Jul 14, 2012

  • Last updated on December 2, 2011 at 5:06 pm
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FI wants to wear gray, and we both love this ensemble for him. Only I prefer the sleeves partially rolled up, and a light cafe-colored tie.

The Gentlemen photo 1

The groomsmen will look the same, only in tan with gray ties.

The Gentlemen photo 2

 UPDATE 6/3/12: We made a trip to Men's Warehouse, and the only way to get the above look was to have the guys buy all the different pieces. I didn't want them to have to do that, so we went with the following tux for the gentlemen. Nick will have an ivory vest and tie, while the guys will wear the light gray pictured. It's very thin, and the lady assured us that it was one of their coolest (temperature wise) options, so I suppose it will work. I'm bummed that I won't see Nick's forearms during the ceremony, but I'm sure the jacket will come off and the sleeves will get rolled up for the reception:)


  • Last updated on December 2, 2011 at 4:56 pm
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Here are my two precious flower girls:

Elyanah, my little sister, who will be three in April (with our furbaby Maggie, who unfortunately passed away 16 days before our wedding. Have fun frolicking in heaven, sweet girl!)

and Kylee, my cousin's little girl, who is four.


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And here is their look for the day:


flower girl with flower halo



I made them flower crowns for their hair using silk rosettes and a small grapevine wreath.

 And these are their sweet dresses. I had to re-order them a few times to get the sizes right for both girls, but they're totally worth it. Biscotti "Barefoot Wedding Dress", available at  

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  • Last updated on December 2, 2011 at 4:26 pm
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Our handsome ring bearer is Kylee's big brother Kelan, who will be six.

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His look for the day will be a cross between these two. Khaki pants, white dress shirt, gray suspenders, tan bow tie, gray cap, and gray converse. He's gonna be rockin' it:)

ring bearer in seersucker suit



  • Last updated on November 30, 2011 at 8:29 am
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I have three gorgeous bridesmaids, and since they're all super fashionable and always look adorable, I'm letting them pick their own dresses. It's Ohio in July, so odds are it's going to be hotter than blazes. I just want them to be cool and comfortable, and buy something they'll wear again {no, seriously. I know brides say that, but I mean it. Lol.}. So the only requirements are: gray, short, cool and comfortable, affordable, non-shiny, and soft/romantic looking. Here's the inspiration picture.

Pretty Maids All in a Row photo 1

  • Last updated on November 19, 2011 at 11:15 pm
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Recycled Starbucks Frappucino vases, take two

I promise not to tear them apart this time! Lol. I really like how they turned out:)


Tissue paper pompoms

After I finished the vases, I told my grandma about the tissue paper pompoms I wanted to make (see "cool DIY ideas" section) and this is our very first trial run using the leftover tissue paper she had from Christmas. I think we need some practice...

Nanny decided it made a better hat. Lol!!

UPDATE: I figured it out, and have made some poof balls! There are more, but the rest are folded, cut, and tied and stored away. The day we decorate the venue, we'll fluff them out. They're much easier to store and transport before they're fluffed.

Card Box

I stained a pine crate brown, and covered the side and top and side slats with burlap. Then I made the little burlap bunting to hang on it, and the paper roses out of book pages. The candle holder may be replaced with a mason jar...not sure yet.

Table word cards

Instead of table numbers, we're doing table words with matching quotes. There won't be any assigned seating, but the DJ will dismiss guests by table word to dinner so they all don't rush the buffet at the same time. These little signs will stick out of the fresh flower arrangements at each table like garden stakes:) I stuck this one in my grandma's fake dining room table arrangement just for effect. Lol. 

Ring bearer pillow

It only took me five hours, and I only accidentally sewed it to my blanket once, but it's finished now and I'm so proud! Lol.  

"Here Comes the Bride" sign

For one of our flower girls to carry down the aisle.


We made about 50 of these in varying sizes. Once transported to the venue, they will be glued to a 4 x 6 lattice panel to make a pinwheel wall:)

Paper Lace Doily Lanterns

"Take home a treat" favor bags

Instead of traditional favors, my Mama, Grandma, and I are making peanut butter cookies, chocolate chip cookies, fruit filled pastries, and nut filled pastries the week of the wedding. These little bags will be at each place setting for guests to take some homemade goodies home:)

Burlap & Feather Boutonniere

I got the original idea from a Green Wedding Shoes DIY, and added a golf tee since FI and his family are pretty into golfing:) He really liked the personal touch!

Treat stands

There will be six of these (two of the tall and four of the short) on our cake table to hold our homemade goodies. There will also be some smaller log slices acting as treat stands and a giant log slice acting as our cake stand. There's really not much to making these--they're just some wooden taper candlesticks (found in the "finished wood products" aisle of Hobby Lobby) painted gray and hot glued to $2 plates from Wal-Mart (they're actually really nice heavy plates).



We're not doing a garter toss, but I still wanted to have on for FI--plus I was lacking my something blue. Lol. It's just a piece of lace hot glued to itself to make a circle, with fluffy white feathers glued on. I took a blue permanent marker and got the ink all over my thumb and index finger, then gently rubbed the tips of some of the feathers between my fingers to tinge them blue. Voila! Problem solved.



Cake table backdrop

We used an old picture window frame that was out in our garage, covered it in cotton batting and fabric, hot glued ribbons accross it, and hung up kraft paper and paper doily letters with clothespins to make this fella. 

Ceremony chalkboard

It started out as an Ikea Ung Drill frame (black) that I spraypainted "pebble". I painted the paper that came inside the frame with several layers of chalkboard paint, and voila! A fancy chalkboard. Easy peasy.

Ceremony direction sign

FI had to help a bit with this one as it required power tools;) It's just a log slice (available in the finished wood aisle at your local craft store) and a square dowel rod screwed together. I painted it with some gray paint and hand wrote the wording with a white paint marker.

Book page table runner

We had a dilemma with our venue...they have ten giant 8' tables that need to be pushed together (in order to fit in the space) to make 5 giant tables that seat 12. Which is lovely, but leaves a big seam down the middle that needs to be covered with a runner. The fabric ones were out since I don't sew, and they're too expensive to buy. But book pages from old romance novels that I had laying around the house are free! Add a little double sided scotch tape, and there you have it. Some practically free table runners. I think they'll look really neat all covered in mason jar candles. Plus they show off my love of reading and literary things, which makes our wedding more personal.

  • Last updated on November 17, 2011 at 8:45 pm
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Inspiration Hair

I'm thinking a low updo like this one (sported by the always lovely Emmy Rossum) would suit my curly locks, or maybe one twisted back on the sides?

                                    Bridal Beauty photo 1 

Inspiration Makeup

Digging the slightly smokey eye, with natural color everywhere else, like Natalie Portman here:

Bridal Beauty photo 2

Hair & Makeup Trial

My hair/makeup artist did a lovely job, but it's not at all what I asked for. I have cancelled my appointment, and will handle this myself. I'm just that picky. Lol.

DIY trial