Today’s ONE DAY feature is all about Andrew and Erinn. I “met” Erinn on Twitter and was thrilled that she wanted to share some of her lovely wedding details. They got married December 10, 2010 at The Cypress Grove Estate House in Orlando, Florida. Erinn describes their wedding palette as “dark sapphire blue, berry and green.” Learn more about their wedding day below:
1. What do you remember most about your wedding day? Laughing my whole way down the aisle. This sounds silly, but for those that know me, you know I’m always smiling. When I’m nervous, I make myself laugh. You’ll see a common trend in all of our wedding photos that I laughed the whole day. My husband and I had been dating since we were in the 8th grade – which is so, so long. But as I walked down the aisle and saw Andrew, it was like everything we had been working towards, everything we wanted to be had lead up to that particular moment. I was overwhelmed with joy.
2. What was your vision for your wedding before you actually started planning? How did that vision change by the time you were finished? I had been working as a wedding planner for 3 years when we got engaged. I was constantly surrounded by pretty details and dresses that I knew in my head exactly what I wanted to happen. My vision was simple, southern and bright. I wanted the colors to grab your attention before you knew what to do with them. I wanted vibrance, classic charm and personal touches. We grew up together in Florida, so we wanted it outside by a lake in the perfect December weather. We wanted to dance under a canopy of market lights with amazing music and our closest friends that we grew up with. It never changed and was beyond perfect.
3. What was your favorite and least favorite part of wedding planning? Favorite part had to be planning everything with my Mom. I’m the girly girl of the family, so it was no surprise to anyone that I whipped out a huge binder of all of my favorite wedding ideas the day we got engaged. My mom and I planned every single detail together, and I wouldn’t have changed that. My least favorite part is easy, the budget. Hands down. I had no problems telling my brides where to spend their money – but for some reason this was a really difficult task for me.
4. How did you go about finding your wedding photographer and videographer? I picked our wedding photographer right away. I had worked with Lindsey of Pure Photography several times before. We were friends, and we grew closer as she was so involved in the wedding planning with me. Her images are fresh, vibrant and breathtaking. I knew she’d fit in perfectly. We opted out of not having a videographer, and now I wish we would have. If anything, for the speaking moments of family members and friends.
5. Did you have any favorite DIY wedding projects? I had so many! We made tissue paper pom poms to hang between the arch ways around the dance floor amphitheater. It was the perfect touch and so easy to do! We folded them up and brought them with us, while we all were getting our hair ready we prepped the pom poms and hung them ourselves. We cleaned and polished my great grandmother’s antique silver catering pieces and spread them out through out the wedding – from the centerpieces to the favors, it was a constant reminder of family. My most favorite though, was instead of a traditional guest book we used green and berry Christmas tree ornaments and let our guests write their well wishes right there, and then hang them on a tree. Our first Christmas at home was filled with these ornaments in random vases, bowls and even some on the tree.
6. What advice do you have for newly engaged couples that are starting to plan? Do your research! Read blogs, know that you don’t have to spend an arm and a leg to have the wedding of your dreams, go to several stores to try on dresses even if you are convinced that it’s the right one…take your time! If something isn’t a good fit, recognize it from the beginning and do something about it. I changed our florist half way through the planning because I realized they couldn’t deliver what we wanted. It was best decision of the whole process. The flowers really pulled everything together.
My January Julep Maven box came while I was in Tennessee this weekend and I was excited to take a peek inside once I got home. With Julep Maven, you receive an assortment of nail polish and nail care products monthly. They are delivered right to your door and each box is valued at $40. I really do love Julep Maven because all products are full-size and each product has great quality.
This month I received the two polishes (Anne and Maria) which are both so gorgeous and spring-like! I’m excited to try them both out. They also included a pomegranate scrub which smells amazing. I also was offered a complimentary upgrade last month but the shade I chose is out of stock so they included a bottle of their nail therapy (I’m assuming it’s like a nail strengthener) and a gift voucher for a FREE bottle of polish!
Since my heart is so big and I love my readers so much (and because I have WAY too much nail polish), I’m giving you all a chance to win a free bottle of Julep nail polish! In order to enter, you must head on over to Julep Maven and pick out your favorite shade. Then head back over here and comment with your favorite. I know…I’m so nice, right? You have until Thursday at 11:59PM to enter. On Friday I will announce the winner! Good luck.
i have those. bashes, that is. in my yard. and not having to design the invites would be magical!!
those are freaking adorable.
I’ll email you, Candace, and pass along your mailing information to Elizabeth from Please Note. Thanks to all who entered!
I’m off to Nashville until Sunday and so I’ll be taking a little blogging break while I’m there! Just a reminder:
Read the full blog post here. You can start snapping photos for the challenge on Monday! See you then! XO
“Becoming a great artist is about sitting and paying attention to the world that is passing everyone else by.”
Enjoy and be sure to check out Blaine’s blog + book.
If you missed my interview with Elizabeth Jackson from earlier today make sure to check it out! She has graciously decided to giveaway any single item in her Etsy shop, ‘Please Note!’ In order to enter into the giveaway, head on over to her shop and comment below with your favorite item! I will choose the winner via random.org on Friday and announce it here and on Twitter! I mean…sushi notecards? What could be better? Good luck!
MEET Elizabeth Jackson! She’s from Los Angeles and her blog Please Note encompasses food, crafts, I Love Lucy and more. Enjoy the interview and check back later today for a giveaway from her Etsy shop!
When did you start blogging as “Please Note”? When did you set up your Etsy shops? My paper Etsy shop came first. I opened it about a year and a half ago, specializing primarily in invitations. After expanding the shop a bit, I decided to start the blog. The blog will be 1 at the end of this month and I’m thrilled with how much it’s grown. With each new reader, I’m motivated to make it better and better. The newest part of the my little trilogy is the vintage shop.[Below: a bit of her growing nesting doll collection]
What does your blogging schedule look like? I try to write five posts each weekend and post one per day during the week. The order of my posts pretty much depends on how I’m feeling each day.
What are your favorite types of blog posts that you create? What seem to be the most popular among your readers? I LOVE posting recipes. I try to do at least one recipe per week. Not only do I really enjoy cooking but taking photos of the entire process is really fun too. These posts also seem to be the most popular. [Below: her peanut butter chocolate chip cookies]
Your shops are amazing!! How do you go about promoting them and what are you most popular products? I’m proud of my shops and how much they’ve grown, especially the paper shop. I’m so busy during the week that the amount of orders I’m receiving now is just enough, so I actually don’t do much promotion. My most popular product is definitely the dinosaur birthday invitation. I’ve had moms on numerous occasions tell me that their son or daughter picked them because of the “realistic and scary” dinosaur.
Do you blog and sell through Etsy full time or do you have another “day job?” I currently work full time as a product photographer. This is why I tend to write all of my blog posts over the weekend. I post one each morning before I head off to work. [Above: pom pom garland that she blogged about]
What advice do you have for those that are thinking of or just starting to blog? I think the most important part of blogging is to not get discouraged. It was definitely a slow start for me, and that’s why I’m so grateful each time I see that I have a new reader. Also, make sure that you’re blogging about things that really interest you. Like I said before, my favorite posts are my recipes and those posts are also the most popular. That’s no coincidence. Blog about what you love and people will love your blog. [Above: DIY Black Apple Doll tutorial that Elizabeth blogged about]
Last week my friend Meg tweeted about one of her favorite blogs, Make Under My Life. Jess (the blogger) states that it’s about designing a life of intention and I loved her post about throwing out 100 things. Obviously Jess’s blog soon became one of my favorites and I took on the challenge myself. I threw away 100 things (and as Jess points out…after you recycle, upcycle and donate…you’ll still have trash which is what some of this stuff was). Here’s what I threw out:
- a pair of goggles
- a pair of sunglasses
- a lamp from IKEA
- 4 unused journals
- 13 PRINT magazines
- 3 Whole Living magazines
- an issue of The New Yorker
- an issue of Dwell
- an issue of Crave
- 1 pair of sandals
- 2 wallets
- 1 thing of Clinique face powder (wrong shade)
- 1 brutes bee’s travel set
- 2 CDs
- French manicure strips
- a laptop sleeve
- 3 books
- a laptop bag
- a purse
- a pair of Christmas pants
- a Christmas sweatshirt
- a trench coat
- 12 shirts
- 6 cardigan sweaters
- 3 dresses
- 8 pairs of underwear
- 3 bras
- 4 random socks
- a pair of old slippers
- a necklace
- a headband
- a tube of lotion that i don’t like
- a old bottle of Ralph Lauren perfume
- 2 candlesticks
- a bag of tea light candles
- 4 unused Christmas themed paper plate sets
- 4 coasters
- a Christmas themed tin
- 1 gross, broken dog toy (not pictured…Desh kept trying to take it back)
It feels really good to throw crap out. Especially clothes. I went through my dresser drawers and closet and asked myself, “Do I ever like the way this looks when I put it on?” or “Have I worn this in the past year?” If the answer was no then I decided to get rid of it. The cool thing is it’s fun to re-gift (without acting like you re-gifted) or donating old magazines to doctors’ offices. And so now I challenge you…get rid of 100 things!
P.S Sorry for the yellowy awful pictures. I got rid of my stuff Sunday evening and I’m hardly home with sunlight anymore!
Last week, I hosted a Nail Polish Swap at Camelot Cellars in the Short North. Around 30 ladies showed up, wine was ordered and lots of polish was swapped. I will definitely be doing this again (maybe quarterly?). Planning fun, little events like this is a great way to meet new people and branch out of the usual networking, professional type events.
*The two photos of people taken on my iPhone. All the rest were taken by Halle!
I’ll be reviewing MyGlam’s January bag today! I found out about MyGlam a couple months after discovering Birchbox (which I really love). I thought I would cancel my Birchbox review to give MyGlam a chance for the month of January. MyGlam states on their site:
Every month, you receive a brand new Glam Bag with 4 to 5 of our top beauty finds! These full-sized products or deluxe-sized samples are selected by our stylists for you to enjoy.
A lot of the brands that they boast about on their site are brands like Urban Decay, Tarte, NYX, and Mai Couture. Here’s what was inside the January bag:
1. Cucumber Facial Peel-Off Masque by Freeman: This smells awful. In my opinion, the whole “cucumber” scent trend has passed. I didn’t even try this because I don’t really use anything but Clinique facial cleanser and lotion. This retails for $4.49 in any drugstore.
2. Cleansing Conditioner by Wen: I actually liked the scent of this conditioner. On Amazon, a 16 oz. bottle of this conditioner sells for $36.80. I’ll be interested in using it soon – a hairstylist I just talked to said that many of her clients use it in between shampooing.
3. Hot Ticket Nail Polish by The Balm: I have never heard of this brand…but that’s not saying much. I mostly stick to Essie, OPI, Deborah Lippman, and Zoya. I didn’t particularly enjoy the color and the formula seemed cheaper. A bottle of this polish sells for $10.00 on their website. That’s INSANE. I can buy a bottle of OPI for $8.50 and it’s 10x better.
4. Cover Duo Concealer by Sheer: I actually like this mineral concealer. I looked up Sheer Cover and it looks like you pay monthly for a kit. I don’t necessarily know how much the individual concealer sells for but Amazon has JUST the concealer for about $25. I used it and I really like it. It’s more of a dry concealer and I like that there are two shades (summer and winter).
Now that you know what was inside, I’ll share some thoughts about the whole experience.
- First of all, MyGlam’s website is lacking in many areas. I signed up for MyGlam back in December. They seemed to be adding features to their site every time I logged in to check on the status of my bag. Right now, they seem to display the current bag’s contents with links to the brands’ sites.
- They don’t award points for reviews or referrals. They also don’t allow you to purchase any products directly through their site.
- My MyGlam bag smelled like moth balls. Ew.
- The total value of the bag did end up being about $45. You get full size (or deluxe) samples and you pay $10/month. No matter how unhappy I was with the choices, I did get a deal.
In the end, I decided to cancel my MyGlam subscription. I tried to sign back up for Birchbox but they are actually sold out of subscriptions right now so in February, I will be trying Turntable Kitchen’s Pairings Box. It’s a a curated food and music discovery experience, delivered monthly! Check back late February for my thoughts. You can also read my reviews on my November & December Birchbox and Julep Maven!