Sunday, October 30, 2011

Get Naked...and Drink Wine?

I recently received as a gift some Get Naked wine...yum! Love, love, love. And now I can use my little lady wine stops and I think it's fitting (see below).  I love their mission on the website: Shut off the TV and enjoy a glass of wine with your husband/wife.




















The winery is based in Oregon, but they also have two wineries located in the gorgeous Black Hills of South Dakota.

My favorite...the outdoor wine. It comes in a plastic bottle and is perfect for any picnic, get together, etc.




























And I love the back of the bottles - they tell you to "drink what you like, not what others say is good". Great words to live by!  Check them out here - Naked Winery.



Saturday, October 29, 2011

Pumpking Carving...

Usually I'm the one to carve my pumpkins October 1 and they are the saddest looking pumpkins by Halloween. This year - just 2 days before Halloween!

I'm not talented or patient enough for the intricate designs that some can do so instead I thought I'd post a few of my favorite!



















































Friday, October 28, 2011

I Heart Minted...

I have been super excited for the Save the Dates to come and yesterday they arrived and I couldn't be happier! Minted is awesome, fabulous, amazing, one of a kind, the BEST place to order invitations from. I'm starting to second guess doing the invitations myself and instead ordering them through Minted.

How cute is the little bow and Christmas-like to/from label?

I just couldn't be happier and highly, highly recommend them to anyone and EVERYONE! And again a HUGE thank you to the Bridalhood blog Minted giveaway that helped persuade me to order from Minted (not that I needed much persuasion to start...).

Thank you Minted and don't forget to vote on the Head over Heels wedding design contest right now.




In LOVE with the skinny wrap around labels

Thursday, October 27, 2011

1, 2, 3, 59, 1985...unique table numbers

To be honest I would love to have everyone come and sit down wherever they want. No table arrangements, no seating charts, no problem. Although it is kind of nice to not have people running around "Are these seats taken? Do you have room for three here?" Going to weddings I like having somewhere to sit, but it's also kind of nice to sit with people you may not know and forge some new friendships over the night.

So if you do go with table numbers why just throw out some cards with 1-20 on them? Make them unique to your wedding, to you and your new husband or just for fun. Here are my favorites and they take no longer than printing them on a table card would. 

Numbers that are unique to your and your new husband. 




















My favorite - baby photos from different years.


















Old wooden fence posts cut and painted - LOVE this! 



















Wine bottles with table numbers.




















Similar to another photo - but using the photos you were at that age. Two years old - table 2!













Photos of your pet!

Umm...YUM!

Cruising around on Pinterest and this one caught my eye and made my mouth water. How delicious and perfect for fall do these "apple nachos" look? The link on Pinterest took me to ManifestVegan and I can't wait to make these this weekend. Not sure it falls into my new wedding diet...but it has apples in it right?

All you need are apples, lemon juice, peanut butter, almonds, pecans, coconut and chocolate chips.

They use peanut butter to drizzle it over, but during Halloween I have a hankering for some caramel and this would be the perfect recipe to use it on.

Click here for the recipe at Manifest Vegan.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Happy Anniversary...

It's not our anniversary in any stretch, but I love these ideas so much I had to post them! Luckily we aren't married yet so I can start from the beginning, but I almost wish we had done this when we first started dating. I will love to look at these 10, 20, 50 years down the road!

I love this one holding the photo from last year - so easy to see the change and difference in you and your husband.



































And this one adding a little text...





















And a crafty DIY photo...









































 I can't decide which one is my favorite...I LOVE all the ideas and can't wait to get started! Which one is your favorite or have you done anything similar? (Side note...is it just me or do the last two couples not look old at all to be married 9 or 10 years!?)

Monday, October 24, 2011

Invitations...

I could be getting WAY ahead of myself with a September 2012 wedding and I feel like I have the invitations 99% done. I love tweaking stuff so this gives me plenty of time to change my mind or update things - that can be a good or bad thing!


I love wax seals and my favorite part of the invitation suite is the seal. Are you using one in your invitation or doing something completely different? Would love to hear other ideas!

We're still waiting on a custom return address stamp from JMould.com that will incorporate the leaf on the invitation. I'm pretty excited to see how it turns out! Especially how it will look against the dark blue RSVP envelope in white, silver or gold ink. Let's hope the post office loves it too!

Would love any input on other ideas. Our colors are dark purple (plum), dark green (fern), and peacock. So the blue and gold seemed to be the most fitting on the invitation. Any ideas on how to incorporate other colors or leave it as is? 


Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Save the Dates... (And "Oh the Horror")

Save the Dates are ordered and I couldn't be more excited! Fingers crossed nothing is double booked and the date stands. :) I've heard horror stories from friends and fellow bloggers about churches, reception halls, etc. being double booked. My cousin's reception hall had double booked her wedding and since the other wedding was larger they kicked her to the smaller room, another friend had hers booked and they told her to come back in January and pay because it was better for their pay calendar. To her surprise when she called in January to pay they said "oh - you hadn't paid and someone else wanted your date." I can't even imagine.

Have you had any horror stories? (Or maybe I don't want to hear them...)

Thanks to Minted.com and the Bridalhood Blog for allowing me to win a Minted Giveaway and get these cute save the dates. I love the timeline!



Front of the Save the Date
Inside Left

Inside Right

Monday, October 17, 2011

Minted.com...

So I have to admit I had never heard of Minted.com before getting engaged. It wasn't until I saw some of the giveaways from fellow blogging brides that I explored the site and fell in LOVE! It's almost like the Etsy version of invitations - lots of designers all being credited with their work.

In the past for my holiday cards I used sites like Shutterfly. Now don't get me wrong that's still a great site to work with, but the designs on Minted blew me away. And thanks to a Minted.com giveaway I had won from Bridalhood  I decided to use the giveaway on Save the Dates. My favorite design: float + celebrate where it opens up to reveal a timeline. How cute!

On a side note I discovered the Design Challenges and not being a trained graphic designer by any means I thought I'd give it a try. In my job I had to teach myself Photoshop, Illustrator, etc. for marketing materials and now I really want to go back to school and get a degree in Graphic Design. It's something I really enjoy doing and think I would even more so if I got some more training. So take a look at the Minted.com site and please like my designs (hopefully you do!) and when they are up for voting (I'll keep you posted) please vote for me!

Here's a few of my designs for the current "Head Over Heels" challenge.
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Sunday, October 16, 2011

Morkie Sunday...

What do dogs say? Moo.... (had to try on the Halloween costume)

Friday, October 14, 2011

A Fresh Breathe...

I think baby's breathe can be an overlooked flower in planning your wedding. I love the big, full bouquets, but that can start adding up fast! I think baby's breathe helps breath some new life into decorations and fulfills that big, bountiful, full look you may be going for whether it's for your bouquets, centerpieces, decorations or more.

Where else would you incorporate it in a wedding? 

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Say Cheese...

Photo-booths may be one of my new favorite parts of a wedding. It gives the guest something to do during cocktail hour, waiting for dinner, and after a few drinks! ;)

It gives your guests a chance to have a little fun - especially the older crowd or for those who may have forgotten their camera. Wedding photographers can be so focused on just the bride and groom that you don't get many photos of your guests. And to me one of the most important parts of your wedding are those that came. I'd like them to have a photo from our wedding and a chance for us to look back and see everyone that came.

Props always help add into the fun. These are a few of my favorite prop ideas:

Chalkboards












Walls with openings. 














And of course hats, boas, glasses, and more! 
















Our photo booth photo from my friends wedding.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Engagement Photos - Round 1

It's round 1 of engagement photos! Round 1 is our "I need good photos for the save the dates!". My fiance has a friend who's husband shoots photos just for fun and she solicited her husband to do take some photos for us. Lucky us! I really wanted "good" photos before we sent out the Save the Dates and we still have our "real" engagement photos with our photographer for this winter. So we got lucky and were able to fit in some photos just before the snow flies.

And who says you can't have DIY engagement photos. *A few of them we did ourselves on our way home b/c the background was so pretty. 

Did this one ourselves...














And this one...
















Did this one ourselves too!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Something Old...

I'm trying to figure out what in the world my Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed and Something Blue is going to be. A friend listed her 4-Somethings in her program and I loved that idea.

The only something I have done is the old. My engagement ring is from 1943 and belonged to my fiance's grandmother and most recently my mom had found my grandmother's garter from her wedding day. I'd love to wear her garter, but when I finally made it home to see it I realized that garter may not even fit around my calf. :) My grandmother was tiny and the last thing I'd want to do is have that old elastic (which is probably not so stretchy anymore) snap.

Any other ideas out there on how to incorporate her garter? What did you do for your new, borrowed and blue?

Monday, October 10, 2011

Morkie Monday

My 2 year-old Morkie (Maltese/Yorkie).

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Then and Now...

I'm no history buff, but I do love old photos and especially ones the "then/now" photos. I came across this old photo of the church we're getting married at. Nearly identical as it was 100 years ago.



Friday, October 7, 2011

Have your {cup}cake and eat it too...

I used to not be a fan of cupcakes and saw it as a cheaper alternative to a wedding cake. I've had a complete turnaround. I think cupcakes taste better, are easier to serve (not to mention getting rid of that stupid cake cutting fee!), and they can look just as beautiful! See a few of my favorite cupcake inspiration here:

from Martha Stewart Weddings






















from Cake Central

From Project Wedding. This is the perfect grooms cake for my fiance!































LOVE my sister's groom cake, which was made out of cupcakes in the shape of an alligator (her husband's summer job in college used to be a local tourist stop wrestling gators).

What do you prefer? Cakes, cupcakes, or something completely different?