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

Blogging my way to our wedding day.

121 Days to Go – Cranes, Cranes, Cranes! January 26, 2012

I am still hard at work on my 1,000 origami cranes project! Right now I have right around 700 πŸ™‚ Rob has helped, as well as my friend Kate from work. I’ve been using mainly scrapbook paper from Hobby Lobby, Michael’s and JoAnn Fabrics. However, I did decide to order some actual origami paper through a seller on Etsy. It took a couple of weeks, but my origami paper has arrived from Hong Kong! Check it out πŸ˜€

I wish I could read Chinese, I love how the characters look πŸ™‚

6 different patterns of beautiful origami paper

All of the papers have wonderful gold accents for a bit of sparkle

Cranes made from each paper design, so cute!!

Time to get back to work! πŸ™‚


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!!


299 Days to Go – Invitation Colaboration August 1, 2011

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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 thoseΒ  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 πŸ™‚


324 Days to Go – Official Engagement Photo July 7, 2011

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We decided to finally do an ‘official’ engagement photo! This will be the one that we send off to the newspaper (one here and one back in Ohio) with our engagement/wedding announcement πŸ™‚ It took a lot of fiddling with my tripod and getting attacked by mosquitoes to get this photo.

Also, I’d like to note that Rob is one of the few people that makes me feel short ❀


328 Days to Go – We’ve Made Our First Decision! July 3, 2011

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Well, we’ve both Googled ourselves crazy since deciding when to have this shindig, but up until last night we couldn’t settle on much of anything. We’ve made the rounds to the local craft stores’ wedding sections, looked through books, played around with color samples for painting and searched the internet for inspiration boards. So after a LOT of indecision, tada! Pink, aqua and brown. Whew….why was that so hard? πŸ˜‰

So exciting! Now we can start looking for things to buy early and start thinking of all the DIY projects we want to do. Rob is already getting some great ideas for our invitations πŸ™‚ Maybe I’ll finally be able to start narrowing down what I want to do for the cake? (Ya right hehe).

So what do you think? Does this color combo seem like “us”?


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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