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I’m joining the ranks of brides who have a few personal achievement goals to meet before the big day. Since before B and I got engaged, I’ve been growing out my hair. I’ve worn it short for the past four or five years, and so I’m ready to have it long again. I know that bridal experts suggest wearing your hair in a similar fashion to your everyday style. But, for our August affair, I’d really like to wear my hair up and off my neck. I don’t want a stiff-looking updo, definitely something loose and natural looking. But it still requires long hair. Here’s the progress so far!

Last March with two of my bridesmaids (Christie and Lauren)– ignore the flannel-ware.

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You can see that my hair barely touches my shoulders. OK, so a little bit of work to do.  By the time I was in my friend and bridesmaid Melissa’s wedding in June, my hair was looking like this. This picture was taken on the way to her bachelorette party in Atlantic City.

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Despite its very short length, a hairdresser was able to make it look like this…

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Photo by Exposure Photostyle

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Photo by Exposure Photostyle

Isn’t she just a beautiful bride?!

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On the day we got engaged at the end of July, my hair looked like this…

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(Brandon was excited in this picture, because he knew we were getting engaged and I still didn’t. How silly.) At engagement shots in November…

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Photo by Kamila Harris Photography

And most recently, it looks like this!

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I was very intent on making a hat at my cousin’s shower. Anyway, at this point, it’s past my shoulders in the back, but I feel like I have big swathy-chunks of hair from the front layers. What should I do about this? Is it OK to cut and put layers in, or should I just let it grow for the big ol’ day? I know it’s a small inconvenience– that is, hair that’s a bit of an awkward length at the moment– so I need to keep the end goal in mind. Any suggestions?

And, for those of you brides who have joined the Post-Wedding Chop club, is it worth it? Do you wish you’d kept it long? Recommend a new cut for a new life?

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Well, I’ve posted on Bridesmaids dresses, the reception and the ceremony locations. I’ve not posted about my dress, for it will remain a lock-stock-and-barrel secret until my wedding day. However, here’s what I’ve been thinking about floral design.

My florist, Janene of In Full Bloom, specializes in “intensely personal flowers.” She’s so great to work with, and I really enjoyed my time with her this winter. I won’t post bouquet options for myself, because as I came to think about my own bridal bouquet, there was truly no other option than white calla lillies. Beautiful, classy, a bit modern, but in traditional white. So chic. I also love the sharp contrast of the green stems– I think that will seperate the white of the flowers from the white of my dress.

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For the bridesmaid’s bouquets, I have a special surprise in store. Also, when talking with my friend, Melissa, on the phone the other evening, she exclaimed, “I found your blog!” This brought on a few mixed emotions– surprise, for one– and also regret that I can’t share all of the surprises I have in store for them. However, here’s a few pictures that have inspired me for their bouquets.

What’s not a surprise is that they will all be all-white bouquets. I love the simplicity of white-on-white that my bouquet will have; I was having a hard time, however, finding an appropriate shade of green to accompany their dresses. So, it’s white flowers for us all!

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I posted earlier about my flower girl, Paloma, and the pomander I’d like for her to carry. That idea is still my primary option, and will also be in the works as a DIY project.

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I can make one of those, right? Power to the people! The question is– green or brown ribbon? I’m thinking brown. Thoughts?

Next up: Church flowers (another DIY project) and Centerpieces.

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The final bridesmaid dress has been chosen. My dear friend, Lauren, chose this Jim Hjelm design. It has pockets!!

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It’ll be so cute on her– I love the babydoll waist, the assymetrical bodice. Each one of my bridesmaids is so unique– I’m so excited to see each of them in their dresses together!

I must say, I’m a huge proponent of asking each woman to choose her own dress. It really diffused the stress; I just hope I didn’t transfer too much of it onto them. I just couldn’t justify putting my 6’1″ bridesmaid in the same dress as my 5’1″ bridesmaid, or my double zero yogi in the same dress as my voluptuous double D bestie. It just wasn’t going to work. I asked them each to pick their own gold shoes, with a bonus prize going to the lady who picked the least expensive option. When it comes to the shoes, I was thinking:

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(Promiscuous, from Zappos.com)

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NO, thank you! We are not going for a “Gladiator-chic” look, thank you very much! I think they’ll get the point… 🙂 I love my friends.

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Two weekends ago, I went home to throw my cousin and bridesmaid, Melissa, a wedding shower for her May 9th affair. She and her fiancee both met while studying in a math Ph.d. program. Of course, as we considered what sort of shower we should throw for our dear Melissa, our mind immediately jumped to the most logical equation: a math themed shower.

We searched and searched– it’s hard to come up with math-themed anything! Here’s what we came up with… img_5294

We had pencils personalized; what better favor! Notice they’re tied with measuring tape.

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My cousins Alison (a bridesmaid) and Abby made these yummy number cookies– check out the hearts in the frosting!

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We strung together math flashcards for garklands, which we strung all around the house…

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My sister Rachel and I spent hours cutting those numbers out of foam and painting them purple– it gives a pretty cute “Alice in Wonderland” feel, if you ask me.

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The candy bar was one of my favorite features of the day! Those adorable boutiquey cupcakes were made by yours truly. For a closeup!

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Of course, the bride was ecstatic! The shower wasn’t a surprise, but she was certainly shocked by the Math theme. She especially loved the themed menu– we served “Square Root Steak”, “Symmetry Salmon”, “Calculating Crabcakes”, and “X-, Y-, and Z-iti Axis”. Of course, she and I posed for pictures at the event… (I’m the blond one)

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What a lovely lovely lovely weekend! It was so much fun to plan a party without having to be the center of attention– like the upcoming August soiree! Congratulations to the Lovely Bride!

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OK, one more down! My cousin Alison picked her bridesmaid dress recently. Here it is, another beautiful Jim Hjelm, from the Spring 2009 line.

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Oh, goodness, what attractive attendants I’ll have!

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Well, I thought I’d try my hand at an Inspiration Board. While most ideas that I have for my own wedding are solidified, I really enjoyed working on this! I responded to a post on Style Me Pretty, entering to win $500, should my board be picked. Here’s what I’ve come up with in response to the following query:

I am getting married May 1, 2010 in Charlottesville, Virginia.  I am a woman who has been dreaming about her wedding her entire life.  Now that the time has come for me to plan I have begun to feel very overwhelmed.  Specifically, I am having a hard time editing myself.  I see all of these ideas and details that I like and I am not quite sure how to incorporate these ideas into my special day.  The weddings that stand out to me (and I think most others) is the ones that work in small, unexpected details.  The details are what I am getting lost in.  So, I come to you for help. 

I know that I my wedding colors are going to be a bright pink (more raspberry) and white. I will be married in a vineyard and the ceremony will be outside.   I am a girl who is attracted to shabby chic styles. I see myself using more vintage chic/rustic type of details and designs.  My friends and family would describe me as very preppy and not as trendy as other 25 year olds.  While I am not desperate for penny pinching ideas, I also do not have an extravagant budget to work with. Can you help me figure out where to begin?

SO, here’s what I’ve come up with. I wanted to use the raspberry shade, but offset it with shades of paler pink. As this bride is getting lost in the details, I chose some detail-oriented options, rather than some big-picture items.

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Inspiration Board: Raspberry, Pink and White

First Row: Hershey Kisses Ring Photo by Kamila Harris Photography; wine cork placecards by LeapFrog photography; Cake table by MK Photography; shoes by Christian Louboutin, from Bluefly; Wine label by LeapFrog photography

Second Row: Flower girl picture by MK Photography; Centerpiece and tablescape arrangement by In Full Bloom Floral Design; bouquet by Kamila Harris Photography

Third Row: Personalized fans picture by MK Photography; raspberry checkerboard chocolates from Etsy; Invitation Suite by Bird and Banner; Dress featured in Martha Stewart Weddings;

Fourth Row: Champagne toast with Raspberries from MK Photography; dress by Vera Wang on Bluefly; Seating card, chair wrap and boutonierre from Martha Stewart Weddings

Fifth Row: Bridal Party and Flower cones by MK Photography

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I’ve been scouring the internet looking for an adorable and cost efficient flower girl dress. I love the Jim Hjelm design that goes with my bridesmaids dresses…fg_659_660

(the blue one.)

It’s a bit much though. I also love Annie Girl Couture, especially the Annie Girl Plays Dress Up page.  Still, the dresses are on the pricier side. So, I turned to every bride’s new best friend, JCrew. I fell in love with this adorably cute sundress,

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but there’s really no difference in cost. My mother decided to take matters into her own hands, and searched “cheap flower girl dress.” I cringed. Of course, everything that showed up was piles and piles of tulle!! Eek!

We’ll probably end up with the JCrew dress, and maybe buy a flower from Annie Girl. I’m just so sad to say goodbye to the pleating  and color match on the Jim Hjelm!

I thought to show you some flower girl inspiration ideas my fiancee and I have– our FG, Paloma, is such a little ham! I was at a wedding recently where my aunt told me, “Don’t have little kids in your wedding! They’ll steal the show!”  I told her, “Only if they do their job right!” I’m dying to see what Paloma does– it will be a riot! Sadly, she’s not allowed to throw flowers. So, we’re having our florist make her a super cute pomander!

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Our flower girl is not necessarily what you would call the girly type– she asked for a Spideman Scooter for Christmas. When we told our florist (whose work is absolutely to die for!) that she would be swinging this ball of flowers around her head, throwing it at people, playing soccer and potentially bowling with it, she decided that we’d make Paloma’s of silk flowers. I think that’s a good idea all around– and probably one of my DIY projects to come!

More from me later!

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