This week has been super exciting in the world of post-wedding bliss because not only did we survive a month of marriage, but we received our photos AND our sneak peek video!! Needless to say, I’ve been spending waaaay too much time on the computer staring at myself. HA!
WOW. What an amazing past couple of weeks I’ve had. All I can say is that in spite of the wide range of emotions the wedding process conjures up, the end result makes it all worth it. I am loving my new life with my husband (what?!) as we settle into our place in Pasadena and revel in this surreal post-wedding bliss.
And just in case you haven’t officially had way more than your fill of wedding posts and ‘grams (ha! sorry guys!), I have so much to share in the very near future! xo
Photos from our wedding hashtag (so ridic, I know) #ammlovesjohn on Instagram
LIFE. IS. CHAOS. <— That’s the only way to sum up my life as of late.
But really, it’s the best kind of chaos. Crafting, choosing music, spending extra time with family + friends, trying to get rid of everything I own, crossing items off my seemingly never-ending to-do list…it feels good. Of course, I’m stressed to the max about running out of time and not accomplishing everything I want to accomplish, but as John so wisely reminded me the other day, we somehow, someway, always made it through finals in art school. Finals that involved giant projects, high stakes, and major rewards once the final critiques were over and school was dismissed for another semester. So really, a wedding is nothing more than a “final.” Albeit, a BIG final. With lots of gold fringe.
My goal is to finish the majority of our DIY projects this week so that Friday night can be spent shopping for honeymoon clothes (yay!) and catching up with my mom, outside of the all-consuming wedding realm. I’ll let you know how it goes…
Lately I’ve been feeling pretty confident about balancing wedding planning, moving, working, and squeezing in a little unscheduled time for working out + all that good stuff. But tonight…oh man. The stress is palpable. I just realized I only have TWO WEEKS left and all I can think is, “let’s push the date back another month! Or five!” (Ha!)
In other news, thanks to an unexpected urge to get rid of everything I own, I spent all of today ruthlessly cleaning out my craft + office supplies. There’s nothing quite like an impending move to strip away any sort of emotional attachment to my possessions! I have to say that the whole process was completely energizing. I feel so good about the things I am keeping and the things I am parting with. Tomorrow (Friday) I’ll be listing a bunch of flat-rate boxes stuffed with AWESOME craft supplies in my shop. I’ll keep you posted!
P.S. Thank you SO MUCH for all of your wonderful PNW recommendations! I can’t wait to plan our trip around your thoughtful suggestions! Keep ‘em coming! xo
After going back and forth for months over honeymoon destinations (indecision runs rampant in these here parts), John and I have finally decided on the Pacific Northwest. As two people who want nothing less than humid weather and scuba diving and nothing more than colorful leaves and cozy cabins in our lives, we knew our post-wedding vacation had to be somewhere a little unusual. So, the PNW it is! We are both so excited to visit the Portland + Seattle areas on our first trip as a married couple. But let’s be real. I’m mostly excited to leave my shorts + tank tops at home and wear some real Fall attire. In FALL. #socalproblems
PNW locals + vacationers…any recommendations for us? We will love you forever for your ideas! xo
Way before I ever got engaged, I knew that my wedding would have some sort of paper floral situation.
I mean, with a handle like @ammlovespaper, I really don’t have any other options, right? These past few months I’ve been playing around with different ideas for the materials I wanted to use and the types of flowers I wanted to create, but I could never really hone my vision. And then this amazing paper flower making class by Brittany Watson Jepsen and this gorgeous book by Thuss + Farrell popped up on my radar. BINGO! Cue the inspiration and the sudden creative direction (#suddencreativedirection <---it's a real thing).
Last weekend I had an incredibly productive (and super fun!) Saturday night spent with good friends + family who so patiently and kindly crafted paper flowers with me until the wee hours of the morning (I love you gals!). We drank wine, we (I) got hot glue all over the place, and we turned several rolls of crepe paper (purchased at Paper Mart) into colorful works of art. Now my next step is to turn them into a sizeable ceremony installation…stay tuned!
Update on the wedding front: things are getting accomplished, but after putting together a finalized to-do list this afternoon, it appears as though we still have a loooooooong way to go.
It’s times like these when I want to kick myself for taking on so many DIY projects, but really, there’s no way that I couldn’t do it. Creating things is what I do. It’s how I make my living. It’s part of my DNA. And as it turns out, John is the same exact way.
In the 46 years that John and I have been together, we’ve never had more than a few photos taken of us at one time, much less a professional shoot spanning several hours! Even though a certain fiance o’mine despises being in the front of the camera (boys…), I think he nailed it. We started off the afternoon in downtown Ventura and ended up atop Meditation Mount as the sun set over Ojai. It was perfect. Our photographer did an amazing job and we are so grateful that we had the opportunity to see what we actually look like on camera before our BIG photoshoot rolls around (Note to self: never attempt closed-mouth smiles. Like, ever.).
So the thing about putting together a DIY wedding is that, funnily enough, you actually have to DO a lot of it yourself. Even though I’m kind of obsessed with this line of work, I might be in a tad bit over my head. Luckily, I live my life in a state of semi-denial, so I am just chugging along like I know what I am doing. Play along, will you?
One of my recent DIY accomplishments was our table numbers. I know I’ve mentioned this once or twice or ten times before, but my Cameo die-cutting machine? A DIY bride’s dream come true. John and I had gone back and forth about how we wanted our table numbers to look, but finally, I made the executive decision to die cut a favorite font out of gold poster board (yes, POSTER BOARD) and glue the numbers onto wooden dowels dipped in my favorite Martha paint. The fact that my Cameo can even think about, much less, actually CUT poster board is a gift in and of itself. I had to do a little hand-cutting here and there to clean up the edges a bit, but I’m positive that a fresh blade would slice through it like butter.
Even though we’re still not entirely sure just how many guests to expect (invitations go out next week..! hopefully…!), I have my poster board + my painted dowels at the ready to make more. DIY or die, y’all.