Thursday, October 30, 2008

Oh, Young Love...

Ummm, I'm not quite sure what to say about the wedding I'm going to show you today. All over the internet, you can find elegant, beautiful, inspiring weddings. This is not one of them. I figured other blogs have the market cornered on those. Let's spice things up a little.

Meet 16-year-old Missy Quinn and her husband, 17 year old Thomas Moghon, both from the UK. Click here to read an article about them from Closer.

Her dress weighed 336 pounds!!!! This completely blows my mind. I assume it's due to the glacier attached to her rear end. Missy accessorized her dress with a £500 crystal bouquet, sparkling choker, tiara, belly-button jewel, hair clips and garter, plus fake tan, false eyelashes and body glitter. Whew, I'm a little impressed.

Oh, but it gets better my friends. Meet her bridesmaids:

This gives me all sorts of ideas... *evil smile*

Want to meet some guests?

Yes those are fur coats, Chris Hansen would be alllll over this.

Maybe you're wondering how these kids came to have this particular sense of style? Meet the parents:

I might have to copy that little boy's suit for Matt.

Want another example of why people should not get married at such a young age? Here is a quote from Missy, “Thomas might expect me to cook and clean, but I’m not going to. He can look after me as far as I’m concerned!”

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Breaking News - Drop Everything!

Ladies and gentlemen, we have had a Palin sighting. Please keep your voices down and no sudden movements- she packs heat and has "palled around with" Cheney.

Here again is her best bud Obama:

Brings a tear to the eye...

Sunday, October 26, 2008

The Great Pumpkin

Occasionally I would like to post something non-wedding related. Especially since I think this blog will remain in use once the wedding is over.

Last night Matt and I went to an awesome pumpkin carving party at our friend Tamisha's house. Every year she has a get together with fantastic chili, cold beer, and lots of candy. However, I should mention that this is a very serious event for Matt. Last year he discovered the joys of pumpkin carving. He attempted an ambitious pirate ship design that turned out looking pretty cool:

This year he stepped up his game. Here he is at work on his masterpiece:

Another shot:

Finally after a little more than 2 hours of work, here is this year's pumpkin (get the smelling salts ready):

Here it is at night, the "I Can't Believe I Spent 2 Hours Carving a Pumpkin" pumpkin:

Here it is posing with its pumpkin posse:

No, you are not hallucinating. Senator Obama graced us with his presence last night. It was uncanny how much this carving looked like him:

A Sarah Palin pumpkin is rumored to be in the works, we will keep you posted and alert the AP to any developments.

Matt even won a much coveted prize for his pumpkin skills:

Yep, a new t-shirt.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

The Dress (Options)

I've been asked by more than a few people if I have gotten my wedding dress yet. The answer is no. Procrastination is a beautiful thing people!

But of course I have been looking into what styles I like. I refuse to spend a ton of money on a wedding dress (if you've gotten married recently you can stop laughing now). There are actually lots of options available.

I'll start with the ubiquitous David's Bridal. I won't lie, I went there with my Mom a while back and it creeped me out. It was crammed with cranky brides and their crankier families. Girls in wedding gowns stood on carpet covered platforms that marched in rows down a hallway that reminded me of a back storage room in a warehouse. It must be what Wedding Barbie feels like at the Mattel factory.

But whatever, a dress is a dress right? Here are some I liked:

Very pretty. I think it's one of those dresses you have to try on to see how you really feel about it. It's style ST9505 - no name, they're sentimental like that.

This dress appeals to me much more. I'm into the Grecian, flowy look since I'll be outside all day. I'm really digging the back. Style is SRL9499.

Moving along now, lets look at Alfred Angelo. There were a lot of his dresses I thought I liked, but getting ready to post them here I realized that they didn't do anything for me. Only one dress really did it for me:

This dress makes me swoon (do people still do that?) I might have issues with the neckline, but we'll see. This is style 755.

Now lets play the alternate universe game where if money was no object, what dress would I wear? The answer is almost anything from Manuel Mota Pronovias.

If I could design the perfect dress for me, this would be it. This is called Salem, and it gives me the angels singing and heavens opening moment. It's also around $3000.

This dress is called Selene.

This is the Silueta.

And finally, this is Sadur. *Sigh* Now I need to find a rag to wipe the drool off my keyboard...

Monday, October 20, 2008


I found this on SomeECards. I wonder if I can make this our page banner...

Slap Some Candles Down and Call it a Day

First off, sorry for not posting in the past week. I'm a financial advisor, and the market has decided it wants to turn all my hair gray before I hit 30.

Anywho, lets talk centerpieces again. My thoughts on this have run the gamut from, "I'll do all these gorgeous, extravagant decorations by myself, how hard can it be?" to "Forget this nonsense, I'll just hire someone", which led to "You want HOW much?!?", which has now led me to "People sell sacks of flowers right? What if I just dump a sack of stuff on the table, slap some candles down, and call it a day".

It turns out that this last idea of mine can actually turn out looking quite pretty:

Super easy and it actually has a beach vibe too. Here is a night shot:

The only change I think I'll make is to have light blue petals instead of white.

Unsurprisingly, I got this idea (and photos) from the lovely Mrs. Lemon over at Weddingbee. The photos were inspiration for her own centerpieces:

She used plumeria blooms instead of petals, which I imagine must have smelled amazing. Does anyone know of light blue flowers that smell fantastic?

Monday, October 13, 2008

Hey Crafty Lady

The crafting bug has not just bitten me, it's clamped down with steely jaws and I'm afraid there is no escape. In one of my more and more frequent periods of wedding insanity I decided to make our wedding invitations. Yup, by myself. By hand.

Thankfully there is a lovely site called Weddingbee. More to the point, an awe inspiring blogger named Mrs. Lemon (all their bloggers are named after foods). Mrs. Lemon is a crafting goddess. Seriously, I'm convinced she has crafted her way to deity status. She has also convinced me I need an embosser. That's one of these babies:

She got hers from Wilshire Graphic Press. You can submit your personal monogram (easy to do, just see my previous post) and they will turn it into an embossing plate. Here is Mrs. Lemon's:

Here is the result:

The embossers are $49.95 each, which includes both the embosser itself and the plate that you design. The custom embossing plate is only $10 more ($59.95 total). Additional plates (I'm thinking our return address) are an additional $29.95.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Monogram Goodness

Well. Well, well, well. I'm feeling rather smug at the moment because I finally learned how to work Photoshop. I found some awesome monogram tutorials on the web, so I gave it a whirl and this is what I came up with:

I really can't take any credit since I just followed the tutorial, but I can give credit to an awesome blogger who showed me how to do this. Go check out Brianna Nichole's blog for amazingly easy instructions on how to make your own. Here are some other sites that offer monogram tutorials:


I'm going to print my monogram on blank labels and use them on the backs of my invitation envelopes.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Matt tries blogging

So, this is our blog, huh? Fancy that. I've heard a lot about it--seems like a happening place. Since I haven't contributed anything to this page yet, or really to any of the wedding planning, I thought I would say hello. Hello.

During the past few weeks I've been a participant in some strange conversations. I'm still not exactly clear on the concept of centerpieces, but, despite this, I am expected to have opinions about such things. It doesn't help matters that I'm often not totally paying attention during these discussions (I claim ADD).

Apparently weddings are a lot of work. I assumed the planning would equate to the effort of throwing a college party--get a keg and some cheap booze and *poof* our friends would show up. I have since learned that this is not the case.

I have also noted some other differences in the way Briana and I are approaching the whole wedding thing. Here are some of my observations:
  • She downloaded an application for her iPhone that tells how long it will be until our wedding (down to the second).
  • I downloaded a game for my iPhone called “Space Monkey.”
  • She spends time deciding on the palette of the wedding.
  • I have no idea what this means.
  • She regularly updates the wedding blog.
  • I browse the classified section of a triathlon website looking for sweet deals on bike parts.
  • She knows the name of the designer who will make the bridesmaids’ dresses.
  • I wonder if I can get away with having the groomsmen wear board shorts.
  • She creates blog posts about wedding dresses.
  • I knows she’ll choose a great dress and will look beautiful in it. I also hope we can sell it on eBay after the wedding. Or Craigslist. I'm not picky.

Hairy Situation

So the beach is windy. Like really, really windy. And I have long hair. This is a real kick in the pants because I want my hair styled like this:

Or like this:

With maybe some flowers or a hair vine worked in like this:

Or this (except with my hair down and styled like above):

But I just know by the end of the day this is what my hair is going to look like:


Monday, October 6, 2008

DIY Cakestands

So I'm not exactly a crafty person. I'm woefully inept when it comes to creating things. But will I let a little thing like being devoid of artistic talent stop me? Never!

I came across the neatest project on a cool site called Design Sponge. I've been thinking about how Matt and I want cupcakes at our reception instead of the traditional tiered behemoth. This would be an awesome way to display them! This is what Kate had to say about the project:

"This diy project is inspired by one of my favorite ceramic artists, Sarah Cihat. I found most of my plates and candlesticks at goodwill. I also used some of those little vases you get when someone gives you flowers, which normally I think are ugly, but here they seem to have found a purpose! I left many of the cakestands bare because I love the original plate designs. If you aren’t happy with the plate or base you can always paint them, or give them a graphic silhouette design (instructions below)."

Kate’s Recycled Cake/Cupcake Stands

What You’ll Need:

- old plates (any size)
- old candlesticks or vases (look for anything that is wider at the bottom, with a sturdy base and a flat top)
- epoxy (from a hardware store)
- masking tape
- popsicle stick or q-tips without their fluff (something to apply the epoxy with)
- paper plate or scrap cardboard (something to mix the epoxy on that you can throw out)
- rags and cleaning solution

For the variation:

- template of silhouette (or you can free hand)
- contact paper
- scissors
- spray paint


1. Pick out which pieces you want to put together and test it out. They should be able to balance on each other without the glue. If not, you may want to rethink your choices... is your plate too uneven or does your base have a flat enough top?

2. Clean all plates and vases/candlesticks thoroughly. Dry completely.

3. Measure the back of the plate and mark a dot in the center with a pen or marker.

4. Squeeze out a little epoxy and follow its directions for use. After it’s mixed, apply it to the top of the candlestick/vase and gently place your base upside down onto the plate, using your dot as a guide to help you center it.

5. Let it sit for a few minutes, then gently press down on it to hold it in place and get rid of any excess epoxy with a q-tip. Apply tape on four sides to anchor it while it dries.

6. Let it dry overnight.


Note: While these are sturdier than you would expect, they are not dishwasher safe. I recommend gently cleaning by hand.

Silhouette version:

After the cake stand is glued together and dried overnight, you can pretty much do whatever you want with it: paint, decoupage, etc. I really love Sarah Cihat’s graphic patterns so I decided to do something similar on one of my less attractive plate/vase combos.

1. Trace and cut out your pattern on contact paper. Make sure contact paper still has its paper backing on it when you do this.

2. Gently peel contact paper away from its backing and place the sticky side on your plate where you want the design to go. Press down evenly and smooth out any and all air bubbles. Make sure all edges are firmly pressed down.

3. Prime the entire plate and base with primer spray paint and let dry (you will need to flip it over a couple times, make sure the top is dry before you flip it to spray the bottom).

4. Paint it whatever color you wish. Let dry completely.

5. When dry, use an exacto to carefully lift the contact paper.

Note: This plate is not meant to have your bare food placed on it. Usually I place cupcakes or pies in their pans on cake stands. If you want to be able to put food directly on it, I recommend sealing it with a varnish or sealant.

Mood Board Mania

Weehoo I made my first mood board! I know I'm a huge dork. I had to ask for a quick photoshop tutorial from the lovely fiance, but it was surprisingly easy. So without further ado, my personal wedding day mood board:

It brings a goofy smile to my face every time I see it.

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