Feb 20, 2010

  • Last updated on February 4, 2010 at 1:20 am
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Inspiration Invites photo 1(This was the style I'm going for with the pocketfold)

Inspiration Invites photo 2 source
(I love the simplicity of this invite and that it matches our Wedding Web site)

Inspiration Invites photo 3No idea where I found this - whoops!
(I like the dots as the header)

Inspiration Invites photo 4source
(Love, Love, LOVE, the simplicity, fonts, dots, and use of punctuation for the header)

(Again, I liked the simplicity with the pop of color)

Inspiration Invites photo 6source
(Do you see a trend here? Great use of colors, fonts, and simplicity)
  • Last updated on February 4, 2010 at 1:20 am
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Fact: I am not a photographer and REALLY wish I was. Please look past the fact that some of these aren't in focus and that they're still a little more "yellow" than I'd like. I took them in as much natural light as I could find.

Putting these together took a long time, but I'm extremely happy with the way they turned out and the comments I've received about them have been overwhelmingly positive!

Since our printer at home isn't designed for printing invitations, we had Ella Elise Stationary print some of the pieces with a thermography style, which is a fancy way of saying some of the copy is raised on the paper. It looks extremely sharp in person. Bridget from Ella Elise also created the whole design. She then shipped printed pieces to me me and I put them together.

This is what our guests received in the mail. Since we sent them out just after Christmas, I didn't want them to be confused with Christmas cards, so I picked out "cotton candy" envelopes. The USPS also had wedding-cake stamps!

Our semi DIY Invitations photo 1
Then, when they opened it up, this is what they took out:
Our semi DIY Invitations photo 2
Open up the little "fold" and they saw this:
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Here's a closer look at the main invitation:
Our semi DIY Invitations photo 4Our "Information" card:
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And the "response" card:

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Then! After everything was printed and ready to go, I remembered an aspect I really wanted to include. Since we have a lot of our bridal party coming in from out of town, I wanted to put a little card in about the rehearsal dinner, just to let them know that it'd be great if they could come into town the Friday before. So, after slaving away on Word, I came up with these:

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Practice makes perfect,
it's true what they say,
so please come for a run through
before the big day.

Meet at the Chapel
at 5 pm on the dot,
where Jessica and Kenny
will soon tie the knot.

After the practice,
when all is said and done,
please join us for dinner
for food, drinks, and fun!

Here's the whole shebang:
Our semi DIY Invitations photo 8

Material used:
Bronze Brown
pocketfolds from Paper and More:
Our semi DIY Invitations photo 9

Cotton Candy mailing envelopes from Cards and Pockets:
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And "cream" and "pink" paper from our local Xpedx (on SUPER sale, too!).


  • Last updated on February 4, 2010 at 1:13 am
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I love, love, LOVE my garter! I got it for free from a woman who makes them for soon-to-be military brides. Her turnaround was unbelievably fast and I just think it's gorgeous!

My Garters photo 1My Garters photo 2

My Garters photo 3My Garters photo 4

  • Last updated on December 10, 2009 at 1:37 am
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Semi DIY Photo Guest Book photo 1
I quickly unwrapped the foam protection and revealed what was underneath:
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Hooray—I love the way it turned out. The pictures are bold and bright, and the pages looked just like they did on the preview screens. I opted for their heavier paper stock and took advantage of a holiday sale where I got 20% off the book and free shipping. Since I had those coupons, I got their Standard Portrait size so I could get a little more bang for my buck. The only thing that surprised me was how thin the book is, and if you read to the end, I did a little pro/con of what I thought of Blurb. This is the best shot I could get of the book's thickness:

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But with more than 30 pages in the book, and tons of white space, I'm not too worried about there not being enough space for our guests to write little notes here and there. And to help them out, on each page I wrote different writing prompts to get their minds rolling.

Okay, enough of my rambling. Do you wanna see the pages in the book? I tried taking photos of the actual book, but my camera skills were lacking, so you can see screen shots of the pages (there are 15 photos below, and if you want to read what's on them, just click the photo to enlarge).

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Yup, so that's our book! Now I can't wait for our guests to write us messages. I'm thinking of not having a guest book table and just having the book passed around during the cocktail hour and reception so people will have a little more time to sign more than just their name.

I wanted to give just a little Pro vs. Con with the Blurb book, because I know some people may be on the fence about whether they wanted to make their own book.


  • Extremely easy software to use
  • Don't need to be connected to the Internet to layout your book
  • LOVE the hardcover with photo right on the matted cover
  • The pages seem very thick and of good quality
  • The photos came out very high quality
  • Very affordable and fast delivery
  • They show you a preview of the first several pages of your book, which I think is pretty cool!


  • I wish there were more layout options with the smaller books
  • The "trim guidelines" totally freaked me out—I had several bleed pages and was afraid heads would get cut off. In the end, the only part of the book that was trimmed, I think, was in the gutter.
  • The book, as a whole, is thinner/smaller than I thought it'd be for having 35 pages, but that's more of my fault than Blurbs

Result: All in all, I'm impressed with the book and will most likely use Blurb to make our wedding album (I'll just order one of their larger sizes—their book sizes are below). This particular book is the third one from the left.

Semi DIY Photo Guest Book photo 20
Even though I'm impressed with how this one came out, I'm considering making another book with another company just so I can compare the two. I need to make another book (that you won't get to see till after the wedding, sorry!), so once I finish that up I'll let you know which company I'll use for our wedding album.

  • Last updated on November 7, 2009 at 10:36 am
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There's a military tradition set aside for special occasions that I'm really excited to include at our wedding. Actually, I get really giddy when I think about doing this. I'm so proud of Kenny and what he does that I get very happy about beginning this particular chapter.

The tradition is called a Saber Arch, and to explain it I'm copying and pasting from Wikipedia. Yes, I know it's not always the most reliable source, but it explains it pretty well, so read on.
Our Arch of Love photo 1Immediately after the marriage ceremony is officiated, usually but not always in a building such as a church or chapel, the saber team positions itself in formation just outside the doorway, with typically six or eight saber bearers taking part. The guests of the wedding are afforded the opportunity to assemble outside to view the event before it begins.

Our Arch of Love photo 3On the command, the saber team raises their sabers into a high arch, with tips nearly touching and the blades facing up and away from the bride and groom. As the newly married couple exits the building, the senior usher announces, "Ladies and Gentlemen, it is my honor to present to you (Rank) and Mr/s. (insert name)."

Our Arch of Love photo 4The bride and groom proceed into the arch, and as the couple passes through, the last two saber bearers usually lower the sabers in front of the couple, detaining them momentarily and requests that the couple to kiss before passing through.

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Before releasing the couple, the saber bearer to the couple's left gives the bride a gentle swat on her backside with his saber, announcing "Welcome to the (insert branch)!"
After the couple leaves the arch, the saber team recovers on command and dissolves formation. Only the bride and groom pass under the arch.

Our Arch of Love photo 8Ah. I just can't wait. :)

And because I'm on a military high, here is one photo that I can't stop looking at and hope our photographer can replicate:

Our Arch of Love photo 9


  • Last updated on November 7, 2009 at 10:34 am
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I'm hoping to wear this for New Years Eve and/or our rehearsal dinner. The description says that I'll, "Look picture perfect on that special day with this lace party dress. Strapless. Pleated bodice. Padded interior shelf bra. Satin-trimmed waist. Rosette accent. Zips at back. Falls above knee. Fully-lined. Tulle-lined hem."

Rehearsal Dinner Dress photo 1 Lace Strapless Partydress With Rosettes by Appropriate Behavior

I know the above pic is tiny, so I used my mad computer skills (aka I took screen shots of the enlarged view) and pieced together what it looks like close up:

Rehearsal Dinner Dress photo 2It should be arriving at my Georgia home the same day I pull up on our moving truck, which is six days away, by the way! :)

So what do you think of my new party dress?