flip + tumble bags

flip + tumble makes these super cute ripstop bags that would make great gifts for your wedding party and/or guests! They fold up into little balls so you have no excuse to not carry one in your bag….and for only $15, everyone can be eco-friendly and stylish!

[images from flip+tumble]

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Win a free photography package from Karenscape!

I got this email from Karen of Karenscape Photographers [who just happened to be one of the photographers I was interested in using for our wedding] and thought it was a great contest! Details below….

Karenscape Photographers is giving away a FREE complete wedding photography package every four months in 2008. Karen will personally shoot all three contest winner’s weddings, a value of $9700 per wedding, for FREE.

But this is not a random raffle.

We are searching for the most romantic, serendipitous, poignant, funny, and inspiring stories of how you found the one. Tell us the amazing tale of how you crossed paths with your fiancĂ© in this big crazy world, and you’ll have a chance to win a free wedding. Make us cry. Make us laugh. Make us hope.

To win you must create a 3-minute-or-less video relaying your story. Upload your video to YouTube.com and send us an email. Be as creative as you’d like!

For full contest entry details, please visit www.karenscape.com and click on the “Win a Free Wedding” link. We’re looking forward to hearing your story!

[image from Karenscape]

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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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