Monday, July 27, 2009

Blue Shoes Acquired

Yesterday I bought a pair of the previously featured Bandolino Wishnas in Medium Blue Nubuck. They fill almost all my wedding shoe aspirations: comfortable, flat, sandal, blue, and room for the rosettes (they already have a flower detail but I think I want to replace it). Even though I now have satin, ivory rosettes, maybe I should get blue ones instead. The eBay store I bought them from offers them in royal blue. The ivory rosettes are 2" but I can purchase rosettes in 3" too. What do you think: keep the flower detail that came on the shoes, replace with the 2" ivory rosettes I already have, purchase and replace with 2" royal blue rosettes, or purchase and replace with 3" royal blue rosettes???

Friday, July 24, 2009

New York State Bird = Wedding Colors

I'm embarrassed I never noticed before (since I work for the State's Dept. of Environmental Conservation and all...) but our state bird has the same colors as our wedding. [Lately I've been seeing the world through blue and orange glasses.] The Eastern Blue Bird is the official bird of New York State - and what a beauty! The legislation adopting the bluebird as the official state bird was signed by Governor Nelson Rockefeller on May 18, 1970. I noticed a large photograph of it in the lobby of our building. If I could, I would invite a few to our wedding just add ambiance!

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

The Shoe Saga Continues

I can't find what I'm looking for: ivory or off-white, flat or very-low-heel, satin sandals or flip flops. I brought two of my new ivory, satin rosettes shoe-shopping with me last weekend. I checked every shoe and department store in Colonie Center (I've also looked extensively at Crossgates Mall which includes DSW). I did purchase a pair of metallic, blue, flat sandals from Payless Shoes as a "back-up" pair (they were only $7). I'm now considering "dyeable" shoes. They have a few options I would consider. I really like this top pair of flip-flops except for the rhinestones...
Picture all these shoes (in ivory) with ivory, satin rosettes attached.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Ribbon for Invitatons

Last week I ordered ribbon (from eBay seller "dreampartycreation") to tie around the invitations. I wanted to find a color as close to the periwinkle bridesmaids dresses as possible. I chose "antique blue". I'll see when it gets here whether its a match.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

New Shoe Plan

So, I'm back to the idea of attaching rosettes to a pair of shoes/sandals I like. The 'perfect shoe' I posted two weeks ago is available for overseas shipping. However, the shipping costs almost as much as the shoes! I've decided it's too risky (and silly) to purchase shoes I haven't tried on that cost that much money and would be quite difficult to return if they didn't fit or were uncomfortable. Remember the post where I said that I wanted to try and make my own rosettes? I received the book, "The Artful Ribbon: Beauties in Bloom" by Candace Kling. I have looked through it and read several parts of it. I've decided that I'm not ready to take on the pressure of trying to make/sew ribbon rosettes. They look quite tricky and take a lot of practice and time is running out. So, I found a great seller on eBay who makes her own double-faced, satin ribbon rosettes: Rosemary's Cottage Boutique. I bought these lovelies:Now I must find a pair of shoes. I'm leaning towards fancy flip-flops. The Shelley George ivory, satin flip-flops I featured on this blog post are not available in my size (they only come in size 5, 6, & 7). Maybe I'll get nice flip-flops that aren't ivory. Well, I'm getting closer. Now I bring my rosettes with me shoe shopping. I like the elegant simplicity of these two pairs of J.Crew flip-flops (that also happen to be on sale):

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Flower Girl Dresses, Adults Too?

I found this ladies dress online and I can't help but think it looks babyish. Or is it just because I knew the dress first for the flower girls? What do you think?

Friday, July 3, 2009

The Perfect Shoe!

Now, if they would only deliver overseas.... I have contacted the company and am awaiting a response. This is a UK-based shoe/accessory company.
Faith Aroseb Ivory Satin Flat with Rosette

Seating Assignments: What Medium?

I've heard that the inside of the Buhrmaster Barn could be breezy and that therefore, some things will need to be held down effectively, like the place cards on the place card table. Since the place card table will be covered with real grass, the cards could be "stuck" into the dirt. Here are some ideas for card holders: Or, I could make my own wire holder (with needle nose pliers) like this:

I could also scratch the entire place card theory and put guests' names on garden markers or craft sticks like these:

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Grass-Covered Place Card Table

My Florist, Douglas Koch, will be placing grass sod on the surface of the place card table at our reception. This is by no means an original idea, it is a current fad in the industry. I've seen photos in magazines and on websites and it looks great! One variable of our barn venue is the wind. I've been brainstorming ways the "place cards" (or other naming medium) could be arranged on the grass without the risk of blowing away. Take a look at some photos of grass-covered place card tables I found on the web:
Photo: Stacy Marie Photography
Wedding of: Amanda Esko

By: Georgianne at Monday Morning Flowers

Photo: Millicent Wong
Floral Design: Stephanie McCready at Muscari

Next post: Name cards or something different...? I have some ideas.