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Update: Wedding!!

Since it has been a while since I have posted about anything, I thought a little update for those of you who are curious is in order.

Not many things have changed — the biggie was the date, announced in the last post (Official date is now April 9th, 2011). Since then, not too many big things have been happening. I, of course, have managed to save about one hundred more pictures for ideas to both the desktops of my Mac at home and my Dell at work, and as much as I would love to share them all with you, I’d like there to be some element of surprise when you walk into Bentley on that fine, Saturday evening.

Slowly, but surely, everything is coming together. I am in contact with someone on Etsy.com (OMG … if you are not a fan and do not have an account, watch out. It’s addicting) with regards to some stunning and simple wedding invitation sets, which is my next big one to tackle. I’ve requested paper samples from a few vendors and have asked my bridesmaids what they like and believe captures the vision that I am yearning for, and with everyone’s feedback — it would be like me to fall in love, I mean L.O.V.E. with one that not very many of the ladies picked out. :] But it’s my day, right??

Another biggie is photography — in the process of knocking out the kinks, but my next post (hopefully we’ll have deposits down by then) will be all about one of the most amazing women I know and how her passion will capture every little detail of my wedding day. Although we have drifted apart over the last few years, the proof is in the pudding; there is no one else that I trust with such an important day in my life. Literally. I can’t say enough good … you just wait.

Flower proposals have been discussed and we are pretty much a “go” on that, other than the deposit — just needs to be run by Papa Hayes. I have had a recommendation for cupcakes, so hopefully my next weekend in Arizona I will be able to schedule the tasting, along with two caterers that I have been talking with. DJ is still in the air (hey, if you have any suggestions or referrals, please leave contact information!!), along with makeup, hair, bridesmaid dresses, as well as the possibility of a videographer.

Another fun detail — the officiant. I have been back and forth about who I would love to perform the ceremony, particularly between the priest from my hometown church that had been with us for a couple of years before I left for college, and a GREAT friend that I have made here in Bakersfield at work that is actually ordained and has just left Dreyer’s to move and preach at his very own church. To go with the theme and the feel that I want — fun, laid-back, celebrating all the family and friends that have been such an amazing part of our lives — my heart says that my friend is the key, the icing on the cake. As my officemate, he has been hilarious, passionate, and truly a friend that cares about my well being and happiness. I mean, I was engaged for a month before he left us — so he got a month full of wedding questions thrown at him :] . I’ll be asking him for a quote tomorrow.

The details are coming together, even from 500 miles away. But more importantly, I have been astounded by the amount of help that family and friends have offered to us. I feel so blessed to have so many people that are willing to spend their time and hard-earned cash to help me with such little things that in the end, won’t really matter. But it’s the love that is being shared, and their willingness to help make this the utmost perfect day for Z and me literally brings tears to my eyes. I am so thankful for being born into my most perfectly imperfect family that is full of love and faith, my friends that have been there for me every step of the way, and as equally important = the amazing family that I will soon be marrying into. H. (Z’s brother) was the most excited to be Z’s best man, more excited than anyone else in the wedding party. Z’s mother and father have graciously offered their help with my dream of some sort of yellow furniture “alter” for the ceremony — a vintage piece that they want to restore and give to us to keep as a part of our home thereafter.

As much as I was stressed in the beginning about everything being perfect, I know that it won’t be. And that is okay. :]

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Bridesmaids, Anyone?

I am awaiting cards to formally ask my ladies to be my bridesmaids — I cannot help but to update my opinion on their dresses.

For the sake of slightly/sort of matching aspects of my dress and the groomsmen, I’ve taken a liking to grey dresses. I know, grey isn’t necessarily your typical color for a bridesmaid dress … but check out some of the pictures below.

3-Toned in the top-right corner.

I am TOTALLY digging the 3-toned dress at the top of the inspiration board. The cream at the top should compliment the skin tones of all of my bridesmaids and would lessen the stress about specific shades being too harsh. The yellow at the waist will not only emphasize the natural waists of the girls, but also tie beautifully into the yellow accents that the boys will be sporting — and the grey is beautiful. The dress is elegant and sophisticated. And a bright yellow shoe would match perfectly.

Patterns and textures.

New idea: patterns. I LOVE the pictures and the way that the wedding party almost looks like a quilt — hand-sewn and just “patched” together. The different yellows and patterns create great contrast and would compliment any shade or texture used in decoration. And there would be less stress on all the ladies finding one dress that compliments all of their body types and personal styles, although I’d still prefer to have one thing that ties everyone together so we don’t look too hodge podge-y.

All grey.

This all-grey dress is gorgeous. I’m not too sure how I feel about the seams on the chest, and I was thinking of something a little less poofy.

I’m still loving my yellow picks from Dessy.com and C.  and the troops found some of the styles at a bridal boutique that we were at last weekend, but we aren’t too sure about the shades of yellow and what fabric options are available. Any suggestions??

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Helloooooooooo Dresses.

For those of you who thought I meant the dress for ME, I’m sorry and hope you aren’t disappointed (a post with regards to the dress shopping experience will surface in the future, but no spilling the beans on dress details! Z. reads my blog!!). This post is dedicated to my ladies, who have not been named officially yet; to those ladies that will help with all my little details to make sure that the wedding goes off without a hitch; to those ladies who have been the best of friends through different stages of my life; to those ladies who I could never thank enough. And for that, here is a post to you:

I have been referred to the Dessy website by a friend, and another told me today that she bought a bridesmaid’s dress by the same designer just a few months ago. Luckily, they have a zillion different styles, as well as a couple of yellows that may match my color palette perfectly. I am thinking that I may just pick the color and allow the bridesmaids to pick their own styles, one that will flatter their own figure so they feel like a million bucks. And if they all end up picking the same style, well then I’ll have the girls all lookin’ fabulous in the same dress.

One thing is for certain: I will encourage all the girls to shoot for the same length dress, that being cocktail-length. Being that the wedding will be in the Spring, I want the girls to be comfortable and look “spring-y”, so that’s almost a definite, unless one of them persuades me.

I included a couple of the dresses on my own inspirational board, so some of them may look familiar:

Strapless with pockets.

This strapless is pretty simple, possibly allowing the bridesmaid to wear it again for either a cocktail party or on a cruise. One amazing detail: the POCKETS. I love the idea of being able to carry lip gloss or chapstick, but I think that anything too heavy may create a “pulled” look, so that is something to consider.

Scoop neck and back.

This is another look that is clean and crisp, and the scoop on both the neck and the back is stunning. The straps have obvious benefits — no pulling at the top of the dress all night.

Flower.

Now, I love this option, mainly because one can customize the outline of the flower, of which I could do a grey or a taupe. I can’t decide if the flower is too big or just right, so this is a sample that the bridesmaid would have to try on herself to see if it was flattering or if it attracted too much attention.

One shoulder.

Here is an option that is very different, and not your traditional bridesmaid dress, but I’m adoring this one. It is classy and sophisticated, yet one may think it is too formal for such an easy-going, relaxed event.

Halter top.

Another simple and clean look — and a style that could be worn again.

My one and only wish for my bridesmaids is that they are comfortable and they feel good — I don’t want them to be worrying about the way a dress fits for the duration of the ceremony and the reception. I hope that eventually, when it comes time to pick and order the dresses, the bridesmaids will have found something that they like … so if any of you out there have other websites to be looking at for bridesmaid dresses, please let me know! These are not my final decisions whatsoever … just want to start some conversation about styles and shapes and designers.

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A girl can never have too many shoes, right?

Calling ALL girls!! Especially those of you who LOVE shoes! I am most satisfied with a broken-in pair of Rainbows, so shoes are not my forte.

Now, I feel as though this is almost as important as choosing a dress. I’ve been back and forth on what type and color would be best for the venue that Z. and I choose, and if it’s outdoors, I’d hate to be sinking into the grass and hobbling around. In that case, a flat or a wedge sounds like the perfect solution, with a possibility of a cowboy boot (don’t cringe, look at how cute this is).

Yellow, Grey AND Boots?? What could be better?

However, a friend has noted that as I am from a small town and have a more “country” nature, my fiance Z. is not. It may fit the feeling of the venue, but perhaps not His character (Z. did say it was okay, for the record). If boots were to be a realistic option, I would have chosen grey for the sole purpose of carrying on the color palette, but these browns look more the part. I, of course, would be in a nice pair of mustard yellow or cream ones, of which I haven’t found a picture yet. Hehe :]

There is still the chance that a venue will make sense and will be indoors, thus allowing for heels. I’ve been referred to MyGlassSlipper’s gorgeous footwear. Here are a couple that I may be considering:

BM Raquel

I like the strap and the buckle around the back of the heel, giving me a stronger sense of security in terms of the heel slipping at all. The small flower on the front is feminine and shouldn’t take any of the focus off of the dress itself.

BM Xango

Because I am not graceful in heels, the back of this one makes me a little nervous, but I do believe that the open side of the shoe is gorgeous. The bow on the end of this heel looks slightly larger, so I’d have to try them on with the gown.

I’ve seen quite a few photos of bride’s that didn’t compromise comfort and sided with the Slipper/Ballet Shoe or a flip-flop — an ideal situation, for I am weary about a heel. I think that this look is perfectly paired with a ball gown, a dress that covers your feet; though, at a whopping 5’2″ I may drown in a huge, poofy ball gown … haha so many things to think about.

Any suggestions? More websites where I could find the perfect shoe??

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The boys can have some attention … :]

As the planning comes along, more and more questions arise. Z. asked me where my favor lies in regards to bow ties or neckties. I have no particular one that strikes me as better than the other but I can’t seem to make up my mind. I’m guilty for having concentrated on all of the “girly” details, so in all honesty I haven’t given the groomsmen any thought, yet. Oops!! Hopefully this entire post about the tie issue will buy me some forgiveness. :]

Yellow Necktie

This yellow necktie is fun, yet still more on the formal side. It looks clean and sophisticated, and I’m adoring the look. Z. has a couple of fair-skinned groomsmen that he had particularly been concerned about in regards to the yellow — will they look washed out? This option definitely keeps more of the yellow tucked away from the face. What fashionista came up with that color palette?? :]

Yellow and grey-striped bow tie.

On the fabulous board that M. created for me, she included a yellow and grey striped bow tie, which I ADORE. This would help to keep the atmosphere light and fun, which is exactly what I want. As I would be concerned with a solid yellow bow tie bringing more yellow closer to the face, this almost dilutes the yellow. This is a contender.

Without a doubt, the groomsmen will be in yellow suspenders, so I’m trying to picture which tie would look best — I think that the bow tie would almost be comical, and that’s a little too laid-back than what I’m aiming for.

Well, after this weekend Z. and I have appointments with 6 out of our 9 venue choices for Memorial Day weekend, where we will make our trek to the great state of Arizona in search for the perfect place to get married. After that I will then 100% confirm the feel and the color scheme and the style because who knows? I may show up somewhere and fall in love with a venue that strikes a different fancy, and everything may be flopped (then I’d really go nuts)! Once we return from Phoenix I will definitely let you in on all of my pictures and ideas and blog about each venue, but until then all I have to do is dream about more little details … I HAVE to keep busy. :]

If you have any blog requests, feel free to leave comments!! I have no doubt that I will eventually be out of crazy details and brilliant ideas …

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I’m Dreamin’ BIG.

Z. did not care much for the coral, as I suspected — I even tried to explain that it would add dimension and pop and that it was NOT pink, but it just didn’t click. I felt the urge to then make a grey, yellow, and peach inspiration board. Yes, even after I swore it off like a bad habit. Here is what I have come up with:

Oh, Peach.

I doubt it will still catch, but at least it gave me something to do on this fine Saturday. I think I may sneak some peach flowers into the girl’s bouquets, so we’ll see. :]

As most of you who have built these inspiration boards know, it involves patience, especially thumbing through thousands … literally thousands, of photos and clips that may just fit your board just right (I hate to admit, but I was on Project Wedding last night searching, and I literally searched through all 7000+ images, off and on probably between the hours of 6pm and 11pm). I mean, I truly flip through every picture, never jumping pages, because there is no way I would chance skipping a whirlwind of yellow with some great ideas. As you can imagine, with as much WebSurfing I have done in the last 7 days, I’ve seen probably close to 20,000 images that have all been inspirational — my Mac desktop is flooded with saved pictures, and same goes for my work laptop. I’m going to pray that the farm venue (The Farm at South Mountain) works out, because it truly lends itself the best to my ideas and theme, being low-key and focusing on the people that have traveled to celebrate my relationship with Z. With that said, I imagine that there will be a ceremony space outdoors that will need to be transformed into an intimate setting. I’ve found a handful of ideas that seem like they enclose the guests and break up the horizon, so I will share with you my thoughts and ideas. PLEASE, if you are familiar with any of these weddings or have used the same ideas yourself, SHARE SHARE SHARE! If I can’t find these pieces to purchase (at a Bride-Friendly cost 🙂 ), then I will be forced to turn it into a DIY project.

The Ultimate.

This is actually an outdoor setting that the bride’s mother built when the couple chose to have their wedding in her backyard. It was yet more inspiration to me, hence why it is my header for this blog (only cropped and slightly stretched). It is BRILLIANT, stunning … and now I am on the search for broken and trashed doors and windows to put my own twist on this. There is another photograph that I had found that will be more of what I am looking for — the couple hinged together three or four doors, accordion-style, and stood them up front to be a backdrop for the ceremony. It was creative and fun and (hopefully) cheap, so if any of you know someone who is changing out their doors either in Bakersfield, CA or the greater Phoenix or Cottonwood areas, GRAB THE DOORS! They’ll probably just want to throw them away anyway … If they still have the windows in tact, I will (or you can, if you need to release some anger) bust them out. It would be AWESOME to be able to see some of the scenery through the door. Ahhhhh, where do people take their old doors????? Below are some examples:

Perfect example.

Old doors that are perfect, too.

Any pieces of furniture that are bright yellow — I may ask to borrow or even rent. The yellow dresser that served as an altar in the picture above stands out and would be a great find.

Perfect for a table at the reception, with some hidden goodies inside.

And last, but not least … there is one piece that I will search for high and low not only because it may be comfortable for my guests after an hour of dancin’, but because it would make for some great pictures of the bridal party, as well as me and my groom.

Exceptional.

It is the glue for all of my random ideas. I may have to print this picture out and actually paste it into my soon-to-be Wedding Planning Moleskine (the trusty notepad is dwindling and may not be sturdy enough or have enough pages to last 10 months). A  couch out in the middle of a farm screams UNIQUE and FUN and free. In other words, too perfect. Keep your eyes peeled!!

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Day 6

I have now been engaged for 6 days, and my head is already spinning from the blogs and venues and color palettes and potential DIY projects. I wish I could clone myself, solely so one of me could sit at home all day, every day, and plan this wedding as quickly as I did a friend’s a couple of years ago.

Stereotypical is my name: have been dreaming of the day that I would say “I Do” for years. I have DV-R’d the series Say Yes to the Dress even before I was engaged. I creep on Facebook profiles of people I don’t know if their profile picture is from a wedding (it takes some humility to say that). There is nothing more in the world that I want than a most perfect wedding with no flaws — but my problem is that I don’t trust anyone else with making any of my decisions, and I am indecisive myself.

So I will post some things that I have flagged and bookmarked to key you in a little on what I am thinking. My initial plan was a home-made day, nice and low-key with neutral tones on a bright, crisp spring day in the greater Phoenix area. My most favorite color in the world is mustard yellow (you should see my kitchen and my Williams-Sonoma apron), and what would compliment that more than a soft grey suit and some light khaki tones? Nothing, is hopefully your answer. Below is a picture that is a little more “done-up” than I am imagining, but it has the yellow (i’m aiming for a little darker) and grey tones.

I have many DIY-projects scribbled in my handy notepad that hasn’t left my side, but I’ll post about those in the future.

There are a few venue options that I am considering, and am trying to set appointments with for my visit next weekend. The Farm at South Mountain (http://www.thefarmatsouthmountain.com/) may have the ambiance that would most perfectly fit my vision, so I’m hoping to make a stop there next Saturday. If that doesn’t work out, there is another venue that has an extremely different vibe, MonOrchid in downtown Phoenix (http://www.monorchid.com/). It’s modern and chic, but I’m not 100% sure I could pull off DIY projects to match.

In terms of places that would be uber special for my fiance and I — it’s either Arizona State University (somewhere on campus or perhaps Tempe Beach Park or Tempe Center of the Arts) or Chase Field, the home to our beloved Diamondbacks. Unfortunately I’ve contacted them and they are not giving tours on Memorial Day weekend :(. But it is where Z.’s heart lies, until we exchange “I Do’s”. 😉 And it is also the site of our first date …

So as you may conclude, hours and hours of my future will be dedicated to one event that may last 6 (?!?!!?!?!??). Which venue do you like the best?


Any suggestions to spice up the color scheme??

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