Real wedding: Kallie + Mike




I saw these photos on One Love Photo‘s blog, and had to get more information because they blew my mind!….luckily, the bride Kallie was more than willing to let us in on her day…..

What was the theme of your wedding?

We didn’t really have a theme. The color scheme of yellow, black and cream with came from a beautiful arrangement of flowers I saw a picture of. I’m not really much of a pastels type girl. We kept things pretty modern which is more my style and it reflects the style of our home where we had the wedding. It was pretty casual and intimate we had around 75 people. Basically, I just wanted people we were close with to show up, watch us exchange a quick set of vows and then eat, drink and dance till the sun came up!

What DIY projects did you have? Could you speak more about that fabulous runner?

The runner was made by my Mom, Lynn Gatzemeier. It is a piece of long black canvas cut to size and a stecil that was made from a laser cut panal with birds and flowers and all sorts of things in it. It’s from a swedish company (I think) I can get the name for you later. It was rolled up and then when our officiant and Mike (my husband) came out they unrolled it. The daisy balls were also made by my mom, Paula Rindal (who helped coordinate the wedding and all the landscaping) and I. I really like them and they looked so pretty I left them up all summer. We also did all the plantings and potting under the guidance of Paula who is an amazing landscape designer.

Did you do anything unconventional for your ceremony or during your reception?

We didn’t really do anything too unconventional. Mike’s brother-in-law was ordained online and officiated our wedding. Since it was a smaller wedding, it seemed weird to have someone we didn’t know do it and we aren’t that religious so he seemed like the perfect option. There was also a slight mixup with the waiting period for our marriage license. We were supposed to be married on the 7th and that’s when we had the ceremony, but the marriage license says the 8th. So at midnight we had a second ceremony which was probably the highlight of the night! We did it in the backyard around the patio fireplace. Mike’s brother in law really got into the southern baptist preacher style thing so there were lots of lots of “Hallalujuas” and “Can I get an amen”s it was so much fun! Everyone else got into it too so there was lots of handclapping and yelling.

What were some of your favorite aspects or moment of your wedding? Would you change anything if you could do it again?

My favorite things about the wedding were our exchange of vows. I didn’t think I would cry, but it really caught me off gaurd! I also loved how everything came together and how great it all looked! I couldn’t believe it when I saw the pictures, it was perfect. I had so much fun working with my Mom and Paula too. I couldn’t have done it with out them. I also loved our cake. It was so good and it looked so pretty. If I could change anything…I would have invited more people! We purposefully kept the guest list small because we didn’t want the house to be too crowded and we thought the deck might collapse! I didn’t want to have the wedding that sent people to the emercency room and wound up on the 10 oclock news. But it held up fine.

People thought we were crazy to have the wedding at our house, but I’m so glad we did. We didn’t dump a ton of money into decorating a hall somewhere. We put all that money into landscaping and planting and doing repairs to the house. Plus, now I have such great memories of our wedding whenever I walk around our house!

[images from One Love Photo]

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NY Mag: Visitor’s Guide to NY


I was rummaging around on NY Mag’s website, and found this New York’s Guide to Visiting NY that I think would be a great link to any NY bride’s website! Its got a great section called Travel Essentials where you click on the month you’ll be in the city, and it gives you all the must-do events to check out! I plan on using the info for my own OOT bags….its going to save me a lot of legwork….

[image from NY Mag]

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Happy New Year! and Never Throw Rice at a Pisces


Happy New Year everyone! I’m sure we have a lot of newly engaged brides tuning in, since the holidays are the biggest time for proposals, so welcome!
Chad and I had a great holiday and just came back from a lovely weekend in Washington DC with my family, but I’m definitely happy to be home and get cracking on wedding projects…these months have really flown by!!! I look forward to finally getting to share some of the projects I’ll be tackling….but how about we get things started with a little contest?

I used to be really into astrology when I was younger….always trying to find what signs were compatible with my indecisive Libra tendencies and see if the stars really could define me. That all ended up as a childhood phase, but when I was recently sent a copy of Stacey Wolf’s Never Throw Rice at a Pisces, I had to revisit and see how accurate it could be….and boy, was it! Stacey had me pegged from the very beginning!! [especially with my expensive taste issue!] I strive for balance in all my decisions, everything must interrelate and be in visual harmony, and I hate fighting over decisions!!

This book would make a fun gift for the new [or already established] brides in your life….and I just happen to have an extra copy! So from now until Sunday, January 6, leave a comment below with your astrological sign, and I will randomly pick someone to win the copy….winner will be announced on Monday. Good luck!

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Pottery Barn Sale

Just popping in to share with you some fun finds from the Pottery Barn after christmas sale….

The metal letters could be a great way to introduce your card table or guest book….

These chalkboard pots would make fun table numbers….only $3 each! For that price, they could even be your favors!

Beautiful vases and canisters for your candy bar….

These birch candles are only available in 4×4 now, but for $3.99, I’d snap them up ASAP!

[images from Pottery Barn]