Good morning Buds,
Did I ever share in my honeymoon bliss with you all?
I have so many photos to share. We went to Disney World a day after the wedding, which also happens to be the beginning of Christmas there. The best of both worlds, a 2-week vacation and an early start to me and Sunflower Dude’s favorite season and holiday!
We ended up purchasing the photo CD, which was a steal for all the photos we took, and it also included photos from rides and experiences, which meant going on Splash Mountain 10 times in a row and having a photo memory for each!
It has been a while since I posted – I’ve been married for over a year now. It is nuts how the time flies!
It feels like it was only yesterday that I was freaking out because the florist was late on the day of the wedding.
They say that the first year of marriage is the hardest. Well, who is they? Because I have had a blast. Being married to your best friend can definitely be rough at times. You’re together too often, or not enough, but there is no where I would rather be, and no one I’d rather be with.
I hope all of you Buds out there planning are enjoying and basking in the little memories you are making with your soon-to-be husband or wife.
Hello Garden! Long time no see!
I knew that I wanted a separate table for Ryan and myself during the wedding with our bridal party scattered throughout our guests that way everyone could sit with someone they knew and have a great time at the reception. Our sweetheart table decor was composed of black vases filled with red roses, peonies, and white hydrangea along with a handful of votives that provided delicate candlelight. The black striped table cloths were a nice addition to the overall look.
Photography: Sargeant Creative | Florals: Natalie Galasso Designs
I’d say it all came out pretty amazing, wouldn’t you? We loved everything!
Are you buds doing a sweetheart table for your wedding or sharing a table with the bridal party?
Hello Garden! It’s been so quiet around here lately, where is everyone?
I came across these adorable wooden cake toppers while browsing on Etsy and had to have some! I placed an order for our one year wedding anniversary, which we celebrated on November 2, 2013. Charlene from Creative ButterflyXOX creates the cutest wooden cake toppers, and they are completely personalized! Not only did I have Ryan and myself made, but our little Maltese pup Sophie too!
I sent our wedding pictures and close up shots of Sophie and Charlene was able to make us into little wooden people. They look just like us!
Make sure you check out Charlene’s shop here. These are great for the day of the wedding or even to celebrate anniversaries!
Hello, Garden! Today I’d love to share our candy bar, which we used as a wedding favor for our guests. We stuck with the black and white with red theme matching all the candies to that. Everything came out perfect and the setup was so cute! The candy jars and scoops were borrowed from a friend and the cake pops were made by my Aunt May. I printed out the Love Is Sweet sign here, and found the frame at Hobby Lobby for half off.
Photography: Sargeant Creative | Candy: Sweet Ladera
So fun and a great, cost-effective wedding favor! What did all you gals use as your wedding favors? Any other candy bars out there?
I loved my bridesmaids bouquets designed by Natalie Galasso Designs! They really popped against all the girl’s long black dresses. The bouquets were composed of freedom, black magic, wild one (dark hot pink) roses and finished off with black satin ribbons.
Photography: Sargeant Creative | Floral Design: Natalie Galasso Designs
The girl’s bouquets were just perfect, don’t you think? I couldn’t be happier with how they turned out.
For our guest sign in table, we used our K and R anthropologie monogrammed mugs for decor, along with the engagement book our photographers made for us. Each page had a place for guests to leave their comments and well wishes. Here is the end result:
Photography: Sargeant Creative | Florals: Natalie Galasso Designs
I love the deep red roses that filled the mugs, my favorite! Our engagement book is now filled with sweet notes and words from all our family and friends that we can look back on for years to come!
Hello Garden! Let me just start off by saying we had the most amazing wedding party. Not only were they family and friends, who we love dearly, but they looked amazing as well! Ryan and I chose 6 girls and guys to stand by us on our wedding day. I had my 2 sisters, sister-in-law, and 3 best friends and Ryan had his brother, my brother, and 4 of his closest friends. The wedding party shots are some of my favorite out of the whole wedding, everyone looked so sharp!
Photography: Sargeant Creative | Venue: Turnip Rose, Costa Mesa
My bridesmaids purchased their dresses at Alfred Angelo and David’s Bridal. The groomsmen’s tuxes were provided by Friar Tux. I absolutely loved how the overall look came together, exactly what I envisioned!
Hello Garden! I know throughout my wedding planning process I relied heavily on research from the Internet, and the wedding blog community to help me find inspiration and plan my day. I wanted to share with you a few of my favorites and also hear which sites you ladies used for all your planning.
Who doesn’t know about Style Me Pretty? I mean honestly?! Even before I was engaged or even thinking about planning my wedding, I was on that site every single day. So much inspiration and beauty in one place, it’s a brides dream come true!
I really love how they also break up real weddings by region like California, Destination, New York, etc. So many ideas for the soon-to-be bride.
The Wedding Chicks is not only great because there’s tons of wedding inspiration to view, but aslo so many awesome free printables for all your wedding needs. I used their printables on my dessert bar goodie containers, and they were adorable!
Another one of my favorites is Green Wedding Shoes. This site is chock full of real weddings, galleries, vendor searches, and a great section on DIY wedding projects.
These sites sure helped with ideas, what about you? What are some of your favorite wedding blogs to check out?
This past Saturday, I served as a bridesmaid in Violet Blossom’s wedding. It was an absolutely beautiful wedding, and I was proud to be a part of it. Violet Blossom and I have been friends since kindergarten, in case the Garden didn’t know!
I’ve been a bridesmaid in multiple weddings before Violet’s, but this is the first since getting engaged. I know that Violet Blossom is excited for me to be engaged, but I also knew that I should keep discussion focused on her wedding from her bridal shower to her reception. We did talk here and there about my pending nuptials, but I was careful to stay focused on her big day.
I will say that being a bridesmaid in the midst of planning your own wedding offers a unique opportunity to learn and observe. I hadn’t been a bridesmaid since fall of 2009, so this past Saturday served as a reminder of how things go. I also took notes on things to look for in decor, ceremony details, and some vendors. Violet Blossom’s DJ, Jason from Cipriano Productions, was a blast, so I might end up hiring him for my own big day!
So I feel that, although it was a new experience, being a bridesmaid while engaged was also a great experience full of laughter and learning opportunities. I feel that I kept a good balance between my own excitement and the joy I felt for my friend!