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Wedding Randomizer

2 Jan

Weddingbee has a new series called The Randomizer. All you do is use random.org to select 10 pictures from your wedding and blog about them. It’s a nice way to bring back memories of the day and highlight some photos that might not be displayed in your home or in your album. Here are my 10 random pictures!

One of my favorites! This one is actually hanging up in our bathroom. I did all my own flowers (with help from Angie, Melissa, my mom, and who else?) and I LOVE peonies. This was my bouquet and it was so fluffy and pretty I wanted to take a big bite out of it. The butterfly is a pin that was my grandmother’s. It was my “something borrowed” because I borrowed it from my mom. My grandmother and I were very close – I actually always thought I’d walk down the aisle with her on one side and my mom on the other, but she died a few years before our wedding – and we scattered her ashes at a monarch butterfly park that she loved to visit.

We were very lucky that we had two photographers – a husband and wife team. The husband went with the groom and his friends golfing and the wife hung out with me. This is one of the groomsmen smoking a cigar on the golf course.

So serious! The groom getting ready. Think he was nervous?

What a cool shot! See my face in the mirror inside a mirror? My maid of honor, Angie, was doing her mirror holding duty.

Happy bride, bridesmaids, and flower girl. The photographers would tell us to laugh and while it felt strange at the time, it always made for cute photos.

The groom and best man looking very official.

Aww, Michelle looks like she’s having so much fun! One of the groomsmen couldn’t make it to the wedding, so this lucky guy got two girls to walk in with. One thing really bothers me about this photo: that hideous blue tent thingy that the DJ brought. I remember my friend, who came early to help setup, telling my mom about it while we were getting ready. There was nothing we could do at the time, but I wish we had known she was bringing it because I would have rented a white one so we didn’t have that ugly blue thing in our photos.

Instead of a traditional guestbook, we used a Kolo photo album and had a couple of polaroid cameras out for people to take their pictures and write a message. See the film trash under the table? Oh, and I made flower pens because I’m crazy.

Hugging Jake, my good friend Jessica’s husband. We got engaged the day they got married and they just had a baby last week! I think I have more pictures of them than anyone else at the wedding which shows how much fun they are.

Getting ready to get the garter! I remember telling my husband he wasn’t allowed to do that whole head-under-the-dress thing, but once everyone started yelling at him to do it, I gave him the ok. I also didn’t want any cake smashing, but we did that, too. And it was fun. And made for great photos.

We will celebrate our third wedding anniversary this May and we’ll have a little one to share it with. What great memories!

All photos by The Caldwells Photography

Congratulations Laura and Scott!

24 May

On Saturday, we celebrated the nuptials of two great friends. I’ve known Laura since middle school and met Scott when he moved out to CA with Laura a few years ago. Their wedding was beautiful and I was so honored to be included in the festivities.

I also made Laura’s ring bearer pillow. I used this tutorial from… who else? Martha! Here’s how it turned out:

Yes, I made it all by myself!!! No pillow form or anything! I’m pretty proud.

They had a photo booth at the wedding and here’s our strip:

It’s hard to see, but in the first picture, we have lettuce in our teeth. We’re so funny!! Ha.

We had a great time and I’m so happy for the newlyweds!

Oh, to be a Princess!

29 Apr

Well, I guess she is actually a Duchess, which I don’t really understand, but whatever, she looked AMAZING today.

I love how her bouquet was an appropriate size for her body. Tiny girls with ginormous bouquets look silly.

Was I right about the simple long sleeved elegant dress? Oh yes, I was. And it is so good.
Can I get married again? In this dress? With this body? But my face and hair and husband? Ok good, thanks.
I like to think that all Kate could think about as she walked down the aisle looking at the back of William’s head was, “I’m marrying a balding 28 year old, but at least he’s a prince!”

So happy!

All photos above are from Go Fug Yourself.

Are you ready for my favorite photo of the event?


Romantic and adorable. That flower girl/bridesmaid/attendant is too cute for words. And call me crazy, but I think this royal couple is going to make it.

100 years of Brides

28 Apr

With the royal wedding a mere hours away and with millions of women dying to see what Kate will wear, I thought I’d take us on a little tour of bridal fashion from the last 100 years. I included only photos of real brides; no runway pictures here.

Bride, groom, and attendants from 1910, photo from here.
High buttoned-up neckline and no smiles. I bet this wedding was tons of fun.
1920s bride, photo from here.
Flapper style has always been one of my favorites. I also love how she is pointing her toe in front like a ballerina.
1930s bride and groom, photo from here.
Depression era weddings called for a simpler look, but they still found a way to show their style with the headwear.
1940’s bride and groom, photo from here.
Hollywood glam, yes please! The calla lilly bouquet compliments her dress perfectly.
My maternal grandmother and grandfather on their wedding day in 1955.
I wish this dress was still around because I adore it. The 50s were all about the tea length dresses with some extra volume in the skirts. And that bolero jacket? Perfection.
1960s bride, photo from here.
Super sweet details with a streamlined sillouette. She looks so happy!
1970s bride, photo from here.
Check out the caption with the cost of the wedding! Gotta love those sleeves.
The quintessential 1980s bride, Princess Diana with her Prince charming uhh… well, you know. Photo from here.
Her train was 25 feet long. Holy cow. I had a dream the night I got engaged that I was suffocating in a dress just like this. I woke up covered in hives!! That’s a story for the grandkids.
1990’s bride and groom, photo from here.
Spaghetti straps and long gloves – oh the 90s, how I loathe you.
Mrs. Cowboy Boot in 2009, from my favorite wedding on Weddingbee.
The early part of the 21st century was all about the strapless wedding dress. Belts were also big and usually had either flowers or rinestones. The dress above originally came with little cap sleeve (which I loved – so jealous of this dress), but she had them removed because strapless was is so IN.
I have a feeling that the dress that Kate wears tomorrow will set the trends for the next 10 years of bridal fashion, and beyond. My prediciton? Long sleeves, clean lines, elegant, but playful, and absolutely georgous. I can’t wait!!