Thursday, December 16, 2010

these are a few of my favorite themes

Choosing a style for our wedding was very easy. We decided to use the look of the venue as our inspiration so that everything flows nicely and doesn't feel out of place (it's the designer in me). I explained the style we are going for in a previous post on the EAD blog, but you probably get the idea just by browsing posts on here. Romantic (what wedding isn't romantic though?), sophisticated, organic with a slight old world feel, etc. Don't get me wrong, I am absolutely in love with the style we have set and everything we have picked out, but there is a side of me that is in love with other styles as well. Below are a few and why I love them and why they don't work for us.

Rustic/Vintage/Indie: If you have googled "wedding ideas" or briefly glanced at any wedding blogs, you will know that this style is extremely trendy. There are elements of it that I love, but parts that really do not fit us at all. I love the worn out wood, vintage lace, old books and funky colors. The parts that do not fit us are the photobooth mustaches, guys in suspenders and the overall casual feel. We are not even close to being hipsters.

French Bistro: I love this style, but it really does not fit Mike. Plain and simple. Plus, he is Hispanic and I am German, might be a bit strange for us to have a French themed wedding...especially since he's never even been there. Fortunately for me, we still have a few of the elements that I love with this look - cobblestones, vines on the walls and a focus on wine.

Travel: Again, this style fits me, but definitely does not fit Mike. I love it when the tables are named after places the couple has traveled to, that would solve a little problem of ours! Unfortunately those table numbers would have nothing to do with him though.

Choosing a style is the easy part, but sticking with it is the challenge. You would think planning a wedding with our style criteria would be fairly simple, but you'd be surprised as to how difficult it is to find weddings like that. Two weddings that I always refer to when I am in a rut are the wedding of Ami from Elizabeth Anne Designs and a wedding featured on Style Me Pretty by Kristin Banta. Ami's wedding was ten years ago and is still beautiful and current. To me that truly means that it was timeless. When I get distracted by all the amazing trends out there, I have to remember, go for timeless! The SMP wedding reminds me of the look and feel that we have been desiring from the beginning. I am so in love with that wedding!

Image via Elizabeth Anne Designs

table number dilemma

I hate to start another blog post like this, but I did it again...I have failed to keep up with my blogs. I think everyone is just overwhelmed this time of year with Christmas shopping, baking cookies, holiday events and parties, etc, etc. On top of all that, it is the busiest time of the year at work. Oh, and, um, we are planning a wedding and are less than four months away! Sorry to complain about how busy things are, I'm sure everyone else is just as busy, but it truly does explains my blogging absence. Unfortunately I have been horrible with keeping up with posts where I guest blog over here.

Since we are less than four months away, I have set a deadline for multiple projects of January first. Fortunately we have almost everything figured out as to what we are doing, we just have to do them. More posts in the future about all of those projects (I promise!).

The one thing we (I) are having a hard time deciding what to do with are the menus/name cards/napkins/table numbers. I thought I had it all figure out, but the wedding doubts have set in. I blame it on all the amazing wedding blogs I look at almost daily. First, the table numbers, that is probably the biggest unknown right now. Here are a few ideas I have found:

We are making stained wood signs as mentioned in an earlier post, so my first thought was to make wood block table numbers to match. They would be kind of like this except dark stained wood and Mike would be drawing the numbers so they would look nicer. Then we remembered we'd need about 20 of them...not sure if we want to go through making 20.
Image via Wedding Chicks

Then I thought it would be really nice to have the table number actually have a use at the table. I love the idea of having a wine bottle with the number or an olive oil bottle. Those two items would really fit the overall look and theme of the day and the venue.
Images via The Knot and PreOwned Wedding Dresses

Our centerpieces are lush with lots of greenery and I thought it would be beautiful to tuck in the table numbers in the centerpieces. Only problem with that is half our tables are rectangular and it may look odd to have a table number on one side of the centerpiece and not the other. I'm a bit obsessive with symmetry. Maybe I can get over that because this really is beautiful.
Images via Dream Green Weddings and 100 Layer Cake

There are so many options! And once you decide on that, then its deciding on how to arrange the menus and name cards and the rest of the table. I have some ideas for those, so I'm sure it will all work out. It's just a matter of making decisions. Thank goodness I have an awesome MOH who is going to help me make some decisions about these things. Thanks Brooke!

Saturday, December 4, 2010

mike's 30th birthday!

Last night we hosted a birthday party for Mike in celebration of him turning the big 3-0! It was so nice to have so many of his friends there. It is easy to see that he is very loved by his friends and family. Thanks to everyone who could make it!
I had his mom bring a picture of Mike and his dad when he was one, everyone loved it!
It was a perfect night to sit outside with a firepit.

lace candleholders

Last December I found this great DIY tutorial from Beth Helmstetter for lace candleholders. I knew I wanted to incorporate these into our wedding, except with a much more delicate lace. (Oops, I wasn't engaged last December, ha!)
I have done a few trials on small votives with lace and it was very easy and looks beautiful! I brought them to the mock table setup with our florist and they looked so great with everything else.

This past week we also hit the four month mark from our wedding, yikes! Lots more to do.

Image via Style Me Pretty by Jose Villa

november updates

Wow, I can't believe its been over a month since the last blog post! A lot has happened since the last post in late October...

Mike's brother Steve got married in early November!

A week later my nephew turned one and we had a great party for him. He also had his first haircut last week. He is growing up so fast!

Thanksgiving was great! We ended up spending Thursday with Mike's family and he played that evening, so we did my family dinner the following Saturday. It was so nice to have Mike's parents join us. Leila loves Mike's mom. She has even asked me if she will be her grandma when we get married. :)

Obviously someone in this pic needed a nap...

Last night Mike's parents and I hosted a 30th birthday party for him at my house. We planned on it being a small get-together with all his closest friends, but it turned into being a party of about fifty people! Mike had so much fun! Pictures to come from the party.

Wedding plans are going well, I promise to update the blog more often. Lots of projects are underway in the next few weeks!

Saturday, October 23, 2010

honeymoon is booked!

Today we booked our honeymoon, woohoo! We had been searching and searching for a great deal to Maui in April, but everything around that time was so expensive. We had also heard that food and drinks are very expensive in Maui and since we are quite frugal when it comes to eating at restaurants, we decided to go the all-inclusive route. At first I was hesitant. I have read horrible reviews of all-inclusive resorts and their food and watered down drinks. Fortunately we were able to find a gorgeous resort that has wonderful reviews on their food, drinks, service and accommodations. Even better, Costco had a great deal happening this week so we got a great price on it too. We are going to Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic and staying at the Secrets Sanctuary in Cap Cana.

When we first started thinking about where we'd want to go for our honeymoon, I immediately wanted Paris or Italy. Mike wanted Hawaii (actually, he'd be happy with San Diego). I am so used to taking big trips for the cultural experiences and as an adventure, but Mike wanted this trip to be completely relaxing, carefree and a time to bond. I had to give in and admit that he was right on this one. The resort and location we chose seems to fit us well and gives us a good mix. It is still international (I don't know, something about the challenge of communicating with someone who speaks a foreign language is exciting to me...and I like flying, strange I know), but it is on a breathtaking beach in the Caribbean with white sandy beaches and turquoise water. Plus, all the food and drinks we want! I just keep imagining us laying on a beautiful beach with some fruity alcoholic drinks and relaxing all day. Something like this...

Reminds me of a Corona commercial. :)

And just in case we get sick of the beautiful beach, there are four gorgeous pools at the resort and cabanas and outdoor beds everywhere.

Or we can go relax in our room.

Or eat at one of the five restaurants. Almost reminds you of a Parisian cafe, right? Ok, maybe not. But gorgeous none-the-less.

So of course now I have to get cute honeymoon clothes and swimming suits...

On another note, today is our three year anniversary! This is also the day that we (I) had originally wanted to get married...but Mike didn't propose in time for that. :) That's okay, April is perfect!

All images via Secrets Sanctuary Cap Cana

Monday, October 11, 2010

our engagement session

We are so excited to be sharing all of our engagement pictures with everyone today! Go here or here or check out my facebook page to see all of them. Below are just a few of our favorites (its so hard to pick favorites though when you love them all!).
Photography by Davis Wedding Photographers

Sunday, October 10, 2010

what we've been up to lately

Things have been a little crazy lately hence the lack of blogging. We hit the six month mark for our wedding and are less than a month out for Steve and Tana's wedding!

Let's start with what Mike has been up to. Basically he has gigs five nights a week and practice one night a week. He has also been doing a ton of illustrations for my work and also our wedding invitation artwork (included in the logo as well...see above).

While Mike is very busy with his music, I have been kept very busy with our wedding plans and also plans for his brother's wedding. Time has been flying by, I can hardly believe its already October!

So first, invitations for Steve and Tana's wedding went out a few weeks ago. They are so different from anything I have done so far! We came up with the idea to make it into a booklet and they wanted to include their engagement pictures. Mike's mom, Mary Lou, did an amazing job with the calligraphy and a few of Tana's friends and bridesmaids got together to help put the booklets together.

In September, we took our engagement pictures. It was so much fun and our photographers are so wonderful and made us feel so comfortable. We will be posting all of the engagement pictures here and on facebook this week, once everyone gets their save the dates in the mail.

At the end of September, I helped host Tana's bridal shower at my house along with her maid of honor and the other 6 bridesmaids. The shower turned out so great and she loved it! Tana's maid of honor, Katie bought a ton of floral bouquets and we took them apart and arranged them to create beautiful and natural looking arrangements...probably the best part of the decor at the shower! We also had a picture area on my buffet with an advice book for all the guests to write in. It was a beautiful day and Tana got lots of fun gifts! Everything from mixing bowls and glasses to risque lingerie and fun bridal robes. :)
Images taken by Katie

The last two weeks were especially busy. My mom and I got our save the dates out, Tana's bridesmaids have been planning her bachelorette party for next weekend and I had a huge issue going to press for work. I'm so glad two of those projects are out the door and next weekend is almost completely planned which means I can breathe and relax at the bachelorette party weekend. :) We are renting a villa at a local resort in Scottsdale, I'm so excited! But back to the save the dates, those went out last week Friday. Local friends and family just received them on Saturday, but out of town guests will be getting them this coming week. I have done so many invitations and save the dates in the past, so the fact that it was for our own wedding this time was so surreal.

Needless to say, the next few weeks are going to be quite busy as well, so I can't promise there will be too many blog posts about projects for our wedding anytime soon, but I will try!

Next up we'll be posing all of our engagement pictures. Get ready to be blown away, our wedding photographers are incredible!

Sunday, October 3, 2010

new look

If you are reading this, you have probably noticed the new look and can see a few of our engagement pictures. We aren't going to share all of our engagement pictures on facebook or on the blog quite yet, so feel lucky that you are one of the few to see them! :) Also take a look at our wedding website that I just updated by clicking on the icon to the right. Sign our guestbook while you're there!

The above image is a favorite of our parents' and friends. More to come in the next week!

Image by Merek Davis

Monday, September 20, 2010

meet my bridesmaids

Right about now, I am so thankful to have all of my beautiful bridesmaids by my side. Things are starting to get a little crazy (sorry for the lack of blog posts). Not only are we almost six months away from our wedding, we are less than two months away from Steve and Tana's wedding and I am working on the largest issue of the year at work. It is a busy time, but I love everything that is happening. I am helping host Tana's bridal shower next weekend at my house and just started planning her bachelorette party weekend for October. We are also working on our save the dates that will be going out at the beginning of October and we just finished taking engagement pictures (I can't wait to share them!).

I wanted to take this time to introduce the gorgeous ladies that will be standing by my side on our wedding day and have already contributed so much.

Brooke - Matron of Honor
You have already heard so much about Brooke. She is my sister-in-law, MOH and one of my best friends. She is such a huge help during this whole process, we probably email back and forth 20 times a day...mostly about wedding stuff. I love that she is as passionate about this wedding as I am, I know I can always count on her. Brooke is an amazing person, I have never met anyone like her and we are so lucky to have her as a part of our family. She is so kind and open to everyone and truly cares about others and what is going on in their lives. That is something that I first noticed about her when my brother first introduced us. I have never had a sister before and I feel like I finally have one...people even think we are sisters, they can't believe we aren't related. :) Brooke is now a stay at home mom. She has a nine-year-old daughter Leila who is the most awesome little girl I've ever known and an almost one-year-old son who is the cutest and funniest little boy (and my Godson).

Tana - Bridesmaid
I've also mentioned quite a bit about Tana. She is is marrying Mike's brother Steve in early November and we have spent many hours planning our weddings together. People just love that our names rhyme and we are marrying brothers. Before we were engaged we were constantly emailing each other, wondering when those silly Berrelleza boys would propose! Right now we are in crunch time for Tana's wedding and I am doing what I can to help her out with it and make sure it is everything she dreams of. Tana is a high school teacher out in Queen Creek...I don't know how she deals with high school age kids! She is passionate about her fiance (who she has been with for seven years), her family, friends and the Kardashians. :) It has been so great getting to know Tana, I would definitely consider her a great friend and I am so excited to call her my sister soon!

Lily - Bridesmaid
Over the past few years while dating Mike, I have gotten to know his sister-in-law Lily and she is now one of my good friends. She is married to Mike's other brother, Chris and they have an adorable daughter, Sophia. Before Sophia was born Lily, Chris, Mike and I went on a trip to NY, we had so much fun! On that trip I really started to get to know Lily more and a few months later, Tana and I threw her a baby shower. I really enjoy the advice that Lily gives me, she is like an older sister to me. :) I feel so lucky to have three amazing sister-in-laws! Growing up I always wanted a sister and now i will have three! It is so great to be able to have some of your closest friends also be a part of your family. I look forward to many more memories with Lily and their family as we start our own family in the years to come.

Andrea - Bridesmaid
Mike has known Andrea for years. They went to the same grade school, middle school and high school. She married his best friend Ryan, and Mike was the best man in their wedding at Disneyworld. Andrea is passionate about horror movies, animals, cooking and wine. We agree on only two of those. :) (I have a huge fear of dogs and horror movies.) Andrea and her husband Ryan are so fun to spend time with. She is the life of the party and he is always friendly to everyone he meets. Mike and I are so lucky to have such great friends that live right down the road from me. Andrea is also a high school teacher, but she also reviews movies and works at an animal shelter. She has a huge heart for animals and loves her dog Noche and cat Remy. One of the things I love about Andrea is she tells it like it is and is honest about how she feels. That is exactly why I had her help me with deciding on dresses and the table cloths, chairs and chargers. She has already been such a tremendous help with planning and I know she will make sure everything is just right the day of.

Liz - Bridesmaid
I have known Liz since preschool. In fact, me, Liz and the next two bridesmaids all went to school together since preschool! Liz and I didn't really see each other much from third grade until college, so it amazes me that after all that time we reunited and are closer than ever now. She lives right down the road from me and has come over to help with wedding projects multiple times, I am so thankful for that! Liz is one of those friends that you could talk to about anything and for hours. She is always on your side and will do anything to support her friends. I am so blessed to have her as a friend!

Allison - Bridesmaid
I have so many memories with Allison. We went to grade school, high school and college together and we lived together in the dorms at ASU and in an apartment sophomore year. I can't even begin to tell all the stories we have together! Giant grapefruits, white asparagus, Tempe cockroaches, late night salads from work watching SATC episodes and cuddling in bed. Good times! We have been there for each other through every phase in life...and have 148 facebook friends in common to prove it. :) Allison now lives in Tucson and works as a nurse so between her hours at the hospital, the distance and me planning two weddings, we don't get to see each other a whole lot anymore and we tend to play phone tag quite a bit, but I know we will always be friends. I am so thrilled to have someone like her who has been with me through so much by my side on the most important day of my life.

Sarah - Bridesmaid
If you haven't met my friend Sarah yet, you need to. She is one of those people that you are proud to know and that you want to introduce to everyone because she is so awesome. Sarah is an incredibly talented musician and we are lucky enough to have her perform at our wedding. She's going to be famous some day, we just hope she doesn't forget us when she is. ;) I also have known Sarah since preschool and we share some great memories together....our talk show from third grade, JTT, our radio station, Sarah's bowl cut (sorry I had to!) and stars. Sarah is beautiful inside and out and brings a fun and lively energy to my group of friends. We are only 25, but I know we will be life-long friends!

Leila - Junior Bridesmaid
Brooke's daughter, Leila is my junior bridesmaid and she is the best junior bridesmaid I could ever ask for! When you ask her what her duties are as JB, she says 'to keep the bride happy!' Oh how I love her. :) Leila is amazing. She is so smart and talented, I can hardly believe she is only nine! We have so much fun hanging out and having girls nights watching wedding shows. She reminds me so much of myself at nine, it is crazy! Her favorite color is lime green, she loves her American Girl doll and is constantly drawing pictures of her wedding dress, cake and flowers. Last weekend I let her play with my paper color swatchbook and she has already picked out the colors for her wedding! Lately she has been telling me she wants to own a wedding dress shop when she grows up. She might just be hanging around me a tad too much. ;)

We also have a few other friends and family members that will be involved in the wedding in other ways:

Jenn - Personal Attendant
My friend Jenn is married to Mike's high school friend Nate and they have three kids, BryLee, Nash and Masen (not born yet in the picture above). Jenn is supermom - seriously. She makes it look easy to have kids and still be stylish and have a gorgeous home, I really don't know how she does it! I told her she needs to write a book for me or else I'll be texting her with questions all the time. ;) Jenn is a hairstylist and did my hair for our engagement pictures and will be doing my hair for the wedding. She is fabulous and I am so excited that she will be by my side on the wedding day to help me get ready.

Alex - Greeter/Guest Book Attendant
I know Alex from design school at ASU. Towards the end of the design program we ended up taking all of the same classes together and after graduation we took a Europe study abroad trip together. Alex is another one of those friends that you want everyone to meet because she is so awesome, but she pretty much already knows everyone. :) Alex is a riot to hang out with! We have had so many fun times together in class, happy hour and in Europe. She has really been there for me for quite a bit in the last few years, there's nothing a good happy hour with Alex can't cure! She is very outgoing, friendly to everyone and can convince just about anyone to do anything for her. In fact, when we were in Amsterdam she convinced some random guy to sell her the belt he was wearing so she could give it to her husband as a gift. He did and as he stood up his pants fell down, ha! (Sounds like a strange story, but it was actually quite hilarious!) Alex and her husband Patrick will be the greeters at our wedding and will be instructing people on where to go and what to do.

Preston - Ring Bearer
Mike and I love our nieces and nephew so much and we are so excited to have them involved in our wedding! Preston is my brother's son and my Godson. He turns one in November and isn't quite walking yet, but should be by April. We'll see how well he makes it down the aisle. :) Preston is adorable and such a happy baby. I love spending time with him and watching him grow up.

Sophia - Flower Girl
Sophia is Mike's brother's daughter. She is such a character and has so many fun facial expressions. She definitely has Mike's curly hair, but looks exactly like her dad. Mike and I love spending time with Sophia. Every time she sees Mike she knows who he is right away and runs off hoping he will play their chasing game. Sophia is just a few months older than Preston, so its been fun watching them grow up around the same time. Sophia's two favorite things are Dora and Grandma. :)