Aug 28, 2010

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My day started early. I was having trouble sleeping, due to how excited I was. I quietly crept out of bed about an hour before the alarm went off, called room service, and had breakfast delivered. Or's alarm went off in time for him to sit and have a quiet, delicious breakfast with me before our crazy day began. Yes, bacon was involved. Are you surprised?

After breakfast, Or headed back to our house to continue getting things ready. I had an hour to myself. I read over the words I had prepared for Or. Reading them out loud made me tear up, which is how I knew they were done. Then I watched some TV to clear my head.

Then, my ladies started arriving. First, Sara and Julie, two of my amazing bridesmaids. Then Colleen, my AWESOME hairdresser and a dear friend of mine. Then, the make up artist. And my day began. Hair. Make up. More hair. The photographers arrived. Pictures of more hair and make up. I up on my thigh high rainbow socks. I was fed a bacon and turkey sandwich (yes, bacon again). I know we were running late, but I knew it would all work out. There are no stress on my end. I put my dress on, had my veil tucked in to my hair, and went off to frolic with the photographer.

We took a bunch of solo pictures. I tried to make sure to stand up straight and not tuck my chin in. I was having a good time. Then, we did the first look. Or looked so handsome. It was nice to be spending a part of the day with him again. We took some fun pictures of the two of us, and then it was time to queue up. Holy crap!

So, we make out way to where we needed to be. And there was my dad, looking all dashing and handsome. And a few guests were running late, so they got a sneak peak as I scolded them. I was hidden out a little behind the rest of the bridal party so the guests couldn't see me. I couldn't really hear the music, but I snuck up to the wall we were behind to sneak a peak over as the moms and the flower girl walked down the aisle. They looked so good.

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Then, it was Or's turn. The aisle is abnormally long, with trees and turns and such, so I lost sight of him as soon as he started running out to the Superman theme. It seemed to take him a while to get down the aisle, but then I saw him running up and taking his place next to Sky.

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Next was the bridal party, dancing out. And they looked like they were having so much fun! My ring bearer was next. Then, I heard the kazoos. The whole audience was playing "Here Comes The Bride" on the kazoo (we had put a kazoo on every chair). Holy crap! And we were walking.

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Oh my god. I was walking down the aisle at my own wedding. OH MY GOD. We round the corner and there are our guests. All my favorite people. There was my trainer, looking dashing. And my dear friend Rob. And my family.

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And then I looked up, and there was Or, the man who would only be my fiance for a few moments longer. He looks so handsome. And so nervous. And there's blood on his upper lip. What happened? Did he get a bloody nose? Did someone punch him? Why would someone punch him?? I tried to wipe it off, and he flinched. And then he smiled.

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And oh, his two front teeth. They had this u-shaped chip out of them. He was smiling, but his eyes weren't. He must have tripped. But he was here, and he was okay. My thoughts weren't really coming. I just reacted. I started laughing. Because here we were, on our wedding day, and, I mean, how could you plan for something like this? So, I laughed.

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And then Sky started talking. He was quoting The Princess Bride, and hte audiance was laughing along with me. And we were getting MARRIED.

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Sky said some amazing things, and then it was our turn to talk to each other. We did rock-paper-scissors to decide who was going first. Or won, explained to the audience he had fallen and chipped his tooth, then said amazing lovely things to me. Then, he sang a modified version of the Rubber Duckie Song, with his groomsmen accompanying him on the kazoo. I'll admit, I teared up a whole bunch. It was amazing.
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And then it was my turn. I read my heart to him. I couldn't help choking up.

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And then Or rick rolled the audience.

And then, we were married. MARRIED! HUSBAND AND WIFE.

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The next chunk is more of a blur. The guests all headed to the reception. The hotel manager talked to us about Or's fall. I laughed some more. Or iced his face.

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We took some group shots, with Or hiding the holes in his pants. We took some time, just the two of us, in our hotel room, and then we headed out to the reception.

Our back yard was decorated beautifully. Our friends and family, and our amazing wedding coordinator did a FANTASTIC job.

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Our favors, on top of the kazoos, were rubber duckies (for obvious reasons), and See's Candy lollipops. The bar where we met had been shut down, and a See's candy shop was up in its place.

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The next 5 hours or so were filled with talking to all these people I love and adore. I danced, took photobooth pictures, hugged dozens of people, ate some food, chugged diet coke, talked to so many people, felt so loved, laughed and laughed, tried to hook up my single friends.

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The food! Was a big hit. Delicious. Plentiful. People are still asking me where we got specific dishes. My bridal party got me wedding apron, so I wouldn't have to worry about dripping BBQ sauce all over my dress.

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The cake! It was amazing. Our friend Meg did such an awesome job. It looked stunning. The vegan cake I tried was amazing.

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The photobooth Sky built for us was AMAZING.

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My flowers Marla made for the whole wedding were STUNNING. I could not have asked for a better florist.

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We did the typical garter and bouquet toss. Our friend Skan caught the garter, and my new friend Kristy caught the bouquet.

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Our first dance was to "Happy Together," the wedding theme song.

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At some point, after most of the people had left, I changed into my pajamas and took a nap. Or and I finally headed back to the hotel room around 2am.

The day was memorable and amazing and hilarious and wonderful, and a day I will never, ever forget.

PS: Or's teeth are now fixed. YAY.

  • Last updated on August 13, 2010 at 9:25 am
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Meet Rose and Or. They had a brilliant idea for their wedding invitations, and with the help of Rose's MOH who is also an awesome photographer, they created these amazing post-apocalyptic wedding photos. I'll let Rose explain…

Our Write Up On OffBeatBride com photo 2"My fiance and I like zombie stuff (I, um, LOVE it). Earlier in the year I participated in a half marathon that followed a bike trail. Along the bike trail was this giant abandoned factory. I *knew* it would be an awesome backdrop for a photoshoot, but I didn't know for what. Fast forward a few months, and the fiance and I are brainstorming invitations. We knew we wanted a movie poster. We were initially thinking something that mimicked The Princess Bride's poster, since it's our favorite love story. Then I had a flash of insight. Post Apocalyptic Survival Movie! I went out and found an old wedding dress (Salvation Army: $30). My finace found a long leather duster jacket (Out Of The Closet Thrift Store: $50 — a big splurge). Everything else (fake guns, goggles, machetes, Or's shirt, the books) was all stuff we already owned. We packed everything up and headed off the photo shoot site. It was a fun, amazing day. We alternated between roll playing and just making googly eyes at each other. And then Or took the pictures from the session and made the raddest invitations ever."

First a few more amazing photos before I show you their creative invitations…
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Our Write Up On OffBeatBride com photo 4The book that Rose is reading, The Zen of Zombie, was actually written by a friend of hers.

Our Write Up On OffBeatBride com photo 5I love the props in this shot and that the sleeves of the wedding dress apparently became a casualty of war.

And here is the movie poster-like invitations/flyers that they sent out using the photos…
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For more photos from this post-apocalyptic wedding shoot head over to Of Whimsy Photography's blog.

  • Last updated on July 22, 2010 at 6:42 am
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My brother was obsessed with taking pictures using old luggage.  The afternoon we took the pictures for the save the dates we went and bought a whole stack of vintage luggage from the local Goodwill.  Then, he got the genius idea to put us at a bus stop.  We thought he was crazy, but....



...the end result was awesome!


My fiance did all of the graphic design work.  He even changed the poster in the background, just slightly.  Here's a close-up:

I wanted it to look like a vintage postcard, so here is the back:


The text ended up a little bit hard to read (we learned a lesson on that), but it was still awesome.  We had them printed as matte postcards and sent them out!  Yay!

  • Last updated on July 22, 2010 at 6:32 am
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Using pictures posted here:


My fiance used his design skills to create these:


Close ups:


And the back:

We printed them as large as we could mail them without having to fold them (pretty big envelopes) for ~$140 (including envelopes) at (we used a coupon for something like 60% off).

I love them.  SO SO much.  They make me feel like a movie star.  =)




(note:  I'm using the pictures @mhudnall took of the invites, since I don't have the digital copies on my computer.  Thank you @mhudnall for photographing the invites!)

  • Last updated on July 21, 2010 at 5:36 am
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(this is a guest post from Sara at Of Whimsy Photography)


post-apocalyptic wedding

ALERT! WARNING! MASSIVE MEGA POST AHEAD! I really hope you're not opening this post on dial-up, unless you've got, like, two hundred years to spare while the photos load. Sorry -- it probably woulda killed me -- LITERALLY! no, not literally -- to narrow this down more than I already did.

Okay, so! Yes! I mentioned on Rose and Or's original engagement post that we'd also shot a VURREH SPESHUL SOOPER SEEKRIT SESSION while I was in Los Angeles, but that I was sworn to secrecy until their wedding invitations had hit the streets. Well! Yes! The invites are out, and Rose tells me that enough of them have been received that I can go ahead with this post, which I was LITERALLY -- no, not literally -- dying to do.

The concept was a post-apocalyptic wedding (which was their idea, and which was with their wedding invitation specifically in mind). Rose had scouted out this AMAZING spot for us (where specifically is this at again, doll?), just perfect perfection for what they and we had in mind. I swooned when I saw the place. Legit.

Thrift store wedding dress. Steampunk teeshirt. Guns. Machetes. Goggles. Survival gear. A bag full of books. The California sun. Acres of abandoned industrial gear. This could not have been a more excited shoot if there actually HAD been zombies/rogue robots/murderous mutants/sharktopii on the prowl. I'm soooo happy with the way it all turned out, and if I can stop RUNNING OFF AT THE MOUTH FINGERS, you can probably see why:

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I'm not perfect. I'm not a camera wizard. It took me six shots to get this one right. But OH MAN I am in love with it. Check:

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Worry not -- we were all up-to-date on our tetanus shots.

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How cute are these two?

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Beyond Thunderdome cute.

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Coulda could have spent eight more hours out there and never have run out of new places to explore.

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Rose and Or are MUCH BRAVER about heights than I am. Yikes.

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What to do when you've got some downtime from fighting the evil hordes of whatever it is you're fighting?

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Brush up on some KNOWLEDGE, yo.

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The book Rose is reading, The Zen of Zombie, is written by a friend of hers, Scott Kenemore. She sent me a copy for my birthday a couple years back. That is because she is aces.

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I am just wild crazy mad about these two -- the quality of the light and the colors and wowza yes:

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Werk it, gurl.

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Now that's romance:

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And let me just add that the wedding invites? Holy socks. Or created them himself, using several photos from this shoot as well as some DEEPLY MAD SKILLZ, and they are sincerely the raddest wedding invites I've ever seen in my life. Like I screamed when I got it in the mail, and I've shown it to everyone who's been by the house since it came. I want to show you guys because SRSLY OMG, but I don't want to spoil it for the few people who HAVEN'T gotten them yet. Hey Or? If you're reading this and you're ready to share with the whole wide world, pretty pretty please feel free to post the invite in the comments (or over on the Facebook page). They're crazy, you guys. So amazing.

So YAY! Oh man, I cannae wait for this wedding. I picked up our airline tickets yesterday, tried on my bridesmaid dress to make sure it still fit, and now it's just a matter of counting down the days. EEEEEEE!

Oh Rose, oh Or. I love you guys. Thank you thank you thank you for letting me play photographer with you, and thank you thank you thank you for letting me be a part of your wedding day. Epicness guaranteed.

  • Last updated on July 16, 2010 at 2:39 pm
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I'm not really a traditional kinda gal.  So, when husband-elect asked what kind of ring I wanted, I told him my favorite stone was a green sapphire.

Off to the jewelry district my darling Or went with the company of my MOH, Marla.  I'd say that Or did pretty dang good.  And all for under 1K!

In fact, I love my ring so much, I opted to not get an additional band.

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