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Another “wildflowers photography” inspiration photoshoot

I was just looking through some more wildflowers photography photo shoots in the engagement and couples section – they really do a great job. The Amelie themed photo shoot caught my eye, Forrest and I… mostly I… went through an Amelie phase. He gave me the soundtrack, I think that was the extent of his involvement. Anyway, this photo shoot is cute, here it is for your enjoyment.



Food Food Food (cont’d) Sieze the Taco’s


Zaynah and I went to a tasting this weekend at carpe donut in the really cool redesigned shopping center where Cville coffee is. First off…the donuts were AWESOME!!!! A really nice guy who I think was named Jim prepared a bunch of different things for us to taste. The donuts and Ice Cream are going to be perfect for summer. They had some other cool things like a hot chocolate and a kombucha (fermented tea) which is not my cup of tea, but Zaynah seemed to like it. We told him our idea for what we wanted out of the main caterer and he sent us the info of a guy named Patrick. Super friendly and sounds like he is exactly what we were looking for. The most exciting thing about it is that he knows Nate of Nate’s Taco’s and said that they will probably come as a packaged deal for serving our wedding!!!! If you haven’t had Nate’s tacos then you are missing out….until the wedding…hopefully. Sounds like we’ll have 3 carts on site serving our guests which I think will give a really cool feel!

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Alternative desserts for the win!

It’s looking like Forrest and I are closing in on our dessert choice! And I’ll bet you all didn’t see this one coming (we certainly didn’t) – Carpe Donut, the donut cart on the downtown mall in Charlottesville, caters weddings (who knew?). Besides having regular donuts for everyone, with the option of having vanilla ice cream to put on them, we can even have a powdered sugar donut cake (WHAT?!) and they have a lot of awesome-looking  drink options, too.

We’re going for a taste testing time this weekend, wish us luck! Also, thanks for the great links that everyone’s been posting for me, I think I’m starting to have some idea of what the favors will look like – so exciting! The only thing that’s kind of disappointing is that I think I’m settling for grey on a lot of things instead of silver, but I guess you can’t have everything, and besides, that’s our fault for picking silver as one of our colors….

Thanks to all of you who have participated and made suggestions or comments, they really help ^.^ Keep posting!


The eternal battle for supremacy: Cake vs. Cupcakes vs. alternative desserts

After talking with a lot of friends about the details of the wedding, one of the things I’m realizing is that we’re not stuck with the classic wedding cake business. I’ve been seeing a lot of those “oh it’s funny you just shoved cake all over my face” pictures online and to be honest, I’m sick of that trend. Of all of the silly things that Forrest and I could do to make each other look ridiculous, I think this isn’t what I’d want.

I’m not knocking the idea of a great-looking cake, of course. I found some awesome examples of some serious cake decoration:

Gingerbread UP House

Geeky wedding cakes

james & lynnette’s wedding… up, “up!” & amazing!!!! (the couple who used wildflowers photography I linked to before… scroll down to see their cake, which seems to be covered in fondant but has pretty adorable cake toppers)

Mediocre wedding cake with couple on the lawn

Green Wedding Shoes: (Another) “UP” Inspired Wedding

Despite all this awesomeness, as my friend Alana said, some wedding cake can be pretty gross (see fondant). Cupcakes, of course, are just as good of an option – although with cupcakes there are the advantages of not needing a cake cutter, and we can have more options for people (those of you who know Forrest may remember his love of almond flavoring, be it in marzipan or in the cake itself – this seems like something not everyone would agree with, especially those of you with nut allergies…) My friends Anne Clark & Brooke found a great idea for cupcake decorations – using cookie cutters to make hard candies and using them as toppers (as seen in picture). Anne Clark said that she thought we could make balloons this way, and I think that’s an incredible idea (so much better than the lollipops used in the cupcakes on the same page as the ‘couple on the lawn’ link).

Another option is, if we’re using an experienced, classy, and pricey caterer, we can skip dinner (even though we’re having the ceremony right at dinnertime…) and just do small, cute desserts (baklava, anyone?). I’m not sure how I feel about this option, especially since we were thinking about doing heavy hors d’oeuvres and we were even thinking about having somewhere cheaper (like Chipotle or somewhere similar that does not-full-service-catering) do the catering instead. If we were to use a place like this, we would need to hire some people to do setup and clean up (and that would have the licencing required by our venue), but it would probably still be cheaper than having a full service caterer do the food. I didn’t realize that this was going to be such a hard decision – most of the caterers are looking like they’re going to cost some serious money, but the venue we’ve chosen has some rules that don’t make it as easy as us just making some mini quiches in our own kitchen….

Have any other ideas like Anne Clark & Brooke? As always, leave us comments – here or on Facebook!


Theme: Pixar’s “UP”

Hello World,

I realized that some of you might not be exactly sure what our theme being the movie “UP” might entail. Here’s a youtube clip that might give you a good idea of the basic premise of the movie.

Disney Pixar Up – Married Life

What you don’t see in this clip is Carl flying their house with a huge bunch of balloons coming out of the chimney – this will be a huge motif throughout our wedding, so get ready for that.

Let us know if you have any good ways to incorporate this, it’ll be fun to hear what you guys come up with…

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Favor Ideas

One of the things I’m most psyched about putting together for the wedding are the favors for people to take with them after all of the shenanigans are over. Here are some ideas I found:

Design Your Own Glass Apothecary Jar Wedding Favors

“Evergreen” Window Planter Place Card/Photo Holder Wedding Favors

Miniature Gnome with Fuchsia Polka Dot Hat Wedding Favors

Decor Picnic Basket Wedding Centerpieces

Here’s an eco-friendly favor idea: seed bombs!

Papier mache confetti ball favors for your New Year’s and holiday season wedding!

Top 5 rustic wedding favors from Little Things

Portuguese “happy pill” wedding favors

Rock ‘n’ roll wedding favors to match your kick-ass wedding

Geeky wedding favors for every genre of geekdom

8 ways to save money on wedding favors

Putting the FAVOR in wedding favors

Geeky wedding favors Little Things Favors

Eco-friendly wedding favors from Little Things Favors

Incredible edible wedding favors from Little Things

Have any more ideas? Leave me us a comment, here or on Facebook. Thanks everybody!



Should we have a photobooth?

I’ve seen some pictures of some pretty great photobooth ideas…

Nerdy props for your wedding photobooth (plus other supplies from ThinkGeek)

The ultimate DIY wedding photobooth tutorial

Create an instant wedding photobooth with Sparkbooth

“Don’t Box Me In” Photobooth Idea

That Wedding: Photobooth

DIY: Wedding Photo Booth (sevenEightcline)

That should be a good number of links for you to get the idea… is it worth it for us to get together materials for us to do this? Does anyone know a free photographer who could do this, or should we set it up ourselves? This isn’t a pressing issue, I just figured that it doesn’t hurt to find out how people feel about an idea (and I’m trying to put out a post a day for you all!… at least before school starts >.<)



The Next Step: Catering

King Family Vineyard has a list of preferred caterers (and everything else), and that’s the next thing to worry about. If anyone wants to check out the list and give us some recommendations if any of these are familiar. Thanks!

And here are a few more inspiration links for you all:

Who doesn’t like furniture from Anthropologie? This piece is awesome because the door is fullsize, otherwise it’s pretty simple. This is a chair I’ve wanted from there for a year now.

This invitation etc. design is so awesome, and basically the exact colors I wanted to emulate with balloons at the wedding.

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Location Decided

Forrest Here. Here’s the skinny on where we are pretty sure we’re going to have it. We decided to have the wedding at a Vineyard called King Family Vineyard out in Crozet. We went out there to take a look this weekend and pretty much decided there was no turning back. It’s really pretty and it has a nice wide open indoor reception area (which I’ve linked a 360 view of the reception area we shot.) We’re pretty pumped that we have the location hammered down and can now start focusing on the other 1,000,000 things that need to happen for everything to become awesome.


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Coming out

Officially announced our engagement on Facebook today, and the response is largely positive! One of the best parts of this is getting back in touch with old friends, and finding out what people are up to as we all enter adulthood. I’ll post this blog to my Facebook page so that people can keep up with us on here instead of inundating everyone’s newsfeed with wedding whatnot.

In other news, we’re pretty sure that we’ve chosen a location! King Family Vineyard is in Crozet, so everyone will have a short drive to get there, but it’s surrounded by horses in fields and the mountains. It’s a pretty adult setting for a ceremony and reception that will probably be fairly childlike. I think it’ll work out quite well, though.

In case you didn’t already know, our theme is Pixar’s movie UP, and our colors are blue and silver.

Current inspiration:

Offbeat Bride


“Up” inspired wedding that came before us