While reading Brooklyn Bride, I saw her post about being included in Instyle Wedding's blog roll I thought, "Oh wow, good for her!" Not until I clicked on the link did I realize that my little blog was on that list too. A huge thank you to InStyle for including me - I am honored to be on the list!
Last summer, I saw this article in Martha Stewart Weddings about cute ways to dress your dog for your wedding day. There is no chance that Lola is well behaved enough to be a part of the wedding itself, but we would like to get a few pictures with her beforehand. There are several collars and leashes made of ribbon in the article, but I think that the pearl collar is to cute! To make the collar you need embroidery thread, large faux pearls (I used 18mm), a needle and some satin ribbon. I also eventually opted for a clasp because tying the thread in a not wasn't quite as sturdy as I needed it to be. Lola isn't a huge fan of the collar so I need to be sure it will stand up to her attempts at removing it! So first, measure around the dog's neck and add about 12 inches. Then cut the thread to size:
I don't even know what I would use these poppy corsages for, but I want one just based on the picture.
I ordered the necklace and I couldn't possibly love it more! I was able to try it on with my dress this weekend and they fit perfectly together. My Mom and I decided that some sizable (9-10mm) pearl studs would be the perfect earring to tie it all together, and therefore the hunt for the perfect pearls became part of our weekend projects. We were at Macy's looking for some socks for the boys when we decided to check out the jewelery counter. I was sure that I would have to get fake pearls, considering the size I wanted them to be and the fact that I wasn't willing to spend a small fortune on earrings. We found the real pearl section and decided to just quickly ask about the price of the perfect pair of 9mm pearls that was staring us in the face. The original price was a little staggering, but then the saleswoman told us that they were having a 50% off sale, plus there was a 10% coupon, and if you used your Macy's card there was an extra 15% off...how I love a good sale! We wound up getting the earrings for 75% off, which wound up being almost exactly what I wanted to spend. So, I give you my wedding day earrings:
I would have never thought to look in a department store for pearls, so this just goes to show that you should always keep your options open! What kind of earrings did/are you wearing on your wedding day?
We went to my parents house for Easter weekend and got so much wedding related work done it will take me all week to blog about it! And when I say "we" I really mean that everyone else worked and I walked around and gave direction while taking pictures. It's the way to be. First up, my Mom and I made one of the runners so that we can take it up to Wisconsin for our "table mock-up" in a few weeks. We were originally planning on making them 14-16" wide, but when we laid the fabric out it was clear that each runner could only be as wide as the biggest part of the pattern:
So each runner is almost exactly 12 inches. If you can see those little diamond things on the outside of the large pattern, we cut right down the middle of those to make each runner. That way we could fold each edge under about 1/4 of an inch. We made the first runner 120" long, which will be the longest possible length. When we put it on the table we'll decide how long we actually want them to be and trim accordingly. The first cut was through the width of the fabric, to get the appropriate length:
Lyndsy from Yellow Brick Blog sent me the link to this dress and thought it would be perfect for a rehearsal dinner. I couldn't agree more! It's actually chocolate colored pattern, definitely something that can be worn again. Thanks, Lyndsy! Be sure to head over to her blog and check out her new wedding shoes...they're fabulous!
I am not sure it's possible for me to be more pleased with myself right now. I successfully made our ring bearer pillow last night!Yes, I know, really I just sewed two square pieces of fabric together and stuffed them. But if you knew me you would know that this is an accomplishment. I think I mentioned that I just got a sewing machine for Christmas, but people were actually worried I would lose a finger (which is a valid concern). Here is a close up:
And the back, so you can see the pattern and just how cute that fabric really is:
I'll admit that the first one I made was way to small, making this one my second attempt. And it really did take me about three hours to get it right but the fact that it's actually sewn together in a square is nothing less than thrilling for me. If you're interested in the details I can give some, but basically you just get yourself some fabric, cut it into 10" squares, sew them together and stuff!
I am so ready for some warm weather I can hardly stand it! But since the Chicago climate doesn't seem to be cooperating at all, this will have to hold me over. This wedding, shot by the amazing photographers at Valls Photographic, just seems so bright and spring-like (we'll ignore that it was actually shot in September). If you want to know the details behind all the vendors, check out their blog.
The ties are ordered! And yes, there is a pocket square in that picture for a reason. I don't know what color we'll wind up going with but B is completely against boutonnieres so this is our alternative. Hope everyone has a good weekend!
The necklace is just one long strand of coin pearls with some crystals mixed in...I think it's perfect! I looked around online and found a close match from Etsy seller BeadleJules:
So, I hope this helps, but don't hesitate to keep emailing me with questions. I love hearing about how you're all planning your own weddings!
The lovely Tressie of So Frugalicious has opened her own online boutique! She and a friend started MoxieBee because they were increasingly frustrated trying to find cute, affordable, work appropriate clothes and accessories. Besides having a soft spot for fellow bloggers starting businesses, I have to say that their stuff is really cute (and so affordable)! I love this red trench, which is only $38:And there are some great accessories and jewelery, all so reasonably priced. These would go with practically any bridesmaid dress and would definitely be worn again (only $12.50):I like these so much I am thinking about ordering a pair for myself ($14)!Tressie says that they're going to be getting new things in all the time, so be sure to check it out!
How amazing is this?? The lovely Natalie sent me this picture a few weeks ago and I've been staring at it ever since. If there were no such things as budgets I would be commissioning one of these right this second.