Monday, March 28, 2011

Save-the-Date: Vintage Postcard

Thanks to un-spring like weather we had to re-schedule our engagement shoot. It rained cats and dogs on Saturday and the weather on Sunday was not any better. It was a cold cold weekend!

With the weather not cooperating and my travel schedule we had to push the shoot back a couple of weekends which puts us in the red zone for save-the-dates. So it's even more important that we pick save-the-dates that can be printed and sent the moment we have a picture picked out from the shoot.

Honestly, I have no clue what design we should go with other than I want our pretty little faces plastered all over your refrigerators. :)

The only criteria is...
  • contains a photo of us
  • no weird shape/size (trying to avoid paying extra postage)
  • pretty, simple, and DIY (if at all possible)

  • So then I stumbled upon this pretty, yet simple, postcard sized save-the-date with a place for a photo on The Wedding Chicks:

    photo via The Wedding Chicks

    Don't you just love it?

    I will be spending the next week or so researching save-the-dates and collecting addresses as well as preparing for two weeks of travel. On top of all that I have an intense week ahead at work? *deep breath*

    Friday, March 25, 2011

    Custom Address Stamp

    Love, love, LOVE this extra large address stamp from EDanae's etsy shop.

    Thinking about getting the custom stamp for our save-the-date and wedding invitations.

    images via EDanae etsy shop.

    Thursday, March 24, 2011

    No Elephants

    found on oh hello friend.

    Happy Thursday!

    Wednesday, March 23, 2011


    Dear David's Bridal and Dillard's,

    You are selling the same dress for almost the same price:

    David's Bridal/Dillard's

    But that's ok, I bought the dress from one of you. :)

    This is one of the dresses that I will be wearing during our engagement shoot this Sunday. My biggest problem is the shoes (a first)! The dress is the perfect length with flats, anything higher than two inches will make the dress look...weird.

    What shoes/accessories would you pair with the dress?


    This Sunday we have an engagement photo session with JJ Horton (thanks to my awesome bff of Sunday Stories fame)!

    The closest I've been to a "photo shoot" was my high school senior portrait. I just came back from two weeks in France and was 17 and tan. The photographer hit on me (mom reminded him that she was right there), my hair looked like I got electrocuted, and I was told to prop my chin on my fist while leaning on a fake fence.

    Since then, I have figured out that I should let my hair do it's own thing and have gone through the Paris Hilton School of Posing (chin down, smile with eyes, no teeth).

    Because research is a specialty of mine, I bring you YouTube's School of Posing:

    Ok, ok, so it's fashion posing and only two videos, sue me! ;)

    Here are a few real couples and real poses that I love:

    via JJ Horton Photography

    via Style Me Pretty

    via Jasmine Star

    via Jasmine Star

    via Kristin Vining Photography

    Can't wait!

    Tuesday, March 22, 2011

    for Japan with Love

    via AP News

    It's been almost two weeks since the big quake occurred. Tens of thousands of people are feared dead and the confirmed number is already hard to comprehend.

    My mom was in Tokyo the week of the earthquake. That Wednesday, a 7.4 magnitude quake made the buildings sway. Mom said it was a surreal feeling and even more so as she watched other building sway from the twenty third floor of a high rise. There were several aftershocks and everyone thought it was the big one, that it was over.

    Unfortunately, it was not. On Friday, "the big one" shook Japan to it's core. But it wasn't the earthquake that destroyed whole cities and killed tens of thousands of people, it was the tsunami.

    Japan has always held a special spot in my heart, especially after my first (and only) visit in 2008. The people and their culture amaze me, they are like no other.

    I continue to be amazed by the people of Japan. There's order in the chaos...

    for japan with love

    There are many ways to help. Both Yahoo and Google have links to legit agencies. You can text REDCROSS to 90999 to donate $10 (it's so easy that a two year old can do it). Utterly Engaged and Ever Ours are running a fundraiser, For Japan with Love, to benefit Shelter Box. Their goal was $5,500 (enough for 5 shelters) but they have exceeded their goal by over 1000%!!! At the time of this post they raised $56,779. Amazing!

    This weekend mom and I went to Super G Mart on Independence Blvd. There was a Japanese family outside collecting money for the relief efforts. The only cash I had was one measly little dollar but knowing every penny counts, I put it in the donation box. Multiple thanks and bows later, I wanted to break down and cry. They treated it as if it was a million dollars.

    I urge you to help. Whether it's time or money. Local drives or national fundraising efforts... It's going to be a long recovery...

    Tuesday, March 8, 2011

    March 8th: International Women's Day

    Today is International Women's Day. This holiday means different things to different cultures. To me, it's nostalgia. Back in the day, we (the women in my family) would receive flowers (usually carnations) and a card from each other and the men in our lives.

    Happy Women's Day!

    1, 2, 3, 4

    Sunday, March 6, 2011

    Big Sigh

    Today I took a deep sigh of relief. Even though it's temporary and there is still a lot (a lot!) left to do, the biggest puzzle pieces are done.

    I'm talking about our wedding...and the fact that my 13-14 hour work days are done, for now.

    I have the best future husband a girl could ask for, the best maid of honor ever, a date, a location, a caterer, and an awesome photographer.

    Now we have a giant list of "smaller" items to tackle. Save-the-dates, engagement shoot, cake, music...