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So, aside from candles and/or some sort of "centerpiece" for each nook, I really wanted to do something to make them look purposeful... And then it hit me like a ton of bricks; what better way to dress up each coffee table than with coffee table books! Nathan and I already have several "History of Chicago" (read: Vintage Chicago!) coffee table books, and tomorrow, I'll hit up Barnes and Noble/Borders sale tables for a few more.
PhotoWorks Interactive has this great Model 12 "vintage looking" digital photo booth! (Digital is important to me because I want the images for our Blurb Wedding Book...) The price is a bit higher than I had hoped, but I figure that after watching every cent, we can splurge on a couple of thing (catering and a photo booth!)!!!
I'll keep you posted!
photo credit: photoworks interactive
For instance, today I actually thought to myself…"I hate my wedding". Mind you, up until today, I’ve loved every detail of our “Vintage Chicago” theme, which has been carefully cultivated over the last 8 months, with every detail being hand-picked or DIY. I have no wedding planner, my mother passed away years ago, my sister is absolutely horrible at party planning, half of my friends are far more like (i love pink) Elle Woods than I’d like to admit, and the other half of my friends are the anti-establishment anti-bride, so this entire event was born from my imagination…(and countless wedding blog rip offs, of course!)...
But today, after seeing the photos of a friend of a friend’s wedding, I actually sat back in my chair, sighed and said, “I hate my wedding”.
Who says that after thousands of dollars and an comparable number of hours have been spent on countless details!? Who says that?! Well, I’ll tell you who; someone who has champagne taste on a beer budget. Even though I’ve been masquerading as Chicago’s version of The Practical Wedding, I’m really a Ritzy Bee girl at heart. Well, sort of. Ok, not really at all. I’m actually exceedingly practical, but it’s so hard not to ooze with jealousy when I see a $200,000 wedding when operating on less than a tenth of that budget!
I need to snap out of it...
photo credit: The New Liturgical Movement - found via google images
Update: I bit the bullet and bought the shoes! Yay for colorful bridal shoes!!!
To coordinate or not to coordinate…that is the question. I’ve been torturing myself with these plum peep-toe sling-back JCrew shoes that are so ridiculously overpriced ($235.00 before tax – but JCrew’s 20% off private sale, CODE: PRIVATESALE, makes them only $188). I can’t stop thinking about how cute it would be to have shoes that actually go with my bm’s dresses! But I can't get past the price! Can I just get an AMEN to how ridiculously overpriced JCrew shoes are?? I mean really, this isn’t Neiman Marcus! Oh, what to do, what to do…
Delayed Bridesmaid Dress Update: so remember when I told you about my coordinating bridesmaid dresses? Well, wouldn't you know it, all of the girls picked the same dress! After hearing the news, my sister, my MOH, decided to go ahead and pick a different dress. How funny is that? You don't give them a choice, and all they want is a different dress; you give them lots of choices, and they all pick the same one! Ha!
photo credit: jcrew.com
So...we've asked our guests to send us their First Dance Song, in hopes that each of the slow dances played at our reception will be one of their First Dance Songs! So far we've only received a few responses, so I'm not sure how successful it will be...but if we could pull it off, it may end up being one of my favorite details of the evening. I know; I'm so sappy!
photo credit: sakura photography
We lit our unity candles and then the officiant said a few words about how everyone in the room helped us as a couple become who we are and helped us to the point we were at that day and we wanted to honor that in sharing the flame of our unity candle. Brett and I then lit a long fireplace match from the candle and together lit each person on the end in the front row's candles. They then shared it backwards from there. To conserve time, the ushers also lit up the aisle. They only had them lit through our vows and then we did rings and kissed and blew them out after the recessional...
"Each of you are here today because you bring something special to the lives of M. and D. Some of you have known one or both of them for years - and some of you are meeting one of them for the very first time today. But whether you’re an old friend or a newly acquired relation, you have a special place in their hearts. Likewise, you have a special purpose. As beloved family and friends, it is you to whom they’ll turn in the coming years, whether in joy or in sorrow. It is you with whom they’ll share their happiness, and you to whom they’ll bring their pain. You will watch their marriage mature; you will watch their children grow.And when hard times come, and the loving support of friends and family is needed, M. and D. hope to be able to turn to you, just as they will turn to each other.
And so they ask that you commit to them, as they are committing to one another. That just as they pledge to support and protect the other, you pledge to support and protect their relationship, today and always.
When prompted, please answer “We do”.
They ask: Do you offer this man and woman your blessing as husband and wife?
Please say, we do.
And do you offer their marriage your support, as loving friends and family?
Please say, we do.
Wouldn't you know, shortly after I made my feelings crystal clear, I received an invitation to my out of town, family wedding shower... Those sneaky aunts of mine! Because my sister and I were the only ones who would be traveling, and because the presents would almost have to be small due to my needing to pack them in my suitcase, I felt much better about the situation...
I was banished to my bedroom on the morning of the shower, as they needed to "set up". (I didn't think there would be much to "set up"; I honestly thought that we would have the shower in the dining room and then open presents on my grandmother's beautiful back porch...) But, when I came downstairs and looked in the back yard, I WAS BLOWN AWAY! My wonderful aunts and sister had created the most beautiful, late-summer, Anthropology-inspired fête!
I LOVE MY FAMILY!
Because we’re having a really small/intimate wedding (60-70 people), we’re going down south to have a second reception with those from Nathan’s family who couldn’t make it and ALL of his parents' friends (THEY HAVE A TON!)… It’s going to be in a barn (once operational, but now it’s just for show), in the middle of April, and we’re going for a spring, twigs, birds, newly-wed love kind of a vibe! Other than the newly-wed love, it couldn’t be more different from our autumn, urban, vintage, library vibe. It’s going to be so much fun planning it! But for now, I will resist the urge to procrastinate the rest of my DIY projects…
Here's some inspiration:
photo credit: HNN, Baltazor Fabric Boutique