The Floor Monogram::Will You?

>> Thursday, May 28, 2009

You all know I'm a bride on budget like most brides are nowadays with the economy the way it is. But as my planning goes on I have found that I have done very good, no GREAT on budget. I've done lots of negotiating and have come well under budget on almost everything from my dress to the photographer. So I've been toying with splurging on something, and this something is a Dance Floor Light Monogram. It is beyond gorgeous and not to mention elegant. It can range in price from $200 up to $500 depending on the difficulty of the design. Now, I would stay on the lower end with just our initials but I keep going over it in my head and saying, "Is it really worth it?". I have plenty of time to make a decision and FI likes the idea, so we will just have to see.

Do you have something that you are splurging on?


Boutonnieres:: Traditional or Modern?

>> Tuesday, May 26, 2009


I have already decided what type of boutonniere the guys will be sporting at the wedding and I didn't stick with the traditional flower. I wanted something different and funky. Plus I couldn't find any brown flowers, lol! So FI liked the simple fiddlehead fern with a little greenery to bring in our colors. Here are some gorgeous traditional bouts and some not-so traditional ones. I don't think you could go wrong either way, and bouts add such an elegance to the grooms attire. So will you go traditional or go with something more modern?






Real Wedding::Michelle & Ben {4/3/09}

>> Friday, May 22, 2009

This beautiful wedding took place at the amazing Maymont in Richmond, VA. I love the gorgeous colors of her bouquet, not to mention her dress. Maymont is filled with history and wildlife. I have never been there but from the pictures I've seen, a trip up there is in my summer forecast. enjoy this beautiful wedding shot by Brett Winter Lemon Photography. Thanks for sharing Brett.


My Hair-Flower (Fascinator) & Veil

>> Wednesday, May 20, 2009

See I said I would share my hair flower with you. I purchased my flower from Macy's last week and only cost me $16. I love it and it matches my dress really good. My dress is actually a champagne color rather than ivory or white. I just love the antique look the color gives my dress. Be patient you will see her as soon as she arrives, I promise :) Until here is sneak-peak at my birdcage veil and my hair fascinator.


Back On Track::Beautiful Hair Flowers

>> Sunday, May 17, 2009

Good Morning all!!! I hope you all had a great weekend!! Sorry for the hiatus but I was smashed at work and had no time to blog. I am back on track and ready to get back to my planning and hopefully inspiring you all! Here are some gorgeous budget friendly hair fascinators (hair clips). I got lucky and got my hair fascinator from Macy's for $12 I will share more about mine later, I promise! But for now here are some gorgeous pieces.

{Traditional Beauty $14.99}


Busy with my Real Job!!!

>> Monday, May 11, 2009

Good Monday afternoon to you all!! I would first like to apologize for the lack of postings, but my real life job in radio has been a little hectic lately. We are having our 2nd Annual Women's Health Beauty Life Expo in October and I am on the planning committee and the planning is going full force. I'm in charge of finding a music act for Friday evening and a celebrity speaker for Saturday afternoon. It's very stressful and is taking up the majority of what little free time I have. I am also the right hand man for the expo director and we often have meetings that both keep us out of the office or stuck in a conference room. So please send good vibes my way and I will try my best to come up with some helpful wedding info for you as soon as I can! TTFN


Very Cute DIY Project...

>> Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Once again I have found the cutest DIY project over on one of my favorites blogs, Once Wed. Emily always has the most adorable DIY projects that are so easy to do and will not hurt your pocket. This project was made by a talented Etsy designer by the name Marissa. How cute would these bags be? Filled with your favorite candies, cookies or mini cakes. Or they could also be used to give presents to your bridesmaids!

1. Using a pair of nice sharp pliers, cut the tops off of 4 or 5 miniature artificial flowers so that they are approximately 1.5" long.

2. Bundle flowers together and wrap with a small piece of tape. I got this cute plum roll of masking tape
here, but floral tape or any old masking tape will work well for this.

3. Tape flower bundle down to paper bag, centered and approximately 1" from the bottom

4. Using template, trace shape for vase onto backside of the patterned decorative paper and cut out

5. Fold under edges approximately 1/8" and run a bead of glue along both tabs.
6. Press firmly in place onto bag over flowers. I found it easiest to hold and secure one side for a few seconds and to then press the other side down.
7. Cut a piece of 8.5" x 11" solid color cardstock into 1" strips. Fold strips in half and using scissors, snip a notch at the folded end to form two paper flags. Write your message onto the flag, fill bag with contents, fold top of bag down 1/2" onto itself 3 times and clip flag onto the front using a miniature clothespin.
For more gorgeous projects and ideas visit Emily's blog!!


The Dress Has Been Ordered...

>> Monday, May 4, 2009

Good Monday Morning to you all! I have some very exciting news to share...I have finally ordered my dress! Because I found my perfect shoe I was able to go ahead with my order. I went back in February and tried on dresses expecting to order then but I learned that I needed to have my shoes first so they could do the hollow-to-hem measurement. Now if you were like me I had no idea what they were talking about. The hollow-to-hem measurement is a specific length measurement used for bridal gowns only. Some designers offer the option to have a gown cut to a particular length for certain bridal gown designs. The hollow-to-hem measurement is taken from the depression at the base of the neck just above the collarbone to the hem (Definition found HERE). I had to have this measurement because my dress has very intricate beading along the hemline that a seamstress will not be able to alter.

I had a few custom alterations made to my dress that the boutique offered to do for me but I felt more comfortable having them done through the designer because they know their dresses better than any seamstress. I am not ready to show the dress quite yet but I will as soon as she arrives, I promise!!!



If The Shoe Fits, Wear It!!!!

>> Friday, May 1, 2009

I am beyond happy this morning, although I am not a morning person at all. I received my new shoes yesterday and they are AWESOME!!! I walked around the house in them for about two hours to test drive them. I made dinner with them on (I know, dumb idea, but I was careful), I then continued to walk around the house on the hard wood floors and even danced to High School Musical songs with my daughters (lol). After all of that the shoes still didn't hurt, rub or slide around. They have the most cushion I think I have ever had in a shoe. So if you have not purchased you wedding shoes yet, you may want to check out Jessica Bennett's website. Have a good weekend ladies, I will be going this afternoon to finally get measured and order my dress since I found my rockin' shoes! More on my dress coming soon, I promise!


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