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Monday
May252009

Memorial Madness!

OK, so I have become addicted to Polyvore and ShopStyle. More on that later, but I felt I should share, just in case I need an intervention of some sort.

The Candyman and I had a great long weekend! It started off on Thursday with amazing news for The Candyman! We celebrated with sushi at our local sushi place called Minami. The restaurant is so small and so near our house, it's our favorite last-minute-celebration-go-to-spot!

I came home Friday afternoon to see The Candyman had finished laying the tile in our backyard and it looks good! I knew we'd be planting something this weekend.

Saturday, The Candyman and I went to have brunch and run errands, but the "run errands" part turned into, "let's go vintage shopping and pretend we're running errands."

Sunday we did brunch again, then actually ran some errands. We headed over to my friend Philip's house and helped him enjoy his gorgeous patio and a great dinner.

Monday, we planted. I napped.

In between all that fun, I managed to completely finish my invites, print and cut my recipe cards and thank-you tags I'm planning on using for my favors. I started printing my menus, but haven't gotten far. Um, hello. Did I not just mention Polyvore?

I also bought a pair of potential wedding day shoes. I found them on Zappos via ShopStyle. As an interesting note, I was blabbering to The Candyman about the shoes, where I found them, etc. He mentioned that "zapatilla/zapato" is Spanish for shoe. Is that the source of the name for Zappo's? Me wonders......

Here's the visual update!

I got these at Zappos for under $80! Keep your fingers crossed that they fit and that the heel isn't too high. Great thing about Zappos is that return policy! They were listed as "new" on Thursday (I think) and I got the second to the last pair of blue 8-1/2's!

My favorite!

The Candyman and I headed out to the 12th Avenue South area in Nashville to do our non-errand errands. We ended up at Savant Vintage Couture (I'd link, but she's so retro, she doesn't even have a website!) where I found these lovely, seed pearl purses and the feather and pearl hat. You like? ;) Maybe a little much.....

Newly potted pretties!

The Candyman finished the tile on Friday and we worked on some flowers this weekend. We still need to figure out what to do on the left side. I'm thinking more boxwood bushes like we did by the stairs. See below:
Boxwoods. Clearly, our grass has some patch-issues. We're working on it! Our little postage-stamp backyard will be awesome soon!

Basil, flowers and rosemary.


I hope everyone had a fabulous long Memorial Day weekend! A shout out to my pop, The Colonel. Twenty-five years of service, including a year in Vietnam, Marine Corps Fighter Pilot. Thanks, Dad!

Wednesday
May062009

Bud Vase Sale at TARGET!

I was just at Target during lunch to pick up a storage box for my veil as I don't think it's a good idea to continue hanging it. I think the stress on the old lace might damage it in the next few months, so I'm going to box it up in a long, flat storage bin.

On my way out, I cruised past the home decor section and saw these on sale. I was tempted to snatch them all up and use them as part of my yet-to-be-defined floral centerpieces. Maybe I could bunch these in various heights, some with candles, some with flowers.

These were 6" or 7" high and are $1.00 a vase. I think that's a pretty good deal. The next best price I found was Save On Crafts for $1.99 each, without shipping and handling.

These were a set of 4 for $3.00, or $.75 each! They are only about 3" high or so. CHEAP! They have indentations on the sides so don't look like chemistry beakers as they do in this picture.

There were two shapes of these, teardrop and a mini-ginger jar shape, each for $1.00.

There were a few other styles, but no deals as good as these. I might just starting hitting all the Targets in my area and clean them out, just because. I can always return them, right? :)


Friday
May012009

Stuck in the Center

I'm still mulling around what to do with my centerpieces. I really have no idea. My florist is "on hold" with even pricing anything out since I don't have a clue. We've put "TBD" on all the reception flowers at this point. Ridiculous for someone of my planning and negotiation skills.

Should it be flowers? Candles? Both? I have no idea.

IDEA #1
I like this centerpiece arrangement. I have no idea where I found this picture, so if anyone knows, please advise so I can give props where props are due.

I like the curly willow wreath (I have wreaths at the chapel too) and I was thinking about using ivory garden roses instead of the rose variety above. It looks like the glasses are wrapped with parchment paper and tied with a ribbon. I'm not sure I really like the candle look though as I'm not a huge fan of extraneous ribbon.

Because I work where I work, I have access to these hurricanes:

Photos courtesy of my job.

I can get these super cheap. I found pillars from Candlesjustonline.com at $6.99 for 3- 3x4" in ivory. That's $2.33 a candle. Anyone know where I can get pillars any cheaper? Anyway, I could center the hurricane in the wreath. Would that look pretty or is it too busy?

IDEA #2
Use the hurricane above and surround it with votives in clear glass cups that I can get at no extra charge from Mere Bulles. It would then be a candle extravaganza, but no flowers.

IDEA #3
Use the hurricane above and surround it with 3 clear glass bud vases, each with a garden rose or two in ivory. My florist did little bud vases for another Nashville bride, Raney, who was sweet enough to be a reference and chat me up about Angela and her floral expertise. Here's a shot from her wedding. I don't know who the photographer was, but I snagged this off her Facebook pics! Thanks, Raney!

Since I'm in the business of decor, I might be able to get some bud vases for cheap-a-roo. I should look on BridalTweet or eBay as I might find something there. I'll have to wait and see. I go overseas in about a month and will probably find some goodies then.

I have not abandoned the idea of traditional, low all-floral arrangements. I am not married to the idea (pun intended) of the hurricane. My florist can do great stuff like this:

Photo courtesy of Angela Sadler.

If the flowers were all ivory, it would be perfect, so I have no fear, I'm just thinking about cost, feeling, beauty. Damn, I'm just all over the place.

Feedback, people. I need it.

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