Our passion is travel, so it will be the theme for some aspects of our wedding...
We stopped in Iceland on the way to Paris. Iceland is like another planet...geysers and volcanoes everywhere!
About the wedding...
I almost got choked up when I first saw it...it took my breath away.
We are going to have the ceremony outdoors, with the water as our backdrop and thick greenery to the side.
That's my mom in the blue! Please disregard the tent and van, which were there for a different wedding.
The Great Room inside. If we have over 80 guests, we are going to use the dining room for seating as well, which you can see through the far archway.
Floor Plan, possible seating arrangement for 104 guests.
Water Access on the north side of the Crosley.
My family loves the water so we're renting a motor boat for the wedding so that can be our "getaway" at the end of the reception...Seth and his friends will take it out fishing earlier in the week, and I'm hoping to have some sort of wine cruise or something with my bridesmaids and girlfriends. We're lucky to have a charter captain in the family - my Uncle Chuck!!!
This is a drawing Seth's mom did for the directions card (see below for the back of the card).
More color and flower ideas from various weddings featured in theknot's slideshows...
Our Ketubah (wedding contract), which has a "humanistic" text instead of the traditional one.
We ordered the ketubah from www.mpartworks.com. Enormous artistic selection, fast service and they're located in Florida, if you want to pick it up yourself!
*The* cake topper!
I got it from Pixie et Compagnie in Paris. They have a website, so you can order online if, like me, you must have it. It is actually quite small (about 2 inches) but weighs a ton. They're all hand-painted. I watched the guy in action. Very cool.
Dessert Room Idea. Isn't this romantic? We think the Crosley's "den" room will be the dessert room, which will work with this set-up.
Ours will also have chocolate glazed over the puffs. It's something Harry's Kitchens can do for big parties - and it's fun to eat!
We're also going to have my mom's carrot cake cupcakes (my favorite).
I am planning on using this lace in some way (bouquet wrap? ring pillow?). The wonderful French woman who made it was a close friend of my French host grandmother, Mamie, who passed away last year.
Sentimental Brooches: The grape bunch pin belonged to Seth's grandmother. The little bug is my mom's.
I'll be wearing Ile d'amour perfume by Fragonard Paris. This is a picture of the eau de toilette version. Smells delicious!
Bridesmaids' attire inspiration - I just love the look bridesmaids in different colors. We are using this same warm palette.
Lynn Lugo is based in Northern California, but you may order her dresses through several formalwear and bridal shops throughout the country. They will ship right to your bridesmaids, which is great for a wedding like ours, where my maids are scattered from California to Ohio.
We ordered the dresses through Premiere Couture in Madison, Wisconsin. They are WONDERFUL to work with!!! If you are interested in Lynn Lugo dresses, order early, since her dresses are often back-ordered, especially for summer weddings (ours came in about 4-6 weeks, however, without a glitch).
Some of the bridesmaids will also have sashes that tie it all together. We love color!
Pearl earrings in white or pink, depending on dress color (thanks for the idea, RedPoppies!), solid perfume from Fragonard Paris...
...in raw-silk cosmetics bags, accompanied by monogrammed spa slippers. Too cute, I had to get some for myself too!
The groomsmen will be wearing linen/cotton twill suits from Banana Republic.
They may get creative with ties, possibly from Ted Baker London (my fiancé is only brand-obsessed with Ted) - that's all for Seth and the guys to figure out!
Rob is a groomsman, and Seth's brother Jared is the best man. I can't find pictures of the rest...more to come!
Seth's ring, engraved "Where you go I will go" (from Ruth 1:16 and the perfect sentiment for us)
If you would like me to e-mail any of my files to you, or if you need advice making any of these things yourself, let me know.
Most were designed in Adobe Illustrator, which is my new favorite design program. I can send the files to you in pdf format, however.
This map is only to give an idea, so we used one from the 1500s, to go with our vintage travel theme.
Invitations! I love letterpress.
I designed them myself with Adobe Illustrator and then had them printed. I cannot say enough about how wonderful Wildflower Letterpress is. They are a Chicago-based mom-and-pop printing business that was AMAZING to work with. We did everything by correspondance. They printed my designs exactly as I wanted, in the exact color, and the whole process from start to finish (including shipping paper and ink samples) took about a month! (and for much less cash than elsewhere...) www.wildflowerlp.com
My DIY Wedding-day schedule. I think the idea is fun but don't know if I actually need to print these. May need some adjusting!
My version of a St. Pete-area travel guide, complete with our family's favorite places to visit and eat. These are only screen-capture pictures, so you can see some editing marks. They are printed brochure-style and in greyscale and on heavy, ivory paper. I *promise* you can actually read the text without a magnifying glass!
"Post Card" place cards that double as menus.
The stamp on each card will have the letter of the guest's last name on it, on a reproduction of a a French stamp. They'll be "cancelled" with our round embosser plate (the onewith the date, above).