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Old, New, Borrowed & Blue

June 3rd, 2013 by     

The age old tradition that still lives!  Something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue!

Nowadays, there are so many ways to incorporate these things into your wedding.  From nail polish to sewing a blue patch into your dress, to blue “I do” sequins on your shoes.  All of these are supposed to be just a good luck charm, but there needs to be some significance to decide what you’re going to carry with you (or wear) on your wedding day.

I’ll tell you my items, if you tell me yours.

My old and borrowed were actually the same item, a pearl necklace that my husband’s grandmother gave to me. I matched all of my jewelry to go along with it, and even my veil had some pearls sewn in.

My new, this one seems the easiest to me, was literally my veil down to my shoes!  I couldn’t even list you ladies all of the things!

And last, my something blue. I thought this idea was super unique and really fun, it was my pedicure (which even lasted through the honeymoon).

How did you ladies decide what to use?  Was it the significance behind the item or was it just a quick decision to fill this tradition?

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Bridal Bonding

May 31st, 2013 by     

Hello Buds,

It occurs to me that I have never mentioned the amazing community of girls I met throughout my wedding planning process and how much of a support system they were (and still are) to me.  Back when I started planning, I downloaded just about every Wedding Planner and Organizer app on the planet.  I went through them within the week and kept only a major few.  Of course, you need a countdown app, a mobile version of your Wedding Website app (if there is one), a guest list app, an app leading to your registries, and one very important and helpful app, the Bridal 911, if you will, a community forum app for brides-to-be.

Now I used this app for EVERYTHING.  From which line sounded better on my invitations, to me and my fiancee having a huge fight and I needed some words of wisdom.  I put my faith and trust into a group of strangers, and it worked out so well.  Of course, there are some ladies out there who are only out there to cause some trouble and to meddle into others problems with ill intentions.  BUT if you can seed out those ladies, you can find other great ones.  There was a small, but solid, group of ladies that continually showed me their support, including telling me in the nicest way possible to leave Sunflower Dude alone and stop over reacting.

I began planning my wedding almost two years ago now, and I am still in touch with some of these lovely ladies.  In fact, we are quite the bonded group from Facebook to Instagram. I finally have such a great support system of girls around the globe.  I hope to one day meet these ladies and thank them properly.

I advise you ladies to reach out for help when you need it, there may just be a helping hand waiting for you on the other side of the globe through that little screen on your phone.

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Bridesmaids, Head to Toe!

May 24th, 2013 by     

Just wanted to ask you ladies about how you incorporated your theme into your bridesmaids’ attire?  Our theme was a rustic, fall wedding, and I think the dresses, down to the jewelry fit so perfectly.

My girls and I went to several dress shops before we found the dresses, turns out it was a little shop down the road where we did find them.  I have a bridal party of 8 ladies, so of course not each style falls perfectly on each figure.  They ranged from 5’2 to almost 6′ tall and of course varying sizes.  The dresses we chose were almost exactly the same, minus little details here and there.  I chose a cocoa color for the dresses and matched them with a nice, rustic ivory lacing, which were laid differently on each dress, perfect.  To compliment the dresses. I bought the girls pearl necklaces and matching bracelets.

After seeing the beautiful dresses, I decided to sunflowers to complete our look.  What would a fall wedding look like without a pretty pop of color?

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Shedding for the Wedding!

May 6th, 2013 by     

What are some of the workout routines you used?  Did they work?  If you are already married, do you keep up with them?

I want to say that I didn’t download every app in existence for weight loss, calorie counting and yoga routines, but I totally did.  And it was definitely worth it.  Not only did I fit into my dress with no alterations, I am STILL working out weekly and on a good eating routine.

The best advice I was given, and try to give, is do not call it a diet. It is a lifestyle change for the better.  Give up soda and make eating fast food a rare dinner.  Plus, don’t give up after the honeymoon.

What are you best weight loss tips?  Favorite exercise routines?

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My Bridesmaids

March 27th, 2013 by     

I know some time has passed since my wedding, but I still cannot forget the impact nine women had on me–my bridesmaids.  I know, that after the wedding, I haven’t seen them all every day, or even every week for that matter, but I know that I will always have a bond with each of them.

They were the support system that a lot of people could not even imagine.  Maybe they aren’t my blood sisters, well one of them was, but they are closer to me than more than half of my blood family.  Whether it was the silly, simple things, like picking out dresses and jewelry or maybe addressing invitations and whether I should use cocoa or mocha or the intense things, my sister and I got into a huge tiff, and she threatened to leave the wedding party, but my bridesmaids were there.  There was always a shoulder to turn to.  Always a listening ear.  These bonds become more true when you start a new phase of your life, and they are at your side, literally, cheering you on.  I could never imagine a world without each one of them.  When you ladies begin to choose your bridesmaids, do not take that decision lightly.  It saddens my heart to see some women have to kick out or have ladies drop out of the wedding party.

I just recently took part of a “Bridal Challenge” on Instagram today. Day 19 was bridesmaids gifts.  I began to picstitch the photos of the gifts I bought these special ladies.  I even had another friend of mine comment on what a giving and generous bride I was.  All I could say was, it was the LEAST I could do.  These women have done so much for me; I could not even begin to repay them with a necklace or a survival kit.  They just mean the world to me, and I had to take the time out and tell you ladies this.  Don’t get caught up in this planning too much where you forget to say thank you.



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I’m a Married Woman!

January 7th, 2013 by     

Well, my fellow buds!  The big day is now over, and I couldn’t be happier with how it turned out!  I’ll make two separate posts about this, maybe more.  Let me start by saying SEVERAL things went totally wrong the day of the wedding, never mind leading up to it.  But in the giant scheme of things, it didn’t matter!  So, my first little piece of advice is: don’t sweat the small stuff.

I was set on having our two ring bearers carry out mini pumpkins with our rings on the stems.  How cute and totally rustic, right?  Well, I got so wrapped up into it that I brought them with ME to bring to the venue on the big day because I didn’t want anyone to forget them. I forgot them!  They walked down with their hands at their sides, and I had the Best Man grab the rings for us before arriving at the venue.  After all was said and done, no one even noticed that the ring bearers weren’t carrying anything.

Also, I let my mom handle all of the catering, aside from picking the dishes.  Turns out, she did not account for feeding our vendors!  And I hadn’t thought to mention it to her.  Well, during dinner we had the venue coordinator come up to me and ask about this, telling me that our photographers were wondering about food. I was absolutely embarrassed also mixed with a little anger that they came up to ME to ask.  I ran over to the photographers, apologized and had them add the meals on our tab.  They felt so bad about making ME upset, but they ate, our venue paid for the meals for ALL other vendors, and they even stayed an extra hour for us!  So, every little problem did have a happy ending.

Oh! I almost forgot, our original photographer had to be rushed to the emergency room the day of the wedding, and the two fantastic replacement photographers were the ones who stayed.  Don’t worry, I got in touch with her afterwards and everything is going great now.

Even though anything you never had thought could go wrong, take a deep breath and relax.  Someone will be there to save the day, whether it be your coordinator, mother or even your photographer. You will leave a married and happy woman!

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Four Tiers of Heaven!

December 31st, 2012 by     

Hey Buds! I wanted to briefly talk about the cake tasting Sunflower Dude and I went on. Now, our cake is provided through the catering company, and we figured it would be pretty standard, one to three tiers, vanilla or chocolate, maybe some design.  I went in wanting a dark chocolate frosted cake so it would match our theme so adorably. I knew I didn’t want a “boring” white cake.  Turns out that the darker the dye, the darker your teeth can be stained after eating it–not good.  Especially with a white dress.  I was pretty bummed when we were told this.  I lost much of my vision and wanted to leave.

I think our consultant felt this radiating off of me and instead of trying to sell me some type of cake, she took out a piece of paper and a pencil and began to draw a four-tiered cake.  I was kind of confused and excited.  She had me look through examples of cakes they had designed before.  One of them looked like lace.  Actual lace, not a fondant or frosting.  She took this idea I had and ran away with it!  She started off with the base of the cake being a dark ivory (not quite a dark brown, but I didn’t hate it) and proceeded to design my dream cake in front of me.  She pulled out samples of ribbons, cut out sunflowers from a magazine, (which I wanted on the cake) and we didn’t want a topper, so we ended up with a chocolate monogram!


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A New Bud in the Garden!

July 18th, 2012 by     

Hello to my now fellow Buds, Blossoms and anyone else out there reading this! Sunflower Bud checking in for the first time. Let me start off by saying how excited I am to be able to share this wonderful journey with all of you.  I want to give you all a little information about myself, let you know how things are going whilst we plan our perfect day.

I’ll start off by saying that I am a lot like most girls out there and have been dreaming of my wedding day since I was a little girl. Don’t get me wrong, just about every aspect of that wedding has probably changed a million times, and I now get to start from scratch with the man of my dreams!  Speaking of, we met very briefly in high school and had ALL of the same friends but we never knew each other personally. How weird is that? After I graduated, I walked into college on my first day and saw this familiar face smile at me from the stairway. Immediately reassured that I recognized him, I ran up to him, reintroduced myself and we became fast friends. Which led to being boyfriend/girlfriend, which inevitably led to us getting engaged at Disney World last year!

A little bit more about me, I just recently graduated with my associates in Business Administration, I’m dreaming of becoming an event planner or maybe furthering myself into marketing, maybe both!  Currently I am working with GLSS (Greater Lynn Senior Services) which is a transportation system for the elderly and disabled. Aside from Googling and “pinning” tons of wedding crafts and handy ideas, I enjoy reading (comics, mostly), writing, video games, yoga, spending time with FH and my two little pups!

Lastly, from here on out I look forward to sharing any information that I see helpful, from my attempts at DIY crafts, arranging and re-arranging my seating chart, finally making decisions on each detail I haven’t touched or have overlooked and any way to avoid possible drama and annoying situations that come right along with planning a wedding.

Excited to read up about all of you! :) 


Saying ‘Yes’ to the Dress

November 16th, 2010 by     

Originally I saved dress shopping for when I was planning to have lost some weight. Since the weight hasn’t gone and time was ticking away until our wedding date, I finally just made the plans to go dress shopping. I wanted my mom to be in town for the dress shopping, so I waited for a weekend for her to be able to come with me and made appointments at two different places: David’s Bridal and A Formal Occasion (if you aren’t from GA, specifically the northern Metro-Atlanta area, it’s a small boutique in Kennesaw).

My dress shopping experience was fun and exhausting. If you’ve been, you know what I am talking about. Putting on and taking off umpteen dresses and modeling and all that stuff really takes a lot out of you. I absolutely slept like a baby the night after dress shopping. Anyway, the fun part.

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Bridal Weightloss

October 5th, 2010 by     

As I sit here on the computer with no ambition to make it to the gym today (I slept in way too late today and just am dragging), I’m going to talk about bridal weightloss. I think that every bride sort of goes through this when she is planning her wedding… how she can either tone up or lose weight before the big day. No one wants that dreaded “back-fat” or “arm-fat” to show up in her wedding photos. Your wedding day is supposed to be the one day in your life where you feel like the most beautiful woman in the world… and in today’s society, it’s difficult to feel beautiful when you feel like all your flaws are going to be showcased in one way or another. Or maybe that’s just how I feel…

Anyway, I’ve struggled with my weight my whole life. In high school I was never skinny so when I hear commercials about being “high-school skinny” I snort and remember how I felt in high school. Awkward and unattractive because my weight was such a burden. Alright, I’ll just put it out there, I have some major self-esteem and confidence issues when it comes to my weight. There, I said it. I have a hard time feeling beautiful when my clothes aren’t fitting right and I feel uncomfortable and frumpy.

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