December 14, 2010

Five Days 'til Freedom!

You know what I like the most about going home for Christmas? Well, there's a lot, actually so I can't pick just one. But up there on that list? Waking up on Christmas morning and finding my stocking full of goodies that Santa has left for us the night before. And if you dare even utter one slight doubt about the stocking stuffer not being Santa (i.e. "Mom, how did you know I needed new tweezers?"), said tweezers will be confiscated until a later time. My mom & grammy/Santa are awesome. Then there's the anti-race to not be the first one done opening all her Christmas presents. :) Ah, home.

Home is where the mom is. The gramma too. And sister. And nieces and nephew. And friends. Ah, I love being home. I have taken up the silly habit of tearing up a little when it's time to get on the plane heading back to Seattle. I point the fingers of blame at my mama, gramma, sister, and BFF Nikki. They all cry during AT&T commercials, so imagine my horror at the waterworks when I leave. Ayeyaya.

This is our last trip to HI before our big day, so the vacation schedule is full of wedding vendor meetings. I get to meet with Marlo and test out hair and makeup! So fun! Of course, we will save plenty of time to do nothing but lay on the beach and soak up the sun. For Brett's Christmas present I did the semi-selfish route of gifting him (read: us) with a stay at a cottage on the world's most beautiful beach for four days and three nights. Beyond excited.

But back to the hair thing, check out these amazing pieces from Bando.

Dreamariffic! I think I've commented on this model before, but doesn't she look like Alison Sudol from A Fine Frenzy? Totally.

It's been awhile since I shoe-stalked, and oh how I have missed it! Shoe-stalking came to a halt after I found The Ones, but look at these beauts. Click on the link to buy me a pair! :)

I don't want to give everything away, but we will have a photobooth at our wedding reception cocktail hour and we will have nostalgic photos hung like this (since we both voted "nay" on a slideshow and have an amazing collection of photobooth pictures we've taken throughout Seattle and beyond). I have been agonizing over exactly how we were going to hang the clothesline--and this is such a great idea! If not between two potted little trees, maybe between the palm trees already on site? I was also thinking Brett & co. could construct some wooden posts which could include hand-painted signs pointing to the photobooth/ceremony/reception/Seattle/North Carolina/etc that we could use... so much for him to do, so little time.

Cute photo opp!

It's also been a minute since I obsessed about menswear. So, let's get back to doing that. Summer J.Crew suits come out in February! Can't wait to see Fiancé in his suit! Handsomesillypantsface.

The lovely bride steals the spotlight in this pic, but I do love his suit, striped shirt, and bowtie!

Bridal gown love.

Probably the most creative seating cards ever! Brings back memories of my fall semester exchange to NYC... crazy crazy times. My poor mother must have been terrified the whole five months!

Last but not least, I saw this wedding posted on Green Wedding Shoes and had to repost some of the photos... so picturesque! Usually if I don't love the dress, I'm not a huge fan of the rest of the wedding (does that sound a little bitchy? If so, I don't mean it to be and I apologize! Just keeping it real! LOL); not loving the wedding dress (too plain) but I looove everything else!

Favorite group shot! Totally unique.

Aw love it when the groom breaks down. This is his face when he watches her walk down the aisle. If Mom and sister are reading this right now, they're crying. :)

This is my nephew Tanner, whose second birthday was three days ago!

Happy Birthday little munchkin! ♥
See you soon!

Just for reference, here's my sis with the rest of her family...
Love them genes!

That's it for this edition! I'm away from my desk until December 29th!
Everyone, have a very Merry Christmas!! ♥


December 8, 2010

Roses in December

I realize that for many of you, this blog could get boring if you're not planning a wedding. Which is fine--it won't hurt my feelings (but you can go poop yourself). It occurred to me the other day that most of these posts are for me to remember what I like and keep a place of inspiration for what I want in eight months (!!). Whether you like pretty pictures, are engaged (or close to being engaged), or love me, read on, and thanks for visiting with me! ♥

I really shouldn't be writing this right now--school is literally frightening this week and next--but I just have so many happy and beautiful pictures to share with you that I couldn't resist! Plus, the blog hits are almost to two thousand, and I really want to get there!

I'll start with engagement photos of Elsie, the gal responsible for the wonderful blogs, Le Wedding Party and A Beautiful Mess. These photos are Christmas-themed and oh-so-adorable!

Aw, they built a fort together! When my sister and I were little, we would build little forts with the cushions from our couch. We could stack them like Lincoln logs with little windows and everything.

 These shots are sublime--so awe-inspiring that it's almost painful. That's the definition we got in art history class of the word "sublime." It's not just a band you listened to in your car in high school while participating in delinquent, regrettable behavior.

 This wedding looks so easy and fun, from the bouquet to the bride's hair and dress. Love it.

 Big happy group shot! You all know how much of a fan I am of these!

 I need me one of these in our invitation.

The following wedding is absolutely gorgeous!

 That groom + groomsmen shot is the best.

So so so pretty.

Hold on. 
Hold! On.
What is this? Tell me. What is this?
Whatever it is, I need it.

 Today I was talking (okay, instant messaging) with one of my bridesmaids who admitted to me that she's not much of a "flower person," which is true, she's not--she's more of a chic, sophisticated city mouse-type. But man! I'm sooooo a flower person! I would have flowers in every room and braided into my hair everyday if I could! 
Just saying.

Most stylish bride for the month of December award.

 Skip to my Lou, my darlin! 
That one guy in the back needs a little more pep in his step. You too, pink dress.

 This couple decided to get the party more upbeat (guests were reluctant to get on the dance floor) by having a quick wakeboard sesh. So cool! I am definitely not as cool as them.

Best for last: wedding that took place in Santorini, Greece. Reminds me of the movie "Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants."  Yes, I once had that in my Netflix queue. Alright, twice, if you take into account the sequel. So what? Don't judge. I like Alexis Bledel, I think she is pretty to look at. Amber Tamblyn, not so much. Anyway, check these out, they're so pristine and romantic!

 Can you imagine getting married here? So amazing.

They're on the top of the world!!

Alright my lovely readers, I am bidding you adieu so I can return to my alkene and alkyne reactions. So fun.

I hope you all have a very pleasant and exciting rest-of-the-week! Fiancé is taking me to see the Black Keys and Broken Bells tonight. I ♥ our little date nights, even when our friends crash them :P 


"God gave us memory so that we might have roses in December."
-- James Matthew Barrie

December 3, 2010

I hope we dance tonight

Forgot to mention, Fiance and I were watching Californication last night (one of our faves) and heard this song at the end of the episode. Great first dance song for a couple that have been through rough times and managed to come out the other side.

Love it!

Today I will...

It is the end of the first week back from Thanksgiving vacation! How are all of you holding up? Barely hanging in there? I know that Fiancé is busy at work since Christmas is racing toward us with a lot to get done prior to all that madness. I've got just the thing to cheer you up!

The other day, I stumbled upon the following engagement photo shoot. And, I tell ya, it is the prettiest e-shoot that I ever did see. Judge for yourself!


Mmmmmmm... makes me happy to be young and in love! ♥ :) Cheesy but true! Some may argue that I'm not young anymore, but poop on them! LOL!

Oh, and another little find that will surely cheer you up, if you're like me: this couple have made a pact to take photos each year in a different city. This one is celebrating their first anniversary of their marriage, spent in the City of Light.


I love that idea! Plus, it forces them to take a fabulous vacation every year, which is important to Brett and I too. My mom, sister, and I were in Paris in September 2001, and needless to say, that vacation was cut short. I have always wanted to go back.


I love these hair pieces; they are so soft and glamorous. 

Here are some that the bride made herself:


I need to learn how to sew!

Portrait of the handsome bridal party. Love the tractor background.

Some of my favorite little details this week:

 A bow-tie'd cake-a-rama!

 Magical little invitations ♥

Sweet save-the-dates.

Playful bunting--again, I need to learn how to sew!!


This couple got married at her grandparents' house, where she grew up. I ♥ all the thoughtful details, the observance of familial roots, and how in love they are! These photos amaze me.

But! Saved the best for last. This wedding is entitled "Getting Married and Partying with My Gnomies."
You're going to die.

How effing cute is this?! That little ring bearer gnome is the sweetest little boy ever! 

Aaaaah... so good.

I have a feeling this is going to be a wonderful end to an amazing year!

Happy Shopping and Christmassing, y'all! 

♥  ♥  ♥

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