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Lessons Learned   Leave a comment

Wedding planning has highlighted some qualities about myself, that I knew existed before, but tried to deny. There not necessarily horrible things, just things I have become more aware of during the planning process.

1. I am indecisive.- I would never characterize myself as this, but I really am. I have a hard time making a decision and just leaving it be. I always continue to look and wonder if there is a better option.

2. I am nosy.- I always tell my fiance I hate suprises, but this really isn’t true. I really don’t like knowing things. For instance, I know nothing about my wedding shower except the date and time. Since I love Mrs. Sewing I have promised her this will remain so and I will not snoop around to find out the details. This has been desperately hard.

3. My family’s input and approval is extremely important.- I have firm ideas about what I want (just not always sure the best way to execute them), but I really do want Mama and Papa Austen and Mr. Darcy to love them, also. For example, I really want a square cake. I think they’re more modern and simple looking, but Papa Austen really doesn’t like them. So when Mama Austen, Grandma Sprinkle, and I head off to our cake appointment tomorrow we will be looking for a round design with ribbon borders and some scroll work.

Did you learn any lessons about yourself during the wedding planning process?


Posted July 29, 2011 by kcoleybear in Miss Austen

Breaking Down the Details- Tracking Down Some Notre Dame Gear   3 comments

As you know Mr. Darcy and I will be making our grand entrance to our reception to the Notre Dame Fight Song. Mrs. Sewing made the suggestion that she would get pom-poms and get guests cheering for us before our grand entrance. Mrs. Sewing may have been saying this in jest, but I have taken the idea and run with it. I know Mrs. Sewing will do an awesome job of getting the crowd guests all riled up for our big entrance, because Mrs. Sewing has studied such tatics (she bases her basketball picks for March Madness on which team has the best cheerleaders). Obviously we needed some pom-poms for this adventure and I have hunted down the perfect pair of Navy and Gold ones for the occasion.


I also needed to track down a Notre Dame garter for my something blue. A quick search of EBay revealed several options. I decided on this set.


Are final Notre Dame detail a Notre Dame groom’s cake.

Notre Dame Football Cake by Cake Lava


Are you incorporating your interests into the wedding details? How about a favorite sports team?

10 Reasons I Love My Vegas Wedding!!!!   Leave a comment

1. It’s an AWESOME destination within only a few hours drive!

Vegas is a hot travel destination and even hotter wedding destination. It’s only a few hours drives from SoCal, has a huge variety of venues (hotels, chapels, mansions, all-inclusive banquet halls, country/golf clubs, restaurants), has a ton of great spots to take incredible wedding pictures, and is the perfect place to go over the top or sweet and low-key. Best of all, EVERYONE LOVES VEGAS!!!

Awesome Wedding Photo in the Las Vegas Sign Graveyard by Mike L. Photo


2. Vegas has the most awesome vendors ever!

Right now I am watching a TLC episode of “Fabulous Cakes” specifically on Las Vegas cakes. In Vegas vendors go big or go home.

The mid-stage of a 3 ft x 4ft Las Vegas Strip Cake built by Freed's Bakery (Do you recognize the Wynn and the Rio?)


3. I get to spend the whole weekend with my guests.

From our rehearsal dinner to our meet and greet to the ceremony to the reception to the morning after brunch. Mr. Darcy and I have several events/days to spend time with our guests. I can’t wait! I am so excited!

4. In Vegas the party never ends.

I have made a list of five different bars where we can continue the party after the reception.

Parasol Up Parasol Down Wynn Las Vegas


5. Shopping!!!! OMG! Shopping!

I mean really Caesars’ Palace, Bellagio, Planet Hollywood, Fashion Show Mall, the outlets, Mandalay Bay, Paris, Encore/Wynn, Venetian, Cosmopolitan, and the Palazzo are just a few places that have incredible shopping. I can shop for all my honeymoon attire and some cute stuff for our honeymoon suite.

La Perla Siena Baby Doll


6. Awesome Photo Locations!

From Paris to Italy to Egypt to New York to Red Rock Canyon to the Neon Boneyard in Downtown the possibilities are endless. And thanks to a great deal being ran by Moxie Studios Mr. Darcy and I will be exploring Red Rock Canyon or the Neon Boneyard for our e-pics.

Red Rock Canyon


Neon Boneyard


7. The Food!

Celebrity chef’s restaurants abound and there is nothing more than good food and good wine that Mr. Darcy and I enjoy. From Bobby Flay’s Mesa Grill to Charlie Palmer’s Aureole to Emeril’s Delmonico Steakhouse the choices are endless.

Aureole at Mandalay Bay Resort


8. The Spas!

I love an awesome spa. The experience is just so aaaahhhh! I always feel renewed after a day at the spa. I love having a massage, a facial, and enjoy the facilities. Las Vegas has some of the most awesome spa facilites there are from Caesar’s Palace Qua Baths to the Venetian’s Canyon Ranch Spa.

Qua Bath's Massage Room


9. Many famous weddings have taken place here.

The most famous wedding is probably Elvis and Priscilla. Other stars who have married here are Judy Garland and Mark Herron, Bon Jovi and Dorothea Hurley, Axl Rose and Erin Evelyn, Dennis Rodman and Carmen Electra, Billy Bob Thorton and Angelina Jolie, Mickey Rooney and Eva Gardner, Jane Fonda and Ted Turner, Frank Sinatra and Mia Farrow, and Micheal Jordan and Juanita Vannoy.

10. Anything goes in Vegas.

I don’t have to follow the traditional wedding schedule (bridal party photos, ceremony, photos/cocktail hour, 4 hour reception).  We could have a theme wedding if we wanted to. We could get married in our car. I could wear a red dress and have my reception at In-and-Out.

Photo from my Favorite Vegas Wedding


Why do you love your wedding locale? Is it as awesome as Vegas?

I’ve Missed You   Leave a comment

Okay I know it’s been several days, since I have posted. (Boo Miss Austen!) In my defense things have been a little crazy in the Austen-Darcy household. (Mama Austen just finished school, lil bro Austen promoted, Papa Austen had a grand mal seizure and broke his nose (he is okay, thank God!), Mr. Darcy started a new job, and I have a new work schedule that requires me to wake up at 5 am and I am still adjusting). So just want to let you know I am still here and I am alive and this wedding is still happening! Mrs. Sewing has put me to shame by going on a posting marathon, so I will be doing the same over the next few days. I promise you will be seeing a lot more posts through the end of the week.

Posted June 30, 2011 by kcoleybear in Miss Austen

Etsy Goodness   1 comment

For those you who do not know what Etsy is, let me explain. (Since you obviously have been living in a dark room. Just kidding. You really should log on as soon as your done reading this post, though) Etsy is the most awesome craft site, ever. It is an online shopping site with a menagerie of artisans with a focus on the vintage and handmade. It is a bride’s dream. I absolutely L-O-V-E Etsy and want to share with you some of my favorite Etsy finds for the wedding.

1. Baker’s Twine- Seller Paper Souffle

Turquoise Divine Twine


2. RSVP Stamp- Seller 4 hands

Moniilee Wedding Stamp-Custom


3. Satin Ribbon Wrapped Decorative Book Bundle- Seller The Shabby Chic Cottage


5. Custom Wrist Corsages- Seller hART jewelry


6. Quiver Arrow Microfiber Necktie- Seller toy breaker


7.  Vintage Opulence Bouquet- Seller Croska


8. Personalized Bridal Walnut Hanger- Seller Wisconmon


9. Satin Bridal Clutch- Seller Fallen Sparrow


There is so much more, that Etsy offers. You can see some the gorgeous book themed invites here and here. Explore Etsy for inspiration, adorable wedding finds, and gifts.

Did you find any wedding items on Etsy? What was your favorite Etsy purchase?

Wedding Goals   2 comments

Of late I have been questioning the copious amounts of money I we are spending on this wedding. I know and understand the sources of these feelings. Things have been kind of stressful for Mr. Darcy and I of late. I thought I might have pregnant ( I am not) and this was very hard for Mr. Darcy and I have been struggling with what could of been and our now overwhelming desire to have a child together. Not to mention with summer here both Mr. Darcy and I have less income coming in and although we aren’t financially struggling, it’s hard to justify writing checks for vendor payments. My game plan to fight these feelings of questioning and to make sure I don’t let our wedding day turn into a regretful, I have decided to outline the purpose and our goals for having this wedding.

The Purpose-

Our wedding is a celebration of not only Mr. Darcy and I’s love, but just as important a celebration of the people we have become in our five and half year relationship. Most importantly it’s a celebration! My kid brother gets to be excited about being the best man, when he has had a tough day at school and my mom gets to celebrate that this is her one time to be mother of the bride when she comes home from work and she is exhausted or feeling sick. And for Mr. Darcy and I it will be a time we can think back on when life throws us a curve ball. We are hosting our wedding, so we can celebrate. I am going to celebrate the good times, so I can remember them in the hard times.

Our Goals-

1. To create a wedding that is reflection of Mr. Darcy and I and who we are as couple. Translation- Hawaiian traditions incorportated into our cremony, Notre Dame fight song for our entrance, book motif, and Italian food. (I really do love our wedding and that is totally us)

2. To make sure our all our guests who have made the trip to celebrate us are comfortable, well taken care of, and happy. Translation- Welcome bags, welcome Las Vegas strip tour, morning after brunch, and hotel blocks.

3. To make our celebration memorable and unique. Translation- Even if it’s super prevalent on weddiing blogs most of our guests probably haven’t seen it so here is my list of “trends” I am throwing in there to make it unique- destination wedding, photo booth, after party, lots of diy details, vintage decor, groom’s cake, welcome bags, cocktail party.

Just blogging about it reminds me why I am planning this celebration and why I love our wedding and why we are celebrating our union, as husband and wife.

Did you ever have moment where you asked yourself why? Why are we spending this much money money? Why didn’t we just elope? How did you come to realize that it’s all worth it?

Posted June 10, 2011 by kcoleybear in Miss Austen

Growing Pains   Leave a comment

Mr. Darcy and I have had a lot of stuff going on in our lives lately, more than usual. This has made for a very tired Mr. Darcy and a very emotional Miss Austen. Mr. Darcy and I are also both very stubborn people (me more so, hands down), so this doesn’t always make for the best situation. I like to say in times like this Mr. Darcy and I are going through growing pains. We are adjusting to our new situations, learning to support each other through these times and to communicate our feelings better. I love Mr. Darcy more than life itself and can’t imagine spending life without him, let alone how I would get through it without him. Our relationship is not perfect, but it’s ours and we both have to work at it. I write this not because I want to talk about the difficult times in Mr. Darcy and I’s relationship, but rather the importance of the work that is necessary to put into the relationship to make it work. Yeah, Mr. Darcy and I may fight and we do, but in the end we always end up the better for it. I love Mr. Darcy every day, just some days I have to work at it more. I can’t wait to be his wife and at the end of the day I will will be (even though I wear the pants in the relationship). I am still learning how to be the best me in our relationship, not the stubborn, pigheaded, have to be in charge me, and Mr. Darcy is learning his own lessons also. I think our relationship is ever evolving and we must constantly work to keep it strong. So I leave you with this, my new favorite song for our relationship. ( I love music and often relate it to my life and my relationship with Mr. Darcy). Someday, I will share with you the soundtrack of our relationship from my perspective, but for today I leave you with this.


Posted June 1, 2011 by kcoleybear in Miss Austen

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