Monday, August 27, 2007
So, wedding shoes. I knew I wanted to splurge on something FABULOUS for the wedding. I also knew that I wanted something I would wear after the wedding. And I knew I wanted some color.
I started flipping through ebay. One day I happened upon a fantastic pair of Christian Louboutain's that I fell in love with. Thank God for my itty bitty tiny feet because at a 35.5 I was the only bidder! This was also my first foray into ebay territory. Scary. I got up at 6:00 am and hit refresh every 2 seconds. At 6:35 am I woke Chris by jumping on the bed.... I WON! It was an amazing victory!
Sunday, August 26, 2007
It's from Haute Bride and I love it to pieces! I wanted to see it in person before I bought it (Their salon is in San Francisco). So another Bride-To-Be friend of mind and I drove down to Orange County to take a look. I had called As You Wish Brides a few days before and they said they didn't have the exact one that I was looking for, but they had something very similar. And they were willing to sell me the sample as she was moving to Texas and closing the store! WOOO. The sample was SUPER close to what I wanted, and I got an AMAZING deal. And I want to wear it every day! Now only if someone was home to help me put it on! I would fully consider wearing it around the house as I cleaned :-)
This is the first step... Aluminum foil form.
I then used Preemo clay and baked in layers. First I did the skin. Baked. Dress. Baked. Features. Baked. Features. Baked.
But the first of all didn't always work out. There were MANY trials. First was the headless one (he wasn't headless to begin with!). I LOVED him. Then, came the snowbeast looking female on the bottom right. Enough said. Then, there was the female on the bottom left. One of my bridesmaids said she looked like a man. I moved on. My final one was PERFECT. More to come of her later. However, when I but Mr. Perfect next to Ms. Perfect, Ms. Perfect was 2 inches taller! Not going to work. So, I made the male on the top right. I loved him, hated his face (the floating head in the middle). So, I took the face off of the original favorite and attempted to put him on the new body. Didn't work. Obviously.
YAHHHHH the final Mr. & Miss Perfection! I decided on using the exact same outfits that we wore for our engagment shoot. I'm sure I will be the absolute only person to know that, but I think it's adorable!
Friday, August 24, 2007
So, I feel that in my 24 years, I've done quite a bit. I think these experiences pushed me to grow and mature and I'm lucky enough to have loved every minute of it. I didn't realize quite how old I was until I thought a party bus to Vegas was a good plan. I thought "ohhh I should remember that I'm 24 and I should go do it up with my other 24 year old friends!" It sucked. It was awful. I am entirely too old to spend 6 hours on a bus in the desert. There was nothing fun about it. I bought myself a plane ticket, ditched my friends and flew home. End of story.
When people find out I am getting married they inquire "But why!? You're so young." or my favorite "Yeah, I thought that was a good plan too. Then I called off the wedding." In a society where marriage and consequently divorce are taken so lightly I want to chide them for their behavior. If you are not ready, you are not ready and there is nothing wrong with that. I curiously find my self readier than I've ever been in my life for marriage. I adore waking up next to him and look forward to getting in bed for the night. He's the first person I want to tell every deep secret. I even look forward to our fights... and the making up :-) So, I find myself in a curious place. Perhaps against the norm, but so ready for what marriage holds. I am excited for the good, excited for the bad and excited for the many memories that we will make. The Guiness Book of World Records holder for the longest marriage is currently 80 years. 80 years. wow. Our new goal is to beat them!
Monday, August 20, 2007
We put so much faith in those that we love. Faith that they will love us and care for us and always be a pillar of strength. I cannot imagine my own pillar falling to the ground. I have nightmares about it actually, and I wake up with a feeling of despair and fear. What would my life be without my soul mate? Would I have the strength to walk away from someone that I knew wasn't right in hopes that the man of my dreams is, while a figment of my imagination now, an actual real-life person that is simply waiting to walk into my life. I commend this woman in my office. I pray that her tears will turn to smiles and that she knows this is only a bump on her road.
Thursday, August 16, 2007
I WANT to spend the hours upon hours of time, blood, sweat, tears and lots of love on our wedding. Well, at least I think I want to spend this time, blood, sweat, tears and love on our wedding... until I actually have to do it.
I've currently spent hours upon hours making a cake topper for our Rehearsal Dinner Cake. I saw some clay figurines of the bride and groom that I LOVED on my local Knot board. (p.s. I'm obsessed with the Knot). I knew they wouldn't be formal enough for our wedding cake, but I want to have a super fun Rehearsal "Dinner". The "" are because I'm not sure I want it to be a "dinner" but more of an "outing". Perhaps some bowling in a VIP room with appetizers, bar, cake, etc. More on that later.
*Knottie Daschie84. Her DIY goodness is inspiring
Photos to come soon!
*The 40-Year-Old Virgin
Friday, August 10, 2007
But not all of these moments are so cut and dry. You don't want to be a bridezilla, but you want the day to be just as you imagined. My mother sent me a sketch of her dress. She is a brillant seamstress and is designing and constructing her own gown. The sketch has a veil. Do Huh? When I asked her about it, I was informed that it is not a veil it is a "hat" and that Emily Post suggests that all Mothers wear "hats". Well, this "hat" looks just like the birdcage veil that I am wearing. Is it too much to ask that I be the only person wearing a veil to my own wedding? Veils are for weddings (FOR THE BRIDE) and for funerals.
(it's the pencil drawing on the silver dress lady)
I don't want to be the crazy bride that dictates what every person will be wearing, but I don't really want her to wear it either.
What's a bride to do?
Thursday, August 9, 2007
The envlope is A6 from Paper-Source in Chocolate Brown with a damask print liner (Envelope Liner kit from Paper-Source). I have since fallen completely and utterly in love with anything damask and will be using a similar print for table runners, groomsmen ties, and pretty much anywhere else I see fit! I've found that nobody but myself really cared all that much about the liner, but it's ok because I love it that much.
Finally, I closed the envelope with a return address sticker with the monogram. I figured it could do multitask as an envlope sealer (no licking, no water, etc.), a return address label and a monogram introducer. The color is slightly off from what I originally wanted, but I've choosen to forget about it at this point.
All in all, I love the way everything turned out! It was fairly simple and the most time consuming part was the envelope liner. I did a few of them a night while watching TV, so it was all consuming. Our guests LOVE them and I get a kick of walking into someone elses house and seeing it on the fridge. Makes me smile. :-)
Wednesday, August 8, 2007
However, our choosing January actually goes much deeper into the frantic mind of a burgeouning bridezilla. Here's the thing... I don't like cliche. So that boots out May, June, July, August & February. The other thing is that I hate months that end in "-ber". I just don't like the way it sounds. There goes September, October, November and December. Both of our birthdays are in March. Buh-Bye March. So we were left with January and April. That's where Chris' job made the final decision. January it is! We tossed January 12 and January 19 for a few days and landed on the 19th because it was MLK Jr. weekend and all of our out of town guests will have an extra day to hang out in LA or to chill at home before heading back into the real world of work.
I've found with most of my wedding planning this far that I get so wrapped up in these tiny decisions. What's the date? What city will it be? What are our colors? Then, one morning, I wake up and the answer is as obvious to me as the sky is blue. Duh! I like that. The fog that jams up my brain is suddenly gone and the answer is right in front of me.
So, January 19 in Hollywood. WOO!
Monday, August 6, 2007
I've gleaned tons of ideas, bought many wedding related (and some not so wedding related) items of the 'net and met some great ladies. So, I've decided that I should contribute back to the world wide web.
It could turn out to be my own ramblings seen only by myself, or maybe someone will read it somewhere along the lines, and maybe it will help someone find that perfect something!
So, the big thing in my life currently is the wedding! dum dum dumdum! We are tying the knot in Hollywood at The Hollywood Roosevelt. It's a fabulous old hotel, completely renovated just a few years ago to it's Old Hollywood Glamour. Marilyn Monroe's first advertisement was shot at the pool, the first Academy Awards were held in the ballroom and it's said to be haunted by Montgomery Clift himself. I've always loved the hotel even before the wedding planning hoopla commenced. It's one of the big reasons we are staying in LA, the place is that fabulous.
I can't wait to see where this blog takes me. If nothing else I hope to look back on it and remember the "old days".