a park house wedding

(Photo credit:  Christine Caj)

We did it!  I’m officially a married woman.  I have a HUSBAND!!  Holy smokes it still feels so surreal every time I say that!  I’m still recovering from all of the wedding and honeymoon festivities, but in the meantime here are a few photos of our amazing day courtesy of my dearest friends Christine and Michelle.

(Photo credit:  MSH Photography)

(Photo credit:  MSH Photography)

(Photo credit:  MSH Photography)

(Photo credit: Christine Caj)

(Photo credit: Christine Caj)

(Photo credit:  MSH Photography)

Everything came together beautifully from the succulent centerpieces to our DIY bouquets and boutonnieres to the homemade favors…it was amazing to see my vision come to life.  I’m looking forward to sharing all of the details with you in the coming weeks as well as some work we’ve been doing around the house 🙂

a new front porch light fixture and wedding invite sneak peek

Remember when I showed you all our newly painted house exterior and mentioned that we hadn’t decided on a light fixture for the front porch yet, but I had found one I liked?  But Devin didn’t like it, and I needed a little more time to work on him?

Well, I worked on it :).

I love it!  A couple weekends ago we went to Lamps Plus and looked at the fixture in person.  Not only did Devin end up liking it when he saw it, but it was on sale.  Score!  Not only that, there’s a matching longer one that we’ll be getting for the back of the house by the sliding door.

I like the simple clean Mission style and the rubbed bronze finish…and the clear seeded glass.

It hangs just far enough off the wall to be noticeable but not in the way.

 

In other news, yesterday marked the two month countdown to our wedding!  I can’t believe how fast time is flying.  You may have noticed that it’s been pretty quiet around these parts in the last few weeks.  That’s because I’m neck deep in wedding projects, but I can’t share any of them on this blog yet because I want our wedding guests to be seeing all of the details for the first time on the day of.  Fear not, I’ll be providing detailed posts on our wedding after I get back from the honeymoon :).

To whet your appetite, here’s a sneak peek of the kraft paper tags I made with a custom stamp for our wedding invitations.

I’m really happy with how they turned out, and all of the guests have been loving them…I can’t wait ’til I can share them with you all in their entirety!

 

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fabric covered lamp shade and my new orleans bachelorette

What do you think of this spray painted thrift store lamp base and Bettina fabric covered shade that I did for my office?

Do you love it as much as I do?  To read about how I did it, please hop on over to Tiffany’s awesomely creative blog Living Savvy where I am guest posting today as part of her Spray Painter’s Anonymous series.

In other news, I’ve spent this week nursing a cold that I caught at the tale end of my bachelorette party in New Orleans last weekend.  It was well worth it, and I had an amazing time with my bridesmaids…but let me tell you…as I near my 30th birthday it’s painfully apparent that I’m getting too old for three day benders!  I’d love to hit up New Orleans again, but maybe with less drinking next time :).

We rented a condo in the French Quarter right off of Bourbon street, and I HIGHLY recommend it.  It was much cheaper for our group of 6 than staying in a hotel plus we had an awesome balcony, beautiful digs and all of the amenities that come with a hotel combined with the comforts of home.  It was perfect!

My bridesmaids came up with a couple of games to keep me on my toes.  They had Devin answer a bunch of questions about me prior to the trip (sneaky!) and I had to guess how he answered them.  If I got it right, they all took a shot…if I got it wrong, I took a shot.  I still came out winning in the end, but let’s just say I drank more than I expected to :).  The second game was to find other people named Devin in New Orleans.  1 point if it was a girl, 2 points if it was a guy, 3 points if it was spelled the same way with an “i” and 4 points if it was a “hot” Devin.  Wouldn’t you know, the doorman at Pat O’Briens our first night out was named Devin…AND he even let me keep his name tag!  Best souvenir ever…and I won that game 🙂

Add to that a great jazz show at Preservation Hall, private walking tour of the quarter, a rum distillery tour, shopping in the French Market, taking the streetcar to the Garden District and Lafayette Cemetery….

…mix in some adult beverages at Pat O’Brien’s, Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop, French 75 and Coquette

…plus dancing and all around revelry on Bourbon Street and Frenchman Street

…and THEN top it off with all of the delicious food we ate at Cafe Du Monde, NOLA, Johnny’s Po-Boys and Cochon among others…

…and you get a pretty amazing weekend with the best Maid of Honor (my sister) and bridesmaids a bride could ever ask for.

I’ll leave it to Instagram to sum it up in photos for y’all :).

succulent and ranunculus bouquet

My absolute favorite flower in the world is the ranunculus.  If you’ve never seen or heard of them, you’re missing out.  We’re nearing the end of ranunculus season here in Northern California, but thankfully I’ve managed to snag some really beautiful ones in the last few weeks to enjoy in our home.

I mean, really…

I could stare at these flowers all day long.

Since I plan on incorporating ranunculus in my bridal bouquet, I wanted to do a practice run now while they’re still easy to find.  I’ll have to special order them come September for the wedding.  We’ll be using a lot of succulents in our gray and yellow wedding palette so to compliment that, I decided that my bouquet would include yellow and white ranunculus, succulents, yellow craspedia (aka “billy balls”) and seeded eucalyptus.  For my actual bouquet, I’ll use succulents that have more of a blue/gray color, but for the practice one I just used green hens and chicks that I had on hand.

There are tons of video tutorials online of how to make a bouquet so armed with that knowledge and my supplies, I was able to put together a pretty little bouquet in about half an hour.

Supplies:

  • flowers of your choice (# of stems depends on desired bouquet size)
  • succulents of your choice (# of plants depends on desired bouquet size)
  • floral tape
  • floral wire (I used 20 gauge and 24 gauge)
  • wire cutters
  • fabric/twine/ribbon for wrapping handle
  • floral pins

In order to include succulents in my bouquet, I needed to give them a long “stem.”  First I pulled off all of the roots and dead leaves from my succulents, trimmed the stump, rinsed them in water to clean off any excess dirt and then dried them thoroughly.

Then I inserted some 20 gauge floral wire, cut to around 10″ long, into the base of the succulent. (Note: the succulents I used had an unusually thick stump…stumps on most smaller succulents around this size are usually narrower and easier to work with.)

Next, to reinforce the new stem, I cut a 10″ piece of 24 gauge floral wire (thinner and more flexible), folded down the top third, then lay that next to the base of the succulent and along the wire stem.

Then I took the other part of the wire and wrapped it around the base of the succulent, making my way down the wire stem.

Finally, starting at the base of the succulent, I wrapped floral tape all the way around, making my way to the bottom of the stem. (Tip:  When you cut your length of floral tape, stretch it out a little with both hands.  This helps make it extra sticky so it’ll hold well when you wrap it.)

I repeated this with the other succulents.

Once I had my succulents ready, I started assembling my bouquet.

The key to a bouquet is to start with three blooms.

Then from this point on, I added three more blooms around the first three, and so on and so on.  Since I was mixing my flowers, it was a matter of eyeballing it as I went to decide which type of floral I wanted to add where.

If you’re making a bouquet using all of the same type of flower, it’s much easier since you just need to add flowers all the way around until it’s the size that you want.

Lastly, I added a few sprigs of the seeded eucalyptus around the outer edges of the bouquet.

Once I was satisfied (and out of flowers!) with my bouquet, I then wrapped the entire bunch together tightly with floral tape, starting at the top and working my way down the stems then cut the excess stem tips off the bottom.

Then I wrapped the handle with some scrap fabric I had laying around.  For my actual bouquet, I’ll be using burlap.

Finally I pinned the fabric in place with floral pins, inserting them pointing up towards the top of the bouquet.

I was pretty happy with the composition.

Though for my actual bouquet, I think I’ll use less yellow ranunculus and more white, since the craspedia already add a nice touch of yellow.

Also, I’ll make the bouquet a little bigger and incorporate a few more succulents.

This one would be a perfect size for my bridesmaids though :).

 
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save the date magnets

When it came time to start making decisions on the specifics of the wedding, Devin basically said to me, “Do whatever you want babe.  Tell me what to wear and what time to show up, and just make sure we have an open bar.”  That my friends, is one smart man.

Thus, off I went into the furthest recesses of the bottomless maze that is the wedding industry and started piecing together a vision of how I imagined our day would look like.  Immediately I thought vintage and rustic, yet chic.

As I mentioned when I spilled the initial wedding details, our palette will be gray and yellow.  I ultimately decided that we’d do mini magnets for our save the dates as I figured it would be really convenient for guests to just throw them on their fridges (or if they don’t want to look at our faces every time they take out a carton of milk, they’re small enough to tuck away anywhere).

Then came the sticker shock.

YOU GUYS.  I never realized how EXPENSIVE wedding stationary can be.  The thought of spending the average $3 plus per invitation suite (invite and response card) almost gave me heart palpitations.  Don’t even get me started on letterpress.  OY. Anyway, I’m getting ahead of myself.  Back to the save the dates.

My friend Michelle (recently married herself), told me about a website called 123Print.  As soon as I saw their pricing, I told myself I had to get my magnets there no matter WHAT the designs looked like. SO affordable compared to all of the other sites I scoped out at $34.95 for 80 personalized mini magnets.  I kid you not. If you have any upcoming occasions that require printed up ANYTHING, I highly recommend them.

I was pleasantly surprised to find a simple yet pretty design that matched our wedding colors so I went ahead and ordered them.  I also found mini magnet carrier cards at MagnetStreet that I ordered in a deep yellow and had printed with a message about our wedding website that recipients would see when they removed the magnet.  Next, I purchased some 4 bar envelopes in Cement from Paper Source, along with a custom embosser (because I’ve been eying one for awhile now and what better occasion to roll it out than our wedding?).  To round it all out, I found a really cute address label design on Etsy that I printed out on self adhesive labels from Amazon.

When I started putting everything together, I was really happy with how it all turned out.  So was Devin, who upon seeing them said, “Wow dude.  That’s pretty good.” (Yes, we call each other dude sometimes, what of it?)

Back to the wedding invitations.  Not only was I less than thrilled at the prices, I also didn’t fall in love with any of the designs that I was seeing…and I looked at HUNDREDS of designs.  So ultimately, I decided to design them myself.  I’ve worked with Adobe Illustrator for my job just enough to be dangerous, so I figured I could at least give it a shot.

So I did.  And I love them.  Y’all will see them eventually :).