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Thursday, April 27, 2006

Congrats to Melissa and Marcus!!!

I put off posting this for a few weeks because I wanted to give them a chance to tell people themselves, but now I feel like it's been long enough...

Congrats Melissa and Marcus on your engagement!!! :)

Here are a couple of pics of the happy couple:

I can't wait to hear their wedding plans and what the future holds for them! :)

Weekend Plans...

So, our weekend is booked. We leave for Phoenix tomorrow morning bright and early. Estimated TOD (time of departure) is 4:30 AM. That should put us in Phoenix before noon. If Matt complains too loudly tonight, perhaps we'll push it back until 5:30.... we'll see...

Here's the breakdown of the weekend.

- Appointment #1: 2 PM, Fabulous Foods
- Appointment #2: 3:30 PM, Arizona Taste
- After that appointment I really want to return to the DBG as our site will be set up for a 109 person wedding catered by Fabulous Foods.
- Dinner with the folks!

- Appointment #3: 9 AM, Michaels Restaurant
- Appointment #4: 11 AM, Photographer Wes Johnson
- Appointment #5: 1 PM, Atlasta Catering
- Check out some local hotels for rates and blocks of rooms
- Appointment #6: 9-12 PM, Newton's Theorem Concert

- Appointment #7: 10 AM, Kerry Allen Photography
- Appointment #8: Noon, Michelle Meyer Photography
- Drive back to LA!!!

It should be a super busy weekend getting everything done. Wish us luck getting it all done!

Thursday, April 20, 2006

New Hair! :)

My hair was getting long and a little drab, so last week I decided to make it a bit perkier! :)

Here are the results:

Wedding Website

In anticipation of printing and sending out our save the date cards, I have created a wedding website for our guests. There is a nifty free website called Wedding Announcer that has pretty good templates suitable for creating this type of website. It is pretty easy to use, but doesn't allow much personalization.

Here is the link:

I'll be adding travel info and accomodations info (the most important parts!) as soon as I can. For now, the guests can enjoy planning their trips to Arizona as I've listed lots of fun add-on trips and lots of pictures.

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Save the Date Cards

When I spoke with Mom on Sunday she mentioned that we should get our Save-the-Date cards sent out in the next month or so. I haven't really seen anything I liked for a card, thus far. Most of them look like mini wedding invites and I'd rather stay away from that as I don't really know what I want my invites to look like. Instead I was thinking of doing a postcard to save on postage and to be a bit different.

Last night I was searching for postcards and found these images. I think they'd be great for my STD cards, but I can't find them for purchase online. I love how the cards are a bit retro and very "Arizona," as the desert will probably be the over riding theme in the wedding decorations. **If you know where to get an Arizona or Phoenix Postcard like this, please let me know!!!**

Getting frustrated, I ended up posting on my scrapbooking site for ideas. A couple suggested making my own image and having them printed and I may still do that, but I doubt my photoshop skills. Another person suggested an awesome postcard store in San Francisco called Quantity Postcards. They have a great selection including STD cards and older postcards. I don't see a phoenix or arizona card on their site, but they do have Tuscon so I will email them. From that site I can either have a STD printed like the Florida one shown ($1.50 each) or I could purchase a non-personalized card ($4.80/12). Definate possibilities! :)

Monday, April 17, 2006

Another month down...

11 Months and counting!!! :)

Thursday, April 13, 2006

Hanging with a Nobel Prize Winner

Yesterday, I got to spend the whole day with Sir Harry Kroto, the winner of the 1996 Nobel Prize in Chemistry. He was instrumental in the discovery of buckminster fullerenes (C60) and is an all around cool guy. He has put tons of neat stuff on his website (Vega Site) including videos of Richard Feynman and lectures on nanotechnology. His lecture was pretty interesting, as well. It included lots of science jokes and was fairly inspirational without being dumbed down. (FYI. If you saw the talk you'd wish you were from Mississippi so you could lead the effort to oust Trent Lott from office!) Overall, the best part of the day was hearing him describe the discovery of C60, the experiment and the excitement of it all. Very Cool! :)

Here's a photo of us together:

Congrats to Daniel and Emily!!!

Daniel and Emily just welcomed a new little one to the world last Saturday. Congrats to them! :) Her name is Madison and she weighed 7 lbs 7oz. They're going to be excellent parents!

Here is a pic of them at the San Diego Zoo last summer before their whole adventure in the world of parenting began.

Friday, April 07, 2006

Choosing a Photographer

Matt and I are planning on driving to Phoenix in a couple of weeks to select a photographer and caterer. We have a limited list of caterers to choose from, but the list of photographers seems to be endless. Below is a list of photographers we are currently considering. I have a few I have to call to get more info and I will edit this post to update after I do so.

Here are a few we are considering:

1. Michelle Meyer - 2K for unlimited coverage with photographer and assistant, negatives + engagement session.

2. Frank Nickolls - $1500 for unlimited coverage, 1 photographer, negatives + engagement session

3. Allan Studios - $1295 for 6 hours of unlimite coverage, negatives.

4. Nelson's Wedding - $1295 for 6 hours, 2 photographers, web negatives, 200 4x6 prints

5. Heinz Photography - Call for pricing - experience at DBG

6. Kevin King - Already booked

7. Matt Kim - 2K for 6 hrs of coverage, 1 photographer, negatives (200 processed)

8. Focus Pocus - $995 for 6 hrs of coverage, 1 photographer, digital negatives.


So I wasn't really happy with the sample invites I got in the mail from envelope mall. They look a little small and cheap. When you close the invite the edges don't line up. I think I can do better.

I just found the cutest pochettes today at In the translucent colors they sort of look like flowers! :) I like the green one with a golden yellow inside.

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Rusty Star Centerpieces

I just found this awesome website that sells tons of rusty stars. The ceiling of our reception pavillion has rusty stars which hang down and light up. I was thinking it would be fun to continue the star motif in the centerpieces. (sort of a desert night theme) We could punch star cutouts in luminarias along the pathways, as well.

Here is a picture of the ceiling of the reception pavilion. Aren't the stars cute?

Here are a couple pictures of the stars I found at Briar Hollow. I think they match the pavilion pretty well and are super affordable. I'm just a bit concerned that the stars may be too primative or rustic for a wedding. I think they could look pretty classy amongst candles or potted cacti. The garland could be used for the buffet and cake table. The theme could be toned down by using the star shaped dish to hold floating candles or flowers.

What do you think? Yea or Nay?

Monday, April 03, 2006


I was playing around a bit tonight with photoshop again and I made a couple of monograms. I figure this is a good way to figure out what style and typeface I like for my invite. I want to see if I can come up with a consistent feel for my save-the-dates, invites, programs, etc. The font in this mongram is called "Will and Grace" and combines upper and lowercase letters. It is casual without being sloppy. I modified the flowers from the April 2Peas free digikit. They were pink to begin with and said "flowers are beautiful" so I photoshopped out the old words and added a mask to make the flowers orange. I like the orange and green in this image. The flowers remind me of those found near the Wildflower Pavilion in the previous post. I don't think I'm quite happy with the font yet. I may splurge at some point and purchase a font from 2Peas. I just need to figure out what I really want first. There are so many to choose from and it's hard to figure out what will be just right without already having the font to play with in photoshop. Anyways, I'm sure there will be plenty more monograms to come!

The garden is in BLOOM!!!

Mom, Dad and Aidan visited the botanical garden last weekend (almost exactly one year from the wedding) and it was entirely in BLOOM! :) There are awesome orange flowers growing in the ampitheater and the wildflower pavillion is surrounded by white, yellow and blue flowers. It is soooooo pretty!!! I hope it is just like this next year. My Dad put all the photos on a website for people to see (link)

Here are a couple of my favorites!

The view the guests will see entering the amphitheater. Aren't the orange flowers awesome!?!

A close-up of the pretty orange flowers. They'll match my wedding bouquet perfectly! (You can see a photo of the one I like in the title bar of the blog)

A view of the inside of the amphitheater. You can see Dad and Aidan over in the corner. We were talking about getting an arch for the ceremony, but I think it might be too much with the flowers. Perhaps we'll just have a nice mat/runner to emphasize the ceremony location. (Matt wants a big red 'X' to stand on, lol)

Here's a shot of the wildflowers over by the reception site. I guess they call it the 'Wildflower Pavilion' for a reason, huh? This may not look very lush to you easterners, but it is pretty amazing for the desert in Phoenix! I hope it looks just like this next year.

Dani's Bridal Shower & Bachlorette Party

Saturday, Claire and I hosted a combined Bridal Shower and Bachlorette Party for Dani. She's getting married in September, but is leaving for Italy in a week. It was a ton of fun. We decorated the apartment in pink, baked lots of goodies, hired a massuse and got pedicures!

Here are a few pics:

Cari getting a massage
Paula getting her pedicure
Showing off our newly manicured feet.
Dani decked out with her drink, boa, chocolate covered strawberries, tiara and veil.

Dani blowing out the candles (we forgot her birthday a week earlier!)

Even Henry got dressed up for the night! She loved her pink boa.

Dani opening her presents

All dressed up and ready to head to the Sunset Strip

At Cafe Med for an Italian Dinner

Cari and Atsuko in toilet paper bride contest
The beautiful toilet paper brides. :)

Wedding pictionary