Jul 03, 2010

  • Last updated on October 24, 2010 at 6:26 pm
  • |

On 10/24/10 I met with a friend for an informal, fun detail shoot!  I know I have a bazillion pictures already, but felt I was missing a few details & she was nice enough to take them for me :)















Photos courtesy of


Some DIY shots :)







Detail Inspiration 2    Detail Inspiration
  PW Sources: Dreaday, Kaytana17, AnnaBananaShenanigans, Pwani20 (candle pic)

  • Last updated on October 19, 2010 at 8:56 am
  • |

Feeling the Love photo 1


* On 7/19/10 (while I was on my HM!) I was chosen to be a PW hostess!  I was absolutely ecstatic because I love this community so very much. 

Have a question for me?  Feel free to head over to the "Ask a Hostess" group and ask me anything...I love to help!


On 7/27/10 Traci from Real Photography blogged our wedding & here are the kind words she had about our wedding:

Melissa and Derek were married at Red Rocks Park with their reception at Mt Vernon Event Center on July 3rd.  If you want unique wedding ideas, Melissa is the girl to talk to!

Their wedding was chalk full of unique details–many of which I hadn’t seen before (and that’s saying something)!  I’m saving some pictures for our wedding ideas series that I’m going to start in the fall, but here are just some of the cool details that Melissa had: a quilt for everyone to sign that included some of their engagement photos, custom dress hanger, a flower ceremony in the same theme as a sand ceremony, super cute wedding programs, shoes that her bridesmaids signed in blue, gerber daisy and lime centerpieces, pink uplighting, heart shaped sparklers, and custom matchbooks.

Melissa and Derek love Colorado and wanted a lot of the unique Colorado scenery in their portraits.  With their ceremony at Red Rocks Park, it was easy to create some majestic Colorado portraits!


On 8/16/10 msdl invited me to start off the "Meet Your Hostesses" series in the Newbie Corner group.  I love this!!  Here is my post:


* On 10/18/10 redwhitebride featured me on her amazing blog as the "stylish bride" of the week!  I am so excited & honored :)  Check it out:


* On 10/19/10 redwhitebride posted part 2 of my "stylish bride" feature.  Check it out too:


* Also on 10/19/10 the fabulous ajfisher blogged about me (and Jaryce21) and the brooch bracelets we bought from her on Etsy.  Her words really tugged at my heart strings :)  Check it out:


* On 10/26/10 redwhitebride featured me on her blog again!  This time she has blogged my RTD :)


* On 12/8/10 my TTD pics were featured on my favorite local blog, Couture Colorado.  Check it out:


* On 12/9/10 I received the special honor of Bio of the Week!!  I am so, so, so excited :)  I was also the first PW member to receive all 15 badges!!  It was a great day:


* On 12/29/10 my photographers started off their "Best of 2010" posts.  We were selected as the first pic of the "Best of Bride & Groom" pics...I am so excited!!


* On 12/30/10 my photographers made their "Best Shoes of 2010" post & the bottom of my shoes made the cut!


* On 3/28/11 our wedding was featured on Brenda's Wedding Blog...check it out!


* On 5/23/11 I was chosen as PW's Tablescape of the Week!  I was completely shocked, and very honored :)


  • Last updated on September 30, 2010 at 5:06 pm
  • |

On 9/18/10 I reached my 10,000th post!  Here was my monumental post:


Well I made it to 10k & am thrilled!  I love this community more than words can express.  You all have been here for me through happy times & sad & I have made so many friends along the way.  My wedding day was more than I ever dreamed it would be & I have PW to thank for it!  I absolutely love being a hostess & helping keep this community fun, supportive & accepting, as well as sharing my joy & love for all things weddings :)  H ere are a few quick shout outs before DH's debut:

@hostesses: Thank you for being a strong, supportive group of women.  You have all inspired me, lifted me up & made me smile.  I <3 each & everyone of you & am honored to be part of the team :)

@Allie, Drea: Thank you so, so much for showing me an awesome time during my b-party redo (Claire too!).  You two have been so helpful, kind & inspiring & I hope this friendship continues to blossom beyond PW.

@msdl: Thank you for always being so kind, supportive & sweet!  You're so complimentary & you are one of those ladies that make PW incredible :)


My DH wasn't really sure what to write (since he didn't do my 5k post), so here is his "story of us".  Enjoy!


What can I say about my wife?  In high school she wasn’t a cheerleader because they were all un-athletic & terrible.  So my wife was on the dance team, not a lame wanna be “stomp the yard” team, but a legitimate talented dance team who yielded real skill.  Although we were only friends back then, I still noticed how talented and beautiful she was. However, she enjoyed the company of a d-bag boyfriend at the time and I didn’t really think sh e could ever be interested in me. So I continued on with my life as any other human would, and although I hit the "friend zone" pretty hard I stayed a great admirer of hers as she would occasionally call throughout college to keep in touch and hang out every now and again.

A year or so went by and I found myself in Calc 2 and sure enough there she was. She was a great friend. I thought I was smart as hell getting my degree in Biochemistry, but she took calculus to the next level for me. She carried my ass into getting an A in that class and frankly I considered that one of the sexiest things anyone could ever do for me. Crappy thing was that at the time I was in a relationship and so was she. So once again the timing was off and I was probably a little too fat. So more time went by and I worked out, lost weight, and studied hard.

Walking outside the biology building I here my name, turn around and barely recognize her by how beautiful she was. She pops up again and I think we exchanged numbers or maybe we still had ours, but soon after we started hanging out again. As we went into graduation we started hanging out and she even hung out at my graduation party, but I was still in the "friend zone". I didn’t know how to get out of the "friend zone", but no man really knows how. I tell you how… make sure she has a big mouth twin sister who you have also known since high school and have her take you aside and tell you that her sister is interested in you. I realize that this is an unlikely situation for the rest of you, but I also saw this unlikely situation as what some of us would call fate or destiny. It sounds lame, but she was someone special and I have known this for years.

After that all happened… we dated, moved in together, and fell in love. I don’t want to minimize all of this time being in love, buying a house and living in complete happiness, but the time seems to roll by faster when you are enjoying life so much. I waited too long to ask her to marry me, but I finally did it and she actually said yes. I was on top of the world, and she planned and decorated the most beautiful wedding anyone could ever think of. We went on the most beautiful honeymoon, and had the most wonderful time.

The thing about life though is that when it seems like you are on top, for some reason life finds a way to knock you down. Melissa was diagnosed with Thyroid cancer just 67 days after our wedding and what started as a voyage into happiness, quickly turned into the stormy darkness that we will fight through together. What’s frustrating is that she has to do all the fighting, I can only cheer for her on the sidelines just like I did all those years ago in high school. I love you Mel, and I know you will be able to take this on just like everything else you have encountered.  Congrats on 10k.



Sorry this was so long!  Thanks again's to the next 10k :)

Lots of <3,


  • Last updated on September 22, 2010 at 8:06 am
  • |

I had so much fun during my TTD, that I wanted more!  I decided to put my dress on one last time & rock some pictures. *sigh*  I hope this brings me some closure, because I am having a hard time grieving over the "loss" of my wedding!



RTD pics courtesy of Dawn Sparks Photography:











Rock the Dress Teasers:



  Here are my inspiration pictures for the vibe/look I am hoping to achieve:

  Rock The Dress photo 1   Rock The Dress photo 2

Rock The Dress photo 3   Rock The Dress photo 4   Rock The Dress photo 5

  Rock The Dress photo 6   Rock The Dress photo 7


  RTD Bouquet courtesy of PW's very talented Dreaday!




  • Last updated on August 6, 2010 at 9:36 pm
  • |


Pro Pics Reception photo 1   Pro Pics Reception photo 2   Pro Pics Reception photo 3 

Pro Pics Reception photo 4   Pro Pics Reception photo 5   Pro Pics Reception photo 6

Pro Pics Reception photo 7   Pro Pics Reception photo 8   Pro Pics Reception photo 9

Pro Pics Reception photo 10   Pro Pics Reception photo 11   Cake 

Pro Pics Reception photo 14      Pro Pics Reception photo 15  

Pro Pics Reception photo 16     

 Pro Pics Reception photo 17  

 Pro Pics Reception photo 18  



Pro Pics Reception photo 19   Pro Pics Reception photo 20   Pro Pics Reception photo 21

    Pro Pics Reception photo 23

 Pro Pics Reception photo 24   Pro Pics Reception photo 25

Pro Pics Reception photo 26   Pro Pics Reception photo 27   Pro Pics Reception photo 30

Pro Pics Reception photo 29   Pro Pics Reception photo 40   Pro Pics Reception photo 31

      Pro Pics Reception photo 34

 Pro Pics Reception photo 35  

 Pro Pics Reception photo 37   Pro Pics Reception photo 38

Pro Pics Reception photo 39   Pro Pics Reception photo 41  

    Pro Pics Reception photo 48

 Pro Pics Reception photo 44   Pro Pics Reception photo 45

 Pro Pics Reception photo 46   Pro Pics Reception photo 47  

 Pro Pics Reception photo 49  

    Pro Pics Reception photo 51

Pro Pics Reception photo 52   Pro Pics Reception photo 53   Pro Pics Reception photo 54


  • Last updated on August 6, 2010 at 5:28 am
  • |


      Pro Pics Details photo 1

 Pro Pics Details photo 4   Pro Pics Details photo 5

   Pro Pics Details photo 7   Pro Pics Details photo 8

 Pro Pics Details photo 9   Pro Pics Details photo 10

Pro Pics Details photo 11   Pro Pics Details photo 12  

Pro Pics Details photo 14   Pro Pics Details photo 15   Pro Pics Details photo 16

    Pro Pics Details photo 17

Pro Pics Details photo 19   Pro Pics Details photo 20   Pro Pics Details photo 21

 Pro Pics Details photo 22   Pro Pics Details photo 23   Pro Pics Details photo 24 

  Pro Pics Details photo 25   Pro Pics Details photo 26

  Pro Pics Details photo 27   Pro Pics Details photo 28  

Pro Pics Details photo 29   Pro Pics Details photo 30   Pro Pics Details photo 31

 Pro Pics Details photo 32   Pro Pics Details photo 33

Pro Pics Details photo 34   Pro Pics Details photo 35   Pro Pics Details photo 36

 Pro Pics Details photo 37   Pro Pics Details photo 38

Pro Pics Details photo 39   Pro Pics Details photo 40   Pro Pics Details photo 41

Pro Pics Details photo 42   Pro Pics Details photo 43   Pro Pics Details photo 44

 Pro Pics Details photo 45  

    Pro Pics Details photo 66

Pro Pics Details photo 49   Pro Pics Details photo 50   Pro Pics Details photo 51

   Pro Pics Details photo 55  

Pro Pics Details photo 62   Pro Pics Details photo 63   Pro Pics Details photo 61

  Pro Pics Details photo 65   Pro Pics Details photo 58

  Pro Pics Details photo 67   Pro Pics Details photo 68 

   Pro Pics Details photo 71  

Pro Pics Details photo 69   Pro Pics Details photo 64      

Pro Pics Details photo 72   Pro Pics Details photo 73    Pro Pics Details photo 74

   Pro Pics Details photo 75   Pro Pics Details photo 76