Lighting at the Washington reception

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So we're starting to get serious about the Washington reception. Kellen's mom and I spent a good chunk of Thanksgiving talking about ideas, and Nanny has recruited one of her friends (who has a florist and catering business, and who has done two previous generations of weddings on that side of the family!) to help. I'm really excited about where everything is going, with the hydrangeas and the dessert table.

One of the things I've been trying to figure out though is what to do about lighting, since it will be outdoors.

Last night, we were watching the movie 500 Days of Summer, and I really, really, really loved the lighting in the wedding:

500 Days of Summer wedding scene screencap
I'm not sure how doable this is, but I really love the overall look. Here is a closer look at the bulbs used:

500 Days of Summer wedding scene screencap
500 Days of Summer wedding scene screencap
Looks like a mix of the little twinkle lights inside the fabric, and then the really large bulbs are used going between the poles and on poles where there isn't fabric.

I also like the luminarias:

500 Days of Summer wedding scene screencap
*siiiigh*

The ever-growing to do list

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At the top of this list are:
  • Get Kellen's passport
  • Start working on legal marriage stuff for Oregon
  • Take my dress to the tailor to be taken up (by approximately 10 feet)
  • Get the website up and going. (I did the mock-ups last night. Soooo cute.)


I'm also considering getting a florist license in Texas for the Texas reception and possibly one up here so we can do wholesale flowers. I need to discuss this with my mom, and keep forgetting.

Other items include: collecting fabric for the Texas wedding, start hording twinkle lights (before the holidays end and they disappear from the shelves), getting pinking shears, and once we've got the spare bedroom cleared out (Max is moving out over the holidays) to get a work station in place, including sewing machine, so I can get to work hard core on all the bunting I want to do in Texas.

*sigh*

There's so much to do. I took the last couple of weeks off kind of, because I was tired of thinking so much about wedding stuff. It seems like a long time away. 6 months. I know it won't seem like much time at all, though, in a couple of months.

Less than four months til the wedding itself. Holy jeebus.

Paisley wedding?

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I love this paisley theme wedding from Kelly Oshiro events. Not that I have anywhere to use any of these ideas, but I do love me some paisley.
Paisley cake

Engagement Photos by Kristina Dodd

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Engagement photos at McMenamin's Edgefield
We met with Kristina (and her husband, Josh) last night to pick up our finished photos, and they are FANFRIGGINTASTIC. Here are some of my favorites:


Engagement photos at McMenamin's Edgefield
Engagement photos at McMenamin's Edgefield
Engagement photos at McMenamin's Edgefield
Engagement photos at McMenamin's Edgefield
Engagement photos at McMenamin's Edgefield
Engagement photos at McMenamin's Edgefield

Engagement photos at McMenamin's Edgefield
Engagement photos at McMenamin's Edgefield

McMenamin's Edgefield was a great backdrop for the photos, and Kristina did such a great job. Super duper happy!

Ello There stationery

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I love pretty much everything on Ello There's etsy. She's got a wide variety of wedding stationery suites, all with fun, absolutely adorable art work.

Big Love invitations

Two little owls invitations

Tree initials invitations

The sets are also relatively inexpensive. A $4 invitation set includes the invitation, a response card or reception card, and envelopes. If you send out 100 invitations, you've only spent $400, which--let me tell you--in the world of wedding invitations is practically bargain basement pricing.

I give these a BIG thumbs up. I'm even considering convincing my mom to go this route instead of what we're already doing...

Talk about setting the mood...

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Breathtaking decor
Credit:
Soiree Events

Floating candles...

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floating candles

I love this. It looks like something out of a fairy tale...

Credit:
La Dolce Vita Photography

Not that I have anywhere to use this idea, but...

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My inner magpie loved all the shiny.

Credit:
JK Photography

Another great dress!

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gorgeous dress

gorgeous dress
Credit:
Jonas Peterson

Guiness cupcakes FTW!

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Guinness Gasm cupcakes

I love tumblr, because I'm always finding recipes like this one on it. These are called "Guinness Gasm" and in case you can't read what the sign says, the description reads:
A Guinness and chocolate cupcake with bittersweet chocolate filling, Bailey's butter cream frosting and a sprinkling of sea salt.
Kellen, my favorite beer aficionado, gave this a big thumbs up and his vote for being one of the items on our dessert table in Seattle.

Super cute scratch-off save the date cards!

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Scratch off save the date
Scratch off save the date
Scratch off save the date
I love these super duper cute save the date cards from Leslie Harmer! It's such a fun idea, and I love Leslie's designs! :)

Assorted Reception Decor Ideas

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Texas


lighted pennant garlandLighted paper pennant garland from OnceWed

PinwheelDIY pinwheels from OnceWed

WindsocksWindsocks from Clover & Bee

paper dahliasPoms/paper dahlias for hanging from Martha Stewart

Obviously, going to have to have an editorial spirit going into this. I don't want the reception to look like a craft show exploded all over the place. I also want to make sure that 1) I have enough time to do all the I want to do, and 2) that anything I need time to do in advance will ship well from Oregon to Texas. That and budget are my biggest considerations...

Seattle

paper doiliesDIY paper lace garland from Project Wedding

dessert tableDessert table (in lieu of a cake) from Amy Atlas Events

paper lanternsPaper lanterns, probably without the butterflies

giraffe ice sculptureA giant giraffe ice sculpture (J/K!)

I'm still not entirely positive what I want for the Seattle reception/party/whatever you want to call it. I think my problem is that I like everything too much. You know, except a giraffe ice sculpture. I think it's safe to say that's not going to make the cut. ;)

One thing that I definitely need to remember to do is stock up on clear fairy lights at Christmas. One of Kellen's friends who got married back in September had an impossible time trying to find fairy lights at the end of the summer, and her dad (who is either a saint or insane) scraped all of the paint off of the colored fairy lights they had so she could have clear fairy lights at her wedding. Um, no. There will be no scraping. We'll just make a stop at Wal-Mart in the middle of all the Christmas madness.

Favors

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I've been thinking about ideas for favors. For the Texas reception, I was thinking maybe rock candy? You can buy it in bulk for slightly under $1/stick, and then I was thinking of rewrapping them in colored cellophane with white or yellow ribbon.

rock candy
For the Seattle reception, I spotted these on OnceWed, and I think they are adorable. They are DIY paper fortune cookies. It looks pretty straight forward, and we can write our own fortunes to put inside, which sounds like a lot of fun. Again, they are inexpensive, but I think they are so cute. My cubemate has given an enthusiastic double thumbs up and is in fact planning on making them for her family's Thanksgiving dinner this year.

paper fortune cookies
So what do you think? Too cheap? Too cheesy?

Credit:
Camille Styles, OnceWed

More destination wedding etiquette

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The Bride's Guide has more advice on good destination wedding etiquette, this time regarding at-home receptions after the fact.

When do you have a destination wedding reception, if you plan on doing another one once you get back? Talley Sue Hohlfeld recommends within 3 months of the wedding. To be specific: "Honestly a quarter of a year is enough time for other people to be excited about your wedding."

Agreed. We're doing the Seattle reception a little later than that (4 months almost to the day after the wedding itself), but Kellen has family from Scotland who are already planning on being in Washington for that weekend, so...

I'm really glad there are some posts out there about the etiquette of destination weddings. Even my mom, who is Southern to the core and the queen of good manners, didn't know the etiquette surrounding a destination wedding. It's so nice to find a little bit of guidance from the good ol' internet. :)

A whole garden of flowers

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My mom and I have been talking quite a bit about what kind of flowers to have at the Texas reception. Because we don't want to go through a florist (it's pricey, and I think I'm a little too picky to go with the one and only local florist in my hometown), we've attempted to look at wholesale (you need a license) or calling in favors from somewhere. My mom has now decided, though, that she's just going to grow the flowers herself.

My parents are pretty serious gardeners. All summer long, they keep a garden growing, and they have tomatoes and peppers and cucumber and zucchini and squash. Plus, they do a lot of landscaping around the house. Their backyard is a veritable jungle. They have so many different kinds of flowers and bushes that I can't keep up with it all.

My mom put in an order for several flowers, and these are what she has so far:



We've got summer daffodils, charlotte gladiolus, chincherinchee, yellow dahlias, white gladiolus, and white peonies.

We're going to have to figure out a way to get yellow and white roses, since those will take more than a few months to grow, but I'm pretty excited about the selection so far, and I really like that my parents will be growing the flowers for the reception back home. It feels right, and I know they will be fresh and beautiful.

Credit:
Breck's catalogue

Another gorgeous dress!

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With This Ring posted about J. Crew's bridal selection. Generally speaking, I love J. Crew's wedding dresses. They're all so simple and elegant and comfy looking. (Comfortable is important.) But this one I love in particular.

I love the neckline and the fact that it has straps. I love that it is form fitting through the waist--the narrowest part of your body--and flows out elsewhere, which is an incredibly flattering silhouette. I also like that it looks almost casual, perfect for a garden or beach wedding in the heat of the summer. The price isn't that bad either, as far as wedding dresses go.

Again, I've already got my dress all picked out, but...if I didn't, I'd be looking at this one pretty seriously.

If you're looking for a good photographer in Portland...

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Here are some more shots from our engagement session photographer, Kristina Dodd.

Senior portrait

Still life

Senior portrait

Beach wedding

Beach wedding

Senior portrait

Senior portrait

She does engagement and wedding shoots, kids, senior portraits, and so on. And she does a great job! She doesn't have a website yet, but if you're interested, let me know and I'll give you her contact information. :)