a journey toward non-traditional wedded bliss, with style

Alltop Blog Heaven May 31, 2008

If you need an excuse to look at even more wedding blogs (which I think is always a good idea) Alltop now has a wedding section. I hadn’t heard of this site before, but it’s very easy to navigate and includes a huge selection of blogs and their latest headlines. It’s pretty sweet! I’m also pretty pumped to be listed on the site along with some of my other favorite reads.

On an unrelated note, one of the perks of being a teacher at a prep school is the incredibly overgenerous end of the year gifts. Since everyone knows I am moving into a new house and getting married I got a barrage of gift cards from every store I have been eyeing lately (ie Crate & Barrel, Pottery Barn, Sur Le Table, Willams & Sonoma etc). It felt like an early bridal shower and I’m so excited to go shopping today for stuff to fill up our empty house!


Introducing our Fabulous Photographer May 30, 2008

We only met with one photographer for our wedding, because it was pretty much love at first sight. One of my biggest wedding pet peeves are marathon posed photograph sessions that look stiff and unnatural. Kitty Maer, our photographer, used to work in the fashion industry in New York so all of her work has that editorial feel to it. She’s also incredibly adaptable to the needs of the couple, and in our case has agreed to do mostly candid shots. I think it also helped that she always adds an artistic shot of the bride’s shoes 🙂 We’re doing an engagement session with her this summer, which she likens to following us on a date and capturing us as we normally are. We’re planning to stroll around our favorite neighborhood downtown where they are lots of murals and cute boutiques for some funky urban shots. I can’t wait to see how they turn out! Just so you can see what I’m raving about, here is a snapshot of some of her work. Obviously I’m a little biased, but I think her blog is also a great read and full of gorgeous inspiration and ideas!


Black, White, and Green May 27, 2008

If I didn’t already think that black, white, and green was the perfect color scheme for my wedding, these pictures would just about convince me. The black fabric buttons, bubble hem bridesmaid dresses, textured green bouquets, and graphic text cake are all absolutely fabulous. Thank you Life.Love.Lipstick for making my day!

Photographed by SugarLove Weddings


A Perfectly Traditional Wedding May 26, 2008

While my taste definitely leans toward the modern and non-traditional, this weekend showed me how fitting an entirely traditional wedding can be. The ceremony was held at our college chapel (and included incidentally the only moving reading of First Corinthians ever, which is some feat) and the reception was at the Riverside Inn. The Inn was built in the 1800s and retains all of it’s small-town Victorian chic. There are no TV’s or phones in the room, mismatching chintz everywhere, and the most fabulous teapots I have ever seen.

Everything about the wedding from the vows, to the flowers, to the dress, to the cake was classic, traditional and beautiful especially because it was a perfect representation of the couple. The mood was contagious and it is absolutely one of the most fun weddings I have ever been to which only reinforces that at the end of the day, the people make the wedding, not the stuff. I found myself loving things that would normally make me cringe, like the plastic fireman hats the DJ handed out during YMCA.


One year from Saturday… May 22, 2008

I will be getting married! Even though we still have a long way to go the fact that we are finally within the one year marker is exciting since we’ve been engaged since August. As I’ve said before and I’m sure I’ll say many more times before the big day, I’m so glad we decided on a long engagement. I’ve been able to bask in the joy of wedding planning slowly and not feel rushed at all. I feel pretty good about what we’ve accomplished too (just to satisfy my inner type A-ness I’ll put it in a list).

  • Ceremony and Reception venue booked
  • Photographer booked
  • Dress ordered
  • Shoes bought (obviously this deserves it’s own bullet)
  • Color Scheme decided
  • Favors decided

And for many other details like the linens, chairs, flowers, music etc. I have a pretty specific idea of what I want so I think everything will come together quickly. Plus the longer we’ve lived in Columbus, the more awesome contacts are falling into our lap. I found a stylist and a salon I adore to do my hair and make-up plus a spa party for all my girls. The house we’re moving into happens to be next to this amazing bakery we stumbled upon, which is also right next to a cute stationary shop I have yet to explore. Hopefully the trend continues!

And what better way to celebrate our (negative one year) anniversary than to go to another wedding! We will be in Pennsylvania all weekend first at our college campus for the ceremony, then at a pretty historic inn for the reception, and finally relaxing at a cabin on a lake for the rest of the time. It’s nice to be one of the later weddings in our circle of friends so I can pick up tips from everyone before me 🙂 Enjoy the long weekend everyone!


Play Dress Up at Olivia Luca

Normally I’m not a fan of virtual dressing rooms, but the design your own gown feature at Olivia Luca is pretty awesome.

You start off by selecting your skin tone on a sliding scale and then from there you can choose from hundreds of combinations of bodice styles, necklines, skirts, fabrics, and colors. The prices seem very reasonable, and they offer lots of fair-trade and eco-friendly fabric. They also offer the same feature for bridesmaid dresses. Even a quick look through the photo gallery is worth it, to showcase the dresses and for the cool tunnel vision photography effect.


A Marriage of Primary Colors May 19, 2008

I love experimenting with different color schemes for weddings, which is somewhat ironic because my own wedding will be primarily black and white. However, I thought it would be cool to use primary colors as a motif for an inspiration board. Obviously this is somewhat of a challenge since yellow, red, and blue together usually reminds me of Legos, playgrounds, and generally everything kid-like. Not that there is anything wrong with that, but probably not the look most people want for their wedding.

I went with a bold red and more subtle yellows and blues for an outdoor picnic theme. I think the overall effect is quirky and sophisticated and I like that it doesn’t seem too “done” like when you go to a wedding a see literally only one or two colors on everything down to the tiniest detail. Even though my colors are basic my goal is to add interest with lots of different textures. This is just another way to go about it!

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