Monday, September 23, 2013

Wedding Details!

I'm excited to share with you some of the details of our wedding day!  We're so grateful that our photographer, Laureen Carruthers, was able to capture details from the reception before things got really exciting... yep, our gorgeous outdoor wedding & reception was exciting to say the least.  We had a major rain storm, complete with thunder in the middle of our reception!  But, most of these photos were captured before the rains came... so get comfy and have a peek, this post is a bit photo heavy ;)

As I mentioned when I showed you our invitation, we had a travel theme at the wedding, decorating with suitcases, globes and maps wherever we could.  The vintage feel this added was awesome, and it was a fun way to symbolize our long distance love!

A family friend made us a small cake, which was decorated with paper flowers made from maps (the same flowers in our bouquets and centerpieces) which I made with much help from family and friends :)
I love this photo display, featuring a few precious family photos.

Our centerpieces were an assortment of bottles spray painted silver, filled with assorted greenery, carnations & a paper flower.  Tealights were wrapped with washi tape and placed on wooden `cookies`.  Paper napkins in wine glasses provided a fabulous pop of colour and each table also had a Willow Tree ornament from my collection (as well as a few from friends!)
Even our wine labels fit with the travel theme :)
Cupcakes were designed to complement our little wedding cake... paper flags & hearts coordinated with the wedding invitations (unfortunately, I think we lost them all in the rain... but it turned out the cake was bigger than we thought so guests got to enjoy it with us!).
Also decorated with our invitation paper were our match box favours- paired with sparklers which were lit for our exit at the end of the night!
These little favour bags contanied some sweet treats.  Each was decorated with our custom name & date stamp (from our invitations) and a little ribbon with some custom flair- a cute little button that I designed featuring a harmony logo (by Jason Mraz, who sings our song "I won't give up") over a map image.  I designed several different pieces of flair in a variety of colours, over maps of both British Columbia and North Carolina.  I can't wait to use some of the extras in some scrapbooking/home decor projects :)
Here's a broad shot of the reception area mid set up.

Our head table set & ready for us...
Here's another shot of our cake table, complete with cupcakes :)  Looks so yummy!
We had planned ahead as a wedding party and purchased umbrellas, though we'd hoped to be using them for shade!

Our wedding guests were seriously the BEST EVER!  So many of them brought umbrellas with them and actually sat in the rain to eat their meal.  Everyone seemed to have a fantastic time and I'm quite sure it was a wedding nobody will forget anytime soon... Our reception was cut short, visiting happened under tents or in the rain, but it was an amazing day!  We wrapped things up by squishing under a tent for the cake cutting, then we danced in the rain, lit sparklers and made our exit!

I know to some people it sounds like a nightmare, but for us it was perfect and I wouldn't change a thing!  The important thing is that I married my best friend and we got to celebrate with so many family and friends!

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Wedding Photos!

It's time to share some wedding photos with you! I've got so many happy memories as I look through these pics, and I hope you can share some of the joy with me :)

We were blessed by so much help from amazing friends and family to put together our fabulous wedding (on a not so fabulous budget-ha!).  Some good friends offered us the use of their beautiful yard for both the ceremony and the reception (and the house for getting ready!).
My bouquet turned out just beautiful, thanks to friends who helped make the map paper flowers and to the talented ladies at the Gazebo!
One of the unique details of our ceremony was the use of this awesome vintage car... my parent's neighbor owns it and was generous enough to chauffeur for the day!  This wouldn't normally be a ceremony detail, but we like to mix things up a bit!  The guys made a grand entrance for the ceremony, pulling up in the car while 'Sharp Dressed Man' played for the guest's entertainment.  It was so fun to give them their moment in the spotlight before I and my gorgeous bridesmaids showed up ;) 

We signed the registry on my vintage vanity table, decorated simply with a vintage toned globe and our bread and wine from the communion ceremony.  (We used wine as our 'unity' item, blending white & red before using it for communion!)
My friend actually had a custom built cross sitting in her barn... it was exactly what we needed for the centerpiece of our outdoor ceremony!
Waiting for my groom in the car... (sporting my DIY bird cage veil!)

Fun family photos!  This is my immediate family (both my brother and sister were in the wedding party) along with my grandparents- Mom's mom and Dad's dad :)
It was a joy to have them celebrating with us- aren't they adorable?
My best girls- love that they were able to share the special day with us.  Don't they look gorgeous?  I'm still so delighted with the colour & fabric I chose for the dresses, each of which was chosen in a unique style they looked amazing in!  (All of our dresses were purchased from Class Act Formals in 100 Mile House).
Here's the bridal party, complete with our adorable flower girl and ring bearers (my cousin's cute kids!)
heehee... this is just one of those shots I saw somewhere and really wanted... isn't my husband a good sport? 
We took a few photos in the little cabin the back yard- so cute!
Our rings, photographed on an old family Bible, which was used instead of a ring pillow.
Wire name hangers were such an elegant way to display the dresses.
Little details... my shoes, crinoline, garter (made by mom!) & jewelry (custom designed on etsy)- each featuring a pop of teal!
An on-site detail that was chalked up to direct guests towards the ceremony!

I have hundreds more photos (thanks Laureen!) and it was hard to select which to share with you today, but I hope you like the ones I've chosen!  I'll be back soon with some reception details for you!

update: see more wedding photos & details here

Monday, September 16, 2013

Our wedding invitation

I've been holding out for a while, but today I am excited to finally share with you photos of our wedding invitation!  I have to start this out by saying a big thank you to my family and friends who helped put these beauties together- we spent quite a few hours, but I was so pleased to see my design come to life and it really did turn out just as fabulous as I hoped it would!

My design is a folder style card with a belly band.  I used Kraft Core cardstock by Tim Holtz/Coredinations, an on the edge die from Tim Holtz/Sizzix, patterned paper by Basic Grey and a stamp by Impression Obsession.  I hadn't completely settled on the exact colors for the wedding, but I knew there would be shades of coral and teal and an underlying travel/adventure theme for our decor.  Simple black ink was perfect with the text print in my patterned paper and some brown Distress Ink finishes everything off :)

I worked out my measurements for this card so it was as cost effective as I could make it... two cards from a 12x12 piece of card stock, these fit perfectly in kraft colored A2 envelopes.

It opened up to reveal the colored side of the cardstock, a pocket on the right side holds our RSVP card and a save the date tag with an engagement photo.  I saved myself a ton of time by paying someone else to do the part I would have spent way too many hours nit-picking over... the graphic design!   I found a seller on etsy who had a pre-designed invitation, I just sent her my colors and details and she sent me a digital file. (I wanted to include a link, but it looks like she's closed her account!  I highly recommend you search for diy invitations on etsy though- it was totally worth the time and money saved!)  I had these professionally printed on kraft cardstock- a big bonus was that I had won a free printing job from Jukebox, but this would have been great printed at home as well.

My pocket was cut with the same edge as the foldover flap (it's also made from the scrap piece from cutting my paper to size!) and hearts were cut from the same paper as the belly band.

Here's all the pieces together!  Our tag features a custom stamp I had made and a small engagement photo (sized 2x3 inches).  A simple bow of bakers twine and magnet on the back finishes it off.
I hope you like them!  I'm still so pleased with how these turned out, I've gotta say I'm pretty lucky that after years of card making I was able to come up with a vision and have it turn out exactly the way I wanted it on the first try :)  I've helped a lot of people design their invitations over the years, but I'm not afraid to agree with so many of the people who received an invitation and told me that this is the coolest invitation they've ever seen!  LOL  I love that it is fabulously simple in design and that it really reflects my personal style and our special day!

Thanks for visiting!  I'll be back soon with some photos of wedding details!

Friday, September 13, 2013

Fresh New Look

I thought I'd mess around with the blog a bit... keep things simple, but give it a fresh new look to reflect the sort of 'new start' for the blog as it's now switching over to more of a personal blog than a store blog... I'm keeping most of the links the same for now, just wanted it to reflect that things are changing!

I found this background online and decided to go with it, but now I'm chuckling at my somewhat predictable colour choice. It's my current fave- inspired by my wedding you think? LOL I'll be back to share more photos soon, but here's a quick glimpse at our day:

Wednesday, September 04, 2013

Honeymoon Photo Book

It's now been one month since my wedding and my wedding photos are on their way to me... I look forward to sharing with you some of the fun details of our day! We took a big road trip for our honeymoon and since I had a code for a free 8x8 book from Shutterfly, I ordered one today along with a bunch of prints! I'll let ya know what I think of the finished product when it comes... but for now, I do love that I can share with you the digital project today :) I hope you enjoy a look at our honeymoon road trip!
Start your own Shutterfly Photo Book today.