Happy Sunday, friends! I hope you are relaxing and enjoying, what I hope is, beautiful spring weather. I’m still living in an aloha haze from our Hawaiian adventures. Is it time to go back yet? Ha!
I’m starting off a series called Weekly 7, where I share seven tidbits on various topics. My hope is this will keep me focused on my blog while creating a strong connection to my audience. In this edition, I’m sharing seven random things about me. Hope you enjoy!
I love trying new crafts but cross stitch is my go-to. Cross stitch is a lot like piecing together a puzzle. I love watching the picture come together out of just cloth and thread. Plus, I find the practice to be calming and get my best ideas while cross stitching.
My favorite colors are blue and teal because they remind me of the ocean. The colors show up in every aspect of my life – home decor, wardrobe, our wedding.
I loathe calling in food orders to restaurants. I’m always happy to go pick up the food, but my husband and friends are always saddled with the job of actually ordering.
While I love to read, I’m not the type of person who can get lost in a book. Even if the story line is really engaging, I struggle to turn my brain off and fully exit real life. I’ve always admired those who can be truly captivated by books.
As I’ve gotten older, I’ve worked hard to develop a healthy relationship with food and my body. I’m one of those crazy people who wholeheartedly enjoys exercise and prefers healthy food. Insane, I know.
I possess an unusually strong association between music and memories. If I hear a song, I can tell you either a specific memory that I relate to it or at the least, what time of my life I associate with it the most.
The first blog I ever had was a Yahoo! Geocities webpage in 2001. This is also where I learned most of my basic HTML coding abilities. Since then I’ve had far too many blogs to count.
We were so happy with the way our wedding turned out! I can’t believe we’ve come to the end of the line – but I’m out of blog posts about it. Haha. It’s been fun reliving our big day though and I hope you’ve found a few nuggets of inspiration.
Below is a summary of our posts and information on our vendors, in case you missed something!
The most important post of them all! I could not write about our wedding without highlighting the food. Our photographers from True Photography captured some delicious looking photos and I believe the whole world needs to see them. So… purely for your eye candy delight… I present… the food.
When it came to putting our table settings together on our wedding day, I was ecstatic with the way our vision came to life. Over the course of planning, we had boxes of candle votives, printed quizzes, wood boards, candles, etc that we had never actually laid out on a table to visualize. So when the day came, I was nervous. What if the center pieces weren’t full enough? What if we didn’t have enough time to piece everything together? What if it looked cheap and silly?Read More »
Ah – the wedding dinner menu. Some people have them, some people skip them. Those who have them either print cards for the place settings or have a board up with the food options written out. The option brides and grooms chose depends heavily on how their food is being served. For our wedding, we served food family-style (large platters of food served to each table) so we decided a family-style menu would work just fine!Read More »
By far, my favorite project of the entire wedding was our centerpieces / table numbers. In fact, using champagne bottles as the centerpieces was the first decoration idea and decision of the event. My husband and I both love champagne and were more than willing to make the great sacrifice of drinking a bunch for the sake of the wedding. Haha!
With limited materials, these champagne bottle centerpieces were surprisingly inexpensive and easy – once the bubblies wore off, of course. The best part was the majority of bottles used were gifts from our engagement. How’s that for meaningful upcycling?!Read More »
As cheesy as this sounds, I was unbelievably stoked when I realized we had the perfect set up for “Mr.” and “Mrs.” chair signs. Most table layouts put the bride and groom’s backs to a wall which makes chair signs a little silly.
I have seen some really adorable signs. Wood cut-outs. Chalkboard signs. Even really beautiful floral displays. We opted to stick with the aesthetic of gold lettering but made a few slight mistakes along the way.Read More »
I am a total sucker for quotes. You can bet that I have Pinterest boards upon Pinterest boards filled with motivational or sweet, sappy quotes saved for a rainy day. I definitely have a few hanging around the house. I even kept a journal growing up to hold all of my favorite quotes (before the age of Pinterest) that I still keep handy.
So when it came to planning our wedding, we knew we had to include a few quotes to help capture our delightful and weird love. We selected three quotes. One that we both loved and one each to represent the way we felt.
The one we both loved is pictured above.
We are all a little weird
and life’s a little weird
and when we find someone whose
weirdness is compatible with ours,
we join up with them
in mutual weirdness
and call it love.
My husband and I both openly embrace our weirdness and find that our individual weirdness blends well together. We both enjoy the little things in life and celebrate the moments that make life fun. Whether it’s playing in bubbles at Disneyland or taking goofy photos to get on the video board at baseball games, we always strive for laughs and fun, even if others may think we’re weird.
Call them what you want… escort cards… seating cards…place cards. All the same, helping guests find their seats has become one of those most creative design choices at weddings today. Gone are the days of simple place cards and table maps. Today, we see everything from elaborate displays of photos to clever, theme-related tokens of the day. I have seen some really inspiring solutions both in person and online.
However, for our wedding, we went for a simple DIY solution that was personalized but didn’t break the bank on budget.Read More »
In January, we got married in a venue that required us to provide everything, except tables and chairs. In booking our caterer, we had the option of having the company stock the bar or providing our own alcohol. Given the venue’s liquor license limited the type of beverages we could serve (wine and beer), we opted to stock our own beverages. Who wouldn’t want the leftover wine?!
Our guests were, for the most part, from out of town so we decided to play up the “We’re from California” aspect. We stocked the bar with wines from California and craft beers native to San Diego. A little local flavor to delight the crowds.
Self-stocking the bar and straying off the normal course of selection meant we needed to provide some guidance to our guests. Thus, we dreamed up these signs for the bar. In theory, they were awesome! In execution… oof.Read More »