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Aqua Blue to the Rescue!

  • November 16, 2011 at 6:35 pm

Remember my initial color inspiration and how I eventually chucked it to start anew? Well, y’all, I’m ready to share a very important update! I’ve finally found the inspiration I was looking for! I knew that I was all about yellow, but for some reason I was fighting my girly-girl nature. I must admit that it took a lot of long hours in front of the computer screen, but with my (non-DIY’ed) blue Mason jars in hand, I knew I was onto something. The combination was fresh and spring-y, perfect for our May wedding. Aqua blue and yellow it was! (Phew, that was easy! Who would have known those little jars would have been so instrumental in my decision?) But just to prevent any future waffling and wavering on my part, I decided to throw in some green and rose pink accents. (See, I couldn’t fight the pink!)

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Top row, from left to right: Bouquet via Kelly’s Wedding Flowers Gallery; Love Birds Topper via Vintage Green Modern on Etsy; Cupcakes via Wedding Magazine / Cupcakes by Cakes by Robin; Monogram via Charming Little Nest / Monogram by Southern Proper Monogram; Shoes via Hayden Olivia / Photo by Critsey Rowe; Sign via Family Attic on Etsy; Arrangement via White on Rice Couple
Bottom Row: Table setting via Green Wedding Shoes / Photo by Edyta Szyszlo Photography; Bouquet and bow ties via Southern Weddings / Photo via 1313 Photography; Lemonade stand via Brenda’s Wedding Blog / Photo by Bello Photography / Styling by Desiree Spinner Events

I don’t want anything that looks too baby/nursery, so I’m going to make sure to keep the yellow and aqua vibrant. (But I do love how the other colors add visual interest.) Best of all, the color combination fits my vision of “Southern vintage/shabby chic,” which I must admit was partially inspired by our menu.

How did you come to your final color decision? Were there other parts of the planning that helped you decide?


This article was originally posted onWeddingbee.

Our Save the Dates Come to Life!

  • November 7, 2011 at 11:29 pm

When I was first came across handkerchief save-the-date inspiration, I could not contain my excitement. Thus, in addition to searching the web for pictures at roadrunner speed, I also immediately ordered supplies to get my project started!

I was quite pleased when I came across these on GiftWagon.com. They have a scallop edge to satisfy my need for a little something pretty, and they meet Mr. Dalmatian’s request of not having flowers on it. (FYI, they also have ones with a floral border for those of you who can convince your fiancés.)

Just to make my life more difficult (oh yeah, and also to make the save-the-dates look nicer), I decided to hand embroider a small heart in the corner of each one. The process went a little something like this:

Use a pencil to trace your shape onto your handkerchief.

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Tighten the handkerchief in an embroidery circle, tie a knot in the thread, and begin threading needle through the fabric, following the lines to form your shape.

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Voila! You have an embroidered handkerchief!

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Each one goes relatively quickly, but I would definitely recommend leaving plenty of time to work on these. It took me a few months of sporadically embroidering to get all 75 completed. They are the perfect thing to work on while watching TV on a lazy day. But don’t plan on doing too many at once unless you want sore fingers!

For the text on the handkerchief, I was inspired by this delectable little card:

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Image via NightOwlPaperGoods.com

After browsing many free online fonts, trying out many different colors, and trying many designs, I came up with this:

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When I first finished this design I was pleased. Unfortunately, the more and more I looked at it the less and less I liked it. Then I showed my two sisters and Mama Dalmatian, and they (very politely) expressed the same feeling that was creeping into my mind: Meh.

Enter amazing Sister K with her degree in graphic design and incredible talent. She managed to keep the bright colors but make it look less like a kindergarten project and more like a fun, whimsical save-the-date! Note to self: embrace help from others.

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So much better! Next, I researched different ways to transfer the image onto my handkerchief. I thought about buying the Yudu and attempting silk-screening, but after watching a few how-to videos I was left less than confident in my ability to pull it off. My doubt + high price tag = wasn’t gonna happen. So I moved on to iron-transfer sheets, and purchased some that happened to be on sale at Michaels that week, which were Jolee’s Easy Image Transfer Sheets.

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Personal photo of Easy Image Transfer Sheets from Jolee’s

A quick tip: when you are cutting out the image before ironing it, cut as close to the words as possible because you can see where the clear part of the transfer sheet ends on the handkerchief. Other than that, just iron your image onto your embroidered handkerchief and you have yourself a save the date!

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My labor of love—the completed handkerchief!

I am going to fold and attach them to cards before sending them, but we’ll get into that more later! (Hint: it will involve me developing a full blown love affair with Paper Source.)

Did you take on any ambitious projects in the name of a cute wedding?

*All photos personal unless otherwise noted


This article was originally posted onWeddingbee.

Pretty Pretty Princess: Inspiration for My Wedding-Day Look

  • November 6, 2011 at 6:05 pm

“What do you want to look like on your wedding day?” That is the question they always ask at the beginning of an appointment on SYTTD. But from the start, I knew what I didn’t want to look like! I know many women want to look like a princess at their wedding, ball gown, tiara, glass slippers, and all. Although I sure enjoyed the game Pretty Pretty Princess as a kid. (Do you remember?)

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Pretty Pretty Princess via Amazon.com

I never wanted to be a princess on my wedding day! I think this stems back to my mother. You see, my mom is a realist. She and my dad have been together for over 30 years and, while they still stand strong, they have seen their fair share of marriages fail. So from an early age my mom liked to remind me that “life is not like the fairy tales.” She explained to me that while my Disney princess movies were fun, life rarely works out like that. And more importantly, she explained that relationships are a lot of hard work. The endings of fairy tales, when the couple marries, is really just the beginning of their story! So as excited as I am to plan an awesome party to celebrate the day Mr. Elk and I say “I do,” I cannot think of myself as a princess.

But what do I want to look like on my wedding day? Myself! And what does “myself” mean? Well, all my life I pretty much imagined I would wear a lace dress when I got married, but then came Sunday Rose…oh Monique!

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Monique Lhullier: Sunday Rose

I know this dress is controversial in the wedding world…but I fell head over heels when it first came out a few years ago and my cousin was getting married! I saw it in the bridal salon and nearly cried! So when I got engaged, I decided I wanted a romantic feel with three-dimensional floral details! Here are some of the very expensive dresses that stole my heart during my internet quest:

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From left: Christos, Angel Sanchez, Melissa Sweet, Elie Saab for Pronovias

And here are the more affordable versions I lusted after for months:

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From Left: Watters Sonara, Wtoo Desdemona, Tara Keeley, Watters Mojave, Saison Blanche

How do you feel about the whole “princess bride” idea?


This article was originally posted onWeddingbee.

Wedding Favors You’ll Fall in Love With

  • November 4, 2011 at 5:13 pm

Jones Soda personalized wedding favor via McClanahan Studio

Those little baubles and trinkets to take home after the wedding are what help keep the memories alive for guests.  Have a good think about how you want your wedding to linger on.  Whether you’re earthy, quirky, punky or just wanderlusty, we’ve got some spectacular wedding favors that your guests will actually want to take home.Mini trees and The Knot's potted herbsPhoto Booth US rentals and props from Engaged and InspiredVinyl record via Jeremy Lawson and guitar pick favorsPostcards from Corbin Gurkin and paper fortune cookie favors



This article was originally posted onBridezilla.

The Ups and Downs of Hair

  • November 2, 2011 at 4:37 pm

Ever feel like your hair was just destined for high-fashion catwalks?

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Image via SodaHead

I sure do.

My hair is naturally curly, and it’s a fact about myself that I just started accepting recently. I still enjoy a good ol’ hair straightening for special days. Don’t worry, it’s nothing but a case of the “you always want what you can’t haves.” Here, I’ll let you see what I’m working with.

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See the process I’ve made with my teeth whitening?

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See the love for my curls in my face?

Enough of this nonsense—please let me show you the purpose of this post now! Here are some pictures of what I might love my hair to look like—if not every day, at least for THE day!

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Image via Hair Romance

There are also a ton of updos to consider!

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Image via Hair Romance—They have so many ideas!

I think I want my hair pulled back somehow but not too tightly. I’m always a big fan of braids, side ponytails, and buns!

Do you plan on wearing your hair up or down? Will it be similar to a way you wear it normally or completely different?


This article was originally posted onWeddingbee.