Piglets in Paradise: Details

Yello! Now that we’ve wrapped up the wedding day festivities, it’s time to hone in on the details that Piglet-sized our wedding. It’ll be a hodgepodge of sorts, highlighting the paper goods, DIY projects, decor/floral, and delicious eats we selected for our buffet spread. I’ll also do my best to answer the questions that were asked most frequently over the course of our recaps. And here we go!

Allow me to rewind and start from the veryyyy beginning where the madness began: our save the date boarding passes. Notice the goof we made on the date? Such rookies we were. We purchased the hibiscus vector image from iStockphoto, designed the boarding pass in Illustrator, and printed them on my Canon Pixma inkjet printer after chucking the ruined ones from our failed Gocco attempt.

We Goccoed the front of the boarding pass holder. It was faint, but whatever. The Gocco broke us in early, and we let go of the imperfections for the rest of our projects. OK, I lie. Letting go came later when we were down to the wire. 8)

The mother of all DIY projects: our invitations to paradise. We created a trifold consisting of the wedding weekend activities, and a map to the ceremony. We used the images in our invitation suite for other paper goods (e.g., favors, escort cards) later. Betcha didn’t notice that! Some of the guys actually noticed these details. Crazy, right?

Our photo guestbook was created by our engagement shoot photographer, Inhar Chong. She gifted us with this guestbook at my bridal shower. She is SUCH a sweetie. Look at my georgiebear! She’s a little terror these days, but we love her to pieces.

The fabulous wedding programs, designed, cut, and binded by yours truly.

Here’s the front page with one of our engagement photos and a vellum overlay. We’re cheeseballs and matched outfits despite others urging us not to. Heehee.

As the wedding neared, I knew we had overlooked a few details ”“ like where our water bottles would go. Gina Ornellas, our awesomerestest Day of Coordinator, came to the rescue and polished off these projects. She hooked us up with a bucket for our water bottles.

And a basket for our parasols that we purchased from Luna Bazaar. Lotsa folks took them home.

Here’s the pillow that our ring bearer hid under his shirt as he walked down the aisle, and the flower girl lauhala basket.

These should look familiar to you! Our escort cards with a lightscribed CD enclosed, and the back story to the Starburst favors. See the luggage tags with the image from our invitation suite? Niceeee.

I put Mr Piglet’s fine physique on display at each table. We were short on time so we didn’t switch up the pictures. Inhar edited the photos, and my bridesmaid (now a soon to be bride) did the typography.

Flip flops galore. Luggage tags, again! The craft punch was definitely a worthy investment.

Yvonne Floral did a combination of high and low/full centerpieces. My bouquet was a mixture of roses, ranunculus and cymbidium orchids. Mr Piglet wore a cymbidium orchid wrapped in Tiffany blue.

The reception room. We made kid packs to entertain our little rascals during the reception. Once again, Gina polished them off by tying a Tiffany blue ribbon around each.

We went all out on food. It was heaven. This is a picture of the salad portion only. A few of the highlights from our menu: Japanese cucumber salad “namasu”, local”“style potato macaroni salad, bean sprout salad with sesame seeds & watercress, avocado & shrimp tomato salad & mixed seafood salad with celery, maki & inari sushi, smoked salmon, ahi sashimi with shoyu mustard, sliced tofu with green onions & shoyu, sautéed beef with wasabi red wine sauce, grilled pork loin with island chutney herb sauce, macadamia nut cream tart”¦ and the list goes on!

We only had a few minutes to try the salads, but thanks to the Moana Surfrider, prepared plates were waiting for us in our honeymoon suite. We feasted after the reception.

Our cupcakes by Tiers of Joy. She used a homemade butter cream frosting, with a tropical tango filling inside. Absolutely delicious.

And now, the bridesmaids dresses. Many of you asked where the bridesmaid dresses were purchased. The answer: David’s Bridal! They were pretty, flirty, forgiving, and fabuuulous! :) The groomsmen suits were purchased at Banana Republic. Dapper dudes, for sure!

Mr Piglet’s friends were diggin’ his tie. It’s from Cafe Coton in West Los Angeles. The groomsmen wore ties with tiny palm trees purchased from Brooks Brothers Camarillo outlet store.

And finally, the earrings I purchased the day before the wedding are from none other than Macy’s. Just like Mr Piglet’s socks.

Don’t you looove details?!

Relive the Piglets’ Wedding in Paradise: Footloose!, Luckiest Girl Alive, Reception Rewind, I’m Yours, Introducing”¦, Cocktails and Pupus, Ode to the Proposal, Portraits + A Bonus Video, We Did!, Our Grand Entrance, Island Time, The Boys, Girl Bonding, The Wedding Kick Off, To Dos Before the I Dos, E Komo Mai (Welcome!), This Little Piggy Got Married

Thanks Ben and Erin! All images are copyright of Ben Chrisman and Erin Reed unless otherwise noted.


Mrs. Piglet

Wedding Date:
August 2009
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  1. misspug Member
    misspug 3668 posts, Sugar bee @ 11:40 am

    wow i love all the thought you put into the packaging/presentation of the paper goods, flip flops, children’s kits, starburst favors…endless! your bouquet is gorgeous, by the way. i love details!

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    msbtb12 432 posts, Helper bee @ 11:43 am

    Lovely… thats all I can say

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    cjm, Guest @ 11:49 am

    Le sigh… These are fantastic. The details are my favorite part of weddings. Honestly, though? Yours is the best cupcake tower I’ve ever seen. Beautiful!

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    Bright Wings 101 posts, Blushing bee @ 11:55 am

    all of these details are so beautiful and thoughtful!

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    Jessica, Guest @ 11:56 am

    I absolutely love all of the thought and detail you put into your wedding! Everything was so coordinated and beautiful.

    Love the colors!

  6. sewing Member
    sewing 2649 posts, Sugar bee @ 11:58 am

    i don’t think i can pick out a favorite from your wedding, piglet. i love it allllllll! so gorgeous, light and fun!

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    Miss Sweet Tea 289 posts, Helper bee @ 12:06 pm

    Gorgeous wedding!!!!!!!!

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    perfume 82 posts, Worker bee @ 12:20 pm

    Wow, just WOW. Magnificent and stunning details! The word ‘perfection’ comes to mind!

  9. elephant Member
    elephant 6339 posts, Bee Keeper @ 12:21 pm

    So awesome, I really love how your details came together!

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    emma5w 547 posts, Busy bee @ 12:24 pm

    Wow! It’s all so incredible!!

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    LatteLove 5567 posts, Bee Keeper @ 12:32 pm

    these are some of my favorite posts! I love seeing how all your months of ideas and hard work came together! Its one of the most satisfying things to see :-)

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    seashell 1689 posts, Bumble bee @ 12:40 pm

    Detail posts are the BEST! And you didn’t disappoint! Amazing, Piglet, seriously amazing!!!

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    BeautifulBrideAngela 21 posts, Newbee @ 12:47 pm


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    pinky44 2262 posts, Buzzing bee @ 1:06 pm

    I get so excited when I see your posts, Piglet! You just have one of the best wedding styles I’ve seen. I love everything about it! I’ll be sad to see it end.

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    balletflat 852 posts, Busy bee @ 1:06 pm

    Oh gosh, these details are way fabulous! I love your wedding colors too! :)

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    CaligirlSM 182 posts, Blushing bee @ 1:09 pm

    Everything turned out absolutely beautiful!!

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    hitchedinhawaii 140 posts, Blushing bee @ 1:44 pm

    Love love love…it all!! That tie and those socks are AMAZING!

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    mrspaetz 3812 posts, Honey bee @ 2:09 pm

    Gorgeous! With your advice, I too, printed our ‘boarding passes’ on a Canon printer. Love all your details!!

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    AmberWaves 326 posts, Helper bee @ 2:43 pm

    Said it before and I’ll say it again………..I love your wedding! I think the invites blew me away the most. :)

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    trailmix 6663 posts, Bee Keeper @ 3:23 pm

    Wow, I’m so impressed with your skills, everything looks amaaaaaazing!

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    krissybee 3921 posts, Honey bee @ 3:42 pm

    amazing amazing details. wow, love everything!

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    mspencils 1015 posts, Bumble bee @ 6:05 pm

    such gorgeous details!!!!!!!!!

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    jordynrose 6351 posts, Bee Keeper @ 7:38 pm

    I love all of your details!

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    jbtrail, Guest @ 8:34 pm

    I love love love your invitation suite! I am actually thinking of using a vector image from istockphoto to design a baby shower invite for my sister and had a question. If I don’t want to change the image at all (I just want it to be part of the card…either to the side of the text or alone on the front.), can I use a vector image in photoshop cs4 or other photo editing software? Can I simply upload it to a site like vistaprint and have it printed on a card? Or do I have to use something like illustrator no matter what?

    Thanks for any help and advice!

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    tea 2414 posts, Buzzing bee @ 10:21 pm

    oh i am so in love with all of your details!

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    thistleandclovers 213 posts, Helper bee @ 11:26 pm

    i love your wedding!! it’s all in the details and you executed everything perfectly!!

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    RecessionistaBride 5018 posts, Bee Keeper @ 3:00 am

    Wow! Your wedding was incredible… I think all of us strive for such fabulous details, but it’s so hard to execute! You did a wonderful job :)

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    LoriLori 800 posts, Busy bee @ 1:32 pm

    Your invitation suite is BY FAR my favorite!!!

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    winter 1333 posts, Bumble bee @ 4:24 pm

    those details are beautiful!! i love them all!!! and i am so excited to see these pictures. and dont you love it when you have food waiting for you in your honeymoon suite!! =) I wish i asked for more!!

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    hamster 4047 posts, Honey bee @ 7:04 pm

    I LOVE all these details – everything looks amazing :)

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    msgiraffe 4248 posts, Honey bee @ 4:24 pm


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    Hannah, Guest @ 3:01 am

    All SO amazing! If you don’t mind me asking – where, oh, where did you source your Tiffany Blue ribbon?

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    piglet 1045 posts, Bumble bee @ 12:29 pm

    @jbtrail: hello! i’m far from being qualified to give advice, but i’m pretty sure istock vectors are compatible with several vector programs (aside from illustrator, such as inkscape *free*) to edit the vectors so long as you use the .eps file. i’d stick with vector programs to preserve the quality of the image. any resizing you do in photoshop will degrade the quality. good luck!

  34. piglet Member
    piglet 1045 posts, Bumble bee @ 12:30 pm

    @Hannah: Hi Hannah! I bought all the ribbon from Michaels. :)

  35. latte Member
    latte 651 posts, Busy bee @ 2:17 am

    i’m a bit late but i LOVE all your details, piglet! perfection!!!

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    msbuttons 5014 posts, Bee Keeper @ 5:44 pm

    Everything about these details is just beautiful. I love it all!

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    thistleandclovers 213 posts, Helper bee @ 5:11 pm

    I love all of these details! Such attention to every last thing. Your programs are my inspiration for ours- working on that now :-)

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