Wednesday, June 30, 2010

we've got an artist in the house!

Ok, its time for a 'I'm going to brag about my fiance' session. In case you didn't know, Mike is an amazing artist. He has been drawing since he could hold a pencil. I'll have to get some of his first drawings from his mom and post them. It's amazing the talent he had even at age 3! He has his degree in art education and currently does commission portraits for friends and family. Here is what he is currently working on, this is being done in pencil. (Please forgive my poor photography skills, this was taken on my iPhone.)

I'm quite the lucky girl to be marrying such a talented guy. So, I want to be able to put him to work and do some artistic stuff for our wedding. This post could be news to him, but here are the things I hope he'll be able to help out with, if we decide to use these elements...some of these things are still up in the air.

I had found this idea for the cocktail hour a while ago, but when we were in San Diego a few weeks ago, we saw some great examples of how to use a chalkboard in an artistic way. The restaurant in our hotel was awesome, it was a French brasserie that had a few chalkboard walls with beautiful drawings and lettering on them. Not sure if we can fit 200 people's names on a chalkboard or if it will look too messy, but I love the idea of Mike doing some fun lettering like the one on the left. Image via Snippet & Ink

Then, today my friend Jill did a blog post about paint pens and this inspired me to figure out a way for Mike to use this instead of chalk! I'm sure it will be much easier to work with, but it leaves no room for error. Image via Mer Mag

Since our venue is at a clubhouse in a gated neighborhood and it is hard to know where to turn and where to go, I'd like to have signs leading people where to turn, where to park and welcoming them to the ceremony. I love how the white lettering looks on the wood. I think we can make it feel old world rather than rustic so it fits with our theme. I'll be consulting Mike to do the drawing and lettering on these signs. If we have a logo, maybe we'll incorporate it on the welcome sign. Image via Chelsea Elizabeth Photography

I am also dying to have calligraphy on our invites like this. We're not sure if it will fit in the budget right now, so I was thinking Mike could try his hand at it. We'll see how that goes...

Any other ideas on how I can use that talented guy of mine?

family tree

How cool is this idea?! I have always loved researching my family history and even made a family tree for one of my graphic design studios in college (the tree was 21 feet long...I have a large family). This doesn't really fit with the theme of our wedding and I would hate to have all my family members walk around with green thumbs at the reception, but that family tree poster is so awesome!

via Sweetest Occasion

day 2 - positivity

Today is my second day doing the Jillian Michael's 30 day Shred program. Yesterday was rough. The workouts look so simple and easy - jumping jacks, then the girl version of push ups, then lunges, etc. I am beyond sore, I can barely walk. I haven't been this sore since hell week of volleyball in high school when we had three hour practices at the end of August in a gym with no air conditioning. This workout is 20 minutes, I should be able to handle that! I don't know how I'm going to do this workout again today and for the next 29 days. I'll keep an update going on this, hopefully by day 30 I will see some results!

Today my parents are here...

 St. George. They went on a week long cruise to the Caribbean. Its really strange not being able to call my mom every day or see them at least once this week.

For some reason, this week has been less than stellar (maybe I just miss my parents?). I need to focus on some of the positive things...

1. I started a fitness program. Yes, its painful, but I have been meaning to do this for months and am so proud of myself for finally starting.

2. I have come up with some great ideas for invitations. I can't wait to get started on them and figure them all out. One of the ideas would be extremely time consuming and challenging, but amazing (oh, and very expensive to ship). Not sure if I could pull it off with all the other details I am planning for the actual event, but a modified version of it would be just as beautiful. I plan on meeting with some friends of mine to see if letterpress would fit in my budget, so exciting!

3. We found two great florists who understand our vision and are in our price range. Tough thing now is deciding between them.

4. Air conditioning. Sound silly, but it has been 110 this week and absolutely miserable outside. Thank goodness for A/C and swimming pools!

5. I feel inspired. The blogs I follow have been really great lately. Maybe its the whole 'I'm happy its summer' thing that all you midwesterners, east coasters and Californians feel.

Hope you all have a fantastic day!

Image via here

Thursday, June 24, 2010


I'm going to be honest here, life is really good right now. This week I've realized how incredibly happy I am. It has been surprisingly easy to make decisions with the wedding, something I thought I would struggle with and stress about every day of our engagement. My mom is even surprised in me. I've figured out what I want and am just going for it and not looking back. Being engaged is amazing, but I just can't wait to be married. We have so many exciting things to look forward to in life and we can't wait to go through life together as a team. This is a really good place, I want to stay here for a while.

Oh ya, and I can't wait to stare at my bouquet of peonies at the wedding. They are just so gorgeous and fluffy. :) Image via Apartment Therapy

thank you

Yesterday was great. I had to go in to the office for a few hours for meetings, but when I got home, Mike had these gorgeous flowers waiting for me with a bottle of wine (from Chile, my favorite!) and a beautiful card. So sweet!

Mike was excited about the flowers because they are Phoenix Suns colors. :)

For dinner, we met up with my parents and his parents at Barrio Cafe in Phoenix. We got the tableside guac and I had a margarita, it was delicious! My dad just had to tell them it was my birthday, so they brought out a flan dessert. Of course then my parents had to tell the story of when we went to a Mexican restaurant for my 10th birthday in New Mexico. They put a giant sombrero on me and brought out a mariachi band to sing to me. I was so incredibly embarrassed that I cried the entire time! I'll never live that down.

After dessert, our parents had me open gifts. My parents gave me a floor steam cleaner and I am beyond excited about it! Funny how things change as you get older. :) I have an overwhelming amount of tile in my house, so this will speed things up and maybe even make me excited about cleaning the floors? My brother and Brooke sent their gift with my parents, it was a few much wanted/needed things off of our Crate and Barrel registry! One of the items is a bedside carafe. I have wanted one for so long and I finally got one and used it last night - love it! And the funniest gift of the night was from Mike's parents. Actually it was the card. His mom loves to cut out faces and paste them on to different things which always makes for some humorous cards and gifts. This one was my favorite though. As I unfolded the card, this is what I found...

Yup, thats Mike! Isn't he a cutie?

Thanks for the overwhelming amount of birthday wishes from everyone. I felt so special. :)

Wednesday, June 23, 2010


Today I turn 25. People have told me that once you hit 25, everything is downhill from there. I've never been one to fear getting older though. I'm actually excited and anxious for all the things still to come, so I'm not sweating turning 25 one bit.

I'm obsessed with lists and I've always wanted to make a list of things to do, so when I saw this on one of my favorite blogs, I thought I'd use her idea and make my own "25 things to do at 25" list.

Many of the to do's on the list are things I've been wanting to do for a while now so I'm hoping if its written down and out there in blogland, I will actually do them. Some will be much easier than others (number one is a no brainer), some will probably overlap and some will cost a lot so we'll see if its even possible (number three), but I'm excited to track my progress on this and blog about it. I hope this will also give me some small distractions from planning the wedding and keep me sane. I think I need to have goals for myself that don't involve the wedding (well, except number one and 15). Let's just hope I don't leave most of the list for the last two months before my next birthday! :)

Tuesday, June 22, 2010


Today my mom and I have another meeting with a florist. So far this has been one of the most overwhelming tasks of the entire wedding. I am finding it somewhat challenging to explain to a few of the florists the vision for our wedding. I keep telling them all I want romantic, elegant and organic looking flowers and arrangements with absolutely no (normal) roses or pink.

This is the bouquet I want (minus the wheat and anemones). When I look at this picture all I want to do is put on my wedding dress and carry this bouquet around. I have become obsessed with garden roses and peonies! It breaks my heart when the florists tell me peonies are impossible to get in early April, but a few say that its possible so there is some hope. I just can't find anything that compares to the gorgeous-ness of peonies and garden roses. They are absolutely perfect!

Image via Style Me Pretty

I am also loving these coral colored ranunculus for the bridesmaid's bouquets and table centerpieces to add a little pop of color (along with some sort of yellow). Those berries are pretty awesome too. I love the darker greenery that adds texture so it looks a little more natural.

This table setup is just so lovely. I have been using the flowers on this table as a way to show how I'd like the arrangements to look - free, organic and not compacted. Beautiful.

Image via Style Me Pretty

and we're back!

This last week we were in San Diego with Mike's family. We had so much fun and the weather was so nice that we didn't want to come back! Mike and his brothers all have very different work schedules, so its hard for all of us to be together at the same time. I am truly blessed to be part of such a wonderful family. :)

This trip was not only the first vacation all of us have taken together, but it was also Sophia's first time on vacation and to the beach! We loved spending four days with her. She is quite the entertainer and is so fun to be with.

P.S. More pictures to come...I ran out of battery on the trip and forgot my charger so I didn't get many pictures :(

Sunday, June 13, 2010

bridesmaid dresses

Today we went bridesmaid dress shopping and decided on the dresses! We had a little too much fun at the end of the appointment...doesn't my brother look fabulous in that teeny tiny blazer? :) Preston also enjoyed the appointment...sleeping in grandma's arms.

And no, thats not the dress we decided on for bridesmaids above...

This is still not the style of the dress the girls will be wearing, but it is the color. For the longest time I thought I wanted the champagne color dresses like in the top picture, but this brown/tan color just looks so gorgeous! Brooke will be in a different style of dress than the other girls, but thats all I'm sharing...for now. What a fun day!

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

invitation etiquette

One of the most overwhelming things that I will be doing for the wedding is the invitations. Of course I will be doing them myself and I have done them for three weddings now (soon to be four), but that is why I am so nervous about them. I feel like there are very high expectations for them and everyone will be excited to see what I did for them (people have already told me this actually). I just don't want it to be a let down. I want to be proud to show them to everyone, including my design teacher from college. :)

Something else I am struggling with is etiquette for the registry information on the wedding invitation. Everyone says it is not acceptable to put the registry information on the actual invite, but what about on another informational piece included in the invite? See the below examples.

To me it makes sense to include this information on the directions or accommodations card. It helps people out and is logical. Sure, that information will be on the website that will be listed on one of the cards in the invitations, but what about my 86-year-old grandma that doesn't have a computer? Just trying to be sensible here. I won't be offended by this if all of you won't be offended. :)

Images via here and here.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010


In addition to having a delicious rum cake at our wedding, we are also going to have other tasty desserts and candies. I am in love with macarons and hope to have them on the dessert table. They come in so many beautiful colors, the turquoise and champagne ones above are perfect. I'll admit that I've never tasted a true macaron, but they sound delicious! See the chart below.


Images via here and here.