1/26/2010

Wedding Planning From my Couch



My husband has had the same best friend since he was 4 years old. He grew up next door to Chris and Mike and his twin brother treated Chris like he was their triplet. He and Mike roomed together in college and when Chris moved back here 5 years ago they picked up their friendship as if they hadn't been apart for almost a decade, including starting the band Mike had always dreamed of. Chris brought his girlfriend Tif here to live and we have become good friends as well.



When I first met Tif I remember thinking that she was very sweet but that she was going to be too normal for me to get very close to her. My friends have always been a bit on the eccentric side and because of my own quirks it's important to me to know that other people have their own. Well, I totally misread Tif. Yes, she dresses relatively preppy, is very outdoorsy/athletic, and is a successful Professional Organizer (runs Your Life Organized in the St. Louis area.) All of these are about as opposite of me as you can get but underneath Tif has more than enough quirks to make it interesting. She has been a great inspiration to me in a lot of ways.

This summer Chris finally decided it was time to make it legal, after six years together and everyone close to them so sure that they were meant to be married. They are working with a very conservative budget and paying for much of the wedding themselves. They have downsized their expectations while still finding a water location in the area. There is going to be a lakeside wedding outdoors and the reception will be in the same location indoors. The boys will be playing their music at the reception.

I've been helping as much as I can from the couch since Tif is in the middle of her biggest season of the year at work and she has been struggling to get the planning started. I've enjoyed looking up photographers and narrowing the choices, looking at bridal shops and figuring out what other vendors we need to be booking. Her Mom is an artist and does booth designs so she will be in charge of the decorations but I'm hoping to help get the beach theme in place. Here is the website which she whipped up one afternoon for the wedding.

At the top of the page is the mood board I did for the wedding on Dessy Design a Wedding Styleboard Tool coordinated with the new Pantone Wedding system. I discovered the tool from Thyme2dream's blog. She is currently giving a $20 gift certificate to her Artfire shop to anyone who makes a mood board that uses one of her pieces. I found the hair comb which goes perfectly with Tif's theme and would look lovely in her long dark hair on the big day. As long as she likes it I plan on using the gift certificate to get it for her.

The dress if one that we found online that she really likes from David's Bridal. I found the picture of the cake which I think is so fun. She wants cupcakes which this has along with a small cake in the middle. The seashell decorations are the perfect beachy touch.

It has been really good for me to have something productive to work on during my sick leave. It looks like I'm going to have another week to be a horizontal wedding planner. The surgeon removed my staples on Monday and said things appeared to be healing properly. But they did not recommend that I go back to work next week. They want me to keep it elevated for another week to avoid swelling which could seriously slow down the healing process. I am going to play it by ear as we go forward.

12 comments:

Lin said...

Oh, it sounds like something productive AND fun to do while you are laid up. It sure beats watching kitchen re-dos on HGTV!

Pricilla said...

Oh how fun! I am sure she appreciates your help.
uhm, shameless self promotion - soaps make great favors, are inexpensive and I can make custom labels.
If you want further info you know where the herd runs...
I know I can find a seashell mold....

Kim said...

Beach weddings are unforgettably magical moments.
Mine was themed Weddings Thailand
and until now it still brings meaningful happy tears tears...
The beach setting is guaranteed to leave you starry-eyed.

Evermore Organics said...

How nice of you to help her. Ive always wanted the waterfront setting myself, so I can relate to her on that one. Also, Im pretty sure that helping a friend plan a wedding bonds you guys together for life. Yay for new friends!

Dana said...

I love the beachy theme and the blue and white color combo. I bet you had great fun creating wedding board and that cake is to die for. Looks so yummy.

Nancy said...

Wonderful project, especially since she doesn't have the time herself! Glad to hear most of your pain is over and it's just down to some time off.

I think I've found over the years that it's easy to judge people into a box of intimidation because of the way they look, but getting to know someone better really proves that everyone has quarks and their own oddities. Some more than others, yes, but still some:)

Ann said...

That sounds like a lot of fun. Should keep you busy for a while

Kristin at My Art and the Mom in Me said...

It sounds like it will be a beautiful wedding.. and it really was a heartwarming story you told, your impression of her, etc..they sound like really wonderful people too.. I wish them lots of luck and love, and they already are off to a good start with friends like you!
:)

Thyme2dream said...

Thanks again for including my comb in this GORGEOUS board!! :-)

CastoCreations said...

Can you make her dress? *grin* I can totally envison a loose yarn pattern over some sort of white / ivory satin. lol

I love planning things like this and did much of my own wedding planning.

overthetopaprons said...

How nice; you are a good friend!

RE Ausetkmt said...

very nice wedding piece. I love the cake with the seashells.

I broke my foot on ice in the pkg lot where I worked a good while ago so I do know your pain Paige. rest up and keep it elevated so the swelling recedes and you can get back to having fun. Were thinking about you kid ! get well soon.

 

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