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Green Things

This green dress might be one of the cutest things I've ever seen. If we hadn't already picked bridesmaid dresses and if it weren't almost $400, things could be different. I am in love with this one too:And these shoes are making a convincing campaign for me to dye my shoes green. Very convincing, shoes.

Unique Diamond Rings

I saw these on Red Envelope this weekend...starting at $315 they're both reasonably priced and unique. They're designed to be stacked, which I love. Don't forget that you still have until 10PM (CST) tonight to comment on the post below!

Green Jackets

I love this Kate Spade ad...I want that jacket for myself! And while I am at it, I'll take the necklace and the sunglasses too.

Rosenow Floral Design

If you live in the San Francisco area, consider taking advantage of the goodness that is Rosenow Floral Design. I got an email about them last week and couldn't resist sharing some of these images. And talk about finding your calling - the designer/owner's name is actually Erin Rosenow! Her style just seems really fresh to me, you can check out her work here. I will be posting the book winner in just a few minutes!


My Mom will be in town this weekend, so we had to stop off after work for some wine (ladies need wine for catching up and long talks about wedding details, don't you know?). These ranunculus were on sale for $5 and I couldn't resist sharing some pics. Hope you all have a great weekend!Lola likes them too...

Happy 250th!

(Cake from Vanilla Bake Shop)

This officially marks the 250th post on this little blog. It's a milestone that means a lot of things...I might officially have a blogging addiction, we're getting a lot closer to the wedding, and you have the chance to win a fun prize! The nice people over at HarperCollins offered up a great new book for me to give away, "Party Basics for New Nesters" by Maria McBride.

Here is a brief description of the book, "With McBride's signature dose of style and elegance, this book guides newlyweds through their new world of couples entertaining, offering ideas for every occasion, including romantic parties for two, weekend feasts, family celebrations, and holidays. Organized by event, each chapter is beautifully designed and filled with photographs that capture the stylish decor, table settings, and menu options that make these ideas extraordinary."

If you would like a chance to win the book, just leave a comment below! Absolutely anyone is welcome. The winner will be randomly chosen, and you have until 10:00 PM (CST) on Friday, April 18th to enter. Good luck and thanks for reading!

Thank You Cards

I bought these "Thank You" cards at Hallmark a few weeks ago and I keep forgetting to share! There are two patterns of cards in the box, the one above and this one: I think there are only 10 cards total, but they come in this cute little box:I got them out this weekend to send a card to my Aunt and realized that the envelopes are lined!It's the little things that excite me. I can't remember how much I paid for them and couldn't find them online, but I am sure they're at your local Hallmark!

Tatted Handkerchief

I got a card in the mail this weekend from my Aunt, who we admittedly don't see very often but is someone I've always thought highly of. The card was such a nice gesture in itself but when I opened it up I found the hankerchief pictured above, along with an explanation that the lace on the side is handmade! Her note explained that she tatted the handkerchief herself, something that she learned how to do from my Great Grandmother. She made it for me to carry down the aisle. I am so excited and so touched by the gesture, I just had to share the pictures. And in case you're curious about what tatting actually is (like I was) Wikipedia can fill us in:

"Tatting is a technique for handcrafting a particularly durable lace constructed by a series of knots and loops. Tatting can be used to make lace edging as well as doilies, collars, and other decorative pieces. The lace is formed by a pattern of rings and chains formed from a series of lark's head (or half-hitch) knots, called double stitches (ds), over a core thread. Gaps can be left between the stitches to form picots, which are used for practical construction as well as decorative effect."

Wedding Day Timeline

Today we have another "expert advice" post, this time by the lovely Melissa DiStefano of MasterPiece Weddings. Melissa is one of the sweetest people I've encountered through the wedding blog world and I am excited to share her great advice with all of you (she was also nice enough to send along the lovely pictures from Caroline Johnson that are sprinkled throughout the post). So, without further ado, here is Melissa:
I feel so honored that Darci asked me to be a guest blogger for her! For those of you who I haven’t had the pleasure of meeting, my name is Melissa DiStefano, I have a blog here, I am a wedding consultant and I absolutely love helping brides!!! There are so many things that I could write about – so after thinking long and hard.I decided to talk a little about the time line of your wedding and helping your wedding flow.

The timing of your wedding is a vital part of the entire wedding process. You are designing, producing and orchestrating a party for 200 of your closest friends and family. This timeline not only assists with the flow of your day for you, the bride, but also for all of your wedding vendors. One very important aspect of the schedule of events is knowing when the photographer is going to start taking pictures. Because that will determine how much time prior to your ceremony you need to take photographs.

Let’s start with your wedding day, what is your first appointment that day? Is it Spa, Make-up, hair? Let’s say it’s your hair and make-up at 10AM and your ceremony is at 4:30, here is my typical wedding day schedule:

9:00 Flowers are being delivered to reception and set up begins
10:00 Hair and Make-up at Spa
11:00 Leave Spa for Hotel to start getting ready
11:30 Personal Flowers are delivered to the Garden Building
12:15 Private time for Bride and Groom prior to pictures
12:30 Pictures begin with Bride and Groom and Bridal Party
1:30 Move to Garden to take photographs with Entire Family
3:30 Leave Garden, everyone head to church
4:00 First Guest at Ceremony
4:30 Ceremony Begins
5:00 End Ceremony (I always give 30 minutes for Standard Ceremony – its average timing is 18 minutes 37 seconds)
5:15 Bride and Groom take photographs with Minister
5:30 First Guest at Reception for Cocktail Hour
6:30 Guests are invited to Hall for dinner and formal reception
6:40 Announce Bride and Groom
6:40 First Dance
6:45 First Course of Dinner is served
8:00 Father Daughter Dance
8:05 Mother Son Dance
8:10 Toasts and Cake Cutting
8:30 Dance, Dance, the night away
9:30 Bouquet Presentation to sister
9:40 Keep Dance Floor Open until 10:30
10:30 End Reception

This is actually a real reception for us. First, all receptions are different, this is NOT how all wedding receptions go. Secondly, things are done differently in Florida than they are in other areas of the country. Thirdly, we separated the dances at this particular reception because it seems that guests get board easily, and they start talking and joking quite loudly when all three dances are done in succession.

It’s also very important that each one of your vendors receives the same timeline. You wouldn’t want your catering manger to ask you when you’d like to cut the cake, and then 10 minutes later the photographer asks you when you’d like to cut the cake, then 3 minutes later the DJ - having a solid timeline helps create a nice even flow, and everyone is prepared. This also is avoided if you have a Wedding Consultant there to help you control the flow of your day. Because remember, once the reception starts you’ll want it to flow nicely, not necessarily worry about the time you have down to cut the cake.

Remember the more you’ve planned in advance, the less likely you are to worry about things on your wedding day. Happy Planning!

Thank you, Melissa! I hope you all enjoyed the post...feel free to leave any questions in the comments section or shoot me an email.

E-Glamour Jewelry

I discovered E-Glamour Jewelry via The Preppy Wedding, and I just thought it was worth mentioning again. Their stuff is so cute and so affordable! Since the store is through eBay some of the items are "buy it now" and some are actually auctions, but even the auctioned items seem to go for really reasonable prices.
The problem with finding all these great sites to post as resources is that I usually wind up finding something that I think I need for myself.

Real Weddings

I have no shame in admitting it, I read a lot of photography blogs. They don't even have to be wedding related, I can stare for hours in awe of amazing photography. One of my favorites these day is Christine Farah. When I couldn't resist the urge any longer and contacted her to see if she would be interested in sharing some pictures, she was just as nice as I imagined her to be! So, thanks to Christine, I give you the wedding of Danielle & Ted. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do...I'll just stop typing and let the pictures speak for themselves!

Sigh...I love that last shot of the couple walking and the groom holding her dress. If you want to see more, you can watch the entire slideshow here (it's worth it). I hope you all have a great weekend!


I keep thinking about these green shoes that Marie Labbancz shared on The Bride's Cafe on Monday. My first thought was how I would kill for those shoes, quickly followed up by the realization that I have my own pair of blue soled shoes waiting to be dyed the color of my dress.
And we're also the proud owners of these ties, which one could take in and give to the person who is dying my shoes for color matching:Brooks Brothers:
They're actually a brighter green than they look in the pictures. And it obviously wouldn't have to be the exact shade of green...hmmm.

Buckets of Flowers

This was my original inspiration for our altar. Turns out that none of the men in my life are interested in building me anything out of sticks. Their logic was somewhat would mostly have to be constructed on site, there would be several steps involved in making sure it wouldn't blow over, etc. In other words, they're not doing it. I really do love that we'll have the lake as our backdrop and I wanted minimal ceremony decorations for that reason alone, so it was decided that we'll still use the above picture for inspiration but just go withe the buckets of flowers instead. There will be a bench too, for the sand ceremony vases, but we'll just stand between the two buckets. Not exactly my ideal situation but it's a good compromise. We found these buckets at Lowes:

They're just the right size and can easily be spray painted:
It's hard to tell, but the paint is actually a textured finish. It looks kind of old and rustic, and almost like it has little bubbles in it.
It was hard to get a good picture because they're shiny, but you can get the idea. We're going to turn the handles to the back and fill both buckets with white flowers (not sure which kind yet).
Our florist quoted us $250/bucket for hydrangeas, so I think we're going to go another route. My Mom is going to check out some local nurseries and possibly just pot the flowers a few days in advance and transport them up to Wisconsin. If we can't find anything that way we're thinking about ordering them from an online's one of those things that will just have to wait until we get closer to the wedding. All things that can't be done in advance tend to stress me out a little, but I am working on it ;)

Box 'O Shoes

My Mom and I found this box at Hobby Lobby, but the first time we saw it I passed it up. When we went back and it was still there a few months later, on sale, I knew that I had to have it. It's actually covered with a thick, almost canvas-like fabric and had some great grosgrain ribbon tied around it. Part of the reason I passed it up the first time is because I wasn't sure what I would do with it. Then I realized that it would be the perfect box to house some black flip-flops and a sign that says "For Your Tired Toes" (or something along those lines). Now this box that was on sale will lead me to spend some more money on black flip-flops. Don't you love how that works?