Archive for March 2011

A Groom’s Take on Wedding Plan   1 comment

So I had a lovely evening with Mr. Darcy and my cousin, KML. We had sushi,wine, and Cold Stone. Doesn’t that sound like a perfect evening? Well KML, who is also BM A’s sister, asked me why brides always ask groom’s what they want and then they say no we’re not doing that. Mr. Darcy started laughing and responded, “Yeah that’s why our responses turn to whatever makes you happy dear.” This got me thinking is this how Mr. Darcy really thinks of our wedding plans? Is this how most groom’s feels? I questioned Mr. Darcy about what I had refused to do for the wedding and he couldn’t come with anything specific. Further into the conversation, KML explained how BM A’s fiance only wanted a quick ceremony with twenty people and then be done. I laughed, because this is exactly what Mr. Darcy would have us do. I wonder if all groom’s are NID (The Wedding Planner reference- Not into Details) and have a supreme desire for an intimate celebration? How involved is your groom in the planning? Did he have any ideas that you absolutely rejected?


Posted March 31, 2011 by kcoleybear in Wedding Style

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The Photography Game   1 comment

Mama Austen and I had a chance to meet with all our photographers. Yes, I said all! See when you get married in Las Vegas or particularly in one of Vegas’s Chapels, you usually must use their photographer and their florist. The only exception I know of, as far as the hotel chapels go, is the Wynn. For the hefty fee of $700 you can have your own photographer take pictures of your ceremony also. Well seeing as we are not getting married at the Wynn, Mike and Courtney our lovely husband and wife team photographers will not be photographing our ceremony. Cashman Photography will be. So, hence we are playing the photography game, who will photograph what, when, and for how long. It can become quite complicated. So here’s what I figured out:

1. With our chapel package we get 45 minutes of photography time with one photographer. This includes the 15 minute ceremony and 30 minutes after with immediate family.

2. Our photographer is not allowed to take any photos in the chapel area. Period. The girls have to be in the bridal dressing room 40 minutes before the ceremony and the boys have to be there 30 minutes before the ceremony.

So what does this mean for us, it means I have to work out a schedule with all photographers involved. After meeting with Courtney and Mike of Mike L. studios, the photographers we chose, Mama Austen and I determined the 8 hour package will work best for us. So this is kind of what I am thinking:

9am-11am Getting Ready and Detail Shots

11:00am-12:30pm First Look and Bridal Party Pics

1:15-1:30pm Ceremony Pics

1:30-2:00pm Cashman Photo Family and Bridal Party Pics

2:00pm Hop in the Bus with our Bridal Party and Photographers

2:10pm Drop off at Caesar’s Palace

2:10pm-2:25pm Trevi Fountain Shops

2:30pm-5:00pm Reception Pictures

We also decided to add a second photographer to our time with the Cashman Photography. We did this because I wanted to make sure we had all the important shots from the ceremony. I am little worried about having Cashman shoot the ceremony and not Mike and Courtney, but I am sure all will be okay. Did you have to work a complicated photography schedule? Was there any vendors that you could not choose or had to use a prefered vendor for? How did you handle the situation?

I thought I would leave you with some more of Mike and Courtney’s awesome work.

Source: Mike L. Photo Blog

Source: Mike L. Photo Blog

Source: Mike L. Photo Blog

Source: Mike L. Photo Blog

Can you tell I am obsessed with our photographers?

Building a Dream Team and Defining the Details… The Florist Episode Part 2   Leave a comment

Mama Austen and I made a trip to Vegas this last week and we met up with my rocking florist, Randi Garrett of Naakiti Floral. We went for a couple of reasons, one so Mama Austen and I could see a mock-up, so we could show Randi the candle holders we are going to use for the designs, and so we could decide on what to do for the head table.

The space where we are hosting the reception is quite a decorated space.

Mezzanine Level of the Trevi Restaurant

Because of the highly decorated room, I struggled to find a design that fit and incorporated my desire for a vintage feel. The first thing I found when searching for a design that would work were these candle holders from Jamali Garden.

Source: Jamali Garden

I ordered the 3 1/2 inch Antique Tapered Votive Holders in teal for the head table and in gold for the guest tables. Then I had to find a design to fit with these beautiful candle holders, the room, and our budget. So enter the decorated aisle design.



Source: The Wedding Bee Miss Sparkler

My thought was why can’t we put this on our tables with our candle holders. So the design for the banquet tables in the room will be a turquoise taffeta with a swirl design of rose petals in a dark red color with the our gold votive holders interspersed through. Well I also have three round booths (like the kind in a restaurant) to contend with. I love the look of submerged flowers and decided that this would work well on the booth tables. This is what Randi came up with after speaking with her on the phone and a few emails.

Personal Picture

Personal Pic

The flowers are red/maroon cymbidium orchids, red roses, and red calla lilies. I love the look of this design. Randi did an incredible job. For the sweetheart table we are going to do a combination of the two designs with two sets of the submerged centerpieces and the rose petal design with the teal candle votives.

I first saw Randi’s work at a Bridal Expo in Vegas. She had set up several tables at the show that looked incredible, but what stands out most in my mind is the bride she had there representing her work. The bride just exuded confidence and elation over Randi’s design for her wedding. When it came time to find a florist to fulfill my wedding decor fantasy, Nakkiti floral was the first one that came to mind.

Did you book any vendors from a bridal show? How did you decide upon your floral design?

OMG…Stop the Presses!   1 comment

Miss Austen has found an inspiration board over on Snippet and Ink that is absolutely perfect.

Source: Snippet and Ink

I mean really, how perfect is this board. It has a beautiful modern color palette (that just happens to be very similar to mine), its Las Vegas inspired (that just happens to be where Mr. Darcy and I are tying the knot), and it has some sass (which I have plenty of). I am totally crushing on this gorgeous inspiration board. I think that Kathryn at Snippet and Ink had a dream about my wedding before it came to be and put this inspiration board together, knowing that some day I would find it. Haha! Just kidding. But seriously, I am so stoked about this board. Did you notice the photobooth strip down in the corner? I am on wedding cloud 9 right now with this inspiration board. But wait I am not done. Look at this beauty, also done by Katherine at Snippet and Ink.

Source: Snippet and Ink

Look at all the gorgeous, vintage details in this board. I love the sparkly Christian Louboutin shoes. The vintage Vegas of this board is so awe inspiring. Thank you Kathryn. Did inspiration ever just fall into your lap during the wedding planning process?

Budget Blown   1 comment

Yes, I have written those ominous words, that every bride swears, she will not do. It is not my fault, though. I blame the wedding gods. Before we met with our lovely florist we had met with a DJ, Mike from High Flying Entertainment. They have a digital faux-to-booth option. Mike did not refer to it by this term, so I quickly informed that is what it was, and my mom looked totally confused by my calling it so. I then explained to her and Mike that a faux-to-booth is an area with a backdrop that usually has props that people stand in front of to take silly pictures. Here are some links to some bees’ from wedding bee faux-to-booth, Mrs. Rainbow, Mrs. Quiche, Mrs. Bunny, and Mrs. Buttons. For those of you who are visual learners like myself, here are some pictures of faux-to-booths.


Well after  meeting with Mike we had an appointment with our florist to see a mock-up of one of the centerpieces we had picked out and to discuss what to do with our head table. Well after making a few alterations to our plans, adding linens to our orders, deciding upon a sweetheart table design. We then told her about our meeting with the DJ and we explained to her about the faux-to-booth. She also did not seem to get the concept (wedding vendors really should keep up on the trends and terms).  She said, oh no, I have a guy next door who will take care of you. Lickety Split she gets on her phone and five minutes later, Todd appears. We finish up with Randi and head over to Todd’s shop. Todd put Mama Austen and I in the photobooth with a box full of props and we had so much fun. Todd showed us all the options Shutter Booth had to offer. Mama Austen and I are so enamored with the whole idea. We love everything from the prop box to the bookmark sleeves to the putting the photo strips in to the scrapbook style guestbook. Needless to say Mama Austen and I were sold on the whole photoboth idea. We should probably not be allowed to wedding plan together by ourselves, because we find ourselves justifying spending money on items, that are not in the budget. Was there something you had to have for the wedding, that wasn’t in the budget? Did you regret your expenditure after?

Mama Austen and I have been diligently working on places to cut the budget in order to afford this cost. Our photographers had also used Shutterbooth at their wedding and they totally recommended them. This help me feel better about totally going out of control with our budget. Maybe not totally, but we shall see, how Papa Austen and Mr. Darcy feel about these expenses.

Posted March 26, 2011 by kcoleybear in Wedding Budget, Wedding Photography

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Change of Plans…   4 comments

After meeting with our rocking florist today, Naakitti Floral, we have made a change to the color scheme. OMG!!! I know Miss Austen has changed her colors after she finished her save-the-date bookmarks and bought her invites in the lovely dark teal, what is she thinking? Well the save-the-dates are done and will have to remain in their lovely shades of dark teal. The invites I am not sure what we are going to do yet, but I am getting ahead of myself here. The new color scheme:

Crimson Red



Well there you have it, the new color palette.  Isn’t it lovely? I bet your asking yourself, how did this all come about. Well when Mama Austen and I entered into Randi’s floral studio (Randi Garrett is the owner of Naakitti Floral). She has linens, lovely linens. Let me tell you something about linens. I love them. I think they complete the tablescape. I had planned on just ordering linens from Cloth Connection, well Randi had linen swatches from Cloth Connection. My teal linens were’nt really teal. So Mama Austen and I flipped through the linen swatches and we loved the turquoise crinkle taffetta. So there you have it. Did you make major changes to your design?

Posted March 25, 2011 by kcoleybear in Wedding Style

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Accessories Roll Call   Leave a comment

I have earrings. Check. Headpiece and Veil. Check. Check. Necklace. Check. Brooch. Check. (May need two more, but more on this later). Shoes. Check. Flats for reception. NO! (Need to check DSW to see if they got any new designs in and use my $10 off coupon). Garter. Not sure about this yet need to look on Etsy. Bracelets. Not so much until I was wandering around on 100 Layer Cake and found this gorgeous picture from Aimee and Trevor’s Wedding.

Source: 100 Layer Cake

Can you see the bold gold and ruby bracelet in the second pic? If not you check it out here. This got me thinking about bracelets and then I saw Mrs. Knitting’s post today over on Wedding Bee and I fell in love again.

Source: Wedding Bee Mrs. Knitting’s A Cozy Christmas Wedding: I turn into a Bride Post

I love this picture and I love these bracelets. So now I have a new accessory I must find. A Bracelet. A gorgeous, vintage style bracelet. Oh Etsy, here I come.

Did you have an accessory that was an after thought? Or you didn’t originally plan on wearing?

Posted March 22, 2011 by kcoleybear in Wedding Attire

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