and looking dark. I've had issues with glue lately.
9. Fold the edges of the ribbon together to cover and conceal the folded over end, and using the needle and thread, sew them together. Make sure to knot the thread a couple times so that the stitch won't unravel - feel free to whip out some glue if you feel the need to doubly secure it.
10. Repeat steps 7-9 with the other ribbon on the other jump ring.
11. Try on your necklace and enjoy!