I Love Paper Flowers!

You all know that I love reading Wedding Bee blogs and boards. I love the supportive community and the creativity that the bloggers and members bring! It's such a great place for brides to come together to support and encourage one another and to get advice. And I have been finding some beautiful inspiration and wonderful craft projects that I really want to incorporate into our wedding.

So this week has been paper flower week for me! I have been folding, cutting and gluing flowers together! Both flower mock-ups I made were from wedding bee bloggers, the first is an inspiration from Miss Cinnamon Bun. I had so much fun trying this tutorial! I'm thinking of using these as some kind of favors, or maybe in the centerpieces...hmm...possibilities! (Anyway, onto the photos!)

 The tutorial is great! And shows pictures step by step. This is my first try, can you tell? Well...it was my first try!

Now THAT'S more like it!

Getting better! Yay!
Now, for my next number! I saw this on Mrs. Button's adorable gift wrapping tutorial: Wax paper peonies!
A little blurry, and it looks like a loofah...
Again, first try..
This flower is super easy to make and is so pretty (once I got the hang of it!) Anyway, here's all of them together! So much fun to make! Don't you love crafting?




Stress and Wedding Dreams

I have been quite a busy little bee for the past couple of months; I was a lead in a musical, went away to Florida for a week, and began work on a new play (goes up in April, will speak more of it soon over in WWW*), and have been auditioning like a madwoman and working full time as well as searching for a permanent job! Top that with a very (and thankfully so) active social life and visits to families and whew! I'm...le tired!

Lately, and by lately, I mean since about two weeks after we were engaged ::sheepish grin:: I have had wedding nightmares. Well, you know what, nightmare is not the right word --- because I don't take them seriously and I think they are funny and absolutely silly. They come from a place of slight stress from me who is a little overwhelmed right now with all of the things I am currently juggling. The dreams themselves are funny because they are so ridiculous! In one of them, my dress was assembled incorrectly and looked like a melting buttercream cake!

Yep, kind of like that..

Please, don't get me wrong, I am a very happy person right now and in a great place with my life, my friends, family, my acting and most importantly, with my fiancĂ©e. I really am laughing dreams like this off. I think I just need to take some more time than I have been allowing myself to relax. I cannot wait for our wedding, and I am having so much fun thinking about it!

...Of course, I was trolling the wondrous boards of WeddingBee and I found a link to some very helpful tips on how to relax. I am going to make a priority of focusing on that, and all of the things that I am lucky to have and all the positive energy I can.

Until next time (when I share about my DIY paper flowers)!


*My other blog, Words, Words, Words.


Woo me with a poem!

Shall I compare thee to a Summer's day?
Thou art more lovely and more temperate:
Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May,
And Summer's lease hath all too short a date:
Sometime too hot the eye of heaven shines,
And oft' is his gold complexion dimm'd;
And every fair from fair sometime declines,
By chance or nature's changing course untrimm'd:
But thy eternal Summer shall not fade
Nor lose possession of that fair thou owe'st;
Nor shall Death brag thou wanderest in his shade,
When in eternal lines to time thou growest:

So long as men can breathe, or eyes can see,
So long lives this, and this gives life to thee.
Sonnet XVIII

Patrick memorized and recited this to me on one of our very first dates. ::Sigh:: SO romantic! We have decided to incorporate the sonnets in our wedding reception since they mean so much to us as a couple.

I'll keep you posted on how!




Literature and Guidance

(Warning: the following post may sound like a promotion, it's not, it's just me being crazy about all things wedding!)
So, I don't know about everyone else, but my coffee table is COVERED with Wedding mags! All of which I am obsessed with! I think it may be taking over my personal library collection...

I'm telling you! It's taking over my morning commute! :)

I have to say, I love that they cover a lot of different questions about wedding etiquette like what types of entertainment are cute and what can be tacky, and what to do if a monetary gift check bounces, things like that which maybe awkward to talk about. Also, I love that they feature great varieties of inspirational pictures so that you can really get a sense of what you want your day to look like. I've gotten a lot of ideas from these mags and my inspirational book is chock full of cut outs! EEE!

Another thing I LOVE:

I love that all those who participate in the board discussions seem to be genuinely happy to help and ready to answer any questions. I also like getting advice from fellow brides. It is stressful to plan a wedding, as I am slowly discovering, but it's really nice to know that I have a plethora of sources as well as bee-friends to guide me through!

I know I haven't BEGUN to cover everything. These are just two things that I have latched on to so far in the planning process :)

See you soon!




Our Venue

Are there any brides out there who had one thing, just one thing that absolutely-no-questions-no-doubts knew from the VERY beginning about their wedding that they would want need to have?
Well, I did. And it's not (surprisingly) a ridiculously expensive dress or food cooked by my favorite chef from the food network (although having both of those things would be awesome any any bride who can and wants to, should), it was actually a particular venue.

Don't get me wrong, we were certainly open to and actually searched for and looked at a lot of different venues, but none of them felt right or had that certain magic. We tried but all roads led to the seashore (I'll explain later). Honestly, from the beginning I always knew and so did Patrick.

We decided (and just booked) the place where we *found* each other and the place where we first said "I love you" and the place where he proposed! (I may or may not have mentioned this already). The Towers at Narragansett!

It is a GORGEOUS place, and has a very special room in our hearts. We can think of no other place where it would be right for us to join our lives. And I feel so lucky and so happy that we're actually getting married there!





Asking the Girls...Or...My First DIY!

My first DO-IT-YOURSELF project was super simple, but I really wanted it to come from the heart. I knew from the beginning who my bridesmaids would be and I knew that I wanted to ask them in a special way, so that they would know how much they mean to me. 

Now, of course, since I have been trolling the Weddingbee since before I was even engaged, (did I say that out loud?), I have been wanting to do a lot of DIY projects for our wedding. I am most certainly a budget bride, and I aspire to also be a crafty bride. Anywho, on with it. I decided to write letters to my girls to ask them if they would participate in our wedding. But not just any letters...crafty-homemade-artsy letters. 

It was a simple project that involved me finding beautiful blue stationary and designing a card for each girl. I have six bridesmaids. Basically, I found this beautiful poem from one of the Bees on Weddingbee! It made me tear up so I had to include it. 

I got to work drawing and cutting out six blue hearts as mock seals for the envelopes.

Then, I wrote them each a special note on the bottom half of the card, and attached the poem to the top half of the folded card. I finished by decorating around their names on the envelopes.

A very simple project, but all the girls loved them and my sister, who is my Maid of Honor, called me with happy tears the moment she got hers! I am happy I was able to ask them in a way that makes them feel as special as they are to me. And wouldn't you know? Patrick wrote letters to the boys as well!

Until next time!