What brings out my inner bridezilla?

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Coworkers who show up to work with the very contagious flu that several other people that I work with have gotten in the past few weeks. Sitting one very flimsy wall away from me, coughing and sniffling and spreading their germs everywhere. Getting the flu on my wedding day would be bad enough. But if you ruin my honeymoon because you just couldn't bring yourself to work from home another day, I'm going to kill you and your manager and anyone who told you this was a good idea.

Don't come to work sick. Ever. But especially not if a girl who sits three feet away from you is getting married in 7 days.

Pretty table set-ups...

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yellow party table

pink party table

Credit:
scissors.paper.cake, Alannah Rose

More attempts at wedding hair...

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Look 1


Look 2



Look 3




What do you think? :)

So this is pretty...

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Credit:
Amelia Strauss Photography (via)

Our cake topper is finished!

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How cute is this?!

Lollipop Workshop customized cake topper

Lollipop Workshop customized cake topper

Lollipop Workshop customized cake topper

I think it looks like us! What do you think?

Kristina Dodd Photography - Engagement photos

A big thank you to Lollipop Workshop for their great work!

Of wedding dresses and weight loss...

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I bought my wedding dress last summer. This was both before Kellen proposed (although I knew it was coming soon enough that when I saw a gorgeous dress being sold for much less than the original price tag, I couldn't pass it up) and before my metabolism finally gave out on me.

I've always had the sort of metabolism that made grown women, and actually most of my friends my age, roll their eyes in disgust. I could eat all I wanted, and I never had to worry about gaining a pound. If anything, I'd probably have to worry about what I could do to keep the pounds on. This was both a blessing and a curse. On the one hand, I fit the contemporary beauty ideal pretty easily and flattering clothing was easy to come by. On the other, I developed a lot of bad eating and exercising habits. I might have been thin, but I wasn't healthy by any stretch of the imagination.

At some point in the spring or summer of last year, my metabolism slowed considerably. Whereas before I could eat a pound of cake and probably end up losing a pound, that pound now became 2 pounds. The numbers on the scales were a little higher every time I weighed myself. None of my pants zipped, and all of my dress shirts felt too tight around my arms. And, most worrying, my wedding dress got harder and harder to zip and snap closed.

I've spent the past few months stressing over the fact that I've been putting on weight, the fact that my wedding dress is just a hair too small. I started focusing on making healthier foods and eating at home, where I tend to have better portion control. I started trying to fit working out into my daily schedule. The weight gain has slowed, but I still haven't seen a big reversal.

The thing is...I'm still thin. And if it weren't for the fact that every time I think about my wedding dress, I also think OMG THE ZIPPER WON'T ZIP!!!, I probably wouldn't worry about it at all. The extra pounds, in my opinion, look nice. Sure I'd like to have a more toned back side and upper arms, but with the weight I'm at now, those things could easily happen without shedding any pounds. The constant focus on the scales just got to the point where it felt unhealthy.

So I bought a new wedding dress. One that fits the size that I am now and would be more flattering for my new body shape. I've always hated how brides-to-be struggle and fight to cram themselves into too-small wedding gowns, trying so desperately to meet a beauty standard that is, for most women, unrealistic and unhealthy. I have no desire to do that myself. So instead of torturing myself over trying to fit into a dress that's too small, even if it did fit a year ago, I'm just going to get one that fits me now.

I feel so much better. And after trying on the new dress, I feel really happy with my choice. I'm going to look great, and it's nice to feel great about my body just the way it is.

I'm going to keep cooking healthy foods, having a more well-rounded diet, and exercising. Those things also make me feel good. I'm just going to stop worrying about whether the healthier food and working out are having an effect on my waist line. It's not healthy, and it's just one more thing in my life that it is pretty pointless to stress out about...so why do it?

The wedding website is up!

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I've been slowly but surely building this over the past couple of months. It's still not finished--still compiling info for the reception in Washington, and it's 5 months away so no rush--but enough of it is done that I feel comfortable sharing it with people.

www.kellenandkatie.com

What do you think?

Wedding hair and make-up

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I've been playing around with my hair and make-up for the wedding. Since it's pretty much a given that it's going to be a DIY affair, I figure I'll need a lot of practice.

Here's what I've come up with so far.

wedding hair updo
wedding hair updo
wedding hair updo

What do you think? The color's a little washed out from taking very unprofessional photos in our bathroom, but... I have to say, I'm kind of impressed with myself. After two years of barely being able to be convinced to swipe on some mascara for special occasions, I think I did a pretty bang up job. :)

Looks good enough to eat!

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How amazing is this dessert buffet?!

wedding dessert buffet

I love the look. It's pretty much perfect.

Credit:
Jasmine Star (via)

Decorating with hydrangeas...

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I love this hydrangea wreath, posted today on Snippet & Ink.

hydrangea wreath, wedding decor

Not a huge fan of the greenery, but I love the bow and the colors...

Credit:
Ariella Chezar and Meg Smith

More jewelery purchases for the big day...

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With less than 60 days to go before the wedding, I'm starting to really crack down on getting together things for Mexico.

Today's big purchases? Jewelery.

bridal bracelet, gold with aurora borealis crystals

bridal earrings, aurora borealis crystal

The bracelet is from KD Studios, and the earrings are from Nest Pretty Things. I think this is pretty much it for the shiny. I'm worried that, since I am so short and the dress is kind of plain, that too much more will overdo it substantially. I have a serious thing for sparkly stuff, though...

Next on the list...a new swimsuit?

Hung up!

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How darling are these customizable clothes hangers from LilaFrances?

customizable clothes hanger
customizable clothes hanger

Love it! What a perfect item to hang your dress on, especially for pictures!

DIY hair piece

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The Bride's Guide has a tutorial up for a gorgeous DIY hair piece...check it out!

Two months to go!

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With a little over two months to go before the wedding, I've started hunkering down on getting the things I need for the wedding. Yesterday, I bought this comb to wear in my hair from OhFaro on Etsy:

I've got the kinks worked out on my hairstyle and have decided that instead of doing wet set curlers (which are time consuming and make my already naturally curly hair kind of difficult to maneuver), I'm just going to use hot rollers. Of course, that means I have to go buy hot rollers.

Another thing on the agenda is underwear. My dress is kind of sheer, so I'm looking for a floor-length white half slip to keep from looking like Trailer Trash Bride on the big day. I've found a couple on the internet--but not from reputable sellers, which makes me uncomfortable--so if any of you know of a good place to get a decent slip, let me know. I know, I know, no one under 40 has ever worn a slip. But trust me, on this occasion, it's necessary.

I'm also going to start hunting for cute lingerie. ;)

Apart from that, the dress is ready to go. I've got my shoes. I'm looking for some earrings and maybe a bracelet, but that should be pretty easy to locate.

Starting to get excited! Can't wait for some sunshine!

Rethinking the bouquet

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Some ideas...

Purple

purple phalaneopsis orchids, Vanda orchids, and ti leaves

 purple dendrobium orchids, purple tulips, lisianthus, grape hyacinths, irises, dark blue viburnum tinus berrie

hydrangeas, vanda orchids, lisianthus, and bachelor buttons

Orchids

Purple flowers

Purple dendrobium orchids
Pink

pink plumeria

pink hyacinth
Yellow

yellow plumeria
White
white orchids
There are also white dendrobium orchids... Hmm... I'm not good at this stuff.

Credit:
The Knot, The Knot, The Knot, The Knot, Fiesta Hotel Group, Nancy Graham, FlowerHawaii.com, Toronto Florist, FlowerHawaii.com, Rocco Troyani

A new up 'do!

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Beautiful wedding up 'do
Trying to figure out the mechanics of this look and decide if I can do this on my own... I love this! So elegant and romantic and soft.

*siiiigh*


Credit:
Robert and Kathleen Photographers (via Style Me Pretty)