Friday, August 20, 2010
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
- The Guestbook
- The Garter
- The Favors
- The Table "numbers"
- The Escort Cards
- The Program
Saturday, July 24, 2010
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
Thursday, July 8, 2010
Tuesday, June 29, 2010
A picture is worth a thousand words! So here are a handful of my beautiful Alice in Wonderland themed shower. My Mom, Rebel, Bridget, Britt, Yvonne, Janae, Jessica and Chelsea were an amazing team that carried out my ideas and flourished them. They went above and beyond. :-)
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
Friday, June 18, 2010
- Step 1: Ponder designs and wedding colors. Think about having a heart shaped invite and envelope.
- Step 2: Re-ponder designs after looking at more pictures online. Decide you want a antique bookplate feel.
- Step 3: Go through over 50 paper sample books in father's office. Grow cranky when asked to look at more.
- Step 4: Pick out paper. (In this case, Francis Orr provided a company where I picked out the bones of the invite because I couldn't find any colors I liked in our sample books.) I was presented with a bajillion swatches and went from there, mixing, matching and figuring which paper would comprise each piece of the invite-extravaganza.
- Step 5: Write the verbage!
- Step 6: Design!
- Step 7: The Printing Process
Tuesday, June 8, 2010
Sunday, June 6, 2010
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Monday, May 24, 2010
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
Friday, May 7, 2010
(Photo credit to Stephanie Tracy)
Okay, I fibbed. I said this post would be about wedding schedules and day of coordinators, but what's really been on my mind lately is photographers.
I've scoured the net, looking at photos from makeup artists sites, knot reviews, venue recommendations, etc. To be honest the makeup sites were the best resource. They often have a gallery of past faces they've done and usually credit the photographer. With venues I never know if the venue is getting a kickback or a favor for recommending the vendor.
So, here's my approach to wedding photographers.
1. Look at their website
2. Ask for pricing and availability
3. If a larger company, ask who will be your photographer on the day
4. Ask said photographer (and assistant if applicable) for a complete wedding album they have done. You don't want to judge them from their "best of" highlights. I prefer if they have a wedding they shot at my location so I can see how they approached the venue.
5. Read lots of customer reviews from more than one site. Business are not above having friends rate them highly or offering a discount for a review.
6. Meet with your photographer in person. They will be around all day and you will be spending lots of time with them. If they're annoying, attention stealers, tortured artists or plan to treat your wedding like an avant garde project, you want to know before you make a booking.
There, my recipe for picking a photographer. Thus far I have mine narrowed down to a few people.
1. Stephanie Tracy at Portray Life: Wedding 1, Wedding 2 and Wedding 3.
2. Shawn Kloster: His Photo Blog
3. Lori and Keith Anderson. A website collage. They did my free engagment shoot and *update* I have all the charming pics from it. I'm looking forward to sharing a few.
4. Memories by Michael: A Nixon Library Wedding
I'm not going to mention pricing or goodies, but purely on visuals who do you guys like best? Inquiring minds want to know.
Monday, May 3, 2010
Sunday, May 2, 2010
Sunday, April 25, 2010
I am trying to post this from my phone. It has been an exercise in fine motor skills, patience and knowing the limits of my technological savy. Nonetheless, lack of a computer will not hold me back!
Ok, I continue this later. Evidently lack of a laptop, did hold me back. I couldn't get the text right and the photo couldn't be cropped to a manageable size. Plus, I had to go to church, so immediate bathing was required (it is Sunday after all) putting my blog post on hold.
This is a shot of one of my lovely bridesmaids (Chelsea) after a whirlwind session of trying on styles and colors. I tried to get something most of them would like and would complement their figures. Post wedding wearability was also a consideration. Better yet, it has pockets!
It was fun, Rebel, Cassandra and Chelsea were my little barbies as I threw stuff at them. They were all helpful and I am glad they got a say in things. It's silly to completely ignore ladies you are professing a special affection for when deciding how they will be displayed. If I liked it and they didn't or it would fit one but not the other, it was out.
Having said that I won't please everyone but if I get 5 or 6 out of seven unique girls, I think I should get some kudos.
At the end of the outing, we all had coffee and brainstormed. I was flattered when they said they admired my speed and decisiveness thus far. I'm pushing it a little time wise, no need to agonize over stuff. I figure the differences would be slight even if I had oodles of time. My time in the sorority as MVP was a perfect training ground for this.
All in all, this wedding stuff is fun!
Friday, April 23, 2010
Thursday, April 22, 2010
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Monday, April 19, 2010
So, I joined theknot.com and was cruising the Orange County forums for info and whatnot. I came across an ad for a photographer couple who was looking for a couple for free engagement photos hoping to build their portfolio.