Are y’all ready for this….
In November, our beyond awesome friend from Vermont flew in to snap some photos that are commonly referred to as engagement photos. I don’t think I have ever been so excited in my life. Until I woke up that morning and it was pouring. Cats and dog type rain. Even though I tried to pick out some cute rain boots and a flowery umbrella, I was secretly just hoping that my waterproof eyeliner could pull through.
Luckily, Sandy was able to reschedule her flight (I know right, what an awesome photographer) to snap some photos another day. Unfortunately, the rescheduled day had a “high” of 30 degrees….do you know how cold that is in a cardigan? Pretty frickin freezing. Want to ice that cake? My contacts fogged up for who knows what reason and I had to yank those bad boys out and use Tim as my seeing-eye-fiance. What an adventure.
SO worth it though, enough words….time for the good stuff.
Can you tell how cold we were? Poor T’s nose was perpetually red. And in nine out of ten of these photos we were definitely shivering. I know the sun looks warm, but boy is that deceiving.
I so wish we could have just kept that blanket bundled on us for the whole photo shoot.
I like to call that our kissing montage. We kissed a lot….it’s how we stayed warm.
Even though it was so cold and windy, we had such a great time. Can’t thank Sam from Lost Hill Lake Events enough for all her help that day….especially for that fire. She was such a doll.
And Sandy and Erica were serious troopers, they even put up with my blubbering and got a very important shot.
Thanks to any and all that helped out with our photos, we love you as much as we love them!
Normally when Friday is upon us I am gleeful. Full of glee that’s me. Not this Friday though, because today marks the end of Wedding Week. There may be tears. No tears allowed until after we oogle Bridget’s stunner of a card box. That way after you wipe your drool you can wipe your tears.
I don’t know how she does it but that girl has an eye for all things gorgeous! If I tried to make that burlap banner it would be so gawdy even Elton John would turn away in horror. The details are so precious, and so is the story. Make sure you go read all about it over at DIY Playbook and tell them happy weekend too.
Have you been to any weddings lately? The last few I have been to I noticed something strange…no one buys presents anymore. The newlyweds have a beautiful table all set up and there are only three pretty presents. Has everyone moved to cards these days? I am not sure how much I like that.
Are you bummin Wedding Week is over?
Got any fun weekend plans?
Are you a present buyer or a gift card guru?
Are you loving Wedding Week as much as we are?
I sure hope so. I love seeing all of the DIY projects and crafts that other people put time into to make their event special. I truly believe it is all in the details, which is why I love Alysia’s project.
Seriously, how adorable are those centerpieces. Tim and I still haven’t worked out what we are going to do for centerpieces. It feels like such a major decision, you know since people will be looking at them all dang night at everything. It’s fine if you can’t see over this tree people, it’s pretty.
I have been to many a wedding where my whole judgement was based on how cute their centerpieces were. Ok, maybe not that extreme, but I do always check them out and I may or may not give them a rating. I’m a harsh critic, or at least I was….until I had to plan my own. You mean I can’t afford for thirty table to be lined with peonies, succulents, and orchids? Bummer.
You score major bonus points if I can bring them home with me. Or if they have to do with booze like Alysia’s, I am a sucker for that stuff.
Are you so excited for Bridget’s something borrowed?
What is the worst centerpiece you have ever seen?
Anyone want to come help me drink wine so I can craft?
I am so in love with Wedding Week, heck I could marry it!
You know how sentimental and sappy I am. So of course I get overly-giddy thinking about “something old”. You know, the bounce-in-your-chair-squeal-like-a-pig-and-maybe-even-hyperventilate type of giddy.
I only wish I could have something as special as Casey from Diy Playbook has…we are talking old school love letters circa the 90’s. Holy adorable. I bet reading back through those is so much fun. So much nostaglia and I bet a lot of times you just laugh at all the things you thought were big news back then!
I heard through the grapevine that there are even some throwback photos making an appearance on their blog today. I am heading over there immediately to scope it out, I bet they look as cute as Miss Kapowski and Mr. Morris. If you need me I will be reminicing about yearbook slang and cute ways to fold love letters.
How did you sign yearbooks? Any clever acronyms?
Do you have any old love letters?
Are you excited for Alysia’s project tomorrow?
We are beyond excited to be kicking off Wedding Week with “Something New” that we DIY’d to make our wedding a little more special and über-sentimental. It is my favorite project we’ve done to date.
One of the only things we know for sure about our wedding is the where. We fell in love with Lost Hill Lake Events, and decided almost immediately that we had to say our vows in the Walnut Grove. It felt special and magical, and just so “us”. Although Sofi Seck’s photo below is amazing, it is even better in person. Swoon.
While thinking about our ceremony, we knew we were far from traditional. We both love the concept of a unity candle but I don’t need another candle that I can’t burn and I don’t understand how anyone keeps that unity sand looking pretty. Seriously, do you walk it home?
So Tim and I decided on a unity tree, with soil from both of our childhood homes. Wait, it gets better. The owner of LHLE is unbelievably sweet and almost as sentimental as I am and offered up one of their very own Walnut saplings. A baby tree from our wedding venue, with the soil from our families, to start our new life together…someone get me a tissue with a quickness.
We knew we wanted to include a unity tree, but we also knew we didn’t want just any planter. It had to be special. We had to make it. We looked at lots of inspiration from here and here and finally got to work. We even decided to use some of the wood flooring we yanked out during our bathroom remodel. In 80 years we will look at that planter and reminisce on our first house, and all the fun projects we tackled. I hope.
I am so excited to give these jars to our moms, I know they will get a kick out of this quirky tradition. Much more than lighting a candle…and I can’t wait to get my hands on some of my future Mother in Law’s magic soil! Make our Walnut tree grow, grow big and strong, then maybe one day we will have a Walnut grove of our own.
For now our pretty planter will sit waiting for new life and new beginnings.
Until then, I am having fun imagining what our planter can be used for once our new tree finds a more permanent home. A pretty fern perhaps?
Make sure you check back tomorrow for Casey’s Something Old.
Have you ever heard of a unity tree?
Any tips on growing a Walnut tree?
Did you buy the blue special edition tinted Ball jars too?
When Tim & I got engaged we didn’t realize we were in such great company. Holler for commitment. My roomies for Haven were both planning weddings and invited us to be a part of Wedding Week.
Drum roll please….
That’s right, four DIY’ing darlings are putting their powers together to bring you something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue. Every single day this week, one of us will give you a sneak peek into what’s making our weddings so special and how we made it.
From old love notes, to centerpieces, to gorgeous card boxes….brace yourself for some beautiful handmade goodness all week long. I am up first tomorrow with something new, so be sure to stop back by because I haven’t been this excited about a project in…well, pretty much ever.
Have you seen an amazing wedding project lately?
Have you seen Alysia’s blog? What about Bridget & Casey’s?
Any tips on how to get stain, spraypaint, and glitter off your hands?