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Wedding Shoe Dilemma = SOLVED

Wow. 17 Days. Wow.  I honestly can't believe it until I say it out loud.  Excited doesn't do my emotions justice.  Ecstatic is more like it.  I get to marry, honestly my best friend.  I genuinely feel like the luckiest girl in the world and that's a pretty cool feeling.

And, I digress.

On to the topic of the post is the ultimate dilemma a bride faces....SHOES.  They can be a make it or break it piece to the day.  As my friends know i'm a gal that lives by 'the higher the heel, the better the look' motto.  But when it came to my wedding day shoes, I just couldn't stomach the thought of walking around in stilts all damn day.

I have to admit though, I still tried on every heel I saw....tried mulitiple times to convince myself that heels are just way cuter and I just needed to deal with the pain.  So I tried on...

What, doesn't every bride want to look like a Vegas dancer?

(Waaayyyy to traditional for a very NON traditional bride)
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These just strike me as AWKWARD looking

And then.....I spotted a shoe that was totally NOT what I had envisioned.  But they were PERFECT.  Wild, crazy and covered in rhinestones. 

Candie's Mila Gladiator Thong Sandals
I'm probably the ONLY bride that will wear rhinestone gladiator sandals on her wedding day, and I love 'em.

Dilemma. Solved. 

Bridal Shower Bliss

I am blessed.  Simple as that, folks.  My shower was this past Saturday and I couldn't have asked for a better day to celebrate my big day.

Gifts Galore....Ummm....still unpacking!

Beautiful Bridesmaids

Maid of Honor

Flower Girl Playing with the Gifts
LOVED the Wrapping Paper!

Mi Madre and Her Wonderful Gift!
I guess I'm finally a bride!                          

The 'Belle' of the Ball

I have been asked MANY times if Jon and I are planning in to include our little bundle of joy in our wedding.  And, c'mon folks.  If you know us at all, you should know what a stupid question that is. 

With this couldn't you!
I've been 'surfing' the web trying to find a purple satin dress (so she can match our flower girls of course) and landed this crazy great deal on Ebay of all places!  $9.99....and the best part.  Free shipping.  And the even better best part, the seller donates 10% of all proceeds to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
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Next task:  figuring how to attach teeny tiny peacock feathers......thoughts?

Totally un-blog related, but the seller actually specializes in pet jewelry & I had to attach this pic.  Fucking cute.  But Belle is still WAAAAY cuter.

Yes, this pup is wearing a doggie neclace. And you thought I was crazy?


RESOLVED: Pre-Wedding Thank You Notes...

We recently got our FIRST wedding gift in the mail and let me just tell we were super pumped!  It's like your birthday and Christmas all wrapped up into one everytime you walk up to your front door and see that beautiful UPS box sitting there. 

After we opened the gift and got all of our new silverware all put away, I realized....shit.  I don't have thank you cards yet! 

I went to Target and perused the card aisle which ended in disappointment because with my over the top personality, nothing generic is quite good enough. 

A few days later, here I was sitting at my dining room table having total deja vu of the fiasco that was our homemade wedding invitations.  Yes, they turned out fucking phenomenal, but not without much lost sleep due to crazy anxiety for several weeks.  Lucky for me, I had already laid the creative groundwork for what was to come....

Hot Glue Gun (leftover from the invites)
Glue Dots(leftovers)
Small Peacock Feathers (leftovers)
Metallic Gold Paper (leftovers)
Dark Purple Ribbon - $3
Ivory Blank Greeting Card Kit - $10
0.5 mm Black Sharpie - $3
TOTAL - $16!!
Love Them!

And there ya have it.  Matching thank you notes to the fantastic invites.  Best part:  under $20 bucks.

Peacock thank you cards....yes please.

Survey says.......Solid VS Paisley Ties?

I desperately need my small congregation of followers to help me in deciding which ties to choose for our oh so foxy groomsmen, dad's and brothers.  A few facts I think you should know....the flower girls will be in dark purple polka dot dresses....ring bearers in solid dark purple bow ties and suspenders.  I know, fucking cute.

Now, to sketch a picture of what our men will be wearing:  Khaki suits with light pinstripe pattern....a little like this....

They will have this pinned on the lapel....

Now, here's where I need YOUR help....solid dark purple tie or dark purple paisley?

The fiance & I are divided on  this one....he loes paisley, I love solid.  Help us form a truce.

What...I have to come up with Rehearsal Dinner invites...No f'ing way!!

This is exactly what went thru my head when it occurred to me that I had to come up with yet ANOTHER invite.  I was so f'ing invite-ed OUT after the damn wedding invites, so I totally dreaded this task.  Thinking about it made me want to stab my eyeball with a fork.  Gruesome, I know.  

However, I was pleasantly surprised at how fun, easy and super cute they turned out!

Our fabulous photographer (check her out here) did a blow your socks off job on our engagement pics that I decided to tap into the more eccentric ones and use them for our rehearsal invites. 

Supplies needed:  8x10 photo paper, Microsoft Powerpoint and some scissors....oh and a super fab photographer.  Total cost:  $20.  Can't beat it!

The one we decided to use

Second place, but still kind of my favorite

I wasn't planning on telling anyone, but you gotta give credit where credit is due, so I did find the poem online somewhere via google.  It was just too damn cute not to use!  I tweaked a few parts and here she is...

Jon popped the question and Anne said yes
All the planning is over from  the decor to the dress
Only one thing remains for this day to be great
Practice makes Perfect
April 22nd is the date

We'll practice out the ceremony
And iron out the kinks
Then it's off to the Mercantile Winery
For some dinner and some drinks
Please join the Bride & Groom to be
At 6:00 for a rehearsal
The Elms Resort

Simple, to the point but not skimping on cuteness. 

P.S.  We had a super tough job at deciding which to use and ended up going with the first one.  How we decided?  Took a household vote, the tie breaker vote being my 2 and 4 year old adorable nephews.  They said, "Annie, we like the this one because of the colors."  I'm a sucker so the decision was made. Black and white was out and the colorful one was in. 

Did we make the right choice?