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The Art of Pinky Swears.

They’re awesome, and somehow, always do the trick. We pinky swear to resolve fights, keep promises and make decisions. So it was only natural to have a pinky in our wedding. We used it right after our vows and before the declaration. While it wasn’t spontaneous like the thumb war or the high-five, it was still one of the more fitting moves made during our ceremony. It was keeping with our own personal ritual whilst showing a very personal side of us to everyone.

It added an extra bit of zest to the verbal commitment we made. It’s as though by including the pinky swear, it became all-encompassing. A verbal and physical agreement. And that, for us, made it more personalized.

Also? This photo makes me smile.

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Dressed to impress

Since the wedding is going to be on the beach, I think the idea of a long dress that will get sandy and schlagooey is kind of silly. So, I’m opting for short. Like 1950s cocktail party. Something fitted in the bodice, preferably with a dropped waist and a skirt that flares out. I don’t necessarily want to go strapless (Hellooo skin flabs!), yet my FAVORITE dress (as in I’m so obsessed, I’ve had a number of dreams about it) just happens to be lacking in the strap department.

To kick off my ideas, let’s just start the bar high and we’ll work our way down from there, shall we?

I am so madly head-over-heels for this Val Stefani design. I saw it and I swear my heart skipped a beat. I think the crumbcatcher is fun and adds an added level of class. The inverted basque waist will flatter me and I love the flared knee-length skirt. The back also comes down into a small V and is topped off by those old-fashioned buttons that look so pretty on wedding dresses. It may be my favorite thing about it. Did I mention I love this dress?

Val Stefani S1961

The next two, both by Priscilla of Boston, have an element I love and each has an element I don’t really love. The halter dress is fun and flirty, but I’m afraid the waist may come up too high. May be one of those I have to try on. And I love the one with the tulle poking out of the bottom, which I think is very unique, but I don’t love how stiff the boning looks in the bodice.

Gown features deep scoop back neckline, abundant full skirt, and hidden pockets.

There have been a few other dresses I’ve seen on the multitude of wedding-related Web sites I frequent. Unfortunately, the vast majority have some flowery or bow or lace element that I cannot stand. I want something fairly simple but still stunning. I would like a little shine or bling of some sort on it, but not entirely necessary, as long as the dress in and of itself is eye catching.

One cost-effective, though not nearly as enticing, idea I had would be to use olivialuca.com to design my
dress, then see if a seamstress could add some details, like old-fashioned buttons or bling or something.

I also would be fairly open to trying some actual vintage dresses, so if anyone sees anything good, let me know!!! And let me know what you think of these dresses!!!!


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Ideas, ideas, oh, so many ideas!

In all this planning, I’ve gotten so many ideas. Here are just a few, mainly of some things I’d love to do. Obviously the color scheme is going to be blue and some orangey-tangeriney color, which I think the first picture depicts perfectly. Though, I feel like heavier fabrics like satin would be a bit too much for Hawaii, so I’m thinking more of a chiffon or jersey type.

For my hairstyle, I’d love to have some kinda curly number that I could wear up for the ceremony, but just presto-wambo! pull some bobby pins out and wear it down for the ceremony. Also, I want some small braids around the crown of my head, so if anyone sees any fantastic hairstyle involving that, please let me know!!!

Each of Jennifer’s four bridesmaids wore blue V-neck dresses with a scoop back by Bill Levkoff. They had the floor-length dresses tailored to cocktail length.

Guests entered Kimberly and Josh‘s ceremony space to find aqua-colored fans set on the white chairs to help ward off the heat.

the goddessA divine alternative to a basic updo, this carefree-looking Grecian style is curled, twisted, and pinned at random so it‘s practically effortless to re-create.

Flip-flops in the wedding‘s signature colors were available for guests at the ceremony and by the dance floor.

All photos courtesy of theknot.com

If anyone can find old-school  Polaroid cameras, please let me know. I’m on a desperate hunt!!!


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