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Give Them The Old, Razzle Dazzle

Lyndsy is always such a breath of fresh air - her blog both cracks me up and inspires me all the time! She is the master at finding some great deals and had THE most amazing wedding this year. She has even offered to share some pictures once she has them all back from her equally amazing photographer - I can hardly wait! In the meantime you can check her wedding out here and enjoy her post below...

Hello With This Ring fans! I felt so honored to be included in the list of possible guest bloggers while Darci was away getting married, as she inspired many thoughts and idea for my wedding and I know for a lot of people out there.

I can spend hours on hand browsing wedding blogs, photographers’ websites and flickr photos galore containing brides on their most special day. My favorite pictures are the ones where the brides had that little special pop, or detail that caught everyone’s eyes and really captured what weddings are all about, celebrating the love and having fun!

To me the easiest way to pack a little punch that won’t distract too much, are of course the shoes! To me the brighter the better! Hidden beneath that lovely gown and shown only when the bride sees fit, colored shoes make for great pictures and the best part is that you get to wear them again and again! Below are some of my favorites that are funny, flashy and sure to be a hit.
These Christian Louboutin Rosazissimo from Net-A-Porter.Com are the epitome of bridal “something blue” and if you were ever going splurge, I say do it on your wedding day, and these shoes are definitely worth it!
If you like bows and sling backs, these Kate Spade Gali sandals from Zappos.Com are for you and are available in many colors! They still are gonna run you a little bit of pocket change but the pictures will definitely be worth it!
Everyone knows that JCrew.Com is the place to go for fabulous wedding dresses, bridesmaid dresses and now you can add shoes to that list as well. These Fleur Suede Peep Toe Heels are available in many colors and you could totally coordinate with your bridesmaid dresses as well. Simple, elegant and classy in everyway but still with that added little pop!

I wore bright pink Stuart Weitzman’s on my big day (see pic below), they were a big hit with the guests and they are something I can cherish every time I wear them again. They were one of my favorite little details of our wedding and when I look at the pictures, I am so glad I did it!
Cheers and Congratulations to Darci and her lucky Mr. Darci!

This Is It...

It's hard to believe that I am actually writing this post, but it is finally here and I am off to get married! When I started this blog to chronicle our planning process I couldn't have ever imagined how it would turn out or how many wonderful people I would meet along the way.
I am so incredibly grateful for all of you and for your continued support and inspiration. You have each made this planning process even more special and for that I can never thank you enough.
So as I sign off I leave you with the wedding of another Darci, the fabulous Darcy Miller. I am sure you've seen before but it will always be one of my favorites. And have no fear, I won't leave you in the lurches over the next few weeks. I've lined up some amazing guest bloggers and then I'll be right back to it when I get home. I can't imagine life without the blog now so I promise to keep the inspiration coming and of course share some of our wedding pictures!
Thank you all so much for sharing this journey with me. It wouldn't have been the same without you!

Bride & Groom Signs

I can't remember where I first saw the idea for hanging signs outside the rooms where the bride and groom are getting ready, but it was really early on in the planning process and therefore something I almost forgot to do! Unnecessary? Yes. But fun! Here is the groom's sign:
And the bride's...I had the paper and the ribbon, so I just printed out the wording and trimmed it with some scalloped scissors. The dress and the suit were purchased at a scrapbook store at some point but I can't remember where or when! We will just hang them outside our respective quarters so everyone knows where we are and that they should knock before barging on in. Plus, they'll hopefully make for some cute pictures!

Love This...

InStyle has this photo gallery of examples where arrangements of flowers are used for one thing (above) and then broken up and separated to be used for something else:

Genius! We'll be using the centerpieces from the rehearsal on the bars and guest book tables at the wedding, so I can completely appreciate getting dual use out of something.

Escort Cards

We decided to go with the wishing rock idea for the escort cards, and once again Michele Clark came through with some beautiful calligraphy for the cards!

I can hardly wait to see how they look all laid out on the table! The large glass container for the rocks will be in the middle, then there will be two hydrangea arrangements on either end. It is so surreal to see it all finally coming together...

Sarah Perils

Sarah Perlis has been designing amazing jewelery for over ten years and she has just recently expanded her designs to include wedding rings. What is unique about her approach is that she encourages each couple to come to her studio and go through the design process with her. Not only do you get to be an integral part of the design process, you also have the satisfaction of knowing that Sarah uses recycled gold, raw gemstones, and conflict-free diamonds in her pieces. So lovely - go check her out!

Bklynpillow

On the off chance you haven't heard of Vané's new venture, Bklynpillow, I thought I would mention it again! Vané has access to all of these incredible fabrics and had such a response to the ring pillow she made for her own wedding, now she is making them for everyone else!

You'll notice that some of the pillows on the site don't have ribbons - that's because you can pick your own colors to match your wedding. Brilliant!

All the best wishes to Vané and Bklynpillow!

The Programs

Once again, it pains me to blur out the information but I want to share some pictures of our programs! About a month ago I realized that I would be crazy to try and print the program covers myself - I swear once we hit the three month mark everything hit the fan. So I turned to the old reliable etsy and put in an alchemy request. Literally minutes later I was sorting through offers and found the lovely CW Wonting.I can't say enough about how great it was to work with Christine. She helped my creatively lacking self finalize a design and worked really hard to make sure I was happy with the final results. We used the flourish I created for the invitations and then I printed the inserts myself.I used a 1/4" double sided satin ribbon to tie it all together and I am happy to say that as of last night they're finished! I just used Word to create the template for the inside pages and formatted it so that I could feed the same piece of paper through the printer twice so that it is double sided. If you're interested in using a similar format just shoot me an email and I will gladly pass along the template!

Damask Pillows

This is the patio right outside of our tent and it's ours to use during the reception. There will be some high-top tables out there complete with green linens, damask ties and candles. A couple of weeks ago I had the idea to put some pillows on the benches and when I found 14" pillow forms for $2/piece I went for it! I also bought some inexpensive green fabric, thinking we could put one green and one damask pillow on each bench. When my Mom reported that there was just enough fabric left for the pillows she got to work, and this weekend she sent me this:They're so cute I can hardly stand it! These will most definitely be found on our bed after the wedding...

Home Office

In my ideal world, where I work for myself and run a successful business, this is what my office looks like (except for the chair). I am madly in love with the new Porter desk from Pottery Barn. Madly.