Monthly Archives: January 2011

I Got My Pretty!!!!

And they’re gorgeous! The pearls are an amazing turquoise and they work so perfectly with my mom’s!

Please forgive the hair … and um, bathroom lighting. And poor picture quality … yikes.

Earrings too!

Oh, and we got Leigh’s kicks. It’s been a successful week here at 33 Elk Run

They’re a bit darker than the rest of the blues, but … they rock lotsa socks!

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Mayhaps I Just Need A Project

Mayhaps. Something to keep me busy, something I can own as my very own. Maybe something like …

Via Etsy.

My own headpiece. I think … maybe … I’ve settled on a hairstyle. It’ll be a hybrid between


You know, with the ribbon then the poof then hair down.

Can I do it?

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Gulp …

Ok, not sure what’s causing this … but

I might be freaking out a little.


Maybe it’s because we really are getting close. Maybe it’s because I have not yet figured out who can alter my dress for a good price. Maybe it’s because I haven’t ordered the pinwheels, or his hat, or figured out what hors d’oeuvres we’re serving.

Or maybe it’s because I’m a tight ass when it comes to money and when I finally sat down today and figured out where we were at and what we have left …


Sure, we’re in a fine spot because we’ve pretty much got all the material shizz we need. But then I realized we have the BIG STUFF ahead of us. Like food. And booze. And hotel. And rental car. Guh.

I know we can do it, but it’s daunting. It’s scary. Sure we have our tax returns and 5 more months to save some cash-money, yo, but it’s still scurrrrryyy.

I know I know. I just need to chill because it’ll all work itself out and it’ll be fine. I know this. But for now, I’m going to hide my panic in some Dr. Who and a bottle of wine. Mmmkay?


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EEEE!!!! More Jewelry Pretty.

So Kimberly, who made my necklace, also made me earrings. A wonderful and insanely generous gesture. And she took another pic of my pearls.

Thank you SOSOSOSOSOSO much, Kimberly!!! I can’t wait to wear them!


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The Kind of Photos I’d Prefer (And Those I Wouldn’t)

Let’s start with the big fat NYEEEEOOTTTT:


I’m 5-foot-2. I’m close to the ground. I like it that way. There is no reason me, nor anyone, should feel the need to convey our excitement through an ill-fated attempt to defy gravity.

Reluctant Groom

Contrived. Misogynistic. Duuuuumb.

Cake Smaaaaaaaaassshhhh!!!!

Passive-aggressive, ruins expensive hair and makeup and a perfectly wretched waste of cake.

Pants-Dropping G-Men

Pants on the ground, pants on the ground. Lookin like a FOOOOOL with your pants on the ground.

How about what I do want?

At Least One Really Rad Shot of Me

Wedding High-Five

Obligatory Thumbs-Up

And Most Definitely, A Re-Creation of This


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Necklace Pretty.

So, I got a custom necklace made. Yeah. That happened. When I was trying on my dress for Shaner and her madre, they both thought I needed blue around my neck. But I also want to wear mamasita’s pearls. So I hunted around Etsy (hi, my name is Christen. I’m an Etsyholic) and found North Atlantic Art Studio who wooed me with some purdy turquoise pearls. So, I contacted her (Kimberly) to see if she could possibly make a two-strand turquoise pearl necklace to nestle around my mama’s pearls. While the actual two-strand idea would be lovely, she didn’t think the clasps would lay nicely together. So she just made me two necklaces instead.

Presenting …

The middle strand is just a gauge to work around my mom’s pearls.


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And now for the pretty stuff …

I figured after the surrrious post the other day, it’d be fun to have purdy schtuff to ogle.

First up? Our guest board. It’s a skateboard deck, in my blue, found online for $12. Add some silver Sharpie signatures, and voila!

We found some of these old-school babies. Plastic drink charms! A bag of 250 was about $11. Not bad, eh?

I probably should have started with our stationary, but whoopsie! Our invitations are from Invitations by Dawn. By ordering them on Labor Day weekend, we got a killer discount. And I love the way they turned out! Our Save the Dates are postcards the hotel sent us. We printed on clear labels and I hand-addressed each one.

I got my Red Sox garter! It was a bit pricey … but so worth it.

I won a personalized hanger from the Lila Frances Etsy shop. Figured it would be cute for pics with my dress.

Leigh’s outfit is great. The shorts have a really subtle pinstripe. Now we just need his Chucks and hat.

Our rings turned out beautifully!!! They even have our wedding date on the inside.

And just because I can … here’s my precious 😉

Finally, all of this is stuffed into boxes and is chilling in Weddingland.


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A moment of reflection …

We’re just under six months away. The e-mail inquiries have started trickling in. The reality has begun to attempt to set in. The fact that the stuff that’s piling up on the corner of the dining room table, the area of the house known as “Weddingland,” is actually going to be used for something, is becoming clear.

As a result, I’ve begun compiling a more concise mental (and physical!) checklist … and have realized just how far we’ve come. Seventeen months of being engaged. Seventeen months of trying to figure out what in the hell my brain wants, what Aussie’s brain wants. What in the hell we’re doing. And we’re doing damn well.

It all started with a general idea of where. Somewhere easy (or difficult, all depending on how you look at it) for everyone. Somewhere that won’t be a total ass-pain to get to, or if it is, it’ll be an ass-pain for everyone. Fair’s fair, right? Right. Ok, so Hawaii it is. Where in Hawaii? The Big Island. It’s kind of off the beaten path, there’s a ton to do there and it was my personal favorite when Dad, Ro and I went. Done. Ok, but where SPECIFICALLY? I began by looking at the Hilton Waikoloa, the Fairmont Orchid and a few others, but I kept coming back to the Mauna Lani. I’m not sure what it was, but something (Honu Independence day? Quick and concise communication? Willingness to work within the budget?) about it that drew me in. So we booked, a mere three months into our engagement. Our coordinator is/was very willing to work with us financially, which was a huge burden off our chests.

Then we began figuring out what we wanted. The first half of 2009 was very difficult, emotionally, mentally and financially, for us, which I think helped us simplify. We figured out what we wanted (color! Booze! Food! Friends! Family! Awesome photographer!) and what wasn’t super duper important (Flowers? Videography? Sit-down dinner? Cake-cutting?) and began working from there.

In May, as you can remember, I was stuck in Hell in Utah, (aka: Salt Lake City) for some rather somber shiz. But it was during this time I was dragged out to go dress shopping. Reluctantly, I acquiesced. Good thing, too, or else I wouldn’t have found my stunnah of a dress. And it was all mine for around a hundo (thanks Janice!). Good, got that down. Little would I realize (though I should have figured it out, because that’s precisely how my brain works) that The Dress would set the bar for how much we would pay for anything else, save photog/lodging/booze/food.

And so it began. We began collecting items bit by bit, never paying any amount disproportional to The Dress. Rings? $25 each. Aussie’s outfit? Shirt: $30. Shorts: $30. Suspenders: $10. His hat will be about $50. But that’s his ENTIRE outfit. For around $110. Huzzah! Guestboard? $12. Save the Dates? Cost of postage (Thanks Lauren!). Our decorations are partially being handmade, partially being bought to be assembled later, because it’s cheap. We’re also trying to be eco-friendly, so we wanted decorations we wouldn’t hate putting around our house later. This means NO FLOWERS. I don’t like them enough in the first place to spend an exorbitant amount on them for one day. Also, it’s Hawaii and the need for actual decoration is pretty minimal. So, done.

Our focus is on being with our friends, family and one another. It’s our vacation, it’s our wedding, it’s the first time we’re meeting most (if not all) of one another’s family and friends. There’s no need for us to go overboard on this, or spend money we don’t have. So when we’ve had the money to get something, we’ve gotten it. There, done, out of the way. If we don’t have the money for something, we decide if it’s really that necessary, if we can save for it later or if we can figure out a viable alternative. This trend has continued, and still does, throughout the planning process. It’s a daily assessment. Where are we at? What have we left? Do we really want/need/care about this that or the other? A few things have been scrapped, a few have been added. There are still things I have NO CLUE about (hair? makeup? hairpiece? pineapples? flags? signs?) that I’m sure I’ll figure out in the coming months.

In all, I’m really happy we’ve done things the way we have. It ensures we’re able to afford it all without going into debt and it enables us to really figure out what’s truly important to us. And it’s a reflection of how we live our lives … just like the many times where we’ve only had so much money to make it through a month, we buy what we can when we can and don’t worry about it until we can do something about it. I think in this way, our wedding is the best show of us, as individuals, as a couple, as a baby family.

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