Thursday, April 29, 2010

And Another . . .

Reserved listing on Etsy, that is! This is my beautiful hair piece (every time I say that, I think of a toupee) from seller mignonnehandmade. She took the original gardenia hair piece I loved (with the book leaves!) and made it smaller, about 4 inches. According to my Etsy purchases section, it's been completed and shipped. Exciting.

Last Saturday, we ordered a bunch of things besides this. I'll update soon with info on those fun purchases!

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Licensed to Wed

Yup, yesterday morning, we headed up to Portsmouth City Hall to get ourselves licensed to wed. It's patently less exciting than it sounds, as it just involves showing IDs and filling out some forms, but I took photos anyway.

Justin loves me, but thinks I am quite silly

Hadn't had my coffee yet, but still oddly chipper

Awwwww. I bet we annoyed the shiz out of the people there to renew their dog licenses.

This is a horrid picture of us, but it's the only one with us,
Portsmouth City Hall (or "TSMOUTH Y HALL"), and the marriage license

Not a bad view from our city hall

And, Justin's first trip to Ceres Bakery afterwards. A momentous day!

Tuesday, April 20, 2010


It's my very own reserved listing on Etsy! Click through and behold the sashes (in a sample color) that my girls and I will be wearing on June 26th.

I know it's just Etsy, but kinda thrilling to see my own name up there. ;)

Thursday, April 15, 2010


I love this:
Lately I've been saying to him, when I've been missing him, "I love being married because, when I get frustrated because I don't see you enough, I think of all the years we have ahead of us and realise we'll just look back on this as one of those especially busy times. And I don't mind at all that way.
From the funny & honest Project Subrosa.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Invitation, Schminvitation

Yeah, I don't know where I was going with that. But huzzah - our invitations are finally done and began winging their way around North America (and over to the UK) on March 31st!

It took us four days, working every free hour, to get everything printed, assembled, glued, sealed, and stamped. Yikes. But I'm really happy with the way they came out and we've gotten some really nice feedback already.

I find a nice glass of wine aids in the application of wax seals.
Seriously, who let me have alcohol whilst doing things with open flames?

Justin painstakingly gluing map-printed inserts into all of the envelopes. I'm lucky he still loves me. And that he let me post this photo of him with his shirt all unbuttoned. !!!

Come on, doesn't everyone invite the President and family to their wedding?

It took some practice, but I got to be a bad-ass at those wax seals. As a a historian, it's nice to know I've paid some eighteenth-century dues.

The full invitation suite. Please note map-printed envelope inserts in both the inner envelope and RSVP envelope. I cut all 202 and Justin glued them. If they didn't look so pretty, I'd have been really grumpy through that process.

Also - I would like to point out that the RSVP & enclosure cards came from 123 Print (our design) and the invites came from Invitation Consultants. Seeing them all laid out here, I think they look like they belong together!

Enclosure card, with wedding website address and
map from church to reception site (on reverse)

RSVP card and envelope

The most important piece - the invite with all of the details

All 101 invitations, sealed, stamped, and ready to go out!

Friday, April 9, 2010

Book of Guests, or Guestbook

So our guest book came in the mail the week before last and I'm so happy with it! I ordered it from Sushi Papercraft on Etsy, who is based in Edmonton, Alberta. Hence, a pretty awesome package, complete with air mail stickers and a customs declaration on the reverse:

And here is the guest book! There are better photos of it in the original listing, but I like this shot that I took of it right out of the wrapping. It's actually a journal, but will work perfectly for a guest book - it's filled with lined pages and has a lovely coptic stich on the binding, which allows it to lay flat on a table.

Now, I have nothing against the kind of guestbook I've seen more traditionally at weddings. You know which one I mean - they usually look like this. To each his/her own. However, this is much more us. :)

Monday, April 5, 2010

Shoes, Part Two (Electric Boogaloo)

Yup - those are them! My shoes came in the mail one evening the week before last and I somehow managed not to drag them out of the box and shove them on my feet immediately. I think we had something else we had to do first or somewhere else we had to go . . . can't remember.

Either way, I tried them on later in the night and they fit perfectly! The blue is lovely and matches the b-maid dresses to a T. I took some photos of the shoes not on my feet, but they ended up rather dark, so you'll have to wait for a sunny day for better ones. We've been busy lately, so have yet to try them on with the dress, but hope to do so soon. I'll be sure to post more pics then. :)