Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Happy Birthday, Husband!

Happy Birthday, Brian! Here are a couple of gifts I got for the birthday boy.

The iPhone 4 (the picture is one of our engagement pics with our iPhone 3GS). Geek love! 

Krups Beer Tender

We celebrated Brian's birthday last night by having a few friends over for dinner. I made enchiladas, Rachel Ray's corn and bean salad, queso (Rotell + Velveeta), guacamole, Paula Deen's Cakeballs (strawberry), and a cookie cake.  It was fun to use some of our new wedding gifts to entertain. 

Monday, July 26, 2010

One Happy Island

We had an amazing honeymoon in Aruba!

Aruba was beautiful, windy, and hot. It's a small island about as far south in the Caribbean as you can go, less than 20 miles from the tip of Venezuela. The nickname, "One Happy Island" rings true, as can be expected from any tropical paradise.  

Friday, July 23, 2010

Signature Touch

Signature cocktails are a fun touch to any event or party. Since Brian and I mostly drink beer and wine, we don't really have a liquor drink that's special to us other than our love for Texas-sized margaritas. Except vodka. However, Brian likes his with water and I like mine with Red Bull. For the wedding, we opted for a lemonade-based drink instead to match our yellow. Enjoy the Limelight.

Add a splash of soda and serve with a lime! Although it was missing Tequila, I thought it tasted like a Kansas version of a margarita. A little sweet but definitely tasty. It was the first drink I had once we got to the reception.

More than the actual drink, I wanted to show off one of my favorite finds ever - grey and white stripey straws! We had the bartenders add them into each of the Limelights and the sodas for the kids.

I ended up finding a couple of boxes at my absolutely favorite gift shop in Topeka, Dickerson's. I always make time to make a stop there on my trips back home to Kansas. I'm glad I bought them when I did because they've apparently become quite popular. I wanted to order more, but they are completely sold out everywhere else. They are currently available in red, blue, magenta, and green though for about $3 for a pack of 25 from vendors on on Etsy like HeyYoYo or the party planning website Modern Lola.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Cirque Du Alli

I have some truly amazing friends. My bachelorette party in Vegas was an amazing weekend filled with lots of laughter, gambling (me mostly), Icings, and quality pool time.

My friend Molly and boyfriend Jason designed the awesome party invites. I was totally blown away by them and I absolutely loved the circus theme throughout the weekend.  I especially like circusy, vintage woodcut font on the front of the invitation (JF Ringmaster). It reminds me of a circus poster they would have used in Water for Elephants (a book Molly bought me for my birthday last year).

A few weeks before the circus commenced, my friend Hannah sent everyone who came one of her famous CD mixes that included lots of Circus and Vegas themed music which included "Circus" by Britney, "Waking Up in Vegas" by my latest girl-pop obsession, Katy Perry, and the lovely "Vegas" by Sara Bareilles.

Once the party actually got started in Vegas, she had made another mix of party songs we rocked out all weekend. You can check out Hännah's Vegas Mix 2 at the iTunes store. 

Highlights from the weekend include:

Spending all day poolside at Caesar's Palace. Not that all weekends in Vegas aren't crazy, but this weekend particularly was because it was Memorial Day. Snoop Dogg was there.


The best cupcakes EVER from Retro Bakery. I kind of look like a cupcake myself in my pink, curled hair, and sequined sash. We then took a limo ride down the Strip before heading to Holly Madison's Peep Show. 


Limo ride on the strip before Holly Madison's Peep Show. Most importantly, spending time with a few of my favorite ladies!


Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Buttermilk Typeface by Jessica Hische

I fell in love with the May issue of Glamour because of Buttermilk, the "sexy hair" typeface designed by Brooklyn designer Jessica Hische's Buttermilk.

I knew I wanted to use Buttermilk in our wedding suite, so Stamped Paper Co. incorporated it in our rehearsal dinner invites, thank-you notes, and Advice cards that guests filled out for us.

Look forward to a new blog design in a few months using Buttermilk! 

Monday, July 19, 2010


Before I even started looking for wedding dresses, I was dead set on wearing a birdcage veil. They are so timeless and elegant, yet simple and understated and totally old-Hollywood.

When I selected a more modern dress, the birdcage veil idea didn't seem to fit. I debated whether or not to even wear a veil but decided on wearing a veil for the ceremony and then taking it out for the reception.

Love the headband. 

I decided to incorporate aspects of the birdcage veil, by selecting flower hairclip that made of goose and ostrich feathers with a vintage pearl and crystal center from LoBoheme on Etsy- a lovely design team in San Diego (all of the pictures shown are her pieces). The last picture is the piece I ordered, The Maude.

Friday, July 9, 2010

The Michael Beers Band

Having a band to play at our wedding reception was a  non-negotiable for us, especially since this was one of the few decisions that was really important to Brian. We looked into many bands in the Kansas City area but unfortunately we didn't hold any try-outs for these bands à la The Wedding Singer.

That's when Michael Beers, and his namesake band, The Michael Beers Band came in to play. Our photographer Jeremy Arnold told us that they were nothing short of amazing. The fact that they could do Michael Bublé, Justin Timberlake, and Alicia Keys for the cocktail hour and then break into Beyonce, Michael Jackson, and Journey for the dance party was a key selling point. Their song list is incredible.

Michael was fantastic to work with from the moment we first contacted him. We were able to have a face-to-face meeting with him where we could tell he got a good feel for us and what we wanted. He was great in responding to my lengthy emails and handling my special requests to play Jay Z.

We received so many compliments about how much fun they were from our friends and family. It's certainly not easy to appeal to all ages and musical tastes. Thank you Michael, Marcie, and the band for making our wedding truly memorable. My only regret is that I didn't get to spend more time on the dance floor!

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Stamp of Approval

One of the very first things that caught my eye early on in my wedding planning process was a blog on Elizabeth Anne Designs that spotlighted beautiful calligraphy paired with vintage stamps.

I visited Byron at Park Cities Stamps who was extremely helpful in helping me search through his endless stacks of stamps in order to find the perfect combination of stamps that matched my color scheme. Aren't they fun?

The calligraphy font on the envelopes is Nelly Script. I took a class from Susie Melissa-Cherry at SMU in hopes of being able to do my own calligraphy for the invitations, but unfortunately it was not in the cards for me. Some of my favorite Dallas local calligraphers are Tara Jones and my friend Abbey Luby of Chips & Salsa Design Studio.

Monday, July 5, 2010

Sweeter Than a Cherry on Top

Our custom cake toppers were one of my favorite little touches for the wedding. I fell in love with these toppers by Etsy seller RedLightStudio. I sent her pictures of us, a description of Brian's suit and my dress, and she was able to sculpt them from there. It's obvious that a lot of time and detail were put into these.

So now what should I do with them?  I'm thinking about making a shadow box made with some of our wedding mementos - invitation, program, etc. Did you do anything special with your wedding stuff afterwards? 

Bouquets and Boutonnieres

Here's my floral inspiration board. As you can tell, I wanted something really simple. When I was in high school, I worked at Porterfield's Flowers and the owner David has been a friend of my family so it was without question that he would do our wedding flowers. 

I was so pleased with how my bouquet and my bridesmaids bouquets turned out. My bouquet was mostly made of cream vendela roses and white hydrangeas. My bridesmaids each carried a bouquet that added a fun pop of color that had different shades of pink peonies, yellow roses, white carnations, and hydrangeas. Brian, groomsmen, and dads had a rose boutonniere and the ushers had a boutonniere with a tuft of millionstar. 

At one point, I was tempted to buy some handcrafted boutonnieres from sellers on Etsy, without having real flowers. Here's one that I really liked:

I really liked the guinea hen feather (black feather with polkadots) as an accent so I ordered some in hopes that we could add them to real flower boutonnieres. I should have ordered the longer feathers because I was almost sure that they would be too small for the florist to put in the arrangements and didn't even bother bringing them up to Kansas with me. 

If my wedding wouldn't have been in Kansas, I would have gone the wholesale route and would have crafted my own reception pieces (scary, I know). For as simple as my vision was for these pieces, I could have totally put the task for wedding flowers in the hands of a aesthetically with-it person and could have crafted something beautiful. I love the understated look of flowers in old mason jars. 

Buttercream Dreams

I'm addicted to cupcakes. So naturally, I first wanted a cupcake wedding cake. All of the vendors I looked into were at least thirty minutes away, and really worried about a possible icing catastrophe in the Kansas heat, so I decided that a regular cake might be the best option. 

Once I became open to having a traditional cake, I wanted something along the lines of dessert design queen Amy Atlas. I swooned over this dessert bar with the oversized balloons.

Here are some of the traditional cakes I loved: 

Helen Benefiel of Helen's Cakes came highly recommended to us by many Lawrence locals for her beautiful wedding cakes. Her cakes were both lovely and delicious, I was most impressed how Helen took the time to sketch us a custom wedding cake during our tasting. She really listened to our ideas and made us the perfect buttercream cake. 

The Perfect Palette

My friend Jill created the our wedding color palette based on my floral inspiration board. She even gave named each of the Pantone colors something fun.

Wedding Blogs

If you're looking for some wedding inspiration, here is a list of a few of my favorites. 

Style Me Pretty - This is the epitome of all wedding blogs! Two beautiful brides that I know have been featured on the blog. Check out Rachael's awesome handmade paper goods and Amy's wine country wedding

More great sites: