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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?


Building a Bridesmaid Look   4 comments

All my lovely ladies now have their dresses (woohoo!). Mrs. Sewing my Hot Mama of Honor will be wearing this strapless dress.

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Bridesmaid A and L have chosen this halter stunner for their duds.

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Now it’s time to build a cohesive and creative look for these ladies that will reflect their own style. Also known as I will give them so guidelines and let them pick their own accessories. I think some gorgeous gold shoes will do the trick, in whatever heel height style makes them comfortable.  Here are some totally cute ones for under $50 (if your searching for some Mrs. Sewing, L, and A).

Katie and Kelly Grace Metallic Sandal


Capparos Band Sandal


Katie and Kelly Michelle T-Strap


I decided I would get the girls jewelry for the day of, so they would have one less expense. Originally I picked these earrings from Kate Spade.

Kate Spade Gum Drop Earrings in Blue


Mama Austen thinks they’re cute, but thinks the girl needs something more substantial, like a small chandelier earring. I didn’t really like the idea of a chandelier, but I found a gorgeous, dangley earring on Etsy from seller Belle Fleur Jewelry.

Gold Orchid and Freshwater Pearl Earrings


(I am totally ordering myself my own pair).

What do you think? Did you let your bridesmaids choose their own looks, give them guidelines, or did you totally dictate the look?

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?

The Six Month Mark…   1 comment

So we have reached the six month mark. This is seemingly unreal for me. I feel like I have been waiting so long for this moment and now it’s finally here I feel a bit overwhelmed. It just seems like so much. I have so much I want to share with you, like about the rehearsal dinner and registry and bridesmaid gifts and welcome bags and more decor decisions (I think Mr. Darcy may ban me from reading wedding magazines, because of fear I may get new ideas). I have lots of DIY projects I want to complete during the summer. My reasoning for this is two fold. 1. I decided to not take any courses this summer and 2. My work schedule will be changing and I will be finished earlier in the day. There is so much I have to share and do. I am feeling excited and overwhelmed all at the same time. Mr. Darcy and I will be taking a few days away just the two of us to celebrate his birthday and to take a break from it all, but before we left I decided to make a list of projects to complete this summer (by the end of August). So here it goes. Here is my list:

1. Order paper samples for invites (Mama Austen, Papa Austen, Mr. Darcy, and I have made a decision regarding these, that I will be sharing in the near future).

2. Deliver the bridesmaid bouquet tutorial and materials to my FMIL for the bridesmaid bouquets. In case you forgot here is what she will be making.

Source: Jewel Box Ballerina

3. Make fishing boutonnieres. On our last trip to Vegas Mr. Darcy and I found the perfect fly fishing lures (read pretty feathers) to make these with.

Source: Weddingbee

4. Baking test run for mini bundt cakes for welcome bags. My FMIL will be making Polish cookies for the welcome bags (Mr. Darcy’s great, great grandma’s recipe) and I will be making mini coconut macadamia nut bundt cakes, a la Martha Stewart to represent my Hawaiian heritage. The goal here is to see how far ahead of time I can make these babies. According to Martha I can freeze them for one week, but I am more concerned with how long they take to thaw.

Source: Martha Stewart Weddings

5. Paper Crafts. I have decided to add a few more details to the reception. These included a thank you sign for the card table and a bride and groom sign for the sweetheart table. Plus, I am playing with the idea of a photo display.

Just Married Sign for Sweetheart Table/ Source:Mrs. Seashell on Weddingbee

Thank You Sign for the Card Table/ Source: Mrs. Cheeseburger on Weddingbee

(To customize our sign I am thinking it will say Aloha.)

Source: Southern Living

(This photo has inspired me to hang pictures from the railing on the staircase, leading up to our reception space.)

6. Begin working on the programs, schedules, and other printed materials.

7. DIY bar accessories. I am planning on making drink stirrers and stamping cocktail napkins for the reception.

Washing Tape Drink Stirrers/ Source: Weddingbee

Book Themed Stamped Cocktail Napkins/ Source: Miss Cinnamon Buns Weddingbee

8. Decorate welcome boxes and kid’s boxes for wedding weekend with washi tape.

OOT Welcome Boxes/ Source: Mrs. Elephant Wedding Bee

9. Make the flower girl wands.

Tulle Flower Girl Wands/ Source: Sweet and Sassy Girls

So the goal for my summer is to complete as many DIY projects as possible. And as you may be able to tell Miss Austen is a stealer, stealer of ideas from the lovely ladies over on Weddingbee. I freely admit it, but imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, right? Right.

Did you complete most of your DIY projects before the wedding or did you do them as the time came closer? Did you have a treasure trove of ideas, that you turned to during the planning process?

On a side note, I am leaving on a short get away with Mr. Darcy and will not be updating the blog, while I am away. I promise, when I return though I will bring you a delightful menagerie of updates and project successes (cross my fingers).

Paper, Paper, and More Paper   1 comment

Since we are at the six month mark. I have been thinking about invites. I have had a myriad of ideas floating around in my head for months.

Printable Press Damask

Clear Envelopes from Oh So Beautiful Paper

Moo Card RSVP Postcard

Vellum Envelope and Baker's Twine a la Miss Gloss from Wedding Bee

Skyline Invite from Senor and Senora

At first I thought I would design something myself, but the reality of the situation is that I can’t. I just don’t the time. So I went for a search on Etsy to see what I could find. I went into the search with two ideas, one the skyline invite and the other a book themed invite. Here is what I found.

The Love Story Invitation Set from Susan Schneider Design

I am totally in love with the invite of this set, but not the rest of the set. This is what I imagine.

Love Story Invitation from Susan Schneider Design

Penguin Post Cards as RSVP Postcards/ Source: Amazon

Book Plate Inserts a la Miss Cinnamon Buns

This last photo is a picture of the labels Mis Cinnamon Buns made for jam favors, but it reminded me of a book plate. I figured I could convert the idea into book plate inserts. So there you have it, the book themed invites. This plan is dependent on Etsy Seller Sharon Schneider Design selling me only the invitation portion of the invites and me devising a way to print or stamp the RSVP postcards.

The second design choice is the skyline invitation. I found this adorable set, that can be customized for any city skyline and is super affordable from Etsy Seller Beth Cotes. The design comes with two options.

Modern Skyline Invitation Option 1 from Beth Cotes

Modern City Skyline Option 2 Beth Cotes

I like option 1 best and Mr. Darcy likes option 2 best. The RSVP looks like this.

Modern Skyline RSVP by Beth Cotes

I love the RSVP. I love the idea of having a shape of Nevada with a heart, where Las Vegas is. Beth also gives the option of adding coordinating inserts to our invites. She offers the following packages.

Beth Cotes Invitation Package Options

If we go this route we will order package B with our invites which includes an insert card and belly band or package C which includes two inserts, pocket fold/folio, and belly band. All invites include choice of colors and coordinating envelopes. This would be the easiest route.

What do you think? Books or Skyline? How did you decide on your invitation designs?

Reflections on the Austen Darcy Wedding   Leave a comment

I am up currently (1:40 am my time) watching the arrival of guests to the royal wedding of Catherine and William. I am actually currently in Vegas with Mr. Darcy. We drove last night specifically so I could watch this anticipated event. Since nothing particularly interesting is on TV at this moment, I decided I would post. I have a confession to make this week my mantra for the wedding has been “I should of eloped.” Although I do not have wedding blues, I have had an overwhelming amount of personal stress lately. I am about to start a new job. I have a new boss at my old job, which I now will be moving. My father has been diagnosed with a chronic illness. My younger brother has some medical issues. It has just been stressful. This personal stress added with the wedding stress, has made for a very stressed Miss Austen. This stress has also placed a slight strain on Mr. Darcy. With that being said I am so glad Mr. Darcy and I left with just the two of us for Vegas. Although this will be a weekend filled with wedding activities, it will be a weekend with just Mr. Darcy and I. All my personal “stuff” is a reminder that life still happens, even when your planning a wedding. I guess at least I am not Kate Middleton and having my wedding played on TV for the world. I don’t think I could handle this kind of stress. I wish them both all the happiness in the world. One of the things that has come out of this trying period is that Mr. Darcy and I have made two decisions. 1. Mr. Darcy is going to be more helpful with the wedding. He is going to help with some of the research and projects. 2. Mr. Darcy and I are going to make more of an effort to take more weekends away just the two of us. At this point because I am taking a new job, I am unsure if we will be able to take a week after the wedding for a honeymoon. These get aways will have to due for now until we are able to figure out a honeymoon. Has the stress of a wedding ever seem to much? How did you handle it?

Posted April 29, 2011 by kcoleybear in Miss Austen, Wedding Style

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Wedding Blues   Leave a comment

Source: Make Your Own Wedding Board

Not these kind of wedding blues, but the wedding blues like the baby blues. Blame it on the budget issues, blame it on finals, blame it on hormones, blame it on whatever you like. The last couple of weeks I have been anti-wedding. You may have noticed my lack of posts last week and for the ones I did post, well they just weren’t that heart-felt. It happens to the best of us. My budget woes are done with for now and my finals are complete. I have a new job, I am starting in two weeks and I have a week off of school. With all the stress off I feel refreshed and have a whole list of things to share with you. Like a motif is emerging in our wedding design. I say motif, because I don’t want to call it a theme, because it is not an overall defining element of the wedding. The motif is vintage books. If you’re flashing back to images of my vintage book cake post, then you may have seen this coming. No we will not be having the vintage book cake, that Mama Austen so despised, but we will be incorporating in some lovely vintage style books into our decor. Just to give you a hint of what I have been cooking up, we will be decorating our sweetheart table with some of our favorite titles in vintage hardback style from Penguin Books. So please forgive me for my lack of inspiring posts this last week and know I am still with you and raring back to life. Did you have the wedding blues while planning your wedding? Did something inspire you to get back in the game?

Posted April 26, 2011 by kcoleybear in Wedding Style

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