A Thousand Threads

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I’ll admit it, I’m a bit of a hoarder.

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When it comes to my closet, I have some real hoarder tendencies.

No matter how many times I sort and toss, there are always a few (dozen) things I know I’ll never wear, but I will also never throw away.

I can’t.

Some are sentimental, some are just plain cool (somehow, someday, I swear I’ll find a use for them) and some, well okay some just don’t have any explanation at all. But they’re there… and they’re never going away.

One day I’ll be tragically smothered under a crushing pile of vintage slips and cowboy boots…

“She couldn’t stop,” they’ll say, “We always knew it would get out of hand.”

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Anyway… I was pretty sure this dress was destined to remain in the second category forever… hanging there, staring at me… daring me to figure it out.

But this past weekend I finally had the eureka moment I was looking for.

The key is really the belt… because without it, I think this vintage Jams dress (that if I’m going to be really honest, I think I’ve had since I was 12) is one very small step away from a muumuu.

Once I found the right belt, the rest seemed to flow pretty naturally, and really, after figuring it all out… I’m a little lost as to why I’ve found it so tough to style in the past!

I’m kind of inspired to tackle the rest!

Because of course, wearing them all is much more realistic than throwing them away… even the boots that are two sizes too small.

Don’t judge.

Dress: vintage / Jacket: EmersonMade, similar / Belt: similar / Shoes: similar / Necklace: similar

{Real Weddings} Martin & Nina

This super fun German couple worked hard to make sure their day was a perfect representation of themselves, and nobody else… even shunning the idea of a traditional wedding cake in favor of mincemeat pie!

I couldn’t possibly say it better than the bride, so I’ll let her tell you all about their beautiful DIY day…

Get married? No way! Should it still happen some day, then by no means in a white wedding dress. That was my staunch and constant conviction. But then finally came my dream prince, and the dream wedding followed.

In our relationship things are a bit different. The proposal was not made in the traditional way by my boyfriend, but by myself. For the two of us it was clear from the outset that we were going to have a big wedding party – with all our good friends and the entire family. We started planning our wedding two years in advance by opening a “wedding account.” Initially that was all.

We did not want to have our party in a city venue but somewhere in the countryside and so we quickly opted for the cozy Café del Sol, which is situated near the Rhine in an idyllic nature reserve. The owner’s last name was “Sunshine,” and so of course we decided in favor of his place.

… We started collecting old vases: big, small, medium-sized, simple, trashy, broken or still intact. It did not matter. We only wanted them to have charm and fit the occasion. At best they were meant to give our guests a feeling of having a history of their own. We also collected all sorts of empty bottles: wine bottles, champagne bottles, ketchup bottles. We decorated them with bright ribbons, roses and laces. Additionally we filled marmalade jars with brightly colored lemonade tablets.

… Despite rainy weather it became the most beautiful day in our lives.

… Though my husband and I are quite sweet, we did not want a sweet wedding cake. Knowing our meat-loving friends, we wanted to delight them with something more solid: a minced meat pie with onions. Many of our guests told us afterwards that the pie was THE highlight of the evening.

I think our wedding was a real success.

Photographer: Britta Schunck / Venue: Café del Sol / Bride’s Hair and Makeup: Engel & Helden / Groom’s Hair: Oliver Undorf / Dessert: Café del Sol / Flowers: DIY / DJ: Rainer Lucas / Veil and Headpieces: DIY / Rings: Trauringschmiede Düsseldorf / Jewelry: Heirloom / Schuhe Braut: Siemes / B.A. Star / Groom’s Suit: Peek & Cloppenburg / Groom’s Shoes: Lloyd / Stationery: DIY by the Groom (Matteng.de) / Button Machine: Ever Green

{Real Weddings} Steve & Lindsey’s Pinwheel Party

Steve and Lindsey were married at the edge of White Rock Lake in Dallas, at one of the coolest venues I’ve seen in a while, The Filter Building.  They had a small ceremony, surrounded by their dearest of friends and family, and used pinwheels as their inspiration!  The result is crazy fun and colorful, with a little industrial edge.  Just my kind of party.

Photographer: RAE Portraits / Reception Venue: The Filter Building

Vanessa & Ariel’s Bright Sunny Engagements

I can barely look away from these beautiful shots.  The lighting, the colors… and that puppy?  He (Hurley is his name) has my heart.

Ariel and Vanessa are getting married in Puerto Rico later this year, and their super talented photographer, Kimberly Chau, will be going along.  If these shots are any indication, I’m sure it will be amazing!

Photographer: Kimberly Chau Photography / Location: Hermann Park

{Real Weddings} Brittany & Casey’s Movie Theater Merriment

Brittany and Casey’s beautiful wedding is full of personal details and meaningful DIY touches. The bride even took the time to fold a thousand paper cranes for their ceremony backdrop (seriously, this girl is amazing).

Read on for all the lovely details from the bride herself…

We love seeing great movies together and loved the idea of getting married in a movie theater. It had a great feel with the art work and it was located in the Heights, where we first moved in together. We tried to play off the movie theme with the decorations and made this into a total DIY wedding! I bought and made my own flower jars for the tables. I made my bridal bouquet when I had found I couldn’t get the peonies I had ordered in time.

On etsy people sell bouquets made out of antique brooches. I decided to make one by going to forever 21 and buying bracelets and taking them apart, rings, pins,etc. I also found a cute fingerprint guestbooks on etsy. With the movie theme, I decided to go with the Up (movie) house with the fingers being the balloons. I bought a frame at Michael’s and I drew the house myself on paper with fine tip markers and got finger paint and picture holder stands from Michael’s.

The biggest project? I folded a thousand paper cranes for our ceremony backdrop. I had heard of the idea before and absolutely fell in love with it. I bought a huge stack of 12″ by 12″ paper from Michael’s and cut each page into four 6″ by 6″ squares and folded each into a crane, and then strung them together using beads, fishing string and a needle… It took several months! My awesome friends hung them on the alter before the wedding. The art inside this place was incredible and was a total compliment to our theme and creative personalities.

Thanks for sharing, Brittany!

Photographer: Mustard Seed Photography / Hair Stylist: Visible Changes / Caterer: Coode Co. BBQ / Floral Designer: Fannin Flowers / Invitation Designer: Wedding Paper Divas / Dress Designer: Mori Lee / Cake Designer: Who Made the Cake / Shoes: Kenneth Cole / Transportation: Monarch Limousines / Jewelry: Tiffany & Co., Mikimoto / Tuxedo and Mens Attire: Al’s Formal Wear / Bridesmaid Dresses: David’s Bridal / Veils and headpieces: Nordstroms / Event Venue: Heights Theatre Venue & Art Gallery

Floral Inspiration: Ranunculus

Native to Asia and celebrated for its bright beauty, the ranunculus is available in nearly every color, from white to pink, red, yellow, and orange.  Often considered as a cost-effective alternative to the rose and the peony, the lush, multipetaled bloom is actually a relative of the buttercup — that little flower you might have picked and held close to your chin as a child — and stands just as well on its own as it does as an accent.

Season: Late fall to early spring.

Meaning: You are radiant with charm, attractive.

Pros: The sturdy stem and hardy flower of the ranunculus make it a popular choice for wedding arrangements.  Once cut, ranunculus can last up to a week, making it an ideal pick for both bouquets and centerpieces.

Ranunculus comes in many colors, and is pretty in bouquets at all levels of openness, from a tight bloom to a fully open flower.

Cons: Because there is only one flower on each stem, and the flowers tend to be small, many stems will be needed in each bouquet.  Unless, that is, you use the ranunculus as an accent flower.

The ranunculus can be wire-wrapped, but prefers to be in water and may begin to droop by the end of the night without it.

Photo: Once Wed

A Little Inspiration: Tangerine Dream

Guests / Bride and GroomVaseSpeckles / Table / Food / InvitationFlowers / Bunting / Cake / Cocktails

Is it wrong that this board makes me want to sing?

A Little Inspiration: From the Groom

All photos found on Pinterest.

I’d like to introduce myself as you know of me, but we have not been formally introduced. My name is Mark. Yes, that’s right, I’m the Groom. I’m the man that has asked Laicie (LO as I call her) to marry me.

Ill be honest, I feel a little lost in the planning of the wedding. I’m no stranger to the notion that a wedding is one of the biggest days of a woman’s life, that from a little girl the images of romance swirl through her head. LO was that little girl and has grown to this woman that now wants to make the wedding reflect the feeling that we have for one another, that’s no easy task.

I feel like I’m a usual groom, I want the wedding to be everything that she has dreamed of. I want to be involved, because the wedding is about us, but I don’t want to get in the way as well. I find myself testing the waters to see how she reacts to know if it will make her happy or not and worst of all I might say, “What do you like?”

Well I’m a fast learner, and it’s taken me since our engagement to realize that this is a fatal mistake. LO really wants my input and having it is as important to her as the wedding itself, I think a lot of Brides are this way.

So, I’ve decided to make amends. One out of the million details that needs to be addressed is the BBQ reception we are having the night before our wedding. This BBQ is a welcome to our weary travelers slash rehearsal dinner. It’s important and has become an event in itself.

So, in a new good faith effort to do what all grooms should do I made an inspiration board!

I created an inspiration board to bring to LO to give her a pure idea of what I envisioned for the BBQ… and then I listened. She loved some parts and didn’t like others… but now we have a platform to mold the BBQ into something that is special for me and special for her.

This is the board I brought to her. Take a look tell me what you think. Ill have her post the final board when we get there.

A Little Inspiration: Hi-Fi Hues

Table Setting / Throw / Concert Poster Invite / Bridal Inspiration / CD Programs / Flowers

Today’s inspiration board isn’t just filled with gorgeous bright hues, perfect for any season, it also contains some of the best musical inspiration I’ve seen.  A concert poster as an invite, a program that imitates a CD with “all you need is love” printed on the front and a mock playlist on the back.  Take that and mix it with a little vintage romance… the combination is sheer perfection.

{Real Weddings} Andrew & Amanda’s Fairy Tale Fête

Oh man… this one is really a sight to be seen.  Andrew and Amanda’s Sparreholm, Sweden affair is the stuff of fairy tales, and its hot pink and orange color scheme couldn’t be more perfect.  From the bunting to the boys’ socks to that beautiful ribbon tied around the bride’s waist… I love every detail of this gorgeous wedding shot by 2 Brides Photography.

Photographer: 2 Brides Photography / Event Venue: Rockelstad Slott