Jan 01, 2011
Just after we walked in the door
Eating at our sweetheart table (you can't see the giant flower arrangement on the floor in front of it...)
You can kind of see the flowers in this one.
An example of our decor...
A wider shot of the decor. (Murals not included! :P)
My parents dancing :)
Hesitating... to smash or not to smash?
Toasting (with Dr. Pepper). :D
Dancing with the kiddos!
Conga line! (And DH looks like he's casting a magic spell...)
Toward the end of the night...
DH and his groosmen (and groomswoman)
Men in Tuxes (My dad is in the back, second from the left, and his dad is in the middle, third from right.)
My beautiful sister/MOH, Julia, and her husband, Tyler.
DH and his parents
My BIL Tyler and my nephew, Liam (isn't he ADORABLE??)
Tyler is NOT Liam's dad, by the way... Liam is my brother's youngest. :)
Liam and me (Love his adorable smile!)
Me with Karis, my niece/flower girl
Killing time before the wedding
One Biiiiiiiiiiig happy family!
Here they are... some non-pro photos! :)
Dress and shoes, ready and waiting!
We had a spare moment before the ceremony and decided to practice our dip!
I'm only having a Maid of Honor and a Flower Girl. However, FI is having a groomswoman who decided to wear a dress (instead of a tux like FI was suggesting, HA!). Here's what the ladies picked.
My sister (MOH) picked Bill Levkoff style #555 in Sable. The fabric is tissue taffeta.
FI's groomswoman is wearing Bill Levkoff style #376 in European Clover. The fabric is Euro Satin, but if you look closely the dress style is exactly the same.
I ordered this bolero from Etsy for FI's groomswoman to wear with her dress, so she can wear a bout. just like the guys.
Seller AlexBridal, price was reasonable, shipping was quick, I'd recommend them!
And for my niece, the flower girl, we picked this dress from Dillards. Hopefully something she can wear again! :)
I've made some Etsy purchases and wanted to review them!
First, our return address stamp. We used this on our invitations, both on the outer envelope and to self-address the RSVP envelopes.
This is from Etsy's NoteTrunk.
First, it came beautifully packaged in its own drawstring linen bag.
The stamp itself is wood-handled and beautifully finished. It looks very high quality. We chose not to get a self-inking stamp and used a brown ink pad with it.
Here's the stamp next to one of the RSVP envelopes. The font is beautiful, the printing came out clearly, and it looks really wonderful.
(all blurring is due to my photography skills, not the stamp.)
I think it arrived within 2-3 weeks of ordering--definitely reasonable for a custom item. I highly recommend this seller!
I just got the earrings that I ordered from Etsy and I love them!
From Etsy's ChantalEveleen
Only $18!!! Plus $8 shipping, but $26 for bridal earrings is a steal, compared to a lot that I have seen! It took a little while for them to ship, since the seller is in Canada--I think I was told they shipped on a Tuesday and they arrived a week and a half later on Friday. Still--not unreasonable for international shipping to Kansas.
They came packaged in a really cute box:
And I tried them on...
And I love them!
They also came with free gift!
An adorable paper flower hair pin. :)
From Etsy seller MayaJAccessories, I ordered 3 flower headbands for my niece, one of which was for her flower girl outfit.
Here it is in action:
All 3 flowers were very cute and well constructed. Two thumbs up!
We ordered a brown satin bolero from alexbridal for DH's groomswoman to wear with her dress.
It was well constructed and shipped fast, and as far as I know she had no problems with it.
Here it is in action:
And from seller DavieandChiyo I ordered a custom clutch for my mom. I don't have a picture of her actual one, but the flower was this color and the clutch was dark grey. Very chic!
It was absolutely gorgeous. The flower is a pin so she can take it off the clutch and wear it as an accessory if she wants.
Here are our completed DIY Invitations! I printed everything on my printer with the exception of the maps. I took the PDF on a flash drive to Staples and had them color printed there. They aren't the clearest print, but definitely good enough for our purposes. I'm not a perfectionist. :)
The pocketfolds are a shimmery brown/copper color, and we tied them with green ribbon. Actually, FI tied them--this picture looks really crappy because I was trying to imitate and failed. ;) I promise the bows looked really nice!
You can see the RSVP card in the pocket...
The RSVP card and its envelope--we bought a stamp and stamped our address on the envelopes, I think it is really cute!
Behind the invite is our map... I paid someone to design it, and it's in green and brown.
We decided not to mail the pocketfolds as-is, and bought some large ivory envelopes to put them in. I didn't want to stress over how to seal the pocketfolds securely enough for mailing, plus it made addressing easier. We used the same stamp from the RSVP envelopes as the return address on the back flap of the invitations. I addressed them myself (not shown) with a brown pen.
Sorry about the glare on the photos. I am not a good photographer by any stretch of the imagination. :) If anyone would like to see our wording better just let me know and I can share a PDF or something.