christmas in florida – part one

December 23, 2010 § Leave a comment

Last weekend Eric and I had the happy opportunity to go to sunny Orlando for our friends’ wedding. Though Amanda and Josh had already tied the knot a year or so ago, they wanted to have an “official” celebration with their friends and family. We took the chance to have a “mini-honeymoon” since we never took one after our celebration in October.

First of all, can I say how awesome it was to be warm in December. It was glorious.

After a treacherous hour+ ride to the airport in “snow emergency level one” conditions (we left 3 hours before the flight and at one point seriously thought we weren’t going to make it) e and I found our seats, sat in de-icing for awhile, and were off. We splurged for this trip and decided to stay in Disney’s Wilderness Lodge. It was so adorable and was probably the only thing that felt “Christmas-y” among the palm trees. We even had bunk beds in our room!

Thursday night was the combined bachelor/bachelorette party. At Epcot. It involved drinking. And going around the world. You get the picture. Which is good, because I have no decent pictures since my camera has recently decided it never wants to take focused pictures. The night ended at a dueling piano bar with renditions of “Don’t Stop Believing” and Eric’s request, “Come Together.” Good times.

Since we were staying on Disney property, we decided that Friday would be spent exploring the other resorts to see all the holiday decorations. Here’s the highlight:

Yes friends, that’s a lifesize gingerbread house at the Grand Floridian. Well to be fair, the top right photo is of some random human-sized birdcage I thought was cool. Everything is food-based. The Mickey on the sugar window is chocolate. The poinsettias are icing. Pretty cool. It takes them over two months to bake and decorate everything.

See! Lifesize!

The next day was the wedding, which sadly, I have few pictures of. It was a rainy, rainy morning. Seriously pouring. Which for a bride planning an outdoor wedding was stressful, I’m sure. The ceremony went off without a hitch and we were off to Epcot for the reception at a banquet room in The Living Seas, the aquarium attraction complete with Nemo and Dory.

Have I mentioned yet that this wedding was “pirate themed?”

I haven’t?

Well, it was. We wore costumes. The reception had pirate-y things like a treasure chest and food with names like “Elisabeth Swann’s Raspberry Coulis.” Fancy.

Fave part? The scuba divers in the aquarium dancing with us.

Again, sorry for the blur. Blame the camera.

Does anyone know where I can find an Ariel tree topper?



taking the non-traditional road

January 5, 2010 § Leave a comment

One of the things that was very important to me was that E and I have fun with this whole wedding project so that we don’t get stressed and we make something that is very “us.” Neither of us are very fancy or formal; our favorite time together is just lounging on the couch reading watching football together. In that kind of relaxed spirit, I’ve been looking at ways to make our wedding original, as well as find parts of the wedding that will create a simple elegance that will go along with our venue (to be announced soon I hope).

I ┬áhave some very crafty bridesmaids. For a bride who wants to do things herself, I think I chose well. Though many things can’t be done by us (cake, music, food, etc.) a lot can, and we have been researching anything and everything wedding to find the best of the best.

1. Flowers
Who knew flowers were so costly? It was shocking. So I asked, how can this be cut? I could do “non-real” flowers as Amanda puts it, but then it just looks like everyone else’s anyway. Then we found this (are you sitting down?):

Umm, those are ribbons. Shortly following this discovery:

Still breathing? That’s ribbon too. Apparently people make flowers from ribbon and fabric and paper all the time. And not just for the bouquets or boutonnieres. For everything.

Headpieces and boutonnieres? Check.

Paper flowers for ceremony decorations and place settings? Check.

Even inexpensive felt is an option:

This has opened a whole new world for me. Yes it means a lot more work for me, my friends and my family, please help, but it adds a completely different feel to the wedding. Imagine some gorgeous ribbon roses mixed with some cute brightly colored felt flowers and some graphic patterned paper? Very shabby chic, casually elegant.

And far from traditional.


Inspiration #2.1

December 29, 2009 § Leave a comment

oops! Forgot one I found earlier!

ps: Does anyone know why you can’t register at Ikea? Lame.


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