What's your dream day style? I remember asking myself this question a little over 1.5 years ago (ok maybe it's like 5) when I was planning my wedding. It's a tough process and you want to make sure your style reflects YOU and your future mate. What helped me determine my overall style (theme) of the wedding was my venue. A Hamptons like vintage wedding placed in the Northwest was something that I wanted to capture especially since our venue was at country club setting (Seattle Tennis Club) located on Lake Washington. Everything turned out prefect! To take a peek at my wedding click TIFFCODYWEDDING818 (clicking the link will bring up a page with all the wedding related posts. The professional photos are a must!).
Not lets focus on right now ... it's been over a year and couple of days since our wedding day and we recently celebrated our 1 year anniversary (Aug. 18th) and I still think about our wedding. I was approached by lover.ly to create a styleboard featuring one of their dresses in their shop that would be appropriate (and of course fit my style) to a selected venue.
Which venue would you have chosen? The beach wedding was my 2nd choice and we actually planned on getting married in Hawaii. However, I just wasn't feeling it, it wasn't calling my name or saying PICK ME PICK ME. The rustic wedding, well it's just not me. So the city wedding was it! This venue totally reflected my style and us as a couple. I'm a city gal and we (Cody and I) actually live in the city so it was natural for me to be drawn to the picture.
As I was scrolling through the beautiful dresses on Lover.ly to find the "perfect" one for my city soiree I came across a dress from Claire Pettibone. If you know your wedding dresses- Claire Pettibone is the queen of lace back dresses and I bet you have seen her dresses all over Pinterest. If my wedding dress wasn't custom made I would have totally gotten one of her dresses. They are detailed and oh so lovely, elegant and simply stunning. The dress that I chose was the Eloquence dress with gold scalloped lace with platinum silk sheath overlay. It totally yelled GATSBY GATSBY with a romantic feel. OH then it clicked! City venue (art museum, penthouse, rooftop deck, trendy downtown hotel) with a Great Gatsby theme? YES please! If I were to get married again I would totally go for an art deco inspired wedding. The 1920's were such a glamorous era that was chic and classy at the same time. Wouldn't this be a great wedding for the fall time around Halloween with the rich golden and deep burgundy hues of the season? Or as a NYE celebration with all your close friends and family to bring in the New Year with a traditional black and gold color scheme and touches of glitter! As soon as I picked the dress and the venue everything else fell into place with accessories, color scheme, and beauty. I, of course, had to add some beauty into the styleboard. A deep red lip with lashes and neutral toned shadows- that is classic 1920's!
Take a peek at my evening city Gatsby wedding! You can find everything on Lover.ly as your one stop wedding BFF to help you plan your wedding! Browse through the thousands of dresses and bridal inspirations right here.
I made the styleboard on Polyvore.com ... I am an addict! Super easy and fun! I will be creating some beauty styleboards. Please let me know what you would like to see. I am thinking of a bridal beauty styleboard, or a fall beauty trends. Keep an eye for those.
I hope you guys love my lover.ly Dream Day Challenge styleboard! Share your thoughts about wedding themes or how you incorporated your own style into your wedding. Can't wait to hear all about them.
I always get asked about our engagement pictures and how I chose the theme and style for them. To tell you the truth, it kinda just came to US. Cody hates taking pictures so I really had to make this comfortable for him and in his comfort zone or who knows how our pictures would have turned out. I always tell brides-to-be to pick a theme, or even a location and base your style around that. This really helped me stay focus and not have my ideas wonder off whenever I found something on Pinterst. You will tell from our two different sets of pictures how the theme is very similar but still different in it's own unique way.
The first set was taken by our wedding photographers Jade and Kaitlin Ehlers at our condo in Downtown Seattle. We were trying to go for the J.Crew, Hamptons (but with a Seattle) vibe. I love Cody's jacket we focused our outfit and theme for this shoot around it. We used these pictures for our Save The Dates (click here to view how they turned out, I have to say I am so proud of these!)
Now you can tell the second set was completely different from the first but still has the J.Crew/ Hamptons vibe with a vintage twist. I focused the wedding on a vintage theme (will post pictures of all the details very soon). My navy dress was purchased on Modcloth.com and the vintage truck and suitcase were bought at an antique store in Downtown Tacoma. These pictures were taken by Paul Maranan of P&M Productions at Discovery Park in Seattle. I actually met Jade and Kaitlin through Paul because they were their photographers for their wedding. So funny how things work out! Paul captured the vibe that I wanted perfectly!
I will be focusing some Friday posts on more personal things such as the wedding (since I didn't even blog about it when it was happening) and other things. Did you have a theme for your engagement pics?
I am so excited to share with you our professional photos from our photographers Jade and Kaitlin Ehlers. They are the same photographers that shot our engagement pictures as well. They captured our wedding beautifully and I couldn't be happier. Have fun viewing our photos!
Just some details:
- the locket had a picture of my mom and dad when they got married. I lost my dad to cancer when I was 14 years old and I wanted to make sure I included him in every aspect of my wedding day. I also included a gardenia which reminded me of him in my bouquet.
- I designed the wedding invitations with a friend who is a graphic designer. The suite includes a vellum envelope with a wax seal that I had custom made with our monogram.
- My heels for the night are by Betsy Johnson
- The bridesmaid totes were made by me including the tag
- My wedding dress was custom made by John John Ditching from the Philippines. It was super heavy but I love how it just glistened in the sun light. The fabric came from Italy and it was hand beaded with flower embroidery. I also had a reception dress that was custom made as well. This one was all lace with a detachable skirt that I can take off for dancing later in the night. So happy my mom gave me the idea of a 2nd dress because with the heat and how heavy my 1st dress I don't know if I would survive the rest of the night. The bridesmaid dresses were designed by me and also made from the same designer. I picked out the fabric in LA and had it sent over. I fell in love with the lace and color even before I set a date. I just had to have it!
- The guy's suites are from J.Crew.
- Our wedding bands are from Tiffany & CO. Cody really wanted them to say T&C which fits us perfectly.
- The table numbers were all DIY projects by me. I bought the frames from Dollar Tree, spray painted, added scrapbook book paper and cut us a vinyl number with my Cricut.
- The place cards for the guest were also a DIY project which took me forever because I couldn't decide what I wanted to do. I decided vintage postcards would be cute. I ordered vintage stamps from Etsy that included some from the US and the Philippines.
- Our T&C mailbox for our cards was something that I always wanted to do. I found the toy mailbox at an antique store, painted it blue and added all the embellishments. Now it sits in our living room. :) I can't give it away.
- I wanted to have a cute sign that directed the guests to all the rooms and happenings for the night. The sign was designed by me and put together by my friend who helped me with the invites. I also included a sign near the photobooth as well.
- The photobooth/guestbook was one of the biggest DIY projects I decided to take on for the wedding. It took me 1 full month (doing it almost every day) to put together a 30 page custom scrapbook where our guests can leave little notes and a copy of their photo booth strip. I am so proud how this turned out. Every page is different, all with hidden pockets for the guests to leave their mark and a vintage theme all throughout the book.
- Our wedding toppers were customized wooden pegs from Etsy. I then added makeup products and a Playstation controller to represent US.
- My mom and I did a mother/daughter surprise number. Since I lost my father I wanted to do something fun with my mom. We did a medley of dances from past songs to modern and it was all professionally choreographed by my aunt. It was so much fun and big hit!
I always wanted to customize my wedding to reflect me and Cody and I think I did exactly that and more. I couldn't be happier on how things turned out. Please let me know if you want to see more pics or if you have questions on some of the projects.
Just received our wedding video trailer by our videographer Nolan from
. Wanted to share it with all of you! It was such a magical day and Nolan captured it beautifully. All the details that are included in the video were all made by me. So happy how it turned out. Can't wait to see the whole video.
Just click the picture to be taken to the full trailer.
It's been a couple months after our wedding and I miss everything about wedding planning and executing. Yes, for some it may sound a little bizarre. I guess when something so big like this takes over your life for almost a year you really don't know what to do after. Every time I watch this trailer it makes me feel so proud of all the little details that I made for our wedding. Making trips to the craft store almost every other day, antique shopping every weekend, having our condo filled with wedding stuff truly made the whole wedding experience compete. All my hard work did pay off. We did well (I did) experience some bumps in the road, but those things don't really matter anymore - it's all about the love our family and friends shared on our special day.
For all future brides/brides-to-be out there here are my tips...
- Enjoy every moment because it will go by so fast.
- Do things you always wanted to do for your wedding because you don't want to regret it later down the road. We weren't going to have a videographer but I am so happy we did!
- Be organized!! Put together a binder with tabs for vendors, wedding party, etc. Always print out invoices and emails to stick into the binder in case something happens. My binder was filled at the end and I am so happy I was organized it kept me insane.
- www.weddingwire.com a great online website/tool to help manage your wedding guests and seating chart. No more doing it on paper it's all on your computer. Also download the app from the app store to have on your phone so you have it with you on the go.
- For the first couple of months start getting some inspiration from wedding blogs and pinterest. Be warned that you will totally get overwhelmed, I did. After the 3rd month I picked out my colors, theme and elements that matched our venue and us a couple - once I completed this I stopped looking at all the wedding blogs/inspiration. Its gets to be too much and then you want to change what you have going. Stick to a plan all the way through or else you are going to go CRAZY!
- If you are DIY bride (like I was) always get your supplies on sale or search the internet for cheaper prices. Coupons from Michael's and Joann's really help! Look at their weekly ads to see if there's anything you will need. Your local Craig's List is a great resource too.
- Network around your friends/family members perhaps your sister knows a graphic designer that likes to design wedding stationary. Or your friend's cousin's fiance works at a bakery. By networking this really helps keeps costs down, and trust me the expenses pile up each and every week!
- Hire a wedding coordinator and delegate a team to help set up and need be take down. So happy I hired a wedding coordinator just to make sure everything was organized the day of. I am very hands on and I always want things to go my way, but on your wedding day you can't be everywhere. Your wedding coordinator will be you running around while you enjoying everything. If you can't afford a wedding coordinator ask a friend of a friend who is very organized and has attention to detail.
- Plan out your budget by listing your important things first. Pick 3 things that are important to you and then 3 other things important to you and your fiance.
I hope this helps for all you bride-to-be's out there, just a little insight of what I learned. Happy planning!
P.S. I will be posting in depth details of our wedding when I get the pictures back from the photographer.
Hello everyone! Thank you to all my beauTIFFul readers and followers out there for being so patient with me these past couple of months while I prepared for my wedding. Means so much to read all your well wishes and support while I was MIA. I am finally back and will be posting on a regularly basis. I will be posting a weekly YouTube tutorial starting next month featuring a MOTD and makeup reviews on some products that I want to share with all of you!
Here's a little sneak peak of my wedding from my friend Cindy!
Tiffany and Cody
Aug. 18th 2013
Seattle Tennis Club
The day went by so quickly! I was such a DIY bride and I enjoyed everything about it. Will post some of my favorite details once I get all the pictures from our professional photographer. Can't wait to share with all of you! Stay tuned!