A Thousand Threads

Category: Our Wedding

Creative Color

Table / Bouquet / Cakes / Escort Cards

From the start, I’ve had a specific color palette in mind for our wedding… but I’ve always had a hard time really envisioning it.  So somewhere along the way, I started a little folder.  It isn’t a pinboard, because something about Pinterest just encourages me to keep on pinning and pinning… and this exercise just feels a little too specific for that.  Instead, it’s just a little folder with a few very specific shots.  The ones that really inspire me.  And since we’re getting close to a lot of our color decisions and I find myself peeking in the folder more and more, I thought I’d share a few of my favorites.

An Epiphany

Oh my gosh. Something just snapped.

I probably should have known that it would. I should have relaxed and waited for the moment that everything started to feel like it was falling into place.

But… I didn’t. And right now, in my ecstasy, I’m pretty sure poor Mark is more than a little scared… since I’m certain I must seem manic.

But it’s true. Over the last couple of weeks, I’ve bought a dress, settled on a color palette (more daunting than you might think), envisioned a rough outline of our BBQ and brunch, sipped a possible champagne, and finalized nearly every appointment and plan for our trip in May.

I’ve gotten a whole lot done.  But it wasn’t until now that it suddenly hit me… I think I can finally breathe.

I’m sure it’s different for everyone… but there is a certain point in planning, well, anything… where the really tough, really crucial (whether it’s that crucial or not who cares… the point is it matters to you) stuff is set and the fun can begin. You can start to enjoy.

I know there are a lot more plans in my future… and of course there will still be challenges ahead… but by and large, this is the place where it starts to get fun!

Photo: Jen Huang via Snippet & Ink

The Dress: I Just Knew

I’ve returned a successful lady!!  And I am so sad I can’t share the dress that I bought.  You’ll just have to wait for the wedding pictures… but I promise it’s worth the wait.

Dress shopping was quite the experience, and in the course of a weekend I think I experienced nearly every emotion in the book… but the most significant came as a bit of a shock.

After purchasing my dress I found myself having a funny conversation with my friends.  They asked if I had “that feeling.”  The one that Hollywood tells you you’re going to have… that crazy moment.  But the funny thing about the conversation was not as I had expected… that I didn’t.  That the dress had just been the best I had tried on and through a process of elimination I had settled on it.  The funny thing about the conversation was that when I put it on… I really did know.

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Starting the Countdown

Just a few more days (4, to be exact) until my mom arrives for our trip to NYC… and I finally go dress shopping!  I’m not going to lie and say I’m completely excited.  In fact, to tell you the truth, I’m completely terrified… but I am very excited to see my mom and have a lovely girls weekend.

I’m trying not to succumb to the “Say Yes” hysteria, and assume that the perfect dress will magically deliver itself in just one weekend of shopping, but I am kind of hoping…

And, well, I seem to be counting down… so I might be in a teensy bit of trouble.

Like I said… I’m a little bit terrified that it won’t.  But I’m reminding myself over and over that if it doesn’t I do live in quite a large city with loads more options and loads more time and, really, it’s pretty silly to put all of my eggs in one “big apple” basket.

One thing is for certain, I really should stop coveting gorgeous out-of-budget numbers like the one above (spotted on Once Wed today — wow).  But they’re sooo pretty.

(in trouble)

Photo: Jonas Peterson

The Simple Stuff

Wedding planning is a very silly thing. But it’s a very silly thing that somehow, in the silliest of ways, manages to prepare you for what comes next.

The whole truth of the matter is that much as we would both like for it to be, this is not our first trip down the aisle.* I was young and I tumbled my way into a big mistake with an embarrassingly Kardashian end. Mark was more traditional, but also young, and gave it a good go. We both made mistakes that we will never make again.

This time, knowing what we knew, we waited until we were sure… until we knew it was right… and we were careful not to rush into anything. Until, that is, it came to planning; and, technically, we didn’t rush into that either.

The day after our engagement we agreed to wait over a year… give it time. We were paying, we were planning, and we wanted it to be perfect.

We considered eloping. We considered a tiny ceremony with just our parents and best friends.

We considered downplaying the whole thing.

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Guess who’s coming to the party!

Her name is Coral, and she’s the adorable new addition to Enjoy Cupcakes.  You might know her predecessor.

The second I spotted a picture of her floating around on Instagram a few months back I knew I had to contact Amber, who had already agreed to provide my wedding cake, to ask if she could bring her along.

… the little pink trailer was too cute to pass up!

Thank you, Amber, for sharing these gorgeous shots!  I’m so excited to have Coral join the party.

And, of course, I couldn’t be more excited about those cakes!

Photos: Jose Villa (See the whole shoot here!)

70 Degrees and Sunny


I’m stuck inside, working my little fingers to the bone (boo) but I’m thankful for the sun shining through my window, and the sun that is beginning to shine on our wedding plans. Thanks to (finally, painfully) loosening my grip a little and letting Mark take control, we’re down to just one or two final vendors. And once those details are squared away, the real fun can begin… like booking our honeymoon.

Photo: Max Wanger

Featured on Oh So Beautiful Paper!

Hop on over to Oh So Beautiful Paper today to see their lovely feature on our Save the Dates!

I can’t even begin to say how happy I am with the way they turned out.  Matt did such a beautiful job of transforming all of our ideas into reality… especially his gorgeous rendering of our farmhouse, taken from a sketch that Mark drew shortly after our first visit to the venue.

I can’t wait to get these in the mail!

Design: Matthew Novak / Letterpress Printing: Dingbat Press / Photos: Tin Sparrow

Happy Friday!

I know it’s a little cliché, but wow.  The time between your engagement and your wedding… it flies.  In just a month my mom will be here to help me pick out my dress.  The date was chosen because it was fairly close to the wedding… close enough that I wouldn’t regret my choice, but far enough away for alterations.  It seemed so distant in July, but winter has come (sort of) and gone and spring is nearly here.

Just one month after (in May) we’ll be in California for our engagement shots, hair and makeup trials, tastings… all the final touches.  Then it’s summer… and soon after we’ll be married…

I know it’s still a lot of time.  Some people plan an entire wedding over the course of the time we have left.  But to me, it seems like no time at all.  I know how fast the next few months will fly, and right now, if I could ask for anything in the world, it would simply be the ability to enjoy this moment.  To take a deep breath and really savor the fact that I’m about to marry my best friend… the guy I love.  Despite all of the planning and prepping that threatens to get in the way, I couldn’t be more excited about that fact.

But, on another note (because the planning really is fun sometimes): Where I should take my mom on her very first trip to NYC?  I’m working on ideas now and I know there are more than a few of you out there with some really good advice.

I hope you all have a lovely weekend!

Here are a few things I’m loving this week…

Failure makes us all stronger.

Leap day facts.

30 must-see tumblr blogs.

The cutest book for baby.

15 most romantic places to kiss.

John and Mick.

Boo dietyay treats.

This pretty pink and gold inspiration shoot.

Photo: Katie Armour

The Diet

Admit it.  If you’re engaged, you’ve probably thought about a diet once or twice.  We all want to look our best, and even the most fit and fantastic of us are rarely able to see past those few extra pounds they swear they have to lose (even if they really don’t).  It’s sad, to be sure, but true.

Because Mark and I are anything but immune to the same concerns, and have recently scheduled our engagement shots, the pressure is officially on.   We’ve started a diet, and right now Mark is cursing me for even daring to show him the picture above.

To be honest, though, I’m not a big fan of diets.  I can’t bring myself to jump on board with any of the latest fads, and just the idea brings to mind images of starvation and a little weight loss followed by binge eating and loads of weight gain.  I hate them, and in many cases I might even admit that I don’t believe in them.

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