Sugar, Spice & Everything Nice…

While I’m on the subject of our three sweet flower girls, I’d like to talk about their attire.
Of course, I want them dressed in a way to keep with the overall “feel”: and color scheme of the wedding–which if you don’t know by now, is fuschia, black, and black&white damask with silver accents. (Tangerine orange used to be a part of that color scheme and you can see that reflected in my invitations–which I will talk about here after they’re sent out, but are in my Knottie bio). Beyond invitations, though, I’m sticking with the black/white/pink thing.

Back to the flower girls.
My bridesmaids are wearing black tea-length dresses which suit them very well.
But black dresses seem too dark somehow for three-year-old girls–while pale pink would be too frou-frou and traditional for our look… and hot pink dresses…just not feeling that.

So here’s what I came up with, to keep with our look but also to keep it fun and colorful for the girls. Please let me know what you think!
One of these two dresses:
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$39.00
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$99.00
Shoe options:
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And we can’t forget their little purses!

February 25, 2008. bridal party, fashion. 1 comment.

For the Flower Girls…

Out of all the baskets, cones, pomanders and purses I’ve seen for flower girls to carry I really would love to have something like this for our three little princesses:
Photo courtesy of Nancy Liuchin Designs
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I also reallllly love the look of flower girls in adorable tutus, but I think that’s best a fit for daytime or outside spring and summer weddings. Can’t see it as a fit with my evening wedding.
Tutu from Zoe’s Couture Boutique on Etsy

And Phrogpluff’s Etsy store:

And lastly, I introduce to you the oh so adorable children of our wedding party:
My daughter, a flower girl:

The whole crew together (3 flower girls and ring bearer):

February 25, 2008. bridal party, fashion. Leave a comment.

Tutorial: How to Handtie & Dress a Bouquet

If you’re interested in DIY bouquets, please check out this fabulous video from Pash Weddings! Also, if you don’t believe DIY bouquets can be fabulous, look at some made by Ms. Penguin over at Weddingbee on her very first attempt.

November 8, 2007. bridal party, budget, decorations, inspiration. Leave a comment.

And the Lil’ Black Dress Finalists Are…

As I discussed before, my lovely bridesmaids Anna, Tiara, Kalicia, Joy, Rickelle, Carmel and Dorrian–yes there are seven!–will be wearing black tea-length dresses.
I have decided on five styles that I like and that I hope at least one of which each of my ladies will too.
The idea is that the dress will be something they can wear again. Also, I don’t feel it necessary for all of the bridesmaids to wear the same thing…
So basically, they’ll get to choose from the below:
(You may click on any image for a larger view)

Dessy, Midnight

Bari Jay, Satin, Shown in chocolate–Comes in black

Bill Levkoff Satin

Impression Bridal Taffeta

Mori Lee Taffeta
Note: Some of the dresses are shown in different colors but would be in black.
What do you think of these choices?
Also, an example of a wedding with black BM dresses that didn’t match:

September 25, 2007. bridal party. Leave a comment.

And the Lil’ Black Dress Finalists Are…

As I discussed before, my lovely bridesmaids Anna, Tiara, Kalicia, Joy, Rickelle, Carmel and Dorrian–yes there are seven!–will be wearing black tea-length dresses.
I have decided on five styles that I like and that I hope at least one of which each of my ladies will too.
The idea is that the dress will be something they can wear again. Also, I don’t feel it necessary for all of the bridesmaids to wear the same thing…
So basically, they’ll get to choose from the below:
(You may click on any image for a larger view)

Dessy, Midnight

Bari Jay, Satin, Shown in chocolate–Comes in black

Bill Levkoff Satin

Impression Bridal Taffeta

Mori Lee Taffeta
Note: Some of the dresses are shown in different colors but would be in black.
What do you think of these choices?
Also, an example of a wedding with black BM dresses that didn’t match:

September 25, 2007. bridal party. Leave a comment.

And the Lil’ Black Dress Finalists Are…

As I discussed before, my lovely bridesmaids Anna, Tiara, Kalicia, Joy, Rickelle, Carmel and Dorrian–yes there are seven!–will be wearing black tea-length dresses.
I have decided on five styles that I like and that I hope at least one of which each of my ladies will too.
The idea is that the dress will be something they can wear again. Also, I don’t feel it necessary for all of the bridesmaids to wear the same thing…
So basically, they’ll get to choose from the below:
(You may click on any image for a larger view)

Dessy, Midnight

Bari Jay, Satin, Shown in chocolate–Comes in black

Bill Levkoff Satin

Impression Bridal Taffeta

Mori Lee Taffeta
Note: Some of the dresses are shown in different colors but would be in black.
What do you think of these choices?
Also, an example of a wedding with black BM dresses that didn’t match:

September 25, 2007. bridal party. 1 comment.

Black is the new…BLACK!!


Word on the street is that chocolate is the new black–and from the weddings I’ve been to this year, chocolate as THE accent color for weddings is EVERYWHERE. It looks good. But its omnipresence is exactly why I will not use it in my wedding.
Now, black…I love.
I know, I know. Why in the world would I want the color *black* to make an appearance at our wedding??
After all, black is synonomous with things like:
-dark
-evil
-sinister
-funeral
-licorice?
Well, not for me. Black is, indeed my favorite color. And for good reason. Black is:
-timeless
-elegant
-sophisticated
-classic
Think “the little black dress,” or “black tie formal.” Point is, you cannot go wrong with black.
That is why my bridesmaids are going to wear black dresses!
Now, don’t be concerned. Black is not in our “color scheme,” if you will. Rigid color schemes, where everything is matchy-matchy, are PLAYED OUT to me. So we just have what I call “color inspiration.”
We’ve chosen 4 or 5 colors that complemt each other to feature throughout our wedding ceremony and reception.
In fact, the ONLY thing that may be black are the ladies’ dresses and guys’ suits.
To me, black will act as an accent color that kind of “finishes” and “pulls together” the other colors and makes them “pop.”
Seeing as though the wedding begins in the evening, it will be even more fitting.
So if any of my BM’s are reading this and *hate* that little dress above, please, “speak now, or forever hold your peace,” cuz I’m feeling it!!
Cheers to black!

August 28, 2007. bridal party, gowns. Leave a comment.

Our Wedding: Meet the Cast

Taking part in this beautiful day, to take place 8.23.08, are myself and fiance, 14 guys and dolls who will be our bridal party, and the bride-to-be’s key players, who are:

1. The Dream Momma
Oh, every gal and bride-to-be needs mom during this time. Thankfully my mom is an angel who is open-minded, eager to help out and who I get along very well with! I’m not hiring a wedding planner because as stressful as this process can get, it’s just too fun and personal of an experience to outsource (especially as it’s once in a lifetime) so momma will be my right-hand woman…my quasi-wedding planner.
Currently, she is putting her event-planning skills to work and compiling lists of Cleveland-area vendors for me to interview. Oh–momma is in Cleveland.

2. The Too-Laid-Back, but Too Cute Sister
My little (or not so little) sister (23 yrs.old). She’s in grad school in Missouri, so she can’t be that much help anyway: she’s a broke student plus she’s not in Cleveland.
Sister is a sweetie, a laid back psychology expert who is good at analyzing situations etc., but sometimes she is just too laid back. She’s going to be the maid of honor so I really need her to step up to the plate and start being more proactive/ assertive at getting things done–namely, the planning of my bachelorette party!

3. The Football Fanatic Groom-to-be
He is the love of my life!! Very supportive with helping me pull this wedding off, an event for which he is the chief financier. But lemme tell you–with football season about to begin–he likely won’t be mentioned too much in this blog because football (college and pro) is his LIFE! I’ll be lucky to get in much QT in the coming months. But that’s kinda good and means he’ll be distracted..so i can plan away to my heart’s desire. Go Browns! Go Bucks!

4. The Future Sister-in-Law
OK. As in-laws go, I think I’m blessed to have her as a future SIL. My fiance’s sister has been a great support and help in the planning process so far. Not only has she already been through this… she is a realist like me and as she’s in Cleveland, she’s willing to help out. Here’s a really powerful quote from her (told to me the weekend her bro and I got engaged):

“Just do what makes you happy. Because whatever you do, somebody’s going to have something to say about it. You could spend a million dollars on your wedding and someone would still say something negative about it…”

Ah, you like her already, right? Me, too.

August 20, 2007. bridal party. Leave a comment.