Two Brides

freak out
January 31, 2008, 8:06 pm
Filed under: Uncategorized

Ok. It’s official. My Canon 20D needs to go in for repairs. I’m having a shit fit because my thesis is in ONE MONTH. And it takes 2 weeks to fix. And I can’t even imagine how much it will cost. They send an estimate when I send it in.

My camera will not take a single picture. And I have someone coming for a photo shoot at 430. I’m a student, I don’t have money for a backup camera. My backup camera is a pinhole camera made out of a box.

This has nothing to do with the wedding. I’m just using this as a way to do something and not freak out.

Edit: I just bought a Canon 40D. Exciting- but at the same time I want to throw up I’m so upset about money.  UGH.

Um crazy
January 28, 2008, 6:09 pm
Filed under: invitations

Well last week was, um, crazy. Monday night/tuesday am Natalie ended up in the hospital- she’s fine. She had a cyst burst in her abdomen filling it with fluid which hurt like a biotch. So since then she has been on strict bed rest. And pain killers of the very strong variety.

And literally wed. morning we get a call that Nat’s brother, Peter, is rushing to the hospital too. His wife went into labor at 33 weeks. So everyone was a little nervous, especially Peter, because he was a Premi (though he was waaaaay earlier at 27 weeks) and was really upset by this turn of events. So Kate flew up to NYC, I took care of Nat and the week continued to throw weird stuff at us. The baby was born and is very healthy. A little girl! I’m an auntie.

BUT I did manage to start the save the dates during the weekend with my hotness that is my gocco. My first time using it, I was so nervous. I followed the instruction closely and bamo- they came out sooooo well. I’ll post pics as soon as my camera is working(another crazy week story). And because I want to include our wedding website URL on the back, I needed a URL. After some googling of reviews, I went with GoDaddy to register for yes the name of the company does freak me out.

I was very happy with registering for our website, very easy. I would suggest them and their cheap. A super plus.

I will not write my address 800 times thank you
January 23, 2008, 9:17 pm
Filed under: invitations | Tags: ,

We custom ordered these awesome stickers from an etsy seller Max & Bella. They arrived today and we honestly could not be happier. We wanted a floral/botanical background to go with our theme. Yes, even my address sticker will match damnit. They will be appearing on the flap of the envelope(the back). Whew- at least one more invitation thing is done.


And may I say how cheap/fast/nice they were? I would totally recommend them. After the wedding, I may get some more so I don’t have to write my address because I’m super lazy.

Bear Force One
January 21, 2008, 12:34 am
Filed under: lesbian/gay

Oh gay community. How I love thee. I love that we have words like bear and otter to describe each other.

So let me just say for the past 3 days after watching this spoof movie video I have been singing it- non stop. It’s like a horrible disease, no matter how hard I try to stop thinking about it, I can’t. Because it’s just that damn good. I’m afraid I will never be able to see a person salute without thinking of big hairy men. In tight pants. Running on the beach. Oh my.

Garden Party mosaic
January 19, 2008, 11:41 pm
Filed under: theme

I need warmth. I miss spring. Enough of winter already!

1. stately finches, 2. pearls., 3. Allegra’s invitation, 4. garden cupcakes, 5. summer skin, 6. Fabric flower garland, 7. la rosette, 8. gocco notes, 9. teatowl, 10. shim+sons gifty package

happy gay friday
January 18, 2008, 10:38 pm
Filed under: lesbian/gay | Tags: , , ,


1. congratulations to the brides, 2. samesex14_PH3_babies, 3. Brides to be, , 5. Family Portrait, 6. Heil-Long DSC 261

January 18, 2008, 10:30 pm
Filed under: iwantit | Tags: , ,

I really want a photobooth for people to take silly pictures in all night but renting one costs usually $1500 and up. I can so not afford that. So I have been looking into a way to set up my camera and timer and have people take pictures in front of some fabric.


Knottie JessandLuke set up a laptop and used an apple webcam and just had people click themselves. Very easy to setup and sounds like a lot of people liked it.


I was so impressed with knottie h_flee’s DIY photobooth. It looks totally professional. Here’s what she said to do:

Our amazing friends and family in the “photobooth” *Directions: 1. Set up an area with your backdrop (could be fabric or a wall) 2. Set up your camera on a fixed tripod (We used a digital camera 3. Test the exposure/on camera flash and framing a few times and make adjustments as needed 4. Mark off the maximum area (with tape) that your guests can stand in and still be visible through the lense 5A. Have your guests use a remote control or cable release to take the pictures themselves (Be sure to have easy instructions to let your guests know what/how to do this… we made a simple illustration and had it framed next to the area) OR 5B. Have someone man the area and take the picture for your guests. TIPS: *Have someone (the band/DJ) announce to the guests to remember to visit the photobooth before the night ends. *Place the booth in an area where there is some traffic but not too much to distract. *We used professional lighting but an on camera flash will work as well. *We also had our guests write a message to us before their picture to place next to their picture in a photo guest book album… * Have fun!  “

I have to say with results like those, I actually feel pretty good about not getting a real photobooth.

Read up some more on programs to help you execute a photobooth:

  • Thinklab has the longest post known to man about making a photobooth. Most of it involves a lot more effort than I’m really intending to put into this but it does have some helpful tips.
  • Photojojo, a newsletter about funky photo stuff that I subscribe to, has a mini article about two programs you can use to make your laptop into a photobooth.
  • Knottie Gonnabeagoody actually went to all this trouble and no one used it! Maybe putting it in the basement and not somewhere prominent was the problem.

January 17, 2008, 10:14 pm
Filed under: invitations

I think graphic designers come out with images from a black hat. How do they get some of those things? I mean they can’t each be amazing illustrators! Thus I found a really great site called Vecor Magic which basically makes graphics out of photographs or anything else you can whip up.

I start with a deer.




Ok, I’m afraid of the amount of images I want to play with now.

Map it out
January 16, 2008, 3:39 am
Filed under: invitations, manners

A lot of brides want to flesh out their invitation packets and are now including custom drawn maps. While their cute and funky, they are also very expensive usually because each one is custom. And you usually go through a calligrapher to get it done. But while going through a bunch of websites I hear about Moments of Color- it came highly recommended and looked cool. The company also does invitation and lots of other wedding related stuff, but again and again I heard good things about their maps.


Or if your going the cell phone route- try dial dir-ect-tions. You can go to their site, name your event, and then your guests can call up, say the name of your event and get custom turn by turn directions sent to their cell phone. Sure beats fielding the 40 calls from lost guests while getting your hair done.

On Hitched
January 15, 2008, 1:22 pm
Filed under: lesbian/gay, thedresses

We have decided to remove the post about our experience at Hitched Salon in Georgetown. We received the following comment from the owners of the store:

Hi Kelly & Natalie-

We’ve never responded to an internet posting about our store, but we were both surprised and saddened to see this post and felt compelled to respond. Carin recalls your visit to the store and feels as if there has been a complete misunderstanding of the interaction. The situation described speaks directly against our personal values and undermines our belief systems. We are both very supportive of gay rights, believe strongly in establishing a legal right to gay marriage and have assisted many gay couples in preparing for their weddings….with wedding gowns and bridesmaids and invitation orders. Our intention in opening Hitched was to create a welcoming environment for all couples. It is possible that on a Saturday, our busiest day of the week, we are not always able to give the personal attention and care to walk-in customers that we wish we could. However, we remain committed to providing excellent customer service to all couples and feel badly for any misunderstanding that may have occurred. We would welcome the opportunity to have you in for an appointment so that you can get a true taste of the Hitched experience. We know that wedding planning is an exciting time and wish you both all the best with your upcoming wedding.

Carin & Julia (Hitched owners)

We have both been in situations where our intentions have been misinterpreted and therefore feel inclined to give others the benefit of the doubt. We sincerely appreciated the salon reaching out to us. We did feel hurt regarding our interaction in the store, and these issues are particularly sensitive as we plan our wedding and realize all the important things that are not available to us…it makes the aspects of the wedding that are available all the more important. However, it seems that there was a genuine miscommunication and the salon took the time to try to make amends.


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