Mar 21, 2009

  • Last updated on September 29, 2009 at 8:58 pm
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I found my dress at Amy Kuschel's flagship store in San Fransisco.  One of the biggest selling points, besides their beautiful gowns, was that their dresses are custom-made to your body and all the alterations are included in the sale price.

The dress I chose was the Hayworth

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My first fitting

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After all their pinning, they took out some Crayola markers and actually drew all over the dress.

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Second Fitting

(all the following pictures are from Uplift Photography)

The only thing missing here was the sash around the waist.

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They also pinned the bustle.

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Trying all the gorgeous jewelry.

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Third fitting

I took her home.

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  • Last updated on September 25, 2009 at 8:09 pm
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The very first thing I did the morning of our wedding was make the personal flowers for our wedding. It was very relaxing.

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  • Last updated on September 25, 2009 at 7:27 pm
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Amy Kuschel "Hayworth"

The first cut of my dress
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My second fitting

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My reception hairpiece.
A custom silk rananculus comb, from from etsy seller Smittenxoxo

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Earrings and bracelet from Macy's
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Silver shoes from Marshall's, and clutch from
from etsy seller dorchi

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(credit Uplift Photography)
I couldn't help myself and had to embellish the soles with our first initials


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  • Last updated on September 25, 2009 at 7:23 pm
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Aisle Runner

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 Pain in the booty!  I am so lucky my mom helped outline with toothpicks.
Table Names
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I named the tables after tropical/Florida plants, using vintage botanical prints found online.
They are a nod to our professions and go well with our lush reception site.
I painted 5x7" wood frames from Ikea (2/$3) with silver craft paint ($0.50).

Other DIY goodies....
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Rehearsal Dinner Invites (postcards) also free from Vistaprint

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Photo sharing cards (aka business cards); free from Vistaprint


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Guestbook Sign
  I am quite the baker, if I do say so myself.  So I am doing my signature cookies all the way.  I am going to go with simple packaging using favor bags

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   On the back of the bags it explains the meaning behind the favors.

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Lime Green bags from Papermart gocco-ed with white ink.


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I goccoed paper bags from Michaels ($0.23/each), postcard and magnet printed at Vistaprint

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I filled them with:


  • Gummi crocodiles from Jelly Belly ($0.44/each)
  • trial size sunscreen ($0.44/each from Target)
  • a Florida orange
  • key lime cookies
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  • 2 bottles of water
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  • a carton of Goldfish crackers
  •  some local visitor guides/maps
  • a brochure of what to do in Miami (from Vistaprint)
  • Last updated on September 25, 2009 at 6:59 pm
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We are getting married in our hometown of Miami.  Since we are planning from California we decided on a venue that includes catering to keep things as simple as possible.

To go with the venue and our own personal aesthetic we are having a Modern Tropical theme, featuring lime green, aqua, and ivory colors.     

My inspiration board that I created with polyvore
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Cocktail Site

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Reception Site (minus patio chairs)
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Here is what it looks like all gussied up and ready to go!

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And the view - I love the flamingos!



The Centerpieces and Decorations will be more on the tropical side

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Pic #1 From White Light Event Design, the rest from theknot




Our Save the Date Postcard

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We printed these with VistaPrint for free. 


inspired from amazingly crafty knottie LisaKeiko
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 I printed the invitations with my gocco
Paper is Dutch Felt Creamery 100lb 8.5x11" stock from Paper Presentation ($16/50 sheets) - cut to 5x7" 

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  Liner is Aqua Lagoon Metallic text weight 8.5x11" paper from Paper and More ($20/100) - cut to 5x5" at Kinkos and then glued with Beacon's 3 in 1 Scrapbooking glue.
Envelope is recycled Event Tone A7 in Tropical Green from Paper Presentation ($24/100)

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The wraparound labels were laser printed at Kinkos using their ivory paper, and then turned into stickers using my Xyron.




  • Last updated on September 25, 2009 at 2:12 pm
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We were lucky to have my talented friend Jade of Uplift Photography in New York pay us a visit.  She came to my second dress fitting at Amy Kuschel and snapped a few pictures of us in San Francisco.  We are so lucky to have such a wonderful, generous and talented friend!

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