Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Monday, December 29, 2008
Getting ready with all of the girls was so much fun.
Finally, I get to wear it!
My cousin Emma was ready for her flower girl duties.
Portrait of a self-portrait.
The guys look serious about getting dressed.
Mr. Bliss getting a little help from his brother.
We woke up to an overcast day, but just as we were getting ready the skies cleared!
Buttons can be tricky...
Buttoned-up and on the way to the trolley.
I love this shot of Mr. Bliss waiting in the back of the church.
And here I am waiting in the trolley.
Flower girl waiting for her big entrance.
Mr. and Mrs. Bliss enjoying some fresh air and champagne on the trolley.
Sunday, December 21, 2008
I spent the morning of the cookie swap furiously producing these little snowflake sugar cookies. I've been celebrating the holidays with the same group of lovely ladies for a few years now, and these are always requested. I like to keep it simple with the snowflakes - no need to color the icing and I have amassed quite the array of white sprinkles and snowflake cookie cutters.
Thursday, December 18, 2008
Monday, December 15, 2008
While choosing the design of our thank you notes, I found inspiration in an unlikely place - our toasting flutes.
Belle Boulevard toasting flutes by kate spade.
The flutes were a gift from a bridesmaid and I just loved the design. As I was going through Crane's new wedding collections I discovered that kate spade had just introduced a new Belle Boulevard wedding suite. The correspondence cards in yellow were just right for our thank you notes.
kate spade for Crane & Co. Belle Boulevard correspondence cards.
Now what exactly were we to write in those pretty cards? According to Crane's Wedding Blue Book, there's a simple formula for a thank you note:
- Greet the giver.
- Express your thanks.
- Say something nice about the gift and how you will use it.
- Mention the past, allude to the future.
- Repeat your thanks.
Here's an example:
Dear Aunt Kay and Uncle Joe,
Thank you so much for lovely crystal cake plate. I'm looking forward to baking now that we have such a beautiful piece to display the goodies!
It was wonderful, as always, to see you both at the wedding. I especially enjoyed dancing to the oldies with Uncle Joe. We are looking forward to seeing you at Thanksgiving and telling you all about our adventures in Hawaii!
Thanks again for your generosity.
Mr. and Mrs. Bliss
Monday, December 8, 2008
We provided our venue with yellow cocktail flags to serve in our signature passed drinks during cocktail hour. For signature drinks, we chose a "Bride's Favorite" and "Groom's Favorite." One was a lemonade and vodka cocktail and the other was a local microbrew. I bet you can't guess which was the groom's choice!
Now I wish I would have taken photos of how I made the cocktail flags to share with you readers. Sorry! I will tell you this - with very little cost (and definitely more effort) we were able to make these ourselves and I thought that they were definitely a detail at the wedding that did not go unnoticed. It was so fun to walk around cocktail hour and see people walking around with them.
To make them, I used yellow paper that I printed at home and cut with a paper cutter, double-sided adhesive and the bamboo sticks that you use for skewers. One thing to remember: call your venue and ask which glasses they will be using for passed cocktails so you know what length the flags need to be. Mr. Bliss was quite the trooper cutting 200+ flags to two different lengths!
Yes, the boys enjoyed the cocktail flags too!
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
photos by Daria Bishop Photography
The main invitation piece is a Crane 64lb white embassy card. The paper is 100 percent cotton and feels amazingly thick. The pretty eyelet design was blind debossed, which basically means that image was pressed into the paper (like letterpress without the ink). The debossing of the eyelet design combined with the thickness and the quality of the paper resulted in a beautiful, textured eyelet detail. For the lettering, we chose engraving, which is a highly skilled form of raised printing. Check out this video to see how exactly engraving works: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N6N2r7zUv9g. It's amazing how long a bride can agonize over fonts! After much deliberation, we went with Charter Roman and Colonial Script.
The corners on all of the invitation pieces are rounded. This is actually done by hand at Crane! It's a very smooth corner, not the result you would get when working with a punch corner rounder. The invitations are fairly formal, so I wanted the copy on the reception card to have a bit of whimsy. Instead of "Reception," we went with "dinner, dancing & happily ever after." The choices on the response card were "Will be there to celebrate" and "Sends best wishes and regrets."
Coming up: programs and how we incorporated the eyelet design into other wedding details. I also have more wedding photos!