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Oct 15, 2010

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So this isn't a wedding bouquet, since I'm already married and don't have any RL friends getting married at the moment, but I thought it came out neat, and I wanted to share!

My mom's birthday is coming up later this month and she LOVES fun socks. So my hubby and I got her a BUNCH of fun socks and I really wanted a fun way to give them to her. Since her birthday falls just a week and a 1/2 after Easter, I thought "OOOOHHH! Egg hunt with socks in the eggs!" But then we realized that a pair of socks was too big for the eggs... so I decided to put just 1 sock from each pair into an egg and put the rest in a basket or something.

THEN I thought "OOOOHHH!!! Sock flowers!" Turns out it's actually a thing and I was able to find tutorials on how to fold/roll the socks into 'roses'. I was still unsure how to put them together, until I thought how fun it would be to make it into a bouquet! So without further adieu, the sock flower bouquet that I made for my mom:

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And before I got to that, this is just the socks by themselves:

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Hope you all enjoy!!  :)

 

ETA:  I made some additions this afternoon that I wanted to share!  I got to looking at how I'd put the whole thing together and the floral tape that was holding it all, and decided that while that was nice, I wanted to see if I could pretty it up even more. So this isn t photo 3332497-1

So I got out the ribbon that I had available and set to work. I thought at first that I would just put green ribbon and pin it, but then I realized that blended in too much.

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So I found some pretty pink ribbon that added a really nice pop, and started lacing it up! Then I added some flowers...lol So this isn t photo 3332497-3 Here's the results:

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So on Easter when the family got together, my husband and I gave the bouquet to my mom and she was BLOWN AWAY!  We pretty much literally knocked her socks off (pun intended!  :D)  She just kept going on about how awesome the bouquet looked and how much time I spent on such a neat gift for her!  :)  She's adamant that she's not taking it apart for a while.  lol she's got 14 complete pairs of socks that didn't have a mate that made it into the bouquet and she's decided that's more then good for her until she's had her fill of showing it off to friends.  :D  

I'm soooo thrilled with her reaction!!!  :D

A few more pictures from Easter when I gave it to my mom (no particular order):

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And for anyone interested in seeing the socks used:

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So anyway, Easter and my sock bouquet was a huge success!  :)


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Unfortunately I don't have a ton of pictures of some of these because I didn't take them (or as many of them) as I was making them or of the finished product, and they didn't get much attention at the wedding.  BUT.  I still do have pictures of everything!  :)

I had a total of 3 baskets that I used.  All three had dual purposes at the wedding:  Flower girl basket held the guestbook pages at the reception, the program basket held the finished guestbook pages, the bubble basket held pens for the guestbook pages.  The baskets:

Flower girl basket:

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This basket already has a page of it's own, so I won't go into detail about it on this one.  If you want to read/see more about it, you can look here:  http://www.projectwedding.com/biography/list/dodgercpkl/diy-flower-girl-basket 

Program basket (I have a before and after of this one):

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This basket was fairly easy to make.  I used wire ribbon for the white floppy bows and then finished it off with a nice bow in a silky type of blue ribbon.  I hot glued them to the basket handle and then added spots of hot glue to keep the blue ribbon falling in those gentle curls like that.  :)  The ribbons were materials that I already had on hand, and the basket cost me maybe $4 at Goodwill.

Bubbles basket:

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I don't have any before pictures of this basket, but again it was fairly easy.  I used the same types of ribbons as I did in the last one and just played with the bow until I got this look.  Then I hot glued it to the basket and I was done!  :)  This basket was originally going to be my flower girl basket, but we decided it was too small.  I love that I was able to repurpose it!  The basket was $2.50 at Tall Mouse.

 

 

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I ended up having 5 different signs at my wedding altogether.  3 for the guestbook and 2 for the dessert table.  In each case it was a pretty simple matter of figuring out the font I wanted to use and any decor I wanted to have printed around it and then just printing and framing.  For the guestbook I wanted clean and simple and this is what I ended up with:

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Again, they were fairly easy.  The squigly flourish was a frame that I found and downloaded for free from the internet and then sized to fit the dollar store white frames that I bought.

For the dessert signs, I wanted a bit more of an ornate frame, and since they were dark brown and didn't really match anything in our decor, I added a bit to tie them in!  I really ended up liking the fact that I had a theme of tiny matching details on things - the flower/sparkly stickers that I used on these frames also were used on my table name cards and on my card box!

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So the sign part is just simple printed paper that I centered in the dollar store frames, and then I added the flower and blue crystal embellishments!

 

Since I'm writing this well after my wedding has been said and done, I can add in pictures of how they all looked on the day.  First off the baskets/guestbook page signs, first in their ceremony use and then in the reception use:

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And the dessert signs (the pictures I posted above are from the reception too, since I failed to remember to take any prior to the wedding!):

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If you use any of my pro pictures, please credit William Dick of WDPhotoInc.com

 

Last but not least of my pro pic inclusive pages are the reception pics.  I'm going to include 5 groupings of pics for this - random favorite shots of people and the reception in general, first dance, father/daughter dance, cake cutting, posed shots, and non-pros.  Other then that, these aren't really in any particular order, and every so often I'll be adding in non-pro pics that I love as well.  **As a note, we didn't have dancing other then the 2 dances listed, so that's why you won't see any other dancing photos!  lol

First off - The venue!  We had our reception at the gorgeous Norman P Murray Center in Mission Viejo.  Here are some shots that I took when we went to view it:

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Random reception shots (just a note - I loved that people kept coming up to me at the reception and showing me something they had written or drawn on the guest book pages I made!  You can see that in this first pic):

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Us with our wedding cake early on in the evening, and then showing it off to one of our very good friends from the online game that Anton and I met while playing:

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I don't know what it is about this picture, but it's awesome and I smile every time I see it:

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This little girl is the daughter of some of our friends from game, and she is just the cutest!  She was so delighted to hold the bouquet of "the beautiful lady in the princess dress" and I was so tickled to hear from her mom later that she asked if I was Cinderella!

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We finally ate!

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PART 2 - First dance:

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Father/Daughter Dance (can you tell that my dad was talking nearly the whole song? lol):

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Cake cutting!  This has one of my only regrets of the evening.  Our wedding planner asked us if we would like to announce the cake cutting and we made the mistake of saying no.  We were thinking that people would be bored and not really care to see and we were thinking that we didn't want to have everyone's eyes on us again (after the dancing).  But in retrospect, we should have.  My mom for one (and I know there were others too) told us afterward that she was so bummed because she didn't even get to see it.  Oh well... nothing we can do now, but I figured I would add it in so that maybe I can save others from the same mistake!  :)  We loved our cake and I love love LOVE the pictures that Will (our photographer) got of us cutting it!  And I LOVE our EVE Online wedding cake!

Oh and before I post the pictures I have to relate that I got what I consider to be the best compliment on it the other day!  Back story:  Because this cake is based on an MMO that we play, after the wedding I posted some pictures of it (and the rest of our EVE Online related things) on the game forums.  The game posted a link to the thread on facebook so A LOT of people have now seen them!  Lots of good comments and surprisingly few nasty ones (game forums tend to have people that like to be meaner for some reason so this was a total surprise that it was mostly nice), but the best response I've had so far came a few days ago.  Another lady gamer that plays EVE pulled up a private chat with me and asked me if I would mind if she tried to replicate my cake.  It turns out that a friend of hers told her "I want Leandra's cake!"  (Leandra is my game name)!  I'm more then thrilled by that!  :D

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Can you see the studious concentration on our faces?  We did NOT want to drop any cake!  lol

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Then... my sweet wonderful husband pretends to steal the cake!!  I love this series of photos.  We were both being such hams about it!  :D

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Posed shots!  I wish I had requested more of these in retrospect (from other friends or groups of friends), but to be honest, I was just relaxing and enjoying the reception rather then thinking about photos like I had the day before!  lol.  Anyway, here are the posed shots that we have - first up our EVE Online friends:

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I dragged my mom out to the lobby for a mom/daughter mini photo shoot:

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Then I got my MIL out for the same thing!  (I'm SO lucky!  I have an amazing MIL that I love dearly!)

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Ladies, if you get the chance to grab the people you love out for a mini photo shoot - DO IT!  I had so much fun and so did both my mom and MIL and I LOVE the pictures and the memories they bring!

 

This picture isn't actually one of my friends, but she's the daughter of my wedding planner and was taking care of all the details/making sure things ran smoothly at the reception (she did a fantastic job too!).  The main reason I wanted this pic in here is because it's pretty much the only one I have of the gingersnap cookes and blueberry muffins that we made for the wedding!

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This shot has nothing to do with anyone in the wedding (other then our wedding photographer Will), but it makes me laugh every time I see it!  The story here is that we'd just finished doing the mom/daughter and MIL/DIL pictures when the 3 girls you see in the picture walked up.  We think there was a high school party or dance going on (or something who knows?) but anyway the girls were there for some function and saw Will photographing us and just fell in love with him instantly!  They begged to get a picture with him.  He finally (after giving me a questioning look) agreed to take a picture with him, handed over his big ol' camera to me (the bride!) and I took a picture of them!  lol  I wish someone had been out there to see that and get a picture of the bride taking a picture of the *wedding photographer* at her own wedding!  It was hilarious!  Anyway, here's the pic:

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Last up, I wanted to add in the non-pros that I like!  

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I dearly wish that this picture was clear, it looks so adorable!

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I see so many people talk negatively about disposable cameras, but I have to say that I'm glad I did them!  For me, it worked.  I got a bunch of good pictures that I didn't get from my photographer, a bit more in the way of groupings of friends and families etc!  I'll agree that the picture quality isn't up to digital quality, but the pictures are still actually pretty good pictures.  I love them and I'll gladly promote having them based on my experience!

Anyway, here are the best of my disposable camera pics:

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I thought about how I wanted to present these, and finally decided to put all of the details from both the ceremony and reception together in one page even though they are from different days.  I LOVED putting all of this together from the colors, matching all of the pieces, to spending hours on DIY.  I've already got an inspiration vs reality page, but this is everything together!

 

First up, save the dates, invitations and thank you cards (these are all my pictures, and personal information has been edited out):

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Next up, my personal details.

My tiara:

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Here's a pic I took of it so you can see the whole thing:

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My toes and my something blue (I took this picture at home later and then realized we didn't get any close ups to show, so I'm glad I took this silly pic! lol):

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My gorgeous bouquet:

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And of course, the must have ring shots:

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Next, ceremony decor and details!

Chapel decor:

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My DIY's for the ceremony - Programs, bubbles, program basket and flower girl basket (the bubble basket was also a DIY, but I don't have pics from the ceremony.  I'm ok with that because it was a pretty small simplistic DIY):

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And now for the reception decor and DIY's!

Our DIY centerpieces:

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The general decor (not DIY):

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We had a big screen tv behind the sweetheart table that played a silent "background" slideshow of pictures of Anton and I growing up and as a couple.  And yes... that's me in the pic.  lol

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And here's a non-pro pic from my in-laws that shows the big screen and our sweetheart table:

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Our DIY Cardbox:

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Our wedding cake!  If you haven't read the rest of my bio, we met through an online game that involves space ships.  Since it was (and still is) such a big part of our relationship, we wanted to include that in our wedding and decided that the wedding cake was a great place to do so!  For more information, you can check out my page on the cake.

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Our DIY table names (also a game thing):

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Our DIY guestbook and guestbook/welcome table setup:

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My in-laws took some pictures of the drawings that they did on the pages, and I took some more of the whole pages so you can see what people came up with!

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Our semi DIY escort cards:

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Our DIY favors:

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Our DIY dessert signs:

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These are all of the fun couples shots that our photographer got of Anton and I.  I decided that I'm just going to put in all of my favorites, but not in any particular order.

 

Inside Chapman Chapel:

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Moving outside to the gazebo and garden patio:

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Then we moved to the front of the chapel and got some gorgeous shots of the outside of the building!  It's such a gorgeous building inside and outside and I remember that the first time I saw it, I fell in love with it!  :)

 

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The very last picture was my one vain moment.  :)  I've had psoriasis all my life and most of the time I ignore it.  There isn't much that I can do about it, and it's just part of who I am as a whole.  BUT... for my wedding album, I really really wanted this picture, but I wanted it without psoriasis showing!  My photographer did a great job of making it look like my skin is perfect!  :D