Balancing Act

This weekend will mark the last weekend (well actually tomorrow will mark the last day) of trying to balance grad school with work and wedding planning. I am finishing up my final project for my last class, and I have to say it is great to see the end in sight. I opted to take an intense 13 week class that met on Saturday mornings (so tough to give up one of my weekend mornings!) for my Field Seminar course, which has been somewhat challenging and has definitely limited my social interactions with others since Friday nights out were “school nights” now too. Not to mention the expectations of graduate courses and the insane amount of reading required for each lecture and my time has been pretty compromised lately.

All of this is to say that while my projects have been somewhat lite of late, that will all change after this weekend (I plan to take a “break” after the conclusion of this class before starting on my thesis) I can’t wait to dive into wedding projects and start crossing things off my ever growing list of DIYs. I will keep you posted (and I may have snuck in a project or two already that just needs some final details) so expect to see a lot more DIY fun in the next couple months.

Stay tuned…

Font Friday: Finding Font Collections

One of the things I have loved most about preparing for our wedding and fully immersing myself in the world of wedding blogs is the discovery of new fonts. I love to see the scripty intricate fonts that are so prevalent in wedding invitations. I also love to see how these lovely fonts are paired with other fonts or how the glyphs are used in creative ways. One of the best ways to get a quick overview of fonts and find ones that are most appealing to me has been to look at font collections.

This post provides a great introduction to 30 different free fonts that would look great on invitations (I may or may not have downloaded over half of these, even though I am not using any in our invitation design (or other paper designs) at this point. What can I say- I love a good fancy script!).

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This post on snippet & ink is my favorite collection of fonts, including both free fonts and amazing commercial fonts. I love the way that the names of the fonts are included and that a list of the prices (and links to where to acquire these fonts) are included below. The mix of more formal fonts and “fun” fonts is great as is the mix of fonts which can satisfy any price point.

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Do you have a “go to” page for checking out collections of fonts? Have you found any that you might have missed otherwise?

 

Sleepwalk with me and Relationships

Last night Mr. Fenway and I were lucky enough to view Sleepwalk With Me, a film based on the real life experiences of comic Mike Birbiglia and co-written in part with Ira Glass of This American Life fame. While it is a great movie with a lot of laughs that I highly recommend (it will be coming to theaters this August), the film is ultimately about his relationship with his girlfriend at the time. Without giving too much away (though the story is very much an autobiography of sorts), one of the central questions in the film is dealing with anger in relationships. The character “Matt” goes through a lot because he is worried about upsetting Abby, his girlfriend.  Because he is worried about making her mad, he does not talk about any of his concerns with their relationship. His repressions manifest themselves, in part, though his sleepwalking disorder while his comedy career starts to take off when he tells the audience the truths that he is withholding from his girlfriend.

This led to some interesting discussions on the way home after the film for Mr. Fenway and I. We talked about how important it was to be openly commutative and to try not to hide what we are thinking/feeling based on not wanting to upset the other person. I know that I have been guilty of this (it’s always easier to just let things slide if they don’t bother me that much than to bring up something that could cause distress or for the other person to be upset- not just in my relationship with Mr. Fenway but in all my interactions with others). It was interesting to see the film’s take on how hiding these things, while maybe easier in the short term, could ultimately lead to incredible complications within a relationship. Though the film used humor and had me laughing more than I have at a movie in quite some time, the message was one of the more serious ones I have seen in a film centered on relationships. I loved that going to see it not only served as a “date night” experience for us, but provided us with a lot of talking points that made it an even richer experience.

And now, just for fun, a clip from the movie:

Have you ever found a movie that made you think about your relationship in a different way? Was it unexpected?
Do you ever not mention something to your significant other that is important because you don’t want to upset them?

Happy Anniversary!

I want to take a moment and wish a happy anniversary to my wonderful parents!


Aww, so cute! Still looking good after 32 years together!
(personal photo by family friend)

The 19th is a special day for our family apparently since in exactly 6 months we will be celebrating our wedding!

Do you or your significant other share any special date connections with either of your parents or other family members?

Pretty Pretty Flowers

As I mentioned before, flowers are not super important to us and were one area where we wanted to “save” more than “splurge.” In that vein, we are not having a traditional florist, but rather a friend’s mother-in-law who has done some work on weddings (including her daughter’s at our venue) before. We were excited when we got to see some pictures of her past work.

*All images are from her personal collection, taken by a friend of her family

 

I think she did an amazing job with all the floral arrangements and I am so excited to see what she can do with our inspiration!

Have you ever used a non-professional vendor? How did things go?

Topping the Cake

I hadn’t really thought all that much about our cake toppers to this point, but I am happy that we have them and it is yet another thing to cross off the list.

Initially, I had thought about topping our lovely cake with a bulldog cake topper, reminiscent of our lovely Youkie.


Youkie with Wally, the Green monster


(on Etsy, from seller the republic of cute)

However, when I saw a contest on Beantown bride for a customized red sox topper, I couldn’t resist entering. The red sox have been such a huge part of our relationship, from our first date at Beer Works right outside the park to our many trips to Fenway Park to watch the games there.


Skating at Fenway Park, 2010


with the Ted Williams Seat, 2009


Waiting in line for the red sox world series, 2007

Just a few of our many Fenway/Red Sox pics…

Amazingly, our story was the winning entry and the other day, these fabulous cake toppers from Happy Abby (who has a shop on Etsy) arrived in the mail. I of course had a mini photoshoot with our new lovely cake toppers.


I loved the awesome packaging


front shot

Back shot


side/ring shot

And speaking of ring shots, I took a few more with my engagement ring, just for fun.

Abby was super great to work with, asking for a photo of both of us to work off of and doing an incredible job of personalizing our little toppers to look so much like us. They are the perfect size for our planned groomscake too (more on that later). I am so happy with them and I think they are even more “us” than the bulldog toppers would have been.

Have you ever ended up with something totally different from your initial vision on something?

Font Friday: Finding a Font

I don’t know about you but I know that I am frequently drawn in by the pretty paper goods I see all over the blogosphere. Occasionally I am drawn in to trying to find a specific font that might not be that easy to determine. I know there are lots of ways of doing this, including forums and interactive font identifiers that ask a plethora of questions and then spit back your possible results, but I wanted to do some comparison of some image based font identification programs. Recently, I saw this wedding on Style Me Pretty and was immediately drawn to the awesome place cards and font used throughout the storybook themed wedding. I clicked through to the gallery to find some good pictures of the fonts to use.

I could figure out one of the fonts pretty easily because I already own it and used it in my Christmas cards this year.


I knew that the “happy ending” text in this sign was Nelly Script, but what was the other font?
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I started with this image:

(Soucre)

And cropped it to this:

I continued searching for another image that showed the font I wanted more clearly. I took this image:


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And cropped it to just show the font I was looking for.

Then I tried both images on two different font finding sites.

The first site I tried was myfonts.com What the Font page. When I uploaded the first cropped image (Kyle Worley in this example), I got this:


None of which were actually the font.

The second image went much better, giving me these results:


The correct font (LD Bohemian Filigree) was the first suggestion. It should be noted that this was a more challenging font to identify because it was all caps. That meant that even though the letter looked like “S” it was really “s” – that totally got me the first few times I tried to use this feature.

The next site I tried was What the Font Is. I hadn’t used this before so I wasn’t sure what to expect.

This site also could not identify the font from the first image, showing how important having a good image is. However, the correct font did appear as an option:


although it was far down on the list at number 77

Using the second example I was able to identify all the letters, something that I couldn’t do with MyFonts.com’s What the Font.


Here you can see all the letters as opposed to the “D” “P” “u” and “s” that MyFonts.com was apple to identify.

This too gave me the correct font on the first time.

Overall I would have to say that I preferred What the Font Is much more than My Font’s What the Font, which I wasn’t expecting at all. What the Font is was able to identify the font, even with the bad image, and identified all 10 of the letters in the much better quality image as opposed to the 4 that MyFonts.com could identify. I found both user interfaces to be relatively the same and both were extremely easy to use. Another good quality about What the Font Is is it also allowed you to select searching commercial fonts, free fonts, or both, which could be very helpful.

I am so glad to have discovered this site and I am sure I will be utilizing it more in the future.

Do you have any font finding sites to recommend? Have you ever tried to identify a font using a site like this before? Was it successful or not?