Friday, September 27, 2013

Wedding Flowers

My idea of flowers for the wedding was a couple flowers in a few mason jars and a simple bridal bouquet. I budgeted a mere $250. This budget was made knowing that according to the Wedding Wire the average bridal bouquet will run somewhere between $100 and $250. Also, I've watched a few of the ludicrous wedding shows on TLC as a guilty pleasure. Though, most of the time watching a wedding reality show feels like watching a train wreck, you feel guilty about looking, but can't look away - the disaster is so intriguing. So, I know that most brides will spend at least $1,000 on flowers, or at least that's what the magazines and everyone else will lead you to believe. The Knot even recommends spending about 8% of your wedding budget on flowers. So the $250 was a crazy low ball estimate, but flowers were not a top priority. Lucky for me though, I have some amazingly talented ladies close to me that made the mere $250 look more like $1,500.

For our simple $250 we filled 30 mason jars, 15 boutonnieres, entryway flowers, archway flowers, general décor and of course my amazing bridal bouquet.

 How It All Came Together

 I asked my sister and cousin to swing by the farmers market in the morning. We collected mason jars for a few months, mainly olives and a few marinara. With our concept of a rustic down home wedding I thought this would be well enough. I went to Michaels and had a basket full of ribbon, floral tape, boutonnière pins, and scissors ready to go.

The ladies went to the Calabasas Farmers Market bright and early and bought tons of greenery, flowers that won't wilt and everything sweet, yellow and green.

Link for the Calabasas Farmers Market:

Then in come my flower elves: my mom, Aunt Jean, Cousin Lily and sister Jezra. It is really amazing what they pulled off.

The Lovely Ladies Hard at Work

The assembly happened in the morning in the basement of the Stagecoach Inn where it was cool and air-conditioned with lots of work space.  

Aunt Jean showing one of the finished mason jars for the tables.

Lily and my mom putting their touches on my bouquet.
Annie and I were down for a moment pitching in...

And here is a small snapshot off all they did. Just a small sprinkling, it is hard to capture everything, but here is a taste:
A few of the boutonnieres:



The Table Flowers


The Archway


My Bouquet

The Flowers on Sunday Morning

Lily made a couple massive entry way flowers that I actually didn't see until the next morning. I came in the back way for the ceremony and during the wedding there was so much going on it was hard to take in all the details.

As a thank you, we made sure that the museum docents all received some flowers to take home.

And I even took a couple to enjoy.

You ladies blew it out of the water, and really made the details special, xoxoxo





Friday, September 20, 2013

Wedding DIY Photo Booth

Inspired by the photo booth at Chris and George's wedding several years ago in New Orleans, we wanted to add a little fun to the party.

We provided a polaroid camera, assorted props in a couple vintage suitcases, and a few instructions, then just sat back and watched our guest have fun. Now we have all these great pictures.

It started out pretty calm as most parties do. Here is my lovely stepmom Jeanne modeling a matching hat.

Still early, lovely feather mask
Kira sporting the Mardi Gas beads.
The kids had fun playing with all the props...
As the night rolled on more smiles and fun shots.

And finally Brae and I even took a moment to do a couple glamor shots:








Friday, September 13, 2013

Wedding Slide Show, in case you missed it


Our Wedding ~ the set up and some moments that took place before our "big day"

Over the course of the next couple of weeks I plan to tell the story of our low key DIY wedding. This is just the first part in a several part compellation.

With help from our family, friends and a couple of vendors we were able to pull of an amazing wedding that reflected our style.

Let me start by introducing us
Brae and I dated for about four years before we got engaged a little less than a year ago. And we adopted Peanut July 10th last year. She is an American Staffordshire/Doberman cross, stray from Los Angeles, that is the biggest cuddle bug. Together we are finding our way as a new little family.

How it all came together:

Step 1: get your family and close friends agree to help you throw one heck of a party.
Step 2: assign roles, with such a small wedding it felt like a real community affair. We borrowed décor from my stepsister Ashley, who got married last summer, and made just about everything else.
  • Officiant: Tim, dear friend and triathlon buddy
  • Ceremony Music: Nate, Brae's cousin
  • Ceremony Readings: Annie (dear friend), Jezra (my sister), and Bryan (Brae's brother).
  • Flower Girl and Ring Bearer: Kira and Titus, Brae's niece and nephew
  • Pictures: Jeanne T. and Jolie Margulies. Jeanne is my stepmom and Jolie is her friend she met doing photography. Jolie is an amazing photographer and did a wonderful job with our pictures. Here is a plug for her website:
  • Flowers: Lily (cousin), Jezra (sister), Philleen (mom), and Aunt Jean
  • Many craft projects: Sharon and Bruce (Brae's mom and dad), and Philleen (my mom)
  • Day of Coordinator: Galadriel (my sister)
  • DJ: Tony, brother in-law
  • Master of Ceremonies: George, another dear friend and triathlon buddy with the best most welcoming southern style.
  • Hair and Makeup: Lily Armstrong, my very talented cousin who professionally does wedding hair and makeup. And here is my plug for Lily: I said it was a family and friend affair that came together with lots of help and love.

Step 3: let the good times role...

Here we are signing our marriage license a week or so before the wedding. I was worried about having too many moving parts the day of. Our amazing friends Annie, Tim (officiant), and George (master of ceremonies) met us at Cholada's Thai in Malibu for a casual dinner and to help us sign our official paperwork.
Tim showing his official certificate.

The stationary...
I couldn't sleep Friday morning, so I just got up and took Peanut for a sunrise hike up the trail.
Nothing like five miles round trip and seeing a sunrise to help calm the wedding weekend nerves.

Good Morning Conejo Valley
Then a little Friday set up at the Stagecoach Inn
What the porch looked like before Lily and Jezra added their touches

I always wanted an August summer wedding. And guess what, we got a hot one

Aunt Jean and Riley trying to stay cool on the porch

Hanging the globes in the tree...


And that's it for now...more post to come when I get a few more photos.