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Tuesday, March 28, 2006

More Engagement Photos

Amanda just put some more photos from our shoot on her blog! (link) I've copied a few of my favorites here but there are more there, so check it out!

I love the composition of these shots. The colors and contrast is awesome, too. I just wish our faces were a little different in a couple of them. That was probably our fault as we weren't sure when to look at her and when to look at each other. In picture #2, I might try to blur the background a bit when I get the photo in high res to obscure the lightpole and cage-thingy. I really like how that photo came out, but want to keep the focus on us. Thanks again Amanda!

Quote of the Day

"Holidays are the invention of the Devil"
- my boss

Monday, March 27, 2006

Engagement Photos

Luck has been in my favor! On one of my favorite sites (2Peas) I met Amanda, a new photographer who lives only a mile or so from me. She was in search of subjects, as she aspires to take up professional photography. Sunday, we met her and her bf up at Pt. Dume in Malibu for a photoshoot. It was a good time and learning experience for us all! If you're in LA and want to have your picture taken, be sure to post on her blog. It's a lot of fun and she's great to work with!

Here are a few pictures I stole from her blog. I really love the style and composition of these photos. I can't wait to see the rest!

Thursday, March 23, 2006

A couple of LO's

I had a little fun tonight creating two new digital layouts. The pagekits available on the internet have become soooooo much better since I first tried digital scrapping (just once!) about a year ago. There are so many more elements of a much higher quality.

Here are a couple of the layout's from tonigh. The first is using a couple of fun pictures of Henry I took in the apartment. The second is using a photo of Janelle and Craig from their wedding about 1.5 years ago. I figured it would be fun to scrap a wedding photo for practice while I'm waiting for my own!

Wednesday, March 22, 2006

New title bar!

So, I had more fun tonight and came up with a new title bar. Fun fun!

Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Photoshop fun

I had a bit of fun tonight playing with photoshop. I think we might send out a postcard as our "save the date" card so I figured I should brush up on my photoshop skills. Here are a couple of my works-in-progress:

Any comments or suggestions?

Whoa! :)

The site is *REALLY* booked!

I've called the wedding coordinator at the Desert Botanical Garden daily for the past 2 weeks to see if they had received our deposit and contract yet, only to have my phone messages ignored. I was getting a bit sick of calling, so yesterday morning I left a nice polite phone message that went something like this, "Hi Lindsey! This is Kirsten and I was wondering if you've received the contract and check for our March 17th, 2007 yet. It's been almost 3 weeks now, so if you haven't received it I should really cancel the check today in case it's been lost in the mail. If you could call me back and let me know before I call the bank, that would be great. Thanks a bunch!" Lol... so what do you know? An hour later my call is finally returned! I'd left nearly 10 messages and not until I leave a veiled threat is my call returned! (and promptly at that!)

None the less, our wedding is booked!!! March 17th, 2007 is our wedding day!!!! :)

Only 360 days to go! :)

Saturday, March 18, 2006


What do you guys think of personalized napkins for the cocktail hour? I think they're adorable!!!

There's a great site which sells them for a reasonable price called I like their coasters, too. However, I don't think we'll have a good place to use coasters during the cocktail hour as people will be wandering in the garden, so the napkins will work much better. Something to keep in mind for sure!

Friday, March 17, 2006

A review of our favors:

I posted on 2Peas (a scrapbooking message board) to see what people thought of our idea for favors. Check it out! :)

2Peas comments on our idea for Wedding Favors

Thursday, March 16, 2006

Think this would go with my dress?

I've been wondering if I'm going to freeze in a strapless dress at my reception (March in AZ), so I was looking at someone's wedding profile and found the picture of a cute little jacket. It's almost a shrug, but not quite. I know most companies will let you purchase additional yardage of your dress fabric. Do you think I could have one made to go with my dress? Do you think it would look alright? I wonder how hard it would be to make...

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

The MEN - What should they wear?

I was playing on a couple of tux sites and they let you "build a tux" so you can choose each piece and see how the whole ensemble would look. I was having fun looking at the different colors of vests and ties. I don't want to put Matt in a plain white or black tie because I think it will wash him out. He likes to wear bright colors, so I'd like to find something suitable for our wedding! :)

Here are a few pics I saved with some version of my wedding colors:




Green Striped Tie:

At the moment, I really like the cinnamon colored vest/tie combo. I also like the wheat or champagne (not shown) colored vests. Hmm... any comments?

Sassafrass Paper

Last time I was in Phoenix, I went looking for invite paper with Mom. We found some cute Basic Grey paper, but now that I'm more set on my wedding colors I don't think it will be quite right. Tonight was I looking at a scrapbooking site online and found Sassafrass papers. They have a lot of the oranges and greens that I like (with brown!) so I saved a few pics of the papers to put here so I don't forget about them in the future.

Here ya go! :)

Sunday, March 12, 2006

A shot of the garden...

It's Sunday night. I'm working late in lab, but would much rather be wedding planning. In honor of the night, here are a couple more pictures from our visit to the Desert Botanical Garden. Just one year and 5 days to go!

Saturday, March 11, 2006

Cakes, cakes and more cakes!

It's always a lot of fun to look at wedding cakes online. There are an infinite array of options, but as with most wedding choices, I tend towards the more geometric/classic options. (with the exception of these with the tree branches, those just seem very appropriate for our site) Here are a few cakes that I like the style of from their pictures. Obviously, we will need to alter the colors/size of any of the cakes to make them appropriate for our wedding. My guess is that we will need a 3-tier cake to feed our 100 person guestlist.

In particular, I really like the cake on the left with the pink and orange flower topper. I think this could be recreated in orange, yellow and peach to match my bouquet very easily. I don't know if it would be better to use sugar flowers or real flowers, but that would be something to ask the baker.

Sorry Matt and Mom - no pillars, fountains or little people on these cakes!

Friday, March 10, 2006


When I was home a few weeks ago Mom, Marji, Aidan and I spent some time at Recollections searching for the perfect paper to make our wedding invites. While we found some really pretty paper, I'm still not sure that we found the perfect paper. Our favorite from that trip was a basic grey paper called "Free Spirit." While I love the style and colors in the paper, I think there is a bit too much purple and red in the paper to go with the colors I am envisioning.

In the meantime, I have been searching for a perfect "folder" to use as a base for our invites. I don't want to cut/glue/punch a hundred invites from scratch. Instead, I am hoping to buy a base card folder and then find a cool paper or ribbon to make the invites unique. Then, we can print the actual invites on our home printer and assemble them ourselves. So, after a lot of websearching online I found a website where they sell precut card folders for a reasonable price. ( This week, I ordered samples of the cardfolders so I can check out the colors and quality. Here are a couple of pics:

I think I can take these folders and dress them up to look more like their expensive cousins without too much trouble. If I'm not happy with the quality when they come, I think I'll order a sample of a couple large sheets of cardstock to see how difficult it is to make your own pocketfolders.

A couple of other sites that I like are,, and All of these sites have modern and colorful invites (perfect for replicating!)

Planning the Ceremony...

The last time I was home, Mom started teasing Matt and I that we were going to have a 5 minute long wedding ceremony. Now, I don't really want to have a LONG ceremony, but something reasonable. However, Matt and I both dislike the idea of having a unity candle at our ceremony. It seems like a very trite and manufactured tradition to me. We also are hoping to ask someone in our families to officiate. I don't want to hire a stranger, who I've met only once, to marry us. I would much prefer to have someone whose name I will remember for a long time do the honor. Between these to essential clauses, Mom was convinced the ceremony was going to be shorter-than-short.

So anyways, Matt and I started thinking about how we'd like the ceremony to go and we found this awesome book called "The Wedding Ceremony Planner" by Judith Johnson. In the book she goes through everything from how to have people enter and where they should stand to the wording of the ceremony. My favorite parts of the book are reading the different sections of the ceremony where she has included many different ways of performing the same thing (ie the ring exchange) and you can see how even very small changes in the wording of the text make a HUGE difference in the meaning and feel of the text. I think we're going to have a lot of fun writing our ceremony using stuff from this book. We will still need to find another reference to find a couple of readings, but I feel like we have a good base now. It seems really sad to me now how many couples leave the ceremony text up to the officiant. So much can be done (even while keeping things traditional) to add a bunch of meaning to the ceremony. This book is excellent if you have a wedding to write. I definately recommend it.