Wednesday, April 28, 2010

more "real"

A few weeks ago, the future mister and I went to see our venue all set up for a wedding. Here are the pro pics by Melissa Prosser:

(we'll have access to this vintage car!)

It gives me goosebumps just looking at these. And a little voice in my head starts yelling, "You're getting married there! You're getting married!"

At what point did your upcoming wedding/marriage become more "real"?

Monday, April 26, 2010

dressing the men

I can't believe it's Monday already. Where do the weekends go?? Hope you all had a fabulous one! Ours was pretty quiet (well mine at least) since the future mister is busy writing final papers. We were successful in our trip to the mall Saturday morning and even did some research for our own wedding.

1. Men's Wearhouse proved to me that I don't want our men to rent tuxes. Now I'm not bashing anyone that chooses to go this route. I just feel that $180 for something that you don't even get to keep is not very economical. This just solidified my decision to have our men purchase (or use one they already have) a gray suit. Department stores usually have great sales on menswear and a nice suit is practically a wardrobe staple. That's a win in my book.

2. My honey looks amazing in this Brooks Brothers suit.

The store was right there where we were exiting the mall, so we figured why not. That suit is definitely staying on our wish list!

How did you decide on the groom/groomsmen's attire?

Thursday, April 22, 2010

another checkmark

Waaayyy back in January and February I met with a few photographers. Well, we have finally made a decision, signed the contract and put down a deposit. Yay! I'm am sooo happy to have another one of the big ticket items crossed off my list. Another reason I'm excited is now we get to schedule engagement photos! But before I show you some of my e-photo inspiration, I guess you're probably wondering who we picked....

Heidi from Our Labor of Love!

Now onto some eye candy:


typeface lovers anonymous

If there were such a thing, I'd probably be a member. For as long as I can remember I've always been enthralled with handwriting and fonts. Instead of doodling pictures or patterns in the margins of my paper, I doodle words in different styles of handwriting. I love inspecting other people's signatures. For a high school art project I had the task of drawing some sort of picture on the front page of my sketchbook. Instead, I used colored pencils to draw the words of my favorite things in block print, bubble letters, cursive, etc. I think you get the point.

Before I show you the fabulous (at least to me!) typeface I found for our wedding paper paraphernalia, I'll go through my favorite font websites and some of my favorite typefaces.

The BEST site for free commercial-use fonts. This came in handy while I was working as a designer (font used: blackjack).

Sometimes you have to sift through some junk, but this site has a very large free font library (font used: jane austen).

This is primarily a pay per typeface site, but they have about 300 or so listed as free (font used: good dog).

Submit your handwriting samples and have them turned into your very own font (font used: pea missy cursive). Super fun (and free)!

My go to place for free distressed type (font used: porcelain).

This site isn't free, so I've never actually purchased any of their fonts. But I do enjoy receiving their weekly e-newsletter (font used: Impact).

Last but not least is Veer. See that right there? That's our wedding font! Yes, I paid money for it, but this typeface was exactly what I was looking for - inspired by 18th century handwritten letters, romantic, and customizable. You see, there are multiple versions of every single letter, which makes it look more like handwriting than a cookie-cutter font. Let's see this baby in action:

Any other font lovers out there? What are your favorites? Has anyone else paid (or considered paying) for fonts for their wedding?

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

something borrowed and something blue

Over Easter weekend I received two fabulously thoughtful gifts from my future sister-in-law. And they just happen to be something borrowed:

and something blue:

The sweetest thing about the etiquette book is that it has been used by my FSIL and some of her friends and each bride wrote her wedding planning advice in the front cover. So I'll have to do the same before passing it on to the next bride. Such a great idea! Thanks again, Katie!

What are your olds, news, borroweds and blues?

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

repurposing glass jars

Ohhh, I found another project to do! One of these days I'm going to have to start implementing these projects instead of just writing and talking about them.

Anyway, I don't think I've blogged about it yet, but we're planning on collecting blue ball mason jars to use as our flower vases. So far I've collected around 5 or 6 from antique stores and flea markets. What I didn't realize at first was how expensive those jars can be! I think I paid $5 for the most expensive ones, but there were some priced even higher than that. However, I do have lots of the plain, clear glass mason jars because the future mister's parents do a lot of canning (and we get to reap the benefits). I don't really like the look of the clear glass, but they're free(!) and the following project has given me a wonderful idea on how to spruce them up. Behold:


They're from Martha, of course. All it takes is a bottle (check!) and enamel paint. What do you think?

Monday, April 12, 2010

learning new things

Hope you all had a great weekend!

The other day my FSIL sent me a link to her photos from Easter weekend. There was a great one of the future mister teaching me how to cast a fly rod.

Despite the fact that there were over 100 trout stocked in this pond, I didn't catch a thing. It was fun learning something new from my honey, though! Especially since fly fishing is something he's passionate about. What kinds of new things have you learned from your significant other?

Friday, April 9, 2010

be still my heart...

Sigh. These are so lovely that I am at a loss for words. As you probably know, the future mister is in graduate school working on his PhD in Southern/Appalachian History during the Civil War and Reconstruction. That roughly translates into a WHOLE LOT of reading (7+ years to be more precise). I love to read as well. If we were doing escort cards (which we're not), I'd jump all over this idea.

What are you doing for escort cards? Any suggestions as to how I can incorporate some pretty, fabric or paper covered books into our wedding decor?

beautiful blooms

Love this bouquet that I saw on Style Me Pretty last week:

Friday, April 2, 2010

our venue is famous!

Well sort of. I received an email the other day from Epting Events, inviting me to a special showing of Not Since You, one of the only movies filmed in Athens, GA. The movie is about a group of friends who graduated from NYU and are reuniting in Georgia for a friend's wedding. Well guess where the wedding was held?? That's right - The Hill!! It's playing in one of our local theaters until April 15. You better believe I'll be going to see it. Here are some clips for your viewing pleasure: