Oct 11, 2008
Wedding cakes are so beautiful, and no doubt, this was going to be an important part of the day. My DH is not a big fan of desserts/cakes, so he was not very enthusiastic about cake tasting. However, we are both avid cupcake eaters. So, we decided, why not, let's do cupcakes as our wedding cake. We tried several cupcake companies, but ultimately decided on American Cupcake. After one bite of her samples, we knew this was it. We choose vanilla and chocolate cupcakes with vanilla buttercream frosting. Yummy!!
After searching high and low for the perfect invite (and within the perfect price range), I gave up and decided to DIY my invites. I read about so many brides doing this and gaining so much satisfaction from it, I told my DH that we can take on this project!
I decided on Perfetto coffee bean pocketfolds from cards & pockets and baby blue linen square envelopes from envelopemall.com. I also purchased baby blue panel cards from cards & pockets to mount the invite on.
My DH designed the invite in Adobe Illustrator. I wanted to add some depth and texture to the invite, so I stamped and embossed cherry blossoms on the branches and glued crystal embelishments. We also created inserts for RSVP, the map, and the accomodations. We then tied ribbon around the invite to close it and stuck our monogram on the front cover.
We choose to address our invites as shown in Martha Stewart. However, we got several of our invites mailed to us b/c the post office thought we were the receiver.
Also, the size of our invites (6x6) were considered "large"; one post office quoted us $0.79, while another quoted us $1/piece. We didn't want our invites returned, so to be on the safe side, we opted for the $1 postage.
My veil was purchased from Forget Me Knots Bridal, and this was a very affodable place. I was able to customize my veil, so that it was a shorter length and not as puffy on top. I chose one with ribbon-edged trim to match the ribbon on my dress.
I purchased these hair pins from Paris Connection. I absolutely adored the subtlety of these pins.
I'm a sucker for shoes, so I knew from day 1 that I wanted colored shoes, more specifically, I was looking for baby blue shoes. Not an easy feat for a fall wedding, though. My DH wanted to buy me shoes as a wedding gift, and he was looking to purchase these beautiful Louboutin shoes for me! Alas, the release date for these shoes was October 17th (6 days too late). But as luck would have it, I found these great Manolo Blahniks that turn different shades of blue and brown depending on the light it's in! Can't lose with either of these.
I admit that I had the most difficult time choosing a dress, and I always wondered if I would get that "this is the one" feeling. Ironically enough, the last dress I tried on at Amy Kuschel, I knew it was THE ONE. I chose the style "Marion".
I'm a petite person, and Amy Kuschel was a perfect fit for me. They custom make the dress from the ground up to fit you, which means they begin with a pattern, and after they determine the pattern fits, they cut the fabric, and tailor the dress. The proportions are spot on and being petite, I definitely appreciate the precise fit. I also love the Ribbon Bow Belt!
View of my bustle: View of ribbon belt:
We went with standard black tuxes at the Men's Warehouse (rent 5, get 1 free). My DH wore a white tie with a white vest. We thought it might get washed out in pictures, but overall, we were satisfied with the look. The groomsmen wore baby blue ties (to match the BMs blue sashes) with black vests. I loved the combination of baby blue/black!
My DH and his GMs also wore matching blue/brown argyle socks that we purchased from Banana Republic. Makes a fantastic picture op.
My Bridesmaid! I had the honor of having five great girls stand next to me as I took my vows. I gave each girl these cute cookies that I purchased from weddingish.com.
I wanted my bridesmaids to wear a dress they could re-use for the future, so I purchased the J.Crew Beach Embossed Dress in Espresso. To dress it up, I sewed baby blue ribbon as a sash and added a bow-shaped brooch. The bow was inspired by the ribbon bows on my wedding dress.