I have tattoos. A total of three. Two that are visible during the summer, one at anytime my sleeves are up, and all three when wearing a bathing or birthday suit.
Before taking my engagement pictures, I didn’t know if I wanted to cover them with Dermablend, or have the photographer Photoshop them out of the pictures. But after getting the photos back, they weren’t really that noticeable. I decided I MIGHT go the Dermablend route. I just keep going back and fourth with my decision
Inviting the bridal party was one of the first things things we did after our engagement. Mr. Crab took a straightforward approach and asked each of the members of his party in person. I also asked my brother and my man of honor in person, but for the others I had something else up my sleeve. After our 30th birthday discussions about an engagement ring, I discovered wedding blogs. I came across this post on DIY “Be My Maid” boxes, and I knew I wanted to put together something crafty for my ‘maids’ invitations. Bridesmaid boxes are a popular bridal party invitation choice; in fact, Miss Coral and Miss Angelfish recently posted about the boxes they made for their ‘maids. I was inspired to embrace the spirit but went a bit of a different route. I was fortunate enough to find these fantastic sparkle clutches at Target, and I knew they would be the perfect vessel for my invitations.
We started our invitations before we had secured the venue so we didn’t have any specific details worked out (including the date!), but I included the information I had so my nearest and dearest could get the feel for what we had planned. I also printed a few of my favorite pictures depicting our friendships throughout the years, and I wrote a handwritten invitation for each one. When they opened the clutch, this is what they saw:
Mr. Angelfish and I have an adorable son together; let’s call him Baby Angel. Did you see him in the photos of my hairstyle?
He is a shy (soon-to-be) three year old who loves chicken nuggets and Pharrell’s “Happy.” And he has been a trooper through all our wedding planning. He went with us to look at most of the venues we visited. And he even commented on my wedding dress, exclaiming at the top of his lungs, “Oooooohhh that’s sooooo prrreeeeetttttyyy!” when I stepped out of the dressing room. He was obviously imitating my mom, who was trying to hold back tears as she saw me for the first time in my dress pick. (More on dress shopping later.)
We definitely want to incorporate him into our wedding, and what better way to be involved in your parents’ wedding when you’re a three year old boy than as a ring bearer/page boy?! But what kind of style do we give him?
Right now I am trying to decide between three popular options for my baby boy in the wedding:
Our wedding is going to be held on a dock overlooking the shrimp boats of Shem Creek. Of course we are having a nautical theme! While I don’t want to have jars of seashells sitting around, I do want to pull in certain classical nautical elements. One of those, to me, is rope. We plan on using rope in a variety of ways, but I don’t want to just have coils of rope sitting around. Here’s some inspiration:
So, remember when I was talking about how hard it is to get your ladies together to shop? Then I confessed that it was probably more because I hate clothes shopping than it is actually difficult to corral people? Well, I was totally right. (I hate shopping. HA!)
This happened on Saturday:
We are classy.
Oh wait, you’re wondering what happened? My two ladies ended up “shoe shopping” (courtesy of the interwebz) and picked out these babies:
Well, that a was busy few weeks! But with Canadian and Jewish holidays over, and work back to normal, it’s time to get back to writing. I’m still waiting on getting a few more things together for my recaps, but thought I would talk about some of the choices we made that I didn’t want to reveal before the wedding. Today, it’s music!
Months ago, I talked about our music options for the wedding, but never mentioned what they would be playing. Although music was important to us, we didn’t feel like we needed to control every single song that was played, and gave our vendors a good amount of leeway in their playlists, with only a bit of general direction.
Ceremony and Cocktail Hour
Our prelude before the ceremony was one of the things we were willing to give free range on. We had been very impressed by our string trio’s talent and professionalism, so we just asked them to play whatever they felt was best from their Jewish and classical repertoire.
A sampling of the classical selections / Video credit: Royal Strings
Hi hive! It’s nice to be back for this “After the Wedding” series. We Genies didn’t expect to have such a crazy two years after we got married. We really didn’t. Up until the point we got married, we had followed the formula we thought was necessary for a successful life together. Well, it’s probably no surprise to you that things don’t go as you expect them to, ever.
Retro-chic/pin-up is what I always think of when I think about my hair and makeup look for the wedding day. I’ve pinned a lot of hair and makeup (in a secret board, of course). Luckily my vision for my day-of look hasn’t changed. It’s hard to find pictures of people like me with the look I want to achieve. But here’s what I’ve come up with so far.
This look Gabrielle Union (Wade now?) is very pretty, but I prefer more volume.