I love these customed swarovski crystal mirrored compacts. Thinking about getting these for my bride...
We were featured...
...on the Wedding Bells website!
Wedding Bells featured us giving props to Distinct Occasions for helping us pull this fabulous wedding off. What an absolute honour!!!
Click HERE to view the article and see the pics!
We were featured...
On the Distinct Occasions blog
Since Distinct Occasions did final-month-of coordination for us (well answered a few questions in the final month of and then coordinated day of really), they featured us on their blog shortly after our wedding and here is our feature there. She included a couple of less than flattering shots of me but hey, it's all part of the fun and the memories now. LOL Enjoy! CLICK HERE TO VIEW IT
We were featured...
I drew a lot of inspiration from sites like StyleMePretty.com when I was planning our wedding so I'm thrilled to have had our wedding featured there.
Click here to view our feature! (Note: clicking this link opens a new window so you don't have to leave weddingbycolor.com to view it)
People have had wonderful things to say about our theme/decor and I am elated that others in the wedding circuit appreciate our style!
Our menu was FABULOUS. This was the main entree - choice of chicken breast or salmon on a bed of mixed yukon and sweet potato mash... see the whole menu in the next picture. :)
our caterer got the date on the menu wrong but it was no big deal in the grand scheme of things. I was going to do the menus myself and ran out of time, so asked her to do it last minute. They literally did these up the morning of my wedding. On such short notice I can't complain.
Head table 1
Head table angle shot
view of reception tent
triple centerpieces of hydrangea, green spider mums and peonies. The spider mums weren't open for some reason... I was disappointed about that but the tables looked amazing all together as long as you didn't zero in on the spider mums it was all good. I like that they brought a splash of that fresh crisp green to the tables. Just wish they were open like they should've been...
Guest table place settings. We opted to do an aqua napkin vs. a charger. The cost was about the same and we would have needed napkins anyway. Our coordinator arranged to have the fuschia mokara orchids at each place setting as a trade off for ceremony and head table flowers that we didn't get though paid for becuase the foam they were in broke en route.
Raspberry passionfruit mousse ovals drizzled with mango coulis and topped with a wild gooseberry then flanked by a shortbread cookie (which was actually supposed to be something else - I have no idea what happened to the original dessert garnish we had decided on). I never got to try my gooseberry but I heard they were insanely delicious. Who knew?!
An Allyson Meredith masterpiece. http://www.amcakes.com - this cake was delicious!! Made with all real butter too. One layer was chocolate with raspberry buttercream while another was vanilla with mango buttercream. Delish!
Top of wedding cake
Peonies and orchids - two of my absolute favourite flowers.
We gave our guests a homemade adobo spice blend with a recipe on the label for how to use it. It was a hit!
Guest place settings
Hors d'oeuvres - white fish ceviche in cucumber baskets, maki sushi rolls, shredded beef on a blini (crepe) and southern style pulled pork on cute little corn bread buns
I found these stunning damask pillow cases in China Town - 2 for $4.99!! I had to have my damask in this wedding somewhere but didn't want to overwhelm the simplicity of our miami chic theme with a ton of damask. I like that we just had a touch of it in the lounge areas and now I get to keep them... now if only I could find a USE for them!!
Orchid and teal napkin
Manzanita branches draped with green amaranthas, clear sparkling crystal baubles and pink mokara orchids decorated the bar and signing table areas
Napkin and orchid
Our lounge area coffee table was decorated with these stunning white rectangular vases, filled with black sand, black river rocks and delicate cymbidium orchids. These were one of my favourite details. Elegant, simple, moden, romantic, the perfect blend of masculinity and femininity combined. Just simply stunning.
Handmade cake detail
Cake table set up in the tent
My beautiful bouquet of blush pink peonies and orchids
The invitations I designed and made by hand with help from my MOH, accented by our wedding rings
My dress in the bridal suite with the sun shining through it
Miller Lash House - our wedding venue in Scarborough, Ontario, Canada.
Husband's grandmother waiting for everyone to file in so we can start
the big walk begins
Dad and me
Greeting our guests as we make our big walk down the aisle
Our ceremony was romantic, personal and meaningful. We had an amazing officiant with a great sense of humour. http://www.hart2heart.ca
The Big Day
At long last here are some actual photos from our actual wedding - some from our pro photographer and our coordinator's pro photographer, while some were taken and sent to us by our wonderful family and friends.
Wedding Hair Style
My hair trial a few weeks ago
It will look like this only with some added bling and/or a flower on the side, plus I'll have hair extensions in so it looks more full and more hair on the side (more coverage for the good ol' double chin! LOL)
My dress is here, wedding's in a week... still need alterations!!
Can you believe I haven't had my dress altered yet??! My friend's mom is a seamstress though who does a lot of bridal work so she's doing it for me this weekend. THANK GAWD! Or I'd be screwed! LOL
She promised/assured me it will be done in time. I trust her. :)
I am not wearing makeup (other than mascara/lipgloss) in these pics, my hair is a royal mess and I'm not wearing proper jewelry or shoes, nor does my dress fit right but here she is after much ado...
Garden Pail Candy Shower favours
Not to be confused with Garbage Pail candy... remember those? LOL
I made these as a thank you to my shower guests though my Maid of honour and bridesmaids hosted the shower for me.
We were supposed to have the shower outdoors at my friend's place, in her backyard. So I thought these favours were fitting - unfortunately the weather didn't cooperate so we had the shower indoors that day, but they were still cute. And here they are!
I bought the pails at Dollarama, 3 to a package for $1 each package.
Each pkg. came w/ the thank you card tags, white ribbon and the 3 pails. I decided not to use the white ribbon. I had this beautiful bright green ribbon w/ pink stitching and I liked that better - thought it was cuter, punchier, more summery. Also found the adorable flower clothespins in Dollarama - they turned out to be convenient. While the "thank you" tags were meant to be strung on the ribbon that ties whatever you put in the pail (presumably, candy I guess, like in my case here), I thought it looked cuter to clip them on the side with the clothespins, and Derrick agreed, so that's what we did. And he helped me put them all together.
Inside each pail were about 3-4oz of fruits n' creme jelly belly jelly beans (no name brand though - good imitation), purchased in quantity, from Bulk Barn, along with the little plastic bags which come in packages of 100. I only needed about 35 favours, so I have leftovers.
All in all I think they turned out nicely!
-$22.50 (approx) on the jelly beans - and only needed about HALF of what I bought!
-$4 on 1 pkg of cellophane bags.
-I already had the ribbon but I think I paid about $5 for the roll at Creative Bag a while ago - and only used about half to 3/4 of the roll for this job.
-Flowers $1/pkg, sold 6 per. I bought about 7 packages and have leftovers now, so about $7 total on these.
-Pails/tags were $1/pkg and 3 per. I bought about 14 packages total and had only a couple leftover (like 3-4), so spent about $14-15 total on these.
Approx total incurred expense: about $53.50, or, $1.52/each
I could have done it for about $10-15 less, because I had so many supplies leftover, which could have brough the cost per favour down to about $1.10 per favour. Ah well, you live you learn. :)
A gift for the niece... our ceremony reader
Derrick's niece Taylor is 10. We felt it was appropriate to include her in the ceremony somehow but were a bit stuck w/ the dilemma of what role to give her since at 10, it seems she is too old to be a flower girl (traditionally speaking) yet too young to be a bridesmaid. It was suggested we make her a Jr. Bridesmaid by her mother but I felt she was too young for that - to me, a Jr. BM is more someone in the age range of about 14-17 or so.
I decided to include her as part of the actual ceremony, so that she would be asked to do a special reading. I think I'm going to ask her to read something from Corinthians on love, but I'm not sure if I don't want her to read something more age-appropriate for her. Like a passage out of a children's book or some lines from a movie that might be appropriate, I'm not sure... have to decide soon!
Anyway we will give her a gift for doing us the special favour and for being part of our bridal party. I'm not sure what it will be yet but I think it will be somewhat of a loot bag, with a few different things in it. Whatever the gift, it's going in this small tote bag I custom decorated just for her.
I purchased the tote plain, at a craft store for about $2-4 (can't remember exact price). I Used stencils, special washable craft glitter adhesive (as in, it can go in the washing machine and still hold onto the glitter after if need be - meant for crafts like this, avail. in local craft stores) and of course, glitter. I wanted something super girly and sparkly so that's what she got. :) I would have LOVED this when I was a kid!
The name was done in velour iron-on stencil letter transfers. Very easy application, if you know how to work an iron you are already a pro.
The acrylic star crystals were an after thought. I had them already on hand in my craft stash and thought the bag needed a little something extra - they were perfect for the job. I stuck them on using Aleene's Quick Dry Tacky Glue. I know they'll come off if washed in the machine but hopefully they will stay on if it's not washed. Being that it's a bag and not clothing, I think they should be safe at least for a good while. One more DIY project down, 10,000 to go...
The finished product... post-printing
Custom designed from scratch by yours truly and hand cut/glued/assembled/stuffed with help from the MOH.
Designed using Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Photoshop, printed on Quartz Stardream metallic 105lb cover weight card stock, stuffed into handmade pocketfolds made out of Punch Stardream metallic 105lb cover weight card stock. FINALLY they're DONE!!!!!
My invitations were kept under 6x6" (square) to keep postage costs down. Apparently they only charge double from 6x6" and up. The envelope was handmade by my paper/print shop out of Punch colour Stardream Metallic text weight paper to match the 105lb pocket folds also in Punch. They were done using a 5.75" x 5.75" dimension.
Because the envelope was 5.75x5.75" the pocket had to be slightly smaller to easily slide in/out of the envelope. So the pocket was done at 5.5 x 5.5". The invitation matted to the inside was a 1/4" smaller so it showed some of the cardstock behind it for a border, and its dimension was 5.25" x 5.25".
The inserts were:
-MAP 4.75" W x 5" H
-HOTEL 4.75" W x 4.25" H
-RSVP 4.75" W x 3.5" H
Each insert was 4.75" wide and each was 1/4" smaller than the next. (or larger than the next depending which way you're looking at it).
NOTE: These pics are taken using my webcam. It's a crappy camera and doesn't take great pics. My apologies but this is the best I can offer right now - can't find the charger to my Olympus digital cam. :(
The cost of this project was higher than it should have been for DIY because at the end I was pressed for time and couldn't find a print shop who could print on the heavy card stock I used for the inserts without major paper jams. Neither Staples or Kinkos could do it though both tried. The only shop I knew of that could was the shop I bought the paper from and their costs were pretty high and drove my cost per invitation up quite high despite the fact that I didn't even embellish these invitations with ribbon, rhinestones or anything else. Here were my costs:
$300 for cardstock including all inserts/pockets/envelopes
$155 for printing costs - 140 sheets of cardstock for all the inserts (in batches of 35/insert design with 2 to a page) + 19 sheets of the monogram squares for the front of the pockets (4 to a page)
Time time and more time (I started this design - this was one of many before it) about 4-5 days before the project was completed. Maybe a week.
Total: $455 for 70 invitations = $6.50/invitation NOT including postage. WAY. TOO. HIGH. I was not happy about that.
My raw photoshop files before printing
They look so weird here..... see above for finished product.