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Apple Blossom

My Handsome Groom

December 7th, 2012 by     

Hello Garden!  The pictures from our wedding are slowly starting to trickle in.  My mom, who’s an amazing photographer, has begun to edit and send over a few shots of our big day, and I wanted to share them with you.  I should be receiving the professional shots within the next few weeks.

Ryan, my hubby, looked so handsome; man I love that guy!

I think everything went together flawlessly as far as attire goes, can’t wait to share more!

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Apple Blossom

My Bridesmaid Inspiration

December 5th, 2012 by     

I wanted to give you a sneak peek at my beautiful bridesmaids and where I found my inspiration for their look. I first came across Project Wedding long before I was engaged. It’s a great wedding web site to research all kinds of details about your big day and also provides a great bridal forum to discuss and get opinions from other brides and newlyweds. I stumbled upon a bride whose wedding truly inspried me. Here’s the bridesmaid photos from Jamie’s wedding that I used for my inspiration:

I knew I wanted those deep, dark red roses for the bridal party bouquets and black dresses. I chose a long dress style which I think looked beautiful!

Photo: Erwin Wijanto Photography

And these are my beautiful bridesmaids from right to left: Amanda, Emilia, Adrienne, Christina, Tasha, and Jess :)

LOVE the bouquets, aren’t they gorgeous?

My mom took the pictures above of my bridal party.  We haven’t received our professional photos back yet, but when we do, I’ll be sure to share!

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Rose Bud

My 1st Wedding Purchase!

September 24th, 2012 by     

I finally received my first item in the mail for my wedding. Can you guess what I ordered? You’re right, cowgirl boots to wear under my wedding dress!

Here’s some background:

I was born in the country and raised on the back of a horse before I could walk. My mom rode while she was pregnant and both my parents packed me in the saddle until I could hold myself in the saddle to ride on my own. I spent years showing horses, barrel racing and also was a rodeo queen for multiple rodeos in my home state. This being said, I thought it would only be appropriate that I wear my favorite clothing item on my wedding day: cowgirl boots.

After hours of scouring the web for the perfect pair of boots for my wedding, (Trust me, there were so many more options than I thought there would be.) I found them-RED LUCCHESE BOOTS!

While I may appear to be a crazy horse person to some people, I am super excited for my first wedding purchase clothing wise.  Now, the only problem will be is not wearing them for another year!

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The Perfect Pair of Bridal Shoes

September 19th, 2012 by     

Photos (from left to right): Robyn Rachel Photography and Wayne Yuan Photography

Sometimes finding the perfect pair of shoes is harder than choosing your wedding dress! Garden, we know you want to be comfortable, so what’s your shoe style–Heels, Flats, Cowboy Boots or Wedges?

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Dress Dilemma

September 11th, 2012 by     

I had my final fitting for my wedding dress a week or so ago. I felt GREAT in it and was so impressed with the alterations. I decided to go to another bridal boutique to get the alterations done because the place I bought my dress didn’t get very good reviews on any bridal websites. Plus, I got that “vibe” when talking to the owner that she didn’t think much needed to be done. When I actually needed my dress to be taken in one whole size!

With that being said, I brought my (new) maid of honor with me to the final fitting so we would know exactly how to put the dress on the day of my wedding. Luckily, my dress zips in the back, but it has the buttons that need to have a crochet hook to put it together.

But my biggest challenge right now is… trying to figure out how I am going to go to the bathroom? The dress is tight to my knees. So there’s no lifting it up and the buttons in the back will make it a VERY long process. All I know is that my MOH is going to get put to work! She’s going to want to strangle me (and she has already told me this). Stay tuned for some funny stories on how many times I have to make her do this!

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Orchid Bud

Saying Yes to the Bridesmaid Dresses

August 1st, 2012 by     

Operation Paper Crane Progress Report: 60% (162 purple, 134 turquoise, 158 white and 147 charcoal =601 cranes!)

Garden, I have put it off long enough.  Who’s ready to talk dresses????

I feel like I should be calling this post “How Nothing Went The Way I Planned, Part 1″ because for both the dresses for the princesses and my dress, I thought we were going to do one thing with the dresses and we ended up doing something fairly different.  However, what we ended up doing worked better than anything I had planned in my Orchid brain.  Life’s funny like that, isn’t it?  Anyway.

We’ll start with how I thought things were gonna go.

In the beginning, I kept having this awful nightmare in my head about choosing one dress for all of my girls and it only being something I liked but they didn’t.  This probably stems from that thing we’ve talked about before with me and this urge I have that I have to keep everyone happy.  My brain also does this horrible thing every now and then when it leads me to the worst possible outcome for every situation I am in.  I could just see all of the girls whispering about me when I left the room about how horrible they thought their dresses were and how much they hated me for making them wear them.  Now, I realize looking back that if the bridesmaids that I chose are behaving that way, then I clearly asked the wrong girls to be in my wedding.  Fortunately, my princesses are some of the greatest girls I know and have had the best attitudes about everything.  I’m so thankful for them.  However, allow me to explain why I kept having the dress hating panic attack.

The five girls that I have asked to be in my wedding are very precious friends and I love them all dearly.  But they could not be more different from each other in personality, hair color, skin color, style, sense of humor, and in body type.  Just like the real Disney Princesses, not one of my girls is exactly the same as the other.  I knew I wanted my Matron of Honor, Rapunzel, to have a dress that looked a little bit different from the others.  I don’t like going to a wedding, seeing all of the girls wearing the same dress, and having to ask “Which one is the Maid of Honor?” So I knew Rapunzel’s dress was not going to be the same as everyone else’s.  I told her this was the case and to start looking for herself, and let me know when she found something she liked.

But for everyone else, I didn’t know what I wanted to do.  Based on how different my girls are, I knew from the beginning that finding one dress that fit all of them properly, that each girl liked, and was easy on the bank account was not going to be easy.  In fact, it would be next to impossible.  Call me a doubter, Garden.  I will gladly admit it.  Any time I tried to look at potential bridesmaid dresses, I would see it and start to see reasons one of the girls wouldn’t like it.  Or I would know they all would like it, but I would see the price tag and instantly say no way.  (Mommy and Daddy Orchid are paying for all of the bridesmaid dresses.) Then I would feel my throat start to swell closed, could feel my head inflating with air, hear the princesses voices in my head as they all trashed the dress I picked for them and knew that at any second I was going to explode.

Okay.  That’s an exaggeration.  But I knew I didn’t want to deal with the hassle and the drama of trying to get one reasonably priced dress for four girls (maybe five if we ultimately decided Rapunzel would wear the same dress, just in a different color or with a special belt around it or something).  SO I decided that maybe it would be easier if we did something like this:

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This was the perfect win-win, to me.  Each girl could pick a dress she liked and felt comfortable in.  But at the same time, they would each be the same basic shape and color, made from the same material.  That way there would still be some sense of uniform, and they wouldn’t all look like a hot mess at the front of the church.  That part was actually Mommy Orchid’s request, as she worried each girl choosing their own dress without any guidelines or set shape for them to follow would end up looking like a cluster of purple satin, cotton, and polyester materials in all of the pictures.  So to sum up, mismatched dresses was what I wanted to happen.

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Well, We Did It!

July 10th, 2012 by     

Holy moly. What a whirlwind couple of months. I still can’t believe that it’s over. What an incredible experience – good, bad and everything in between! I’ll be sure to do some posts outlining all of the little crafty things we did leading up to the big day!

Oh my – I don’t even know where to begin! Let me start with how the whole bridal party ended up looking: FABULOUS! We were so thrilled with the coral and grey. It looks absolutely amazing in pictures and looked even better in person!

Photograph by BH Photography

Photography by BH Photography


Photography by BH Photography

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Snapdragon Bud

That time I bought a wedding dress…

June 19th, 2012 by     

With exactly one year before my wedding date, I thought going on my first dress-shopping trip was a little premature. I mean, I know you need to order it well in advance, but a year ahead was a little too in advance, in my mind. But what was important was to have my mother and grandmothers with me to share the experience, and the weekend of May 18th was the only option available that worked for everyone’s schedules until mid-September. So that’s what I had to work with.

I kept telling myself I was only going to try on dresses “to see what style worked on me.” That I wouldn’t be buying a dress in Cincinnati (where I traveled to shop, close to my family). That I’d wait until fall to buy my dress back in Wisconsin. That is wasn’t a smart idea to buy your dress on the first outing.

Apparently, I didn’t listen to myself very well.

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Poinsettia Blossom

It’s All About the Details

April 30th, 2012 by     

You’ve heard it before and you will hear it again…wedding planning is stressful!  Unless you are a bride {or a very involved groom}, it is hard to understand why we stress about every little detail!  After my own wedding, I have to say that the stress is worth it. All of those “little” details add up to something much bigger!

{my custom-made white feather & brooch bouquet added a unique touch}

{art deco-inspired boutonnieres from Etsy}

{a bridal shower gift that came in handy on the “day of”}

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Poinsettia Blossom

Who, What, WEAR?

April 19th, 2012 by     

Figuring out wedding attire can be a daunting task. From price points to preferences, it can be hard to meet everyone’s budget needs and comfort levels.

We ran into a few snags during this part of the planning process but seeing our wedding party on the day of the wedding is a moment in time I will never forget.  Every little detail came together and made everyone look like the best versions of themselves.  Several people on the streets even commented that my bridesmaids looked like movie stars…talk about a compliment!

{Our glamorous makeup was my gift to the bridesmaids. I highly recommend an on-location make-up artist}{The groomsmen’s skinny ties, dress shirts, and Chuck Taylor shoes doubled as their wedding gift!}

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