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Day 168: Pearls

15 Jun

Lately I’ve been able to take pictures of Luna because I have a toy propped near the camera. Today was no different… Except I found out that she looks good in pearls. :)

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Day 78: Something Green

17 Mar

for St. Patrick’s Day.

Something Borrowed

14 Feb

So, we’ve covered the something blue here. Next, my something borrowed! Jaime got married 2 days and four years before we will get married. Thankfully she kept some items, one of which is a hairpin.

It looks even better on!

Happy Valentine’s Day! <3

Vanishing Veil

12 Feb

Make-up trial. Done.
Hair trial. Today.

We are procastinators. This is probably a common characteristic among humans, but we are bad. Like really bad. So, today I woke up a bit early knowing that I had to finish some invitation preparation, get my veil, get Jaime’s hairpin that she wore for her wedding, and I will wear for mine, and grab our camera. 5 minutes before we leave, I go to the office (aka wedding room) to get the veil and it’s not there. I go to the front room, where my dress is hanging. Not there. Downstairs closet? Not there. Laundry room cabinets? Not there. Bouquet supplies? Not there either.

Last time I remember seeing my veil, we were at my parent’s house, and that was months ago! I will be tearing apart the house this weekend, but I think I will be in the market for a new veil. Maybe I will be adventurous and make my own…

This is what it looked like, in case you need a visual (although I was never able to get it pinned right, and mine did not come with the flower):

And I forgot our camera.

Hidden

9 Feb

I’m pretty reserved, so the thought of doing a garter toss absolutely terrifies me. I mean, who really wants to watch a groom go up his bride’s dress? Not me! Unfortunately, the groom-to-be nixed my idea of not doing it.

Since I’m being forced into doing the garter toss, I figured I would get something that I actually like. In one of my many Etsy searches, I found a beautiful garter. I absolutely love it because it’s simple, yet elegant.

And it costs $55, which I’m not willing to spend. So, I gave myself another DIY project. BM Andrea offered to make it, if she has time. I bought all of the materials, but couldn’t find a nice brooch. About a month had gone by and I thought I was going to have to settle for something else…

And then we went to Macys to shop for him. (Did you know he is going to be 30 in 2 weeks?). Thankfully I love to look at the clearance jewelry rack because my wonderful fiancé found me this:

It’s absolutely perfect! It was regularly $38, and we got it for $10, which is just a bit more than I would have like to have spent. Nevertheless, as two added bonuses, we can use the pearls for our centerpiece vases, and we get a percentage of the purchase back (in a gift card) after the wedding.

The garter will probably end up costing about $15 (we already have lace and those messy feathers). Doesn’t it feel good to save money?

Accessorize

24 Jan

Since working on several wedding-related projects, I have gained a little more confidence in my crafting ability. I love being able to have control over colors/styles, and I love saving money! This resulted in another project, which is my newest love for the flower/feather/tulle hair accessories that every store is selling (some for $30-$45!).

Surprisingly, it didn’t take very long to make the hair pin and I’m satisfied with the way it turned out. The pearl in the center looks better in person, and I still have to sew the pin just a bit more. I hope my bridesmaids/mom are willing to wear a hair pin because I think it would look great with their dresses and bouquets.

Flowers: Part II

2 Jan

We posted a picture of the bouquet flowers in a previous post, but neglected to mention what they will look like, and where we got our inspiration.  The inspiration came from this image:

Although our bouquets will not look identical to the one above, we’re hoping that they are as beautiful!  We’re using a different flower technique and different colors, but we’re still hoping they’re similar.

Making the bouquets takes several steps (and many hours):

1. Cut fabric into strips

2. Burn all four sides of the fabric strip

3. Sew and roll the fabric into a rose

4. Cut tulle/netting

5. Sew the tulle to the rose

6. Using an awl, poke a hole horizontally through the base of the flower and insert floral wire

7. Organize the flowers and add embellishments (we’re using feathers, buttons, and pins)

8. Add skewers for bulk (on the stems)

9. Cover the floral wire/skewers with blue ribbon.

The most important step, which is not listed, is going to Joanns and Michaels every weekend, and sometimes on weekdays!  We’re attempting to not to buy anything unless we have a coupon. :)

Here are a few pictures of the first bouquet (we’re hoping the other 5 will be done this weekend):

And the almost final version (the stem will be shortened):

Andrea with Bouquet (Notice the frame in the background? That's a chalkboard that Temoc made!)

Bouquet

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