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Entries in Cake Toppers (2)

Wednesday
Oct052011

Cute-Ass Cake Toppers

Adore. Simply adore. From Better Off Wed via Etsy. Maybe a smidge pricey, but too freakin’ cute!

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$49

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$49

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$25 I like the price on this one! Open-mouthed smile

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$49

So cute, right?

Friday
Aug192011

We Love the Dead

Not as in The Grateful. We are not patchouli wearing nomads who drop acid and spin for hours to Sugar Magnolia. No. No. No.

And for the record, I simply do not get  fans of The Grateful Dead. Sadly, I’m starting to lump the fans of The Dave Matthews Band in the same category. I mean seriously, who wants to hear a three minute song stretched out for twelve days? I don’t.

But I will halt that particular digression before I lose myself in the ramblings of the faults and virtues of tie-dye, pot-smoking and The Hippie Culture.

It all started with a simple purchase of our cake toppers.

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Photograph by my friend and amateur photographer, Scott Jackson. I love how The Candyman is twisting his new ring in this shot!

Buying these little cake toppers solved two of my problems. First, we needed cake toppers. “Need” being a relative term, of course. Second, I wanted something that would pay some sort of homage to The Candyman’s mother, who died of cancer when he was 11 and to one of his older brothers, who died when The Candyman was 17. The Candyman was quite firm about not having roses or empty chairs or saying anything to their absence. The Dia de los Muertos cake toppers were our happy middle-of-the-road place. They were morbid and strange enough for The Candyman to love and gave the silent nod of respect to a brother-in-law and a mother-in-law I’d never know.

Since then, we’ve become just slightly obsessed. When we went to Zhijuatanejo, Mexico, for our honeymoon we fell in love the GIANT Dia de los Muertos figures in our lovely condo. They were dressed to kill, those dolls. But alas, we couldn’t figure out how to get giant, breakable statues home without turning them into dust (most are made from terra cotta).

So for our first married Christmas together, The Candyman gave me this:

I totally cried when I opened it. Last Christmas, my brother and his wife gave us this:

When I asked The Candyman why he thought we liked all things Dia de los Muertos, he replied with,” Because it’s morbid and romantic, kind of like we are…deep down.”

He could not be more right!

I was reminded of this little nugget of us, this love of Dia de los Muertos because I saw this super-cool styled shoot on Poptastic Bride! Here’s a little taste from that shoot (photographer Hazelton Photography, stylist Kio Kreations), but make sure you check out the whole post.

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Here are a few other Dios de los Muertos weddings/photos/things I love:

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From Mike L. Photography

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Via Ownzee

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Via We ♥ It.

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Via Tutorializer.

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Via Elizabeth Anne Designs.

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Via Six Penny Press

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Via Birchtree Photography

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Via Sweet Sugar Belle

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Via Pinup Girl Clothing

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Rick Genest (aka Zombie Boy) and Lady Gaga. Hers is make up. His? Fucking tattoos! Via This Website.

When I was hunting for all these pictures, I found quite the battle on several websites of the morbidity versus the respect the Day of the Dead gives those who have passed. There was one site that got all Bible-beating, holier-than-thou on everybody for a couple’s Dia de los Muertos style invites. I thought they were cute. And I think this expression of personal style and taste when it comes to weddings reverberates back to yesterdays post. It’s YOUR wedding. Express yourselves how you see fit. Others be damned. Pun intended.

Feel free to share your thoughts on The Dead!