Wedding Music Video

How cute is this video?



I totally admire people who can put themselves out there like that!  This has noting to do with my wedding, just thought it was adorable.


Musical Mondays

So I think I have found the song I want to walk down the aisle too.  Mr. Fenway has asked his friend who is doing our ceremony music for us and he is looking into it.  I really like this song:

Explosions in the Sky- Your Hand in mine
I particularly like this father/daughter cover

If it sounds familiar, that’s because it was re-worked as the theme for Friday Night Lights:

It seems to be impossible (at least for my rudimentary skills) to find the actual opening credits.


And if you haven’t seen the show, here’s a promo that shows a little bit of how amazing this series is:


And of course, you can’t mention Friday night lights without a little Tim Riggins:

Tim Riggins - friday-night-lights photo
man will I miss seeing Tim Riggins

Is any of your wedding music inspired by TV shows?


My inspiration board

Since this week seems to be all about our colors, let’s continue on with a  post featuring my own inspiration board.

*Note: You can see the inspiration boards created by other people that inspired me here.

Just a reminder, our colors are Fig, Navy, and Copper.



I basically followed the tutorial of WeddingBee authors Mrs. Lemon and Mrs. Poodle who both wrote excellent tutorials.

I present to you, my inspiration board:

Image soucres:

1 – Herb Boutonniere, 2 – Copper Wax Seal, 3- Peacock Facinator, 4-Copper Wire Heart, 5- Rustic Table Setting, 6- Navy and Copper Invite, 7- Purple Flowers, 8- Bridesmaid Dress, 9- Copper Napkin Ring, 10- Apple Cider, 11- Doiley Luminaries, 12- Tie, 13- Bouquet,  14- Ribbon Bunting, 15- Chalkboard signs, 16- Pumpkin Centerpiece, 17-Smith Barn

What do you think?  Did  you create your own inspiration board?

Color Inspiration Boards


Now that we finally have our colors, I have been searching out inspiration boards using them.  One of the problems with picking a non-standard color palette  is finding Inspiration Boards that incorporate all of the elements.  While I plan on making one tailored to our colors in the near future, I have found these to be quite useful in trying to visualize how we might tie this all together.

This first board shows the “fig” color well.


Another board showcasing fig:

Navy and Copper Inspirations:



Fig and Copper (ok, this is gold, but could easily be switched out to copper):


What do you think?  Did you pick an nontraditional color palette?

Wedding Colors- or How I Finally Have an Answer to One More Question

On Saturday, we took a trip to Paper Source (actually, two Paper Sources since the first location did not have enough copper envelops in the size we needed for our Save the Dates – more on that later).  The trip was not only to get supplies for our Save the Dates (which are slowly coming along, though Mr. Fenway has yet to start on getting the addresses for his side of the guest list, which is OK since I am still working out some glitches on our website that need to be fixed before we send these out), but also to select our colors.

We thought we were so prepared for all the questions.  We knew our date within the first weekend after getting engaged.  We had our venue.  We even had a rough theme of “Rustic Elegance” nailed down.  We thought we were so far ahead of the game and clearly we would be able to answer any questions with ease.  How wrong we were!  No one tells you that if you can field of those first round of questions, there are always more coming.  One of the most common questions (besides if we had a “song”- which we still don’t) was what our colors were.  I was floored.  I had no idea.  We would sometimes say “fallish”- but I wanted something more concrete.  I also wanted something a little more original than your usual browns, reds and oranges. Beyond that, I had nothing specific.

*Side note: I designed our Save the Dates and got them printed while we were still working on our colors.  I wanted to make sure to have plenty of time to put these together as I am into the fall semester with my course and didn’t want to be stressing about class and wedding stuff.  So the Save the Dates were designed in the summer, when I was class free, and printed and are sitting in their lovely lovely (read shipping box) on top of my crafting bookcase just waiting to be assembled and stuffed into envelopes.  The Save the Dates were designed with a brown “fall” theme that works, but only includes hints of the colors we ended up deciding on.

Our Paper Source trip allowed us to play around with different color combinations and see them “in real life” as opposed to guessing how these would all look together based on “swatches” from the paper source site.  Mr. Fenway wanted Navy, and as  my The Knot: The Color issue informed me, Navy was a classic choice.

Originally, I thought I would want Sage as a color.  I love green, after all.   But after looking at the options in Paper Source, I wasn’t sold on this combo for me.  We eventually decided on…

(Source for above swatches)

Crappy cell phone pic showing (sort of) how the colors work together – taken at the Paper Source store

We like how the colors are still fally, yet are unexpected.  They are not traditional, but definitely seem to work together and with our theme (at least to our eyes, I’m sure other people may feel differently).   I am so happy to have this decision crossed off the list.

This post has already gotten quite lengthy so stay tuned for some inspiration boards using these colors coming soon!

Did you have a hard time picking your colors?  Were there more questions than you had prepared for after you got engaged?

DIY Reception Ideas

Here are just a few of the DIY ideas I want to try for the reception, let’s see how many I can actually get done!

I think it would be so cute to have these bottles somewhere- maybe spelling out LOVE?  Think I can get my father to grow some wheat for me for next year so it will be cheaper than buying it in a craft store? [Edit: apparently wheat doesn’t grow in New England?  Guess I am a total fail as a farmer’s daughter!]
I love this scrapbook paper tree vase thing.  It would be a fairly cheap project using scrap booking paper and my Cricut.  I like the mismatched but coordinating effect that this has and I think it would tie in with the mismatched but still coordinating vintage handkerchief idea.
I love love love the idea of making some cake/dessert stands from vintage plates and glasses (which is exactly how this was made).  Might be time to check out that famed antique district when I am home to see if I can pick up some pieces for this project.  Of course, it will be even better once we finalize what we will be having (pies, pastries, cupcakes, candy apples, a mix of everything?- my vote is totally with the mix of everything option!).
I love this garland- I think it would be fairly simple to make, after all I do have a circle cutting device already (and the Cricut of course) as well as a sewing machine.  It could be fun to whip some of this up to decorate our chairs or maybe add to the cheese and cracker table.
This could be fun to do with some chalkboard contact paper and my Cricut and Sure Cuts a Lot software (once I figure out how to make the pattern in Illustrator).  This might proove more challenging than it seems….
I LOVE this idea and got the supplies (cheap) for this today.  We’ll see how it works out.  I doubt I will get silverware quite as fancy as this, but I love the sentiment of the Mrs. and Mr. stamped silverware.  Maybe I can stamp a cake knife/cake server too!  Oh the possibilities!  I’m thinking people might be getting metal stamped gifts from me (think necklaces mainly) for Christmas this year as a lower budgeted handcrafted item.
Those are just some of my ideas, I am sure I will have a lot more.  I want to start early working on all the DIY projects so I am not overwhelmed by them and I still get the personalized hand crafted wedding that I envision.  Plus, a little at a time is fun, allot at a time not so much.
Do you have any ideas for DIY projects you are working on?  How soon before your wedding did you start on your projects?

Wedding Inspiration Board

I worked on a “first draft” of an inspiration board (can you tell I am going to school and still writing papers?).

I used Polyvore to work in images, many found from my Pinterest boards as you can see from the sourcing of images below.

I have never worked with this program before but found it pretty easy to use.  The best tip I found was in “Editor” mode to make sure to choose “Keep” from the “Background” menu if the images are showing up a little wonky.  I know I could have done this in Photoshop, but I found it fun to try something new.   I am still working out how to best source things from my Pinterest boards as many sites do not allow you to use Polyvore, but I loved how easy it was to create an inspiration board from the images I had already collected from a variety of sites.

Our current “theme” is “vintage rustic elegance.”  If you ask Mr. Fenway, he will say our theme is “Fall, pumpkins and apples” but he is the one who stated we wanted a “rustic elegant” venue when we were looking.  I added the vintage part because that makes me happy.  I am sure this will change over time, especially after we select/finalize our colors (hopefully this weekend!).   I’m pretty happy with my first draft at inspiration boards though.

Wedding Inspiration Board

Did you come up with your own inspiration board?  Which programs did  you use?