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simplicity goes a long way.

I love flowers, don't get me wrong. We've all seen the crazy pictures from Preston Bailey's weddings and our eyes widen with joy. But seriously, not everyone has millions of dollars or thousands of dollars for that matter to spend on flowers. It's just not feasible for most.

There's a dark side to wedding planning sometimes - that pressure a bride feels to have the best of the best of the best (with honors!). However, $1,000 centerpieces are not always the answer, nay it may be never be the answer to spend that much on a centerpiece. Your guests can have a fabulous time without expensive flowers. It's not about the flowers, it's about the energy of the wedding, the great food, the free flowing drinks (non-alcoholic too!) and the upbeat music!

Case in point:

(Photo by Studio 306)



We received the rest of our engagement photos from Jason on Monday, and I have to admit that I love them! I'll post some of my favorites very soon, and it feels so good to have accomplished something substantial. However, with accomplishment comes...DIY PROJECTS! The first one: the Save-the-Dates.

It's interesting how one project can yield hundreds of tiny research projects. For instance, before I can buy paper, I need to look at postage rates/envelope sizes, and then where to buy paper and gocco supplies. This list goes on and on.

Anyways, I was playing around with Photoshop today and I'm having trouble deciding which color is best. Could you help?

(Photo by the fabulous Jason Angelini)


happy valentine's day!

Just wishing everyone a happy valentine's day!

(Photo from Martha Stewart)


engagement & family photos!

We took our engagement photos on Sunday and it was a blast!! I was pretty nervous, but as soon as we started, Jason put both Matthew and I at such ease and we had so much fun! There are a few pictures up on Connor's Blog! Check them out! I've also posted a couple below!

(Photos by the fabulous Jason Angelini)

**Lucia, you were right! :)


wedding favors; non-conformity.

I've learned that edible favors are the best, so I'm considering doing tea as one favor, and possibly (I say this with much reservation) a candy buffet. I ordered a small tin of raspberry tea and it's absolutely divine. I'm a tea lover (Teavana is my favorite), so it wouldn't be a surprise for this to be our favor. I have a few friends that are loyal tea drinkers as well so I know they would be happy. For the bulk though, I imagine they aren't too keen on tea, so it's still up in the air.

As for a candy buffet, I like the creativity involved and it could look uber cool. My only reservation is that it's been done too many times and it's sort of fad now. (Think: photo strip save-the-dates) I love the idea, but once it becomes a "trend," I'm very hesitant to follow suit.

(Above photos from fabulous Rebecca Thuss)

Tomorrow, I'm going to the first of many wedding activities. I have about 6 to attend this year, in addition to my own! My wonderful friend Carly, is having her bridal shower!

Sunday, we are taking our engagement photos! I'm so nervous!!!!


linens, who knew?

I'm a fairly particular person (i.e., picky), so when my caterer could not find my choice of linens in the state of Florida I didn't hesitate to start calling companies located outside of the state. It wasn't that the Florida companies didn't have my choice per se, they didn't have it available in long table (8' banquet) format. Apparently, no one in Florida likes long tables, but I'm going to change all that!

After calling a couple of places and getting outrageous quotes, I was frustrated. So, I called in the big guns: my best friend, Ashley. She is the person I turn to when I confront something that seems impossible. Not only did she find a local linen company in her town (Chicago) that agreed to order the fabric and make it to fit the long tables, but also arranged to pick them up on her way down to the wedding (to avoid any screw-ups in shipping) and return them. Oh, and did I mention that they are substantially cheaper? Did I also mention that Ashley and her mom are the ones that arranged our honeymoon timeshare as a gift? Yes, I'm lucky.

Anyways, the lesson of this post? Be diligent (but not too aggressive) in achieving your vision!

Here's my vision:



I cannot wait to make our stationery on my gocco. I've only used it once to make Bridesmaid cards, but I've been collecting ideas and images and I can't wait to use it again! I know it's going to be a huge process, but I love doing this kind of stuff, so it'll be worth it! Plus, I'll need some distraction from school.

A while back, I started thinking about hiring a calligrapher to give our invitations an ooomph factor. Yes, everyone throws out the envelope, but I love the extra details! (I know at this point, Lane is thinking I'm crazy.) At first, I thought it was out of our budget, but I found an awesome calligrapher through Mrs. Onion of Weddingbee. She's super affordable, and I think it will give our invitations an added touch! I've already made contact and signed up with her, and I'm so excited! She works out of New York, and she is by far the cheapest I've found. Here's the style we'll probably go with:

You can get in touch with her via e-mail:

anthropologie follow-up

Here are the pictures I promised! Please excuse the poor quality!


anthropologie is cool.

I will always love J.Crew, in fact they put some more styles of our bridesmaid dress on sale, and my sister loves the new style, so she's going to get that one instead. I love that you can pick a color and allow the girls to buy styles that suit their flavas. (Yes, I just said flavas.)

Anyways, I digress. I ordered a dress from Anthropologie for our upcoming engagement photos. I'm not going to tell you which one, you'll just have to see in a couple of weeks, but I was so happy when I received my package yesterday in the mail. I've never seen a company pay so much attention to the details. First, it came in a box, and I was a little surprised by that, because J.Crew usually sends my stuff in a plastic bag. The best part though, was the receipt. It was put inside of a linen satchel of sorts. I'll take a picture for those who have yet to order from them.

It reminded me of those cute fabric envelopes from Bird & Banner. I had long forgotten them, but I thought to myself what a cute touch. The fabric cost would probably be minimal, and it would be a nice little surprise for our guests (read "the women").

But that's not even the best part, they had the dress wrapped in this cute matching tissue paper with a pretty sticker. But wait, it gets better, the dress was so pretty and it had the coolest detail on the inside hem of the dress, and IT HAD POCKETS! I love pockets in dresses! I just ordered one of the ballerina dresses from J.Crew, the ones on sale, and they had pockets, too!

Immediately, I remembered a gift from my sister this past Christmas. She bought me this candle from Anthropologie (called Capri Blue), and I distinctly took notice of the bow. It was a fabric bow that was reusable and it looked amazing. So, basically I love Anthropologie now.

*I promise to take pictures of the linen satchel and fabric reusable bow when I get home later!