Monthly Archives: December 2013

The Bridesmaid Proposal

When I was growing up, I loved crafts. I loved to paint, draw, create. As an adult, I despise crafts, unless you count cooking or baking as a craft. I’m aware, a DIY wedding will mean I need to embrace my inner craftiness. And so with that said, I reveal to you my first craft project – the bridesmaid proposal. And it only took me 11 months to make all four!

I didn’t want my bridesmaid proposal to be ordinary. I didn’t want to give a ring pop, or a custom label on a bottle of wine. And so it dawned on me, nearly 11 months ago, to create flashcards of our friendship. The front would have a month and year, the back, a fact about our friendship. The last card would have the month and year of the “bridesmaid proposal.” And what better vehicle to carry these cards than a pencil box?

In addition to the card, I filled the box with trinkets including a mini bottle of champagne, a notebook and pen, gum and candy.


A couple of updates

In October, after we signed our catering contract, James and I literally halted all wedding planning. It wasn’t intentional, but I will be honest, it’s intense and I am incredibly relieved that we have (had) a long engagement. But with that being said, there has inevitably been a few wedding updates to share before full fledged planning starts again in January.

1. Our engagement pictures came in! They are absolutely stunning and breathtaking. If anyone is looking for a fabulous photographer who has ties on both the east and west coast, I recommend Mary Costa. She captured our relationship so perfectly. This is one of our favorite:

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2. My dress came in! Alterations won’t start until the summer, but clearly I wanted to try it on beforehand. Compared to the sample dress, this one just fits so much better. And trying it on put to bed all the nightmares I had that it was black or had spikes sewn down the side (who knew I would actually dream about that!). However, the dress JUST fits. So I will definitely need to maintain my current weight (and maybe lose a pound or two).

3. James “proposed” to all of his groomsmen. If I can, I will make him post about this. If I can’t, hopefully I get around to sharing!