Give-Away: Retail Therapy

I need some retail therapy, how about you?

I’m just now recovering from last weekend’s disaster. As some of you might now, my phone was lost, then I discovered it was stolen – but only after I had recovered it. So, I was sort of a super sleuth, even though I didn’t know it. An explanation exists here.

While I would love to sit around and think of all the ways to exact revenge, sometimes the best revenge is living well.  And what better way to live well than to go shopping?  Plus, I have bigger fish to fry: I need to finish my outfit for the big wedding this weekend! One of my sweetest, dearest friends is getting married to her dream man this weekend, outdoors, in the afternoon AND the evening. So, I’ve chosen to go with an airy, classic navy pleated maxi skirt. But the top half? I have no idea…

If YOU can give me some suggestions (with pics or links!) of a great top to go with this skirt, then YOU could be the winner of a crisp, new, shiny $50 gift-card to The Limited!! (A big thanks to my friends at The Limited in Castleton Square Mall for giving me an extra one to give away after my awesome shopping trip last weekend!)

Post away in the comments section! I’ll enter your name in the drawing!!

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What should I wear with this skirt? The top in the picture is not an option, unfortunately. Post in the comments and you could win: $50 gift card to The Limited
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Same-day Wedding Videos

I recently got an email from a friend of mine who is in the throes of planning her wedding. She turned me on to this videographer who does SAME DAY WEDDING VIDEOS!

What I mainly hear from planning brides is that a videographer is just one more expense that they don’t see the value in. They imagine the video to be a clunky boring piece of media they *might* show their kids one day. I think this video might change their minds.  This is the video of my friend’s friends, Matt & Leslie:

Steve Zugelter, owner of Studio Z Films, and creator of the gorgeous video above, gives brides a revolutionary solution for wedding videography.  He and his team capture every moment of the wedding preparation, the ceremony, and the exit.  Then, instead of waiting the standard 2+ weeks to receive your completed video, Studio Z edits the footage and presents the final video to you and your wedding guests that SAME NIGHT, during dinner!

That’s quick, right?!  I didn’t believe it – until I saw it.  Wish I knew about this for my wedding!  Now, you can use it for yours!

From IndySpectator: Indy’s Outdoor Venues

Not just because I’m a contributor to IndySpectator, but for many many good reasons, I wanted to share this post about outdoor wedding venues here in Indianapolis. Many of my engaged friends have pondered the possibilities of staging their wedding at their favorite outdoor location; some locations are more feasible than others. But these below, submitted by Crystal Grove of Snappening, an online event planning resource in Indianapolis, eliminate the need to wonder, and empower you to make it happen. Yes, most outdoor venues are more expensive than the average indoor venue. But for many, it’s worth it!  What venues have you visited and liked?  Disliked?

The Wedding Day Diary: Reception

After the kisses and hugs came the wrangling of family members and bridesmaids and groomsmen for pictures! This did not thin out the crowd at all. Ben’s large family + my large family = 99% of the attendees at the wedding. I thought I had fine-tuned this part so that it would go quickly and smoothly, but no such luck. I really felt bad for Kris & Nikki during this part –

  • OK, all of Ben’s family – yes, everyone.  Everyone that is here that is related to Ben by blood, get in the picture!
  • Now add me.
  • Ok, now just Ben’s immediate family.
  • Now add me.
  • Just Ben & his immediate immediate family – – where are his parents?…just a few more pics!
  • Now add me.
  • Ok, Ben & his brothers & sisters?  Ok? no?
  • Ok, my entire family – gather in the middle.  no the middle.  In a circle.  no no no – a circle!
  • Yes, the ENTIRE family – in-laws, nephews, etc.  Look up!  Look straight ahead!
  • Ok, add Ben.
  • Ok, just me & my brothers and sisters.  They’re spouses?  Dang it – no, not yet – we’ll do that next.
  • Now add Ben
  • What?  no no!  We still need the groomsmen & bridesmaids; we’ll be just a second!
  • Ok, from the balcony?  Ok.  uh, yeah cool from the balcony too then.
  • Ok, just me & my mom??  No?  Ok, add Ben

I didn’t plan that well at all.  And while I’m trying to corral people together, Ben has kidnapped Kris & has started taking Glamour Shots with his Groomsmen.

My shoes are KILLING me.

I don’t even know how long it took to take all those pictures.  But it was at least three-times longer than I planned on it taking.  I hope the appetizers kept guests occupied and full 🙂

I couldn’t WAIT to finally get to the party.  The Reception!  The Harrison Center for the Arts‘ ancient gymnasium had been magically transformed to my Shabby-Chic-Rustic-Romantic gala of my dreams by Natalie & La Vida Dulce Events, and to my knowledge the beer & wine were flowing, the DJ was rockin’ and everyone was waiting for us to show up!

We walked into the reception to one of Ben’s original songs he had written for a film he did the previous year in school – a bouncy fun piano tune.  The DJ had been having so many problems with it, he passive-aggressively made a point to highlight the fact that we insisted on playing it.   But, the DJ was one aspect of the wedding that I had to realize that no matter how much control I tried to exert over it, I just wasn’t going to get my way entirely.  I submitted a 3-hour long play list for the wedding, highlighting the songs I wanted to play at certain times, during certain things.  I just didn’t expect him to play it all before I arrived….  But, I did also have a few DO NOT PLAY UNDER PENALTY OF DEATH songs on my list, and luckily they never showed up.  But, it just irks me to have gone out of my way to designate certain songs for certain things, and then not hear those songs.  But it seemed that everyone had a fine time anyway, and he played all the requests that people could dish out!

Yes, a fine time was had by all, after Ben & I got out first dance out of the way.  We danced to Billy Joel’s “Just the Way You Are”.  It was perfect for us!  Then we allowed everyone to eat!  The best thing about getting married is that you’re first in line for the buffet!  Ok ok, the BEST thing is getting all those awesome tax benefits.  Ok, for real, the really REAL BEST thing about getting married is being so in love you can’t contain it any longer and have to share and show your love to all your friends and family!!  A very close second is the buffet line jumping.

Trust me, you would want to be at the head of this buffet.  The Jazz Kitchen catered our wedding, and the brilliant chef-owner, and dear friend David Allee was there personally.  I’m not just saying this, because every bride thinks SHE had the best, but I really DID have the BEST food at my wedding.  Ask anyone there.  Pork loin with cranberry & apple compote, Roasted Vegetable tortellini, delicious moist cornbread…I couldn’t get enough!  The easiest, most stress-free part of my wedding was working with The Jazz Kitchen and Lu-Ann – she foresaw things I hadn’t thought of, and took care of them before there was a problem.  The food was a no-brainer; it’s my favorite food in the Midwest easily, so of course I was going to use them as my caterer; but my expectations were totally exceeded.

So what’s for dessert?  Well, SOME people, who shall go unnamed, ate their dessert FIRST!  Looking back, one of the funniest moments in mind is as Ben & I walked to our table at the reception, I gazed around, looking at the tables, the table runners, the tree-stump centerpieces, and the cakes and cupcakes that were displayed on top of each centerpiece.  Rather, that should’ve been displayed on top of each centerpiece.  My eyes (and heart) stopped at a table very close to me whose tree-stump centerpiece had neither a small round cake, nor several dainty cupcakes.  Mini panic-attack ensues, covered by a plastered on smile from ear to ear.  I wasn’t worried that the people at the table wouldn’t get cake – no, there was plenty to be had and shared.  It just didn’t look…cohesive.  There was one glaring bald spot in the meadow of shabby-chic table clothes and centerpieces.  How could this happen?!  As soon as I had a free moment, I asked.  Turns out, immediately upon sitting down, everyone at the table lay claim to one of the brightly decorated cupcakes and couldn’t just leave it unprotected upon the stump – no – they had to have it on the plate right in front of them.  Everyone at that table did this.  It cracked me the hell up.

Yes, it’s important to have good looking cakes (and/or cupcakes, whatever your preference) at the wedding.  To me, it’s equally important that they be the best damn cakes/cupcake you’ve had in your life.  I thought I had found the best cupcakes when I tasted the famous Flying Cupcake Bakery’s offerings.  But, on a whim, I decided to give an old High School friend’s bakery upstart a try – in the name of trying to keep my vendors über local.  Mica Gosnel calls her miracle creation factory “Confectioneiress Cupcakes”.  To eat one is to experience the joy of having the entire Charlie and the Chocolate Factory movie explode in your mouth.  I had been looking forward to eating 5 specific cupcakes that entire day:

  • Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough
  • Lemon/Vanilla
  • Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough
  • Vanilla
  • Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough

Food & Drink flowed (the drinks thanks to last-minute helpers Natalie, Tony, Eric, Zach and many others) and toasts were made.  Ben’s Mom & Dad’s toasts were incredibly sweet; I’m so lucky to be so thoroughly and seamlessly accepted and loved by Ben’s family.  Zach’s speech was very funny, without being painful.  Then, who won the “painfully funny” award, you ask?  My brother.  After a long pause after the other toasts were done, Curtis (my oldest brother, who walked me down the aisle.  Who sheltered me during my first job out of college.  Who will one day insist that I pay him for his legal advice…) regaled us with good tidings and “welcomed Ben to the…genital pool.”

What?

“Welcome to the gene pool” would have been embarrassing enough, but genital pool?!  I was mortified.  Hysterically mortified.  Honestly, I didn’t mind at all.  I’m glad, thankful, that my brother got up and spoke on my family’s behalf.   And, his snafu is an exactly accurate portrayal of my side of the family!  My brother is an extremely intelligent, and very learned, lawyer, and regardless of that he’s still human.  And I think that describes me to a T too.  hahaha.  And it was one of the most memorable, funniest moments of the day.

My reception could STILL be going on right now, six months later, and I wouldn’t be tired of it.  I wish I had gotten to talk to people a whole lot more.  I wish I hadn’t danced in those damn shoes for SO long.

The next day, we were off to our honeymoon
and we’re still on it.

The Wedding Day Diary

 

The curtain has closed on our big day…

I’ve been procrastinating, being down-right lazy, not wanting to write this final wedding blog. I’m sad it’s over…no more planning, no more color swatches to toy with, no more decorations to make, no more food & cake to sample…

I at least have gorgeous pictures from Kris Arnold and Nikki Dahl (now, Nikki Arnold congrats!) to keep the wedding memory fresh. They did such a remarkable job documenting the whole thing from start to finish.  I think you can tell by the photos that the day went smoothly, but to satisfy my need to re-live the moments, and to keep my story a bit better organized than normal I’ve formatted the day’s events into a diary entry – enjoy!

9:00am: Rise & Shine!  My brother calls to see if I want to eat breakfast.  GD-it, no!  I want to sleep!  My mom can’t wait to get out of the hotel room, so she joins him.   I sleep in a while longer…

11am: I’m up and at ’em, with not too much to do.  Nothing on my itinerary started before noon (smart cookie, eh?), so I watched TV and painted my nails.

12pm:  I’m nervous that I’m not getting any calls…
Mr. M and my long-time beloved friend Mr. Chad are busy starting their day wrangling the home-made decorations and other wedding paraphernalia from my house and lugging it to the reception site.

1pm:  Bridesmaids start to arrive to my hotel, with tons of munchies, including my all-time favorite cookie that bridesmaid Monica’s Grandma makes.  But I’m too nervous to eat much.  A couple of grapes here and there.  I’m mostly nervous because there’s nothing for us to do but wait.

2pm:  Things get rollin’ around this time.  My AMAZING hairdresser Megan from A ‘Do Hair Salon arrives.  Megan gets my hair.  She just *gets* it.  And she gets it right every time.  She’s the first hairdresser I’ve trusted in a long time.  She helped me grow my hair out longer than it’s ever been…and she’ll be the one to shear it all off when I’m ready!
It’s also around 2pm that I realize I forgot to put “Pick Up The Wine!” on the Leading Man’s ‘To-Do’ list!!  I had ordered wine from Easley Winery downtown, and was supposed to have someone pick it up earlier that day to take to the reception to set up at the bar.  I was freaking out.   I called Mr. Chad, and he was amazingly calm.  One thing that I under-appreciated that day was that he was the buffer between me & Mr. M all day.  He never let me get hysterical, and probably more valuable, he never let Mr. M hear me get hysterical or stressed out.  He was soooo caalllmm.
I also called my Mighty Mouse of the day, Natalie Hinton, owner of La Vida Dulce Events.  Natalie was busy getting the lay of the land at the Harrison Center for the Arts.  She assured me that just in case Mr. Chad forgot to tell Mr. M, or Mr. M didn’t get my text, she would be sure that it got done.  Sigh. Of. Relief.  Natalie — and her incredibly all-in husband — did an amazing job for me the entire day.  You’ll see their importance throughout this blog-diary, but I have to tell you right now, it was THE BEST purchase for my wedding.  Yes, the food was amazing;  Yes, the cake was the best cake anyone has every had at a wedding – or elsewhere;  But none of it would have been possible, and would have in fact all fallen apart, had Natalie not been there to sew together the final stitches to make it all happen.

4:30pm My Mom, Bridesmaids, and I leave the hotel downtown and head to the Harrison Center.  This was one of the more acutely planned details of the day.

4:30p – we leave hotel room
4:45p – we arrive at Harrison Center to take a pre-view look around
5:00p – Shuttle arrives; Bridesmaids, Mom, and I take shuttle to the Wedding Site
5:30p – Guests start to arrive at Harrison Center to take shuttle to Wedding Site
6:30p – Wedding Starts

But, here’s how it went down.
4:45pm: We arrive at the Harrison Center, and all the bridesmaids park their car, and we slip into the Harrison Center to take a peek at the gym to see how the decorations turned out.  Natalie meets me and gives me an update.  All the vendors have been paid, and the cakes have just arrived, and everything has gone very smoothly.  I stepped inside the gym, and I am now kicking my arse that I didn’t take a picture then.  “Smoothly” was an understatement.  The bar was completely set up.  The DJ was already set. The Jazz Kitchen was ready to set out appetizers for the first arriving guests.  And from typed out notes and hand-written messages on boxes filled with home-made crafts, La Vida Dulce created my big-picture artsy reception right down to the last detail, totally exceeding my expectations!  Fabric bows on every-other chair?  yes.  Tissue Poms in the bird cage with a tree stump in the middle?  Yes.  3-4 fabric flowers around every Tree-Stump centerpiece?  Yes.  I am about to cry at how perfect it is, then the cakes start to arrive, and my bridesmaids are telling me we have to go, so we scoot out the back door where I’ve told the Shuttle driver to meet me.

So can you tell me why guests are outside the Harrison Center at 4:45pm waiting for the shuttle!!??

5:15pm:  After side-stepping Shuttle mayhem, we arrived at the house (wedding site).  Us girls ran upstairs, avoiding the guys, and took refuge in our “suite”.  It was SO HOT.  I can only imagine what the guests downstairs and outside in the sun were feeling.  I finished getting dressed (too early, probably), so all there was left to do was wait.  And wait.  We noticed our flowers had already been delivered and were set up in the corner for us.  McNamara Florists did a wonderful job.  I had originally wanted Peonies for my bouquet; but they advised that July was very rare for them to be in bloom, since it was the very end of their season.  So as my back-up I chose Anemones.  About a week before the wedding, McNamara’s let me know that their growers did not have any Anemones.  Crap.  So I really had no choice.  I just said go with Garden Roses.  McNamara said that if there was any possibility of getting either of my first choices, they would do it…but not to get my hopes up.  These things happen.  It’s just a bouquet, and really, any of the 3 flower choices would have looked gorgeous, so I was very much NOT stressing about it.  But, I was elated to see that they did end up finding the Peonies!

And I completely left the bridesmaids’ bouquets creation up to McNamara.  I just told them I wanted a “rustic, fresh-picked from the field” look, and they nailed it.

6:00pm: 6pm arrived so quickly, yet came so slowly at the same time.  The bridal party swished downstairs and I exited the room last.  This was it.  I was waiting at the top of the stairs (waiting to be summoned) and I could hear the din of voices downstairs.  I was so acutely aware of everything going on around me:  the shuffling of feet as the bridal party paraded out the door;  the violin playing outside (courtesy of our lovely friend Lauren Eison {of Sloth Pop});  the butterflies in my stomach;  the feel of how perfectly my dress fit;  the smell of the peonies in my bouquet.

Finally, it was time for me to walk out.

This was the first time on this day that I thought of my dad.  Dad died 8 years ago from lung cancer.  Eight years ago, a wedding was the furthest thing from my mind.  Even in my imagination, my dream wedding wasn’t a formal show of any sort, and I honestly didn’t envision walking down the aisle with ANYONE.  But, now, years later, I was wishing he was here.

I met my oldest brother at the door, and he escorted me down the steps, through the crowd, and into the hands of  Ben.  Our “Master of Ceremonies”, Jim Poyser (esteemed editor at NUVO Newsweekly) harnessed all the nervous and static energy that was running through me and Ben, and everyone watching and just brought it all magically down to a quiet focal point.  We all took a collective breath;  then we sang “Thank You for Being a Friend” – yes, from Golden Girls – at which point I could no longer hold in all my feelings anymore and I started to cry.  I really really really wanted to sing that song.  But I couldn’t get out two words without choking up.  The rest of the ceremony – the prayer, the tree planting, the vows – went by so quickly, and before I knew it we were headed out the gate to our get-away bike!  This was one of my most favorite things about our wedding.  My friend Scott from  DG Bikes lent us a tandem bike and it made for an awesome trip around the block, and some awesome wedding pictures!
I’ll pause here so you can enjoy a few pics; tune in tomorrow for the continuation:  Wedding Day Diary – The Reception, where we enjoy food, cake and plenty o’ drinks.

Bridesmaid Gifts

If you’ve ever spent hours (or days!  weeks…? yikes!)  trying to decide on a gift for a close friend, you’re in good company.   I’ve been trying to find gifts for my bridesmaids for, well, a year now.  The problem is, no two are alike.  In any manner.  They are all very much different from the other.  The easy solution seems to be to get them all something different; something that matches their individual personality, right?

I thought so, too.  Until I started trying to match gifts personally for each bridesmaid.  Then, I thought, well what if Bridesmaid #1 sees Gift #2 and secretly would rather have that and consequently doesn’t feel like I love her enough?  <yes, I know I can be neurotic sometimes>.

So back to getting them all the same thing.  Uniform gifts can be highly personalized, and I recommend it.  This can be as simple as writing a lovely personal note to each friend along with the gift.  Tell them why you purchased the gift.  Maybe it’s a theme with your wedding;  maybe it reminds you of the first time you met your friend;  maybe it’s something that reminds them of a connection they all have:  YOU!   Whatever gift you give them, personalization is important.

Here’s what I *wanted* to get my bridesmaids:

Michael Kors "Very Hollywood" scented ink pen

It’s unique, it screams my personality, and each and every one of the girls would have loved it for personal and/or nostalgic reasons.  However, they’re all sold out.  By “Limited Edition” they mean they’re all gone and they will never make any more.

The gift I finally chose, while it was obviously not my #1 choice, I do like very much!  I approached the new gift hunt from the personalization angle.  I actually thought FIRST of what I wanted to tell my closest friends.  And then, I found the object with which to do that.  Awkward sounding, I know.  But it was a very interesting process, and actually worked really well!   I wanted to tell each of them how much I love and appreciate them, of course, and that I recognized how much effort they were putting in for me, and the phrases that kept coming to my mind mostly had the same word in them:  “measure”.  Measuring cups.  Ok, that is NOT  sexy gift.  You cannot make that cute.  So I was trying to get “measuring cups” out of my mind, and trying to force phrases into my head that didn’t use the word “measure” (as in, “my love for you can’t be measured”, “I am so thankful for you beyond all measure”…etc.).  I gave up and just wanted to get something cute, wrap it, and get on with my life, so I went to Anthropologie.  Not a local store – that’s how *over it* I was.  As I looked around, what to my wandering sight did I see?  Cute kitchen ware.  Cute. measuring. spoons.  Brilliant!  There were nesting measuring bowls shaped like flowers, and even some plain ceramic nesting spoons, but my eyes gravitated toward the pink and gold ceramic measuring spoons.  I bought a set for each bridesmaid, but the gift wasn’t quite complete.  I then wrote several drafts of notes to each one, and once that was finished, I put it on nice paper and added a sweet-but-corny line like, “Our friendship has all the right ingredients!”.  Hehehe – that still makes me laugh!

While I didn’t get to have my first choice of gift to give, I’m still happy at being able to give a gift from the heart, that helped me express how much I do love each and every one of my friends that were able to stand next to me on my wedding day!

I’m Married…Now What?!

If you stand close to me, you can still smell the California sunshine that I spent the two weeks after our wedding basking in.  I have that “Just Married” smell;  which is similar to the “new car” smell in theory, but much different in practice.

Does being married feel different?  Yes, it does.  I can’t explain it.  Nothing is physically different.  We live in the same small apartment (though getting rid of all the wedding decorations did free up some space!), drive the same cars, work the same jobs, and have the same day-to-day routine as before.  But something is different.  Maybe it’s metaphysical.  I think it’s entirely an effect of being able to take our honeymoon directly after the wedding.  A girl can be quite a crazy [person] in the months leading up to the wedding.  For me, this wedding involved so much planning, so many details, so much hands-on effort, that my love light was often out;  at times I removed the bulb completely just to be sure nothing could accidentally flip the switch.  This stress causes major push and pull within a relationship – a hyper magnification of who’s supporting whom and an occasional case of “what have you done for me lately?”.    Seeing my creative vision for the wedding merge flawlessly into the 3D reality of it allowed me to breathe a sigh of relief.  I was able to enjoy our day from start to finish.  The first bit of unsolicited advice that past brides always give you is to breathe and enjoy the day because it passes so quickly that before you know it, it’s gone.  I’m glad I listened.  I remember as much about that day as I think I possibly ever could.  I paid attention to little details.  I smiled sympathetically at those who tried to stress me out.  And I breathed.  I had more fun that day than I had in months.  But I needed time after that to reconnect with Ben.  The two weeks of living-it-up after the wedding was a rediscovery of how much we love each other.  It was full of conversations that weren’t about bills and schedules.  We laughed at ourselves, and gratuitously at each other.  And I came back to reality.  Not the “9-to-5” reality of adult life, but the “hand-in-hand” reality that I used to know more than a year ago that made Ben & I fall in love and decide to be together forever.

So now what?  Now, I’ll share some more details of the finishing touches of the wedding, to tie up some loose ends.  And, of course, I’ll share pictures and highlights from both the wedding and the honeymoon.  A special post will be dedicated to all those friends and vendors who made my day perfect.  And in the meantime, I’ll be struggling internally trying to decide whether to end this blog and start a new one, or continue it and let it naturally transform into a Newlywed discovery blog of sorts.  Without a wedding to plan, I’m anxious to dedicate my creative energy to a new project!  So, continue to read, and follow me as I try to decide what that project will be…

With This Ring…

Wooden wedding band from Stoutwoodworks on Etsy.com

Ben’s wedding band arrived safely in the mail!

Not wanting to buy traditional wedding bands from traditional jewelry stores, we opted to take a look at what sellers and artists on Etsy.com had to offer.  Honestly, as fired up as I am about spending my money locally as often as possible and using as many local and independent resources as possible, I was a bit worried about the quality I could expect from Etsy.com.

Have you ever bought anything from Etsy?  Thanks to this wedding, I’m now a pro at seeking and finding on etsy.com.  My experience so far has been above exceptional.  The site is user-friendly, and the sellers give the best customer service you’ll ever receive.  Each seller that I have bought from has communicated back and forth with me through countless emails, making sure what they send me is what i want, custom-creating individual pieces, and then checking back with me to make sure I am happy with the end result.

Ben’s ring was no exception.  Stoutwoodworks‘ quality is as above-board as their customer service.  Ben’s ring arrived with instructions on caring for the ring, and an invitation to send it back if it ever needed spruced up.

I followed suit and ordered my ring from a jeweler on Etsy as well.  It’ll arrive soon!

    Why the wooden ring? In part, it’s because that is what Ben wanted:  a unique non-traditional ring that was a different as he is.  It’s also a good choice because, in part, his last name is “arbor tree” in German.  Wood has also had quite a theme in our relationship:  I used wood as a theme in a poem from me to him, and my wood-grained heart tattoo that I got as a reminder to always wear my heart on my sleeve.  Hope that answers any questions!

Engagement Pictures: Deja Vu

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You will remember my Flickr post of engagement pictures last fall that my longtime friend and talented photographer Samuel McDonough took at the grounds of the Indianapolis Museum of Art.  Ben & I are created a picture book out of those shots that Samuel took, and we needed just a few more to add to make the book complete!

Thanks to my lovely friend and bridesmaid Kate Franzman for taking a few moments out of her day to snap some shots of Ben and I at our favorite local art space, the Indianapolis Art Center.  Ben and I originally wanted to have our wedding here, outdoors, in front of this little crooked house, with an al fresco reception on the large deck overlooking the … beautiful? … White River.   However, a quite better location came available (thanks to future MIL!), so I felt the best way to use this beautiful space was to capture Ben and me within it.  It was a perfect evening, and Kate was able to capture the scenery’s magical qualities just the way we so often see it when it’s just me & Ben on a stroll.

Thanks so much Kate!

If the Shoe Fits…

Harder than finding THE dress, and maybe even more fun for me, is finding THE shoes to wear during my moment to shine! I chose a short wedding dress so that I can showcase the shoes! So I invite you all to join in the fun with me…

The Rules:
1.) Vote for your favorite shoe, based on
a.) what you know about me,
b.) what you know about my wedding (see rest of blog),
c.) your honest opinion about the look of the shoe.

2.) Do not Google how much these shoes cost then base your choice on the price.
3.) Feel free to vote for more than one shoe!  Just rank them…
4.) Leave your votes in the comment section!

The Axelle, by Nina

Axelle, by Nina; Ivory Luster Satin

Studio 120, by Christian Louboutin

Studio 120, by Christian Louboutin; Gray Satin w/ clear rhinestones & sequins

Decollete, by Christian Louboutin

Decollete, by Christian Louboutin; Nude Leather

CL, by Christian Louboutin

CL, by Christian Louboutin; Nude Leather, w/ Silver & rhinestone heel

New Simple, by Christian Louboutin

New Simple, by Christian Louboutin; Nude Patent Leather maryjane

So there they are!  Despite the pricey brand names, believe me, I’ve found a great website that offers these very above knock-offs for under $100 – which is my limit for spending on these shoes.  There, I’ve gotten very personal with you – I don’t like to share money matters with complete strangers – but I feel it was necessary in order to help you help me!

Happy Voting!