happy go lucky wedding

Extreme Beauty
October 29, 2009, 9:34 pm
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Okay, this post is going to sound kind of gross.  I kept trying to figure out how to talk about this in a less gross way and just couldn’t. 

So my entire life, I’ve always had moles on my neck and collar bone area.  Not hairy, gross moles, but not sweet beauty mark moles either.  



My nieces frequently point them out and ask me what they are and why I have so many.  Not really easy to explain them to little girls, so I usually just say they are big freckles, and that it was just the way I was born. 

But, I’ve been self-conscious of them and wanted to get rid of them for some time now.  Well, the wedding was my motivation to finally do it.  Once I picked out my strapless wedding dress I knew there was no reason to keep waiting, and just get them removed.  So, recently I went to the dermatologist and started getting them removed.  I figured that I couldn’t get them off all at once, so I settled for two.  My doctor warned me that because they are on my neck and chest that they could lead to keloids so I was extra careful to follow all the post-op care advice, and I’m glad to report–no keloids!  The worst part was the healing because I had to wear band-aids on my neck and got lots of “covering up hickies” comments.  Ahh, sigh.  But, they’re gone.

Now I feel lots better and once I got rid of the 2 I hated most, I think I can just leave the rest of them.

Did you take on any extreme beauty measures before the wedding?


October 29, 2009, 6:28 am
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Remember when I said I wanted to wear a hair flower?   Well, I lied.  Okay, I didn’t really lie, but I’m having a hard time keeping my eyes away from all the latest headband eye candy out there.

See, two things really did me in.  First was watching Say Yes to the Dress.  I mean Randy pulls out all of these amazing things, and I just nod along and add new items to my wish list.  Well, on a recent episode (I have no idea if it was the most recent one or not, I just set my DVR to record it whenever it’s on), he pulled out this amazing headband that was reminiscent of the 1920’s prohibition era.  It was sparkly, it had ribbon, it was gorgeous.   I put it in the back of my mind though because I had already decided on a hair flower. 

Then earlier this week, Chelsea from Oh My Deer posted more amazing headbands from her etsy shop on Weddingbee Pro!  I was smitten.

So what did I do?  I ran to google and started searching for my very own headband.  Just to look though, you know, not to buy.  I’m wearing a hair flower, remember?  🙂  

Here’s what I found:









This changes a lot.  Not that I’ve bought a hair flower yet, but I was trying to incorporate it into my hairstyle choices.  Now I’m thinking of taking both items to a hair trial and seeing what I like best.  What would you do?

One of the Sweetest Proposals
October 27, 2009, 6:49 pm
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For you girls in the waiting section, I thought I’d try to help you and your SOs out (I know you made a vow to say nothing until Christmas, but just hear me out).   Maybe your SO is trying really hard to come up with a creative idea or way to propose, but just can’t figure out what the hell to do. 

Well, that’s where your blog friends come in.  See, this sweet guy knew that his girlfriend loved reading Bakerella (and who wouldn’t, her stuff is amazing), so he emailed Bakerella to see if she would help him out with his proposal!  Well, of course she said yes, and this was the result:



Every Sunday night she posts a new recipe or sweet idea, and just recently, this was the post on her blog!  What a lucky girl!  Oh, and the recipe for those awesome cupcake pops is also on her website. 

So, maybe you all could hook your SO with some of your blog friends and see what happens.  Just a thought! 

Did your fiance involve any external parties in the planning or execution of your proposal?

Pipe Cleaners
October 26, 2009, 8:36 pm
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So when you were little did you like to play with pipe cleaners?  I totally did, even though I had zero crafting ability back then, just like now.  I don’t know what it is about them, but the possibilities seem endless, and then when Pengy came back from the Martha Stewart show with pipe cleaner rings, it totally gave me the idea to have pipe cleaners at the kid’s table!

Well, I went to Michaels and picked up the largest bag of pipe cleaners I could find, and somehow ended up with this:


It’s a squirel!

And then I also made a ring:


I found some tutorials online via Martha, and all of them are really easy!  I think the kids will love making them.

So for the wedding, I hired a girl to sit at the kid’s table, and I’ll include some of these tutorials in their kid’s kits and I can only hope that the kids will have a great time. 

Are you going to have the kids at your wedding make any special projects?

I Heart Paloma’s Nest
October 25, 2009, 8:26 pm
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Woohoo!! I got a very exciting package in the mail this past weekend!  I ordered way too many things last week (stamps, ink pads, halloween costume, out of town guests bags, and the list goes on and on), so everyday was like christmas at my mailbox.  I’m still waiting on a lot of those items, but I got one item I’ve been waiting on for the past couple weeks.  It was my ring bearer bowls from Paloma’s Nest!! 

Before I even knew who my ring bearers were, I knew I wanted one of these bowls.  And then once I asked two sweet little boys to be in the wedding, I had to get two of them.  Which was really great because I was having a hard time deciding on just one phrase to put on them.  Finally I decided on two great phrases, but for budget reasons I went with one custom bowl and one pre-existing. 

So on to the fun part, the pictures!  Here’s what it looked like when I opened up the package:


And then I opened those up as quickly as I could and saw this:

p2(the heart is removable)


And well, because I could, I took some ring shots.  I had to practice for the wedding day!


So what do you think??  I’m super excited about how they turned out, and glad to already have them here! 

What will your ring bearer carry?

Don’t be Tardy for the Party
October 21, 2009, 8:49 pm
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I wrote this post while listening to this wonderful song, so I think it’s only fair if you listen to it while you read it. 🙂

Ok, I didn’t really listen to Kim, but it’s funny and it fit with the topic.  The real reason for this post is to talk about the after party. 

We have a lot of people coming from out of town to celebrate with us, and I don’t want our time to be limited from 6:30-11, so we are definitely doing an after party.  However, by this point in the wedding process I know I’ll be done with the formal, planned, organized events.  I’m going for something low key that will offer me a chance to spend some time with my friends.  Here is an example of the mood I’m going for:



Only, ours will likely take place in a bar we can walk to just a few blocks from our reception.  And sadly, it will probably be without a fire pit (thought it looks really cool).  Oh, and I already have the perfect dress.

Are you going to have an after party?  Is it going to be organized or are you just going to hit up a local bar like us?

Time for a Little Makeup
October 20, 2009, 9:29 pm
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So I thought I could just roll up to my make up trial and say I want a “bridal”make up look.  But for some reason I decided to search the internet for “bridal make up looks” and this image came up:



Go ahead and google it, I promise it’s there.  That’s when I realized that people have very different ideas of what constitutes bridal make up, and I better not just stroll into my make up trial empty-handed. 

My normal make up routine takes approximately 5 minutes.  It includes powder, an eyelash curler, mascara, bronzer and chapstick. When I’m going out at night, I will throw on some eyeshadow and MAYBE eyeliner if I’m feeling bold.  I really want my wedding make up to look like me, only me at my best. 

Here are some looks that I really like:


I love that this one looks really natural–an almost nude lip, some peachy cheeks, and some shimmer on the eyes (I think this is my fav).



Again, I love the nude lip, and I also love the long lashes with lots of mascara, and the pink cheeks. 


It’s kinda hard to see her makeup because of the editing of the photo, but I really like that her eyelashes stand out, I think that will be my focus.


This one has a little too much shimmer on the eyes for me, but I like the bronzy color, and light lip.

Source for all pictures

So what do you think?  Which look is your favorite?