BridalCheek

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Local Love August 27, 2009

Remember the couple from A Picnic Wedding? Well the actual event occurred last weekend, and despite all sorts of near disasters (rain, cancellations, a visit to the emergency room) everything worked out in the end, and the whole event was absolutely beautiful.

I just love weddings where every detail is a clue to the couple’s personalities, and this one was one of the best examples I’ve seen. Both the bride and groom are very involved with their community, and are passionate about trying to live as green and locally as they can. Almost every detail was handmade, and every detail had meaning. In fact there were just so many moments that were tear-jerkingly sweet that I think I should rename this the Warm & Fuzzy wedding.

To summarize briefly: the ceremony was in a beautiful little church with a gospel choir, the whole wedding party travelled in petty cabs to the reception closeby, the food was all local and organic (including the best lavender iced tea ever!), the flowers were put together by the bride and friends that morning, and dancing was under the stars. Here are just a few of the many, many pictures we took!

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Alice in Wonderland Revisited August 9, 2009

We all know how much I love Alice in Wonderland, so I was doubly happy to discover a new sweetly snarky wedding blogger who also appreciates a quirky themed wedding. Credit Crunch Bride shares her thoughts on how just such a theme is perfectly suited for brides with a budget:

“So, here’s the secret. If your wedding isn’t being planned by The World’s Leading Wedding Planner with a diploma in Co-ordinating Colours, and is rather more of the budget variety, the Alice in Wonderland theme could be for you. It excuses all sorts of ridiculous randomness, wonky home-made cakes, mismatching decorations and strange behaviour. In fact, it encourages it.”

Couldn’t have said it better myself! And pardon my randomness, but I just love the word “wonky.” Check out the full article to see a collection of awesome Alice inspired boards, including the above one with the perhaps the most enviable wedding Louboutins of all time!

 

Centerpiece Ideas August 6, 2009

It’s always funny to look at your blog stats – for example, my post on Blue Orchid Centerpieces is by far the most popular just because that particular phrase gets searched for so often and my blog article is the first that pops up. So, it seems that lots of you out there are still on the lookout for creative centerpiece ideas. I understand because flowers can be incredibly expensive and centerpieces are such an important statement that can really help set the mood of your reception. Here are a few of my favorite tips that I learned from planning my own wedding.

  • Never underestimate the power of food coloring and a little glycerin. Dying the water in clear vases makes an otherwise simple arrangement really pop!

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  • Use alternative materials in your centerpieces. Rocks, feathers, paper, fruit, cupcakes, corks, buttons…the list goes on and on. Not only are these cheaper than flowers, they don’t die after the wedding!

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  • Use alternative materials to hold your centerpieces. Wine bottles, vases, mason jars, tin buckets, lanterns, pitchers etc. Even tin cans can make a gorgeous statement. These can be items you would have thrown away or recycled or you can get them from thrift stores or budget friendly stores like Ikea!

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  • A little paint goes a long way. Our florist painted the curly willow at our wedding and the metallic shades made a big difference. Curly willow or other branches are a great and inexpensive way to give your centerpieces some height too.

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Young House Love Wedding July 29, 2009

One of my new favorite blogs is Young House Love – it’s full of awesome do it yourself design inspiration from a couple who turned a boring ranch rambler into a sleek and modern home. And, it just so happens that they applied their crafty and creative talents to their wedding as well. I don’t know which of the following is more impressive, that a) the bride bought her dress days before the wedding and dyed it to be worn again after b) they relandscaped their whole yard so that the entire wedding could be held at their home or c) that their entire budget was under $4,000. Amazing! Head over to their site to check out their wedding album!

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Funny Little Details July 13, 2009

Looking through pictures by friends and family is like reliving the day all over again – except this time I can laugh over the quirky little details I was too excited to notice before. For example:

How our guests seemed as excited as I was for the awesome Depot Trolley.

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How someone made my dreams come true and ate their escort card.

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How even an expert heel wearer bride needs a pair of flat sandals for the afterparty.

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(thanks to a fellow Delt wife for capturing these moments!)

 

Handmade Invitations July 8, 2009

Remember the couple from A Picnic Wedding? Well, we just got our invitation (hand-delivered too!) this weekend. I love when an invitation sets the tone for an event, and this one did the job perfectly. Locally made recycled paper, earthy handcrafted details, and simple vintage font – absolutely perfect! The envelope was especially cool and had a great texture to it which you can’t see in the pictures. I can’t wait to attend!

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Wedding Teasers from Kitty Maer June 30, 2009

This morning while stopped at a red light, I decided to check my email on my iPhone. Big mistake. Because there it was, the first of many emails I’ve been dreaming about since we first hired Kitty Maer, photographer extroadinaire! The temptation to endanger myself and other drivers by immediately oohing and aahing over our teaser pictures was overwhelming, but somehow I pulled myself together and made it to work safely. These are what I got to feast my eyes on – we aren’t celebrities, rock stars, or models but Kitty makes us look like it! Such is her genius 🙂

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We’ve all been in/to lots of weddings at this point so everyone wasn’t used to not having to pose since we wanted more candid shots – but our ring bearer is a pro!

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A close up of my gorgeous green monochromatic bouquet from Petals & Leaves.

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We normally aren’t good in front of the camera but Kitty can coax amazing shots out of anyone.

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I love this GQ one of Drew in front of the awesome bunny statue!

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Centerpiece Sneak Peek June 23, 2009

So far I only have one picture of one of three types of centerpieces that we had at our wedding (thanks to my fellow teachers!) but I couldn’t resist a sneak peek. I can’t even begin to say how much fun I had working with Dee and Amanda at Petals & Leaves. I’m sure that I’ll continue to rave about their work when I get the detail shots from our photographer, but for now I’ll just say that I went to them with all sorts of crazy ideas (because that’s what happens when you’ve been reading wedding blogs for a year right?) and not only were they supportive and enthusiastic but they took my thoughts to the next level. This custom designed screen you see behind us with damask elements and orchids strung through it began as a vague thought about a “screen of flowers.” It turned out so well, even though we ended up inside instead of outside. In fact, I think it juxtaposed even better with the classic vintage appeal of Derby Court, giving it that modern twist we were going for.

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And here is the shot of centerpiece one: a tall hurricane vase turned upside down with uplighting from the bottom, moss, flowers, green apples, and metallic curly willow spraying out of the top. I was blown away when I saw them! They were the one type of tall centerpieces we had, and they definitely added dimension and visual interest in such a huge room. Plus since the vases were thin and clear, people could still have conversations through them which was one of our main priorities. I’ll add pictures of the rest of their fabulous floral details as soon as I have them!

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Wedding Stuff for Sale June 18, 2009

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I’m going to briefly interrupt my wedding recaps with some practical stuff – the image uploader on Weddingbee classifieds isn’t working, so I figured I would just host the images here! In addition to the table numbers in the post below I’m selling a damask ring bearer pillow, vintage brooch and shoe clips, birdcage veil, and garter from Piper Ewan (which I didn’t get to wear because my dress was too slinky!). Feel free to contact me here or on Weddingbee’s classfied site if you have any questions!

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I’m Back! June 15, 2009

I know, I know. Like so many other wedding bloggers, a month before the big day I disappeared, lost in an endlessly growing pile of placecards, forms to sign, details to tweak, and minor moments of panic to manage. In the home stretch of our wedding, I kept telling people I felt like a secretary, or maybe air traffic controller would be a better comparison. For those of you still waiting for the big day, be prepared to answer more emails, make more phone calls, and do more busy work that you imagine possible.

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But. It was absolutely, completely, so totally worth it. Again, like other wedding bloggers I’m going to tell you that the day went perfectly. Did it, in actual fact? Well we ended up having our ceremony inside rather than out due to overcast skies (I am a Seattle girl, it’s only appropriate). But I think partly because I began this whole process with a go-with-the-flow attitude and also because our venue is just so amazing it worked out better. The whole night was a whirlwind of friends, family, vintage modern decor and details, ice cream, soul band….I could do it over and over again!

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However, I’m back from the best honeymoon ever and ready to settle down to enjoying married life and of course, if you know me, a new and growing list of goals. But not before I recap those details that I missed out on sharing with you all the last few weeks! I’ve got lots of DIY projects, tips, and anecdotes to share, not to mention some wedding paraphenalia that can be used again. I’ll be selling my table numbers, dress, ring bearer pillow, and various other items so stay tuned!

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In the meantime I’ll leave you with a teaser picture of our reveal from our artistic genius of a photographer, Kitty Maer. I absolutely cannot wait to see the footage she shot from our day, and neither can the rest of our guests – in fact one of my two fabulous Maids of Honor recently compared her to crack. In a good way of course 🙂