Monday, June 22, 2009

Invitations On The Brain

Lately, invitations have been on my mind. This was an area that originally I was going to do myself. However, with the recent influx of things added to my already crazy schedule, I've decided that I want no parts. That's the first rule to being a smart and practical bride. Know when something is too much to deal with and don't be ashamed to ask for help.
I will still be doing my STD's, programs and menus but when it comes to invites I don't want any association with the printing, cutting, adhesive, nada! Well actually, that's a far stretch, I will have some minor involvement, but nothing major.

So what's next? A graphic designer, but of course! I know exactly what I want but just need someone to create my vision. The invitation below is not mine nor does it resemble what I want, but I love the colors and texture of it. I'll keep you all posted on this new found decision of mine.

source: wedding wire


Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Centerpiece Changes

Over the past few weeks I've made some huge changes to the wedding. One of the biggest elements is the floral component. When I first started putting the pieces of this wedding together, flowers were something I had on the bottom of my list. I felt that since we were having our wedding nestled upon a garden, that I really didn't need to bring much outside to the inside.

However {you knew that was coming!}, I am really obsessed over tablescapes and decor elements. I suppose that when you're not totally in love with something, it shows to other people. To make a long story short, I went to a decor meeting with a trusted friend and mentor in the business, and he came up with a genius design concept.

It was a leap of faith decision because as we sat there, he hurriedly drew a sketch that looked like pure scribble scrabble, but I trusted him and saw the vision. On the other hand, I had no idea what Mr.Golden was going to say to my big change. When I showed him the sketch of our new centerpieces, he exclaimed, "What is that!" I told him to just roll with me on this one and that I knew what I was doing. :)

Yesterday I went to go get updated sketches, but to my surprise, waiting for me was my mock up centerpiece. I apologize for the quality of the pictures, but they were taken on my cell phone since I wasn't expecting to see a mock up.

The centerpieces consist of calla lillies, branches, hanging tea light candles, and crystals. What you don't see in this picture that will be added to the real version are orchids and some stargazers.

Another thing that will be added is gold marbles at the bottom of the vases. If you look closely, the vases sit on a base that lights up and will illuminate the marbles.

I have to say that trusting my gut feeling really helped. I was never really 100% in love with my other centerpieces, but I was content with them. I think that there are many times in life and wedding planning when you have to settle on being content, but if and when the opportunity arises to get what you really want, you have to jump on it and not let the opportunity pass you by. It is with this same outlook that we are re-examinating everything related to the wedding and making changes as needed. But don't worry, Mr.Golden won't let me go too crazy! :)

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Friday, June 12, 2009

Guest Blogger: Mr.Golden

Before we were engaged, people would constantly ask when I was going to pop the question. Now that we're engaged, people want to know when an invitation is going to pop up in their mailbox. Enjoy!


Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Guest Blogger: Mr.Golden

In this scene Goldie uses her infamous excuse for spending money! She is a trip, enjoy!

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Monday, June 8, 2009

Guest Blogger: Mr. Golden

"Ostrich Eggs"

This scene is based on some of the conversations Goldie and I have had about some of her "outrageous" ideas for the wedding. Although we never talked about ostrich eggs, her ideas are far out there along those same lines. Enjoy!

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Friday, June 5, 2009

Minor Shoe Dilema

One of the things I was looking forward to purchasing were some nice comfy flip flops to change into for the reception. While I was at the meeting with my dress designer the other day, I mentioned this to him and his head nearly spinned. He informed me that I will not be allowed to take my shoes off {yes he was serious!}. In his own words, "If you can't wear the heels, don't buy the shoe."

There goes my dreams right out the window...

Not that I can't walk in my shoes, but the heels are a bit skinny to dance in for my comfort. This leaves me with 1 of 2 options:

1) Buy platform flip flops
2) Find a shoe with a thicker heel that I can use to dance in

If you'll remember, these are my wedding shoes: {I will need to find something with the same height}

I love these Lily Pulitzer sandles but not the $232 price tag. The heel also doesn't give me the height I would need.

These are a more affordable option. They're not my favorite, but I think I can certainly rock them and I would definitely be able to dance while retaining a good height so that I'm not tripping over my dress or constantly lifting it up. Another plus is that I can dye them. They still aren't as high as my wedding shoes so I'm still undecided. Decision, decisions, decisions...


Thursday, June 4, 2009

My Wedding Dress...and other things!

Hi there!

The past two weeks have been INSANE in terms of the wedding and personal life. But there has been a lot progress made and a clearer sense of how Mr.Golden and I want to map out the beginning of our life as husband and wife, where we see our careers heading, and how we see that affecting us long term. Many, many decisions are in progress and the complexity of it all sometimes henders my writing. But, enough about that!

I've come bearing good news that my wedding dress is now a conception and not just magazine clippings of what I "think" I want! My mom and I went on Tuesday to the dress designer to brainstorm and pick out my desired fabric. I go back next week to see the complete sketch and sample the beading. The process of having my dress made is amazing. I naturally like to be in control and hands on with anything that involves myself, so being able to have creative input in this makes me feel assured that I'm getting my dream dress. I felt like Cinderella when the birds and mice were designing her dress, lol.


I have to admit that with the dress a reality now, this wedding is starting to feel real. Most of the time it just feels like a far away dream that's going to happen one day.

I also have a special surprise for you all. Mr. Golden has finally agreed to be a guest blogger! He was going to make his debut last week, but he is not much of a writer. Instead, he is very comical and animated, so he will be posting cartoon videos on his view of the wedding. The cartoons will be based loosely on real situations that we've talked about and things he experiences. I have to tell you that I got a sneak peak yesterday and they are HILARIOUS. I'll have them scheduled for all of next week and we'll see how that goes!

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