All you need is LOVE...and a DOG.

All you need is LOVE...and a DOG.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

The Handmade Wedding: Part 2

I have a confession to make...I was very excited to share all the cool things I found but when I started to sit down and compile this blog post I became instantly overwhelmed. I had collected so many pictures, projects etc. that I had to sift through everything and find the best of the best.

I laughed and felt like I was planning my wedding all over again. Even though it was just a small ceremony it was still a challenge to pick a date, schedule a hotel, pick a color/theme etc.. If I can give any newly engaged girl some advice it would be "Keep it Simple". The less stress you put on yourself and others the more enjoyable your wedding planning journey will be. 

So in {Part 1 of The Handmade Wedding} I shared a little bit about how we met and what inspired us to do a small ceremony. This post is going to be all about the fun stuff.

{Wedding Fashion}
There are so many choices when it comes to wedding style. There are so many dress styles and shapes that it can be overwhelming. In our situation I didn't have a lot of time to shop and couldn't really afford to buy a super expensive dress so I looked for something off the rack that fit and wouldn't need any alterations. Alex really didn't care what he was going to wear when it came to our wedding, but he did have one request that it be "comfortable".

We had already decided on the location South Lake Tahoe and decided that we wanted to wear something with a very casual with a beachy boho vibe. I was very attracted to gauzy flowing goddess style dresses because they are so romantic and special looking. 

These are some of my favorite dresses...there isn't enough room on my blog for all the beautiful dresses I found.

My wedding dress shopping experience was a mini roller coaster. I'm a curvy girl and was having major issues finding the right fit. I was short on time and couldn't wait several months for a dress to be ordered and altered. It  took about 2 weeks, 2 malls and multiple stores, boutiques and just when I was ready to give up. We found my dress at Old Navy of all places. When I say "We" I mean Alex & I...I know it's bad luck for the groom to see your dress, but I had no one else to help me and he's actually the one who spotted it with his eagle eye. It had all the elements I was looking for and fit the profile for 
a beachy boho wedding dress and the price tag didn't break the bank $34! This is a picture of the dress and I will point out the model is much taller than me. 

Enough about me...let's talk about Alex & Bentley. Alex only had one request..."comfort". I found some white jeans at Macy's and as a joke I asked Alex to try them on. They fit him like a glove and he had to have them. He said he also liked those cotton/linen blend shirts that have a beachy vibe and took me a while but I found a great shirt for him at Target of all places...I think it was $22. He already had a really nice pair of BEARPAW leather flip flops and I found a cute pair of sandals at Target when I found his shirt.

After I finished shopping for us, I now had the fun task of dressing up the 2nd love of my life, our 3 year old Australian cattle dog "Bentley". I'd like to think that Bentley has his own since of style. I found lots of pics on Pinterest of dogs dressed up for weddings etc. and I decided that he was either going to wear a bow tie or a collar/tie combo.

Check out these adorable doggy fashions by Jalina Colon on ETSY.

{Wedding Colors}
Color is one of those things that is so important to me. Anyone who knows me or has been to my house can tell I love color. Color just makes me happy, and Alex being an artist he sees everything through color. Color should also be just as important on your wedding day. I think it helps set the tone for the day just as much as the location. I was looking at color scheme's before I even looked at dresses or locations, but that's just me. 

I decided that I wanted to use shades of Aqua as my accent color. So I had to share these beautiful color references.

Thanks for stopping by. Here's a sneak peek of what you'll see in {Part 3} of The Handmade Wedding. You'll finally get to see all the things I made for our wedding and how it all came together.

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