Saturday, August 28, 2010

Set Up + Decorations

Generally speaking our goal was to be fun, colorful, and creative (cheap, too). We are so lucky to have thoughtful and creative people in our lives. Without them, we would not have had the great details that made our wedding feel

We set out the cards Nick had his first graders write to me about why I should marry him (when he proposed) as well as the save the date madlibs we used.

Our extremely thoughtful friend made this frame for us from our proposal!

A bridesmaid set up the guest book which was a blank canvas, directions to "draw a line that represents you" and a digital camera. It was really fun and now we have a great painting above our bed!

My mom made hundreds of feet of garland. She even sewed buttons on some of them. We saved it to use in the future for parties and I'll put some up in my classroom this year. It made our reception really feel like a party.

We didn't go too cheap on the dishes and glasses. We kept that classy. The turquoise tablecloths were a last minute decision that I really loved. I had already made everything reds and oranges, so the contrast was perfect.

My mom made over 200 birds for decorations/party favors. Here's where the bird idea began and here's where she got the template. Don't call it a bird themed wedding-Nick hates that. Shoot, like he really reads the blog, call it what you want :)

We had catering from Baha Fresh. It was such a money savor and it really was wonderful! They even gave us hibiscus flowers to make it look nice. It helped that we had friends help set up.
At first we wanted to have a margarita toast, then we realized that it'd have to be cheap margaritas, then we vetoed it and stuck with beer/wine/lemonade/water. More importantly, Nick's mom and friend made these awesome buckets for ice. There were a few on each table.


The week before the wedding we painted some quick pieces of wood.

Our good friend Mike played guitar while we all walked down the isle. I think he played a Damien Rice song as I walked.

We put down blankets for out guests. We set up about 15 chairs for our grandparents and older guests. Don't worry, the ceremony wasn't too long.

Our friend and photographer Diana's daughters were our very beautiful flower girls. We picked some flower petals out of a tree at the hotel guests were staying at the morning of. That was one of a few last second things.

My nephew was the ring bearer. The rings are on a ribbon around his neck. He was hot and tired, so we left off his pants. He was so happy when he finally got to his mom at the front!

The boys wore any shade of blue/green shirt they wanted. Nick let them pick out a tie from 2002ties. Nick wore a tie with art by Seurat called Sunday Afternoon on the Isle of Grande Jatte...we got married on Sunday afternoon in a similar setting; smooth, right.

Our friend James performed the ceremony. We stood near the trunk of an oak tree. The flowers were "happyolas" (gladiolas) that we found at the grocery store as well as the flower in my hair. The girls wore saches that my mom made out of fabric that we died.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Our Dance!

Thank you Stacie and Rachel for choreographing and teaching this! Thank-you to all our dancers for shakin' it!

Watch it on youtube too if you'd like (the sound isn't as good).

dance inspiration

Sunday, August 16, 2009


We're back from the wedding funanza, so now I can post all the nitty gritty details! Today for you, our invites!

We didn't want to cordially invite anyone, but we wanted our close families to be included, so I asked everyone what animal they would be and made a family tree out of it with me, the cockatoo, and Nick, the polar bear, almost connected.

The invite had four pieces of paper that we connected with a string. The orange and yellow papers are our RSVP cards which we made into a madlibs. I'll post some people's responses soon. It was really fun for us to read and I think we had a higher than average response rate.

We used a variety of colors for the strings that held all the papers together.

All the envelopes. I was excited about the new king and queen stamps. We ordered the recycled paper and envelopes from envelopemall.

We put in the invites in the envelops with string sticking out and put leaf stickers on the string.

Here's all the peices nicely layed out next to the street on a patch of grass!

Friday, July 31, 2009


Me and dad painting signs. You should be able to tell the ones we painted and the ones that Anela painted.
Programs. Blisters on my cutting fingers.
programs. Note how hard Tim is working
I cut the leaves out. My mom helped.
People told me I looked like white trash in these clothes.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

A Grand Entrance

I don't think we'll be able to pull this off with our acoustic guitarist, but it's pretty fun.

or maybe I'll wear my hair down