Friday, February 27, 2009

moving weekend!

We closed on our new home the day before the wedding. Amid all the wedding craziness, Jake and I were back and forth with our realtor on closing costs and final offers. But, close we did and after six months of renovations we are finally moving in.

It is not yet complete, but here is a preview of the changes. These photos are actually several weeks old. I will need to take more tomorrow before the house is full of boxes! We do have paint on the walls and running water, no worries.

Before. You can't tell, but the stucco was falling off in several places around the house.

After. Hubba hubba! We opened up the porch. There are now three columns in arts and crafts style siding welcoming you to the home.

Before. Ew.

After. The pedestal sink is quite lovely, as are the light fixtures that are now hanging on either side of the medicine cabinet.

A close-up on our honeycomb tiles before they put the bathroom fixtures in.

Before. Note the glass block windows. And the lovely floors- we kept those :)

After. Fireplace! Stained glass! Yay!

A close-up of our pretty windows.

More later- and moving tips are welcome!

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

wiyomu jewelry

Thanks to Holly at Decor8 for highlighting wiyomu jewelry in her Etsy Take Five Tuesdays post. Lovely, lovely, lovely. The best part is that the designer encourages you to pick your own color jewels- potential wedding colors match, or it could be your something blue. I also loved all the lockets. Jake wore locket cufflinks at the wedding. He was able to carry sweet little pictures of us, our puppy and our family around on his wrists all day. I thought sweet little locket earrings would be similarly intimate.

Some of the pretty colored jewels

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

did i ever tell you...

about the time I was a model?

In a lucky turn of events, my photographer invited me to be part of a bridal shoot. It wasn't your typical trash the dress shoot, although I had some kind of weird tar substance all over my dress afterwards. Dean wanted to do something different- less Brides magazine, more Vanity Fair. The participants, all recently or soon to be married clients of Thorsen Photography, were just happy to put their dresses on again and get dolled up.

Getting ready at the fabulous studio of Amanda Hein Photography. Amanda was on the other side of the camera for the shoot. Amanda is a very talented photographer and I had so much fun with her that day! Sonia Roselli's team was on hand for make-up.

Here are some of my favorites.

It was crazy running around Chicago en bridal masse. People didn't know what to make of us. Was it some kind of wierd group marriage? I think my favorite part was our trip to Binny's. We were all needing a little liquid courage, and so, in full hair/make-up/bridal gowns, we headed into the liquor store. It was classy. Then they asked us for ID.

More here. All photos by Thorsen Photography.

i knew there was a reason that i loved that dress

Thank you, AEO, for triggering my memory. I wrote about a certain Vera Wang gown in one of my very first posts, and it does look quite a bit like Taraji Henson's Roberto Cavalli dress.

So lovely...

Monday, February 23, 2009

oscar night wedding inspiration

I love the Oscars! I realized an hour into the show that I hadn't seen any of the nominated movies (I should never have canceled my Blockbuster at home subscription) but I still found myself mesmerized by all the emotions and glam. I was rooting for Benjamin Button after I saw Taraji Henson in this gorgeous number.

Image from The Cut

I loved all the detail and the soft neckline. Layers of rough edged but gorgeous fabric. It would be a fabulous wedding gown!

Thursday, February 19, 2009

paper source weddings

Paper Source has a whole bunch of fun ahead for those lucky enough to be planning a wedding. The really lucky ones who live close to the Chicago suburb of Oak Park can see yours truly working the demo table. I took a job there last summer and have been happily stamping, backing and scoring since then.

Here are the details:

Complimentary Creative Wedding Demos

Saturday, February 21st (this Saturday, FYI)
11:30 am - Announcing the Big Day
12:45 pm - Inspired Invitations
2:00 pm - Tasteful Tabletop Décor (I will be running this demo!)
No appointment needed! Just stop by to learn how to DIY with the best of them. There will be some snacks, drinks and a raffle. Oh, and its free.

The Wedding Suite

Thursday, March 5, 2009
6:30 - 9 am
$35 per person
These events are selling out at locations all across the country. It will be kinda like last summer's Girls Night Out event (where I got to meet the fabulous Tina of WTRITO), but focused on wedding tips and tricks. This one includes champagne and strawberries... need I say more?

Wedding Workshops

If you don't want to travel from far and near to visit the Oak Park location, you will have to check the workshops homepage. I wanted to highlight a few at the OP, mostly because I am teaching one of the classes :)

Intro to Script
Tuesday, Feb 24th, March 3, 10 & 17th
6-8 pm
Make your handwriting pretty so that you aren't embarrassed of your placecards

Wedding Day Delights
Thursday, April 9th
6-8 pm
The name stinks, but the instructor will make up for it. We will work on some lovely favors, programs, menus and all the other fun paper stuff that will make your wedding fabulous.

Beyond the Invitation
Saturday, April 18th
12-3 pm
This class will give you the skills to make the invites for all the other lovely parties that surround the big day- save the dates, showers, bachelorette parties.

Anyway, I am done shilling for the man. I would love to see you this weekend!
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