Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Wedding Wednesday --- Breaking The Bouquet

In the spirit of further personalizing our wedding .... and lets be hones; saving some cash as well, I've been looking into the idea of having my bridesmaids carry something other than the traditional flower bouquet down the aisle. I mean I love flowers don't get me wrong- but the idea of $60 + dollars a piece for a chunk of flowers my girls will carry for 3o minutes makes me nauseous. So, though I've come to no conclusion yet and by no means have I ruled out flowers here are some of the ideas (both good and questionable) that I have found that good help contribute to our retro garden inspired wedding.

We'll start with the questionable:


The idea in and of its self is cute. But then I wonder how balloons actually look at the alter and there's the issue of wind and them blowing in our faces - and heaven forbid one should pop! Uhmmm probably not....


I like this idea. Open flame makes me nervous but I think there are a number of ways this idea could be tweaked.

Lanterns mayhaps?

And from a different approach we could even make our own tin can lanters to spell out a word once all the girls are at the alter....but would that be distracting? Perhaps....but definitely less distracting than balloons!

Paper Goods:

The hearts are cute that's for sure. Maybe a little too literal though- at least unless its a Valentines wedding.

Just spell it out? I don't know - again maybe too distracting from the ceremony and a little too boxing match ring girl...


Cute and quite cost effective but a little too Three little girls from school for my taste. Besides how could they ever contribute to the reception decor as I think it would be bad luck to have 7 open umbrellas indoors at our wedding reception.

Firefly Jars:

This I have to admit was my very own idea. Continuing with the garden theme I thought it could be very cute and unique to have each maid carry a jar of "fireflies" down the aisle. Of course I would pretty up the jars with ribbon to make them look a bit less rustic. I still like the idea but am not sure it would communicate and instead people would scratch their heads in confusion and think I was nuts. Another problem? Though I can find lots of sites that once sold these cute little jars, they are all currently out of stock and maybe never to return.

Butterflies: (The most recent and promising idea as of yet)

This idea was featured over the summer in Martha Stewart weddings and again as a flashback in the new issue. I think it is super cute and still reads as a traditional bouquet with a twist.

They would be super easy to make as the butterflies our wired and the best part is a pack of 12 butterflies runs right around 5 dollars. I would probably be looking at about $20 bucks a pop for each bouquet which I love!

After a small amount of online perusing I found these butterflies that I think would work nicely"

(I would probably also mix in a little green so there would be more depth)

I'm really liking this last idea the best but could see myself going in a number of directions...there are just so many great ideas! I never saw myself going the route of the nontraditional but the more I dig into these creative ideas- the more I love them! Any thoughts? I'm all ears!

Much Love Always!

Miss Amber Lane

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Christmas 2009 Recap

Well guys, I'm officially off for the holidays! Today was my first of 6 blissful days at home and I couldn't be happier!!! I have no real plans to speak of (nope not even for NYE) but plan on plenty of R&R with the Bennyboo!

So what was my Christmas like?

Well I decorated plenty of Christmas Cookies With My Residents:

And heard more Christmas Carols than I ever imagined I could stand:

But I also managed to sneak in some quality time with the ones I love.

I managed to make it out for a couple of Holiday Time Birthday Parties:

(Celebrating Emily's 27th with drinks, a comedy club, and dancing)

(And Ben Celebrating his 26th by opening a Christmas present- a sweater, shirt, and cologne)

There were pictures in front of the tree:

(BG snuggled on a present)

(And Rennie snuggled on the Tree skirt)

(Boo and I in front of our tree)

(And a tree at my sister's church)

And Pictures of the tree (and other decor):

Then there was the opening of the gifts with just Boo and I at our house Christmas Eve:

(It may sound boring to some but I mostly got things from the registry this year- like our garment steamer )

(And our down alternative comforter <3 style="text-align: center;">I also got a new robe, Yankee candle paraphernalia, a MAC gift card and holiday kit and other stocking stuffers from Ben

Then we were off to his parents for Christmas Eve dinner:

(The Smith Family Tree)

Since I was working Christmas morning I was the only one to open presents:

(The carry on from my luggage registry)
(PS I HATE this picture but I wanted to show the bag)

(And the cookie jar from our casual china collection)

(Moe the cat wanted to prove that a cat in a box is cuter that a cat in a jar)

(Ben and his brother Casey trying to get Moe out of the box he loved so much)

(The boys got to open their annual ornament: This year was a Waterford dove)

I had to work Christmas morning but Christmas night we were off to my sister's for Christmas with my family:

(Boo and I with my sister Denise)

(The nephews)

(My sister Diana with the sweater I bought her)

(Boo in his new hat)

(Niesie with her new movie)

(Boo with his new movie)

(Calvin with the new (old) game I bought him)

(Modeling my new winter ensemble)

(Boo got a new robe too)

(Boo and I with our new convection oven)

(Ma Mere got a new Thomas Kinkaid painting)

(And because she refuses to spend hardly a dime on beauty for herself; I bought her some Aveda hair goodies)

(Dinana got new jammies)

(And so did I...and I look like I need them! My work day definitely caught up with me here!)

(The boys filled mom's purse with wrapping paper)

(And I got a new Willow Tree figurine to add to my collection)

Ben and I also brought home between the two of us: 2 friends seasons, a new Christmas CD, A new luggage set, two pairs of pajamas, two passes for two for movies, a sweater, 3 video games, and probably some other little things that I'm forgetting.

I have to admit ladies; this Christmas didn't really feel like Christmas. It was probably all the working I did- I absolutely DO NOT recommend 8 days straight over the holidays- no way!

But its all behind me now and I'm super happy to be spending the next 5 days relaxing at home and gearing up for 2010!

And honestly - soooo ready for the holiday season 2009 to be behind us!

If I don't return before: I hope everyone has a happy and safe New Year!

Much Love Always!

Miss Amber Lane