Jul 03, 2010

  • Last updated on January 11, 2010 at 4:00 pm
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My niece will be 8 months old at my wedding and is going to be my "flower girl".  She is going to look adorable in this tiny little dress.


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Flower Girl Gifts

I am buying her a cute little picture frame and this piggy bank (which will have her name on it):

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  • Last updated on January 10, 2010 at 4:26 pm
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Save the Dates:

I found this really cute Christmas poem that talked about Saving the Date for a 4th of July weekend wedding and I had to use it (thank you if it was a PW bride, I cannot remember where I found it)!  I modified the poem to fit us and printed and adhered it to left side of our Christmas cards.  I also made DIY magnets for the right side of the Christmas card.  My FSIL is a whiz at Photoshop so she made these ordinary pics of us look like we were in a photo booth holding save the date signs (inspiration from a bride on Offbeat Bride blog).  Sounds like a lot going on, but people LOVED them!  I got so many compliments.

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Here's what the poem said:

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I bought the digital invitation from Designs Made Easy on Etsy & the pistachio vertico pocketfolds from Cards & Pockets.  I made all of the inserts & the wrap around labels using word (tons of trial & error!) and printed everything on my home printer.  They were soooo much work but I love how they turned out!!

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            Invitation Inserts:

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RSVP Card (Mad Libs and Traditional Version):

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All Wrapped Up!

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Ready for the Post Office:

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Invitation to the Obamas & Minnie & Mickey Mouse:

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Response from the Obamas:                                         Response from Mickey & Minnie:

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Flip flop basket:

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Table #'s (one of each frame style):

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Waterbottle Labels:

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Crossword Puzzle Layered Menu Cards:

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Reserved Signs for the Ceremony:

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I DO letters for the cake table:

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Bathroom Baskets:

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Women's Basket: wet wipes, deodorant, Q-Tips, cotton balls, nail files, nail clipper, clear nail polish, brush, lint roller, gum, mints, aspirin, band-aids, bobby pins, lotion, hand sanitizer, dental floss, contact lens cleaner, eye drops, tampons, pads, mouthwash, antacid, hair spray, Shout wipes, Tide pen, Wisp mini mouth brushes.

Men's Basket: all the same as women's except no clear nail polish, tampons, pads or bobby pins, and a comb is substituted for the brush.


Signs for bathroom baskets:

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Signature Drink Sign:

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Cake Stand Mock-Up:

Overhead Lights On:

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Overhead Lights Off:

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 Sign for Cake Table:

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Photo Collage:

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Our favor boxes will have chocolate covered pretzels rods & a little pouch of whoppers!

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Escort Card Display:

Our "escort cards" are going to be envelopes and they are going to be displayed in mailboxes by last name.


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 Escort Cards:                                                       Close up of "return address":



Inside the envelope is this photo thank you card!


Cab Sign:

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Blinged Out Mirror:



  • Last updated on January 10, 2010 at 3:37 pm
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I have 6 bridesmaids and they will all be wearing a David's Bridal dress of their choice in Watermelon.  Here are the dresses they picked:

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They will be wearing champagne colored shoes to match my dress and this light green illusion necklace and earrings set:

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Proposing to the Bridesmaids:

To ask my bridesmaids to be in the wedding I sent them a letter that said:

If I promise not to make you wear this...

(insert pic of their head on an ugly bridesmaid dress)

Will you please be my bridesmaid?

Love, Melissa



Here are the pics I sent them:

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Gifts for the Girls:

Contributed $50 towards their dresses

Jewelry Set (above)

Picture tote bag:

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DIY BM Survival Kit with TONS of stuff:

Tissues, Q-tips, hairspray, tweezers, clear nail polish, mini brush with mirror, peanuts, gum, mini chocolates, 5 hour energy shot, tampon, Tide pen, sewing kit, hand sanitizer, Advil, mints, hair ties, Bandaids, safety pins, bobby pins, lollipops, deodarant & Chapstick

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Monogram bling picture frame, monogram tissues, & heart shaped measuring spoons:

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DIY Tank Tops:

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  • Last updated on January 10, 2010 at 3:26 pm
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My gown is an Oleg Cassini CT203 in champagne:



Me in the dress:                                    After hair trial:

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Cathedral Veil:

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Hair Flower:

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My shoes:

These were such a splurge but they are in my wedding colors and are Michael Kors!

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My jewelry:

Tiffany's pearl necklace & earrings that FI gave me a few years ago & a brooch bracelet:

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Dress Label:

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  • Last updated on January 10, 2010 at 3:03 pm
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We got engaged on April 13, 2009!

Derek and I went to Cozumel, Mexico for a much needed vacation. The first night we were there we took a walk along the beach after dinner. We walked out onto this rock formation and we were standing there holding each other,
listening to the ocean and enjoying the moonlight. Derek's heart started beating very fast and then he said "I hope this is a pretty enough place for you Mel". Then he got down on his knee and asked me to marry him. Since it was dark out and we were on these rocks, I was too nervous to take the ring out of the box for fear I would drop it in the ocean. We walked to these hammocks close by where I put the ring on and we talked for hours. Then we went back to our resort's bar to celebrate with a Mexican Flag shot (the most disgusting shot I think I've ever had!).


My ring:


We had never gone ring shopping before so I think he did such a great job all by himself. It is a 3-stone round diamond ring in platinum. It is super sparkly!


Both my diamonds:  A bottle of Tequila shaped as a diamond & the diamond ring I got the night before!



  • Last updated on January 10, 2010 at 2:48 pm
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Derek and I met in high school, about 13 years ago!  We were friends throughout high school and college.  During our junior year at the University of Colorado we had Calculus 2 together and started spending more time together.  In 2004 I went to a 4th of July party at Derek's house and by the end of the night I had told Derek that I thought I liked him more than a friend!  We have been together ever since.  We really wanted to get married on the 4th of July but since it's a Sunday this year, we chose the 3rd of July instead.  Our wedding will be the day before our 6 year anniversary!

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