Insanely enough we're headed out of town this morning for Flagstaff, Arizona to get married.
Camping with friends in Sedona, bridal shower and bachelor/bachelorette parties, rehearsal bash, and the big day on Saturday. I have no idea how we'll get everything done in time, but luckily we're blessed with amazing family and friends to help! I know everything will work out, and that's a wonderful peace to have.
This real wedding found at FS Photography features Matt and Logan who had their celebration at Mt. Hood's Silcox Hut. Their details are amazing and they win the prize for the best newspaper flowers hands down. Plus, their favors were hand knit hats, gloves, and scarfs.
For couples like E. and I that are looking to write their own vows, there's a great resource to check out over at 2000dollarwedding. This wonderful sister blogger (who also had an amazing -you guessed it- $2000 wedding) is keeping a regularly updated list of wedding ceremony scripts that's full of inspiration.
Take a look, and make sure to add to the list if you have one of your own!
I introduce to you our photographer: the oh-so-talented Sarah Neal at Sarah Neal Photography. We started talking a few weeks ago and she graciously squeezed our wedding into her busy schedule. The contract is signed, sealed, and delivered.
I can't WAIT until she shoots our wedding in exactly one week!
I was in one of my favorite stores when I saw a line a of mason jars sitting on a shelf as decoration. It was a few weeks before our wedding (we planned it in only three months anyway), and I was still trying to think of what to use for the centerpieces in the big, rustic log cabin style lodge. When I walked over and took a closer look at what was inside, I saw each jar held a different antique print, the kind you'd see in a family heirloom album while rummaging through your grandparents dusty boxes. I knew I'd found exactly what I wanted to do, so I asked the girls to share the secret and they told me: vegetable oil.
Here's the original post I created to share how I created these for our day. Two years later these same jars are sitting in my office, and while I'm now editing other people's wedding photographs I can look over and be reminded of how incredible our day was too. The images have held up better than I had hoped, bleeding a little at the edges and becoming a little more translucent, but in my opinion it's only getting better with age.
I thought I'd pass along this simple but amazing DIY project that I put together for our centerpieces. It's a super easy 3-step project that adds a vintage touch while allowing family, baby, or engagement pictures to be incorporated into your reception decor.
Supplies you'll need:
•Quart sized mason jar with lid (I used a mixture of new and old jars from the 70's)
•Black and white 4x6 picture trimmed to fit. (I printed mine at my local Walgreens)
•Dried flowers (optional)
1.) Insert your picture into the mason jar and pour enough vegetable oil to cover completely.
2.) Put some dried flowers on the opposite side of the picture. I chose lavender, essential oil anyone? Yum, it smelled good!
3.) Tighten the lid up and it's done! The vegetable oil will suspend the picture inside the jar without penetrating it, causing it to look aged and slightly transparent. A total vintage look of old yellowed pictures from the past.
Remember, you can take any spin on this you want, but there's a beauty in the natural look of a black and white image in sepia toned oil. Good luck creating yours!
This girl has been great to work with, you can find her Etsy shop at BlackBirdBlue. Also, for those of you that have been drooling over these Salt Harbor Design photos, she's the one that created the navy flower.
The day's drawing very close, and we have a lot to get done. A LOT.
1.) Figure out hair and makeup 2.) Finalize officiant 3.) Pick up dress and hope it fits 4.) DIY mason jars picture idea 5.) Make a TON of paper flowers 6.) Do table seating 7.) Finalize rentals 8.) Find E. shoes 9.) DIY book/map idea 10.) Find tealights 11.) Finalize with venue and catering 12.) Clean house, pack for wedding and honeymoon 13.) Hope all last minute packages get here in time 14.) Buy alcohol 15.) Get rid of last weeks oops* tan lines 16.) Get salon appointment 17.) Pick up rings 18.) Confirm room reservation 19.) Find bracelet to wear 20.) Figure out desserts 21.) Finish prep for wedding tree project 22.) Finish guestbook idea 23.) Put together playlists 24.) Collect more vases, jars, and bottles 25.) Write vows 26.) Go to the dentist 27.) Exercise 28.) Stay Sane.
Woooow. Are all couple's last minute lists this long?
Most important thing is that I'm going to marry this man.
I love him.
On a lighter note I finished the mason jar picture idea and I'll be posting a DIY shortly. I can't wait to share, it looks awesome!!!
There's nothing better than starting a Monday morning with a cup of vanilla soy cinnamon coffee and a half day off. Until you realize, holy s*%$, I'm getting married in 12 days.
So here I am with a few questions for you brides to be and lovely married ladies.
1) Was there (or is there going to be) anything that you incorporated in your ceremony that's offbeat but you just loved?For example, I'm thinking of having both sets of parents involved. Maybe holding a canopy over us, saying a reading... something. Or not having any chairs and having everyone just stand in a semi-circle around us in the meadow (excluding grandparents of course). Or not having a formal "bridal" entrance.
2) If you wrote your own vows, were they a surprise or written together?
3) To spend or not to spend: your view on doing your own hair and makeup. Is it worth the cost to get it done?
4) Assigned seating: shepherd people or let them be sheep? Or use my table assignment idea here.
All these details, so little time. Have any input? Help a bride out!
This guy used 2oo battery powered tea lights in a tree by the beach to propose to his lady, and it looked awesome! [Of course, my guy's proposal will always be the best in my book]. It also made me want to buy 500 and put them everywhere for our evening reception by the meadow.
After deliberation on whether or not to have assigned seating, we decided the best thing to do would be to keep it somehow casual but have assigned table numbers, so guests would know where to go. In the specific case of our wedding, this will prevent awkward reunions for certain family members and make sure that everyone is sitting with us in the main room and not on the outside.
I love this idea found at Once Wed from Anna Bond of Rifle Design. I think my ladies and I might be doing something along the line of this crafy DIY idea the week before the wedding.
Wedding costs are ridiculously insane. I've come to the conclusion there is no simple, cheap wedding unless it's an afternoon wedding with only immediate family.
We're throwing a huge party for our family and friends, and it's exciting to be able to offer this as a token of appreciation for their support. That is, in a way, what it is. Although it's a celebration of our union, it's also a gift.
We first set a budget of $5,000. Then we set a budget of $6,000. Now I know it's spilling over, and it bothers me. Even though this is one of the cheapest weddings in America compared to the norm, I still don't want to spend $7,000 on a wedding. We've gotten a lot of support which has been amazing, but there's still the financial stress that I wish was never a part of wedding planning.
I love what we're planning and I'm going to love the memories we get to take from it. Sometimes I just find part of myself still wishing we could of just had a courthouse wedding and a small celebration with friends and family, and then off to our honeymoon.
There's always these two sides fighting, one side saying, "No! Do it simple, cheap, it's who you are, it's your style!" The other part of me says, "It's not your style, it's your comfort zone. You want this wedding, you both need to take this outward step out in your relationship in front of your family and friends. You want this night in this amazing location with dinner, drinks, and dancing. It'll be worth it." I know it'll be worth it, the sad thing is if money wasn't an issue, I'd be much more excited instead of wavering back and forth.
Short engagements are great for a lot of reasons, the most important one being that we're both more than ready. I don't regret how we're doing our wedding at all, but my advice to any other bride with a 3 month engagement: unless you have all the money, have a very simple, cheap wedding.