Thursday, April 22, 2010

Wedding: Vendors

With roughly 2 months to go we finally have all our vendors squared away. I've made a convenient little section to the right -> of all my current vendors for the wedding in the Hampton Roads area :)

Wedding: Bridesmaid Shoes

I really wasn't too strict on how my bridesmaids should look. I don't have a preference for hair, jewelry, or shoes. As long as they have the dress on the day of, we're good. I gave my bridesmaids the option of wearing whatever shoes they liked in a color that complimented the green apple dresses. Just so they weren't left too much in the dark I did suggest They are a dye-able sister shoe company with Payless Shoes. They have a range of colors to choose from. Being a sister company with Payless you know they will fit most budgets too. Only set back is there are not that many styles to choose from. The good thing though is Payless has some of the shoes in store, so if you did want to try on the fit and see what colors look like in person you can go to the store and see. Just go to the front and ask the sales lady for the book of colors for Unforgettable Moments. I think we're going with the Rich Mocha to compliment the apple green. Great for prom season coming up too!

Wedding: Bridal Shoes

I've been looking for green wedding shoes for quite some time. I wanted to have a pop of color under my dress with my shoes. But I haven't been able to find the perfect shade of green. I came across these Green Apple Electra Pumps by Nina on and I got all excited, until I try to order and they are all sold out of size 7. Typical.

So I opted for white shoes. I wanted something with a little bling since I wasn't going to have that "color wow factor" anymore. I searched around until I found these pretty pleated pumps by Coloriffics. I'm a frugal lady. I get it from my mom who wouldn't let me buy anything growing up unless it was on sale. So spending $80 on a pair of shoes I will probably wear once, (bc who really wears white shoes?) was a bit steep for me. So I googled the shoes to compare prices. And I'm glad I did. Of all places had them. I was pleasantly suprised by their evening shoe selection at Sears. Who knew? They have brands like Coloriffics, Caparros, and Benjamin Walk. I perused the site until I found these. They are similar to the Coloriffics with the pleats and bling but at a cheaper price. So I was sold. Hooray for google searches!

PS. I also went to a Sears store to see if I could try some on. They don't carry half of what they do online, in stores. So needless to say we didn't see any Evening/Wedding shoes there.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Passing time...

This has been floating around blogland so I figured I'd pass the time and join in...

1. When do you feel happiest?

After I've accomplished or finished something I've been putting off. (i.e., sewing projects, wedding planning, jobs at work...)

2. How do you take care of yourself?

I give myself time outs by secluding myself to the bedroom and taking a mid-day nap. Unfortunately, I can only do this on the weekends.

3. Are you internally (by yourself) or externally (by others) motivated?

Internally, almost too much, I have to "feel" like doing something or it won't be done. I'll wait and wait until I "feel" like that basket of laundry or what have you. Its a habit I'm not proud of bc life won't wait around for when you feel like it right?

4. What do you do for fun?

Flea markets, antiquing, catching the occasional concert or show depending on the cash flow. Movies with the fiance or netflix on the couch.

5. What intimidates you?

My dreams intimidate me. Sometimes I think I'm dreaming too big and I think I need to pace myself. I have a habit of looking at the big picture prematurely. When I should be looking at the steps at how to get to the big picture.

6. What is something you're proud of?

I'd say my small humble blog. I remember when I even doubted starting you. I'm glad I did.

7. Finish this sentence. I never _____________ ever am on time. For. Anything.

8. Favorite vacation spot.

I don't get to go on many vacays so I'd say good 'ole VB oceanfront. Bc in all honesty even having the time to go there is a feat in itself.

9. Today is a (rate from 1 - 10).

A 3. Really bored. It was a weird day. I didn't even notice people at work today. I was really out of it I guess?

10. Finish this sentence. If you knew me really well you'd know _____________ I have major sleep issues.

If you still want to join in, feel free to post your answers on your blog!

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Wedding: Rustic Invites

Our wedding invitations, probably the biggest hurdle of wedding planning, are finally out the door and we are already getting RSVPs in! Getting those out really makes getting married feel even more legitimate. These are our invites. I sewed each pocketfold; all 100 or so of them. The fiance helped print, assemble, and package them while I diligently sewed away. I like how they turned out and so far I have heard nothing but good things about them. It was funny buying all the fabric for them at the fabric store. The lady at the cutting counter was like, "Wow, what are you gonna make with all this burlap?" And I was like, "Um...pocketfolds for my wedding invites." When she responded, "Burlap? That's so interesting, most people want satin or organza for wedding projects..." Haha. Not us. We like unconventional ;) Enjoy!

Friday, April 16, 2010

Currently Obsessing Over: Olive Juice Mary Janes

jazmin mary jane via

How cute are these! Ugh...can't stand it. Once again too rich for my blood, but soo cute for the little one.

Wedding: A dress with persona

stolen from FB. hah thnx Tin!

Meet my recently married cousin overseas in PI and her amazing wedding dress. I really wish I could pull off a little hat like that. Tee...its so dainty! I love the details in this dress. So much personality, from the piping to the ruching and don't forget the black cap sleeves. Amazingness must run in the family ;) Well done cuz!

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Dear Fiance: Wedding Gift Suggestions

Dear Fiance,

If you need suggestions as to what to get me for a wedding present I've provided some help for you ;)

Yudu screen printing machine

Cricut Cake Machine
Diamond Hello Kitty Ring via

and of course a bunna! Thanks!


Currently Obsessing Over: L of L Kiss Lock Wallet

The Liberty of London prints @ my favorite place Target def scream Spring. I really want this Lock Kiss Wallet. The pattern is coated cotton which means I can just wipe it clean. I lug a lot of stuff around in my wallet. Right now my current wallet is actually a clutch I bought from NY&Co. awhile back. So its sorta silly, I have a clutch within my huge 8lbs purse, a purse within a purse really. I like the added Kiss Lock section of the wallet...more for me to stuff up my wallet with ;) Sadly, most Libery of London stuff has gone quickly. I can only find the blue print in stores and not the poppy pink as pictured. I wanted a L of L teapot also, but those too were sold out within days both in stores and online. The search continues for poppy pink...

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Fred Heutte 29th Annual Herb Sale & Festival

The Fred Heutte Center is having its Annual Herb Sale and Festival this weekend, April 17th & 18th, along with a Spring Art & Craft Show. The hours are 9-4 Saturday and 10-4 Sunday and is located in the old train station at 1000 Botetourt Gardens in the Ghent area of Norfolk.

If you go, say hi to my fellow 7CCer Kristin, she'll be the one selling gorgeous aprons and such. Kristin is owner of the Craft and Sew Studio located in Virginia Beach. I might've mentioned it before, but if not...if you've ever wanted to learn how to sew cute things she's the one to see. Her studio specializes in sewing lessons for the beginner to the seasoned seamstress.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Wedding: Official Engagement Photos

I finally uploaded pics from our photographer. Our engagement photos were taken at Norfolk Botanical Gardens in Norfolk, VA. As mentioned in my previous post in was super cold that day. Ironically enough, the next weekend it was like 80 degrees out, stupid Hampton Roads here to see the entire set.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Wedding: E-Sesh!

Here is a link to a sneak peak of my engagement session that was shot not too long ago. It was frigidly cold that day and other than looking a bit "cold" in some photos (in temperature, not emotion) they came out beautifully. I had the opportunity of not only working with my photographer, but he brought along his colleague William who was there to provide some amazing shots as well. These are Williams photos, I will post Chris' photos as soon as possible! Enjoy!

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Sacrifices, sacrifices...

A very daunting task of wedding planning has been completed. We have finished printing, creating, and assembling our wedding invites! (I'll post what they look like once majority of them are sent out.) With such a big wedding things had to be sacrificed to keep within budget and sanity. I had to let go of some dreamy things that in a fantasy world/wedding I would've had. So goodbye...

Calligraphy addressed invites...


And letterpress printed invites...


We started to reach crunch time so in the end while I was still pumping out pocketfolds the fiance diligently worked on addressing the invites himself. Thanks dear :)

Friday, April 2, 2010


Sooo who wants to buy my little girl everything from the Stella McCartney line for Gap Kids? Lord knows my budget won't allow it...takers? Anyone? So cute...