May 30, 2009

  • Last updated on June 26, 2009 at 1:25 pm
  • |

I did my own makeup, and the products I used before the makeup were really key in keeping it on all day!

For my face, I used my usual moisturizer (Garnier Nutriste), followed by Laura Geller Spackle, a terrific primer that makes my skin super smooth!

Makeup Prep photo 1


I used Makeup Forever HD Foundation.  It costs a fortune but blends really well. 

Makeup Prep photo 2

For my eyes, I put on most of my mascara first (L'Oreal Voluminous.  I swear by it!!) so that I could wipe off the excess and correct any mistakes along my lash line, then I used Urban Decay Primer Potion before my shadow and liner.  (Using a little bit right under your eyes can help keep your lower lash liner in place, too.)  Then I finished my mascara.

The packaging sucks, but it works so well that if I don't use makeup remover before bed, I'll wake up the next day with my eye makeup fully intact!  :)

Makeup Prep photo 3

At the very end, I used Bare Minerals Mineral Veil to set everything.  It's my favorite powder because it absorbs shine without leaving any trace of cakiness.  It's truly transluscent.

Makeup Prep photo 4

  • Last updated on June 19, 2009 at 12:41 pm
  • |

I loved our wine cork table number holders!  I got the idea from PW Bride budoh and got so many compliments on them!

A Few Wedding Pics photo 1

I loved our cake!  I left it up to the pastry chef and had no idea what it would look like and was absolutely thrilled! 

A Few Wedding Pics photo 2

*Another note, we used the venue's cake stand, and it made our little cake look a lot bigger and looked absolutely lovely!  Ask your venue if they have a stand they can use.

The cake really was amazing!  I loved working on the details of our wedding, but the two things I totally let go of, the band and the cake, ended up being two of my very favorite parts!  My husband handled everything with the band, and their playlist was so much better than anything I could have dreamed of! 

Same goes for the cake.  I gave our pastry chef one picture that turned out to be rolled fondant, and we wanted buttercream.  He couldn't replicate the pattern I gave him with buttercream but said he had something in mind that he thought I'd love, so I just left it up to him and didn't ask any other questions.  If I had spent hours looking for other pics and trying to dictate the details myself, I know I couldn't have found anything I loved as much as what he did!

I'm also really glad we stuck with the buttercream.  It tasted amazing!  It was vanilla with seedless raspberry marmalade - heavenly!  I just wish we'd gotten to eat more!

A Few Wedding Pics photo 3

That's one of the girls' bouquets in the background.  I loved the pearl pins!

Here's my bouquet.  I wasn't wild about the little berries; I wasn't expecting them and thought they looked like apples.  However, my husband loved them because they reminded him of something his grandmother had when he was little.  Of course, that made me love them, too!  :)

A Few Wedding Pics photo 4

I've always gone by Molly, but my real name is Mary, and some of our friends were confused when they got the invitations.  Years ago, my mom had bought these napkins for me, so I found them online and ordered a bundle for our cocktail hour.

A Few Wedding Pics photo 5

  • Last updated on May 20, 2009 at 1:39 pm
  • |

We have approximately 170 guests, and here's what I ordered:

Here's what we got from
JuJu Bees - 7.5 lbs ($15.98)
Gummy Melon O's - 8 lbs ($15.85)
Chocolate Covered Pretzels - 15 lbs ($35.55)
Rock Candy Swizzle Sticks - 72 pieces ($22.32)
You get 10% off your first order, so the total with shipping was $103.06

From GFS, I got
18 lbs gummy bears (prob too much in hindsight!)
8 lbs gum balls
360 twizzlers
Total was around $75

We also had a ton of ring pops leftover from my bachelorette party, so we're filling a jar with those, too.


Also, just for reference, here's what my girlfriend ordered for approx. 150 guests:

Gummy bears – 10 lbs

Runts – 15 lbs

Swedish fish – 10 lbs

Jelly beans – 10 lbs

Jordon almonds – 5 lbs

Nonpareils – 6.3 lbs

Good & plenty – 5 lbs

Bridge mix – 7.5 lbs

Peppermint patties – 400 pieces

Rock candy – 120 pieces

  • Last updated on May 7, 2009 at 12:51 pm
  • |
  • 1 Comment

Shower #1 -- Lilly Pulitzer (found it at TJ Maxx!!)

Shower Party Dresses photo 1

Bach Party #1

Shower Party Dresses photo 2with this necklaceShower Party Dresses photo 3


Shower #2 -- Lilly Pulitzer (found it at TJ Maxx!!) -- Amber White Cartwheel Dress

Shower Party Dresses photo 4

Bach Party #2 -- from Charlotte Russe

Shower Party Dresses photo 5

Rehearsal Dinner Dress from J Crew

Shower Party Dresses photo 6


  • Last updated on April 10, 2009 at 11:43 am
  • |

Here are a couple of recent purchases...still looking for more ideas!

Double-strand pearl necklaces to wear for the wedding.  SO excited - after a long search, I found them at Forever 21 for $5.80 each!


Bridesmaid Gifts photo 1


Woven linen wrap, if they're cold at the wedding, or just to have.  Also from Forever!

Bridesmaid Gifts photo 2

  • Last updated on April 3, 2009 at 12:32 pm
  • |
  • 1 Comment

Our semi DIY Invites photo 1

Our semi DIY Invites photo 2