Just call me….Mrs.!

I’m back….and married!  Happily married! And fresh off the airplane from a fabulous week-long honeymoon in the Dominican Republic.  If you’ve followed my planning you know that I married my love on Saturday August 23rd in Cleveland.  But between the wedding and honeymoon I haven’t had time to recap the day!

 

Well you can now expect a complete recap and all of the details including a ton of photos

that will help tell the story.  In addition to vendor reviews and the sharing of my many DIY projects, I will fully recap four days: the day of my bridal session (yes I did bridal photos the week of my wedding!); the rehearsal and rehearsal mixer; our wedding day; and the day-after our wedding, when we met up with our photographer for a fun “trash the dress” photo shoot.

 

I’ll also talk about and include plenty of photos from our Punta Cana, Dominican Republic vacation that followed.

 

One more “teaser” photo from our fab photographer, Corey Ann.

 

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September 1, 2008. vendors. 6 comments.

Orgasmic

Yes, every now and then paper can be sexy and indeed, orgasmic.

Lay your eyes on this hotness from Beau Papier!! I just adore this!

July 30, 2008. invitations, vendors. 3 comments.

Rehearsal Invites

So I ended up doing some pretty basic invites for the rehearsal mixer/meet-and-greet we will be hosting the evening before the wedding. I bought them from Etsy seller Lucky Paperie and am pleased with what I received.  Added some rhinestones and will mail these babies out later this week!

Here’s a peak!


July 29, 2008. invitations, vendors. 1 comment.

Progress at Crunch Time: Part II: DOC!!

I finally have a DOC! That is, a day of coordinator for our wedding. Woo!!

For those who know me and follow the blog, you are well aware that I have been very involved in planning me and fiance’s August wedding.  But as time grew nearer to the date, I realized that it was going to be imperative for me to have help to be sure all of my hard work was executed!

I’d heard too many stories of brides who spent hours upon hours of time planning and wanting things set up a specific way–only to have those plans crumble and not happen on the wedding day–not because all of the pieces weren’t there–but because there wasn’t someone who knew how to put it all together.

So, my right-hand woman will be Kim Lehman of Massilon, Ohio-based Love, Laughter and Elegance wedding and event planning.

What I love about Kim is that she has been following my blog and wedding plans for several months now, so she KNOWS what I am going for and I really had to explain very little to her!  She will help run our rehearsal and will be on site the day of wedding, managing vendors and making sure things run smoothly/timeline is kept. 

Kim met fiance and I downtown at our venue at our final meeting with the venue coordinator–which took wayyy long I must note!  She stuck around as we finalized our menu and made final decisions as to our table layout and ceremony layout–including a very grand entrance path for moi! (More on that later…)

Kim also gave me a very thoughtful ‘welcome’ bag for booking her as our DOC.  It included some yummy bath stuff and some damask print goodies that go with a part of our ‘theme.’

Knowing she will be there to handle logistics has really increased my comfort level WAY MORE than I could have imagined, and I really can say that I recommend a DOC for those who aren’t doing a full out planner. Kim is awesome, for Cleveland-are brides and I will do a full review of her services after the wedding.

July 23, 2008. vendors. 2 comments.

Progress at Crunch Time: Part I: Makeup Success!

So I visited Cleveland this past weekend for a wedding fiance and I had to attend and ALSO to tie up lose ends and finalize everything for our wedding next month!  In the few (very busy) days I had in town I made a lot of progress in several areas.  

The first I will share is my makeup trial with Jason Kelly of Jason Kelly Faceart.  I blogged about Jason before, but there is nothing like seeing him work his magic for yourself.  I told him I wanted to look natural–not “done up” but still a little evening glam.  A smokey eye look without being too harsh for a bride….

Let me know what you think!
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July 22, 2008. fashion, vendors. 15 comments.

Coastin-and-a- Toastin

Courtesy of Knottie ConnieJeff. How adorable are these babies?  And how adorable will they be when I stamp them with a pretty colored stamp? 100 for $20.

Oh…they’re coasters. Just in case you didn’t catch my clever, slightly corny wordsmithing.

July 15, 2008. decorations, details, Uncategorized, vendors. 3 comments.

Dana Saylor Designs!


Ok, so since the time I came across Haute Bride jewelry I have coveted the bracelets and wanted to have one, bad, for my wedding day. But realistically–wasn’t happening.  I can remember very clearly the look fiance gave me when I told him I wanted a Haute Bride bracelet and told him the price–upwards of $300…
So when a girl is in a bind—gotta get creative!
Enter Dana Saylorwho also has an Etsy store.  And enter my bracelet—plus three bracelets for our flower girls, for a quarter of the ‘Haute’ price!
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April 23, 2008. fashion, reviews, vendors. Leave a comment.

Not So Haute:The Haute Bride Alternative=Dana Saylor Designs

Ok, so since the time I came across Haute Bride jewelry I have coveted the bracelets and wanted to have one, bad, for my wedding day. (HB bracelet at right)  But realistically–wasn’t happening.  I can remember very clearly the look fiance gave me when I told him I wanted a Haute Bride bracelet and told him the price–upwards of $300…
So when a girl is in a bind—gotta get creative!
Enter Dana Saylorwho also has an Etsy store.  And enter my bracelet—plus three bracelets for our flower girls, for a quarter of the ‘Haute’ price!
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April 23, 2008. fashion, reviews, vendors. Leave a comment.

Lasting Impressions Event Rental, Cleveland

So I visited Lasting Impressions while at home and was very pleased with their customer service and very shocked with their selection. I was helped by Kristen (I think) but also worked with Patty over the phone and both are great.
We’re using them for some of our rentals–highboy tables and pipe and drape.
Although we found a better deal for our dinner table linens, you can imagine my delight when this was the first thing I saw when walking into the store:

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You have to love that satin damask-print linen in their showroom!
So cute! And pops so well against the red so will surely pop well against hot PINK!

Well, trust me, the company knows this print is hot…because they are renting those things for literally an arm and a leg.
So I was thinking to use a few to break up my main linen color.
But then, as I was putting in my main linen order with BBJ Linen I happened to come across these photos on their web site (the bottom two images):


Not QUITE damask…but still really close….and equally pretty!

Well, the BBJ Linenversion is considerably cheaper….so…you know being the budget bride I am….!

April 23, 2008. decorations, details, reviews, vendors. 1 comment.

The DJ…Or….Party Music!!


One way fiance and I have been able to cut wedding costs is by hiring a club DJ instead of a ‘wedding’ DJ to spin at the reception. This is right up our alley because we love a mix of music and we really appreciate ‘turntablism’ I think it’s called, and DJs who are great at mixing and really getting the party started. A nice flow of music is important to me and I’d really love a ‘club’ feel for the dance floor the last few hours of the reception.

Of course, I was set on hiring one of the hot club (and mix tape) DJs right now and one of my faves who happens to live in Cleveland and be the official DJ for the Cleveland Cavs, Mick Boogie.
BUT, he couldn’t commit because he is likely moving to New York City this summer.
(If you’re a hip-hop fan check out his website to see how hot he is! And, there are some very worthy downloads there, namely a mix tape called “Brooklyn Soul” which is a fusion of Marvin Gaye and…Jay Z. Ridiculous.

DJ Mick Boogie

But, over the holidays while fiance and I were in Cleveland we heard another DJ, Majette (who spins with Mick Boogie) play a party at the House of Blues–and he was oh-so-fabulous. We loved the way he intertwined classic soul with classic 90s hip-hop, new soul, jazz…it was perfect! So we booked him. And at an unbeatable price.

The savings also allowed us to add some other nice touches for our guests, which I’ll talk about later.

What’s important to you in a DJ and how did you go about finding yours?

March 28, 2008. vendors. Leave a comment.

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