Chelsi's Wedding Blog

Dress Shopping!

Sorry for yet another absence!  I’m back at work and busy as ever, but that doesn’t mean that I haven’t been thinking about and planning for the wedding!  Today I went dress shopping with Mom.  As I previously mentioned, it’s quite hard to find what I want in Regina.  Most of the dresses are so heavy, both visually and literally!  I did find two that are potentials though, so that’s exciting!  One, if I purchase it, I’m going to embellish a bit.  I can never just leave things alone – I always have to add to them in some way!  Tomorrow Sandy, Mom, and I are going to a bridal show, so that should be fun.  Fingers crossed that I win some prizes!

Paul and I are quite happy that we have all of the major things booked – church, hall/caterer, Creative Touch seat covers, and now the photographer.  After meeting with a couple and emailing about thirty or so for their price lists, we decided to go with Carey Shaw.  Her work is so beautiful and is exactly what we want.  Plus, she’s totally personable and down to earth, so I think it will be really fun to work with her.  You can check out her awesome work here.  Be sure to check out her blog as well!

I have about a million ideas for things that I want to make now – I just need to start doing one thing each weekend or something like that.  In the mean time, here are some great pictures.  Enjoy!

As always, flower pictures.  I love the colours and flower choices in these little bouquets.

This is pretty much exactly what I want to do, just with slightly different flowers.  Speaking of which, I found dried peonies and dried hydrangeas on ebay and won them!  I can’t wait to see what they look like!  If they’re nice, I will order more, as they are MUCH cheaper than the real thing and in the pictures, they look pretty much the same!

This bride’s mom put up a poster at her work (Curves) asking any women to drop off cut flowers at her house on the wedding day to use in bouquets.  Apparently her whole doorstep was filled!  I should do something like that lol!  I love how they used the vases as table numbers too!

That’s a really cute idea!

The picture on the right is what I wanted to post.  I really like the idea of getting a huge frame and using it to hang the table numbers and seating arrangements!

A fun favour idea.

And finally, an awesome photo.  I love the vintage umbrellas!

Have a great week everyone!


I’m Back!

It has been much too long since I last updated!  Summer happened, and I was insanely busy, but I’m back now and it’s definitely time for a new post!  I’m going to abandon the process of making each post in a separate page as I was required to do for my class.  I like the traditional blogging method of having the most recent post at the top of the page.  However, you can still access the old post by clicking on them at the top of the page.

Paul and I have done a lot of planning over the summer!  We now have the hall and church booked, so that’s a relief!  I have a baker for my cake, Sheena of Sugar! Wedding Cakes who is not only a friend, but an accomplished baker who created cakes for a few weddings that I have attended.  She is excited to try to create the cake that I have in mind, this one, so that will be fun!

I am getting seat covers, sashes, and lights through Creative Touch and they have been awesome to deal with!  We’ll be getting light pink sashes and accents on everything.  I now have more than enough milk glass vases, so thank you everyone, VV, and garage sales for contributing to the decor!  Mom and I were also watching these vintage-style blown glass birds at Bowring, hoping that they’d go on sale.  They were $6 each and we needed about 80 or so, so that was way out of the budget.  However, they went on sale for MUCH cheaper and Mom was able to get Bowring to ship enough to us from Calgary (for a fee and Mom had to do a bunch of calling around, but still) and they are SO pretty!  We’ve also been collecting a bunch of jars for the candy bar and neat candle holders.  I’m still looking for a vintage bird cage to hold the cards, but I have a while for that.

Flowers are proving to be difficult.  The florists with whom I have met have informed me that filling 120 vases with flowers is going to be outrageously expensive.  One even estimated $30 PER VASE.  YEAH RIGHT.  So frustrating.  I thought about getting artificial flowers, but I just love flowers so much that this is one place that I don’t want to cheap out.  Plus, some of the artificial ones were more than the real ones!  Thus, I think that we are going to try to get hydrangeas and gerber daisies in pinks, apple green, blue, and mauve, and just use those.  Still, they’re like $4-$5 a STEM, so I have to see if I can maybe get them cheaper at Costco.  I’m also going to try to grow a ton of bachelor buttons and zinneas next year to add to the vases.  Thankfully, Mom talked to her friends, one of whom is my old kindergarten teacher, and they said that they would come and fill the vases on the day of the wedding and arrange the flowers, as they’re really good at that.  I would love to do it, but we don’t get the hall until the morning of the wedding, 😦

Tonight we met with a photographer.  This is proving to be another daunting process.  Paul, the awesome actuary that he is, made a spreadsheet of a tons of photographers, emailed them all for their packages, and then we weeded through them.  Many don’t photograph for as long as we’d like, but stop after the first dance, etc.  We had one who we were thinking of booking, but she moved, and the guy who I wanted the most, Sandy’s photographer, was booked.  The lady we met with tonight was SO GOOD.  We have the exact same aesthetic and ideas and she has SUCH a great eye!  Plus, she was so friendly and easy going that she’d be someone I’d not only get along with to work with, but I would feel comfortable bouncing ideas off of.   She’s kind of our price range though, so we might have to cut costs somewhere if we hire her.  We still have two more photographers to meet with, but I really love her style the most.

Shopping for wedding dresses in Regina is proving to be very unsuccessful.  I just can’t find what I want here.  Everything is so heavy and complicated.  I want something pretty, light, vintagy.  I can find what I want in magazines, but not here.  However, Sandy and I are going to go look at an authentic 50’s wedding dress that someone in Regina is selling!  We’ll see how that goes!

I’ve been making some of the DIY things for the wedding and have started compiling photos for the slideshow.  I love doing things like this, and I am signed up for another Master’s class, but all I want to do is wedding plan and make jewellery.  😦  I don’t really know what to do and I have a week to figure it out.  Wish me luck. :S  In the mean time, here is a random smattering of photos that I have saved over the past few weeks!

A beautiful candy bar using milk glass!

have that vase on the right, but in pink.

This is EXACTLY what I want to do, but peonies are out of season.  BOOOO!  Perhaps real hydrangeas and artificial peonies would work?

his is really pretty too.

This would look nice on the guest book table.  This is actually from a beautiful shower.

Ideas for the candy bar.

I love the frames in the background!

The above photo and the next three are SO my style!  The little brown birds are about the size of the blown glass ones that I have.

This must have been the most beautiful wedding!

Hydrangea bouquets.

More milk glass bouquet ideas.

I have two frames just like this.  I want to find some chalkboard material to put inside of them.  They’re super heavy though, so I’d have to make some kind of stand for them or something.

Mom found awesome tags like this at Winners!  I need to download a font like the above to make my tags eventually!

SO perfect!

More hydrangeas and milk glass.  Obviously I should have organized these better before I uploaded them!

I had wanted to have a vintage typewriter with a message before I saw this picture, and then Sandy told me she had one at HER wedding too!  Great minds think alike!

I love this dress!

A cute bridesmaid dress.

The washed-out vintage look of these photos is an effect / lighting technique that I love and that the photographer with whom we met uses as well.

More cute bridesmaid dresses.

Cameos would be neat on our accessories or hooked to the bouquets.

The above and the following pictures are ones that I liked for photo ideas.

That’s all for now!  I have a ton of other pictures saved on the other computer, so stay tuned!

Hello World!

My name is Chelsi, I’m 27 years old, and I am recently engaged.  Why create a wedding blog when there are so many excellent blogs out there in the blogosphere already, many of which I frequent 11:30pm when I should be in bed?  Well, between teaching, university classes, and life, my head has been spinning with many ideas for my upcoming wedding, and I’m going to post my ideas and inspiration to this blog as a way of organizing my thoughts and keeping my ideas in one place.  Yes, I still have a binder full of pictures that I have collected, but this will suffice for my computer pictures.  As well, I would like to keep my wedding party in the loop in regards to my ideas.  In an attempt to NOT barrage them with emails filled with pictures, I’m going to post my ideas and inspiration on this blog for everyone to browse at their leisure.  That way, you can check it out when you want, and I won’t annoy anyone by sending a million pictures every day!  Let me know what you think by adding a comment!

Before I begin, I will tell you a little bit about myself.  I absolutely LOVE all things artistic and creative – art, fashion design, crafts, you name it.  In my spare time I like to paint and make jewellery and accessories.  You will find my line, Three Little Birds Designs, online very soon!  I also am obsessed with all things vintage – clothing, home décor, pop culture, architecture, music, EVERYTHING.  I am a huge music fan and love to play music on the organ and piano and attend concerts, often creating vacations around seeing certain bands.  Thank goodness my fiancé Paul shares this same joy, as we partake in many concert events together!

Speaking of Paul, I should introduce the husband-to-be to you all!  Paul and I met through our love of music.  Actually, we met four years before we began dating when my maid-of-honour, Tanya, attempted to set us up, but the timing never worked.  I would see Paul at so many of the concerts that I attended that I often jokingly remarked to my friends, “Oh, there’s my soul-mate again!”  Little did I know that my premonition would come to fruition!  After watching Paul perform live at McNally’s each week when I went to watch my friend Marc perform, I eventually worked up the gumption (with a bit of liquid courage!) to talk to Paul.  We hit it off and a month later, we began dating.  We’ve been together for close to three years now.  Nearly a year of that time was spent with another partner in our relationship – our dear friend Skype.  Paul had to accept a job working in Toronto for nearly a year, and if not for Skype, I would have lost my mind!  Eventually, and to my great, GREAT excitement, Paul returned to Regina to work here and moved in with me.  We’ve been living together ever since and I couldn’t be happier!

In February, we took a trip to Mexico, neither of us having ever left the continent before.  To my even GREATER excitement, Paul proposed!  We had to keep our engagement a secret for an entire week until we returned home and could tell everyone our great news in person!  We have set our wedding date for the summer of 2011, so I have adequate time to plan for the big day!

My excitement…

Paul’s relief!  That would have made for an awkward trip had I declined the proposal!

I have many wedding plans, but I am pretty well-known as a thrifty person.  Not cheap, but thrifty.  If I can make something instead of buying it or save money in any way, shape, or form, I will do it.  I also love vintage shopping and am a frequent Value Village shopper (VV as I usually will refer to it on here).  I guess I am frequent enough that I have been told that I am their “youngest regular”…a statement that I took as a compliment!  Paul and I have created a wedding budget and neither of us will be extravagant spenders.  I’m too frugal, and Paul is too practical!  However, I want our wedding to be beautiful, unique, personal, and simply, US.  I want to include a lot of vintage, personal, and homemade aspects.  I want people to leave saying, “That was so Chelsi and Paul” rather than think that we simply spent a lot of money.  Thus, I present to you, my wedding inspiration in blog form!  Enjoy!