Jun 22, 2013

My husband and I were married on a beautiful sunny June afternoon with our closest friends and family. I put years of dreams and DIY efforts into making my whimsical sandcastle beach vision come true and I've got the pictures to prove it :) Its the most wonderful feeling being married to your prince charming! :)
  • Last updated on July 25, 2012 at 11:33 am
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Groom and Groomsmen attire

Light gray vest suits.. yummmmy!! Can't wait to see my Hubby in this!

Attire photo 1 and the seafoam ties to go withAttire photo 2a little darker one for my man to stand out maybe?

Attire photo 3and the starfish bouts that I am going to DIYAttire photo 4Attire photo 5

Onto the bridesmaid/MOH dresses- Have 6 girls including my MOH sister. Two went shopping with me and we all agreed on one dress. They will be picking their own silver shoes.

Attire photo 6Attire photo 7

 Me modeling my sisters BM dress before sending to her in NY

Flower girls dresses from Etsy came in and I had a couple of my little models try them on

And the day of the girls rocked their dresses!

As well as my bridesmaids :)

Can't forget the guys! They were quite Handsome groomsmen


  • Last updated on July 25, 2012 at 9:16 am
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Our Seafoam Sandcastle Wedding photo 1

MY VENUE: The first thing that happens when you walk into Cascade is a gasp. The place takes your breath away. You find yourself walking into this amazing ballroom with towering cathedral ceilings and elegant decor, and imagining yourself in the center of the grand dance floor. It is a spectacular place to have an event. Especially a wedding.



This beautiful picture is where I will be saying my "I Do's" to my best friend :)Our Seafoam Sandcastle Wedding photo 2

Here is the grand ballroom

Our Seafoam Sandcastle Wedding photo 3

The grounds are absolutely immaculate making for great photos right on location!

Our Seafoam Sandcastle Wedding photo 4

There's even a waterfall on site! Our Seafoam Sandcastle Wedding photo 5

Cocktail hour room that I can't wait to decorate with my tiffany blue satin linens :)

Our Seafoam Sandcastle Wedding photo 6

And a MUST HAVE photo at the end of the night

Our Seafoam Sandcastle Wedding photo 7

  • Last updated on January 14, 2010 at 11:47 am
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I have my heart set on half up/half down. I have spent months upon months googling images to find the right photos to bring with me to the trial appointment that gives a good impression of what I want done. It is hard!! I absolutely love Tiffany Amber Theissen's hair from her wedding day and I only have these two images Hairspiration photo 1
Hairspiration photo 2I always wear my hair parted to the side and I am just loving her deep side swoop she has going on. I am also bringing these images 

I have pin straight hair (boring) and this will add some drama on the big day. Speaking of drama, I am going with a slight poof on top as well, def. won't catch me with a flat top. I'm all about the 70's Poof in the hair, However with my bubble veil I can't overdo the poofy stuff so I have to tone it down. And to top off the drama I will be having eyes that Really stand out!
Here's my inspiration pics for my make-up trial. I want the smokey look with false lashes that really stand out and I am going to keep the rest natural for the most part. 
I booked with Naomi's Salon in West Hartford who is really well known in CT. They were one of the only Highly recommended Salon vendors who provide a traveling team for bridal parties.   I have to be in New Haven for the ceremony which starts at 6:30pm so I booked a bridal suite at the Holiday Inn for my girls and I to get ready in beforehand.  Because our ceremony is later in the evening this gives us plenty of time to chill and get pampered. I'm  so excited!!
As far as pricing goes:
$55 traveling fee x2 stylists
Hair Trial $75
Bride Hair day of Wedding $100
Bridal Party Hair $80
Airbrush make-up application Trial $65
Bride Airbrush Application day of wedding which includes lashes & lipcolor $165
Bridal Party make-up $70

How do these prices compare to what you are paying?
Can't forget my NAILspiration pics :)

  • Last updated on January 5, 2010 at 8:30 am
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For our wedding, we’re trying to avoid wastefulness. I believe a beautiful wedding can happen without a lot of (for lack of a better word) stuff that inevitably gets tossed out. This extends to our florals. Even though I love love love flowers, I don’t want to be too extravagant, and if there are ways to conserve resources and money in our floral design, we’re going to go for them.

For the ceremony, we’re keeping it simple: I already made DIY pomanders to hang down the aisles. All I need is to buy shepard hooks for them in the Spring when the sales hit stores. ::crossing my fingers::
The view’s gorgeous already, so we’ll keep nature as our ceremony backdrop. Floral Inspirations photo 1 Floral Inspirations photo 2 I also plan on having the pergola at the ceremony decorated like the photo shown below

For the bridal party, I've decided to keep it simplistic and chic. (White hydrangea bouquets for the ladies, China mum corsages for moms &  White Orchid boutonnieres for FOB & FOG) I want the girl's bouquets wrapped with satin Tiffany blue ribbon that I will provide to the florist.
Floral Inspirations photo 4

The groomsmen and my Groom will be wearing DIY starfish Boutineers, courteousy of moi :)
Shown in "Attire" section of my bio
I am in the process of making my own DIY centerpieces which are flower-free to cut back drastically on costs. Here is a sneak peak of how they are coming along. Floral Inspirations photo 7More pics in my DIY section of bio

There was however ONE exception to this money conservation idea. MY BOUQUET. I knew from the very beginning of our engagement that I was going to have peonies in my hands. I actually planned on having peonies everywhere at first. For my bridesmaids, for the centerpieces, Everywhere! Then we met with the florist and that's when reality set in. It simply wasn't practical or affordable within our budget to do that. So by cutting back in the above areas I am able to still have my gorgeous peonies in hand on the big day!

Here is my bouquet inspiration pictures. Floral Inspirations photo 9
  • Last updated on September 30, 2009 at 1:52 am
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Some DIY projects I've been working on as part of my beachy SandCastle themed wedding



This process has been really fun because I've been collecting the apothecary vases and sandcastles as the months pass. After initially meeting with our florist and finding out how much my peonies were going to cost ($$$!!!) I decided to skip out on the floral centerpieces and came up with this idea instead. I totally think I made the right decision. I am head over heels for them! What do you think?

My PlaceCards:

Originally I wanted to do all sand dollars and starfish but I've seen a million beach brides do this and I wanted to add a different flair. So I am going to be incorporating coral pieces.


Our SandCastle Wedding photo 5

I am planning on affixing tags to them with names as the escort cards.

Final outcome day of wedding :)


CAKE Inspiration: Wow this was a tough decision. I originally wanted to do a sandcastle for a cake but ulitmately for peace of mind decided on a more "easier" design for the cake vendor. However I still want to use my castle cake topper :)

I hand painted all my edible shells and coral pieces

 Our SandCastle Wedding photo 9

Final outcome day of wedding:


My Cardbox: I found this vintage looking birdcage at a consignment store and then decided to make it beachy with a few things I had from my wedding workshop. I wanted to keep it simple and chic.