Beauty Find Friday: Favorite Wedding Moments

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First, you might have noticed before I did, after I redesigned Scribbles, you couldn’t comment. Now the comment link is working, but all of your past comments are not appearing on the blog. Again. I’m trying to get help from Disqus to get them back up, but so far, no luck. 

Second, from Oct. 2nd – 14th, I’ve been soaking in the fall weather in my home state of Iowa, assisting my younger sister with her wedding, and too busy to blog! So today’s Beauty Find Friday is a list of my favorite wedding moments from last weekend, in chronological order.

1. Evi and I spent a few hours on Thursday baking 119 pumpkin muffins for the wedding reception. I’m glad we had that time to spend together before wedding business took over.

2. My older sister and fellow matron of honor, Elissa, and I ordered dresses from Shabby Apple originally, but the weren’t the right color, so we returned them, and Elissa ordered a dress from a company in China. She ordered the wrong color, and they wouldn’t let her return it. So we ordered a different dress in the right color. Mine arrived in Arizona a few hours after I left, so I had to wait for Brian to bring it a few days before the wedding. Elissa’s arrived about the same time. Neither of our dresses fit, but Elissa’s was at least “wearable.”

I ran to the mall and tried to scrounge up something else, without much success. When I showed the dresses I found to Elissa, she suggested on a whim that I try on the dress she ordered in the wrong color. Elissa is several sizes smaller, so I didn’t have much expectations as I stepped into the dress. But as I began zipping it up, miraculously, it fit! Even though it wasn’t the same color as Elissa’s dress, the two shades did look great together, so it worked!

3. Getting my nails done. For the first time ever! It was more relaxing and enjoyable than I expected, and I love the way they turned out!

4. Fast forward to the wedding day. After spending the morning decorating, we three girls went to the beauty school to have our hair done. Unfortunately, they didn’t do what I wanted, and I ended up taking it all out and re-doing it myself. But, I did enjoy chatting with the photographer while he took pictures of us getting our hair fixed, and I enjoyed getting dressed in Evi’s apartment with her and Abbi, the bridal assistant. 

5. One of my top three moments from the day was giving Evi a special gift. My sister-in-law gave me a necklace the day before my wedding, which I wear often. I wanted to give Evi a necklace, but I wanted it to have special meaning. I bought two necklaces and gave one to Evi right before we left for pictures. When I handed her the tiny box, I choked out that it was a gift to remind her of the special time we had as kids, when we pretended our dolls could go back in time to medieval England, and spent hours upon hours on adventures with Robin Hood’s band of merry men in Sherwood forest. 

She opened the box, and the tears started. “That’s my favorite childhood memory,” she said as we hugged. The necklaces are golden arrows from Apple Latte on Etsy, which if you know the story of Robin Hood, you understand the connection.

6. As we left for pictures, I snapped a few pictures of Evi crossing the street in her wedding gown. Another of my top three favorite moments.

7. As it turned out, I spent most of the wedding day running around, solving problems. But for a stretch after the pictures, we all had to sit tight and wait. The sound guys forgot a few things, and had to run back into town for them. I’m actually glad, because this was almost the only time I had all day to relax, and catch up with my relatives. 

8. I almost missed going down the aisle! Because I was running around all day, I HAD to go to the bathroom before the ceremony. The bathroom was in the lodge, and the ceremony was outside, quite a distance from the lodge, with mostly open lawn between. When I emerged from the restroom, I saw that not only had the wedding started, but that the ushers were seating the groom’s mother! Mom was next, and then it was my turn! I sprinted across the lawn, and made it just in time to walk down the aisle, breathing a little hard. It wasn’t funny at the time, but I’ve laughed about it a lot since!

9. Just before I walked down the aisle, I turned and looked at the nearby shed that the bride and assistant were hiding behind. Both of their heads were peeking around the corner. It was a picture perfect moment that I’ll always remember. 

10. After the reception, I tried to sneak out of the lodge to find Evi’s purse before they made their grand exit. My Grandma and Grandpa caught me, and Grandma grabbed my hand. She told me that she appreciated my speech, in which I mentioned visiting Evi and Christian in Oregon and observing how perfect they are for each other. My grandparents hadn’t met Christian until a few hours earlier that very day. “We grandparents worry about these things you know,” she said. “But I told Grandpa, if Emily thinks it’s a good match, then that’s good enough for us!”

Sorry for the extremely blurry shot. Here’s a good picture to make up for it, taken by the professional photographer, of course. Not only is John Allen extremely talented, but also, he’s the nicest guy ever, and so great to work with! Even though he lives in Iowa, he’s willing to travel, so check him out!

Happy Friday!

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Beauty Find Friday: A Sale, A Sneak Peek, and A Winner

One of the hardest things about being a grown up is not getting a Spring Break. I realized this week that I totally took Spring Break for granted. I mean, it always came at just the right time, when Christmas break was a distant memory, the weather warmed up enough to make studying impossible, and your brains were turned to mush anyway from seven to eight months of school. Plus, there was the opportunity to escape to every midwest girl’s fantasy: THE BEACH.

Instead of laying on the sand, I’ve been hard at work this week. I’m almost ready to launch a new spring collection of stationery in Scribbles Shoppe. This collection is hand painted by yours truly, then I scan each painting, design the cards, print and assemble them into lovely little packages in my apartment. Here’s a little sneak peek:

If you follow me on Pinterest, you might have noticed that I’ve been very inspired by flowers lately. These paintings are based on actual wedding bouquets I’ve seen on Pinterest. So, sending these cards is almost as good as sending flowers! My goal with this collection is to celebrate life’s lovely moments, and to make something that will be cherished.

To celebrate the coming launch, I’m having a sale on everything in my shop! Take $5 off any designs currently in my shop with the code: 50FFSALE

P.S. If you really don’t have any use for wedding invites, I’m happy to alter the design to fit your special occasion. Just hit the “contact” button on the sidebar of the listing and fill me in on your request, or add a note to seller when checking out, and we’ll make it happen!

In other news, thank you for entering the Noonday Collection Giveaway! The winner of the $50 to Noonday Collection is: Victoria Andrews! Congrats! I’ve already emailed you, so be sure to respond in 24 hrs to claim your prize!

How to Make an Inexpensive Wedding Photo Booth

Photo booths provide reception entertainment for wedding guests, as well as a favor to take home. While many photo booth rental companies exist, brides can cut costs by creating their own, like this one made from plywood with vintage wallpaper, or a simple fabric backdrop, like this one. Here’s how the bride and I made an inexpensive photo booth last August.

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Tutorial: Altering a Bridesmaid Dress By Yourself

I know from personal experience that bridesmaid dresses can be a big headache for the bride … like when they don’t fit and a new dress must be procured right before the wedding. So since this was already bridesmaid dress #2, I was determined to make it work. Especially since the store that sells this dress isn’t located in the state of Arizona, and by the time my friend had purchased one for me in Iowa, changed the belt from blue to yellow, and mailed it to me, the season for them was past, and they weren’t in stores anywhere.

In the end, I ended up shortening the straps by an inch each, and taking it in an inch on each side. Here’s how I did it step by step, in case you have a dress in your closet in need of shrinkage:

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Inspiration: Yellow Summer Wedding

For the first time ever, I’m linking up to Gussy Sew’s Inspiration Workshop. I was SO excited when I got the prompt: Yellow. It just so happens that the colors for my BFF’s wedding in August are yellow and black and white stripes! The wedding flower is the daisy. It’s going to be outdoors on the lawn of a lovely romantic Victorian home, with the reception inside.

Yellow is such a sunny, cheery, joyful color, it’s perfect for a summer wedding!

I’ve made numerous collages to gather ideas for the wedding already, so I thought I’d share some of my recent ones.

The above collage is from Style Me Pretty. I’m trying to gather some ideas for my bridesmaid hair and accessories.

The above collage led to the black and white stripes decision. It’s so classy with yellow.

More ideas for my hair, and some other awesome yellow wedding ideas.

For more yellow inspiration, check out the Inspiration Workshop!

Gussy Sews Inspiration Workshop!