Rob and Mandy's Wedding Extravaganza………….. May 26, 2012

Blogging my way to our wedding day.

277 Days to Go – My Dream Bouquet August 23, 2011

Well I’ve been going out of my mind for the last few days trying to find places both in town and online that sell the pieces that I want for my bouquet. As soon as the rain slows down I’ll be heading out to Hobby Lobby to see what I can find as well. I’ve also been scouring the internet for photos of bouquets that include lotuses and succulents, to no avail. I’m still a bit baffled that I can’t find any lol. It seems like such a natural combinations because they have very similar structures…Ah well, I’m feeling pretty good about having a unique bouquet ๐Ÿ™‚

So, my friend Angel suggested that I make my own bouquet in photoshop and I was like, duh! Why didn’t I think of that :). So I’ve spent my morning Googling up images of the bits I like and I put this bouquet together. I think it turned out pretty decent, so here’s hoping I can make it look like this when the time comes!


281 Days to Go – Thinking About the Bouquet… August 19, 2011

So I’ve been taking a break for the last few days from making favors and writing addresses on save-the-date envelopes. The night before last I could NOT go to sleep, which is pretty unusual for me. For some reason I was completely fixated on my wedding bouquet. All I could think was that I don’t want it to be traditional. I want to avoid roses as much as possible, they are way to conventional. Unfortunately cherry blossoms are basically out because they grow on trees…and there’s just something uncool about walking down the aisle with a bundle of sticks :). I also don’t want to use fresh flowers (call me strange, I don’t care!). I want to be able to spend time making it as beautiful as possible, and I don’t want to have to worry about it dying on me. I also want to be able to save it.

So at first I thought I would maybe try to incorporate my love of all things beaded. Anyone that knows me knows that I spend a lot of my time putting beads together to make jewelry :). So I started thinking, ‘hmm…I wonder if I could come up with some sort of beaded bouquet?’. I started thinking about this as soon as I laid down in bed for some reason. I ended up sitting on the couch Googling until after midnight. I really didn’t find any photos online that looked like the beaded bouquet vision I had in my head. Here’s some of the things I did find.

I also became obsessed with Googling for origami flowers. For our first Valentine’s Day Rob made me a dozen origami roses and they were fantastic (and I still have them! I really do love the idea of keeping my bouquet). I did find some patterns for cherry blossom origami flowers. Here are some photos.

However, I just couldn’t wrapย  my head completely around either one of those ideas. So I continued thinking about it all day today while I was at work, and while Googling yet again after I got home. But now I think I’ve finally got it ๐Ÿ™‚ I want to do a combination of water lilies/lotus (which works well with the ponds in the Japanese garden) and succulent plants (hen and chicks have a similar pattern to water lilies for example). I love the fresh but unusual look of succulents and I think it will make for a super awesome and unique bouquet. I can’t find any photos of those two things in a bouquet, but here are photos of them individually, check it out ๐Ÿ™‚

So now that I feel like I have a direction, the hunt begins for beautiful (and affordable!!!!) high quality artificial flowers. There is a brand called Real Touch that is awesome, but it’s hard to find in stores. So, wish me luck!!


294 Days to Go – Wedding Favor Assembly Line August 6, 2011

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Unfortunately I haven’t had much to write about these last few days because the things we have been working on are top secret! I will say that we figured out the PERFECT wedding favors, and that we’ve got a little assembly line going that is sort of taking over our living room (we probably won’t have a kitchen table for awhile…). These are definitely not your run-of-the-mill wedding favors. Plus, Rob and I are both artists so of course we have to add a little something special to them :). It’s hard to tell how long each favor is taking to finish, but I’d guess somewhere between a half hour and forty-five minutes. We are starting with 80, and we’ll go from there as we start getting RSVPs back later. In the two days we’ve spent working on them…Rob and I have have added our touches to 18 of them, and they just need to be assembled. I might not be able to say what they are, but I can tell you that they are pretty neato, fit our theme perfectly, have unique handmade elements, and are probably unlike any other favor you’ve gotten at a wedding :).

Also, have I mentioned how much I LOVE the cherry blossom wedding theme? I can’t get enough of it!


299 Days to Go – Invitation Colaboration August 1, 2011

Filed under: Musings,Wedding — mandyshaner @ 5:43 pm
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Now that we’ve picked our dream wedding venue, Rob and I seem to have gone full-tilt into wedding mode. Over the last couple of days our wedding invitations have begun to take shape. For my part of the project, I did a watercolor painting of a cherry blossom branch, incorporating our colors of teal, pink and brown. Rob then scanned the painting into the computer and is using the image on both the inside and outside of the invitation. He came up with a really badass design/layout! I would post a picture of it here…but it’ll be more fun to see them when they come in the mail :). I’ll definitely put a photo up after they go out. Now that we pretty much have the main design down, next he’ll be working on the Save-the-Dates. Hopefully we can start getting thoseย  mailed out soon. We want the people that have to travel from out of state to have as much advance notice as possible, especially since it will be during a holiday weekend. In the mean time, we are so excited with the way things are coming together, and we can’t wait to share it with everyone!

PS. This is not my painting by the way ๐Ÿ™‚


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