Archive for October, 2008

fab.weddings: Emily + Adam

October 29th, 2008

I was very happy to be able to coordinate Emily and Adam’s 5.24.08 wedding at the Como Conservatory. They hired me just two weeks before their wedding so we were quick to meet and get the details. My favorite detail of their day: the sloth! I thought she was joking when she said they were going to have a sloth, but sure enough, she was there! At the Como Conservatory you have the option to have some animals as part of the entertainment… and it was between the penguins and the sloth but the penguins, being quite popular, were already booked that day.

Their ceremony took place in the beautiful and fragrant Sunken Garden and their reception took place in the Bullard Rainforest Auditorium which overlooks the Bird Yard exhibit with lots of flamingos to watch. Guests were able to enjoy the cocktail hour on the second floor patio in the perfect early summer weather. It was an honor to be a part of their day and be in the presence of such incredible family members and friends. Congratulations Emily and Adam!

(photography by Coppersmith Photography)

The beautiful bride and her handsome groom.
Adam had good friend stand up for him as what I call a ‘groom’s lady.’ She wore the cutest black, strapless, bubble dress but the dress didn’t accommodate the pin on corsage that was made for her. I was able to make a wrist corsage with safety pins and a hair tie so we didn’t have to have any sort of awkward placement of flowers on the dress!

Emily and Adam chose a cherry blossom scheme to their wedding. The soft pink color of the graphic was tied in nicely with the chocolate and pink decor selections throughout the reception. Emily hand made all these beautiful programs!

They picked the perfect time of day to have the ceremony. Just the right amount of sunlight in the Sunken Garden mixed with the clear blue skies made for some fantastic photos.

Emily also made the escort cards by hand. The guests matched the color of the flower on their card to the color and name of the card at each table. She also added a fish, chicken, or carrot to indicate the different types of meals to the wait staff. It added a nice touch of whimsy

The sloth! The sloth was with the guests hanging out in her little tree. She was awake enough to eat and do a little hanging while the guests listened to one of Como’s zoologists talk about her habits. Seriously, only these two could make peering at a sloth look so happy and romantic.

Half the reception centerpieces were these tall branch and flower creations made to mimic a cherry blossoms and the other half were three cylinder vases of varying heights containing submerged cymbidium orchids and floating candles. The table runners were a nice way to tie in the chocolate brown of their color scheme.

Emily’s best friend and Matron of Honor lives in Japan and shipped more than 100 of these Japanese tea cups to Emily to be used as her favors. They were obviously a perfect match to everything they had selected and their guests loved the souvenir and the candy that came with it.

Queen of Cakes really did an outstanding job on both cakes. The groom’s cake was a replica of Emily and Adam’s dog and love of their lives, Grimace the French Bulldog. The detail on the dog was incredible and he got a lot of attention all night!

A couple of very happy newlyweds!

The Vendor List:
Ceremony and Reception: Como Zoo Conservatory

Makeup: Smart and Chic Bride

Photography: Coopersmith Photography

Videography: Blue House Productions

Florals: Luna Vinca

Cakes: Queen of Cakes

DJ: Emily’s iPod

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Busy Bee!

October 20th, 2008

I’ve got a lot of great pictures to share with you from this year’s couples, but my blogging will be lagging a little this week as I prepare to launch my website. I’m really excited to share what I’ve been working on with DVo Designs the last few months. Dan has been awesome at letting me have my creative freedom to design things myself while he works his magic to make it come alive. And then he’s been awesome at all my teeny tiny edits, and not letting me drive him too crazy. ;)

Hopefully this week will bring time to iron out the last few details, and I’ll be able to share a live site with you soon! Happy Monday!

Bag Ladies

October 16th, 2008

The eternal dilemma for many brides is WHAT do you get your bridesmaids? Lots of brides have a hard time figuring out just what to get their ladies in waiting because they want something that is as unique as each of their friends are, but practical and (hopefully) fun!

I’ll admit, I’d never have known about the 1154 Lill Studio bags if it hadn’t been for my best friend and her fantastic taste in bags. What I love about the 1154 Lill Studio bags is that you are getting a custom designed bag that best suits your taste in shape, size, and textiles. I also LOVE that you can pair different fabrics from flamboyantly girly to classic solids to cover the straps, the body of the bag, and the inside. So not only is it fun for the world to look at, you get a little excited every time you have to dig for your keys too! You can keep the bags smaller as well as shop the fabrics by price range to help keep the cost down. The bags range from wristlet size to carry on totes. You can also design pillows, day planner covers, or headbands.

Here is the bag I’m diggin’ right now… The Custom Andi with Plum Breeze for the exterior with deep purple for the strap and Garnet Tweed for the inner lining and ‘strap attachers.’ A little mellow compared to some I came up with, but perfectly fall.

They are more pricey than your average bag, but well worth it for something that you put thought and love into when choosing something to say ‘thank you’ for standing up for you on the biggest day of your life. And even if they’re too pricey to buy… at least you can kill some quality time on the site designing your dream bag while you’re supposed to be working! Have fun designing!

And who says a business tote has to be all business? Custom Sophie in ‘Moroccan Tiles’ with ‘Aruba’ for the straps and accents:, fab.weddings, the Maids

$299 Wedding Gown Sample Sale

October 13th, 2008

The Minneapolis Convention Center will be holding a wedding gown sample sale this weekend, October 18th – 19th from 10-4 both days. Tons of gowns in a large variety of top designers at the best prices possible. A lot of the gowns have never even been tried on! The website says gowns in sizes 2-28 so there’s something for every shape.

It’s first come, first serve and you’ll have to stand in line, but it’s worth it to possibly find the dress of your dreams at a fraction of it’s normal cost. If you’re up for it, grab your mom, sisters, and friends and have fun in a sea of dresses!

Check out the site for more details and be sure to check out the FAQ section. Happy Hunting!, the Dress

fab.weddings: Andrea + Vik

October 12th, 2008

Andrea and Vik hired me to coordinate their 4.26.08 wedding in Newport, Minnesota. Andrea is so sweet and creative and Vik is quite the character – no other way to put it! Andrea’s excellent selection of vendors helped create a day that was not only beautiful and meticulously planned, but a ton of fun for their guests. Nothing could stop them from having a great day – not even SNOW! Their wedding party was just as much fun as the newlyweds and the party went strong to the finish. Congrats, Andrea and Vik!

Here are some pictures they’ve shared with me to showcase their fantastic ideas and beautiful color scheme. Enjoy!

Andrea created a unique monogram that she carried very tastefully throughout their entire wedding. When done well, like Andrea did, the monogram can be sophisticated and a fun way to bring the couple’s personalities into the feel of the wedding. Well played, Andrea!

Tara at Sweet Pea’s Florals did an excellent job of bringing Andrea and Vik’s vision to life for all their flowers. I think it’s safe to say the flowers were Andrea’s favorite item of planning.

Some of the pear escort cards.
The candy buffet was well stocked with assortments of candies in wrappers and colors that complimented the wedding colors. It was HUGE hit with their guests.

There is no mistaking that Noah Wolf or James Ramsey (his assistant shooter for the day) are incredibly gifted photographers, but their jobs are made that much easier by a bride this beautiful!

Vik looking rather suave.

Two things you should probably know about me: I’m a talker and I’m a sap for love and romance and all that wonderful mushy stuff. One of the best privileges of my job is to be able to witness all of the above in one single day. Here are Andrea and Vik at their first meeting. Yep, I cried.

The group made the best of the snow/rain mix by taking awesome pictures downtown St. Paul.

The Vendor List:

Ceremony: Newport United Methodist Church

Reception: Mississippi Dunes Golf Club

Hair and Makeup: Smart and Chic Bride

Photography: Noah Wolf Photography

Florals: Sweet Pea’s Floral

DJ: Instant Request

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