Friday, August 27, 2010

beautiful gowns

**I'm going to start this post by saying to my girl friends, if you have seen my wedding dress, do not post comments about it! Mike reads this blog and gets comment notifications and it is a secret. **

While searching through Wedding Gawker this morning, I came across this site that has a three part post about some gorgeous Elie Saab gowns. I just saw part three, but I fell completely in love with a few of these dresses. I personally am a more traditional bride and I can't wait to wear ivory, but for something a little different, check these out.

I'm pretty sure I'm in love with the last one!

Other things that have been going on:
- If you haven't already checked it out, I have two blog posts live on the Elizabeth Anne Designs blog. Check them out here. (There is also a link on the top right of my blog.) I still need to talk to Mike about this, but I am hoping to do a blog post on all the wedding dresses I tried on and post pics! Of course, the ONE will not be posted, but its so fun to look through all the different things that I tried.
- I finished Steve and Tana's wedding invitations and we had a big assembly line set up to put them together last Sunday. I meant to take pictures, but we were so busy making 200 invitation booklets! I will post pics once they are sent out...hopefully next week!
- I also just finished making Tana's wedding shower invites, so those will be posted soon as well. The shower is being held at my house so I need to get the yard and living room in shape!

Thursday, August 19, 2010

black board decor

I'm not sure if I've mentioned this before, but the reception area at our venue has enormous black boards that I am determined to somehow decorate or tie in with the wedding. The venue normally uses the boards for golf tournaments and posts things on them, but they look like chalkboards (imagine my excitement when I first saw them and thought of the possibilities of giant chalkboards!). They are made of wood though and are huge and there are three of them. Everyone keeps trying to tell me that they will 'disappear' at night and no one will notice them, but I do. To me, they feel like blank canvases, waiting for something to be done to them.

This is the largest of the boards. We plan on having an 8ft long dessert/cake/candy table in front of this one, but you can see how large it is! Fortunately they have beautiful scrolls on the top that can act as hooks or a holder for a dowel.

My first idea for these boards was to do a ribbon wall behind the dessert table. I fell in love with this picture!

My mom and I went to the best place we knew of to buy ribbon. This place had a huge selection of ribbon and the prices aren't too bad, but for the amount of space we needed to cover, this just wasn't a logical choice.

Then I came across this idea:

I love the look of mason jars. I've used them a few times before at showers I've hosted and for decorating in the house. They are very inexpensive...we got a dozen at WalMart for about $8. It was decided that we would buy mason jars in varying sizes and hang them similar to this in front of the black boards. It will add enough interest, but not accentuate the boards too much.

Then, I found a tutorial on how to paint the jars to look like the turquoise vintage jars! Its so simple, just use Modge Podge (I used the regular kind that Hobby Lobby had) and food coloring.

Two of my bridesmaids, Sarah and Liz came over last night and we painted away! In the light, the jars look blotchy and not good, but once a second coat is put on and it dries completely they looked better. (It is very important to be patient with this project because Modge Podge goes on solid, but dries opaque/transparent.) Then, I took a dried one with two layers, put a candle in it and held it up against a dark backdrop with low light. I love it! The texture is actually better than a completely clear glass because you won't see the candle as well. We bought wire that has a brown raffia like twine around it and found another tutorial on the same site about how to hang them. I love the outcome of this!

Tonight Mike is going to help me apply the second coat to the rest of the jars! Yay for help from the fiance. :)

Any other ideas on how I could decorate these black boards?

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

crockpot love

I love using the crockpot. It isn't quick, but its an easy way to make an entire meal! Today I'm making homemade chicken stock. And using the chicken and some of the stock to make this recipe tonight. YUM!

Monday, August 16, 2010

weekly tasks

Last week my mom, Brooke and I sat down and made a wedding calendar from now until April 2. We took every DIY project and listed a few of them per week. This week's task is to paint mason jars and votives and to test out some details for the invites. I'm so glad two of my bridesmaids will be coming over this week to help paint! :)

Image via 'i do'-it-yourself

blogging for EAD!

I am so excited that I can finally tell everyone about the new opportunity that came my way. Starting this week, I will be a regular blogger on the Elizabeth Anne Designs wedding blog! If you are not familiar with EAD, be sure to check it out. It is one of the most popular wedding blogs out there. They regularly feature gorgeous real weddings and have a few real brides who blog about their planning process, inspiration and their own wedding (I am now one of them!).

My first post will be up this Wednesday, so be sure to check it out! Thank you, Ami for selecting me to be one of the two Phoenix bloggers on the site. I am beyond excited about it!

P.S. I promise I will be back to regular blogging about the wedding and ideas soon!

Saturday, August 14, 2010

happy weekend!

Just wanted to wish everyone a great weekend. Lots to do this weekend including work, wedding invitations and buying mason jars.

After last night's date and the movie we saw, I may have been hit with the travel bug again. Not good timing! The above picture was taken in the gardens at Versailles. I stood in this grassy area for quite a while and decided that if I could get married anywhere it would be that exact spot. It was so beautiful and peaceful in the gardens and I loved how the trees created a dome almost like a cathedral.

On Monday I will have exciting news to share! I have been dying to tell everyone for a couple weeks now!

Friday, August 13, 2010

my second favorite day of all time*

Tonight Mike and I are going to see the move Eat Pray Love. I bought the book a few years ago, but never finished it (not saying its a bad book, I just don't finish books...ever). Lately it seems like there have been a few movies out that take place in India (Slumdog Millionaire...loved it!). I absolutely love seeing these India-based movies because it reminds me of the trip I took there in college when I was 20.

The picture above is of me and my dear friend Viva in Ahmedabad, India at the Kite Festival. This was one of my favorite days during our month long trip. Ahmedabad is the town that Ghandi is from and where my professor and his wife have an apartment. This was during the last week of our trip and I had just gotten over my food poisoning that took me out for 3 days straight. The night before this day, we were at our professor's friend's house (where we are in the picture too) and the women threaded our eyebrows and gave us henna tattoos on our hands and feet. The next day (pictured) we went to our professor's apartment and his wife taught us how to make authentic Indian Chai tea. After that we drove through the city and saw all of the amazing kites being made and the brightly colored glass powder being applied to the string. It was such an amazing sight to see, the street was filled with bright colors and everyone was so excited for the festival. We then went back to our professor's friend's house and were up on the roof all day and night flying kites. They served us amazing food including, what we called, Chipotle bites (not sure what they actually were, but they tasted like a Chipotle burrito!). We ended the night with song and dance. Our hosts and hostesses performed a traditional Indian song and dance for us and then proceeded to ask us to do the same. We had no idea what to do since we don't have the same kind of traditional dances as they do. So, we plugged in an iPod and sang Friends in Low Places and danced to the Macarena, they loved it. :)

That trip was one of the most incredible experiences I've ever had. I am so grateful to Viva for convincing me to go and to my professor for teaching me so much on that trip. When we watch the movie tonight and Julia Roberts is in India, I am sure I will be reminiscing in my head about all the wonderful and amazing times we had in India. Being immersed in a completely different culture at such a young age made me appreciate other people in a completely different way.

P.S. We REALLY wanted to go to Italy for our honeymoon, but it would just be too stressful immediately after the wedding. We eventually will get there. I cannot wait!

*My first favorite day of all time is the day Mike proposed...and I have a feeling this day in India will soon become my third favorite day once we are married. :)

Friday, August 6, 2010

steve & tana's engagement pictures

Today on our other blog, Blissful Wish, we posted pictures from Steve and Tana's engagement session. They are so stunning! We have the same photographer and are meeting with him tonight to plan out our engagement pictures, exciting!

Photo by Merek Davis

happy birthday mom!

Today is my mom's birthday! The picture above is from one of my aunts, but none of them are really sure if it is actually my mom's brithday or her sister Sarah's. Either way its a cute picture. :)
Pictured from left to right: Ruth, Deb, Sarah, Becky (my mom)...missing are Mary and Rachel, but I'm not sure if they were born yet. (Yep, there are six girls in that family, no boys!)

Monday, August 2, 2010

time is flying!

Exactly eight months from today we will be getting married! So much to do...

Also, I'll be working on getting a blog post together this week about my vacation to Minnesota and our weekend trip to LA.