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Handfasting Cord Tutorial

I’ve been meaning to post the tutorial of our beautiful cords made by Michael, and featured on Offbeat Bride.

Inspiration!

{ Photo credit left: Jenna Cole | Photo credit right: Stacey Bode }

A couple weeks back the photo of Michael’s boutonniere – on the right – received a comment from Mary Lorraine, a very sweet bride-to-be, asking how we managed to secure the acorns. I replied back with a couple tips and and voilà! She posted a photo of her version, and I think it’s really beautiful. You did a great job Mary Lorraine and congrats on your wedding!

Update: Mary also sent me a link to her sweet blog.

For Family & Friends

On the left – copies that are going out to family members that couldn’t make it to the wedding with a note from our parents.

On the right – copies that will go out to some of our friends as part of our ‘Thank You’ gifts. We’re doing some other stuff for them as well.

Vaseline Bowl

Vaseline glass, also known as uranium/ouraline glass glows under black light and has a beautiful hue with natural light. We have a few pieces and always want more. Michael has a little black light just for the purpose of highlighting the glass.

Many old glasses were cast in molds that had traces of uranium in them and will have a slight glow under black light. Some of them begin to develop a purplish hue as they age due to this. If you have any old glasses, put them under black light and see if it glows. Another interesting detail is that some of our modern Pontarlier glasses actually have a glow. They were made using the old molds and some of the uranium imparted into the glass.

This bowl was a gift from our dear friend Stephanie and her husband Josh. Little do they know we’d had this style of bowl on watch before. I can honestly say it’s a perfect match! We’re so very lucky to have received so many wonderfully unique treasures from everyone.

Thank you!

Pin Cushion Cuff

When my friend Aad was getting ready to come over for the wedding he asked his dear friend, the incredibly talented Natasja Martens of G+N / fashionfugitive, to make something special for me. He kept joking that I’d never guess what was coming. One day he wanted to know if it was alright if he asked me a personal question. Sure! Then he asked what I thought was my waist size. So I gave it to him, in centimetres. He kept coming back to me saying that it couldn’t possibly be right, that it was far too big. Um, ok I knew I’d gained some weight in the last couple of years and that the Dutch are generally much more fit than we Americans, and it took us about 10 minutes of trying to figure out if something was lost a bit in translation (Aad’s english is actually better than mine) only to discover that my slightly hazey eyes misread the question. They wanted to know the size of my WRIST. 🙂

The silk comes from the late Dutch designer Percy.

This is one of the many one-of-a-kind gifts we received. A piece that I absolutely adore and I cannot wait to meet the lovely Ms. N.

I am hoping to do a more stylized photo op sometime soon.

We’re ‘out’…

The Fall 2009 edition of Weddings Unveiled is out and we’re in it!!!!! My mother wants to buy a ton to send out. We need to pick them up from different locations as to not deplete the supply for everyone else. 🙂 Thank You Weddings Unveiled! We really enjoyed working with you!


evita and michael 05.01.09
Here are the screen shots, but EVERYONE needs to go buy a copy!



{Photo credit: Weddings Unveiled Magazine}

I’ve been collecting the mag since last summer and really love the diversity in the weddings they feature, but seriously? We are still a little amazed that we were selected and we’re excited and honored to be featured alongside some really awesome events, especially the ‘Free Wedding’ in which they one of the sponsors.

I have no idea what happened to the Spring edition.

‘Day After’ photos

or…
“We went to Dragon*Con and all we got were these stupid photos” – Stacey Bode.

{Photo credit: Stacy Bode. Clicky on the photo for more}
It could almost be the ‘day after’ since we were married on a Friday and these were taken on a Saturday…four months later. 🙂

When Stacey and I started hatching our plans we talked about several locations, but she kept coming back to Historical Oakland Cemetery. Stacey has been itching to use this particular spot and knew me well enough to know that I’d go right along with her. I’m no stranger to participating in photo shoots at the cemetery and the last 5 years I lived in Atlanta were just a block and a half away. In fact, their annual fall Victorian celebration, Sunday in the Park is this Sunday, October 4.

I made a new bouquet for the shoot and was crushed when our florist told us that neither ranunculus’ or peonies would be available. I surprised myself by choosing the antique roses. They were stunning and for the most part, they held up well traveling from Charleston to Atlanta and the 3 days between pick-up and shoot. I combined them with the variegated pittosporum, and a lotus pod. I brought my feathers to use, but in the end we decided to keep it simple. I wrapped the stems in the same moss sheet/ribbon/acorn combo that I used for the wedding. I also had to remake Michael’s boutonniere because I dropped the original the week of the shoot and the wheat broke apart. Thankfully it took me a fraction of the time to make the second bout.

Stacey, as always, did a spectacular job capturing our personalities. I’ve known her for a very long time and she thrives in working outside the box. Her creativity never ceases to amaze or inspire me. When people used to ask me what I’d miss most about leaving Atlanta, I’d always say, “My friends, Gail K. Fabrics, and DeKalb Famer’s Market”. Stacey could be her own category.

{Photo credit: Stacy Bode}

I would like to shout a big, “Thank You!” to Kat for featuring us on Rock ‘n’ Roll Bride.

Hexagonal Cake Stand

I am trying to find some of the process photos to add to this post. The base was cut from MDF and the edges were routered. We painted it yellow and applied the feet, which were bushed steel door pulls that we painted a matte black. The finishing detail is a stain ribbon along the outer edge that has a black vintage inspired button to cover the ends. We gave it to Renata and she matched the yellow for the fondant.

Green Wedding Shoes

{Photo credit: Stacy Bode}
These vintage Andrew Geller shoes were originally bought at Stefan’s in Atlanta when I was a bridesmaid in Ms. Bode’s wedding. They had sassy hot pink linen rectangular tabs on the toe, but for Stacey’s wedding I pulled them off and replaced them with orange gerbera daisies. Our bridesmaid colors were orange and we carried bouquets of green hydrangeas.

Last year I had them resoled at Peter & Sons in South Windermere shopping center. The insoles and toe embellishments were done by me and the sterling acorn brooches were purchased on eBay. One was a killer deal and the other used up the savings from the first. Of course, I didn’t think there were too many around so I pounced on both auctions. I saw two more about two weeks later for closer to the price of the first brooch but I knew I needed to get them when I could. I used Swarovski hot fix rhinestones in the color olivine. I was tickled green {;)} that the rhinestone arrangement ended up being a hexagon.

{Photo credit: Evita Smith}
My shoes before I retired the daisies. I often had people tell me the daisies would bring smiles to their faces. It was a sad moment when I pulled them off.

{Photo credit: Evita Smith}
After a resole by Peter & Sons in South Windermere shopping center. Our family has used them for decades!

{Photo credit: Evita Smith}
The cats were made from a Martha Stewart punch we purchased at Michael’s last year. The green glitter sticker material is from my Peacock Goddess costume skull ‘extras’. I ordered the sheets from Sam Flax (4 years ago).
{Photo credit: Evita Smith}

I pleated both the taffeta and double-side satin ribbon. I chose the taffeta because the pleating was crisper. Doing this project alone took FOREVER! This was close to how I originally envisioned the restoration until I was going through one of my fabric bins and rediscovered a fabric flower garland. I deconstructed a couple of flowers and BAM! The final product came to fruition. I let the process flow by it’s own accord and I couldn’t be happier with the end results.

DIY Ring Bowl/Nest

{Photo credit: Stacy Bode}
Aileen, ringbearer and friend extraordinaire.

{Photo credit: Evita Smith}

About two and a half years ago Michael discovered a nest being built in the side of the warehouse that faced our loft parking lot; just above an electrical juncture. He kept an eye on it because he thought the nest would be abandoned due to it’s precarious location. He was right, as usual, and he waited over a week after they stopped working on it before he brought it inside.
We realized it was just too fragile to use for the wedding and needed to look for something else. The bowl we choose has been a favorite of mine since I was a child. The moss came from Pottery Barn years ago. I know, we live in the land of moss but my mother fell in love with the green.

{Photo credit: Michael Judd}

{Photo credit: Stacy Bode}

{Photo credit: Michael Judd}

Michael’s Greenman ring made by Bellchamber goldsmiths. They’re awesome beyond words.

My engagement ring is an estate enameled white gold ring with a peridot center stone surrounded by diamonds. My wedding band is white gold eternity band and was cast from an antique mold.

{Photo credit: Stacy Bode}

Aileen acquiring last minute wishes from our friends before the ceremony starts.
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