Archive for August, 2009

Planning exhaustion

August 31, 2009

I’m back.

So my vacation ended a week ago, and I admit I’ve been neglecting my little blog.

The truth is I am 100% wedding-ed out.  This is the first time in my 6 months of engagement bliss that I’ve felt this way.  I needed a little break.

When I headed home two weeks ago, I was super excited to do some quality wedding planning with my mom and sister (MOH) – it was the first solid chunk of time I had with either of them since becoming engaged.  We had discussed various wedding details over the phone, but no one really knew the extent of my wedding visions.  However, this dedicated planning time turned out to be pretty draining and included:

  • The justification of my color palette contenders
  • My first stab at trying on gowns (both in a boutique and some purchased online).  For now, I’ll just say that one of these occasions ended with me nearly hyperventilating
  • Agonizing over and second guessing my petite guest list
  • Pressure to make hotel arrangements for out-of-town guests (which is all guests)
  • In response to people needing hotel reservations, it was decided we would indeed do save-the-dates (we were not planning on this)
  • A lengthy discussion about my bridal shower and whether family and friends not invited to my tiny wedding should be invited to the shower (I say no)
  • Hints at a bachelorette celebration in the making
  • Stirrings of plans for a rehearsal dinner
  • Discussions about whether it’s really realistic to DIY my flowers
  • The kind donation of a snazzy, new printer to my wedding cause
  • Grappling with whether or not my totally practical nature is going to prevent me from having the wedding I really want

Seriously, this all took place over the course of three days.  Suddenly everything seemed SO real and SO soon.  With my mom, grandmother, and sister in the mix, the planning process escalated from me sitting in front of my laptop daydreaming, to a full-on, full-weekend event requiring tons of coordination, travel arrangements, and money.  But I keep telling myself the wedding is 10 months away.  Surely there is enough time to deal with all of this, right?

I’m still recovering, but hope to recap everything here soon.

Also coming up – our engagement photo session!  We have a month to choose where to shoot and what to wear.

Stay tuned!


On vacation!

August 14, 2009

I’m headed to the Jersey Shore for some much needed fun in the sun!  Pardon my absence – I’ll be back in a week and a half.

| Ballroom at Congress Hall, Cape May, NJ – gorgeous setting for a grand beach wedding |

Color Palette Blues

August 12, 2009

My search for the perfect color palette continues to continue.  I just can’t seem to commit!  This decision far surpasses any pressure or stress I felt over choosing things like my reception venue or photographer.  Is that strange?  Maybe it’s because I feel like I can 100% control these colors.  They’ll set the tone for all of my DIY projects which are the details I’m most excited about.

So, in my never ending journey I’ve been playing around with some online color palette generators.  My go-to page is  Just pop in any image URL to see a rainbow of possibilities.  Click here to see the lovely list of hues the page generated based on the image below.


But who knows.  Maybe it’s things like color palette generators (not to mention the plethora of drool-worthy wedding blogs out there!) that make decisions like this so tricky.  I’m absolutely spoiled for choice.

| Velvet ring boxes from Martha Stewart Weddings |

Fried Green Tomatoes Wedding

August 10, 2009

Old Fashioned Picnic

Another Style Circle creation – I can’t get enough of it!  I was going for a 1920’s picnic feel, a la “Fried Green Tomatoes.”

Style Me Pretty – Style Circle

August 7, 2009


Feeling so fortunate to be one of the lucky girls invited to test Style Me Pretty’s amazing new Style Circle!  I’ve been spending WAY too much time creating lovely photo collages in the super fun inspiration board builder.  I was feeling a little Moulin Rouge-ish when I made the above.

Yet another contender…

August 7, 2009


Hmm, this 100 Layer Cake palette kind of says dreamy June afternoon. And I think I spy some jadite in the kitchen image…


August 5, 2009

voge1663_once wed

Once Wed recently posted the completely dreamy and stylish wedding of Paul and Cassie (photographed by Jonas Peterson).  I love love love the hearts on the wall!  It got me thinking of all of the fun vinyl wall decals I’ve seen on Etsy (the ones that I can’t wait to plaster all over the bedroom walls of my future children).  Seems like there would be countless ways to incorporate these relatively inexpensive and unexpected decorations into a wedding… photobooth, maybe?  Here are some lovely selections from studiojk:


Up and Away!

August 3, 2009


Ah!  So clever and cute – I can hardly stand it!  I discovered Beverly and Neil’s fantastic engagement photos via Mint.  Everything about their stylish, budget-minded wedding is amazing.  Check it out!