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Party of 10

1 Aug

We had four bridesmaids, one junior bridesmaid, four groomsmen and one ring bearer in our wedding. I’m so happy that I chose navy blue because it looked great on everyone! Below are some pictures of our wedding party.

All photos taken by Rachelle Photography

Joaquin was tired/cranky, so we didn’t get and pictures of him while we were posing for pictures…

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Attention to Detail

13 Jul

After 17 months of engagement and 4.5 years of “dating,” the day had finally arrived. We woke up in different places, since we’re traditional like that (haha). I (Jen) woke up to my mom making lots of noise in the 6’o clock hour (yeah, my mom was more anxious than me). Temoc woke up in a hotel. We both did a few more last touches, got ready and then we met for pictures.

If you’re not yet married, make sure your bridesmaids are aware of the details. We had a homemade ring bearer pillow and a “Just Married” sign that were left at home. We didn’t remember until we were at the reception, looking for the sign (after the photographer was gone). I also forgot a bouquet of flowers in the car in memory of Temoc’s mom. It’s unfortunate, but as the bride, you’re not thinking about all the little things. You’re thinking about the big picture (Is he going to love my dress? I can’t screw up the vows. Please don’t let me trip walking down the aisle. And please don’t cry because then I’ll mess up my $100 make-up). In retrospect, if my bridesmaids knew what I needed, the “little” details wouldn’t have been left in the car or at home… Since we can’t do anything about it, we took a few pictures to show off on our blog.

Ring Bearer Pillow

Sign (just imagine us holding the sign with giddy smiles)

And the other details that did make it to the wedding…

Very labor-intensive bouquets

Our rings

Very labor-intensive paper centerpieces

Messy, but not as labor-intensive garter (taken by us)

And finally, very labor-intensive favors (who would’ve guessed?)

All pictures taken by Rachelle Photography, unless otherwise noted.


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.

Playing Dress Up

20 Jan

All of the dresses have been ordered. Yes, this includes the bridal gown, but it’s top secret, so no blog post until after the wedding!

For the bridesmaid/MOH/junior bridesmaid dresses, I chose the color and and allowed the girls to pick out dresses that they felt most comfortable in.  I’ve been told I’m a nice bride. :)

Amazingly, all of the girls picked out different dresses! Unfortunately I don’t have pictures of the girls in their dresses, but thanks to the Internet, we have pictures of super skinny girls modeling the dresses.  They look much better on ‘my’ girls. :)

All of the dresses were purchased at David’s Bridal.

I can’t wait to see them with their bouquets and all made up.  I’m still very excited about the bouquets, as you can probably tell!

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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