November 23, 2010

Happy Turkey Day!


This time of year is a great time to reflect on your life and your blessings. I'm thankful for so many things: my loving and supportive family, amazing fiance, wonderful friends that keep me laughing, Netflix. How old were you when you cooked your first turkey? I'm going to let you in on a little secret: I've never cooked a turkey before. In my life. Not even helped, really, unless you count last year's "orphan" Thanksgiving when Fiance cooked the turkey and I read the directions.

This coming from a Japanese girl who never cooked a pot of rice until the age of 27 shouldn't surprise you. What? Don't judge. Both my family and fiance spoil me rotten.

What is everyone doing for Thanksgiving this year? It is one of my favorite holidays because it's all about family and food :) Brett and I will be in North Carolina spending time with his fam, who are kind enough to throw us an oyster roast engagement party this weekend, too!

Speaking of engagements, I know I've mentioned how much I love engagement pictures taken in New York City--because it's such a beautiful, sprawling, urban, electric, romantic city--so I had to post these e-shoot pictures.

 

See what I mean? So pretty! It's also kind of a miracle that in a city of seventeen gazillion people, you happen to find one person who's perfect for you.

I love a hand-drawn map. It's all about the personal details :)

Wedding photos are not complete without a great, big, happy family portrait.

 
 This couple got married in Tuscany. Lucky them! That reminds me of one of my favorite celebrity couples, Bill and Giuliana, who got married in Italy. Did you watch their reality show? So good.


Still kind of bummed all of these beautiful couples aren't going to make it...



BUT super excited to watch this royal couple get hitched on April 29th! They make such a gorgeous couple! 


Happy turkey day and don't forget to give thanks :)

XOXO ♥

November 18, 2010

The World's Sweetest Wedding ♥


The story of Julia and Pedzi is too cute! They met in college, both immigrants to Australia (he from Zimbabwe and she from Italy), they were fast friends but didn't go romantical for years! It was only after living far away from each other did they both realize that they were soul mates! The pictures from this wedding (from Polka Dot Bride) actually brought tears to my eyes. And I'm so not a crier! Check them out below. And if you don't also cry, it's because you're a heartless gargoyle.


They are so in love! You can check out all of their pictures here. I ♥ the pictures of Pedzi's mom running up to comfort her son as the bride walks down the aisle and then later when she dances during the ceremony. Too cute!

These invitations are adorable. I like the idea of a personalized, unique illustration on the invite way more than simple script. I like the second one better; almost like they're illustrations from a favorite childhood storybook, or something. Just a thought.

In lieu of traditional table numbers, this couple named their tables after their favorite things as children. Again, incorporating childhood memories with the wedding--I love this! We already have a quirky and very "Brett-and-Erin" idea for table numbers (it's so good! You have to wait and see!) but this is also a cute alternative.

Look at his boutonnière! Some people are genius

I ♥ this bride's style and the vintage-y backdrop of her farm wedding. Note everything is hers, and not "theirs." It's really all about the bride. Seriously. Also: this wedding was in Maui!

Another awesome ranch/farm wedding. 

And while I do love the idea of getting married on a ranch or near a barn-turned-into-rustic-reception-venue, there is something incomparable to getting hitched on a beach in Hawaii. See the following:

 
 
 
 
Oh my gosh! Pee-my-pants excited!!


November 15, 2010

Misadventures in Seasonal Shopping


Merry Monday, readers! Have you started your Christmas shopping yet? I've got the Fiance's gift already, but that's about it! The picture you see above is of a nifty machine in which you drop a piece of hard candy into and turns it to cotton candy! You can buy it for me (or your favorite little sweetie pie, if it happens not to be me) here.

I did manage to buy myself a few seasonal goods though :) Do you also need to hide all shopping bags and/or boxes from online purchases from your significant other? Teehee. So naughty. This future bride needs to save for her upcoming nuptials! But it's so hard!

Check out the goodies...

 Faux-fur lined navy parka... so warm and cozy!

 Fancy beaded clutch with detachable chain strap, matches pretty much every dress in my closet.
Both of these were ordered from Asos; don't forget the discount code grazianov for 20% off during the month of November!

 
I love me my Sawyer boots from Ruche! Comfy and super affordable (less than $60!). They're sold out now, but get signed up to be alerted to when they're back in stock.

I've also discovered that I can get BCBG dresses for less than $100 on Ebay! This has come in handy for our quickly-approaching engagement party in N.C. and will later for other parties too! Sorry, Brett. I'm done, I promise ;)

Now that most of our wedding vendor positions are filled, there's time to think about the fun stuff! Stuff like decor and stationary, which again I'm so happy that one of my besties (and bridesmaids), Nikki, is going to create for us! She was sweet enough to make our save-the-dates:


And we'll start working on our invitations very soon! So excited! Here's one that I came across last week...
 
It's love-letter-themed, cute huh? If you really think about it, the stationary part could be huge--it could include save-the-dates, invitations, RSVP cards, maps, itineraries, recommendations, ceremony programs, menus, table numbers, and thank you cards (am I missing anything?). 

This week Brett and I went to Ikea to pick out stuff that we could use in our wedding decor. We actually lucked out and found a bunch of things and spent less than $100! I won't give everything away, but I will say that the backdrop for our "photobooth" will be amazing! But not as legit as this couple's:

Oh well. I'll like ours mo'bettah anyway.

I love streamers! This reception looks absolutely amazing! Can I find that moss runner at Home Depot's gardening department? 

Breathtaking!

This bridal photo reminds me of the last episode of Sex and the City, when Carrie has fallen asleep in that amazing Versace Couture gray fluffy masterpiece because that creepy Russian stood her up in Paris. When will the equivalent to Sex and the City come out? We need it!

These two dresses are by a designer called Lusan Mandongus. Not the most appealing name of a bridal gown designer, no? But the femininity that is lacking in the brand name is made up for in the dresses! They are all so soft and beautiful! I just want to roll around in the piles of tulle and chiffon like a happy puppy!

This couple is stylish. Me likey.

This e-shoot couple, who aren't old enough to drink yet, look so sweet and young! Hooray for young love! And best of luck to ya! ;)

I'll bid you adieu now! I have three lady dates scheduled this week, the first one commencing in two point five hours and this lady needs to get some work done! I leave you with our Halloween e-shoot picture from Amore Studios!

Rawr! A couple that hunts together stays together! 

Have a lovely week ♥

November 5, 2010

Happy Almost-Holidays!

The leaves are quickly yellowing and falling, the air is crisp, and the wind feels wintry. We’re mid-fall and, it feels like, the holidays are quickly approaching! I am thrilled to be going to Brett’s parents’ home in North Carolina for Thanksgiving and super excited about the engagement party they are throwing the following evening! Spending lots of time with the future-in-laws this year is important to both of us. ♥


All week long, I have done nothing but stare at chiral molecules and free body diagrams because I had exams in both organic chemistry and physics. Poop! “Poop indeed!” would be Brett’s reply there. 

So I finally gave myself permission to look at pretty pictures and obsess about the wedding a bit (a pleasure of which I had been denying myself in lieu of pressing scholastic priorities). Oh! There was one thing I would allow, and that’s The Tudors.


 Ah The Tudors. It’s the "historical," highly fictionalized for our viewing pleasure, dramatic TV series that tells the story of King Henry VIII. It’s soooo good. Not only for the outstanding acting and pretty faces, but the costumes are amazing. It can be a bit long-winded and slow-going, but overall, I’m a fan. Watch a few episodes. I'm only at the beginning of Season 2, but I love it. Anne Boleyn is such a B-word! Rawr!

Next subject: boudoir photo shoots. Brides sometimes gift the grooms with an album of risqué photographs comparable to a Maxim or Victoria’s Secret photo shoot. What do you guys think? Better than a wristwatch?

 [All boudoir photographs courtesy of Haute Boudoir.]
So gorgeous right! The vanity in me kind of wants to do one just so I can show our kids later (in the less racy pics) that Mommy wasn't always a disheveled, frizzy, overweight mess (sorry, Brett, but that's my prediction after we have our four kids). Or just to remind myself how good life once was. Teehee, I'm such a drama queen.

 There is something so magical about engagement pictures taken in NYC. I love them. 

Brett was amazing in picking out the engagement ring. I mean, I've worn this thing for about six months now and every time, every single time, I catch a glint out of the corner of my eye and look at it, I'm still impressed! I love it. I stare at it for days. I like catching it in different lights. I'm obsessed.
But these are pretty too! Albeit, not as pretty as mine, but pretty nonetheless. Which one is your fave? 

Mmmmm... rainbow cupcakes, donuts, and more rings! And I love the colors on this inspiration board, from Flights of Fancy--they are very similar to the festive party colors we are trying to use.

Love this centerpiece!

 There is nothing better than lying a field of wildflowers. Don't disagree, you know it's true.

 Gorgeous!

 So fun! I like rowdy groomsmen! Except not too rowdy. I'm talking to all of Brett's groomsmen. Especially one in particular. Not mentioning any names.


Now that this academically-hectic week is coming to an end, I get to put some attention into wedding planning. Namely, hiring a florist and getting contracts in the works. A wedding takes months of planning and saving and it's done all in a single day! I'm going to be so relaxed on our honeymoon! 

One of the funnest parts of planning our wedding so far is creating a short list of sentimental songs that we want to have played in the pre-ceremony (as guests arrive, get seated, etc.), ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception. This is one of my absolute favorite ones that will surely be played at least seven times during the reception! It has the best lyrics!


"We laugh until we think we'll die,
Barefoot on a summer night,
Nothin' new is sweeter than with you."
So good.

Have a lovely weekend, friends! ♥



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