Saturday, April 05, 2014

My Sister's Wedding :: Small Budget, Big DIYs (Part 1)



I'm so excited about this post. I started it SO long ago, I have tweaked this many times and have finally hit the publish button. Of course you know there are so many photos taken at a wedding and I wanted to share them all. It was really hard to narrow them down, so many of the reception I want to share, so I'm splitting up the posts between the ceremony and the reception with this one about the ceremony and prep. I'm hoping to "pay it forward" by sharing some of what we did after getting inspiration and help from others around the web! Here we go!

The Time Frame.
It was June and we got the news, my little sister was to be engaged. Unfortunately Josh lived in Pennsylvania and Gina lived in Florida. We also heard that Josh, being in the National Guard, was scheduled to go on tour to the middle east that September. So, my sister, mom and I got together and we talked budget, style, colors, options, guest list, favors, etc. I had a pinterest board started and we all oo'd and ah'd at the many possibilities.

By the middle of June I'd helped confirm the availability of a venue for both ceremony and reception, found a photographer and my mom found a caterer. Deposits were made the middle of July.

It wasn't decided until the latter part of June that the wedding would happen on August 11th. Say What?! Not even 2 months! Panic set in. This is completely NOT recommended, especially in a 'do it yourself', small budget scenario. We quickly narrowed down theme and style preferences and I went into action and designed the invitations, hand wrote the addresses and mailed them by the middle of July while she and my parents were visiting with family in PA. I must say - I love how they turned out. A kind of Victorian-vintage.



The Design.
Not including the invitation, we officially started the DIY projects on July 27th. As I mentioned, I'd started a pinterest board for another friend of mine who was getting married in January but quickly started adding inspirational pins in the vintage, DIY style I thought my sister would like. Considering the budget we decided to make rosettes for both the decor and the bouquets and that became a mainstay in the overall look of everything. This was an unimaginably difficult task as it was the greatest time consumer of all. In less than two weeks my sister and I (and the several other friends recruited including my mother-in-law) made more than 1200 material rosettes covering 28 8" Chinese lanterns (cheaper than styrofoam), each taking more than an hour to simply glue on the rosettes, not to mention my mom had sewn enough roses for 7 bouquets. The bouquets turned out so lovely and her bouquet will be such a memorable keepsake.
(If you'd like to buy some of the decorative ones - I'm sure that can be arranged!)







Oh! And it was an honor to be her Matron of Honor!



Then there was the backdrop for the ceremony to plan for... The chapel and reception decor... The agenda and design pieces... The menu... The photographer's list... The video... The music... The hair... The bridesmaid dresses! All to be done in less than 4 weeks. My sister is the first to admit that she loves the look of (but has little patience for) event crafts and planning, especially on this scale, so she relied heavily on my mom and me. We were happy to do it but it was overwhelming for all of us, to say the least.

The backdrop was a bit time consuming but I LOVE the way it turned out. Kind of like a pretty rain, wouldn't you say?





Though there wasn't enough time for a wedding shower I insisted on at least throwing my sister an intimates shower and the only time that all of her bridesmaids would be in the same place was after the rehearsal dinner Friday night so that's what I did. My sister-in-law Gabby was extremely helpful (and I used several games from the shower I threw for her many years ago, hehe.) Gina LOVES candy (see the birthday party I planned for her here) so I had a candy and lingerie party for her. It was so fun embarrassing her. LOL (printable set available.)



So for now, I leave you with a few more photos of the ceremony and decor for it. A fun little deviation from tradition - instead of 2 little people, my 3 neices and nephew, along with my son were also a part of the ceremony! So cute!!!















^^ me and my son ^^  :)


Part 2 will be more about the reception so stay tuned.
(Did I mention I made the wedding cake?)



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Photography by both myself and Amy Dobson Photography

Monday, December 02, 2013

Cyber Monday Wordpress Design Discounts!

It's here! Our first Cyber Monday sale! (Actually it's a Cyber 'week' sale.)

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I hope you have a wonderful week and I look forward to hearing from you!
-michele

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Ciao Bambino Baby Shower

Well, considering my nephew is almost 7 months old, I would say this post is just a bit overdue though I'm still very excited to share it. My family heritage is Italian and we love it. My dad was born in Sicily and my mom's family is from southern Italy. We've visited our family there many times and enjoy the time we spend reminiscing over our loud Italian gatherings. So, when it came time to choose a theme for my sister's baby shower it just seemed appropriate for it to reflect our treasured heritage. Thus - Ciao Bambino! (It means 'Hello Baby Boy')


We held the shower at my parents' house and decided to serve an early lunch thinking we could make some simple lunch foods and then share some authentic desserts. I love how it all turned out but it was far from simple. LOL My sister's friends and family happily pitched in with prep before the party which was extra special and we had a really great time!


Now, on to the photos!  We used buffet cards to share the Italian names of the items on the tables. Due to space, it worked out for us to have both savory and sweet on one large table with the beverage table and favors/advice area on either side.

 
 
 
I found alphabet blocks that had Italian words on them. Love!
 
We served Strawberry Italian Soda and of course served it in baby bottles!
 
 
 
 
Some of the games we played were "Diaper Bag Memory Game", "Sock Matching Relay", "Baby Animals Names", the amazingly fun "Tinkle in a cup" and "Gift Bingo".
 
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Many thanks to my mom for allowing us to party there and for doing so much of the work. Also big thanks to those who helped and those who brought such wonderful gifts! Judah is enjoying them all!
Like the design? They'll be in the shop soon!
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