Category Archives: Wedding

Pinterest vs Real Life- Bridal Shower Edition

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Given the amount of weddings we’ve been to (17 including ours), I haven’t been to many bridal showers (3 including my own). I recently had one of my best friend’s bridal showers and wanted to show how Pinterest can translate to real life, and how a few little things can make a big impact.

1. Choose a theme and or color story

The biggest thing that helps me when planning a party are parameters to stay within, because there are almost too many ideas out there now!

We decided the theme would be BBQ chic, so I bought kraft paper plates and wooden utensils. We also stuck to the colors from the invitations which were grey and yellow. Napkins, tablecloths and striped straws are an easy way to infuse color to any table.

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 Minted invitation

 Favors

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Tins, stickers, bbq rub

2. Use items you already have

Last year when my florist created my trial center piece, she had to use some fake flowers, which looked really nice. I kept them and bought some tulle to recreate this wedding door ornament.

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3. Little things can go a long way

I was probably most excited to try to recreate this rice krispy cake idea as one of the desserts for our BBQ themed shower. Thanks to Smitten Kitchen, I already knew I had a great recipe and I had previously purchased a set of 3 nesting pans from Crate and Barrel. I found a shop on Etsy called Better Off Wed which had gorgeous cake toppers. I decided to go with ‘love’ in grey so I can reuse it in the future, and it’s much too pretty not to!

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 Our other dessert, mini apple pies

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mini apple pie prep the day before the shower

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I was really happy with how great these drink tags looked when they arrived, but adding each person’s name made them even more cute. I bought disposable wine glasses for the sangria, which made it easy for everyone to put their drinks down without worrying if they were stealing someone else’s glass.

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Elevated Envelopes

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One of my best friends is getting married this year and I had the pleasure of sending out the invitations for her bridal shower. I decided to use Minted for the invitations and envelopes. I love Minted’s designs and their customer service is outstanding.

I have some serious issues trying to write in a straight line and center things properly without assistance. I decided to buy a frame stamp for the front and a cute party stamp to add to the back of each envelope from Paper Source. I also made sure to buy the ink that dries instantly (some can take up to 10 minutes).

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I found a free font thanks to pinterest and practiced my script before addressing the final envelopes.

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Daisy- Marc Jacobs

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I usually buy a new fragrance once a year. Right before our wedding I bought Daisy by Marc Jacobs. Almost a year later, I still love it and I’m not quite ready to wear something else everyday. Luckily, there are also other options within the Daisy family to choose from. I love these shots our wedding photographer captured while I was getting ready with the bottle!

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Wedding Vendors

 Two of the most important vendors while planning our wedding were the venue and the photographer…

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The Venue

We knew we wanted to have our ceremony and reception all in one place because all of our guests were from out of town. This meant our friends and family would be spending at least 6 hours wherever we chose, so the venue had to be great! Thankfully, we found The Garrison. Newly renovated with the perfect amount of elegance, rustic charm and gorgeous property for pictures we felt good about our choice. Now, having experienced our wedding, I can’t imagine another place even coming close to how wonderful everything was. From the food, to the ambience, to the staff; we couldn’t have asked for anything better. The Garrison provides event coordinators who work with during the planning process (Todd was ours, and he was beyond helpful) and they also oversee the event the day of. I knew I was in great hands and could enjoy myself. I never had a second thought about how things were going behind the scenes. The Garrison also has a spa which we used for hair and make-up, which I would definitely recommend to other brides. Included in the wedding package is a bridal suite and complimentary room for the night at The Garrison Inn, both of which were great spaces for getting ready and taking pictures.

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They have gorgeous farm tables you can use for placecards, family photos, and your guest book.

<Placecards Holders, A True Love Story Never Ends>

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That arbor!

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That view!

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The Garrison printed the menus, which was one less thing for me to  do!

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One of things I loved most was how beautfully simple the room was. The only thing we did was add center pieces to the tables, The Garrison provided the votives.

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Again, we kept the decor simple during our ceremony because everything looked great already (and our ceremony was going to be 15 minutes), which kept our floral budget down. The Mason jars then moved inside to the cocktail hour tables once the ceremony was over.

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Cocktail Hour Room

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I was able to use some items The Garrison already had, such as the birdcage for cards,

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and the cake stand. Anything you don’t have to purchase is a huge help.

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The Photographer

Quite simply, I love pictures. I love taking them, I love looking at them, I love printing them, I love making scrapbooks; I love all of those things. Finding a photographer I knew would deliver amazing wedding photos on one of the few days I wasn’t going to be taking pictures myself was really important. Enter Uplift Photography. I loved their photos (they are a husband/wife team) from the minute I saw them and they were both amazing to work with.  All of these photos were taken by Jade and Tim on our wedding day and I couldn’t be happier with the results.

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<Ring Dish, Clutch from Zara>

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 <Bridesmaids Dresses via Nordstrom>

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It was more than I could have imagined and truly one of the best days of my life.

Our other vendors who helped make our day great:

Florist: Bride and Blossom

DJ: Jade Entertainment, DJ Joey G

2012

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I can’t get over how fast this year has gone by, or how many things happened during it! We got engaged, attended 5 weddings and planned our own to name a few. I can’t wait to see everything that happens in 2013.

Happy New Year!

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Weddings

<Do you think I like dessert? I pretty much always manage to take a picture of the cake, or cupcakes!>

The Canadian and I have been to 6 weddings in almost 5 years together, and that doesn’t include this year’s invitations.  We’re going to a wedding this weekend and I couldn’t be more excited to see my friend get married.  Here are some images from the previous wedding’s we’ve been to.

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Some ceremonies have been in churches in cities, some churches in other cities and some outside…

Previous Wedding Attire…

Some receptions have been outside or in paradise…

But they’ve all been different, memorable and fit the couple we were celebrating perfectly.  4 out of 6 of the weddings have been destination weddings so we’ve made them into vacations, which has also been fun.

I can’t wait to see what my friend has planned, Happy Wedding Season!