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My [Other] Best Friend’s Wedding

I think I forgot to mention this previously, but guess what?!  My other BFF, Kristin (also known as KDoc), just got engaged and is getting married in December!  [Yes, I am one of those people with multiple BFFs.  Deal with it, please.]  She also asked me to be a bridesmaid, so I’ll be covering her wedding here as well—hooray!  Tons more wedding fun for you guys to ogle.

We started out the wedding festivities last night by going with Kristin to try on bridesmaid dresses and see her top three choices for a wedding gown.  This is going to be a picture heavy post, so grab a cup ‘o joe and pull up a seat.  Here we go!

We arrived at David’s Bridal and got right to work.  I snapped KDoc & her maid of honor (her sister), Lauren, heading into the dressing room to try on gowns.

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And then we saw Kristin’s four top choices for gowns.

Choice 1:

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This gown was definitely more my style than Kristin’s.  We all loved the lacey, sparkly overlay on the top of the dress, but it didn’t really scream “KDoc” to us.

Choice 2:

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This gown was definitely more my friend Hayley’s style than Kristin.  This dress shopping experience was very much a tale of the three bears—er, three dresses.  One was my style, one was Hayley’s style, and one was definitely JUST the right one for Kristin!

Choice 3:

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Choice 4:

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This dress was absolutely lovely—the best of the bunch.  Just what I would picture her in!

In between KDoc’s dress changes, I got my Royal Wedding on:

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Kristin's Dress Appointment 018LOVED all those crazy hats at the Royal Wedding!  I definitely want an excuse to buy and wear one!

And then she picked and accessorized the winning dress!  Obviously, it was Choice 4:

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…which she paired with a hair flower, a dainty veil, and some gorgeous jewelry that the three of us bridesmaids decided to gift her with (she wouldn’t have purchased it for herself otherwise, and we thought it was so gorgeous and beautiful and PERFECT for her).

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Close up of the veil

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Close up of the necklace!  It had drop earrings to match.

We took a moment to wax poetic about her side bustle:

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(She’s going with the second photo)

…and then it was time to try on the bridesmaid dress we were 99% sure we were going with!  Awesomely enough, David’s Bridal had the dresses available for all of us to try on in our exact sizes and the exact color.  So we got to see what it will really look like instead of picturing it with swatches!

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The three bridesmaids, goofing around.  Left to right:  me, Hayley, Lauren

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And us with the lovely bride! (Please excuse my waving hand, I was about to stick it in my pocket.)

KDoc also decided that since it’s a winter wedding, she wanted to accessorize with a bolero or wrap.  She decided on a white fur wrap to go with her dress, and we all decided that the bridesmaids would get brown wraps (their wedding colors are this clover green and cocoa).  Here’s what the wraps look like, but in white (picture them in a nice brown fur color):

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And then we ordered everything up and headed outta there!  It was a really fun night and I am so excited to bring you more about this wedding in the future.  In the meantime, I’ll be back early next week to post about the goodie bags & favors for Beezus’s wedding!

You can read all of the My Best Friend’s Wedding Series here:
My Best Friend’s Wedding:  Beezus

Shower Theme & Invitations
Shower Décor & Favors
The Bridal Shower: A Big Success!

I’ll be dividing future posts in this series by the bride’s name!

And in the meantime, have you checked out my new blog?

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Shower & Bachelorette Extravaganza, Part One

Last weekend was my shower and bachelorette party, thrown for me by my lovely bridesmaids.  Seriously, guys?  They BLEW ME AWAY.  It was one of the most special days I have ever had and I felt truly so blessed and lucky and LOVED.  It was amazing.

I know some of you have been waiting for these recaps for awhile (Hi, Megan!!), so I’m going to do them in three parts.  There is so much about the day that I want to remember, and I want to make sure to do it all justice!  So here we go with part one!

My lovely maid of honor, my sister Ali, came down on Friday night to hang out and get ready for the weekend.  We made homemade pizzas (this recipe is amazing!), watched Wedding Crashers and worked on a few wedding projects.  It was a nice way to relax before the big day on Saturday!

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One of the projects we worked on…those damn pomanders!

Saturday morning, we woke up bright and early, had some coffee, and I was treated to my first suprise of the day:  massages at an east side spa!  Both Ali and I got a 30 minute massage.  It was soooooo nice!  I am definitely going to get another massage before the wedding—I didn’t realize how tense I was until the massage therapist started working on my back!

After our massages, we went to brunch at one of my favorite restaurants.  Of course, there was this:

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Mojito for her, White Sangria for me

We didn’t want to eat too much as we knew there would be tons of yummy food at the shower, so we split a fruit plate doused with lavender honey (um, divine!) and the black bean cakes, which came with poached eggs, queso fresco and a green salsa on top.  It was so delicious!

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And here we are after finishing up brunch.  We sat outside on the patio and it was such a great time to catch up with my little sister!

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Don’t we look so greasy relaxed after our massages?!

After that, we went home and got ready for the day.  Stay tuned for parts two and three…and here’s a preview:

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Tell me about your pre-wedding fun!  What did you do to relax before the big events?

All pictures are mine.  Don’t steal ‘em!

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Gifts for My Girls, II

This goes without saying, but

Keep Away Bridesmaids (Source for Grandma Photo)

 

 

…ok, they should be all gone now.

This gift is a quick and easy DIY that anyone can do, and the results are, in my opinion, just darling.  Ready?  Here we go!

Step 1:  Go to Target and buy yourself a package of 5 nice hangers.  I chose wooden ones similar to these:

Hangers (Source)

Step 2:  Gather up some ribbon, adhesive, cardstock, and pretty shimmery paper.

Step 3:  Create a tag for your hangers using Microsoft Word.

Step 4:  Print tag, cut tag, attach to cardstock, and cut to shape again.

Step 5:  Punch holes, thread ribbon through, tie a pretty bow, and you’re left with these lovelies:

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Cute, no?  I wanted to make the girls nice hangers for their dresses (and, selfishly, I also think it will provide a cool photo op).  Here they are hanging up:

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And here’s a close-up of what they say:

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This project was really easy…and inexpensive!  I had all the materials on hand aside from the hangers, which I think were like maybe $3 for the pack?  I love the way they turned out!  [Side note:  In these pictures, the ribbon looks really yellow, but it’s actual almost an exact match to the gold color of the girls’ dresses!]  Now, to find a hanger appropriate for my dress…

What quick and easy DIY projects are you doing?

See their other gifts here:
Survival Kits

*All photos by me unless otherwise noted.

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The Color of Relief

I received a wonderful phone call the other day…our bridesmaid dresses are in—two months early!

You can imagine my excitement at this news…but I have a little confession to make:  I was secretly apprehensive about the dress we had chosen.  Actually, let me clarify—I wasn’t nervous about the dress, per say, but I was really concerned about the COLOR the dress would end up being.

Here’s the story.  When we tried on and selected the dress, the store did not have a swatch card of the color available to give to me.  You see, the store had actually LOST the swatch card for that specific designer, and hadn’t gotten a new one in…so our salesperson wasn’t sure what the exact color would be.    Umm, ok?  The salesperson cut me a swatch—from an actual dress by the same designer—in what we hoped was the color we’d be getting.  I’ve been using that swatch to match ribbons and do various projects since then, so needless to say, I was more than a little nervous about the color. 

Two of my bridesmaids went to pick up their dresses yesterday, and I am happy to say that I can finally breathe a sigh of relief!  The color is just what I was expecting…a warm gold tone.  The proof is in the pictures—behold, my lovely bridesmaid K!

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I was thinking that I would want the girls to wear red shoes to go with the red flowers they’ll be carrying (and to match my awesome red shoes!), so she took a shoe shot for me as well so I could see.

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Looks pretty good, no?  I have yet to see the dresses in person (I am going to pick up my sister’s and one of my other bridesmaid’s tomorrow), but so far from these pictures, I am happy!

Whew!  Did you have any nerves about the dresses you chose for your ‘maids?

*All pictures are provided by my bridesmaid K…I believe they were taken on her smart phone?

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Gifts for My Girls, I

**EXCUSE ME BRIDESMAIDS:  Please do not read this entry.  Pretty please!  I know you will want to look but please don’t, as I don’t want it to ruin the surprises I am including in your gifts!  DO NOT READ FURTHER IF YOU ARE A BRIDESMAID, PLEASE!  And for that matter, if you are an usher or a groomsman, there are spoilers in here for you too…so no reading, please!**

 

…Ok, ladies & gents, are you gone yet?!

 

…Seriously, K Doc…get out of here!  🙂

 

…Ok, they’re gone.  So remember my “Dude” Survival Kits for the guys?  You know I had to make some for my Chicks, too!

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They’re very similar to the Man versions, except that I created the “Chick” logo in Microsoft Word…and the girls get a few extra goodies!

Each kit contains:

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Safety pins, ibuprofen, band-aids, facial tissue, cotton swabs, Burt’s Bees lip balm, antacid, a Shout wipe, gum, and bobby pins (which I almost just wrote as booby pins, haha!)

Again, I made all of the labels and the facial tissue and cotton swab holders.  I also made a cute holder for the bobby pins using cardstock and ribbon!

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(Front)

Miscellaneous 044 (Back—I love the bow; I think it adds such a sweet touch!)

In my next post, I’ll teach you how I made the tissue and cotton swab holders.  I have a lot of other great gift ideas for the girls—and the guys!—that I will be posting soon too.

Are you gifting your ladies with survival kits?  What are you including in yours?

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