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 πŸ™‚

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 wrapΒ  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 πŸ™‚ 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 πŸ™‚

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!!


304 Days to Go – Our First Visits to Wedding Venues July 27, 2011

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Today Rob and I had our first appointments with potential wedding venue coordinators.Β  We got up early and were on the road making the hour and a half drive to Rockford by 9am. We thought our trip to the Anderson Japanese Gardens was going to be ruined because not long into our drive we ran into this….

This turned into one heck of a rainstorm, and super fast! Luckily we were able to get through it before we got to the gardens and the rest of the day was beautiful (aside from one other drizzle). While on our tour of the gardens we realized that coming right after the rain was probably one of the best times we could have come. The gardens were simply glowing with droplets of water and gorgeous puddles that had formed in the stone walkways.

This is the gorgeous pavilion where we could potentially be saying our vows. It’s big enough to hold up to 250 people (which we will be nowhere near lol).

There are SO many beautiful places to stop and pose for photos! Also, the entire wedding party & all the guests would have access to the gardens all day. Here is just one of my favorite photos from our day.

The reception area was also absolutely beautiful. Honestly, I can’t convey just how incredible this place is πŸ™‚ The massive floor-to-ceiling windows give everyone an amazing view of the gardens. The room also has two outside deck areas for people to enjoy.

So that was a taste of the Anderson Japanese Gardens, and I’d be lying if I said it wasn’t our favorite πŸ™‚ But, I also have a couple photos from the other place we visited, the Concorde Banquet center in Kildeer.Β  We drove another hour and change east to get to this venue.Β  I didn’t get out to take photos because I wasn’t that impressed overall, but here’s what I got. This is where we would have our ceremony. Chairs would be set up on the pavers and we would stand under the white pergola. There would be no backup plan if there was rain…yikes.

What you can’t tell from this photo is that this is situated about 20 feet (if that) from a VERRRRY busy road. I don’t know why they put it so damn close to the road, it would be so noisy to have the ceremony there! The pergola is on the edge of a cute little pond though, complete with a fountain and swans (and various other waterfowl).

After a long day of driving around to different (and beautiful) venues, we stopped in at our friend Jim’s house for a little visit and then headed home. We stopped out for dinner, and while we were waiting at the drive thru we got to see a pretty little rainbow πŸ™‚ It was a nice end to a wonderful day :).


344 Days to Go – Obsessing Over Colors… June 17, 2011

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So initially, Rob and I both agreed that we wanted fuchsia, navy, silver and black to be our wedding palette. However, as time has marched on, I am starting to second guess things. I feel like those colors are too bold and sharp for aΒ  spring wedding. I want something soft and fresh and, well…springy :). So every day now I’m going nuts thinking about different color combinations. I keep making cakes at work and thinking about how much I love different color combinations. Then I get overwhelmed thinking about how many different things the colors are going to affect. Am I going to spend a bunch of money on favors, decorations, invitations, dresses, accessories and God knows what else and then hate it? GRR! So…the search begins, or continues, however you want to think of it.

This was the first color scheme we came up with:

I’m really digging this color scheme, I randomly found it last night whilst pouring through Google images:

And this is a color scheme I came up with while decorating cakes at work:

I’m sure it will change a million more times before things are all said and done πŸ™‚


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