Monday, October 6, 2008

We totally got married!

And pom poms rained down on us.

thanks Julia and Aunt Marian for capturing the moment!

It was just so wonderful, every thing I could have hoped for and more. So much love!

I'll leave you with a little web album of the pictures our dear friends and family took while we wait for the professional shots. (Though a few of my friends are total pros, as you'll see.) You can find the album here!

Sunday, August 31, 2008

Evidence I've Lost My Mind

It's close people. It's under-a-month close. It's I-got-my-hair-highlighted-today close. It's an-average-of-one-panic-attack-a-day close. (I didn't have one today, but I had two yesterday.) I'm even wearing teeth whitening trays as I type.

Anyway. The wedding crafting is in overdrive at this point. The shawls are done. My capelet is blocking. The pom-poms are being mass produced. And the cake topper is done.

why, hello there!

The funny thing is, we're not really having cake. We're just not dessert people -- we're more second-helping people. So we're having a peanut butter pie and carrot cake that our venue serves. But I simply couldn't resist making a Carrie and Jon cake topper.

I have to admit that this was, um, heavily inspired by the cake toppers made by Patch NYC. And I feel a little bad, but if they are able to sell them for $500, then I think they're doing OK without my business. I also used the adorable toppers made by Small Object as a guide.

The biggest challenge was Jon's suit. He let me cut up an old gray shirt, and I made many a prototype before settling on this one. Then I found ribbon that resembled his tie, and we were off!

As you might gather, my dress doesn't look precisely like this -- and my legs aren't anywhere near as skinny as pipe cleaners, despite rampant gym-going -- but it's close enough that Jon is now forbidden from looking at this blog! (Spare me any commentary about how the whole "groom not seeing the bride" tradition is silly. We like our silly traditions, thank you very much!)

(cross-posted at Every Word's a Purl)

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

one month to go!

It's hard to believe after all of the planning and plotting that the day is almost here! Being journalists, we thrive under deadlines, so we've accomplished a lot in the past few days.

I find myself turning again and again to etsy for my wedding needs. I have always loved etsy, but I particularly like that I'm supporting an independent artist, not just the evil, money-grubbing Wedding Industrial Complex.

I picked up a tiny, rather impractical ring bowl from Paloma's Nest. It is inscribed like the one on the bottom right -- "I carry your heart, I carry it in my heart." It's from this ee cummings poem that we will include in our program.

I also settled on wedding jewelry, which was an onerous process for me. They're from luxe deluxe -- a delightful vintage jewelry shop. There are so many fabulous designs sold there that I wish I could buy four or five more. Here's mine! (In real life, it's teeny tiny.)

A spokesman said to me today that this is a really wonderful period of my life, that I should stop and enjoy it. So I'm adding that to my to-do list.

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Confessions of a do-it-yourself addict

I knew I wanted a homespun feel to our wedding, but I also didn't want to make myself crazy with a million little projects. Instead of embarking on home stationery design, do-it-yourself flowers or other endeavours that would have driven me half-crazy, I instead stuck with what I know. Yarn and sewing.

So here they are, the finished bouts. I picked up a slew of brown and aqua fabric at Joann's when I was home recently, and I ordered the rest of the supplies online. (Floral wire is NOT a fun thing to work with...) I'll likely do two more for my dad and Jon's dad.

And more momentously, I completed my bridesmaid shawls, ever last one of them. Two are knit, two are crochet -- and the crochet went a helluva lot faster.

Thursday, August 7, 2008

We can't decide on transportation. Our RSVPs keep ending up in a neighbor's mailbox. And our rehearsal dinner site was closed by the Health Department. (No, I'm not kidding.)

But I found my shoes. And I love 'em.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008


So the chocolate and turquoise theme is overtaking the wedding -- and future hubby is finally on board! Monday, he ordered these ties for him and the groomsmen, from Australia, no less.

This may sound extravagant but keep two things in mind. The ties were cheap -- just $25, with no tax! And they were the only ties we saw in the right colors. So there you go!

And the matching boutonnieres are coming along, kind of.

Here's a close-up of one that I've been toying with from the pattern in Martha Stewart "Weddings" magazine. I have to tell you, they are a tad tedious to put together. And maybe not worth it.

See, the magazine and website really don't give as much detail as I'd like about the construction. I don't need my hand held per se, but a little more guidance would go a long way. I can make the flowers, I can insert the stamen, but I'm totally winging it after that.

Basically, I'm wrapping floral wire around the bottom of the stamen, then wrapping all of the floral wire in floral tape. I'm then wrapping satin ribbon around the floral tape. This is an ugly process that involves some gluing and some sewing and some hair pulling.

I've finished four, but I think now the bouts and I need to take some time apart....

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Give him the bout..

Seems like male attire gets overlooked at most weddings, or at least at mine. I ordered my dress months ago and already had a hair and make-up trial. But for my groom? Nada.

We are, though, going suit shopping on Monday, and I spend an inordinate amount of time thinking about boutonnieres. I want something a little special, not just a single bloom unceremoniously pinned to his lapel. Plus, I think it could be a great keepsake.

Thankfully, there's inspiration all over. I'm leaning toward making these from Martha Stewart, which involve folding strips of fabric and rick-rack into a little flower. I started experimenting with rick-rack this week, but it ain't easy. This is what the finished product should look like, though in our darker color scheme of teal and chocolate brown:

Etsy, meanwhile, is replete with fabulous bouts. As Brooklyn Bride pointed out this week, Mosey Handmade has the most delightful selection. I adore the little birdsnest, though I don't think my groom would be supportive.

Sweet B Papers has a collection of really sharp boutonnieres. A few are so large that they're almost corsages, but there are some very sharp, creative ones as well. I particularly adore this one, made of wheat. It's so tidy, and I love the sharp coarseness of the wheat against the suit. (Great tie, too!)

But this little number from La La Laurie! really caught my eye and jump started my obsession with boutonnieres. I love the feathers, the little birds and the ribbon wrapping. Just so snappy!