Aug 22, 2010

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You are my best friend for life.
I pledge to honor, encourage, and support you through our walk together.
When our way becomes difficult, I promise to stand by you and uplift you,
so that through our union we can accomplish more than we could alone.
I promise to work at our love and always make you a priority in my life.
With every beat of my heart, I will love you. This is my solemn vow.

Source (as well as an awesome resource for other vows!):



"___, with this ring I give to you my promise, that from this day forward, you shall not walk alone.  May my heart be your shelter and my arms be your home."

Note: I heard this on Bethenny Getting Married- I DVR-ed it and rewinded it several times because I liked it so much!



Love Sonnet XVII
by Pablo Neruda

I don't love you as if you were the salt-rose, topaz
or arrow of carnations that propagate fire:
I love you as certain dark things are loved,
secretly, between the shadow and the soul.
I love you as the plant that doesn't bloom and carries
hidden within itself the light of those flowers,
and thanks to your love, darkly in my body
lives the dense fragrance that rises from the earth.

I love you without knowing how, or when, or from where,
I love you simply, without problems or pride:
I love you in this way because I don't know any other way of loving

but this, in which there is no I or you,
so intimate that your hand upon my chest is my hand,
so intimate that when I fall asleep it is your eyes that close.

THE ART OF MARRIAGE Author Wilfred A. Peterson
Happiness in marriage is not something that just happens.                                                           
A good marriage must be created. In the Art of Marriage:
The little things are the big things.
It is never being too old to hold hands.
It is remembering to say "I love you" at least once a day.

It is never going to sleep angry.
It is at no time taking the other for granted;
the courtship should not end with the honeymoon,
it should continue through all the years.

It is having a mutual sense of values and common objectives.
It is standing together facing the world.
It is forming a circle of love that gathers in the whole family.
It is doing things for each other, not in the attitude of duty or sacrifice,
but in the spirit of joy.

It is speaking words of appreciation and demonstrating
gratitude in thoughtful ways.
It is not expecting the husband to wear a halo or the wife to have wings of an angel.
It is not looking for perfection in each other.

It is cultivating flexibility, patience, understanding,and a sense of humor.
It is having the capacity to forgive and forget.
It is giving each other an atmosphere in which each can grow.

It is finding room for the things of the spirit.
It is a common search for the good and the beautiful.
It is establishing a relationship in which the independence is equal, dependence is mutual and the obligation is reciprocal.
It is not only marrying the right partner, it is being the right partner.







We are doing a twist on the typical Rose Ceremony- Kylie (my daughter), Drew (FH) and I will place a rose in a vase on the ceremony table, we are then asking each of our Bridesmaids, Groomsmen, Parents, and siblings to then place a rose in the vase.  It symbolizes Kylie, Drew, and I becoming a family, and the support of this union by our closest friends and family.

Rose Ceremony:

In the Rose Ceremony, the Bride and Groom give each other a Rose. Two roses are all that is necessary. The Rose Ceremony is placed at the end of the ceremony just before being pronounced husband and wife. In the old language of flowers, a single red rose always meant "I love you". The Rose ceremony gives recognition to the new and most honorable title of "Husband and Wife".

"Your gift to each other for your wedding today has been your wedding rings - which shall always be an outward demonstration of your vows of love and respect; and a public showing of your commitment to each other.

You now have what remains the most honorable title which may exist between a man and a woman - the title of "husband" and "wife." For your first gift as husband and wife, that gift will be a single rose.

In the past, the rose was considered a symbol of love and a single rose always meant only one thing - it meant the words "I love you." So it is appropriate that for your first gift - as husband and wife - that gift would be a single rose.

Please exchange your first gift as husband and wife.   In some ways it seems like you have not done anything at all. Just a moment ago you were holding one small rose - and now you are holding one small rose. In some ways, a marriage ceremony is like this. In some ways, tomorrow is going to seem no different than yesterday. But in fact today, just now, you both have given and received one of the most valuable and precious gifts of life - one I hope you always remember - the gift of true and abiding love within the devotion of marriage.

_________ and _____________, I would ask that where ever you make your home in the future - whether it be a large and elegant home - or a small and graceful one - that you both pick one very special location for roses; so that on each anniversary of this truly wonderful occasion you both may take a rose to that spot both as a recommitment to your marriage - and a recommitment that THIS will be a marriage based upon love.

In every marriage there are times where it is difficult to find the right words. It is easiest to hurt who we most love. It is easiest to be most hurt by who we most love. It might be difficult some time to words to say "I am sorry" or "I forgive you"; "I need you" or "I am hurting". If this should happen, if you simply can not find these words, leave a rose at that spot which both of you have selected - for that rose than says what matters most of all and should overpower all other things and all other words.

That rose says the words: "I still love you." The other should accept this rose for the words which can not be found, and remember the love and hope that you both share today.

__________ and ________, if there is anything you remember of this marriage ceremony, it is that it was love that brought you here today, it is only love which can make it a glorious union, and it is by love which your marriage shall endure." 

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Bridal Bouquet Inspiration:

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Bridesmaid Bouquet Inspiration:

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Centerpiece Inspiration:

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Centerpiece Mock-up:

When we started, there were some yellow tulips that I wasn't too keen on...

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We took the yellow tulips out and we're going to add a 3 inch wide orange ribbon at the base of the flowers/top of the vase so there isn't any empty space above the apples.  We are also taking the mossy stuff out... I think they need a little more fullness, but I love the overall feel and the colors after we took out the yellow tulips.

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We asked her to add in some fullness and she sent me some pictures... I like this so much better!  Minus the yellow, of course. :)

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Ceremony Florals:

I really want a petal-lined aisle kinda like this...

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And how adorable is this heart shaped petal formation?? 

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Credit: PW-er JessAlva

Update: Ordered our petals from I got them in coral, salmon pink, and hot pink.

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With pomanders:

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GM Boutonierres:

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Makeup looks:

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Hair styles:

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PW Bride Clightner:

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I adore this look for my pretty little angel, Kylie:

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I love this style for my BM's:

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  • Last updated on February 12, 2010 at 6:23 am
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I bought all of my BM's this clutch:

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With a hoodie like this:

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BM Jewelry:

This for my MOH...

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And this for my bridesmaids...

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Hair Flowers:

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Flower Girl:

We got her this awesome Barbie wedding set with Ken (Groom), Barbie (Bride), Skipper (Bridesmaid), and Stacy (flower girl)... I was so excited when we found this!!  And before we realized we could get this set, we already purchased a dress and white tux online and were planning on getting dolls to put them in.  So Ken has a white tux too, and Barbie now has 2 dresses (just like mommy!!) ha ha ha

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This tank top...

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We got the guys each a personalized silver-plated koozie...

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We are getting them each a 6 pack of their favorite beer to go with the koozie! :)

And these socks to wear on the wedding day which I'm sure they will all just LOVE... ha ha ha



Ace is 7, so we got him some awesome Transformers!

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I also bought him his Chucks to wear...

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And Cassius and Enzo, 18 month old twins, get a fun Mega Blocks truck and boat to share (or fight over!!)...

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I also bought them their shoes...

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A.K.A. Vendors

Wedding Planner/DOC: Ashley Summers/Table 6 Productions

Venue/Caterer: The Pines at Genesee/The Pines Catering

Photographer: Dawn Sparks

Videographer: Lupher Arts

Flowers: Plum Sage Flowers

Photobooth: Booth 66

Hair/Makeup: Kori Schell/K Schell Designs

Invitations/Paper Products:  Marvinna Simpson/Platinum Invitations and Stationary

DJ: A Music Plus

Ceremony Guitar: Steve Glotzer


  • Last updated on February 2, 2010 at 4:47 am
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Our Save the Date:

OUR INVITATIONS- The finished product!

Pink, Green, Orange, Invitations

Ceremony Program Fans we are going to have the 2 outer petals be colored and the inner petals be white with the wording.  We will have some with green petals, some with pink, and some with orange. 


Our vow cards:

I wanted to do something different, so I decided to put "You're My Best Friend" on the back which played off of how our vows started.  I love how they came out!

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Signature Cocktails sign:

An ADORABLE monogram made by the sweet miss Butterly. :)

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Update: I DIY-ed this ring pillow...
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Card Box: I was hunting for something totally unrelated and ended up finding this set of 3 little suitcases in orange and pink!  I think they would work perfectly for cards and they are so cute and different, plus they were only $24.95 with shipping!!  So we'll see what I think when they get here!

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I just found these letters at Michael's- I was going to DIY, but they were such a great deal that I thought "what the heck" and bought them.  I think they are pretty cute for our cake/cupcake table.  Glittery, yes... but super fun!  We are not really going for anything super elegant or serious, so I think they will work wonderfully! :)

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Our "guest book"- we had a frame custom made with several of our engagement photos.  We'll have our guests sign the matte around the photo with their well-wishes.

Guest Book Sign:

We came up with this idea for Kylie (my daughter/flower girl) to carry a cute little sign during the recessional.

So I posted a while back that our original "Hooray" and "Mr" and "Mrs" banners got thrown away  in our move(naughty FH!)... I had them remade... what do you think?

They are different from the first batch because the paper used the first time around was out of stock!  I'm sad, because I really like the first set.  But nothing I can do now... so what do you think?

My thought is, take away the red flowers on the table numbers (3, 11, and 15)...Do you like the touches of yellow in the flowers and on the ribbons from the table numbers?  It isn't one of my colors, but I think it is kinda cute.  I am also going to experiment with other ribbon colors instead of green- maybe fuchsia, orange (like before) or light pink.

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Table numbers with holders:

LOVING this sign:

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Update:  Here she is...

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 Place Card ideas:

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I wanted to put my own little twist on something that has been done before, so I am using paisley shapes in lieu of leaves for our escort cards...  We have a paisley thing going with our invites and cupcake stand, so it's just another way to tie it all in.  We are going with half pink and half orange... I LOVE it!

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We are getting a photobooth with props and, as of press time, this will be our guest favor.  I decided to make our guests tickets for the photobooth which also reminds them to upload photos to an online album after the wedding!

Here was my inspiration:



And here was my creation:

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Our photobooth print-out design...

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After much thought, we decided to go with cupcakes in lieu of a wedding cake.

Drew and I built a cupcake stand together, it was a labor of love. :)  I got the battle wounds to prove it!!


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Here it is before painting...

I found this paisley fabric online for us to add to the foam board between the tiers.

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I also decided to go with plain cupcakes from Sam's club, and found these adorable wrappers and toppers on Etsy to jazz them up.  We ordered the toppers to say a few cute "love" sayings on them.

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Here is my virtual mockup of our cupcake stand with the wrappers and toppers.

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