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October 2012

Completed banner hanging in reception hall: Happily Ever After

Even with so many fabulous Pinterest ideas pinned to my wedding board, I was determined not to overcomplicate the day with too many DIY projects. I did however pick out a few special projects to satisfy my crafty side and add a personal touch to the day. One of my favorites was the "happily ever [...]

Murnan Wedding: Grand Exit

wedding bubbles wrapped in washi tape

Have I ever mentioned how much I love washi tape? No? Well I LOVE washi tape. I seriously think it can be used for anything. And in our wedding prep, I did just that! I purchased some adorable designs from SugarBSupplies on Etsy to use on our bridesmaid/groomsmen gift wrapping and ended up carrying the theme through to our [...]

bridesmaids gifts wrapped in craft paper and lace

I had SO much fun picking out gifts for my fabulous bridesmaids. These girls are all the nearest and dearest to my heart, so I wanted them to know how much it meant to me that they were part of our big day. I found beautiful Eliot Danori jewelry at Macy's for the girls to [...]

wrapping paper using comic book paper and washi tape

J and I decided early on that we didn't want to do extravagant gifts, but we did want to give each other something meaningful the day of our wedding. I set myself a $50 budget and got to work. My gift had two parts - one sentimental and one fun. Both were uniquely "us." The [...]

card catalog seating cards for wedding

One of the biggest wedding tasks was creating our seating cards. Following the theme set forth by our guest favors, we decided to add a library twist to our seating cards. Yep, you read that right - library. Stay with me here.... I promise it will make more sense. I envisioned using library cards and [...]

typewriter guestbook for wedding "type a note to the newlyweds"

Out of all of the prep I did for the wedding - the guest book was by FAR my favorite. After deciding to give a book donation in lieu of traditional favors, I had books, pages and text on my mind. Enter the guest book idea: a typewriter. My vision was to find a vintage [...]

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strawberry sangria served at wedding

J and I wanted to do something a little different for the bar, so we served a signature drink that was uniquely "us" to our guests - strawberry sangria (yum!) It was a beautiful pink color and was displayed in a large glass decanter atop the bar. Each drink was garnished with a strawberry of [...]

Clinging to Summer

fall leaves

I LOVE fall. It's by far my favorite season. Don't get me wrong, by the time Wisconsin winter is through with me, I'm SO ready for swimsuits, grilling and drinks on a patio. But even that doesn't compare to the cozy sweaters, tall boots and toasty drinks of fall. And let's not forget the leaves. [...]

wedding guest favors bookmarks

J and I knew from the start that we wanted to do something a little different for our guest favors at the reception. We wrestled with a few different ideas before finally landing on something that just felt right. In lieu of traditional favors we opted to give book donations to each of our elementary [...]

bridal gown

Purchasing my gown really put the rest of my planning in motion. Once I had a clear picture of how J and I were going to look on our wedding day, every other decision easily fell into place. I found my gown at Stacey's Bridal in Des Moines, IA. Oddly enough, it's the same boutique [...]

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