Friday, January 29, 2010

Westbury Manor

I've found several pictures of Westbury Manor online that I enjoy, but I was a little surprised by the lack of current pictures. For example, I found pictures of the bigger reception room, but they are outdated, since the Manor was renovated 2-3 years ago. I couldn't find any pictures of the smaller room, which Zach and I will be using on our special day.

I'm hoping that it will be a gorgeous spring day when we get married, and they say that in April the entire property is covered with millions of tulips. I'm okay with that. :) I plan on re-visiting the site at the end of April to get a good idea of what it looks like in the Spring, since for some reason we've only ever visited in the fall and winter. Luckily, I have TONS of time to plan, so I'm not worried.

We're also hoping that we'll be able to have the ceremony outdoors, but since it will be the end of April, we're going to have to hope to get lucky. However, I found a gorgeous shot of an outdoor ceremony at the Westbury Manor from a photographer's blog.

(Click to see the larger image.)

And then here are two pictures of rooms that are not ours, and a gorgeous shot of the gardens in what looks like late Summer.

This bride posted a review of Westbury Manor and has dozens of beautiful pictures from her wedding. Go look!

Thursday, January 28, 2010


I've written before about how cool it would be to have a kind of 3-D photobooth picture wall, and I've recently (with the help of my wonderful, bored best friend Nicole) found another cool example. I thought that I had first seen this on 100 Layer Cake, but since my own link goes to The Knot, I'm going to have to believe myself.

This new example is from a pretty awesome blog called Bride Pop, and is super perty. What I like about both is the room for creativity and the advice that they have.

I'd love to do something like this, but I'm not sure if we'll be able to or if there will be room. I'm sure we can figure something out though, I'm not too worried.

Sad Day

Because David's Bridal is having their $99 sale right now, I decided to check out which dresses they're offering for such a scandalously low price.

And they have their one dress that I've always been in love with. It's an all-lace V-neck trumpet gown, which (I just found out) is normally between $799 and $849. I've included it before when I posted about more dresses that I love.

However, I've found a flaw. And it's a pretty big one. A deal-breaking one.

Somehow, David's Bridal has never show the dress's back. I've seen several pictures of it in catalogs and magazines, from different photo shoots, and the view is always from the front.

Apparently, though, I've never looked at the dress on the actual David's Bridal website. Because that's the only place they show the back of the dress.

And it plunges. Deep.

Crap. Well, back to the drawing boards.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Timeline Save-the-Dates

Since Zach and I are getting married on a holiday weekend, we're supposed to send out save-the-dates earlier than we otherwise would (dates range from 8-12 months in advance). Since the big date is in 15 months, and I have absolutely no idea what we want to do for our save-the-dates, I figure that it's maybe a good time to start thinking about them.

First, our budget for save-the-dates is quite low, so my goal is to actually make them myself. We also don't want it to be simply a letter with the vital information, and we don't want a magnet either, since that has been so popular lately.

In the course of reading dozens of wedding blogs and magazines, I came across one idea that seemed particularly cute, and another, similar one resurfaced today via twitter.

Relationship Timeline Save-the-Dates.

This is the first one I found, on the wedding blog EVER, 100 Layer Cake (Brides magazine agrees with me, and I'll prove it to you someday), and I thought everything about it was adorable.

The second one is equally cute, and was posted by The Knot on Twitter.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Elizabeth Dye's Honeychurch

I am SO IN LOVE with this dress by Elizabeth Dye. It's part of her 2010 bridal collection with English Department.

Does anyone want to travel to Portland, Oregon with me the 31st to see their fashion show? I wish they were located on the East coast. I would TOTALLY be there.

Also, as if I wasn't already sold, each new dress is named after a literary heroine. COME ON!!!!

Friday, January 8, 2010

Deep Purple Blue Green

I couldn't let this deep purple ranunculus go yet. This time I paired it with blue and purple hydrangea, blue delphinium and blue bells, as well as green hydrangea and ranunculus and white viburnum and ranunculus.

Deep Purple Pale Pink

Deep purple ranunucus at the center, surrounded by pale pink, green and white ranunculus as well as green bells of Ireland at the bottom left.

Sample Blue Green Pale Pink

Okay, so this palette focuses on the pale pink ranunculus, with heavy influence from the blue hydrangeas, delphinium, larkspur and blue bells. There are also green hydrangeas, as well as white viburnum and astilbe.

Sample Pink Blue Purple

I still think I did a better job with the blue/purple/green color palette, but I just love the ranunculus (the pink flowers in the center top, middle and bottom, and the top left) so much I'm not quite ready to give them up.

But I'm working with a new idea.

Sample Blue/Purple/Green Color Palette

This is the temporary one I threw together. There will be a newer, better one that's organized properly and has all of the references. Until then, enjoy the pretty colors.

There are blue, purple and green hydrangeas, as well as blue delphinium and blue bells. There is a purple rose and lilacs, and the bouquet on the bottom left is stunning, even though I'm not sure what the blue flower is.
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